• Del. Chris Stolle: Republicans Propose a Conservative, Responsible Biennial Budget

    Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, delivered this week’s Virginia Republican Address.


    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hello, I am Delegate Chris Stolle and I represent the 83rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. It is a privilege to serve as a member of the oldest continuing operating legislature in the western hemisphere.

    As you know, this is the year that the General Assembly adopts a two year state budget. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, we have been hard at work on finalizing our proposal to fund the government.

    This past week, the House unveiled its budget proposal. Our budget is a conservative, responsible, and structurally balanced budget that invests in the core functions of government while protecting precious taxpayer resources. Our budget does not include any tax or fee increases, and when adjusted for population and inflation, general fund spending has decreased by 5 percent over the last ten years. Our budget deposits 605 million dollars in the state’s rainy day fund, saving our taxpayers resources should times get tough again.

    Our budget makes significant investments into K-12 education. The proposed funding exceeds the Governor’s recommendations by nearly $70 million. We have proposed a 2 percent pay raise for teachers. Most notably though, is our plan to send $272 million of lottery proceeds back to the localities with no local match required and no mandate on how the money must be spent. Our K-12 education budget provides localities with much needed flexibility and relief in providing for our children’s education.

    We also make significant investments into higher education. Our budget builds on our efforts to make college more affordable for Virginia students and families. We increase support for in-state students and hold tuition increases at no more than 3 percent.

    We recognize that Virginia’s economic growth still lags behind the national average. The importance of good paying, private sector jobs remains our primary focus. That is why our budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and legislative oversight. One of the new initiatives that will help us do this is GO Virginia, a regional economic development initiative that brings business and education leaders together to help vet economic development projects.

    We continue to look for conservative solutions and make key investments into strengthening our healthcare safety net. We understand the importance of taking care of our neighbors, and that is why our budget includes $28.9 dollars in new funding for substance abuse treatment, increasing eligibility for the mentally ill, and creating additional developmental disability waiver slots to address the critical waiting list for our most vulnerable citizens.

    While we may have completed work on our budget and have passed the House version, we still have a long way to go. Now, House and Senate negotiators go in to conference to work out the differences between the two budgets. I encourage you to stay connected with your representatives throughout this process to have your voice heard. Government works best when its citizens are actively engaged and involved.

    I’m Delegate Chris Stolle. Thanks for watching, and have a great weekend.”

  • Memo: Hillary in Virginia — Go Big or Go Home

    Memo
    To: Interested Parties
    From: Chairman John Whitbeck
    Date: February 11, 2016

    Re: Go Big or Go Home

    Execution is everything.

     

    And for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, executing in the Commonwealth of Virginia is her last chance to prove that her campaign isn’t reenacting 2008 all over again.

     

    After her massive loss to socialist Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Hillary must regroup, and fast. Major donors have already begun to make noise about a Joe Biden contingency plan, and it’s far from certain that Clinton is going to win the all-important FBI primary.

     

    The good news for Hillary is that there’s no reason she shouldn’t roll to a massive win in Virginia over Sanders.

     

    Clinton has had 8 years since her stinging defeat in 2008 to build the bridges she needs to utterly crush Sanders in the Commonwealth. Openly embracing Obamacare, Hillary has made it clear that she claims the mantle of President Obama’s third term.

     

    First Friend turned Governor Terry McAuliffe was elected in 2013, and has had one political objective since then – locking down the Commonwealth of Virginia for Hillary Clinton.

     

    Hillary’s entire campaign has been modeled as the national version of McAuliffe’s 2013 Virginia campaign. Manager Robby Mook went from Northern Virginia to Brooklyn, along with other key staff. Hillary has run far to the left on issues like gun control as well, hoping to capture the same hard-left base that gave McAuliffe his margin of victory in 2013. W

     

    McAuliffe has been working for years to turn the Democratic Party of Virginia in to a Hillary for President field office. McAuliffe has dumped some $1.7 million into the organization since he took office, parking likely Clinton staffers in the organization, and quietly lining up supporters to back Clinton’s play in Virginia.

     

    Clinton has also locked up the endorsements of every statewide Democrat and a host of key Democrat leaders in the General Assembly. Hillary has already won the inside game in Virginia over Bernie Sanders. But as New Hampshire showed, that’s not everything.

     

    On paper, Virginia is without a doubt Clinton country, but you wouldn’t know it based on her field operation. According to a recent news report, “Sanders appears to have a more organized ground game in Virginia. game. Clearly, Clinton is taking success in the Commonwealth for granted and expecting Terry to deliver a win.  Her first field office in Virginia opened last night. She should win handily – and must – in order to prove this isn’t 2008 all over again.

     

    In short, anything less than a massive win for Hillary Clinton in Virginia is a major disaster, and sure sign that her southern “firewall” isn’t stopping her campaign from feeling The Bern.
  • Sen. Bryce Reeves: Virginia Republicans are Fighting for the Second Amendment

    Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, delivered this week’s Virginia Republican Address.


    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Senator Bryce Reeves of Virginia’s 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Culpeper, Louisa, and Spotsylvania Counties, as well as Orange County and the City of Fredericksburg.

    One of the top priorities of Republicans during this year’s General Assembly session is reversing the recent action of the Attorney General, which seeks to end Virginia’s concealed carry reciprocity agreements with many states. My fellow Republicans and I in the General Assembly are committed to protecting the 2nd Amendment rights for all Virginians, particularly the 421,000 law-abiding Virginians who hold concealed carry handgun permits and are directly affected by the Attorney General’s action.

    I am proud to help lead the charge on this matter by carrying Senate Bill 610, which restores and protects the existing reciprocity agreements Virginia has with other states, as well as expands such agreements with additional states.

    I am happy to announce that we are on a clear path to achieving this. Just last Friday, the Governor announced his intention to sign this bill when it reaches his desk.

    Just yesterday, my reciprocity bill passed the full Senate with bipartisan support. The House’s companion bill to Senate Bill 610, introduced by Delegate Michael Webert, is on its way to passing as well. We are now one step closer to getting this done and ensuring that the Constitutional rights of Virginians are upheld and protected.

    Republicans in the General Assembly are steadfast in guaranteeing that law-abiding Virginians have the right to protect themselves and their families from violent attack, whether they are in the Commonwealth or out of state. We will continue to stand by you, our constituents, and ensure your rights are protected.

    I’m Senator Bryce Reeves. Thank you for watching and have a great weekend.”

  • September 19, 2015 SCC Minutes – DRAFT

  • VA GOP Statement on State Senator Mark Obenshain

    September 28, 2015 – Richmond, VA – Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia John Whitbeck issued the following statement on the announcement by State Senator Mark Obenshain that he would not be running for Governor in 2017:

    “I have the greatest respect in the world for Senator Mark Obenshain and while I believe he would have been our next Governor, I respect and admire his decision today.

    I applaud Senator Obenshain for his laser-like focus on these critical 2015 Virginia elections. It is critically important that Republicans continue to hold our majority in the Virginia State Senate and our super-majority in the House of Delegates.

    At the Republican Party of Virginia, we cannot control speculation regarding the 2017 race. Instead we are focused on the fact that there are only 36 days until the November elections and with great Party leaders like Mark Obenshain, we know Republicans are poised to have a great election cycle.”

  • January 24, 2015 SCC Minutes

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  • March 14, 2015 SCC Minutes

  • Less than 100 days

    We are less than 100 days out from a critical election in Virginia. Terry McAuliffe and his liberal allies are trying to turn Virginia permanently blue by taking over the majority in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. His old pal Hillary Clinton even stopped by to raise money for the effort!

    If Democrats succeed you know what it means: Obama’s Medicaid expansion, higher taxes and repeal of Virginia’s Right to Work laws.  In short, Terry, Hillary and their allies want to turn Virginia into Washington, D.C.!

    We at the Republican Party of Virginia are rising to the challenge.  Over the next few months the RPV will be engaged in an unprecedented plan to aid our House and Senate Caucuses in holding our majorities.  This plan includes a strong focus on our very important local races as well!

    Here are some of the elements of our plan:

    • Just this month, the RPV hired 8 field staff to assist in our efforts.  Boots on the ground doing the grassroots campaigning is what we are all about, and our efforts will absolutely help us prepare for not only the 2015 races, but also the 2016 presidential election as well! Check out our new staff hires here.
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    • RPV is also participating in the RNC’s “Republican Leadership Initiative” to create a farm team of homegrown grassroots leaders 240_RLIwho will push back on the Democrat’s agenda.  Be on the lookout for the RLI and the grassroots training dates around Virginia in the next few weeks.
    • RPV is also allowing our local units and campaigns free access to our data system i360. Our data system allows walk books and call lists to be pulled immediately and puts cutting-edge modeling data directly into the hands of volunteers across the state. We already have more than 100 units and campaigns using i360 through the Party and we are pushing to make sure that everyone who wants to have access can do so immediately.
    • Finally, RPV is back to holding Democrats accountable for their support for the Obama-McAuliffe agenda.  We are going on the offensive all over Virginia highlighting the records of Democrat 240_petitionincumbents and the extreme liberal views of their nominees.  Most recently you might have seen our efforts to bring to the attention of voters the broad support Democrats get from Planned Parenthood, an organization that now has been caught on video discussing the sale of the body parts of children.  We have demanded Governor McAuliffe initiate an immediate investigation and we have challenged Democrats who received support from Planned Parenthood to renounce the embattled organization’s endorsement.

    My friends, we are in a battle for the heart and soul of Virginia.  We have an opportunity to turn back the damage caused by the Obama-McAuliffe agenda here in our great Commonwealth by increasing our majorities in the General Assembly this year, while at the same time preparing our Party for the challenges ahead in 2016.  Democrats will have unlimited resources this year from their pro-union, pro-Planned Parenthood and pro-Obamacare special interest money donors.  I promise you though, the RPV will not be outworked even if we are outspent, and we will bring our message of liberty to Virginians, one voter at a time.

    Thank you so much for all you do for our Party and we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

    Let’s be Republicans First,

    Chairman John Whitbeck

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