• 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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  • RPV Ballot Access Process Reminder

    RPV issued the following statement today regarding ballot access:

    “Any candidate for statewide office who has passed pre-check with RPV and submitted the necessary forms to the State Board of Elections will appear on the June Primary Ballot. The Party instituted the ballot access process months ago and will not be changing their procedures now.

    So far, John Adams, Delegate Glenn Davis, Ed Gillespie, Senator Bryce Reeves, Chairman Corey Stewart, and Senator Frank Wagner have submitted their paperwork and will be qualifying for the primary ballot for their respective races. Any reports claiming manipulation of the process are fake news.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Condemning Use of Racist Term in Governor’s Race

    RPV Chairman Whitbeck issued the following statement today:

    “The term “cuckservative” is racist and its use is not acceptable in political discourse under any circumstance. I condemn the use of the term unequivocally and without exception.  No Republican should ever use this type of language in a campaign. ”

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  • Vogel Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is third Lt. Governor campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jill Vogel is the third Republican candidate for Lt. 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 Vogel 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.

    “Every potential member of our 2017 ticket knows the importance of grassroots engagement this year. Grassroots efforts like these are building the infrastructure for GOP wins in November,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Senator Vogel’s team and volunteers have done an extraordinary job, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ve met the standards to appear on the 2017 Virginia primary ballot.”

    “I am so grateful to all the volunteers across the commonwealth that sacrificed their time to collect signatures,” said Senator Vogel. “I am floored at all the support and so thankful.”

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

  • Del. Jimmie Massie: Democrats Can’t Legislate Away Mathematical Reality

    — Northam, Perriello $15 min wage proposal defies economic reality, common sense–

    Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP Address.


    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Delegate Jimmie Massie, and I represent 80,000 Henrico citizens living in the 72nd House of Delegates district.”

    “On March 9th, both of the Democrat candidates for Governor, Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam, came out in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage for Virginia. This would be a 107% increase from the current $7.25. It’s difficult to think of a policy that could do more harm, more quickly to our economy that this one.

    “Democrats are attempting to mask their major economic policy failures with another policy that is doomed to fail. ”

    “Our national economy hasn’t grown at more than 3 percent per year in the past 11 years. This is the worst economic performance of the past century! As late as 2004, Democrats were complaining that 4 percent annual growth was inadequate and represented a crisis for our nation. Virginia’s economy has performed even worse, it only grew 2 percent in 2015 and less than 1 percent for the prior 4 years, lagging behind the nation as a whole when historically Virginia’s economy always grew faster than the national economy.”

    “Democrats will not concede that the policies of President Obama and Governor McAuliffe have created this problem, but they do recognize that we do have a growth problem. Their solution, though, goes right back to the same worn out playbook they’ve always used.”

    “If economic growth won’t produce wage growth, then they’ll simply mandate it with a law. ”

    “This reminds me of one of the biggest acts of legislative hubris ever. ”

    “This week we marked Pi Day, March 14th, in recognition of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter, 3.14 and so on. Pi is one of those things about the universe that never changes, no matter how much we might want it to. Democrats never change…their economic policies do not work for the economy or in the polling booth , just as Hilary Clinton.”

    “In 1897, the legislature of Indiana entertained a bill that set to declare the value of pi as 3.2. Mathematicians the world over howled at the idea, and the bill died a quick death in the Indiana Senate.”

    “You can’t just legislate mathematical reality out of existence. But that’s just what Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello have promised to do!”

    “In their race to the liberal left, these two candidates have proposed a wage that is more than twice the existing minimum wage. Even Maryland, not known as a bastion of free market economics, would have a lower minimum wage. ”

    “A full 70 percent of our businesses and residents are within an hour of a lower minimum wage. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out what happens – Virginia businesses and customers will simply vote with their feet and take jobs and economic activity out of the Commonwealth.”

    “Economists across the political spectrum agree that a $15 minimum wage would be a disaster. Vox.com, the center left Brookings Institution, and President Obama’s former chief economic advisor have come out against a $15 minimum wage. ”

    “The reason the policy is damaging is simple, the government cannot mandate that all work is worth $15 per hour. This policy would clobber mom and pop small businesses and make it harder to hire younger, less experienced workers and the poor.”

    “And we haven’t even talked about what this would do to the prices we all pay for goods and services. ”

    “Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello are trapped in a race to the liberal left for their party’s nomination this June. They need support from labor unions and other groups that have supported this horrible economic idea.”

    “Democrats, and Virginians as a whole, would be much better served if these two Democrats paid as much attention to mathematical an economic reality as they do to the special interest groups they’re trying to please.”

    “I’m Delegate Jimmie Massie. On behalf of all Virginia Republicans, thank you for watching, and have a great weekend. “

  • Wagner Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is third gubernatorial campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, is the third 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 Wagner 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.

    “All of our 2017 GOP candidates understand the importance of activating grassroots Republicans in this election cycle, and petition efforts like the one completed by Frank Wagner and his team are doing just that,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Frank Wagner’s team has done a fantastic job gathering the required signatures. Senator Wagner and his team have a lot to be proud of in this effort.”

    On clearing this hurdle, Senator Frank Wagner said, “A big thank you to my staff and volunteers across the Commonwealth for their efforts. I am very grateful.”

    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.

  • Statement of RPV and Stewart for Governor Campaign on SBE Procedural Failure

    The Republican Party of Virginia and the Corey Stewart for Governor Campaign issued the following statement:

    “We understand the candidates and campaigns were, justifiably, upset that the SBE’s initial guidance regarding ballot placement was not consistent throughout the process. Due to the error, one Republican campaign staffer waited over 68 hours outside the SBE over the weekend. Such incompetence by a government employee is unacceptable and we urge the SBE to investigate how such a basic failing could have occurred in our Commonwealth’s critical ballot access process.”

    “While RPV and the Stewart campaign may differ over the interpretation of state code, we both agree that the State Board’s process needs dramatic improvements, that it should be thoroughly investigated, and that RPV’s portion of the ballot access process has been fair and transparent for all candidates.”

  • Rep. Scott Taylor: While Republicans are Keeping Our Promise on Healthcare, Democrats Obstruct

    — Patient-centered flexibility is the focus of Republican healthcare efforts —

     Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP Address.

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hello, I’m Congressman Scott Taylor and I have the honor and great responsibility of representing Virginia’s 2nd district.”

    “I’m here today to update you on health care. We know Obamacare is a disaster. The law is collapsing and doing nothing is not an option. That is not leadership.”

    “You put your trust in us, and Republicans from the White House to Congress are committed to leading, committed to keeping our promise, committed to repealing Obamacare.”

    “While the Democrats continue to use every means they have to block efforts to fix healthcare, even though many of them have expressed problems with the ACA, we are here to help rescue Americans, create better healthcare, more access, and reduce cost.”

    “Many people currently have insurance with sky high deductibles they can’t afford, and hardly any providers, that is not insurance, that is simply having a card that says you have insurance.”

    “There are several steps to take and republicans will continue to be deliberate and methodical.”

    “We will protect those with preexisting conditions, we will work help those who can’t help themselves, work to get more access and more people covered, keep in mind there are many today who have no coverage under the ACA because they can not afford it. There are many people and families out there who are making tough decisions because their premiums have skyrocketed under Obamacare.”

    “We want states to have more flexibility. We want you to have more say in your healthcare. After all, no one cares more about your healthcare than you and your family.”

    “We ask that you support us, that you stand with us, together as we work to help American families. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless these United States.”

  • Davis Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is second Lt. Governor campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Glenn Davis is the second Republican candidate for Lt. 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 Davis 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.

    “Every potential member of our 2017 ticket knows the importance of grassroots engagement this year. Grassroots efforts like these are building the infrastructure for GOP wins in November,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Delegate Davis’s team and volunteers have done an extraordinary job, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ve met the standards to appear on the 2017 Virginia primary ballot.”

    “Our robust campaign infrastructure of over 200 volunteers was on full display today at RPV and we couldn’t be more grateful. Glenn is more enthusiastic than ever as we approach victory in June,” said Davis for Lt. Governor Political Director Beck Stanley. “Republicans deserve a hard-charging business leader like Glenn on their statewide ticket. We look forward to victory in November.”

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

  • Whitbeck: Northam, Perriello Plans for $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt Poor Virginians

    — Both candidates support job-killing idea in effort to secure union votes —

    Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck:

    “Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello apparently think the laws of supply and demand have been repealed. That’s the only way their far-left wing proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour make sense economically.”

    “Both Democrats are in a rush to be the most liberal candidate on the ballot, desperately trying to lock up the Democratic base for the June primary. But their promises to raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would do the exact opposite of their stated goals, destroying jobs and making life harder for lower-income Virginians.”

    “Don’t take our word for it.

    From Vox:
    “Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would mean gambling with the livelihoods of millions of Americans and could produce widespread unemployment in parts of the country where wages are below average.”

    From Alan Krueger, the former Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers:
    “… a $15-per-hour national minimum wage would put us in uncharted waters, and risk undesirable and unintended consequences…push for a nationwide $15 minimum wage strikes me as a risk not worth taking.”

    Last but not least, from that bastion of conservative economic orthodoxy, The Brookings Institution:
    “Trying to accomplish this by simply making 15 the new 10, in terms of minimum wage increases, could potentially generate more harm than good.”

    “A $15 min wage is so bad that even many far left liberals can’t get behind it. But when you’re in a race to the left, why let economic reality get in the way of winning votes?”

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