Jul 062015

by Rick Perry, July 8, 2015, wsj.com

Too often we Republicans—myself included—have emphasized the 10th Amendment but not the 14th.

From remarks by Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate and former Texas governor, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., July 2.

We are a country with Hispanic CEOs, with Asian billionaires, and a black president. So why is it that today so many black families feel left behind? Why is it that a quarter of African-Americans live below the poverty line? Even after the impact of federal programs like food stamps and housing subsidies, the supplemental poverty rate for African-Americans is nearly double the rate for other Americans.

Democrats have long had the opportunity to govern African-American communities. It is time for black families to hold them accountable for the results. I am here to tell you that it is Republicans, not Democrats, who are truly offering black Americans the hope of a better life for themselves and their children. Continue reading »

Jul 032015

I, Cynthia Burket, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, do hereby call a meeting of the  Albemarle County Republican Committee on Saturday,  July 11, 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road,  Charlottesville, Virginia, for the purposes listed in the agenda below.  The filing deadline for resolutions is Wednesday,  July 8, 2015 by 5 p.m. at 1366 Huntersfield Close,   Keswick, Va. 22947 Postmarks do not govern. Or send by email, to cincha@aol.com.  Server time stamps do not govern.   In addition to the regular business meeting we will have our usual monthly breakfast with guest speakers. Continue reading »

Jul 022015

By Rob Bell, June 30, 2015, Richmond Times

Governor McAuliffe has announced a commission to study the reinstatement of parole. Such a step would undo the most important public safety reform of the past 20 years, and would be an enormous step backward for Virginia.

First, a bit of history. Prior to 1994, prison sentences were not truly set by the judge and jury. Long after the verdict, an inmate could apply to the parole board, which would hold a hearing and could then reduce the sentence. Many inmates were released early, having served only one-quarter or even one-fifth of their original sentences.

Such a system is fundamentally deceitful, opaque and unfair to crime victims. At a criminal trial, evidence of the crime is presented. The victim or surviving family members have a right to describe the impact the crime had on them. The defendant gets his chance to present mitigating evidence. Then, after deliberation, the jury recommends the sentence, which is then reviewed by the judge. (In a bench trial, the judge performs these roles.)

In my work as a prosecutor, I observed how seriously juries worked to reach their unanimous sentence. This deliberation often took as long or longer than determining guilt. Victims care enormously about how long the defendant will be detained. At the conclusion, the sentence is announced to the public, closing the trial. Continue reading »

Jun 232015

Come support Earl:
Tuesday, June 23
Cale Elementary School

Today, Earl Smith will formally announce his candidacy and outline his plans for the Scottsville District seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Earl is an Albemarle native and the Republican nominee for the Scottsville District. As a small businessman, he understands the difficulties of starting and running a business in Albemarle County. As Supervisor, Earl will strive to make much needed improvements to the Scottsville District that doesn’t always get its fair share of infrastructure dollars. Improving the Route 20 South Route 53 intersection and expanding High Speed Internet service within the area are two examples of the kind of projects Earl will focus on if elected. We hope to see all those folks who want to roll-­‐up their sleeves and get to work on making the Scottsville District a better place to live. Please join us at Earl Smith’s kickoff Tuesday morning at 10 am in front of Cale Elementary School.

If you would like more information about the announcement or the campaign, please contact Earl Smith at 434 989-­‐0975 or email at earlforscottsvillebos@gmail.com.

Jun 222015

June 20, 2015 – Daily Progress      Albemarle County resident Earl Smith intends to announce his candidacy for supervisor and discuss his platform at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cale Elementary School.  MAP

Smith plans to run as the Republican candidate for the Scottsville District against Democrat Rick Randolph. Incumbent supervisor and board Chairwoman Jane Dittmar announced in April she would not seek re-election.

Smith, a local businessman, was involved in organizing the petition to remove then-Scottsville District Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler after Dumler pleaded guilty in 2013 to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Dumler resigned from office five days after a judge dismissed the petition later that year.

Come out and support Earl: 10am tomorrow, Tuesday at 10am, Cale Elementary School



Jun 172015
UNITED STATES - JUNE 16: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, prepares for a news conference at the RNC after a meeting with their caucus, June 16, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Voting on the rule” may sound like nothing more than procedural inside baseball. But an enormous amount of policy and political consequence hinges on the fate of House roll calls on resolutions setting the terms for a bill’s consideration.

That’s as true this summer as it’s been in a long while. It’s not a stretch to say President Barack Obama’s top remaining second-term priority, and prospects for Republicans to prove competence at controlling Congress, both rest on this bit of the parliamentary process.

Last week’s crushing setback for the trade liberalization package was foreshadowed when 34 House Republicans broke ranks and voted against the rule. On Tuesday, the trade agenda was allowed to remain on life support only because there were just six GOP defectors on another rule. Continue reading »

Jun 102015
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:30 A.M.
The ACRC Monthly Breakfast is this Saturday, June 13, 2015 so please be sure put it on your calendar.  This will be a great Breakfast, as Robert Hurt will be our keynote speaker.  In addition, all of our Candidates for local office will be there too!!  Don’t miss your chance to talk to Robert and all of our candidates.

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Jun 092015

The final scheduled Board Of Supervisors public hearing on Albemarle County’s Comprehensive plan is tomorrow evening, Wednesday June 10, at 6:00 PM at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium.  Please read here the article written by Neil Williamson, President of the Free Enterprise Forum.  Please take the time to read this eye opening article about the state of our Comprehensive Plan and then attend the Board of Supervisor meeting tomorrow evening to voice your concerns about the path this plan is taking Albemarle County.


Jun 092015
June 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Robert Tracci will officially announce his candidacy for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Please join us and show your support for Robert!!
10:00 am
June 10th
Albemarle County Courthouse
501 E Jefferson St.Robert invites you to join him as he begins his campaign to become Albemarle’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney. As a former federal prosecutor, Robert will seek justice for all the citizens of Albemarle County.  Please join us in expressing support for Robert as he embarks on this important campaign.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the County Office Building Lobby at 10 a.m.

Contact: Paul Wrightpaulwright@comcast.net