Jan 252015
 

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that our dear friend Codie Peters passed away early this morning. I am going to miss her so much. She was a kindred spirit!! No funeral arrangements have been made yet but I will be sure to let everyone know when the family decides what will be done. Please put Steve, Kat, Bill and the children in your prayers. Best to all.
Cindi Burket

 January 25, 2015
Jan 232015
 

January 10, 2015

I have enjoyed the past 7 years serving as Sheriff of Albemarle County and will seek the office again this November.  I anticipate this will be the last time I run for public office.

When I ran for office in 2011, I promised to do the following 5 things (in blue). I feel that I have stayed true to those promises. If re-elected this year, I promise to continue to work on these same promises.

Continue to deliver top-notched services of the current office to the citizens of Albemarle County.  Keep core service delivery at a high level, stay accredited and always look for ways to expand our enhanced programs with our volunteer workforce.

Recently Sheriff Harding said he is very pleased to know that professional outside assessors have taken a close look at the policies and practices of the Sheriff’s Office and found that they are acceptable to the VLEPSC high standards. The accreditation team leader reported that not a single file (of 190) needed a correction.  He said this high degree of compliance occurs in less than one percent of the agencies reviewed.  The Albemarle Sheriff’s Office is one of only 10 in the State of Virginia (out of 123) that has been accredited for 12 years or more.  Less than 20% of Virginia’s 400 plus law enforcement agencies have received VLEPSC accreditation.  See report summary below.

We passed all state financial audits with no problems noted.

Our Search and Rescue Volunteers contributed 2,000 hours to the Search for Hannah Graham and hundreds more to other searches over the past four years.

Continue to improve Virginia’s largest Reserve Division Programs. Almost all of the programs could be improved with additional financing. We have developed a new Albemarle Sheriff’s Office Foundation” and hope to develop a strategic fund raising plan developed by this summer.

We expanded our Sworn Reserve Division to 60 members – keeping it the Largest of any Sheriff’s Office in VA. They contributed approximately 60,000 hours over the past 4 years. They assist around the court rooms and they oversee our community programs.

Our Foundation has in the past 3 years raised over $125,000.00. We now have a large, well furnished command trailer and truck to pull it obtained from contributions. This year we are increasing funding to Project Lifesaver and buying ballistic vest for the reserves.

Continue to champion the expansion of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Expand and improve our awareness and education efforts while encouraging local, state and federal government to contribute more assets to address this growing safety concern for our children.

We developed continue to provide educational/prevention programs upon request.

Continue working towards implementation of an expanded inmate workforce.  I think we are getting close to the implementation of a new and expanded “Inmate Workforce Program.” I will continue to work to try and win the approval of all seven local judges. They are the ones with the legal authority to implement the program in their respective courts.

I facilitated this initiative and it was implemented in 2012. It allows certain qualifying non-violent inmates to work and receive credit towards their court cost and fines. The jail reports that over $150,000.00 in credits have been approved for work to date.

Continue the support of proper and expanded use of DNA technology and the DNA Databank in identifying criminals and freeing the innocent.  I will champion databank expansion. I will try to find ways to assist the “Innocence Project” in insuring law enforcement/prosecutors learn from mistakes made in the past that caused innocent citizens to be wrongfully convicted.

I assisted in the investigation that freed Mike Hash after he had pulled a decade in the penitentiary l for a Culpeper murder. Federal Judge Turk stated in his conclusion “the court is disturbed by the miscarriage of justice that occurred in this case and finds Hash’s trial is an example of an “extreme malfunction in the state criminal justice system.”

I have been pushing statewide initiatives for DNA Databank expansion and for a Justice Commission to use lessons learned from DNA exoneration cases to improve criminal justice practices.

Sheriff Chip Harding
Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office
411 E. High Street
Charlottesville, Va 22902
Cell: 434-531-5728
Office:  434-972-4001
jharding@albemarle.org
www.albemarleso.org

 January 23, 2015
Jan 092015
 

Sheriff Harding will speak about the programs he is working on and his 2015 Campaign plans!!  Please come out to support our Sheriff!!

Our monthly breakfast is held at the DoubleTree Hotel the 2nd Saturday of every month.  Breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 am, with the meeting beginning promptly at 8:30 am.  The meeting ends by 10 AM so you can get on with the rest of your day!

Please join us at the DoubleTree for their fantastic breakfast buffet for $10 per person (including tax and tip).  They also offer “just coffee” for $3. Breakfast is not mandatory — you can join us without paying & eating if you choose.  But, we think that once you see the food, you’ll see why this is such a great deal.  Per Hotel rules, no outside food or beverage is permitted.

 January 9, 2015
Dec 152014
 

Issued December 14, 2014

I, Cynthia Lynn Burket, Chairman of the 58th House of Delegates Legislative District Committee, do hereby call for a meeting of the Legislative District Committee on Monday, December 22, 2014. The meeting will be conducted at 11:00 AM at IHOP on Route 29 in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Voting on the Rules of the mode of Nomination
    • Directing the Chair to issue the Call for the agreed upon mode of Nomination.
      • Date
      • Time
      • Locations
    • Other business
  • Adjournment
 December 15, 2014
Dec 152014
 

Dec 14, 2014 wsj.com: Congress spares the Web from political raids, but for less than a year.

A legislative hostage has been released—at least until next October. Buried inside Congress’s omnibus spending bill is an extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the end of the 2015 fiscal year. Most gratifying for consumers is that this ban on Internet access taxes has not been bundled with a separate plan to boost sales tax collections for goods purchased online. Continue reading »

 December 15, 2014
Dec 132014
 

Dec. 11, 2014, National Review.com

Retiring representative Jim Moran (D., Va.) says that Democrats got “virtually everything” they wanted in the cromnibus package that’s going to a vote in the House tonight, as he praised the bill in terms that could double as the conservative critique of the legislation.

Moran says that “the Republicans are indicating they need 80 Democrats” and he’s frustrated that Democrats won’t provide the votes. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2014
Dec 122014
 

While funding the government thru September 2015, the Omnibus bill ends funding of the Department of Homeland Security in February so it can be reevaluated with a Republican Majority in the Senate.

The following changes are in the bill:

  • Cuts nearly $350 million from an Internal Revenue Service that targeted conservative nonprofits and is acting as tax collector for ObamaCare.
  • Slices $60 million from the Environmental Protection Agency, whose budget is 21% below 2010 levels and will soon have as many employees as it did in 1989.
  • Actually eliminates funding for programs, including Mr. Obama’s Race to the Top initiative.
  • No funding for Common Core
  • There are also useful policy riders, notably on regulation. Republicans began to reform the Dodd-Frank financial law by amending a rule that threatened to raise costs on Main Street businesses.
  • Bans the Fish and Wildlife Service from placing the sage grouse on the Endangered Species list, ending the threat of a government land grab in 11 states.
  • Spares farmers from an EPA plan to apply the Clean Water Act to small ponds and irrigation ditches.
  • Spares truckers from new rules that would have slashed their work weeks.
  • School districts will soon have more flexibility in implementing Michelle Obama’s proscriptive school-lunch menus.
  • Failing multi-employer pension plans will be able to reduce benefits to reduce the chances that the plans are dumped on taxpayers.
  • Helps the cause of free speech by raising the contribution limits to political parties. The higher limit, which will increase by 10 times to $324,000, is designed to allow the parties to fund their conventions with private dollars, since Republicans have eliminated taxpayer funds for those political shindigs.

Excerpted from wsj.com, December 11, 2014

 December 12, 2014
Dec 052014
 

This month’s speakers will be Bob Bailie from the Middle Resolution PAC and Rita Dunaway from Convention Of States.  Both will speak on the quest for an Article V Convention of States.  Don’t miss this discussion, it will be great.  More information is available here.  Speaker bios are available here:    Bio. Rita Dunaway    Bio. Bob Bailie

Our monthly breakfast is held at the DoubleTree Hotel the 2nd Saturday of every month.  Breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 am, with the meeting beginning promptly at 8:30 am.  The meeting ends by 10 AM so you can get on with the rest of your day!

We will have two excellent speakers.  Bob Bailie from the Middle Resolution PAC and Rita Dunaway from Convention Of States.They will both be speaking to us about the quest for an Article V Convention of States. Don’t miss this discussion, it will be great.

Please join us at the DoubleTree for their fantastic breakfast buffet for $10 per person (including tax and tip).  They also offer “just coffee” for $3. Breakfast is not mandatory — you can join us without paying & eating if you choose.  But, we think that once you see the food, you’ll see why this is such a great deal.  Per Hotel rules, no outside food or beverage is permitted.

OFFICIAL CALL FOR ACRC BUSINESS MEETING
 

I, Cynthia Burket, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, do hereby call a meeting of the Albemarle County Republican Committee on Saturday, December 13, 2014 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, December 10, 2014 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.

                                     AGENDA

I.         Welcome
II.       Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
III.     Introduction of Guests
IV.      Convene ACRC Meeting
V.       Election of New Members
VI.     Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
VII.   Treasurer’s Report
VIII. Other Business
IX.     Announcements
X.      Adjournment
 December 5, 2014