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Rainy Vinton Dogwood parade photos with Del. Chris Head

By Matt Colt Hall
Guest Post
Trixie 8 by M HallDelegate Chris Head and Trixie Averill during Saturday’s very rainy Vinton Dogwood parade.

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Brian Schoeneman leads Sully candidates in fundraising quarter

Brian Schoeneman 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

This week’s release of campaign finance reports confirmed that Fairfax County Sully District Republican candidate Brian Schoeneman was the top fundraiser during the quarter that ended March 31 (see Schoeneman ends fundraising quarter with 85% from small donors).

The Schoeneman campaign actually released its numbers on April 1 but results from the other two Republican candidates were unknown until this week when reports showed Brian led not only his fellow Republican candidates but also the Democratic candidate (see Schoeneman leads money race in Republican contest for Fairfax seat):

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Corey Stewart … “I was wrong back then”

By Tito A. Munoz
Guest Post

“I was wrong back then with regard to the modification of the policy,” Stewart said acknowledging his opposition to the modification of his Illegal Immigration policy was a mistake. These were the words of Chairman Corey Stewart during the April 11th Republican Prince William County Chairman Candidate’s Debate (see video above).
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Jennifer Rubin looks at GOP candidates: ‘They’re off! (for 2016)’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Pragmatic conservative writer Jennifer Rubin took a look Monday in the Washington Post at the Republican candidates lining up for a run at the 2016 presidential race. In her Right Turn blog post titled ‘They’re off! (for 2016),’ Rubin comments on the GOP field.

In a nod to the strength of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s exploration and sure entry into the contest, Rubin notes, “The race has and will continue to be a contest between Bush and the most electable not-Bush candidate.”

Here are some of Rubin’s observations from her post:

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Bush family fundraises for Jeb in Texas

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George H.W., George W., Jeb Bush

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Wow, to be part of the fundraising for Jeb Bush that will take place this week in Texas as the Bush family, friends, alumni, and colleagues gather in support of Jeb’s 2016 presidential anticipation. A guest list that includes some of the most recognizable names in Texas politics will be at the home of bank executive Gerald Ford and his wife Kelli (see George W. helping Jeb Bush’s PAC raise big money in Dallas):

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Eric Cantor remains an imposing political presence

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Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

A friend sent over this article about former Congressman Eric Cantor, and I’m glad he did (see Eric Cantor Is Back — But He Never Really Left). Nice article from Jim Geraghty at National Review.

 

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10 Reasons Why Glenn Beck Left The Republican Party

Glenn BeckBy Gregg Hilton
Guest Post

Glenn Beck, the conservative/libertarian radio host, announced today that he is no longer a member of the Republican Party. He joins his colleague at The Blaze, Dana Loesch, who has also left the GOP.

Beck said, “I’ve made my decision –- I’m out. I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out. I highly recommend –- run from the Republican Party. They are not good.”

“They’re torpedoing the Constitution and they’re doing it knowingly. … So I’m done with them,” Beck continued. “Four years ago, I was with them. Four years ago, I said work from the inside: let’s change it. Let’s get new guys in there. It’s too late.”

Beck achieved national fame on Fox News and launched his own news site, TheBlaze, in 2011.

The 10 reasons Beck left the GOP are:

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Depends on who gets to define the word ‘conservative’

Commonsense Conservative GOP elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

As I sat across the table from a friend earlier this week, our discussion naturally turned to politics.

Both of us held leadership positions and were once very involved with the Augusta County Republican Committee but were pitched out in 2009 by the then-chairman Bill Shirley who illegally purged 56 members, most who to this day remain estranged from the local party (see Augusta County officers resign in protest of 56 purged members).

Many of those 56 still stay in touch including my friend and I who meet regularly throughout the year for lunch.

He looked across at me and said, “I have always considered myself to be a conservative person.”

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Jason Miyares – Fullfilling Purkey’s Mission for Diversity

Brian Kirwin 2By Brian Kirwin
Guest Post
Originally posted at Bearing Drift

Anyone involved in Virginia Beach politics has heard speeches of the now-retired Del. Bob Purkey. Anyone very involved has heard them hundreds of times. The supremely involved can recite them verbatim.

One thing Del. Bob Purkey always said goes like this:

“Diversity is the future of this country and the future of this party”

He meant it. In endorsing Bill DeSteph two years ago, Del. Purkey said “diversity is the future of America, Virginia, and the 82nd House of Delegates District.”

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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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Déjà vu with shades of blue

Democrat imageBy Lynn R. Mitchell

In 2009 Virginia Republicans faced a possible blood bath between their top two state officials. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell both had their eyes on the gubernatorial race, and long-time activists, volunteers, and supporters were dreading the split a battle between the two could do to the party. As a result, Bill Bolling stepped away from the plate, leaving the nomination for Bob McDonnell, and a unified Republican Party went on to sweep the Top 3 state offices with Bob McDonnell winning governor and Bill Bolling reelected as lieutenant governor.

Fast forward to 2015 and the news that both Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring have indicated they will run for the gubernatorial nomination (see Ralph Northam confirms he’s running to become next Va. governor):

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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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Jeb: Big advantage in minority outreach

Jeb Bush 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, “Right Turn” columnist Jennifer Rubin noted that Jeb Bush has a big advantage in minority outreach that is somewhat lacking in other possible 2016 GOP candidates (see Minority outreach that works). She wrote:

The most interesting part of the Mason-Dixon Florida Poll may not be that 59 percent of Republicans there want Jeb Bush to run for president. He was, after all, a successful governor there. Rather, two other figures pop out: A large share of the Hispanic vote in both parties (44 percent) and of independents (50 percent) want him to run. It is a telling reminder that saying you want to reach out, after deciding you want to be president, is a far different thing than having an established appeal with non-traditional GOP voters. Bush got 61 percent of the Hispanic vote in his first gubernatorial election and 56 percent in his re-election.

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Peter Wehner: ‘Conservatives in name only’

Commonsense Conservative GOP elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

An op-ed in the New York Times scratches its head at the battle within the Republican Party. Peter Wehner,  a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who served in the last three Republican administrations, questions in his piece those Republican representatives who turned on House Speaker John Boehner after his clear-cut leadership led the party to a victory unseen since the 1920s (see Conservatives In Name Only):

Last week the Republican Party’s divisions were on display, when Speaker of the House John A. Boehner — who helped his party gain its largest majority since the Truman administration — faced an uprising. The revolt was led by conservatives against a man whose voting record is unquestionably conservative. It was another indication that the tension on the right these days is not about policy or ideology but tone and temperament.

Think about that. The largest Republican majority in the House of Representatives since the Great Depression. He continues:

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