• Whitbeck: Veto of SB 1105 is Inexplicable

    Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck:

    “The premise of Senate Bill 1105 is simple: if a Virginia locality has more registered voters than than the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center finds it has voting age-residents, the local registrar should investigate and find out what the problem is.”

    “Governor McAuliffe’s veto of this common-sense bill is not only misguided – it is also another example of the Governor’s staff searching for a reason to kill a bill he doesn’t like for ideological reasons.

    “The Governor’s veto message talks about ‘investigating voters’ and ‘constitutional questions.’ To call this poor excuse of a reason spin is unfair to spin. It’s nonsense, a series of words strung together in the vain hope that the public won’t take the time to check to see if it has any relationship to the underlying bill. It doesn’t.”

    “SB 1105 can be boiled down to this: More voters than people? Please check that out. Governor McAuliffe’s veto message can be rendered in equally stark terms – ‘Terry McAuliffe loves voter fraud, and doesn’t want to do anything to stop it.'”

  • Gillespie Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Ed Gillespie is the first Republican candidate for Governor to submit signatures for “pre-check” review by the RPV and for submission to the State Board of Elections.

    RPV reviewed the signatures on the petitions submitted and the Gillespie Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 10,000 statewide and 400 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Ed Gillespie’s grassroots team and volunteers have done an excellent job in attaining the necessary signatures to get on the Virginia ballot; his entire team should be very pleased with their effort,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “The GOP candidates understand the importance of grassroots engagement and are laying the groundwork for victory in November”

    “I am grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who collected petition signatures for our campaign,” said Gillespie. “Clearing RPV’s pre-check process is the capstone of an incredible effort by our hardworking grassroots volunteers. While getting onto the ballot was our primary goal, we also succeeded in developing a strong network of volunteers that will be invaluable for the primary and the General election. Our team is excited and ready to unify our party in June and our Commonwealth in November.”

    All statewide Virginia GOP candidates have been invited to submit their signatures for preclearance before the deadline at the end of March. Virginia will hold a primary on June 13, 2017.

  • Whitbeck: Speaker Howell Created the Modern Speaker’s Office

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “It’s easy to forget that Speaker Howell is only the second Republican Speaker the Commonwealth has ever known. His leadership has created the model for those who will hold the gavel after him. Mr. Speaker ensured that the people’s business was done in a timely, efficient fashion, and with a sense of humor to boot.”

    “Under Bill Howell’s leadership, the House of Delegates held the line against Obamacare and resisted Terry McAuliffe’s liberal policies. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your service to Virginia, and best wishes for a long and happy retirement!”

  • Del. Todd Pillion: GOP is Committed to Combating Heroin Addiction and Opioid Abuse

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Delegate Todd Pillion and I represent the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. It is an honor to serve in the Virginia General Assembly as we work on behalf of the Commonwealth and her citizens. I am proud to represent the counties of Dickenson, Russell, Washington, and Wise which make up the heart of Southwest Virginia.”

    “We just wrapped up our fifth week of session, which means we are almost done with our 45-day session. As this session winds down, I want to share with you a few of our accomplishments this year.”

    “Our legislative priorities focused on important issues facing Virginians. We passed bills that encourage and incentivize economic growth, reform the regulatory process to protect small businesses, and most importantly foster private-sector job creation.

    “We passed legislation to improve our educational system by increasing accountability, promoting school choice, and holding down the cost of tuition at Virginia’s colleges and universities. Republicans also remained committed to meaningful healthcare reform by increasing access to quality care and controlling skyrocketing costs.”

    “We took major steps this year to combat the ongoing opioid and heroin addiction. On average, nearly three people die every day from a drug overdose. In 2014, more people died from opioid overdoses than fatal car accidents. Thousands of Virginians and their families are struggling. It is important that we do everything we can to combat addiction by prevention and intervention. I was proud to sponsor a comprehensive legislative package that will immediately help put a dent in this devastating epidemic. But there is still more to do. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to fight this problem”

    “We work every day to live up to our principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government. As we finish session, our most important work left is to adopt an amended state budget. Last week the House passed our version of the budget that strategically invests in the core functions of government while protecting precious taxpayer resources. We understand the need to invest in priorities, but we must do so in a fiscally prudent manner.”

    “Our budget is now in conference to work out differences with the Senate. I am confident that our final budget package will reflect the priorities that matter most to you. I encourage you to stay in touch with your elected officials over the last week of session to have your voice heard. Government works best when citizens take part.”

    “I’m Delegate Todd Pillion. For the entire House Republican caucus, thanks for watching and have a great weekend!”

  • President Trump News Conference — Feb. 16, 2017

  • Whitbeck: Perriello Statement Shows Just How Unhinged Democrats Have Become

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “To say this is an offensive statement doesn’t do it justice. Virginia came under attack on 9/11, and many Virginians lost their lives. Countless more lives were disrupted as mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters never returned home. If Tom Perriello truly thinks that a Presidential election that didn’t go his way is the equivalent of a terror attack that killed more than 3,000 people, it raises serious questions about his fitness for office.”

    “We know that Democrats have become unhinged since President Trump took office, but this is beyond the pale. Tom Perriello owes an apology to the survivors of 9/11, the loved ones of those lost that day, and to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. “

  • Weekly Virginia GOP Address – Feb. 10, 2017

    — House GOP Budget opens door to much needed teacher pay increases  —

    Del. Tag Greason, R-Loudoun, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP Address.

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, my name is Delegate Tag Greason and I represent the 32nd district in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes most of eastern Loudoun county. It is a privilege to serve in the House of Delegates as a member of the oldest continually operating legislature in the western hemisphere.

    “As you may know, this year is the year that the General Assembly amends our two-year state budget. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to say, we have been working hard to finalize our budget proposal.
    This past week, the House unveiled its budget proposal…a conservative, responsible, and structurally balanced budget that invests in the core functions of government, while protecting precious taxpayer resources. Our budget accomplishes all this, without any tax or fee increases.

    “We all want our children to have a high-quality education. That is why our budget makes significant investments into K-12 education. Our proposed funding exceeds the Governor’s investment by nearly 15 million dollars. We build on our plan from last year to re-establish the lottery proceeds distribution, which will send an additional $218 million back to localities, with no local match requirement. Our K-12 education budget provides localities with much needed flexibility and relief in providing for our children’s education….which could include the option for a much needed teacher pay raise.”

    “We have also made significant investments in higher education. Our budget continues our efforts to make college more affordable and accessible for all Virginia families. We are investing over $20 million more than Governor McAuliffe, to hold down tuition costs at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.”

    “We recognize that Virginia’s economy still lags behind the national average. Virginia needs good paying, private sector jobs, and a thriving economy. That is why our budget restores funds for strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and legislative oversight.”

    “With the uncertainty of healthcare at the federal level, we have put in place several independent measures to strengthen our healthcare safety net here in the Commonwealth. We understand the importance of taking care of our neighbors, and that is why our budget includes nearly $29 million in new funding for substance abuse treatment, increasing eligibility for the GAP program, and creating additional DD waiver slots to address the critical waiting list.”

    “While we may have passed our version of the budget, we still have a long way to go. Now, House and Senate negotiators go in to conference to work out the differences. I encourage you to stay connected with your representatives throughout this process to have your voice heard. Government works best when its citizens are engaged and involved.”

    “I’m Del. Tag Greason. For the entire House GOP caucus, thanks for watching, and have a great weekend.”

  • Perriello Outflanks Northam to the Left on Pipeline

    — What far-left policy position will Northam adopt next to strike back? —

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. Tom Perriello finally made a left turn that Ralph Northam can’t match.

    Just days after bringing former Bernie Sanders staffers onto his team, Perriello came out in opposition to two major Virginia energy security projects supported by Governor Terry McAuliffe — the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

    Perriello’s announcement puts Northam in an untenable situation. Either he repudiates Governor McAuliffe’s strong support for the pipelines and turns off much needed money and support from Virginia’s business community, or he stands up for the pipeline projects and alienates the ever-leftward leaning base of the Democrat party in Virginia.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “If flop sweat were votes, I have no doubt that Ralph Northam would have locked up the Democrat nomination for Governor today. Tom Perriello’s announcement is the worst possible news for Northam — it drives a definitive wedge between Northam and Governor McAuliffe.”

    “Does Ralph Northam stand for jobs, or does he stand for the Bernie Sanders far-left, radical environmentalist wing of the party? His response today was a case study in how to use a lot of words without saying anything. Northam said he supports science and property rights. That’s great. How about the pipelines?”

    “There’s only one way out for Ralph Northam — find his own wedge issue further to the left that will alienate Tom Perriello from the Bernie Sanders wing of his party. But having seen just how far left Tom Perriello is on policy, that might just be an impossible task.”

    “Pop some more popcorn folks, this is going to be a Democrat primary to remember!”

  • Weekly Virginia GOP Address – Feb. 3, 2017

    Rep. Tom Garrett: It’s Time for Governor McAuliffe to Stop the Scare Tactics

    — His continual dishonesty about President Trump’s exec. order makes us less safe  —

    Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, delivered this week’s Virginia Republican Address.

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

     “I’m Tom Garrett, formerly of the Virginia Senate and now I have the honor of serving Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, stretching from the North Carolina line all the way to the outskirts of Northern Virginia and Fauquier County.”

    “In 1947 Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously stated that politics stop at the water’s edge.  What that meant was that partisan infighting and attacks should cease when they compromise American interests abroad, and indeed when they compromise the safety and well being of Americans both overseas and at home. Two days ago I sat in a Homeland Security Committee meeting and heard over two-dozen references from my Democrat colleagues to a ‘Muslim Ban.'”

    “Today, I read comments by the Governor of Virginia referencing this same talking point, suggesting that a ‘Muslim Ban”‘ would harm commerce and economic opportunity in Virginia and our nation, and would endanger Americans at home and abroad.  Interestingly, when President Obama heightened screening of individuals from this same set of nations, he said it was because of  ‘the growing threat of foreign terrorist fighters’ and nary a peep was heard.  Republicans understood that politics stop at the water’s edge.  Now Governor McAuliffe and my Democrat colleagues say a ‘Muslim Ban’ will endanger Americans and serve as a recruiting tool for ISIS.”

    “I actually agree, except there is no Muslim ban. Talk of a Muslim Ban makes Americans less safe at home. True. It makes Americans less safe abroad. True. So if politics stop at the waters edge and each of these things are true, and given that there is no Muslim Ban, than why use partisan political tactics to perpetuate a falsehood that endangers Americans?”

    “Lets look at the facts.  Of the 2.3 Billion Muslims on the planet, 11 percent live in the countries named in President Trump’s executive order.  Of those subject to the highest level of scrutiny, 0.9 percent of Muslims live in Syria. The duration of the highest level of scrutiny is one-half of the duration of a similar action instituted against people from Iraq by President Obama. If you didn’t realize that, it is because Republicans understand that politics stop at the water’s edge and didn’t spread misinformation to advance a political agenda that endangered Americans at home and abroad.  And Governor McAuliffe doesn’t stop with advancing the lie that there is a ‘Muslim ban.'”

    “He goes further suggesting that somehow the actions taken by this administration – which ironically were previously undertaken by the Obama administration are unconstitutional.  Mr. Trump can’t do this, he says. The Constitution actually says that the President can not NOT do this.  An oath was taken by the President, myself, and even by my Democrat colleagues, the oath is to protect our Constitution, indeed our citizens, from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    “If we are to uphold this oath, than heightened screening it’s not a choice, it is our duty.  So aside from these things, what do we know?  First, that the executive order effects a scant 7 of well over 50 majority Muslim nations.  We know there is no religious test because this suspension affects millions of Christians, as well as Muslims, Shia and Sunni, Alawite, and Druze equally.”

    “We know this affects roughly one in ten Muslims worldwide, and that there are exceptions available on a case-by-case basis. We also know that ISIS is using the refugee system to infiltrate nations, destroy peace, and take human lives. We know that over 70 Americans have been killed on American soil since Boston, with over 300 wounded by first and second generation radical Islamists. We know that at Ohio State just a few months ago, only the quick actions of a brave police officer stopped a Somali refugee who drove his car into a crowd of students and then attacked the frightened crowd with a knife and stopped him from doing more damage.”

    “We know that just over a month ago, a refugee who claimed allegiance to ISIS murdered a dozen innocents and injured 50 more in a Christmas market in Berlin.  And we know that the false rhetoric of Terry McAuliffe and his Democrat enablers inflames our enemies and serves as a recruiting tool, so the question becomes why do some elected officials like Virginia’s own governor continue to perpetuate what is, at best, willful ignorance, and at worst, an outright lie?  Why say there is a ‘Muslim ban’ when there is not?”

    “Sadly, with Terry McAuliffe and his ilk, politics don’t stop at the waters edge.  If they did, than our governor would stop playing fast and loose with the facts to score political points. He wouldn’t embrace a false narrative that endangers Americans lives. If politics stop at the water’s edge, then we should be able to expect Terry McAuliffe and his allies to support this President as we supported the last President, at the very least, when he discharges his duty to protect our nation, our Constitution, and our citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    “I’m Tom Garrett. Thank you for taking time to watch this message.”

  • RPV Statement Celebrating Black History Month

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “This month we recognize the central role that African Americans have played in the life of our nation, and few if any states have been shaped by the contribution of African Americans more than Virginia. The story of Virginia simply cannot be told without the powerful contributions African Americans have made to our Commonwealth. ”

    “This month, Virginia Republicans will continue to focus on ensuring Virginians of all backgrounds can achieve their dreams. Whether it was the courage of Barbara Johns, the genius of George Washington Carver, the courage of the Tuskegee Airmen, or the moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginia Republicans are proud to celebrate the amazing contributions of African Americans to our shared national story all month long.”

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