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George Allen: ‘International trade is at the heart of Virginia’s economy’

George Allen 52By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen gets it. America needs jobs and economic growth, and voters are concerned about the lack of both.

In Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch, Governor Allen authored an op-ed about that very issue, a recurring concern of his throughout the years (see Allen: International trade at the heart of Virginia’s economy). He wrote:

A clear message from last month’s elections is that Americans are anxious about the economy. In fact, a look at the Virginia exit polls shows that the economy was the leading issue among half of all voters.

Members of Congress are now deliberating legislation on funding for the rest of the fiscal year — through September 2015 — that has the potential to boost economic growth. As they do, it will be important for them to view investments in international engagement as a way to promote our economic interests around the world and to create jobs at home.

As a longtime champion of Virginia’s economy, I’ve seen firsthand how our economic fate is tied directly to actions and markets around the world.
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Confounding Outreach Comments Plague Republican Advance

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The need for outreach and how best to promote it was an underlying theme during the recent Virginia Advance for Republicans in Chantilly, Virginia.  But perplexing comments by Virginia Delegate David Ramadan over the word could prove insulting to Hispanics and other minorities.

Fortunately, the damage was limited because of the lack of conservative outreach.  Few, if any minorities were actually in attendance.

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Republican victories provide opportunity for outreach with RPV

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

Nationally as conservatives revel becoming the majority party in the U.S. Senate, Virginia’s Republicans eye new minority and independent converts with the right leader.  Tenth District Congresswoman-elect Barbara Comstock and her new-found national prominence achieves such status as did Stafford Congressman Rob Wittman, surprising no one with his landslide reelection to a fourth term.  But what will the RPV do?

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House Speaker William Howell congratulates Craig Parisot

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Daniel Cortez, Kristin Parisot, Craig Parisot

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Republican candidate Craig Parisot won the fire house primary held Saturday to fill the 34th House District seat is being vacated by Delegate Barbara Comstock who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November election. Parisot, an Air Force veteran, had been supported by former Governor George Allen and former Congressman Tom Davis.

The special election to complete Delegate Comstock’s term will be held on January 6, 2014.

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Craig Parisot for vacated Comstock 34th House District seat … primary this Saturday

By Daniel P. Cortez

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Daniel Cortez, Kristin Parisot, Craig Parisot

Last night at Tyson’s Corner, I had an opportunity to see a veteran on the stump who could responsibly attempt to fill the very big shoes of Congresswoman-elect Barbara Comstock in the House of Delegates 34th District .  His name is Craig Parisot of McLean, Va.  Pass the word because the firehouse primary is this Saturday.  If you live in his district … vote for him.

Who is Parisot?  Well, he’s a distinguished third generation Air Force veteran who has received numerous military awards and decorations including the LtGeneral John W. O’Neill award for outstanding military achievement and science.  He was the youngest Air Force officer to receive this, one of their highest honors.

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Kay Coles James for RPV chairman: A visionary for the future of the party

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Kay Coles James

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The announcement by Pat Mullins last week that he will step down as State Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) on January 31, 2015, has begun the usual flurry of telephone calls and email messages that range from “Who will run for RPV Chairman?” to outright requests for support for one candidate or another.

Before the RPV State Central Committee rushes to promote from within, Virginia Republicans should step back and make an honest assessment of whether to stick with the status quo, in which case promoting a current RPV leader to State Chairman is a no-brainer. Or, if the decision is that RPV needs the political equivalent of an injection of adrenalin, then a dynamic, articulate, and experienced conservative from outside of the status quo is needed.

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An Independent political perspective: Vote your conscience … but vote

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

Tomorrow brings the dawn of another election day. Another opportunity to send a message to candidates “the people choose so they may be better served.”

After the concession calls and victory speeches, political drama continues, hopefully, with new players. These men and women regardless of voter turnout become the people’s representatives. And the term is “representative” … not dictators. Granted many won’t get the message. But we can say later we knew them before they became omnipotent.

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Sabato: ‘This is not a good development for Mark Warner’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“This is not a good development for Mark Warner.” — Dr. Larry Sabato, political pundit, 10/15/2014

Since Monday night’s debate between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie that the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin called Warner’s debate from hell and noting that Gillespie had drawn blood, Warner has ducked from reporters and is keeping a low profile while Puckettgate continues to grow.

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Looking back: ‘The passing of Tucker Watkins … Virginia Republicans have lost a friend’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[Mike Thomas reminded us on Monday that it was two years ago that we lost Tucker Watkins (see Passings: Remembering the unforgettable Tucker Watkins). It was the day of Congressman Eric Cantor’s Republican Roundup and the sad news quickly circulated through the crowd that in years past had included Tucker. At the time I wrote the following collection of remembrances from many whose lives were touched by this man.]

  Tucker Watkins and George Allen, September 2012.
(Photo from Allen campaign)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

Boy oh boy, did Tucker Watkins fight the good fight. Full of life and mischief — that grin and the twinkle in his eye always made you wonder what he had been up to — this lifelong Republican and Virginia gentleman left a legacy that will live beyond him. A VMI graduate and Vietnam veteran, he fought hard and lived large, enjoying every drop of joy on his life’s journey through his native, beloved Commonwealth.

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Passings: Remembering the unforgettable Tucker Watkins

Mike Thomas 1By Michael Thomas

Two years ago today, we lost Tucker Watkins. Not a week has gone by in those two years that I haven’t wanted to pick up the phone and get Tucker’s take on an issue or his counsel about a thorny political issue. Or, just to tell him about something that had come up that day.

It is true that out of the literally thousands of telephone conversations we had over close to 14 years, the largest number had some connection to politics and political personalities. Yet, no matter the topic of our conversation, one thing came through clearly: Tucker Watkins always saw the individual. Not the occupation (though he always knew it). Not the geography (though we shared a partiality for Southside Virginia). Not the family history (though Tucker knew the history of many, many families and took the time to become familiar with the families of many of those with whom he worked). It wasn’t race or ethnicity or religion or educational attainment.

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Lunch with Polly Campbell … surprise presentation of RPV resolution

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Polly Campbell stood Friday on the front porch of the historic and stately Mimslyn Inn overlooking Luray and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She and I had made plans for lunch but she didn’t know a couple of friends would be joining us and that she was to receive a commemorative resolution from the Republican Party of Virginia honoring and thanking her for more than 50 years of service to the party. She was also actively involved in the Page County Republican Committee during those years. (See Polly Yager Campbell … growing up in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park.)

A Commending Resolution in Appreciation and Gratitude to PAULINA “POLLY” YAGER CAMPBELL
For 50 Years of Service to the Republican Party of Virginia

??????????This photo is of Governor John Dalton and Polly circa somewhere around 1979. These two were Young Republicans and lifelong friends. When they began working within the party in the early 1960s, the Democratic Byrd Machine was in control of Virginia but the generation that included Polly and Governor Dalton saw that change as they worked to bring the Republican Party into relevance.

From Encyclopedia Virginia: “Although the Daltons hailed from the western ‘Mountain and Valley’ region, where Republicans tended to be centrist in their political outlook, John Dalton became a leading advocate in the 1970s for a party-building strategy that stressed recruiting conservative converts from the ranks of former Democrats. In this, he was allied closely with Richard D. Obenshain, the Republican state chairman, and with Byrd-Organization Democrats such as former governor Mills Godwin. Godwin exited the Democratic Party as its more liberal faction gained control early in the 1970s, and ran for governor again as a Republican in 1973. Dalton joined the Godwin ticket as the candidate for lieutenant governor, and the pairing helped to cement an alliance between the Republican moderates from the west and the conservative former Democrats in the eastern two-thirds of the state. Dalton simultaneously cultivated ties to the state’s moderate-conservative business establishment and projected a youthful, energetic appeal to the state’s fast-growing suburban areas.”

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Ben Tribbett, Redskins part company

Ben Tribbett 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia liberal blogger Ben Tribbett’s name is a little like Monica Lewinsky’s: both will forever be connected to politicians. Perhaps that’s why eyebrows were raised when Ben was hired by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago to run their online PR operation in the quest to keep their embattled team name.

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George Allen in Washington Examiner: Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is a no-brainer

George Allen 52By George Allen
The Washington Examiner, April 25, 2014

Today, exports are more important than ever to American businesses, manufacturers, and the overall strength of our nation’s economy. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, many companies can be more successful if they are able to expand and thrive in the global marketplace.

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Mark Warner, Ed Gillespie meet at Shad planking … and Bob Brown catches it in classic political photo

By Lynn R. Mitchell

One of the best photos taken during Wednesday’s historic Shad Planking showed Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner laughing as he greets a laughing Republican Ed Gillespie who is seeking to boot him out of the seat, so to speak. Under the pines in Wakefield, Warner was wearing a blue long-sleeve Oxford shirt while Gillespie was dressed in a blue shirt and navy jacket. No ties on either.

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