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Legal, financial reasons for a Virginia GOP 2016 presidential PRIMARY

Republican elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The debate among Virginia Republicans about convention versus PRIMARY for the 2016 presidential nomination continues as we approach the June 27 meeting where a vote will be taken.

The latest voice for a PRIMARY is from the former president of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, John Scott in an op-ed at Bearing Drift (see Conventions have their limits; go Primary in 2016).

Scott’s reasons for seeking a PRIMARY include:

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Bill Bolling: Virginia needs a Presidential PRIMARY

Bill Bolling, Jean Ann 2014 Lt. Gov dinnerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A rising chorus of voices are calling on the Republican Party of Virginia’s state central committee to vote for a Presidential Primary on June 27. Among the many who have opined on the issue is former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling who took to his Facebook page Thursday to voice his support for a primary:

“If the Virginia GOP opts to nominate our candidate for President in a closed party convention, as opposed to an open statewide primary, it will be a HUGE mistake. We cannot survive if we are determine to be a party of exclusion, as opposed to a party of inclusion. We need more poeople, with more diverse views nominating our candidates; not fewer people speaking in an echo chamber. This could be a defining moment for the Virginia GOP. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past.”

Indeed.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Lexy and Justin tying the knot

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

In September Justin popped the question, and Lexy said yes. In a month they will marry, these two friends who will become man and wife. To be included in their nuptials is an honor.

When they became engaged in September, I wrote about the happy news (see Justin popped the question, Lexy said yes):

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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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Ousted Chair Jon Berkley’s overwhelming support from 5th Congressional District leadership

By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Virginia Republican State Central Committee took a secret vote to remove 5th Congressional District Chairman Jon Berkley for being a “non-functioning” chairman despite the fact the vote was an illegal maneuver and not in compliance with the Party Plan.

Interestingly, Berkley had the support of most in leadership in the 5th District but their requests for him to remain were overruled by those from outside the District. (That sounds very much like an overreaching federal government.)

Chairman Berkley has served for less than a year. During that tumultuous time when he has continually been challenged and undermined by those who lost the election that put him in the position, he took a District with $45 in its account and over $800 in outstanding bills and, by holding fundraisers and working steadily the past nine months, now has $10,000 in the District’s checking account. But that’s not all he has accomplished. In a post on Facebook, he noted his District also gave Congressman Robert Hurt over 60% of the vote for the first time ever and had more polls manned than any District in the state.

It is interesting the first point of business for newly-appointed State Chairman John Whitbeck was the illegal removal of a district chair and, even though he was shown the error in the maneuvering, he refused to correct the issue. This occurred immediately after 1st Congressional District Chairman Eric Herr declared on Facebook that he promised to form a third party is either Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney won the 2016 Republican nomination for president (see Herr threatens to form 3rd party if Jeb or Mitt get 2016 nod).

The following endorsements are from 5th Congressional District leadership. For more background about this issue, see RPV in Crisis: How is a chairman ‘non-functioning’ when he raises $10,000 for a bankrupt unit? and  Doom for Virginia Republicans by Bill Wheaton.

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RPV in Crisis: How is a chairman ‘non-functioning’ when he raises $10,000 for a bankrupt unit?

Republican elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Jon Berkley has served as chairman of the 5th Congressional District for less than a year. During that tumultuous time when he has continually been challenged and undermined by those who lost the election that put him in the position, he took a District with $45 in its account and over $800 in outstanding bills and, by holding fundraisers and working steadily the past nine months, now has $10,000 in the District’s checking account. But that’s not all he has accomplished.

On Saturday he was illegally removed by the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee by a secret vote.

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Cheating is not a conservative value

Mike Thomas 1By Mike Thomas
Guest Post

When did cheating become an acceptable “conservative” value?

There has been a whole lot of talk about slating in party circles recently. It isn’t surprising. While slating has been around a lot longer than I have been involved in Republican politics (since 1976 when I was in high school), over the last decade it has taken place only once or twice each year and not in any larger locality.

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