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Who’s best for Republican outreach, Guevara or Schoeneman, in the Sully District?

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

John Whitbeck, the newly elected head of the RPV, has made an unprecedented move “endorsing” and that’s what it is regardless of the language used in his recent statement of support for John Guevara for Supervisor of the Sully District in Fairfax County.

In this, the first genuine move by Whitbeck towards outreach to the minority community for conservatives, he states, “Growing the Republican Party is essential to our winning elections in Northern Virginia.  John Guevara is exactly the kind of Republican we need to accomplish just that. His military and private sector experience in project management makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.”

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Today is Vietnam Veterans Day … USMC vet remembers

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President George H.W. Bush greets Gunnery Sergeant Daniel P. Cortez, USMC, 1987, at an Honors Ceremony for the Commander-in-Chief and guests by the President’s private ceremonial detachment at Marine Barracks 8th and I.

By Daniel P. Cortez

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day celebrated at various places in Virginia. In this the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War appropriate ceremonies are being developed according to statute. Thank our fine First District Congressman Rob Wittman for taking the initiative for a moving ceremony planned for August. More to follow. I share the difficulty today reliving the most chaotic times in most of our lives. I landed in Vietnam one day after my 19th Birthday.

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Positive and questionable political actions

By Daniel P. Cortez

With the last hard snow behind us … fingers crossed … incumbents and their ambitious political opponents pound the pavement seeking support.  Locally nervous nellies use blog or Facebook posts to sway voters and genuine media who scan the web for the pulse of our community.

Elitist political establishment types using large cash reserves from dubious supporters for direct mail propaganda befuddle marginally informed citizens during this off-year election.  In Stafford County, House Speaker Delegate Bill Howell clearly worried about challenger former Supervisor Susan Stimpson has been flooding mailboxes with expensive reelection mailers.  Amusing is his repeated, questionable General Assembly claim of, “A balanced budget that does not raise taxes.”

Stafford officials may look at this statement and chortle as they recently voted to approve 16 additional firefighters through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Supervisor Bob Thomas indicated his concern over the actions future fiscal impact citing a “million dollar cliff” being examined. Firefighting officials state the desire for the temporary positions to be full time after the two year grant period expires.

Fiscally the majority of the Commonwealth’s blue collar workers would be hard-pressed to say their taxes have gone down, period, as they struggle to make ends meet. Funny how legislators won’t discuss user fees which are a “tax” that keeps going up.  Our well-heeled politicians don’t have that problem as a general rule.

And little help came from Howell and the General Assembly directly with both sides bragging of “better days are here” as the majority of independent voters shake our heads.  And as the region’s senior delegate and Speaker, he remains at war with Governor Terry McAuliffe, opposing federal aid providing help to Virginia’s large medically uninsured minority and immigrant community.

Hypocritical how Howell remains vociferous against accepting federal aid for our mostly minority and indigent community, but remains silent over a federal grant taken from Virginia’s share of taxable income for firefighters. Increased Stafford taxation is clearly just around the bend, thanks to Howell’s lack of support in an effort to pad an election year flyer.

Stimpson also boasts of sessions without raising taxes and her service to our community, but in fairness where is the verifiable Christian charity shown by both candidates to our oppressed?

Is it wrong to want specificity regarding Howell’s Dominion Leadership Trust fund and his fiscal compassion? Since 2002, 14 million dollars has been donated by taxpayers and businesses to the fund, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.  How much has gone directly to help the indigent or the badly needed minority voter in the region by Howell in scholarships, grants, or actions?  Still waiting for his campaign to provide such compassionate information. Not hard to understand why the Howell campaign is not forthcoming. Or will the expected response be, “This money is exclusively for candidates.”  How compassionate of Howell.

So much for the negative.  For those who relish civil war sites and want to attend a function for a genuine servant of the people, there’s a very positive event for Supervisor Jeff Sili of Caroline County on April 11. Sili, the very popular veteran supervisor, is kicking off his reelection campaign at Moss Neck Manor beginning at 9 a.m.

Historians will acknowledge Moss Neck with towering trees, a rolling landscape, and Greek revival antebellum charm as the estate where General Thomas J. Jackson spent the winter of 1862 after the Battle of Fredericksburg.  During this event the Commonwealth Hunt from King George will bring horses and hounds for an early morning demonstration of the traditions of Virginia hunting and individual property rights.  Ever popular former Virginia Governor George Allen and Congressman Rob Wittman headline the event in support of Sili. Personally, I’m looking forward to the “Hunt Breakfast.”

Sili, one the regions most requested key note speakers for Veterans and Memorial Day programs, is widely embraced by the minority community.  His involvements from Wounded Warrior fishing, to contributing time and money with DIVAS (Diverse Individuals Valuing Self and Another) and Caroline’s Promise, which are youth mentoring programs, remain noteworthy.  His town hall meetings are standing room only with a racial diversity seldom seen by his Republican colleagues.

When it comes to outreach, Sili and wife Susan set an example for all area politicians by faithfully supporting multicultural events and attending church regularly with the African American community at Mt. Zion Church in lower Caroline.  He’s the rare politician who, during the recent hard snow, mounted his tractor and plowed too many neighbors driveways to count.  Noted beekeepers, they recently donated hundreds of dollars of home grown honey from Sili’s well-cultivated hives to support the Ruritans.

The independent voter clearly can see the value of supporting in-touch working class local politicians over contentious elitists who largely ignore the grass roots minority community or veterans, and have never gotten their hands dirty.

Yes, the politically worthy and the questionable. For those who choose to vote.

Daniel Cortez, a distinguished Vietnam veteran and award winning writer/broadcaster, is active in veterans and political affairs with an independent voter perspective. He can be reached at dpcortez1969@yahoo.com

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Compassionate words and deeds define new conservative leadership

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The indefatigable Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia, co-hosted an open-to-the-public function this past weekend in Northern Virginia to benefit “Our Military Kids.”  It was a huge success to raise money benefiting our wounded soldiers and, specifically, the children of veterans whose parents face the financial difficulty of being deployed.

I was proud to be a co-sponsor, being a Vietnam veteran and having a military kid myself.  Recently-elected Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was also present to provide her support.

Another gallant cause by the extended Allen family.  And it was a family event as by her side was husband George, the enormously popular former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator.  And it didn’t hurt to have support of his brother Bruce, president of our beloved Washington Redskins.

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Bush delivers and electrifies CPAC audience as Tea Party protestors fizzle

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By Daniel P. Cortez

Jeb Bush 13 by Daniel Anna Lee

Anna Lee of Northern Virginia would be a key conservative operative for a Bush for President campaign.

It appeared to be a more enthusiastic crowd on Friday than usual at CPAC for conservatives seeking the right Presidential candidate. Without question and in some cases a surprise, former Governor Jeb Bush wowed ’em. In the words of well-known Virginia conservative operative Anna Lee, Bush was “very Presidential and articulate.” It was his day in the sun.

Lee was part of the Who’s Who of Virginia supporters that included Marta Saltus and Manny Rosales, whose main focus was to support Bush and encourage him to simply, “Run.” Victor Cabral, noted Virginia attorney and husband of Anna Escobedo Cabral, who served as the nation’s 42nd Treasurer of the United States under George W. Bush, served as Virginia point man for the private Bush event. He was instrumental in assembling over 1,000 supporters from across the nation to a reception with Bush after a remarkable stage performance in front of a packed CPAC crowd. More importantly he brought key leaders of the Hispanic community to take a hard look at Bush. It worked.

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Daniel Cortez: Pics #2 Jeb Bush at CPAC

By Daniel P. Cortez

Jeb Bush 10 by DanielJeb Bush at CPAC on Friday. A total mob scene after the most appreciated speaker at CPAC in spite of Sean Hannity’s attempt at “I got you” politics during the Q and A. Bush WAS on point, well received, and sounded totally Presidential. At the private event with Jeb Bush, well over 1,000 supporters from across the nation enthusiastically supported him with chants of “Run Jeb Run.” What a mob scene. I see a well-oiled machine already. See also Pics #1 of Jeb Bush at CPAC.

Jeb Bush 13 by Daniel Anna LeeAnd at every CPAC turn and in the front row of the Bush mob scene reception was Virginia’s irrepressible Anna Lee leading the cheers.

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Daniel Cortez: Pics #1 of Jeb Bush at CPAC

By Daniel P. Cortez

Jeb Bush #6 by Daniel CortezTotally Presidential! And over 1,000 young and old from across the nation at his private event.

Jeb Bush 8 by DanielA total mob scene after the most appreciated speaker at CPAC in spite of Sean Hannity’s attempt at “I got you” politics during the Q and A. Bush WAS on point, well received, and sounded totally Presidential. At the private event with Jeb Bush, well over 1,000 supporters from across the nation enthusiastically supported him with chants of “Run Jeb Run.” What a mob scene. I see a well-oiled machine already.

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Chris Cillizza: Jeb Bush ‘was, in a word, presidential’ at CPAC

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Jeb Bush Friday at CPAC. (Photo by Daniel Cortez)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It was not going to be a friendly crowd, the pundits wrote, when Jeb Bush decided to address attendees at this weekend’s CPAC convention in Baltimore. As a conservative with a proven track record from two terms as governor of Florida, Jeb has been bashed and redefined by conservative talk show hosts who have trashed him to their core listeners.

Word circulated prior to Friday’s event that there would be a walkout en mass by those who considered themselves far more conservative than Jeb (see CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush).

Jeb switched gears mid-week, opting for a question-and-answer with conservative Fox News commentator Sean Hannity in front of the CPAC crowds, and did extremely well. Chris Cillizza, writing in the Washington Post (see Jeb Bush was very, very good at CPAC today) said, “He was, in a word, presidential.”

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Better Fellows sought despite Howell’s resistance

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

In spite of being politically jaded, I recently visited the General Assembly. Yes, the extreme partisanship and elitism of some of Virginia’s legislators was evident. But I found hope in our young people’s involvement through the Governor’s Fellows Program. Even as whispers were rampant about Stafford’s 71-year-old Delegate William J. Howell.

When not in session, politicos scurried in and out of meetings with special interest groups and citizens. Clearly the Cantor catastrophe had conservatives up for election somewhat edgy. Many attempt to soften their image or cotton up to tea party extremists in hopes of not being primaried. One even brought in his dog.

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Examination of the Brian Williams syndrome

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The brouhaha over Brian Williams’ actual combat engagements in Iraq in 2003 has netted him a six-month suspension without pay from NBC’s news broadcasts. He’s trying to keep his night job hoping we’ll forget his need to deceive the public with misinformation.

That’s until he’s caught again with his prevaricating pants down. NBC management had been meeting to decide if a more lengthy suspension, a more sincere apology, or out-and-out dismissal was necessary. His actions reminded me of a typical politician. Williams’ attempt to embellish his war experiences has political veteran military personnel, particularly the infantry and artillery types, outraged. He also has his peers on full news attack mode over his actions.

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Stimpson cries foul over ‘The Howell Report’

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

It’s politics as usual in local Republican circles as Democrats are watching and smiling at the possibly of another tea party take-down, Cantor style. But this time the target is Stafford Delegate Bill Howell. The latest melodrama is over Howell’s Official Constituent Survey I and area voters received in the mail a week ago. It has his primary opponent Tea Party partisan Susan Stimpson fuming.

It was the usual pointed establishment Republican questionnaire attempting to bolster the image of the incumbent Howell and the ultra-conservative positions he is attempting to force on Stafford and Fredericksburg area voters.

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Political and media hypocrisy laced with hope

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

After several bedridden weeks battling the flu and then watching the President’s State of the Union Address, I’ve realized Stafford voters need inoculation from Democratic political hypocrites and elitists’ moral turpitude. Fortunately, actions by former Governor George Allen and wife Susan provide hope for Virginia Republicans  struggling for unity.

Raising conservative angst was President Obama’s depiction of a booming jobs market in our record deficit economy and free community college at taxpayer expense. While socialistically invigorating to Democratic partisans, they remain troublesome to Republicans and Independents.

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34th House District: Republican Parisot sprints to finish line for Tuesday’s Special Election

Daniel Cortez 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

After winning the Republican fire house primary in November for the 34th House District, the seat previously held by Barbara Comstock before she won the 10th Congressional District seat, Republican Craig Parisot will face off on Tuesday in the Special Election against Democrat Kathleen Murphy.

Parisot, an Air Force veteran, is supported by former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen and former Congressman Tom Davis. He was described by House Speaker Bill Howell as “an energetic community leader, entrepreneur and third-generation veteran.” He has also been endorsed by NOVABizPAC, the Chinese American Republicans of Virginia (CARVA), Korean American Republican Party of Virginia (KARPVA), and the bi-partisan Virginia Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Fairfax County Chapter.

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Happy New Year! 2014 year-end review from LynnRMitchell.com

This is our first year-end review at LynnRMitchell.com. We started up eight months ago as a group blog, providing daily posts that include opinion, information, and humor about politics and many other issues. It’s been a good year. Our readers have included everyone from politicos to homeschool moms to friends and neighbors. We are generally right-of-center but promote rational thought and discussion as part of the dialogue with our contributors and guest writers.

During our eight months, we’ve published over 900 posts from our four regular contributors — Kurt Michael who is our managing editor, David Karaffa, Daniel Cortez, and Lynn R. Mitchell who is executive editor — as well as 23 guest writers.  Our very first guest writer was Mike Thomas whose post zoomed to the top of the ratings and helped launch us into the blogosphere.

The Top 5 posts for 2014 covered a variety of topics:

Dr. Rob Marsh … Delta Force soldier finds peace as country doctor
Augusta County’s Dennis Burnett passes away
Summer 2014 … 40 things to do in and around Staunton, Virginia
Louisa tea party chairman wins 7th Congressional District chair
WSJ: ‘Health Care and the $20,000 bruise’

The next five posts were just as varied:

Afton’s 2014 Bethlehem Village and the greatest story ever told
Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia
Sabato: ‘This is not a good development for Mark Warner’
Did judge in McDonnell trial have conflict of interest?
Kay Coles James for RPV chairman: A visionary for the future of the party

We have been read all over the country and around the world, thanks to our readers and contributors, and we’re looking forward to what 2015 will bring. We hope you’ll continue the journey with us. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com

Christmas 12 lanternThe reason for the season….

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.” Luke 2:8-20

The true meaning of Christmas … a time for the Christian world to pause and celebrate the birth of the son of God.

As 2014 comes to a close, we are thankful for a successful year and especially for our readers who contribute and share the posts we publish at LynnRMitchell.com.

It is a time to remember those who have special meaning in our lives. We are grateful to have our core group of contributors –Kurt, David, Daniel, and Lynn — working together as each brings a unique perspective that is shared in our writings:

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