• Chairman Mullins: Debate makes it clear, Mark Warner has lost his way in Washington

    Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on tonight’s debate:

    “We learned a great deal about Mark Warner at tonight’s debate. We learned that:

    * Mark Warner opposes making birth control pills available to women without a prescription.
    * Mark Warner still won’t take a position on new EPA rules that will devastate Virginia’s economy.
    * Mark Warner has been in Washington so long that he actually thinks the ‘recovery in Southside Virginia is something to brag about.
    * By his own definition, Mark Warner is just not a very good U.S. Senator.”

    “Senator Warner likes to talk. A lot. But he never gets anything done. It’s true: Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner.”

    “Ed Gillespie won this debate by presenting a positive, uplifting vision for the future of our Commonwealth and country. As Mark Warner fumed, Ed Gillespie smiled.”

    “I’ve never been more proud of Ed Gillespie. He’s going to make a fantastic U.S. Senator.”

  • Warner’s negative ad? Fish in a barrel…

    A note from the Communications Department that just went out to Virginia and national media:


    Just saw Mark Warner’s new negative ad attacking Ed Gillespie. The fact that Mark Warner feels the need to shoot the messenger re: his record in the U.S. Senate is a pretty solid indicator that the race is moving toward Ed Gillespie.

    Warner knows his record is a liability.
    Otherwise, why would he resort to lying about it?

    To that end, I think it’s worth pointing out how the citations that Mark Warner is using to attack Ed’s ad as false are themselves being used in a dishonest fashion.

    Let’s got to the tape:
    Let’s break down these cites one at at time.

    * “Simply False” from PolitiFact, dated Sept. 28.
    You all may have noticed I had a small problem with this when it came out. I won’t belabor the point here, lest I be accused of holding a grudge against Warren Fiske. But you can read my take down of that entire piece here.

    Bottom line, this story flips PolitiFact’s own logic on its head. It’s a lie when Barack Obama said it, but not when Mark Warner said it.

    * “Misleading”, cited from PolitiFact on April 25.
    Not only is this not talking about Ed Gillespie’s campaign ad, it finds that Warner did in fact vote with Warner 97 percent of the time. It’s rated TRUE.  Just click for yourself.

    * “Completely Made Up,” citing
    the Daily Press from Sept. 22.

    The phrase here isn’t even talking about Ed Gillespie’s campaign ad! The quote in question is from Doug Gray of the Virginia Association of Health Plans. He was speaking about his level of confidence int he 250,000 Virginians would lose their coverage due to Obamacare.

    And while Doug Gray might not have an exact number, he does say that “Lots of people will have to be transitioned.” Translated from PR-speak, that means “Yes, Obamacare is going to cause lots of people to lose their plans, but I don’t have an exact number.”

    Don’t take my word for it.

    * Ask Mark Warner and David Turner how many people are losing insurance in Virginia due to Obamacare.
    * Ask Mark Warner to name an Obama administration appointee he’s opposed.
    * Ask Mark Warner if he regrets saying he wouldn’t vote for a plan that would take away health insurance we liked.

    You won’t get a straight answer.
    Because they don’t have one.

    That’s why they’re lying in this new ad.
  • Ethics Reform. Terry McAuliffe. Really?

    Terry McAuliffe wants to enact … ethics reform? Hopefully no computers were damaged when thousands of Virginians read those words and promptly spit their coffee laughing.Let’s look at Terry McAuliffe’s record on ethics recently.

    First, he took campaign cash to change his position on appointment members of the UVA Board of Visitors. Check cleared? Position changed!

    “Soon after that call, Walker wrote, Feinman told him that the campaign had “modified Terry’s higher ed policy and had posted it to their Web site.” The platform of “ensuring proper representation on governing boards” was added to McAuliffe’s list of education-related platforms and reads: “It is critically important that alumni, staff, students and other members of college and university communities are involved in the selection of their governing boards. The Governor should solicit and respect slates of nominees from college and university communities when filling board slots.”

    , the General Assembly sent to his desk a bipartisan bill – co-patroned by Democrat Delegate Scott Surovell – that would have prevented Governors from taking gifts or donations from those who were seeking money from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund.

    McAuliffe VETOED the bill. And then, in a fit of pique, he vetoed funding for an ethics commission that he had already signed into law.

    None of this should be surprising to anyone. Let’s go back to 2010 and remember what Brian Moran, now the Secretary of Public Safety, said about Terry McAuliffe:

    “For decades, Mr. McAuliffe traded access for money, ensuring that big companies – not people – were in control, all the while pocketing millions through his proximity to power,” [a campaign spokesman] said. “Brian Moran will take no lectures on ethics from the booking agent of the Lincoln Bedroom and the architect of the Business Leadership Forum.”

    Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on McAuliffe reform initiative:

    “Trusting Terry McAuliffe to enact ethics reform isn’t just letting the fox guard the hen house, it’s letting the fox design and build  the hen house for easier access.”

    “If Terry McAuliffe wants to reform ethics, first he needs to reform Terry McAuliffe.”

  • Comstock Wins 10th Congressional District Chamber Debate


    Susan Falconer, Campaign Manager for Comstock for Congress, released the following statement on Delegate Barbara Comstock’s clear victory at this afternoon’s 10th Congressional District Debate sponsored by the Reston, Loudoun and Dulles Chambers of Commerce:

    “This afternoon, Delegate Barbara Comstock once again stood head and shoulders above John Foust in conveying her knowledge and experience on business and economic issues, and showing why she is the only candidate that will get results. Comstock cited specific examples of bipartisan legislation that she has written and has passed in the Virginia House of Delegates that has created jobs, grown the economy, brought data centers to the Commonwealth, and improved the quality of life for Virginians. She was able to point to results that she achieved by working with and listening to people on both sides of the aisle and community members.

    “John Foust had no response or defense to the documented fact of his myriad tax increases on the people of Northern Virginia and could not cite a single accomplishment or initiative that helps create jobs.  He doubled down on his support for Obamacare and even defended the National Labor Relations Board and the EPA whose regulations and intrusions into businesses are killing job creation.

    “Barbara Comstock demonstrated why she has earned the trust and endorsements of major business leaders from across the Commonwealth and nationally including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National and Virginia Realtors, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Association of Builders and Contractors, Virginia Credit Union League, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also has received the endorsement of many community leaders and elected officials from all backgrounds including Former Senator John Warner.

  • Robert Hurt Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Americans’ Privacy on Healthcare.gov

    Congressman Robert Hurt, R-5th, released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5610, the Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act, along with Congressman John Barrow (D-Georgia), which will enable individuals to remove their profiles from the federal healthcare website, HealthCare.gov:

    “Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District continues to be my greatest resource as I serve them.  Their input has not only generated creative ideas but brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.  Recently, a constituent contacted our office to express concern over the fact that he was unable to delete his profile from Healthcare.gov, even though he ultimately decided not to sign up for healthcare coverage.

    “Creating a profile requires entering personally identifiable and often sensitive information and, given the recent breach in security of the website, Fifth District Virginians are understandably concerned by the federal government holding onto their information.  Cybersecurity vulnerabilities pose a significant threat to individual privacy, but this Administration has been so focused on getting Healthcare.gov to function at a basic level that it did not take sufficient action to ensure that users’ personal information will be protected despite spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build the site.

    “Clearly, major cybersecurity risks exist within the online federal marketplace, and these grave security concerns make it even more imperative that individuals have the ability to remove their personal information permanently from Healthcare.gov, which this bill enables.  The bipartisan Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act is a direct response to these concerns about privacy and the protection of personal information for those using Healthcare.gov, and it is a compliment to the robust oversight we in the House are conducting to press the administration to protect this data.

    “It is my hope that this bill moves swiftly through the legislative process, and I look forward to working with Rep. Barrow and my colleagues to ensure that individual privacy is protected.”

  • Save the Date — 2014 RPV Advance

    Save the Date!  The 31st Annual RPV Advance is set for December 5th-6th at the Westfields Marriott!

    We’ve got a great line-up of speakers and conservative newsmakers, workshops to help you sharpen your message, and of course hospitality suites where the newsmakers, future leaders, and current elected officials meet the grassroots one-on-one!

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  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Passes Hurt Bill to Help Small Companies Access Capital

    Congressman Robert Hurt released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 5405, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, which combines the text of 11 bills to remove unnecessary federal regulations hindering job growth.  H.R. 4164, the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, which was introduced by Hurt and Representative Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) in March 2014, was incorporated into H.R. 5405:

    “Overregulation of small businesses undoubtedly stands in the way of job creation across Virginia and across our great nation.  At a time when millions of Americans are out of work, we must be laser-focused on enacting policies that will spur job creation.  The Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act is a vital step in removing unnecessary federal regulations and allowing small companies to innovate and expand, creating the jobs we so desperately need.

    “Representative Sewell and I introduced the bipartisan Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, which is included in H.R. 5405, to remove burdensome regulations for small public companies and require the SEC to perform a cost benefit analysis on the rule’s impact on these companies.  This bill offers a practical step forward to ensure that our regulatory structure does not disproportionately burden smaller companies and dis-incentivize start-ups from accessing the public markets. Instead of being forced to comply with these duplicative, unnecessary regulations, small companies will now be able focus on innovating, expanding, and creating jobs.

    “I was pleased to see the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act pass the House today, and I thank my colleagues for joining me in this effort to grow our economy and create much-needed jobs throughout Virginia and America.”

  • Mark Warner, Perpetual Tax Hiker

    Mark Warner loves higher taxes. He just doesn’t like to use those words.

    He’ll talk about “tax reform” and backing those who “do revenues.” He’s very touchy about the subject, too. When a reporter wrote that Warner favored tax increases to help the national debt, a “correction” was requested:

    “A story about the Hob Nob political rally in Saturday’s newspaper should have said that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner favored tax reform, not tax increases, as a way of reducing the national debt.

    Taxpayer wallets could not be reached for comment regarding the difference between the two terms…

    Yet his Senate record is replete with tax hikes — more than $1 trillion of them.

    From PolitiFact:

    “Sen. Warner promised us fiscal responsibility, but he’s voted for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes and $7 trillion in new debt.” Gillespie said in a video last month…

    … We rate his statement True. ”

    Time and time again, Mark Warner raises taxes… after saying he won’t, or it shouldn’t happen.

    In 2008, Warner Said “We Should Not Increase Any Kind Of Taxes On Small Business.” WARNER: “And I also continue to believe we should not increase any kind of taxes on small business and maintain differential rates on capital gains. We’ve got to make sure we continue to spur economic growth.” (Virginia Senate Debate, Fairfax County, VA, 9/18/08)

    But as you all know, Mark Warner voted for Obamacare… which contained a TON of tax hikes on small businesses…

    *ObamaCare Increases The Medicare Payroll Tax On Income Above $200,000 For Single Filers And $250,000 For Joint Filers From 2.9% To 3.8% – “A Direct Tax Hike In The Marginal Income Tax Rate Paid By The Self-Employed, General Partners, And On The Wage Component Of Subchapter-S Earnings.” “Under Obamacare, the Medicare payroll tax for wages and self-employment earnings in excess of $250,000 ($200,000 singles) will rise from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent. This is a direct tax hike in the marginal income tax rate paid by the self-employed, general partners, and on the wage component of Subchapter-S earnings. And since the majority of small employer profits are taxed in brackets that exceed $250,000, this is also a direct marginal tax increase on the majority of small employer profits.” (Americans For Tax Reform Website, www.atr.org, Accessed 12/23/13)

    *ObamaCare Institutes A 3.8% Surcharge On Investment Income For Single Filers Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Over $250,000. “Obamacare in 2013 also imposes a 3.8 percentage point surtax on ‘investment income.’ Some of this so-called ‘investment income’ is actually small business profits. Notably, investors in small businesses (limited partners and passive shareholders in Subchapter-S corporations) will face this tax. Active trade or business income is excluded, but of course most of that will face the higher Medicare tax described above. This provision will make it harder for employers to raise capital in order to create jobs and expand business operations.” (Americans For Tax Reform Website, www.atr.org, Accessed 12/23/13)

    * NFIB Said “These Taxes Will Be Especially Detrimental To Small Business.” “These taxes will be especially detrimental to small business. Most small businesses are pass-throughs that report their income on their household IRS Form 1040s. So, for example, business earnings that the owner saves for future business expansion will be taxed immediately.” (NFIB Website, www.nfib.com, Accessed 12/23/13)

    * Warner Voted To Keep A Sunset Provision For Certain Small Business Tax Credits In ObamaCare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hutchison, R-Texas, amendment no. 3634 that would strike the sunset for certain small business tax credits that are due to expire two years after implementation of the health insurances exchanges contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.”

    (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #103: Motion agreed to 55-43: R 0-40; D 53-3; I 2-0, 3/25/10, Warner Voted Yea)

    And in July 2012, he voted for MORE small biz tax increases…

    * In July 2012, Warner Voted To Increase Taxes On Single Filers Making Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Making Over $250,000. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year on taxable income of up to $200,000 for single filers or up to $250,000 for joint filers. The bill would set the tax rate for adjusted gross income above $250,000 at 33 percent and for adjusted gross income above $400,000 at 35 percent. It also would expand the child tax credit and extend the college tuition tax credit and the earned income tax credit. It would set tax rates for long-term capital gains and dividends at 20 percent. The bill also would allow a business property deduction of $250,000 and extend the alternative minimum tax provisions for 2012 income.” (S. 3412, CQ Vote #184: Passed 51-48: R 0-46; D 50-1; I 1-1, 7/25/12, Warner Voted Yea)

    * A 2012 Ernst & Young Study Determined Would Impact 2.1 Million Business Owners. “Commissioned by a host of pro-business advocacy groups, Ernst & Young conducted this latest study in an effort to predict the long-term economic impact of letting the top rates increase at year’s end – and the findings stand in stark contrast to the repeated assurances from Democrats that their proposal would have minimal effect on small business owners. Researchers determined the plan would actually subject 2.1 million business owners to higher rates; specifically, those who pay pass-through taxes, like most partnerships, LLCs and S-Corporations.” (J.D. Harrison, “Obama Plan To Lift Top Tax Rates Would Plague Millions Of Small Businesses, Study Warns,” The Washington Post , 7/17/12)

    * According To An NFIB Small Business Poll, 75 Percent Of Small Businesses . . . Must Pay Tax On Their Business Income At The Individual Rate. “According to an NFIB National Small Business Poll, 75 percent of small businesses are structured as pass-through entities (S corporations, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships or partnerships) that must pay tax on their business income at the individual rate. Most small businesses do not pay the corporate tax.” (NFIB, Accessed 8/28/13)

    He also voted for the 2014 budget, which called for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.At the bottom line, Mark Warner raises taxes. No matter what he says or promises, when it comes time to vote — or sign legislation — with Mark Warner, taxes are going up.

    Mark Warner: Reliably treating your wallet like a government ATM since 2004!
  • Comstock Receives Endorsement of National Association of Women Business Owners

    Today, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announced they have endorsed Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District Race. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America’s more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy:

    Delegate Barbara Comstock released the following statement after receiving the endorsement: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the National Association of Women Business Owners. I have always made creating jobs and growing the economy my number one priority and will continue to do so in Congress. The Obama economy is not working for women.  Women are losing ground with the number of women employed today worse than in 2010. Today, more women are in poverty than when Barack Obama was elected. I understand the struggles that today’s women entrepreneurs are facing in the Obama economy. We need to lessen the burden on hardworking Virginia taxpayers, repeal and replace ObamaCare with patient centered reforms and pass legislation that will create jobs and get the economy moving again. I thank NAWBO for their leadership on this front and I am pleased to have their support.”

    NAWBO National Board Chair Darla Beggs released the following statement: “We are pleased to announce Barbara Comstock as one of the NAWBO endorsed candidates for 2014. NAWBO has a long history of advocating on behalf of women small business owners. It is exciting to be able to lend our endorsement to a local small businesswoman, Barbara Comstock, in her bid for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. As a small businesswoman herself, she understands the important role entrepreneurs play in our economy. We are confident that Barbara will represent the interests of small business owners well in Congress.”

    She has been endorsed by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National and Virginia Realtors, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Association of Builders and Contractors, Virginia Credit Union League, and many Virginia business, community and elected leaders across the District.

  • Morgan Griffith Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

    Congressman Morgan Griffith has been awarded the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for his commitment to farmers and agriculture.

    “Agriculture is still the basis of much of America’s economy, and these hard-working folks deserve a government that helps rather than get in the way,” said Griffith. “I am honored to receive this award.”

    The award is based on Congressman Griffith’s voting record on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s priority issues, which have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Individuals who received this award were first nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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