• 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.”

  • RPV Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “President Trump has made an excellent decision in choosing Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. His pre-judicial service was exemplary, and his time on the 10th Circuit make it clear that Judge Gorsuch is dedicated to the same principles of original intent and strict construction as Justice Scalia.”

    “No one will ever replace Antonin Scalia on the bench, but Judge Gorsuch will make a fine and worthy successor. I congratulated Judge Gorsuch on his nomination, and look forward to seeing him confirmed by the Senate.”

  • The ACLU of Virginia Wants Inmates to Vote. Do Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam Agree?

    — Only two states, Vermont and Maine, allow felony inmates to vote —

    After last year’s actions by Governor McAuliffe, Republicans in the General Assembly introduced a number of bills related to the restoration of felon voting rights.

    Remarkably, the ACLU of Virginia opposed all GOP efforts at compromise. Why? Because they don’t allow felony inmates currently serving a sentence to vote. Not those released, not those on probation, not those who have served their time.

    No, they argue that those currently in prison for committing felonies should be allowed to vote.

    From the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star (emphasis added):

    “The ACLU of Virginia, which has a long history of fighting felon disenfranchisement in Virginia, is opposed to both GOP bills after taking the position that no one should lose the right to vote for any crime.”

    “‘Our bottom line now is the right to vote is the right to vote,’ said Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia. ‘It’s time to stop thinking about that as something that somebody gives you. It is yours.'”

    Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck:

    “People of goodwill can and do disagree over when rights should be restored to former felons. It’s an appropriate matter for debate at the General Assembly. But to argue that every inmate serving time for murder or rape at Red Onion or Wallens Ridge should be able to vote is simply beyond the pale.”

    “To date, neither Ralph Northam nor Tom Perriello have been asked – nor offered to to say – whether or not they’d continue Terry McAuliffe’s blanket rights restoration policy.”

    “Perhaps the more pressing question is do they agree with the ACLU’s radical position that felony inmates serving time should be able to get an absentee ballot at taxpayer expense? During the Democrats’ race to the left, I don’t expect an answer – because the only acceptable answer to the far left is ‘yes.'”

  • Weekly Virginia GOP Address — January 27, 2017

    Del. Steve Landes, R-Augusta, delivered this week’s Virginia Republican Address.

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Delegate Steve Landes, a member of the House of Delegates from the 25th District. I have the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the Committee on Education and as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.”

    “We are a little over two weeks into the 2017 session and things are moving very quickly. Over 1,000 bills were introduced by members this year that the House must act on before February 7, which is known as crossover.”

    “I want to share with you some of the priorities that Republicans will be working on this year.”

    “At the top of the list is improving our economy. Governor McAuliffe likes to say that our economy is booming, however that is simply not the case. In 2014, Virginia’s economy registered zero economic growth, which put us 48th in the United States. That’s why we’re working hard to encourage job growth, protect small businesses, continue to reform our regulatory process, and focus on workforce development.”

    “One of our biggest responsibilities this year is to amend the two-year state budget. As you may know, we currently face a 1.2-billion-dollar shortfall due to the lagging economy. But unlike Washington, we balance our budget in Virginia. Tough decisions will have to be made, and there will be cuts to government. We remain committed to passing a balanced conservative budget that does not include any tax or fee increases.”

    “One major budget announcement made this week will secure the future of our hardworking state employees and state police. We announced that our budget will include a 3 percent pay raise for state employees, raise the salaries of Virginia State Police officers, and include money to alleviate salary compression for local sheriff’s deputies. It is important that our men and women in uniform know that the General Assembly is truly grateful for all they do to keep us safe.”

    “Over the remaining session days, Republicans in the General Assembly will be working hard to make life easier for Virginia families. But we can’t do it alone. We need to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your representatives and share your thoughts on important issues to you.”

    “On behalf of the Republican caucus, thanks for watching and have a great weekend.”

  • Northam Outflanks Perriello on Offshore Drilling — Will Perriello Flip?

    — How long until Tom Perriello has another heartfelt conversion? —  
    As President Trump takes action in Washington that will create jobs and advance American energy independence, the two Democrats who want to be the next governor of Virginia are in two very different places on energy security — for now.

    Lt. Governor Ralph Northam opposes offshore drilling. But in 2008, Tom Perriello went so far as to demand that a TV ad accusing him of being opposed to offshore drilling be pulled from air for containing a “flat out lie.” While in Congress, Tom Perriello actually sponsored legislation promoting offshore drilling.

    Perriello flip-flop incoming in 3…2…1…
    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Now that we have a President who believes in American energy independence again, it’s fascinating to watch the split between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello on this issue. Northam has outflanked Perriello to his left, hoping to lock up the far-left environmental vote. Tom Perriello can’t let that happen.”

    “I look forward to yet another heart-felt, tear filled Jimmy Swaggart-style Facebook post in which Tom Perriello repents for his previous sins against the church of far-left liberalism. He’s already apologized for his previous pro-life leanings and support from the NRA. His flip on offshore drilling should be one for the ages.”

  • Whitbeck: Congratulations, Mr. President! Let’s Get to Work!

    — President Trump’s address lays out the challenges we face and the work ahead —
    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “President Trump’s speech today was a direct reflection of what we saw at the ballot box in November, and the message sent to us loud and clear by voters. It’s time for the American people, not the powerful in Washington, DC, to set the course for our nation.”

    “We face many challenges, but working together we can, and we will, meet them head on. We will leave a future for our children that is brighter than the one left for us by our parents and grandparents. America’s best days are ahead of us, even now.”

    “Congratulations, President Trump and Vice President Pence! Virginia is ready to get to work to help Make America Great Again!”

  • Race to the Left: Ralph Northam Supports Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

    — Days after calling for the end of voter ID, Democrats calls for “access” to licenses — 

    Ralph Northam is a man on a mission. Now that he’s in danger of being outflanked to the left by former Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello, Northam is taking every opportunity to shore up his support among the far-left fringe of his party.

    First he joined Governor Terry McAuliffe in calling for an end to Virginia’s common-sense voter ID law, a law twice upheld by the courts. Yesterday, he went even further:

    “We need to make sure that we have immigration reform for this country. We need to make sure that we have a pathway to citizenship in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we need to make sure that people have access to driver’s licenses.”

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Ralph Northam’s panicked flight to the left would be comical if the stakes weren’t so high. In the same week Ralph Northam joins the call to end all forms of voter ID in Virginia, he comes out in support of giving licenses to those who are in our country illegally.”

    “A driver’s license is the gold standard for ID in our Commonwealth and all around the country. Current Virginia law reflects Federal standards for ID, and requires proof of citizenship before a license can be issued. Yet Ralph Northam would weaken this safeguard against non-citizens voting in our elections.”

    “Tom Perriello has Ralph Northam scared out of his mind. I shudder to think what this race to the far-left is going to produce next.”

  • Whitbeck: McAuliffe’s True Legacy Will Be a GOP Governor

    — Republicans will take no lectures on ethics from a Gov under FBI investigation —  
      RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Forced to stay in Richmond for one final session instead of being whisked away into the Hillary Clinton administration, Terry McAuliffe is trying to build a political legacy, something that he could be remembered for other than booze and investigations.”

    “Unfortunately, he remains more focused on his political ambitions, anointing his chosen successor, and playing partisan games rather than doing the job of Governor and solving the challenges the hard working people of Virginia face.”

    “Instead of working to solve the problems he has admitted instead he huddled with Obama and Nancy Pelosi to plot out a vast national network to return Democrats to power, and is now trying to bring that plan to Virginia under the guise or reform to hide his true agenda – one that has the full support of Ralph Northam.

    “In fact, one of Terry McAuliffe’s partners in this effort will unveil their plan at the ultra liberal Center for American progress – where ultra-liberal Tom Perriello landed after being fired by voters in the 5th Congressional District.”

    “From day one of his administration, this Governor has been all in to build out the Obama-Clinton vision of governance in our Commonwealth. While he lectures on ethics, he remains under investigation by the FBI. While he talks about the urgent need to reform our economic development efforts he fails to mention his own failures that cost the taxpayers millions.”

    “Voters have had more than enough of failure and ham-fisted management in Richmond. Virginians have had enough of his political posturing and shady deals. In the end, Terry McAuliffe’s true legacy will be one of craft beer – and a Republican sweep this November.”

  • Whitbeck: Northam’s Race to the Left Begins

    — Voter ID has ‘no business in the Commonwealth’ is his first try to outflank Perriello —  

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “The race to the left in the Democrat primary is officially off and running.”

    “Never mind that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously that Virginia’s voter ID was constitutional and not discriminatory, and never mind the fact that Virginia just came through a Presidential election with the photo ID requirement in place with virtually no problems. Ignore the fact that 3 out of 4 Virginians support photo ID laws.

    “No, today’s announcement was all about Ralph Northam’s need to appeal to the far-left fringe of the Democrat Party in the ongoing Democrat civil war. Now that former Congressman Tom Perriello is in the race, Northam must do his best to let his true liberal colors shine, and there’s no better way to do that than by decrying common-sense legislation like photo ID.”

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