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Eric Cantor: ‘Listen to Netanyahu on Iran nuke dangers’

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor remains engages in domestic and foreign policies and wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s USA Today on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (see Eric Cantor: Listen to Netanyahu on Iran nuke dangers):

This week a joint session of Congress will hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The temptation for many will be to focus on the political controversy surrounding his invitation and the administration’s displeasure with his visit. We should focus instead on the substantive concerns the prime minister is expected to share about the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East and the increasing threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Crisis at RPV: Whitbeck puts staff on chopping block

Republican elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The halls at the Republican Party of Virginia headquarters in Richmond will be emptier by the end of next week.

RPV Executive Director Shaun Kenney, gone.

RPV Communications Director Garren Shipley, gone.

No RPV political director. No RPV fund raiser.

Republican 5th Congressional District Chairman Jon Berkley, gone (see RPV in Crisis: Due process and rule of law ignored in removal of 5th CD Chair Jon Berkley).

All under the direction of the new “I’ve-been-in-office-four-weeks” RPV State Chairman John Whitbeck aka “the unifier” who said he wanted to bring the factions together.

You could call it the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

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Eric Cantor, Jeb Bush to host fundraiser in RVA

Jeb Bush, Eric CantorBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) will benefit from a fundraiser being hosted by former Majority Leader Eric Cantor and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush later this month at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The long-time friends will team up for the February 16th event that was first mentioned by Cantor at an event in January (see Virginia Republicans look to the future).


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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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Cantor: ‘I fear Obama’s speech will inflame GOP’

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

Tonight is the State of the Union address from President Barack Obama and, beginning over the weekend, his office began leaking tidbits for eager reporters. Some topics have raised eyebrows especially after the overwhelming Republican victories in November that put not only the U.S. House in Republican hands but also gave the GOP majority to the U.S. Senate.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has also heard the leaked policies and responded to some of the topics the president plans to address in tonight’s remarks. He has some hesitations about what the nation may hear and how some will respond to it, thoughts that he shared (see I fear Obama’s speech will inflame GOP).

Based on what I have heard so far, I fear tonight’s State of the Union will inflame and conflict with the new Republican Congress rather than bring about areas of agreement where both parties can work together to take the country forward.

But I am an optimist and remain hopeful that tonight, the nation will hear President Obama commit to get things done including pro-growth policies like the Trade Promotion Authority and revenue neutral business-tax reform by a date certain. He could also signal a push for major charter school expansion. These would all be healthy signs that he is committed to putting differences aside and is focused on where there is bipartisan agreement that can move the country forward.

Facing a new Republican Congress in 1995, Bill Clinton called for changing the way government worked, making “it smaller, less costly, and smarter.” In 2007 facing a new Democratic Congress, President Bush called for investments in alternative energy, education, and asked Congress to work with him on “comprehensive immigration reform.” In acknowledging new political realities and looking for common ground, both Clinton and Bush angered some in their own party but nevertheless sought to lead. So the question is: Will President Obama do the same?

The country, Washington and much of corporate America is suffering from short-termism, a tendency to prioritize quick gains over long term goals. But the State of the Union offers the President an opportunity to change that course, to be bigger, broader and most importantly bolder. He may only have two years left in office, but tonight is his chance to show he can still lead and bring people together to solve the pressing issues before America. Let’s hope he does. Here’s what to watch for…
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Virginia Republicans look to the future


Linwood Cobb and Eric Cantor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s the Top 5 state offices: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, two U.S. senate seats. Add to that president.

Virginia Republicans saw all those offices turn over to Democrats the past few years including the back-to-back loss for president that marked the first time Virginia carried a Democrat for president since the 1960s.

Frustrated at the string of losses and looking at the 2016 presidential election looming right around the corner, more than 100 Republican activists gathered Saturday in Richmond from as far away as southwestern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia, and the Richmond area. Representing every congressional district and looking to the future during the day-long event, they met in a casual atmosphere to hear positive messages from respected leaders and to network with fellow activists.  The message was one of how to grow the party and work together, how to reach diverse communities, and how to move forward to once again win statewide and presidential elections.

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VPAP’s top news stories for 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia Public Access Project, more commonly known as VPAP, polled their subscribers and 475 participated (including me) with their responses about the top news stories for 2014 (see Top News Stories for 2014):

More than 475 VaNews subscribers participated in our annual top stories survey. Here is the result:

Story that will have most asting impact on Virginia:
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Let’s raise the level of debate and the integrity of our cause

Benjamin DessartBy Benjamin Dessart

While I normally do not give such articles much consideration, the editorial written by the Daily Caller and promoted by Tom White is the most appalling editorial I have read in my time engaged in conservative politics.

Not only are the accusations implied here heinous and logically flawed, they are written (and promoted) in the name of journalism. This article is not news. This article is not journalism. In fact, it is an affront to journalism. Journalists hold themselves to a set standard of morality aimed at promoting the truth, no matter where it may lead them. This article is without the standards of common decency, never mind a standard of journalistic integrity. Such writing is not only deceitful, but it is manipulative, cold, and designed to promote a singular result: for the reader to hate someone.

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‘Daily Caller’ and Virginia blogger stoop to new low regarding UVa ‘Rolling Stone’ article

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

In my 45 years as a writer-broadcaster and political media operative, this remains the worst breach of journalistic ethics I have ever seen. I find the author and editors of the Daily Caller reprehensible to suggest, by inference through association, that the son of former Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor had anything to do with the alleged gang rape reportedly occurring at the University of Virginia in 2012 during a fraternity party.

In the past such acts of desperate yellow journalism were frowned upon and summarily impugned by the established media community. Sadly, today this remains the consequence of poorly trained and ethically imbalanced blog operatives with a mentality embraced by too many known supporters of the tea party community. Such scurrilous acts of political sabotage through innuendo are the reason seasoned professional writers must be more selective to blog involvement in Virginia.

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‘With new Congress, Virginia is losing clout’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

When veteran Virginia congressmen James P. Moran, a Democrat, and Frank R. Wolf, a Republican, announced their plans to retire, then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., had a plan to mitigate the damage. He would make the case that the commonwealth should get one and possibly two new seats on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Then Cantor lost his primary.

In January, Virginia will have gained three new members in Congress — but lost 71 years of seniority, including a valuable stronghold in Republican leadership.

That was the beginning of a comprehensive article that recently ran in the Washington Post by political reporter Rachel Weiner.

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Eric Cantor returns to Washington … and Wall Street

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

The libertarians-tea partiers of the 7th Congressional District of Virginia didn’t want Eric Cantor to represent them anymore. It looks as if they did him a favor because, as we all suspected, he landed on his feet.

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With gratitude to Congressman Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

Monday marked the last day of Congressman Eric Cantor’s time in the U.S. House of Representatives. As he moves into the private sector and on to what will surely be a life that will be equally as successful as his time in Congress while representing the citizens of the 7th Congressional District, I wanted to take a moment to express the gratitude of those of us who are appreciative of his leadership in the Commonwealth. He worked his way to the House Majority Leader — the first time a Virginian has held that position — and for his phenomenal success in recruiting Republican candidates and fundraising not only for the 7th but for all of Virginia, we say thank you.

Sadly, Virginians will soon realize what they have lost by losing the Majority Leader whose power has now gone to California. It takes work and time and connections to build up to positions in power. This will be a case of you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone.

But with the classiness reminiscent of the Bush family, Congressman Cantor has left with a dignity that many in today’s politics don’t recognize nor do they practice.

Best wishes to Congressman Cantor and many thanks to one of the hardest working representatives ever for the citizens of Virginia. We will see you down the road….

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Mississippi GOP says no to McDaniel’s election challenge, Cuccinelli group funds McDaniel challenge

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Mississippi’s GOP has said no to Chris McDaniel’s request to question the result of the June 24 primary that declared U.S Senator Thad Cochran as the winner. Jane Timm writes at MSNBC (see Mississippi GOP won’t hear McDaniel election challenge):

“Our 52-member volunteer Republican State Executive Committee has been asked to spend just five hours listening to legal arguments and then overturn a United States Senate primary in which over 360,000 Mississippians cast votes,” Nosef said in a statement sent to msnbc. “It is neither prudent nor possible in a single day for any political committee to process and review the significant amount of complex evidence necessary to make such a decision, and attempting to do so would be prejudicial to both candidates.”

The candidate-who-cannot-let-it-go wants the Mississippi GOP to declare him the winner. But his chances look slim, according to election law expert Rick Hasen:

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Congressman Cantor to resign from Congress August 18

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

Thursday was Congressman Eric Cantor’s last day as majority leader and on Friday he announced his resignation from Congress effective August 18. He explained why he had asked the governor for a special election (see Cantor to resign from Congress on Aug. 18 by Markus Schmidt):

Cantor said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the general election on Nov. 4.

By having a special election in November, the winner would take office immediately, rather than in January with the next Congress.

“That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents (because) he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor said.

Cantor’s resignation marks the end of a successful 14-year congressional run that included his role as House majority leader for more than three years and the prospect of becoming the next speaker of the House.

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Congressman Eric Cantor says goodbye, announces resignation from Congress

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

In a Friday op-ed, Congressman Eric Cantor shared his joy at serving constituents in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (see Serving Virginians has been my highest honor) and also shared his decision to step away from Congress on August 18:

It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve the people of Virginia’s 7th District in Congress. That is why it is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18.

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