• Chairman Whitbeck: President’s Budget a Critical Step in the Right Direction

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “President Trump’s budget is yet another promise kept and a critical step in the right direction toward fixing our nation’s long term spending problems. Unlike budgets from President Obama, this document puts the budget on a path to balance in just 10 years.”

    “The budget also reflects the President’s commitment to national security. It begins the process of rebuilding our military and securing our border. It also keep our promise to end taxpayer funding for abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood, and puts our nation back on a path to prosperity. It is clear that this budget proposal will put taxpayers first.”


  • RPV Statement on Washington Post Poll

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today’s Washington Post poll is so far off base it falls squarely into the category of fake news. Polling in the Commonwealth is notoriously bad, but this Post poll stands out for its level of inaccuracy. The Post’s survey shows a dubious 10-point advantage for Democrats over Republicans in terms of party ID.”

    “Such a shift would be historic and likely unprecedented. In 2013, Democrats had a 5-point party ID advantage in Terry McAuliffe’s narrow win, while in 2009, Republicans held a 4-point advantage in Bob McDonnell’s landslide victory. These results simply don’t reflect the reality of what a Virginia gubernatorial electorate will look like.”

    “If this same electorate had turned out to vote in November 2016, admittedly a far more Democratic-leaning electorate than an off-year contest for governor, Clinton would have won 49-to-39, double her real margin in the Commonwealth. If this poll isn’t the product of liberal bias, it’s the product of incompetence. Neither is acceptable.”

    “Anyone who has any experience with a Virginia off-year election knows such an electorate is a Democrat fever dream, not reality. Newspaper circulations are shrinking for a reason – and terrible polls like this just add more fuel to the fire.”


  • Whitbeck: Here’s What You Won’t Hear from Democrats Tonight

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Virginians already know what they’re going to see at tonight’s Democrat debate: A race to the left to raise their taxes, restrict their Second Amendment rights, and drive up their utility bills with more regulations. But what’s even more important is what they won’t see tonight:  Ralph Northam finally answering questions about where he stands on new natural gas pipelines, or any details of his grocery tax plan.

    “They won’t see Tom Perriello acknowledge that Obamacare has actually harmed many Virginians, or explain why he thinks he knows more about small business that small business owners. Answering any of these questions would make it clear what Virginia voters already know: Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello are way out of the mainstream, and will be crushed in November.”

  • Whitbeck: McAuliffe Carbon Plan is the ‘Worst Kind of Virtue Signaling’

    – New regulations would impose significant costs for little or no benefit –

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Governor McAuliffe’s executive order is the worst kind of virtue signaling. President Obama’s now defunct Clean Power Plan would have reduced global temperatures .015 degrees Celsius by 2100, while sticking Virginians with another $5.5 billion in electricity costs – at a minimum. It would also take a number of reliable power plants out of service.”

    “If reducing emissions for the entire country nets a reduction of .015 degrees, how much less would a Virginia-only plan do? Meanwhile, the free market has led to significant year over year reduction in carbon emissions. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to ‘resist’ common sense environmental policy will drive up prices for consumers, cost Virginians jobs, and make it even more difficult to grow our economy.”

  • Whitbeck: Virginia Democrats in All-Out Civil War

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “What began as a simple Race to the Left has turned into an all-out Civil War in the Democrat Party of Virginia. Until now, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello had been content to simply try to come up with a position that was more far-left liberal than their opponent.”

    “Now both they and their proxies have begun attack each other for flip-flops, hypocrisy, and a failure to tow the liberal line. It’s the far left versus the far, far left in the Democrat Party of Virginia.”

    “After tonight, it’s going to take more than a ‘Unity Tour’ to get these two sides back together.”

  • Whitbeck: Republicans are Keeping Our Healthcare Promise

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today is a tremendous day for our Commonwealth and our country. After years of Democrat obstruction, Republicans have won a tremendous victory and begun the task of repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered, market driven reforms.”

    “Just yesterday we learned that Aetna was pulling out of Virginia’s markets due to Obamacare. Today’s vote is the first step in not only restoring robust competition, but also preserving protections for those with pre-existing conditions, young people, and reforming Medicaid.”

    “Democrats like Mark Warner and Tom Perriello continue their refusal to take responsibility for this disaster they imposed on Virginians. They’re joined by others like Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe, and Tim Kaine who — after years of fighting GOP efforts to fix this train wreck — decided to double down on failure.”

    “Voters sent Republicans to Washington for a reason, and now we Republicans are keeping our promises.”

  • RPV Statement President Trump’s First 100 Days

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today marks the 100th day of President Trump and Republicans in Congress delivering on their promises to the American people. Voters across the country elected the President due to his pledge to take power out of Washington and give it back to the people, and that is exactly what he’s doing.”

    “Whether it’s cutting regulatory red tape, appointing a constitutional conservative to the Supreme Court, or working with Congress to cut taxes and enact healthcare reform, this administration is working at an historic pace to make the American Dream attainable once again. With President Trump at the helm, Republicans at all levels will continue to push an agenda that benefits the people of Virginia and Americans across our country.

  • RPV Statement on Democrat Gubernatorial Debate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement in advance of the first Democrat debate:

    “Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam go into this debate on the far left fringe of Virginia’s political spectrum. Both support a job-killing $15/ hr minimum wage, both oppose offshore drilling that would create good, blue collar jobs. Both have proposed massive new government spending without saying how’d they’d pay for it.”

    “If this Race to the Left continues tonight, there’s no telling just how crazy the left-wing proposals will get. We look forward to reminding Virginia voters of just how far left this primary went when the eventual winner of this race begins his rapid move back from the loony left in June.”

  • 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.”


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