OFFICIAL CALL FOR ACRC BUSINESS MEETING

I, Elliott Harding, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, do hereby call a meeting of the Albemarle County Republican Committee on Friday, September 30, 2016 beginning at 6:30 PM at 2132 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901, for the purposes listed in the agenda below.

The filing deadline for resolutions is Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by 5 p.m. at 2132 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville Va, 22901. Postmarks do not govern. Or email to: chairman@albemarlgop.org

AGENDA
I.          Welcome
II.         Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
III.        Convene ACRC Meeting
IV.        Officer Reports
             A. Secretary – Adoption of Prior Minutes
             B. Treasurer – Expense Report
C. Committee Reports
             D. Chairman’s Report
V.        Election of New Members
A. Applicants for Membership (See Membership List Below)
VI.     Committee Vote to Endorse or Not Endorse Initiatives for Sample Ballots (See Text Below)
A. Virginia Constitutional Amendment – Right to Work
B. Virginia Constitutional Amendment – Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Police and Service Personnel Amendment
IX.      New Business
X.       Announcements
XI.      Adjournment

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns prior to our meeting

Sincerely,

Elliott Harding
Chairman, Albemarle County Republican Committee
(434) 962-8465

chairman@albemarlegop.org

V. A – Membership Applicants (** Associate Members)

* Marian Alexander
* Audrey Breeden
* Sam Carr
* Priscilla Clark
* L. Andrew Eagleburger
* Phyllis French
* Louise Hay
* David Jones
* Jim Lansing
* Karen Lansing
* Thomas Layman
* Richard Nicholas
* Flora Patterson
* Frank Patterson
* Cindy Rich
* William Rich, Jr.
* Zachary Werrell
* Soren Burkhart

** Stephen Harvey
** Jerry Gore
** Will Lyster
** Aaron Moyer
** Barbara Null
** Nany Rodland
** Jim Smith
** Kim Smith

VI.A – Right to Work

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

VI. B – Property Tax Exemption

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

VI. C – Albemarle Bond Referendum

Shall the County of Albemarle, Virginia, contract a debt and issue general obligation bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $35,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds, in addition to any other available funds, to finance the costs of improvements to Albemarle County public schools including designing, building, expanding, and renovating school properties, including new buildings and additions, renovations, and improvements to existing buildings, installing new furnishings and equipment in the public schools, and the related costs to issue the bonds and to reimburse the County for temporary financing?

A Look Back at Hillary Clinton’s Record

by Tim Price Huffington Post

hillary-150x150I never understood the fascination with Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. If she were a Republican, the press would have torn her to shreds.

In his book, “This Town,” author Mark Leibovich described how the press fawns over the Clintons and treats them like royalty. In 2016, the media has once again gone to bat for the Clintons in order to maintain the Washington establishment and is hounding her chief rival, Donald Trump. Today, most people have forgotten her husband was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice during his term as president and was suspended from practicing law. The Democrats have forgiven him, blamed the Republicans, and now treat him like as a rock star. Go figure.

After narrowly losing to President Obama in 2008, the presidency is now within Hillary’s grasp, but you have to wonder if she is up to the task. Certainly her husband will become the Commander-in-the-Shadows, and will try to run things behind the scenes, but the big question is whether Hillary can stand on her own two feet. As a public office holder, she has served in various capacities, e.g., First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State, but you have to wonder what exactly she has accomplished during this time.

There is no question, she is well educated, graduating with distinction from Wellesley College, and earning a law degree from Yale Law School. Her senior thesis at Wellesley was a critique of the tactics of Saul Alinksky, the well-known radical community organizer. It is during her years at Wellesley where she switched political philosophies and became a Democrat, and campaigned for George McGovern in 1972.

Professionally, she was the first female partner at the Rose Law Firm where her earning power sustained the Clintons for several years.

She served two stints as “First Lady,” starting in Arkansas when her husband was governor, and of course in the White House from 1993 – 2001. During the White House years, her big initiative was the Clinton health care plan which failed to pass Congress, representing a major defeat. During this time, she was plagued by several investigations, such as the Whitewater controversy, Madison Guaranty, Travelgate, Filegate, and the apparent suicide of White House counsel Vince Foster. All of this, coupled with the president’s Monica Lewinsky scandal, which led to his impeachment, left a dark cloud over the Clinton administration.

After leaving the White House, Mrs. Clinton replaced Daniel Patrick Moynihan as Senator from New York. She began her tenure by building relationships and serving on a variety of committees. Following 9/11 she voted to support military action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. She was also instrumental in obtaining funding for redevelopment of the World Trade Center in her home state. Domestically, she voted against President Bush’s tax cut packages, which passed in spite of her objections.

During her second term she voted against the 2007 troop surge in Iraq, which was passed, and favored a war-spending bill that tried to set a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq, which failed.

In 2007 she campaigned for president and narrowly lost the Democratic candidacy to Barack Obama. Following this, she was appointed Secretary of State under Obama where she served during the president’s first term. In the early days, she contacted several world leaders to inform them changes to foreign policy were in the offing, “We have a lot of damage to repair.” This was tied to the perceived Obama “apology tour.”

It was on her watch, in 2011, when the “Arab Spring” began which ignited political tensions and upset the balance of power in the Middle East. It also led to the Libyan Civil War where America was accused of “leading from behind” in deposing the Gaddafi dictatorship. Her career in the State department essentially came to an end following the 2012 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

In the Benghazi aftermath, during the U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing on May 8, 2013, Mrs. Clinton was evasive and combative in her testimony, leading to the regretful comment,“What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?” This smacked of arrogance and defiance of Congress and will certainly haunt her on the campaign trail. This was followed by Congressional investigations, not just on events there, but also on Mrs. Clinton’s use of e-mail and a private server. Now the Clinton Foundation is coming under scrutiny.

Mrs. Clinton may have had a colorful career in politics, but the question remains, “What exactly did she accomplish?” Serving in office is one thing, accomplishing something is entirely different. The Clinton Health Care program failed on her watch. She made no significant contribution as Senator, and her career in the State Department will forever be mired in Benghazi. I think the voters are looking for something a little more substantial than her book, “It Takes a Village,” which she wrote as First Lady using a ghostwriter. After twenty years of public service, you would think there would be some major contribution she could point to with pride. Sadly, there is nothing. Her contributions can be described as negligible at best.

So, why the fascination with Hillary? Feminists will, of course, push for Hillary to become the first female president. The Democrats have alleged the GOP is conducting a “War on Women.”This was crafted with Hillary in mind and, as such, it is intentionally fallacious.

There is an alternate reason though, the Democrats want to slip Bill Clinton into the White House through the back door. As much as the feminists love Hillary, the Democrats want to put a match set into the White House. So, Yes, Bill Clinton’s legacy during his first term still matters, warts and all. However, one cannot help but wonder if the country can withstand any more Clinton controversies.

A couple of years ago, I heard comedian Jackie Mason make the comparison of Mrs. Clinton to an airline pilot’s wife. He asked, if the pilot becomes indisposed and cannot fly the plane, does it make sense to ask his wife to captain the plane in his place? In the case of Mrs. Clinton, she may know the ropes, but she hasn’t proven herself behind the wheel. She certainly hasn’t delivered anything of substance which would lead us to believe she is qualified to be president. Then again, we elected a community organizer to the White House and we saw what happened to the country.

Keep the Faith!
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Calling all Albemarle & Charlottesville Republicans!

Join your fellow Republicans throughout the Country and the Commonwealth for a National Day of Action!

Come out this Saturday, September 10th (after our monthly ACRC breakfast) and show your support for our 2016 candidates.

We will convene at the Doubletree Hotel at 990 Hilton Heights Rd., at 10:30am, and set off for a wonderful day of going door-to-door throughout the area. Door-to-Door efforts have proven to be far-and-away the most effective method of voter contact and voter identification.

If you are interested, please email Stephen Harvey with Team Virginia at SHarvey2@gmail.com.

If you are not able to join our local door-to-door efforts, but still want to help with making phone calls, please contact Ryan Fowle at Ryan@TomGarrettforCongress.com and join the Tuesday or Thursday phone banks at 705 Dale Ave.

Next Breakfast Meeting will be on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM