• 2016 RPV Presidential Straw Poll

  • Excellent news! Grassroots Challenge goes VIRAL!!

    Dear Virginia Republicans,

    100KEmail Therm_4-2It’s happening!!  Thanks to YOUR help + encouragement:

    Our Elected Officials are taking the Challenge.

    Our Grassroots Activists are taking the Challenge.

    And EVEN our Candidates are taking the Challenge!!

    Sturtevant, Hollingshead, Obenshain, Black, O’Quinn, and Minchew all showed tremendous leadership by stepping up in the middle of their own campaigns and committing their precious resources to take the Challenge.  And the list goes on and on…

    If by chance you haven’t taken the Challenge yet – we need your leadership too.

    Status update:  We beat our internal goal of $25,000 towards our Grassroots Challenge by the end of March. That means we are more than 50% on the way to our original goal with TWO MONTHS TO GO.  More importantly, we shattered the record for the most online contributions to the RPV by nearly 300%!!!  We have a lot more work to do to get us to $200,000 – but we are making tremendous progress.  Click here to take the Challenge!

    Don’t forget, what started as a $100,000 Challenge has become a $200,000 Challenge when 2nd District Chairman Curtis Colgate stepped up to match our original match.

    Donate $10, $50 or $100 and help RPV turn Virginia Red!

    On To Victory!

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    John Whitbeck                                   Pete Snyder

  • RPV Grassroots Challenge

    Dear Virginia Republicans,

    RPV needs your help.  
    You may have seen that our good friend – and now newly minted Finance Chairman, Pete Snyder, has issued a Grassroots Challenge  –  if we can raise $50,000 $100,000 in grassroots contributions by June 1, Pete will match your contribution dollar for dollar!

    Email Therm_3-19This means your generous contribution to RPV will be DOUBLED!

    Here’s the challenge – I’m asking you to contribute $10, $20, or $50 today to kick-start Pete’s RPV Grassroots Challenge.

    Your $10, $20, or $50 generous contribution today will help RPV:

    • recruit up to 10,000 new volunteers and supporters across the Commonwealth
    • be competitive this fall in all 140 General Assembly races
    • build grassroots volunteer organizations in most if not all of Virginia’s 95 counties
    • develop a 2015-2017 war chest that can compete with everything the Obama/Clinton/McAuliffe liberal democrats will have during this crucial time.

    When you contribute $10, $20, or $50 towards the Grassroots Challenge, your donation will go twice as far.

    With you help we can break down the wall between donors and doers and get our party back on a winning streak.  I’ve made my contribution to the Grassroots Challenge, and I invite you to join me by contributing here!

    On To Victory!

    John Whitbeck

    P.S. – In addition to my contribution to the Grassroots Challenge, please join RPV’s Grassroots Club at $8.95 a month.  Joining the Grassroots Club connects me to:

    • Regular Conference Calls with RPV Chairman John Whitbeck and special guests
    • “Call to Action” email alerts
    • Invitations to Grassroots events, trainings, and meetings across Virginia

    Join me and the RPV Grassroots Club here!

  • RPV Chairman John Whitbeck Names  Technology Entrepreneur Pete Snyder as  Finance Committee Chairman

    All corners of the Party hail addition of Snyder to RPV Leadership Team

    Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck announced this past weekend at the State Central Committee quarterly meeting that Pete Snyder, a successful technology entrepreneur and former candidate for Lt. Governor, has agreed to serve RPV as their Finance Chairman.

    Whitbeck noted, “Every corner of the Republican Party supports Pete Snyder in this role, from the grassroots to the business community.  Everyone in our party knows Pete and we all know that he’s not afraid to take on challenging tasks and doesn’t shy away from hard work.  I am thrilled that we will have Pete’s leadership, financial prowess and operational know-how to help us build a better, stronger party.”

    Pete Snyder

    Pete Snyder

    Snyder, CEO of Alexandria-based Disruptor Capital stated, “Times have changed and the Republican Party of Virginia is in need of a new business model. I look forward to working closely with Chairman Whitbeck, elected officials and grassroots activists across the Commonwealth to kick-start a new chapter in the history of our Party and our cause, and get us back on a winning streak.”

    Snyder plans on serving in the role until the end of the year and is committed to fostering a farm-team of new talent to help guide the party’s long-term financial stability and independence.

    Snyder added, “For the past two years, we lost two high profile, yet very winnable races by razor thin margins.  Our candidates shocked the entire country with their performance, but we all know that if our party was stronger, on better financial footing and united in our focus of beating Democrats, that just might have made up the difference. By focusing on the future and working together we can win in 2015, 2016 and without a doubt 2017.”

    RPV will be unveiling a number of new programs and campaigns in the run up to the these critical elections.

  • Chairman Whitbeck Responds to Washington Post

    Dear Editor

    I was dismayed to see the recent article that inaccurately depicted my position regarding Republican nominating processes.  The quotes attributed to me would have the reader believe that I am opposed to all nominating processes other than conventions.  Not only is this factually inaccurate (and contrary to my record as a Party leader), such an assertion is impossible considering the provisions of the Republican Party Plan and Virginia law which often times dictate the particular process that must be used.

    First and foremost, I have always favored an “all of the above” approach to how Republicans nominate their candidates.  I believe it is in the best interests of the Party to look at the circumstances surrounding a particular election and select the nominating process that is in the best interests of the Party and the eventual nominee.  For example, in 2014 I supported a convention to nominate the Republican US Senate candidate, as I knew that Sen. Warner would outspend our nominee by a substantial margin.  A convention saved our eventual nominee Ed Gillespie a huge amount of money that he was able to use in the general election.  Another example of this is my overseeing the selection and execution of the 2014 Party Canvass to nominate the successor to Frank Wolf in the 10th Congressional District.

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    Second, I do not agree with the assertion the Washington Post often makes that our Republican nominating processes are less open than state-run primaries.  This argument was blown away last year by the same 10th Congressional District Party Canvas mentioned above.  Consider this: in the 2013 state-run Democratic primary for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General with almost 200 locations open, the Democrats turned out a little over 10,000 voters in the 10th Congressional District to nominate THREE candidates for state-wide office.  Less than a year later, with only 10 locations open, we turned out over 13,000 Republicans to nominate ONE candidate for Congress.

    Third, the most recent misquoting of me as the State Party Chairman mentioned above and the follow up March 6 Editorial attacking our Party, is part of the annual attack the Post makes on our Party when nominating processes have to be considered.  Interestingly enough the Post fails to make the same attack on our Democrat opponents.  I notice that the March 6 Editorial makes no mention of the fact that the 10th Congressional District Democrats last year chose a convention with only 300 delegates to nominate John Foust for Congress.  I have never heard of a Republican convention ever being that restrictive, yet the Post has to keep on hammering our Party on this issue.

    If the Post has actually interviewed me (or anyone in the RPV for that matter) about this issue, they would have been told that no decision has been made and the Party is keeping all options on the table for the 2016 Presidential nomination process.  We may very well select a convention or a state-run primary, but whatever we do it will be because we feel it is in the best interests of our Party and our eventual nominee.  I continue to hold out hope that the Post will cover our decision-making process fairly and without bias. Perhaps that is simply naive.

    Respectfully,

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    John Whitbeck
    Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

     

  • Demand Hillary Clinton Release All Her Emails

    While serving as President Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton possibly evaded the law by using a personal email address from Day One to conduct ALL official business.

    The Federal Records Act requires that senior government officials retain and preserve all written records. It ensures that our public servants are serving the best interest of the American people.

    For more than 20 years, the Clintons have flouted the law to serve their political ambitions. Today, an unknown number of emails remain hidden from public view, the contents known only to Hillary’s political advisors.

    This information comes to light at a time that the Clinton Foundation is already under fire for accepting donations from foreign governments during her time as Secretary of State. So . . . what was Hillary Clinton trying to hide?

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  • Robert Hurt Questions Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

    Congressman Robert Hurt, R-5th, released the following statement after a Financial Services Committee hearing with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy”:

    “I appreciate Chair Yellen’s testimony today on U.S. monetary policy and the state of our economy.  With that in mind, I have serious concerns about these Federal Reserve policies that make life more difficult for hardworking Americans and disproportionately diminish the ability of Main Street banks to provide vital capital in our rural communities.

    “I am particularly concerned by the Dodd-Frank Act’s negative impacts and costs for community banks, small businesses, and consumers.  These regulatory impacts represent real costs and eliminate choices for consumers – both families and small businesses – on Main Streets from Chatham to Warrenton.  At a time when our national debt exceeds $18 trillion, too many Fifth District Virginians remain out of work and others are struggling with stagnant wages.  Ensuring that any policy coming out of Washington fosters dynamic economic growth is crucial to getting our economy back on track.

    “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to promote policies that will incentivize economic growth to provide jobs and opportunities to all Fifth District Virginians, and I thank Chair Yellen for her testimony before the Committee today.”

  • Comstock Votes For 529 College Saving Plans

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, R-10th, issued the following statement on the bipartisan passage of H.R. 529, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand, strengthen, and modernize 529 college savings accounts:

    “Our country’s future is only as strong as the next generation. Nearly 12 million parents use tax-free college savings accounts – known as 529 plans.  What the House voted on today will strengthen those plans so hard-working parents can have a piece of mind when it comes to educating their children.  One of my constituents has said about the 529 plans: ‘My wife and I have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. It may seem early, but we’ve already started putting away money for her college education. With its tax benefits and low cost investment options, the Virginia 529 invest program was the obvious way to start saving.’  I am glad the House acted today so we can help millions of families plan on educating the next generation.”

  • Griffith Statement on President’s Veto of Keystone XL

    Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-9th, today released the following statement on the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:

    “Though he wants his words to indicate otherwise, President Obama’s actions – today and previously – indicate that he has always been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.  Put simply: I believe the President’s decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline is based on politics, not on science.”

    “This pipeline has been thoroughly studied.  The State Department has found the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would not significantly worsen carbon pollution, a consideration supposedly important in the President’s decision making.  Further, other studies have shown that transporting oil and gas through pipelines results in fewer spillage incidents and injuries than does transporting oil and gas by road and rail.  No method of transportation is perfect.  However, trains carrying crude oil have derailed within two hours of Virginia’s Ninth District twice within the last year, sending flames and plumes of smoke into the air on different sides of the Ninth District.”

    “A solution to create jobs and energy is to work with our friends in Canada and support the Keystone XL pipeline.  Sadly, it seems that President Obama is not willing to work with Congress to advance this bipartisan, pro-jobs, and pro-energy Keystone XL pipeline, instead using his veto pen to put politics over policy.”

  • Comstock Calls President’s Veto of Keystone XL ‘Outrageous’

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, R-10th, issued the following statement on President Obama’s veto of the The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:

    “It is outrageous that President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline – a commonsense jobs-creating legislation that was supported by a broad coalition including unions such as the Teamsters and LIUNA, the Tea Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Post.  Hard-working Americans were hurt today by President Obama’s veto.  Keystone XL would have created thousands of shovel-ready jobs that would have put us on a path toward energy independence.”

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