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Landes town halls set for this week

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th House) will hold three townhall meetings before the 2016 General Assembly session begins in Richmond next week. Landes, who represents parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties, is in his tenth term in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Town Hall Schedule

Delegates Landes & Tony Wilt Joint Town Hall
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6:30p.m.
Bridgewater Town Council Chambers
201 Green Street, Bridgewater

Delegates Landes & Cline Joint Town Hall
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:30p.m.
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Center, Room P 126A
One College Lane, Weyers Cave

Delegate Landes Town Hall
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00a.m.
Lodge at Old Trail, Main Dining Room
330 Claremont Lane, Crozet

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Favorite 2015 yard sign

Donald Smith election, mtns 012By Lynn R. Mitchell

The “LYNN” jumped out at me every time I saw one of these signs along the roadways in the 25th House District. My son and others took note because of the last name. If anyone sees one of these in the landfill, I want one! For the record, Democrat Angela Lynn ran against Republican Steve Landes.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Thursday 9:30am: Saxman business forum at JMU in search of governing excellence

Chris SaxmanBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I got a call this afternoon from my former state delegate Chris Saxman as he was driving to Virginia Tech for a “Virginia Way – Forward” meeting.

Saxman, who is executive director of the Virginia chapter of the non-partisan, pro-business Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Va FREE), has partnered his group with political science departments at various universities in western Virginia including Virginia Tech and James Madison University (JMU), where a similar meeting will be held Thursday morning, in an effort to develop an accountable standard of governing excellence.

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State budget hammered out, vote will be Thursday

Money budgetBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The state budget has been hammered out and will hopefully pass and allow representatives to close the 2015 General Assembly on time. After working through the weekend, the House and Senate budget negotiators reached an agreement with a vote on Thursday which will allow 48 hours for General Assembly members to review. The budget will posted online Tuesday.

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Steve Landes running for reelection in 25th House District

Steve LandesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th House District) announced Monday that he will seek an eleventh term in the Virginia House of Delegates, an area that includes parts of Augusta, Albemarle, and Rockingham counties. He will have a Democratic opponent, Angela Lynn, who announced last week that she would seek the Democratic nomination to run against Landes (see 25th House District: Landes to have Democratic challenger).

Delegate Landes currently serves as chairman of the House Education Committee, Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and is a member of the House Rules and Privileges and Elections Committees.

Landes and wife Angela, an Augusta County assistant commonwealth’s attorney, have a son and live in Augusta County. He is vice president of market development for Blue Ridge Bank.

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25th House District: Landes to have Democratic challenger

Steve Landes

Del. Steve Landes

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th House) will have a Democratic challenger, according to the Daily Progress (see Democrat Angela Lynn files to enter race for 25th District seat):

Angela Lynn, 60, a White Hall resident and former intergovernmental and external affairs worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, filed campaign paperwork this week in a bid for the seat held by 10-term incumbent Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

Though Delegate Landes was coy about running for re-election, there are no indications that he will not do so:

Landes, 55, would not say Thursday whether he plans to seek re-election.

“At this point, I’m going to focus on the issues I’ve got going on down here,” Landes said Thursday from his Richmond office. “I’m headed in that direction, but I won’t make a determination for at least a few weeks.”

The district is overwhelmingly Republican. Before Delegate Landes, it was represented for decades by Republican Delegate Pete Giesen.

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Town hall meetings for 25th House District

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Town hall meetings will be held in the 25th House District by Delegate Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) in preparation of the upcoming 2015 General Assembly session.

The first town meeting will be held in Crozet on Saturday, January 3, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Lane, Crozet.

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Augusta elected officials support Linda Jones for J&DR judgeship

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Linda Schorsch Jones, a Waynesboro attorney and school board member, has the support of local Republican elected officials to fill a vacant Juvenile and Domestic Relations judgeship, according to a press release from Senator Emmett Hanger’s office:

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Updated: Augusta County GOP follow-up to rumor of coup attempt

ExplosionBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Coup, or no coup for the Augusta County Republican Committee (see Rumor has it coup to take place tonight at Augusta County GOP meeting)? As of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night, there had been a filibuster by chairman Dan Moxley that included hours of discussion about last week’s failed attempt to keep Supervisor Carolyn Bragg off the ballot for GOP nominee in the November election (see Mass meeting still on despite questionable actions by Augusta County GOP chair Moxley, former chair  Bill Shirley). No business was conducted. People were leaving in droves after three hours of what has been status quo for this committee.

News-Virginian political reporter Bob Stuart was in attendance (see Augusta County GOP faces inner turmoil).

From reports coming out of the meeting (I missed it because we were enroute from Richmond to Augusta County), here is a summary of what happened up until around 10:00 pm:

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Rumor has it coup to take place tonight at Augusta County GOP meeting

ExplosionBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The boiling, dysfunctional tempest that is the Augusta County Republican Committee for the past six years under the leadership of former chairman Bill Shirley and now Dan Moxley will probably explode tonight at their monthly meeting.

After last week’s tricks by Shirley and Moxley to try and manipulate the nominating process for county supervisor, illegally disqualifying one candidate to leave only their candidate — a move that was ruled out of order by RPV — they were successful in doing something that has been missing for six years: they united the elected officials to finally publicly express outrage at the illegal goings-on (that have been occurring since Shirley took office six years ago) and do something. Their candidate won.

For example, Delegate Steve Landes, who was for Carolyn Bragg, wrote on my Facebook:

Steve Landes facebook comments

“This is America, not the Soviet Union,” Landes concluded in his remarks.

Now rumor has it there is a planned coup for tonight’s Augusta County Republican Committee meeting to overturn the chairmanship of Moxley and place their own candidate in office. Will they be successful? Watch for fireworks in the western skies of Virginia when the meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Verona.

This could have been avoided in March if they had fielded a candidate against Moxley, the hand-chosen successor by Bill Shirley. Moxley moved from Bath County, where he was vice chair and then chairman, to Augusta County to run against Emmett Hanger. Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office staff called around in March trying to find a candidate including one to me at the eleventh hour — four days before the deadline — and although I made a suggestion to them, they didn’t follow through. Trixie Averill, who knows this area extremely well from her many years of field work in the 6th District, was never asked for suggestions.

And so Dan Moxley walked into the office unopposed. He, the man who was guest speaker at a GOP meeting three years ago and talked about seceding from the union. I looked at a friend sitting next to me and asked, “Is this a GOP meeting, or a tea party meeting?”

That was the man who became chairman of Augusta County.

So tonight the reputed coup is flaunting the name of Jim Hinton, a local. Though not a member of the committee, he has served on the Augusta County electoral board with Ruth Talmage, both of whom would be in Senator Hanger’s corner.

Get your popcorn ready because this should be good.

UPDATE: Augusta County GOP follow-up to rumor of coup attempt

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Medicaid expansion … looking for solutions instead of just saying no

StethescopeBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s an interesting stand-off in Augusta County with the discussion (or lack of for some) about Medicaid expansion and what to do about those who fall through the cracks of coverage. If I listen to those to the political right of me, the solution is that we should do nothing, shut down, just say no.

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