About Taller Than Madison

Taller Than Madison has worked as a paid staffer for Republican candidates at the local, state and federal levels. A native to Fairfax, where he still resides, Taller Than Madison is really just a conservative country boy longing to end up in a quiet part of beautiful rural Virginia. His posts are not paid for or authorized by any candidate or committee.

Happy Halloween

Say no to Ken Bone. The best political themed Halloween costume, The National Debt, was worn by Senator Rand Paul last year and it is just as relevant today. An updated version of this costume for this year would need to read $19 trillion and that is really scary.

Happy Halloween everyone.

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CNN Stumbling After WikiLeaks Fallout

“It’s different for the media, so everything you learn about this you’re learning from us.” –CNN’s attempt at controlling the information coming out of WikiLeaks’ latest data dump

The fallout from the WikiLeaks hack of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign is just beginning. In this clip below, CNN tries to conduct some damage control by telling its audience that it is illegal for them to look at WikiLeaks. Haha! That is hilarious. WikiLeaks has exposed direct contacts from individuals in the media to individuals on the Clinton campaign and the DNC. The leaked emails show bias and collusion and more.

CNN is in the leaked emails. So CNN’s response is to tell their audience not to look, there is no need, because “everything you learn about this you’re learning from us.” One thing they don’t want you to read about is how Donna Brazile, CNN contributor and then vice-chair of the DNC, sent an email to the Clinton campaign ahead of a CNN townhall with the subject line “From time to time I get the questions in advance.” Brazile claims she never gave out questions in advance, but has thus far failed to mention why she chose the subject line she chose. Also, the question she sent was read nearly line for line at the townhall. It is not illegal for you to open this link to read the email yourself.

So is this journalism from CNN? Or is the below clip just a poor attempt at controlling the information coming out of WikiLeaks?

CNN has lost all credibility.

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Video available on YouTube, also linked here.

A Time And Place For Everything

It’s about time and place.

In this case, that back-up quarterback has chosen the wrong time and wrong place to protest his dislike of the country that has offered him the opportunity to wear a NFL uniform and take home a NFL size pay check. Of course, that guy could’ve chose to protest on pay day by not accepting a check knowing that the income tax directly connected to that check will go to fund whatever atrocities he feels our government is committing. But that is probably too complex for that guy to understand.

I’ll side with the hockey coach, he gets it.

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93 Special

Don’t forget about the special election in the peninsula’s 93rd House of Delegates District. The Republican candidate is Heather Cordasco, a former member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. She was unopposed for the nomination and will face her Democrat opponent this November in a special to fill the vacancy left when Democrat Monty Mason resigned to run for state senate in another special this November.

Cordasco is running in a district where the Democratic Mason won election in 2013 and then won re-election in 2015, but she is no stranger to tough races. Last fall she ran for her board of supervisors seat and lost to an entrenched incumbent by a mere 42 votes. Speaker Bill Howell said, “she’s dynamite,” a glowing endorsement indeed.

Cordasco’s press release announcing her success in obtaining the Republican nomination included the following;
“The people of the 93rd District deserve a leader who will fight for a better life for everyone on the Peninsula,” Cordasco, a 23-year resident of the Peninsula, said in a news release. “As a member of the House of Delegates, I want to use my leadership skills and understanding of our community to grow and strengthen our economy, provide new educational opportunities for our children to succeed, and relieve transportation gridlock so families can spend more time together.”

Republicans usually have the advantage in special elections because our base always turns out, but a special election on the same day as a presidential election is more of a surprise election than anything else. The Democrats will be out, we need to be too. Sample ballots (oh how I despise them) will play a huge role in this race. The team with the best poll coverage could make the difference.

We like school board candidates because it is such an important position and we like to see solid conservative school board members take their leadership experience and educational policy expertise to higher offices. With that, we like Heather Cordasco and we are wishing her the best.

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Honesty Should Matter To Voters

The Trump campaign sent out a fundraising email this morning. The part that caught my eye was the following;

Can you imagine if I set up a secret server, stored top secret information on it, jeopardized our national security, deleted 3O,OOO records, LIED about it, and then used the defense that my brain ‘short-circuited’?

Seriously, how can you argue with that?

It is truly unbelievable the free ride the Democrats and the media have given Hillary Clinton. She does not have to own up to anything.

I just don’t understand how any of the Feel The Bern voters could vote for her. Hillary epitomizes everything that the Bernie Sanders campaign was running against. So it would not be surprising if Green Party nominee Jill Stein gets a lot of voters from traditional Democratic voters.

Stein is a physician who rails against success, hates ExxonMobil, supports $15 minimum wage, and will hit hard on all the left’s favorite hard-partisan talking points. All perfect for former Sanders supporters.

But more importantly, if you are a Democrat ask yourself who do you trust more, Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein?

It’s ok Democrats, the ballot box is a sanctuary, Hillary and her goons won’t know.

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FCRC Sits Down With Scott Cameron

The Fairfax County Republican Committee sat down with Soil and Water Board member Scott Cameron for a brief chat.

Scott Cameron was elected to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board in 2015 for a four-year term. A Fairfax County resident since 1994, Scott has extensive experience in environmental policy, including twenty-six years with the Department of the Interior, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a Biologist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

FCRC: Scott, for those of us that may not be familiar, what exactly does the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board do?

SC: That’s a good question, because most people really don’t know!

To begin with, we handle lots of questions from the public, which can be anything from concerns about what chemicals to use on their lawn, to worries about storm water management, drainage, erosion, invasive species, and more.

We also coordinate with federal, state and local government agencies to tackle some of the bigger environmental issues within Fairfax County. We play an important role in managing Lake Barcroft and a series of flood control dams in the Pohick area. The Board is also one of the very few agencies authorized to provide technical assistance, and even funding, to private property owners. However, I want to emphasize that in everything we do, our focus is on helping people solve problems, not enforcement.

The Board also has an active public education effort. We can advise people about what they may need to do to comply with the applicable state or county law, but here again, our approach to working with residents comes from a problem solving rather than an enforcement perspective.

FCRC: Did you have much of a learning curve after being elected to the Board?

SC: Not really. I actually was able to hit the ground running because I had been attending Board meetings for the prior two years, first as an observer, and then as an appointed Associate Director. As a result, the other Directors and staff knew me, and I had a good feel for the organization.

“I think it is important to not only demand accountability from elected officials, but also to practice what I preach.

Within a few weeks, I had been elected Treasurer and put in charge of revising the District’s strategic plan. I had also already been down in Richmond working to get our northern Virginia delegation in the General Assembly to step in and help fix a problem we were having with the state bureaucracy where we were not able to actually spend conservation grant money here in Fairfax County that the Commonwealth had been giving us.

FCRC: Now that you are an elected official, how are you staying in touch with your constituents?

SC: I try to attend as many public events associated with the Board as possible, but I also post quarterly updates on my website, www.friendsofscottcameron.com, on the progress being made to fulfill my campaign promises. I think it is important to not only demand accountability from elected officials, but also to practice what I preach.

FCRC: What are your short-term priorities on the Board?

SC: I’m currently working to produce a revised strategic plan for the District this summer. Within the plan are three important elements:

There must be a full opportunity for public comment.
The plan must be outcome and results oriented.
There must be meaningful performance measures so the voters can see what benefits they are and will be getting for their tax dollars over the next four years.

I also want the Board to start focusing more attention on the invasive species problems that are clogging our Fairfax County waterways, strangling our forests, and threatening the trees that line our neighborhood streets.

FCRC: What are your long-term priorities for the Board?

SC: I want to help steer the Board’s resources to the Fairfax County watersheds that are in the worst shape, so we can maximize the environmental benefit for each taxpayer dollar spent. I also want to educate the General Assembly and the bureaucracy in Richmond so that we can get the flexibility and funding we need to help protect environmental quality in our region. This is very important. Fairfax County is becoming more and more urbanized over time. I want to make sure the state government clearly understands our needs so that we can work together to meet them.

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“Catching Up With… “ is a series of interviews featuring GOP and GOP-endorsed elected officials in Fairfax County. Produced by the Fairfax County Republican Committee. Also posted at the Fairfax County Republican Committee page, linked here.

Oh, Short Circuited, Of Course

Here is the latest nomination for Quote of the Year:

So I may have short circuited, and for that I, uh, you know, will try to clarify…” –Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for president.

The context is the quote came from her response to whether or not she is “mischaracterizing [FBI] Director Comey’s testimony? And is this not undercutting [her] efforts to rebuild trust with the American people?”

She claims she told the truth. She now offers the possibility that she “may have short circuited.” Not lied. Not guilty of perjury, or obstruction, or anything, but just a simple little short circuited moment.

What are those again?

Give me a freakin’ break.

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Kaine, Perfect Pick For Clinton

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is officially the Democrats’ choice for vice president. This is the perfect pick for Hillary Clinton. Not for the right reasons of course, but the perfect pick.

In regards to policy positions, Clinton went left with her choice of Kaine, who scores 100% with the Brady Campaign and 0% with FreedomWorks. Clinton should have the radical left part already locked in as she is the darling of the party elite. Usually candidates start going for the middle bloc of voters. Clinton and Kaine appeal to the base, so Kaine doesn’t bring in a new group of voters.

In regards to credentials, Kaine offers no complement to Clinton’s long career in government. They are too similar. Kaine has an even more lengthy record of holding elected positions. Clinton could have gone for more of an outsider, especially in this year.

And with Clinton’s best lapdog already inserted in the Governor’s Mansion here in Virginia, Clinton didn’t need the commonwealth’s second tier senator to capture our electoral votes.

So Kaine wasn’t picked as a complement to policy, credentials or geography. Then why is he such a good pick for Clinton?

Kaine is the perfect pick for Clinton because he is too mediocre to overshadow Clinton in any way. With Hillary Clinton all eyes need to be on her and if you need to fall on the sword you will. That’s Kaine. He has been a mindless cheerleader for Obama. He is spineless on Life as he tries to have it both ways saying he is against abortion while championing it. He has been inconsistent on the death penalty. He is a flavor of the month kind of populist and he will serve Clinton well as her top yes-man.

Hillary Clinton selecting Tim Kaine is a completely selfish choice as all the reasons revolve around making her look good, not having the country in the best hands possible. Kaine as vice president would just be another Washington bureaucrat receiving a paycheck for not working, and for the Clintons, that’s perfect.

Kaine yes man.

Repeal The 17th Amendment

Part 3 of 3

Now sitting on the train next to some guy who simply asked me about the senate races, I asked rhetorically where did I leave off and then answered without hesitation; William Jennings Bryan. He was the Progressive Era, slick talking, three-time presidential loser who really pressed for the direct election of senators. Ignoring the principled intent of the Founders, Bryan resorted to scare tactics using images of smoked filled back rooms where votes were bought. Such fears are typical of citizens distrustful of government and since the implementation of the 17th Amendment this fear has not left our political society at all. So the idea of taking the vote away from a corruptible body (state legislatures) and placing it in a more responsible body (the people, who elected Stuart Smalley) so that the people and their government will enjoy a more harmonious relationship has proven false. Who do you trust more anyway, William Jennings Bryan or James Madison? I’ll take Madison any day.

“Alright man. But I don’t see the harm” he said.

The harm is you get candidates like Stuart Smalley. The people would not be disenfranchised; they could still show up with above thirty percent in turnout numbers for all the other exciting elected offices, such as Soil and Water Conservation Board. I then asked, what is the benefit? The people are not getting a larger say in the process because of population imbalances and the ability of a well funded and well organized minority to exploit those imbalances, which was mentioned in greater detail in part two. So where is the benefit?

I can’t find it. More elections are not the answer to how to achieve better government; better elections are the proper solution. A better election occurs when the candidates are truly qualified and voters are thoroughly informed. This does not happen in modern day state-wide elections. Voters choose to remain ignorant and are content with their choice. Efforts to obtain a minimal level of information on more than one candidate are often viewed by voters as burdensome. And thanks to the mind-numbing simplification of politics which has resulted from a two-party system, some voters know they only need a sample ballot on Election Day and they’ll be fine. Let’s take an election or two away from the overburden minds of careless voters. If we do so then not only are we cutting out an election, but we are also cutting out signs, mailings, robo-calls, mass emails, and everything else associated with a get-out-the-vote campaign. An election held in state legislatures would require a totally different style of campaign, or better yet, the way the Founders envisioned; no campaign at all as the best and brightest would be asked to serve. But today, campaign politics is a business, and it’s just bad business not to treat it as such.

So with all that being said I told him, “I truly wonder what is more likely; for a senator to stand up on the floor of the US Senate and ask for all of his colleagues to join him in repealing the 17th Amendment and therefore taking away their power and restoring the choice of their election to the state legislatures, or the magic beans I planted in my garden growing like the salesman told me they would.”

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Check out part 1 and part 2 of Repeal The 17th Amendment.  

Repeal The 17th Amendment

Part 2 of 3

Responding to a very simple question of my opinion on the 2016 U.S Senate races, I continued my overindulgent answer by pointing out that the Senate was supposed to be for elder stewards who have proven their worth to the ones that choose to handle the minutia of budget construction, tax laws and other exciting parts of governing. This idea is eloquently expressed by John Jay in Federalist 64. State legislators are not full time, career politicians. Keep in mind that state legislators in Virginia earn a whooping 20 grand a year for their service. They are more like servants in government than career politicians at other levels and I believe that they are better suited to select someone to handle a job they understand. But under the popular vote system Al Franken can become a senator for his first job in government. Oh man, I can’t believe Stuart Smalley is a senator; that is just wrong. If the state legislature had the responsibility to send representatives to the upper chamber of Congress I doubt they would have asked Stuart Smalley, the Church Lady, Opera-man or any other Saturday Night Live character.

“Haha.” He laughed, a little.

Moreover, the popular vote at a statewide level allows for a well-organized and well funded minority to subvert the popular will of the state as a whole. Take Northern Virginia’s high concentration of residents as an example. Fairfax and Arlington counties, along with the City of Alexandria, have given Northern Virginia a look and political make-up that is greatly different from the rest of the commonwealth. Why should the over populated urban North tell the rural southern parts who is best to represent them? Bringing the votes down to a more proportional system levels the playing field thus giving the people a larger piece of the decision making process. Otherwise someone like the SEIU can sweep in with their paid door knockers in just Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and yet the result of the election is supposed to reflect the will of the entire state. C’mon. Democracy is better than that and statewide elections need the state legislature to serve as a safe guard.

“Well I was just talking about,” he tried to get in, but I kept talking about how flawed the entire effort to institute the 17th Amendment was in the first place. As I started to tell him about how the whole thing was the life work of William Jennings Bryan the train settled into the station. As the doors readied to open I began to wonder if this poor gentleman was thinking that the train’s arrival will save him from having to hear more of my exciting thoughts on restoring our Republic. Well, it wasn’t.

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Tune in tomorrow for part 3 of Repeal the 17th Amendment. Same Red NoVA channel, same Red NoVA time.

Repeal The 17th Amendment

Part 1 of a 3 part series

While waiting for a train the other day an older gentleman asked me, “What do you think of the U.S. Senate races in 2016?”

I told him that Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution says, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof.” The 17th Amendment changed this to the popular vote system we have today and that was a mistake that needs to be fixed. This is one of the most significant changes to the original document because it altered the balance of powers. The House is elected by the people, the Senate by the states, and the president by the Electoral College. This structure gave us a balance between the popular will of the people and the collective will of democratically elected representatives. Remember now, this is a republic, not a direct democracy. But the 17th Amendment changed the balance by tilting the scales in favor of the people, the people who vote in depressingly low numbers, the people who can’t name their state or local representatives, the people who hardly pay attention to politics but have no trouble at the ballot box thanks solely to the sample ballot they received on their way into the polls.

He said, “Huh?”

I continued by letting him know the Founders believed in a division of powers so that no one majority could dominate another. The people would still have their voice heard as to who should be their senator at the federal level because they get to choose their state senator and their state delegate or whatever. Those state representatives would then represent their constituents in their state’s own little electoral college for picking senators. The people would of course still retain the popular vote for the House, but power of voting will be more evenly dispersed throughout the republic with the states getting their fair share.

While advocates of the 17th Amendment believed the people would be brought closer to the process, the opposite as been seen. State-wide elections are tough with a lot of geography to cover. Those campaigns have created an impersonal relationship with their potential voters as a candidate shots around a busy state. State legislators, on the other hand, have a much closer relationship with their constituents (ever been to Albo-Palooza?). State Legislators have the opportunity to seek and receive feed back at a personal level and then answer to the responsibility of their choice as part of a voter’s consideration in the voting booth come re-election.

As I continued I could tell that this guy’s surprise was not turning into curiosity, which didn’t really matter because I was not going to stop talking about how the 17th Amendment needs to be repealed so that our Republic can be restored.

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Tune in tomorrow for part 2 of Repeal the 17th Amendment. Same Red NoVA channel, same Red NoVA time.

Back In Business

We’re back! Red NoVA has returned from a prolonged construction project and we are ready to deliver more of our biting wit and persuasive charm. Check in frequently as we already have plenty of material in the hopper including guest posts from local conservative activists. It’s good to be back.

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“You Didn’t Build That” Anniversary

“You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” –President Barack Obama July 16, 2012

Today marks the anniversary of one of President Obama’s most ridiculous speeches ever.

Taken out of context you say? Well I remember Charles Krauthammer at the time pointing out that describing the context makes it worse for the president. The context of the president’s statement is that government’s gifts, handouts, and dependence on someone else are the essential components of society. Ask Obama if intelligence matters. No, “there are a lot of smart people.” How about hard work? No, “let me tell you something, there are a whole bunch of hard working people out there.”

A real glimpse into President Obama’s socialism message is found here; “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.” The key word there is “gave.” Self-reliance, independence, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, drive, courage to take risks, are all irrelevant in President Obama’s view of how the socialist state bestows its wealth amongst its subjects.

When it happened I thought it was the gaffe that would push Mitt Romney over the top. What an insult to small business owners who are fighting to get the government’s burdensome regulations off their backs. What an insult to hard working Americans. What an insult to the vision the Founders had for this country. But “you didn’t build that” was not enough for the masses to understand who they were really voting for, and that is a president who truly wants to fundamentally change everything about the United States.

So remember, “you didn’t build” whatever it is that you built. The president said so.

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