Friday, November 27, 2015

Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on the passing of Speaker Thomas W. Moss, Jr.

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement on the passing of Speaker Thomas W. Moss, Jr.

"Cessie and I share our prayers and deepest condolences with Norma and the entire Moss family.

"I had the privilege of serving with Tom for twelve years, but his service spanned decades. He was a member of the House for 36 years and served as Treasurer of Norfolk for another decade. The length of his service reflects his tireless commitment to fellow citizens and the Commonwealth.

"Tom was a fierce competitor, was passionate about his beliefs and had a sharp sense of humor. The House of Delegates mourns the loss of a friend."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

VA GOP Holds State Senate and Maintains Majority in House

The following is a release from the Republican Party of Virginia:

"Despite an onslaught from out-of state liberal groups and allies of Hillary Clinton and Gov. McAuliffe, the voters of Virginia have turned to the Republican Party of Virginia to lead the Commonwealth as the GOP retained the majority in the State Senate and an overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates.

"Tonight's results reflect a major turning point for Virginia Republicans," said Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Chairman John Whitbeck. "After years of struggling with infighting, the Party is once again united behind the common goal of electing Republicans at every level of government."

Whitbeck continued, "Virginia voters have sent a clear message that all the outside money in the world can't save a Democratic Party that's wrong on the issues. Unlike Democrats, our candidates campaigned on the issues Virginia voters care most about: transportation, jobs and the economy.

In one of the most watched Senate races of the night, voters in Senate District 10 turned back over a million dollars of outside money from Michael Bloomberg and others to elect Glen Sturtevant over Dan Gecker.

"You could feel the momentum building for months," said Whitbeck. "Our efforts began early this year by recruiting tremendous candidates who looked like Virginia and in turn they developed excellent campaigns that built a strong grassroots effort. This election is a clear repudiation of Governor McAuliffe and his out-of-state supporters like Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton."

Virginia's State Senate remains firm at 21-19 and the House of Delegates majority remains overwhelming.

"With today's election result, it is clear that Republicans in Virginia have all the momentum and this bodes extremely well for 2016 and beyond. Congratulations to all our victorious candidates, the House and Senate leadership and most importantly to all our voters across the Commonwealth today."

"The Republican Party of Virginia comeback in the Commonwealth of Virginia is underway."

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Speaker Howell, House leaders encourage voters to reject Governor McAuliffe’s $17 toll plan

The following is a release from Speaker Howell’s office:

"Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and House Republican leaders commented Sunday ahead of Governor McAuliffe’s campaign stops in Northern Virginia. House leaders encouraged voters in Northern Virginia to reject the Governor’s plan to add $17 tolls on I-66 and criticized the Governor’s divisive, Washington-style campaign.

“Across Northern Virginia, this election comes down to one question: who can you trust to fight back against Governor McAuliffe and his outrageous $17 toll on I-66 inside the beltway?” said Speaker Howell. “Kathleen Murphy, John Bell and Jennifer Boysko simply cannot be trusted to stand up to the Governor. Craig Parisot, Chuong Nguyen, Danny Vargas, Sang Yi and Republicans throughout the I-66 corridor are united in their opposition and commitment to stopping the Governor’s $17 toll. If voters give Craig, Chuong, Danny and Sang the honor of serving in the House of Delegates, they will carry legislation with the full support of House leadership to stop these tolls.”

Commenting on the Governor’s remarks on I-66 and gun control late last week, Speaker Howell added “Elections bring out the competitive passion in everybody, but it has been very disappointing to see the Governor take such an unnecessarily divisive tone in the last few days. Virginia voters expect and deserve better.”

“As Governor McAuliffe travels the Commonwealth today, voters will have a clear choice on who should lead state government,” said House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights). “Voters can choose between the partisan rhetoric and Washington-style governance that has become so familiar during the Governor’s first two years in office, or they can choose the practical, results-oriented governing solutions offered by Republican candidates. While Washington drowns in deficits and debt, and the American people suffer under the weight of the Obama-Clinton-McAuliffe agenda, Virginia has charted a different course under Republican leadership in the General Assembly. We’ve balanced budgets, turned shortfalls into surpluses and offered real solutions. That’s the choice voters face on Tuesday.”

“As I’ve campaigned with Republican candidates over the last few weeks, the issue I’ve heard voters talk about most is the Governor’s plan for $17 tolls on I-66,” said House Majority Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax). “Families oppose the Governor’s plan to add new $17 tolls without adding new lane capacity and prioritize bike paths in Arlington over real congestion relief. Northern Virginia commuters are not the Governor’s personal ATM machine. Republican candidates like Craig Parisot, Chuong Nugyen, Danny Vargas and Sang Yi have a plan to stop these outrageous tolls.”

“Whether you live in Manassas, Prince William, Fairfax or Loudoun, the Governor and his allies have made it clear that they expect us to pay the price for building new bike and pedestrian paths in Arlington,” said House Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas). “Even a salesman with the Governor’s talents couldn’t sell this plan to hardworking families.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

McAuliffe Attacks Parrish

On his Ask the Governor show on WTOP Governor Terry McAuliffe lost control and began an attack on the Republican state senate candidate Hal Parrish. It seems that Parrish has the temerity to oppose McAuliffe's plan to levy a 17 dollar per day toll on 66. Parrish seems concerned that the money collected by the toll won't actually be spent to improve 66.

Now ordinarily a Democrat attacking a Republican would not seem odd, but Parrish is currently not in the state senate. Parrish is the Mayor of Manassas. McAuliffe does not attack him for his performance in that office, rather he attacks him for future obstructionism if he is elected to the state senate.

There are 40 state senate campaigns, but the Governor singles out Parrish to attack. Perhaps Parrish should be flattered.

Now for those of you that don't know Terry McAuliffe defines obstructionism as opposing anything he wants.