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‘Dear Glenn.’ An Open Letter to Glenn Davis

Dear Glenn,

Thank you!

For the past year you traveled the Commonwealth and shared your generosity with those around you.

You shared your ready availability and willingness to talk with prospective supporters …

… as well as your policy, leadership, and business sense with a plan and an eye to the future.

For all that and so much more, thank you.

And thank you for your gracious concession and call for party unity. You, Sir, are a class act.

Rest up because we’re going to need your pragmatic common sense somewhere down the political road. Take Chelle on a long vacation. Sleep past 4:00 am.

And when you’re in my part of the Valley please be sure to stop by so we can again break bread together and talk about life, politics, and the world around us.

This door may have closed … but somewhere there’s a window waiting for you to dive through it! The best, as they say, is yet to come….


~Lynn Mitchell

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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2017 Primary Predictions from Bearing Drift’s Political Junkies

Everyone at Bearing Drift is a political junkie so with today’s primary, we thought it would be fun to provide some predictions for the upcoming election, whether it’s a gut feeling, crunching and analyzing the numbers, or gazing into our individual crystal balls.

Brian Schoeneman, Editor-in-Chief

Governor — Republican: Ed Gillespie
Governor — Democrat: Ralph Northam

Lt. Governor — Republican: No idea
Lt. Governor — Democrat: Justin Fairfax

Jim Hoeft, Publisher

Governor — Republican:
Wagner 37
Gillespie 36
Stewart 27

LG — Republican:
Davis 42
Vogel 32
Reeves 26

Governor — Democrat:
Perriello 56
Northam 44

LG — Democrat:
Fairfax 44
Platt 42
Rossi 14

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New Year’s Message of Giving from LG Candidate Glenn Davis

As we dust off from Christmas and prepare for the New Year’s weekend, our attention turns to the 2017 campaigns in Virginia. Delegate Glenn Davis, running for lieutenant governor, has a different type of message this New Year’s. It’s a message of giving, something he is very familiar with in his work with community and beyond.

This New Year’s Eve, instead of asking for donations for his campaign, he has suggested donations can be made to those who need it.

Glenn’s message:

Friend —

As we prepare to close out 2016 and open the new opportunities that 2017 presents, I am certain that your email inbox is like mine – full of emails from candidates pleading for one last donation for their campaign finance reports before the end of year deadline.

Although our campaign has the same deadline, I am not emailing to ask for any last minute contributions. Instead, Chelle and I would just like to wish you a prosperous start to the New Year, and ask you to help those still in need as we end 2016.

My campaign is doing well, and there will be plenty of opportunities in 2017 to support us.  However, one thing that has become all the more evident, as I’ve criss-crossed Virginia in Mello Yellow, is that there are many throughout our Commonwealth who are having trouble making ends meet.

Instead of a campaign contribution, I would ask that you consider an end-of-year contribution to your local food bank or church. Until we make Virginia #1 again for business and job growth, many Virginians will continue to find themselves worse off than they were just a few years ago.  Lets try to help them start 2017 a little better than they ended 2016.

May God continue to bless our great nation and our Commonwealth in 2017, and may we work together to make it a prosperous one for all Virginians!  Chelle and I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Glenn R. Davis
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It’s a 2017 Primary for Virginia Republicans

It was a close 41-40 vote but a primary was selected as the nominating method for the 2017 gubernatorial contest during the Republican Party of Virginia’s state central committee meeting Saturday in Richmond.

Republicans will vote at their usual polling place in 2017 to select a candidate for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general to go on to the general election.

RPV Chairman John Whitbeck, who missed the meeting because of a family emergency but he issued the following comment after the vote:

“This will be the first primary to nominate our state-level candidates since 2005. Our 2016 presidential primary was the highest turnout in the history of Virginia for either party.  Enthusiasm for Republican candidates is at an all-time high and we expect this to continue in 2017. The slate of candidates running state-wide in our Party next year as a whole has never been better.

“The primary will allow our candidates to expand our party’s outreach as they campaign, as well as build our ground-game and test out our general election strategy.  I expect our Party will be united and ready to win in 2017.”

The close vote showed how contentious the issue between a primary and convention continues to be within the party. This method, however, will be far more convenient to involve as many Virginia Republicans as possible in the 2017 elections.

Cross posted at Bearing Drift

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