Prince William County Republican Committee – November 27, 2006 Meeting Highlights

This meeting served two primary purposes. It gave committee members the opportunity to hear about the Legislative Priorities of PWC’s Delegation to the General Assembly, and it gave the committee the opportunity to authorize a convention to select a candidate to replace Corey Stewart as the supervisor representing the Occoquan district. In addition the meeting provided the opportunity to disseminate accurate information about the “Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ recent decision to consider a 12-month moratorium on home building.”

Convention Call for a Special Election

When Corey Stewart was elected as the Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, that create a vacancy. Stewart was required to give up his seat on the board as the member from the Occoquan District. Hence we have another special election coming up.

To select a candidate to run as the member on Board of Supervisors from the Occoquan District, the Committee authorized a special convention on December 16, 2006. The election itself is expected some time in January 2007. Currently, I know of two Republican candidates for the position, John Gray and Mike May.

The Democrats are expected to pursue this vacancy vigorously, and they have already announced their convention . BVBL has additional information.

Legislative Priorities

Two delegates appeared to address the subject of legislative priorities: Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter and Delegate Michèle B. McQuigg.

Delegate Lingamfelter began his presentation by referencing an article he wrote for the Richmond Times Dispatch. Lingamfelter’s article called for Republicans political leaders to reassert Reagan’s principles. Based upon that prescription, Lingamfelter pledged that he would fight to spend the budget surplus on transportation needs and that would fight any tax increases.

Lingamfelter noted that he had received a phone call from a reporter from the Washington Post. The reporter had a question about a comment that Governor Kaine had made about him and Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick in response to a question about the “Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ recent decision to consider a 12-month moratorium on home building.” These comments and Lingamfelter’s response appeared in today’s paper . The paper provides the gist of the exchange.

The governor said that Prince William voters ought to contact two of their state delegates — L. Scott Lingamfelter and Jeffrey M. Frederick, two Republicans on the House Finance Committee who helped defeat the major transportation proposals in September. If voters really want transportation solutions out of Richmond, Kaine said, they might think about replacing those two.

“I understand their frustration,” Kaine said. “It’s a huge frustration. But the good news is it can be solved. All it takes to solve it is to make that change.”

Lingamfelter said last night that he stands by his votes because they make good on his promise to oppose higher taxes. “I have kept my promise,” Lingamfelter said. “Governor Kaine has not.”

Delegate McQuigg primarily took questions from the audience. The questions and her responses indicated considerable frustration with the Republican delegation in the Virginia Senate. The Senate’s insistance on raising taxes does not make that body popular with either this group or the House of Delegates.

McQuigg noted her frustration with the Senate and that she has a tutorial on her web site that provides instruction on how to influence legislation. This, obviously, was a plea for assistance in overcoming the obstinacy of the Virginia Senate.

Accurate Information on the Moratorium.

Below is the resolution that Supervisor Wally Covington proposed that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors consider. This resolution is not a moratorium on new construction. It is instead a moratorium on rezoning.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors does hereby call for an immediate halt to any new housing rezonings until December 31, 2007, during which time the 2008 Comprehensive Plan will undergo update, deliberation and implementation, or until the 2007 General Assembly passes a comprehensive transportation plan to reduce traffic gridlock in Prince William County, whichever comes first;

FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors does hereby respectfully request Governor Timothy M. Kaine and the 2007 General Assembly to prioritize the upcoming legislative agenda to include
passage of Adequate Public Facilities legislation to empower local officials to determine land use as it relates to available or planned transportation infrastructure.

An Absence of Honest Commitment

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Humor often leaves me wondering whether I am suppose to laugh or cry. What is the function of humor? Why do we laugh about the most serious things? Is there a biological function or is the ability to laugh ourselves a gift from God? Is a joke just one of those ways He helps us to see ourselves as we are?

Hope is not a strategy?

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Just out of curiousity, I went to This website provided a variety of definitions. There were of course the more standard definitions; however, there was also a Christian perspective. In fairness, I suppose this perspective is not what Senator Clinton had in mind, but hope is part of any strategy.

one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). “Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centered (Eph. 1:18; 4:4). “Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will befulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as “lively”, i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, i.e., “the hope set before us,” namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression “hope in him” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “hope on him,” i.e., a hope based on God.
–Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary

An Election Campaign as Information Warfare

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When people go to the polls, they make decisions. People make decisions based upon the information they have at hand. Thus candidates have to get their information – their version of events, their story, and their issues – before the voters. That is why so much is spent on campaign advertising. Politics is a form of information warfare.

During the 2006 elections, Republicans lost the information war. What use to be the mainstream news media, now the old media, overwhelmed the Republican message. If John Kerry got swift-boated in 2004, then George Allen got macacaed in 2006. Overall, President Bush and the Republican Party got taken to the woodshed because of negative stories on such topics as Iraq, Foley, and Katrina. Tremendous and continuous waves of bad press swamped whatever good news the Republican Party attempted to present to voters.

What will happen in 2008? Will the old media again swamp the Republican message with bad news once again? Why not? If Republicans expect to regain the majority and win the next presidential election, we need to get a better handle on information warfare. That is, Republicans need to learn how work together to overcome a disinformation campaign by the old media.

Meanwhile, we here in Virginia have an election in 2007. What can the Virginia Republican Party do to get its message out to the voters more effectively?

The art of warfare involves leveraging strength against weakness, and we have a good example of how that applies to political campaigns. When Newt Gingrich and Richard Armey led Republicans to victory in 1994, they focused the efforts of all Republicans on particular issues, issues where the Republican stance was clearly more popular (

Fortunately, we are in a good position to do the same thing in Virginia. Like the Republicans in Congress in 1994, we in Virginia have strong leadership in our House of Delegates. Speaker Howell, for example, has led a determined campaign against increasing taxes to pay for transportation expenses. Continued success depends on securing a clear mandate from the voters.

Republicans can secure this mandate by fiercely promoting a well-defined message – a unified political platform – a Contract with Virginia. Just as the Contract with America covered a range of issues, so should the Contract with Virginia. On issues concerning immigration, transportation, taxes, education, crime, and economic development, Republicans must package a fiscally and socially conservative message that resonates with the voters.

We should begin this process by reviewing the Virginia Republican Creed. Do we want our party embody the principles of this creed? Is the Republican Party a political party or a social club? If the Republican Party is a political party, then we should run as a unified party and promote the principles enumerated in the Republican Creed.

What specifically should the Virginia Republicans include in their Contract With Virginia? Well, it my hope that blogs will forcefully begin that discussion. To start with, I have one idea that I believe will be a clear winner. Republicans should promise a vote on a bill that protects the citizens of Virginia from the abusive use of the government’s right of eminent domain.

As noted in an earlier posting on this blog (Prince William County Republican Committee — October 23, 2006 Meeting Highlights), the US Supreme Court interpretation of “public use” in the 5th Amendment allows government to take your property – even your house – from you and transfer ownership to another private party. Such an interpretation of public use cannot be reconciled with the Virginia Republican Creed. Virginia Republicans have the power to fix this abomination, and they should act to do so.