• BREAKING: White House to Announce “Biggest Tax Cut in History”

    The Trump Administration is preparing to announce “the biggest tax cut in U.S. history” today at 1:30 p.m.

    We will carry the announcement live here when it happens:

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday morning that the administration wants permanent policy changes, but that temporary cuts could be considered, too.


    “This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country,” he said at a conference in Washington sponsored by The Hill newspaper.

    Business Insider reports that the key provisions in the proposal are:

    • Corporate tax rate of 15%: Such a rate would deliver on Trump’s campaign promise; the current federal statutory rate is 35%.
    • Allows pass-through rate for business owners: Instead of self-owned businesses being taxed at the personal income rate, business owners would have incomes from operations taxed at the 15% rate. So if you own your own business, income from that business would be taxed at the corporate rate. According to The Times, that could apply to the Trump Organization.
    • No border-adjustment tax: The tax on imports was favored by House GOP leaders such as Speaker Paul Ryan and Kevin Brady, the chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Mnuchin said the White House talked to Ryan and Brady but thought the tax did not “work in its current form.”
    • A slight adjustment to individual tax rates: Mnuchin said the top income-tax rate would be in the “mid-30s,” down from its current 39.6% level. According to a rport from Bllomberg, White House officals said there will be three tax brackets with rates of 35%, 25%, and 10%.
    • A change in tax exemptions for the middle class: According to The Times, the plan will propose an increase in the standard deduction for individuals.
    • No infrastructure spending: Reports on Tuesday said Trump was considering including infrastructure spending in the plan to try to win over Democrats. Mnuchin denied the report in the speech, saying the proposal would be “just a tax plan.”
  • RPV Statement on GOP, Democrat Candidate Events

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello will appear together in Bristol. It’s fitting that this event takes place just a few miles and hours away from a race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled to have 1,200 left turns — almost as many as Perriello and Northam will make on stage.”

    “Saturday’s forum will be a race to see who can be the most anti-coal, the most pro-abortion, or who can propose the highest job-killing minimum wage hike. And with policies like these, there are no winners, and Virginia working families lose.”

    “Meanwhile, Republican candidates will be putting forward common-sense ideas to improve our Commonwealth, and talking about the kitchen table issues that matter most to Virginians. While Democrats race to the left, Republicans will be focused on making Virginia a better Commonwealth for all.”


  • BREAKING: PWC, Manassas, Manassas Park Democrat Activists Distribute Illegal Sample Ballots

    In a special election in Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City local Democrat Party activists are handing out illegal ballots with intent to fool voters! The “sample” ballots have an official seal on them with a disclaimer from the local electoral board and a marking for the Democrat candidate. The problem is all three of these issues run directly counter to our state’s election law!Illegal

    Even more ironic, the special election is for the Clerk of Court position which oversees the areas courts. Local Democrat Party activists are breaking election laws in an attempt to insert someone to oversee the court system!

    We will not let the Democrats get away with this travesty! RPV has notified the authorities and is fully prepared to take legal action to ensure this election is not rigged against our candidate.

    Make sure to let the local Dem candidate know that we are on to her supporters illegal dirty tricks. Call her campaign at 571-529-9379!

  • RPV Statement on Televised Republican Gubernatorial Debate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tonight the Republican Candidates for Governor will participate in an open and televised discussion about the future of our Commonwealth. We may witness some disagreement when it comes to policy, but we can be confident that each of these candidates is better suited to lead the Commonwealth than Ralph Northam or Tom Perriello.”

  • RPV Statement on Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Congratulations to soon-to-be Associate Justice Neil Gorusch on his confirmation today! Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified jurist who will serve the Constitution and the rule of law faithfully. I also congratulate Leader McConnell and his team for their hard work to ensure that the voters were heard before the Justice Scalia’s seat was filled.”

    “That being said, I am extremely disappointed in Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Both of these Senators put their far-left base ahead of their constituents as a whole. With his vote to join the obstruction of this nominee, Mark Warner has forever abandoned any claim to be a centrist. Senator Kaine should be even more ashamed, but thankfully his last-minute smear of Judge Gorsuch was seen for just what it was — a falsehood designed to give a bitter Tim Kaine an excuse to vote no.”

    “Congratulations, Justice Gorsuch!”

  • Whitbeck: ‘Radical Centrist’ Warner Aligns With Radical Left Against Judge Gorsuch

    — Despite bipartisan support, Warner joins other Democrats in opposition —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified, mainstream jurist with impeccable credentials. A majority of the U.S. Senate, Republicans and Democrats alike, support his confirmation. The fact that both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have been forced to fabricate answers about ‘evasiveness’ is telling. Both of these Democrats are choosing their partisan base over Virginians.”

    “Mark Warner has often billed himself as a radical centrist, but he finds Judge Gorsuch isn’t qualified for the court, then no Republican appointee would be qualified. I look forward to Majority Leader McConnell exercising the Reid precedent and confirming Judge Gorusch over this unprecedented, partisan filibuster. ”


  • John Adams: It’s Time to Restore the Rule of Law to the Attorney General’s Office

    John Adams, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP address:

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Good morning, it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to speak with you this week. Yesterday was an incredibly special day for me, my family, and my supporters all across the Commonwealth. While we were traveling in Norfolk, and then between campaign events, I was notified that we had secured the republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.”

    “It was special for me for a few separate reasons. First, I’m not a politician. I have never sought any public office, but I have spent much of my life in public service. After growing up here in Chesterfield County and graduating from Midlothian High School, I attended The Virginia Military Institute. After graduation, I received my commission as a United States Naval officer. I served first at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and then deployed to the Persian Gulf. My second appointment brought me home to Virginia, where I was on a coastal patrol ship based at Little Creek. From there I deployed to Central and South America, where we conducted counter narcotics operations to try and keep drugs out of the United States.”

    “Following my Naval service, I went to law school at the University of Virginia. After graduation, I moved to Arlington where I clerked for two Federal judges, including associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court. I then spent time as an associate White House Council for President George W. Bush.”

    “My wife, Lisa, and I then decided to return home to Central Virginia and raise our growing family here. I began serving as an assistant United States Attorney prosecuting cases from violent crime and drugs, to fraud and public corruption. In 2010, I left public service and joined the law firm of McGuireWoods here in Richmond.”

    “I am happy being in private practice, and Lisa and I are raising our four boys very happily here in Chesterfield County.”

    “So after 43 years without being involved in politics, you may wonder why I jumped into the arena. The answer is simple. I am running for Attorney General because I believe that the citizens of Virginia have the right to govern themselves the way they see fit. When the citizens of Virginia, through their elected representatives, pass laws, they deserve to have those laws defended and enforced by their Attorney General.”

    “But time and time again, our current Attorney General has shown that when he has a different political preference than the laws the people have passed, he is willing to use our Attorney General’s office to pursue his own agenda.”

    “But don’t take my word for it. One of the states largest newspapers has referred to Mark Herring as our ‘sometimes Attorney General.’ That is because he simply picks and chooses what laws he will defend when our Commonwealth is challenged in court.”

    “For example, he recently refused to defend our voter ID law, and the state had to hire a private law firm to defend it, expending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to do so. And the law was upheld in both district and appellate court.”

    “On the Second Amendment, at the urging of groups outside of the Commonwealth, he issued an opinion regarding the reciprocity standards as they relate to Virginia’s concealed carry permit holders. The effect of the opinion was the trigger an obscure provision of state law and to arguably eliminate concealed carry reciprocity. Now look folks, I believe we need to enforce our gun laws to keep them out of the hands of criminals and those are mentally ill. But targeting people who obtained a concealed carry permit, arguably some of the most responsible and law-abiding citizens we have, was done simply to pursue a political agenda. Again, don’t take my word for it. During the next legislative session, even Governor McAuliffe supported overruling Herring’s opinion on the issue and reversed him.”

    “And on an issue fundamental to Virginia’s economic growth, Herring has pursued his own agenda as well. Virginia is a Right to Work state. That is our state law. Employers and businesses rely on what the law says in making decisions to locate or expand into Virginia, among other things. But our Attorney General, Mark Herring, filed a brief in the Supreme Court opposing Right to Work laws in a case that arose in another state and had nothing to do with Virginia.”

    “Finally, the Associated Press recently reported that Herring used funds from an asset forfeiture related to a case against a pharmaceutical company to give pay raises to certain lawyers in his office. I know a lot of lawyers in the Attorney General’s office, and they are hard-working public servants who almost certainly deserve a pay raise. But the dangers of allowing a government agency to use asset forfeiture funds to give raises to employees are well known, which is why regulations exist to prevent exactly this behavior.”

    “These back door pay raises came at a time when other state employees were not getting raises, and our Virginia state troopers were desperately seeking a pay increase to aid them in recruiting new troopers.”

    “When I am your Attorney General, I will restore the office to its proper role as a law firm for the Commonwealth. It will be an office that respects the will of the people, and defends the laws the people pass through their elected representatives. It will be an office that provides fair, consistent, and objective legal advice to all government officials throughout the Commonwealth, regardless of whether they are Democrats or Republicans. It will be an office that stands for true equality in the enforcement of our laws, and a robust defense of the rule of law.”

    “In addition, I will draw on my experience as a federal prosecutor in my relationships throughout federal and state government to tackle our heroin and opioid crisis. This crisis is tearing families apart, and this attorney general will fight to stop the influx of heroin and other drugs. And for those already addicted I will work to improve treatment and rehabilitation options.”

    “With rising violent crime rates in our cities, my office will employ every tool available to combat violent crime, and in particular gang violence. I have prosecuted cases before, and I know how to work with law-enforcement to get the job done efficiently, effectively, and justly.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen I was born and raised here in Virginia. Educated here in Virginia from elementary school through law school. I love the Commonwealth of Virginia with all my heart, and I will work hard every day to defend the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Virginia, your ability to govern yourself the way you see fit, and to keep our families and communities safe.”

    “It is very humbling to be the nominee of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Reagan, the party of freedom, and the party of individual liberty. A party that respects the ability of citizens to govern themselves the way they see fit. I look forward to getting to know all of you across the Commonwealth of Virginia even better in the coming days and weeks. God bless each and everyone of you, and God bless the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

  • Whitbeck: Extraordinary Candidates Certified For GOP Primary

    -Earlier today, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck sent a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections certifying the following candidates met the legal requirements to appear on the June 13 Republican Primary Ballot.-

    They are (listed in order of office and pre-check qualification):

    Ed Gillespie
    Corey Stewart
    Frank Wagner

    Lt. Governor
    Bryce Reeves
    Glen Davis
    Jill Vogel

    Attorney General
    John Adams

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “This year’s group of Republican candidates is truly extraordinary. From top to bottom, our contenders have the breadth of experience, grassroots support, and commitment to our shared common-sense conservative values to not only win in November, but make our Commonwealth a better place for all Virginians.

    “I look forward to working with all 7 of these candidates as we take back the Executive Branch for the GOP!”

  • Whitbeck: No Trump Nominee Would Be Good Enough for Hypocrite Kaine

    — No jurist nominated by Donald Trump would ever be good enough for Tim Kaine —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tim Kaine’s announcement of his decision to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination the U.S. Supreme Court is as unsurprising as it is disappointing. No justice, no matter how well qualified, no matter how mainstream, would ever pass muster with Tim Kaine.”

    “Just a few months ago, Tim Kaine was ready to blow up the filibuster in the Senate to see that Hillary Clinton’s appointments got a vote. But President Trump’s nominees fail a basic test for Tim Kaine- they were nominated by Donald Trump.”

    “I hope that Tim Kaine will recognize his own hypocrisy here and abandon this sour grapes, knee-jerk opposition to this well-qualified future Associate Justice.”


  • Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    — Republicans must be united to defeat Northam or Perriello in November–

    Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi. I’m Denver Riggleman owner of Silverback Distillery, former CEO of a Department of Defense contracting company, and a former candidate for governor of this great Commonwealth.”

    “Thanks for having me today. I’m honored to be asked to do this, but before I even begin I want to thank my campaign volunteers, the Republican Party of Virginia, and especially my staff for their belief in me and all that they did for me. This two and a half month sprint was a lot of fun. I tell you, I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here to help.”

    “Why would I do that? I would do that because of unity.”

    “I believe right now that unity is the most important thing that we have in defeating the Democrats in this election. No name-calling. No going after each other with the aggression that we should be going after the Democrats with. I think right now we need to realize the importance of this election is about us fighting on the battlefield of ideas, and fighting with ideals. That is why it’s so important.

    “We have Tommy Perriello, we have Ralph Northam- two people that are saying this – two Democratic candidates we had fifteen dollar minimum wage on small business where the effects of that on real small business owners?”

    “I am one. Fifteen dollars an hour is not just $15 an hour. You have insurance, you have overhead, you have fringe costs. Really what you’re talking about a $15 minimum wage is $20 to $25 an hour per person. Now obviously we want to have a living wage for everybody, but destroying small business to try to get an artificially mandated living wage from two Democratic candidates who’ve never run a small business just goes to show you that their pandering for votes.

    “It just goes to show you that bad policy equals a really bad economic environment, as you can see with GDP growth since Terry McAuliffe has been governor. That’s why we have to do this. That’s why we have to have unity, and fight on the battlefield of ideals and ideas, because we have two Democratic candidates over the horizon that are looking at us and they’re going to use our very words against us to fight us. Let’s go with unity. Let’s go with us going in one direction. Let’s make sure that we support whatever primary candidate we have and go to war with them.”

    “Thank you again. I’m Denver Riggleman, and on behalf of Republicans everywhere, thanks for watching and have a great weekend.”


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