June 2009

As I’m sure everyone has heard by now, the Supreme Court has reversed a Sotomayor decision.

I was going to comment, but Too Conservative  hit the nail on the head. Check it out here.

Creigh Deeds may not be physically AWOL like his buddy Tim Kaine, but on the horrendous job-killing monstrosity that is the cap-and-trade bill, Creigh’s been, well, AWOL.  Not a peep from this purported moderate.  This bill is an unmitigated disaster for energy producers, including the coal producers here in VA.  Maybe Deedsy thinks he can get to the governorship by voting “present” on cap-and-trade.  (I guess that has worked before.)

RPV’s crack communications staff, fresh off exposing Tim K-WOL’s travels around the country for the DNC on taxpayers’ dime, put out this press release earlier today, asking Deeds if he could maybe take a stand on, you know, the biggest threat to Virginia’s energy producers since forever.  I’m not holding my breath to hear Deeds’ response. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

June 29, 2009                                                                                                               

Contact: Tim Murtaugh


Most VA Democrats Back Energy Tax Bill: Where’s Deeds?

– Kaine, 5 Democrats in Congress Support Enviro Job-Killing Boondoggle; Deeds Hiding –

– MeadWestvaco Among Businesses to be Devastated, Located in Deeds’ Senate District –

 RICHMOND – Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today repeated his call for Creigh Deeds to reveal his position on the massive energy tax boondoggle known as “Cap-and-Trade” following its approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday evening.  Governor Tim Kaine released a glowing statement in his role as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee after five Virginia Democratic members of the House voted in favor of the bill.  All five Virginia Republican members voted correctly, opposing the job-killing bill.

             “Creigh Deeds is running as the heir-apparent to Tim Kaine,” Mullins said.  “The governor has now publicly praised the scheme and five elected representatives of his party voted in favor of it.  Deeds has to say where he stands.  This is a legitimate question for a guy who wants to follow in Kaine’s footsteps.”     

The bill, deceptively titled the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act, H.R. 2454) proposes a “Cap and Trade” scheme in which entities that exceed a government-imposed emission limit would be forced to buy “credits” from entities which emit amounts under the limits. Most analysts and employers have concluded that the idea would increase costs to consumers and severely limit the ability of private companies to create jobs.

Last week, Mark George, Vice President of the MeadWestvaco plant in Covington, wrote a commentary piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch expressing grave concern over the environmental monstrosity.  “‘If the ACES Act passes Congress, MeadWestvaco’s Covington mill operations, which provide 1,500 jobs in the Alleghany Highlands, will definitely be one of the losers. The economic future for our area will be severely impacted,’” George wrote (Kill the Climate Bill: Legislation Ignores Critical Factors…,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 25, 2009).

            “You’d think that Creigh Deeds would want to reassure his constituents, since I’m sure he knows that MeadWestvaco is a major employer right there in his own Senate District,” RPV Chairman Mullins said.  “There are 1,500 families that are now concerned about their economic future thanks to this crazy legislation.  But their State Senator is too afraid to take a stand.”

            The bill passed the House late Friday by a vote of 219-to-212 (Roll Call Vote 477).  Five Virginia Democrats voted in favor of the legislation: Rep. Bobby Scott (3rd), Rep. Tom Perriello (5th), Rep. Jim Moran (8th), Rep. Rick Boucher (9th) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th).  Governor Kaine immediately released a statement praising the passage under the flag of the Democratic National Committee. 

            “I want to congratulate President Obama for his outstanding leadership and Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman Waxman and Congressman Markey for their role in taking this historic step,” Kaine said.

            “It’s pretty obvious that Governor Kaine is following the direct orders of his patron in the White House, while the other Virginia Democrats are heeding the directives of their national party leaders,” Chairman Mullins said.  “What’s the view from where Creigh Deeds sits?  Will he toe the DNC line or will he stand up for workers in his own district?”

       A study by the Tax Foundation showed that the Cap and Trade system would place an annual burden of $144.8 billion on American household, or more than $1,200 on the average family. (Andrew Chamberlain, “Who Pays for Climate Policy? New Estimates of the Household Burden and Economic Impact Of A U.S. Cap-And-Trade System,” Tax Foundation Working Paper #6, March 3, 2009)

It would reduce the American Gross Domestic Product by $350 billion and kill 2.5 million jobs, even accounting for any new “green” jobs, found a study by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC Press Release, June 24, 1009)

            Roy Innis, Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, one of the nation’s older civil rights organizations, appealed to Congress to reject the idea because it would harm working class and poor families. 

“In my 40-plus years as the Chairman of CORE, I have seen few federal bills that would do more harm to America’s working class and low-income citizens and families than the Waxman-Markey climate tax bill,” Innis wrote to Members of Congress.  “In fact, an underlying goal of this legislation is the morally repugnant concept that constricting sources of domestic energy and raising energy costs is a good thing because it will force conservation by consumers. That elitist view assumes that poor, working class families have the ability to bear that ‘social cost.’”

            Republican opposition to the bill was led by Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (Ohio), who argued that the bill would radically affect the economy, job creation and the individual freedoms of American citizens. 

            “Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax is a bureaucratic nightmare that will cost families more than ever for electricity, gasoline, food, and other products, and cost millions of American workers their jobs,” Boehner said. “This is a tax on anyone who drives a car, buys an American-made product, or flips on a light switch.  It will drive up energy costs, send millions of jobs overseas to countries like China and India, and place an especially heavy burden on rural America.”

            “Virginians know that Bob McDonnell is standing firmly against this economic disaster of a plan,” said Chairman Mullins.  “They ought to know where Deeds stands.”


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Before we get back to Virginia politics for this week, here’s the latest update in the Sanford case.

Please take time and call the following Congressmen and tell them to vote No! on Cap and Trade.

Bartlett (MD) � (202) 225-2721
Bono Mack (CA) – (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) � (202) 225-4165
Dent (PA) � (202) 225-6411
Ehlers (MI) – (202) 225-3831
Frelinghuysen (NJ) – (202) 225-5034
Gerlach (PA) � (202) 225.4315
Inglis (SC) – (202) 225-6030
Tim Johnson (IL) � (202) 225-2371
Kirk (IL) � (202) 225-4835
Lance (NJ) – (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) – (202) 225-6572
Petri (WI) � (202) 225-2476
Platts (PA) – (202) 225-5836
Ros-Lehtinen (FL) � (202) 225-3931
Altmire (PA) � (202) 225-2565
Bright (AL) – (202) 225-2901
Dahlkemper (PA) – (202) 225-5406
Drieshaus (OH) – (202) 225-2216
Ellsworth (IN) – (202) 225-4636
Kissell (NC) – (202) 225-3715
Kratovil (MD) – (202) 225-5311
Kanjorski (PA) – (202) 225-6511
Minnick (ID) – (202) 225-6611
Teague (NM) – (202) 225-2365

Here is what you can say:

“Hi, my name is [your name], and I am deeply worried about the impact of Cap and Trade legislation on my life and the economy, including the massive tax increase that would result.  I strongly urge Representative [Name of Rep.] to vote ‘NO’ on the ‘Waxman-Markey’ bill. Thank you for taking my call.”
Red NoVa is excited to announe Aaron Ringel’s first weekend walk!
What:  Walk with Aaron Ringel for Delegate
When:  9:30 a.m.
Where: Abby’s Coffee, 542 S. 23rd Street, Arlington (map)
Contact:  Mike Ginsberg, 703-850-5017, va8gopchairman@hotmail.com
Also, be sure to check out the other walking campaigns. All walks are on Saturday.
What:  Walk with Sasha Gong for Delegate
When:  10 a.m.
Where: Gazebo at Cameron Station, 200 Cameron Station Blvd, Alexandria (map)
Contact: Doug Brooks, 703-915-6194 



What:  Walk with Vicki Vasques for Delegate
When:  10 a.m.

Where:  Firehook, 430 S. Washington Street, Alexandria (map)
Contact:  VickiVasques@gmail.com

What: Walk with Barbara Comstock for Delegate
When:  10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Barbara Comstock’s House, 6822 Wemberly Way, McLean (map)
Contact: Sean Harrison, 215-668-0981

What: Walk with Jay McConville for Delegate
When:  10 a.m.
Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Lane, Alexandria (map)
Contact:  Stephen Spiker, spiker@gojay.org   


What:  Walk with Chris Merola for Delegate
When:  12:45 p.m.
Where:  Safeway Grocery Store, 3043 Nutley Street, Fairfax (map)
Contact:  Noah Gibson, 703-850-8347



What:  Walk with Joe Bury for Delegate 
When:  9:30 a.m.
Where: Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke (map)
Contact:  Weatherly Hulsey, 904-651-9594 


What:  Walk with Tim Nank for Delegate
When:  9:30 a.m.
Where: Stoneybrooke Park, 3900 Stoneybrooke Drive, Alexandria, Va (map)

Contact:  Rich Nilsen, richnilsen@aol.com    
General Contacts:  Adam Zubowsky at adam.zubowsky@bobmcdonnell.com or 804-814-1450, or Kiley Smith at kileysmith@rpv.org or 804-814-1752.

Chris MerolaRed NoVa recently caught up with Chris Merola, candidate for Delegate in the 53rd district! 

Chris, is a first generation Italian-American, whose parents lives were saved by the US Army in WW II.  He grew up in a blue-collar, working-class family.  At the age of 17, after graduating high school, Chris joined the US Army in order to earn tuition for college and give something back to the organization that saved his parents lives. He earned a bachelor of science and masters of arts degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, while working part time and serving in the Army National Guard.  He is the first and only person in his family to earn a post graduate degree. He recently bought a house with his wife and hopes to start a family soon. I sat down with him to talk about issues, why he is running, and his views on local politics. 
Red NoVA– Why are you running?

Chris MerolaWhen I found out that the man representing me as my state delegate, Jim Scott, was a tax and spender, who has been involved in Fairfax County politics for 33 years, I thought that someone had to stand up and challenge him…

RN- What issues will you be focusing on?

MerolaThe economy first of all. We have to cut taxes on personal incomes and on the business community in order to weather the storm of hyper-inflation and greater economic downturn which is coming soon. 

RN– Given Fairfax’s recent history [of Democratic tides], how will you run your campaign?

MerolaI believe in being honest. This is why I’m running. I think there are enough people out there desiring less governments spending, and finding new ways to fund transportation projects. If the economy is the number one issue, than transportation is number two issue.

RN– What is your background prior to running for Delegate?

Merola- I’ve been working in the political process for eight and a half years. I’ve worked for a Congresswomen in Pennsylvania.  After helping her get elected, I worked as her field rep and military/veterans liaison.  After moving to northern Virginia in 2003, I later worked for Congressman Todd Akin doing press work.

RN- Why have Republicans been unsuccessful recently in NOVA?

MerolaIn those campaigns, the message wasn’t resignating. People weren’t believing the Republican message as the Republicans lost their credibility. The GOP and the Bush administration spent too much and had the wrong plan for Iraq. Bush fatique played a huge role.
After seeing what is going on with the current Congress and the President, people are starting to re-think things. People are reminded again that when the GOP is elected — even under Bush — they still spend less money than Democrats.  Even Bush and the GOP spent less money than this current Congress and administration.  
There you go! Another great candidate that the voters in Fairfax have to be excited about! Check out his website  and be sure to check Red NoVa later in the week for information on how to help Chris’ campaign!

Bob McDonnell is out with a new ad titled “Resurgence.”  It’s a good ad, I think.  It doesn’t sugarcoat the economic problems facing Virginia, but it emphasizes the fact that (1) McDonnell understands the economic issue, (2) is going to focus on what has made Virginia economically successful in the past — low taxes, a pro-growth, pro-small business environment (read: Right to Work will be protected), and (3) he knows how to work across the aisle in a bipartisan way. 

It’s a short ad, which means he doesn’t get to go into all the specific ways we can create jobs — offshore drilling, a new nuclear plant at Lake Anna, protecting right to work to make Virginia an attractive place to start or relocate business, and public-private transportation projects.  But I think it gets the point across.  Moreover, what is Creigh Deeds going to say in response?  I’ll raise your taxes? 

Here’s the ad:

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