Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's How You Play the Game

Compete, unify, & beat the Democrats ...

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Dear ,
 
If I become Chairman, I will welcome all Republicans into the FCRC and Republican volunteer and voter rolls. We have too few Republicans to be holding grudges and driving people away from the GOP.
 
That invitation certainly includes all of the hard-working volunteers who are currently filling FCRC, magisterial district, and precinct positions now and have done so in the past. They’ve earned the opportunity to play key roles in a reorganized, reinvigorated Republican Party in Fairfax County.
 
Rumors of one-way rides on the Siberian Express for incumbent office-holders are unfounded and would be foolish.

Most of us learned a long time ago that competition causes us to extend beyond our comfort zones in quest of success.
 
It’s competition that drives athletes to achieve seemingly inhuman levels of skill, strength, speed, and endurance.
 
It’s internal and external competition among military organizations that causes them to strengthen their lethality, efficiency, personnel quality, order, and discipline.
 
It’s competition that propels business to innovate, streamline, and enhance customer service.
 
It’s competition that stimulates politicians to sharpen their solutions to public policy issues and constituent service and to pursue both vigorously and faithfully.
 
Competition can be a healthy, productive force in our lives.
 
Sadly, as is the case with any human endeavor, competition sometimes brings out the worst in some people. In political campaigns, efforts to seek partisan advantage can devolve to levels of negativity that sow division.
 
As the recipient of some “negativity” during the current campaign for FCRC Chairman, I bucket such commentary under the category of “That’s Politics.” I don’t take it personally and encourage others to regard it that way also.
 
My favorite sportswriter, Grantland Rice, once said about sports competition:
 
     For when the One Great Scorer comes
     To mark against your name,
     He writes – not that you won or lost –
     But how you played the Game.

Indeed, our Republican Party of Virginia creed calls for Republicans to rally around a common set of values and work together in unity for a common goal.


Reminder:  the filing forms for the Fairfax County Republican Convention must be RECEIVED at the FCRC Headquarters, 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, by 12:00 PM (Noon) on  Saturday, February 24.

The County Republican Convention will take place on Saturday, March 17, at South Lakes High School in Reston (11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191).
 
You can read the convention call on the Fairfax County Republican Committee website or on my HanniganForChairman.com website under the subject of “FCRC Convention” in the banner. The call covers the purpose of the convention, convention details, and qualifications for participation.
 
You can download the standard and military filing forms from the FCRC website here and here or from my website under the FCRC Convention dropdown box here and here. Or just call or email me, and I will email the forms to you directly.
 
The forms address numerous sign-up opportunities so I have also posted a sample of how to fill out the standard filing form showing just what part of the form that a person has to complete in order to attend the Fairfax County Republican Convention that will select the new FCRC Chairman.
 
At this point, if you plan to vote for me:

  • Please deliver your filing form and $25.00 check to my house (11115 Sweetwood Lane, Oakton, VA 22124) so that my team and I can ensure the form is correctly filled out and you don’t get disqualified from being a delegate because of an administrative error; or
  • Deliver your filing form and $25.00 check directly to the FCRC Headquarters (Please email me when you have made the delivery so we can track progress); or
  • Contact me and we’ll arrange to pick up the filing form and check at your house and submit them on time to the FCRC Headquarters.


 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me:  703-314-1898, timothyhannigan@icloud.com.


Kind regards,

Tim Hannigan Make Donation

 
 

Fairfax County Republican Convention

When: 9:00 AM, March 17, 2018

Where: South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Convention Filing Instructions: The deadline for submission of filing forms is February 24. (You do not have to be a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee to be a delegate to the convention.)


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Submit FCRC Convention Filing Forms by Noon Saturday, Feb 24

Don't forget to submit your FCRC Convention filing form & check by Noon, Feb 24 ...

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Dear ,

Reminder:  the filing forms for the Fairfax County Republican Convention must be RECEIVED at the FCRC Headquarters, 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, by 12:00 PM (Noon) on  Saturday, February 24.

The County Republican Convention will take place on Saturday, March 17, at South Lakes High School in Reston (11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191).
 
You can read the convention call on the Fairfax County Republican Committee website or on my HanniganForChairman.com website under the subject of “FCRC Convention” in the banner. The call covers the purpose of the convention, convention details, and qualifications for participation.
 
You can download the standard and military filing forms from the FCRC website here and here or from my website under the FCRC Convention dropdown box here and here. Or just call or email me, and I will email the forms to you directly.
 
The forms address numerous sign-up opportunities so I have also posted a sample of how to fill out the standard filing form showing just what part of the form that a person has to complete in order to attend the Fairfax County Republican Convention that will select the new FCRC Chairman.
 
At this point, if you plan to vote for me:

  • Please deliver your filing form and $25.00 check to my house (11115 Sweetwood Lane, Oakton, VA 22124) so that my team and I can ensure the form is correctly filled out and you don’t get disqualified from being a delegate because of an administrative error; or
  • Deliver your filing form and $25.00 check directly to the FCRC Headquarters (Please email me when you have made the delivery so we can track progress); or
  • Contact me and we’ll arrange to pick up the filing form and check at your house and submit them on time to the FCRC Headquarters.


 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me:  703-314-1898, timothyhannigan@icloud.com.


Kind regards,

Tim Hannigan Make Donation

 

Fairfax County Republican Convention

When: 9:00 AM, March 17, 2018

Where: South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Convention Filing Instructions: The deadline for submission of filing forms is February 24. (You do not have to be a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee to be a delegate to the convention.)


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

FCRC Must Build Its Precinct Organizations

Let's build an army of GOP volunteers in FX County ...

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Dear ,
 
The Republican Party, led by the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC), can win consistently in Fairfax County. Don’t believe otherwise.
 
To do so, we must—and can—build a well-organized, fully staffed Magisterial District/precinct structure that powers the Republican Party’s volunteer efforts, political/social interactions, and electoral successes.
 
“All politics is local.” A corollary to that axiom is that success in local politics depends upon volunteers. The more effective one’s volunteers are in a local area, the greater the chance a local politician will win an election and, likewise, the greater the chance a state or national politician will win a majority of votes in that local area.
 
For sure, many reasons contribute to winning elections—candidate capabilities, candidate messages, comprehensive and accurate voting data, available funds—but a necessary condition for consistent party wins in any area is a well-organized, fully resourced volunteer structure for effectively harnessing the energy of party members.
 
In football, the best running backs, quarterbacks, and pass receivers cannot advance the ball consistently without a powerful interior line that enables their run and pass heroics. The real pros say “blocking and tackling” wins the games.
 
So too in politics, where well-qualified, well-funded political candidates promoting strong messages can only succeed by relying on a vigorous volunteer “machine” working for them to win over voters. Real political pros build such “grassroots machines” to win consistently.
 
A strong, grassroots organization—“an army of volunteers,” if you will—is one essential service that the Republican Party can provide to all Republican candidates seeking office in the county. This army would provide the door knockers, phone callers, social networks, campaign literature distributors, envelope stuffers, yard sign hosts, etc., who collectively elevate GOP voter turnout and deliver Republican wins. (Remember, in local elections, 70% of identified registered voters traditionally fail to vote, meaning there is a significant, even determinative, number of non-voting Republicans in that 70%.)
 
“An army of volunteers” readily available to support them would provide all Republican candidates the means to drive voter turnout. Tapping into that established army would save candidates the time, work, and money required to develop their own “volunteer militias” and enable them to spend more time on message refinement, voter engagement, fund-raising, and other campaign activities that would further strengthen their electoral prospects.
 
Put in military terms, a well-organized and fully resourced district/precinct structure in Fairfax County would serve as a “force multiplier” making primary and multiple secondary contributions to electoral success.
 
The Republican Party will win consistently in Fairfax County if it fields a well-organized “army of volunteers” at the district and precinct levels that delivers the “blocking and tackling” necessary to turn out the Republican vote.
 
Squads, platoons, companies, and even battalions of such a volunteer army function effectively in some parts of Fairfax County but not uniformly across the county’s nine magisterial districts.

A key part of my plan for reinvigorating the Republican Party in Fairfax County calls for the FCRC to take the lead in recruiting, organizing, empowering, managing, and leading a grassroots army of volunteers that delivers to every Republican-endorsed candidate running for office in Fairfax County the means to hike GOP voter turnout reliably and win elections.
 
Building such a well-organized, well-staffed grassroots structure in Fairfax County is doable. I say again, it is doable. In a county of 1.1 million people, there are plenty of Republicans more than willing to provide some form of help. While some areas of the county may be fertile for volunteers than others, the county is rich in potential Republican volunteers.
 
But they need to be approached and asked for their volunteer service. When done with respect and enthusiasm, I have found the average Republican, regardless of age, sex, race, shirt color, or any other labeling category that popular culture restrictively imposes upon people these days, often willingly says, “Sure, I’ll pitch in. I’m busy, but if you have something reasonable for me to do, I’ll give it a shot.”
 
Many times the yard sign host soon volunteers to hand out literature at back-to-school night then starts making phone calls and moves on to knocking on doors as a “Block Captain” in his or her neighborhood.
 
I know of what I speak. Over the past few years I have built a list of over 100 people in my Waples Mill precinct who have “signed up” for volunteering to help Republican candidates in some capacity. Not all have been able to contribute to every campaign and election, but we have plenty of volunteers to cover each campaign with a reasonable workload being shouldered by each volunteer. “Many hands make light work!”
 
Let’s see, using roughly a third of that number, 35 times 244 (the number of precincts in the county) equals 8,540 volunteers. By gosh, we would have ourselves a Republican army, one that could materially help deliver Republican wins in the Virginia state Senate race in 2018 and, most critically, in the 2019 elections. Working together, we can do it.
 
A future article will review how the FCRC can recruit and manage such an army of volunteers.

 


Summary of Tim Hannigan’s Work as Waples Mill Precinct Captain

 
In light of recent commentary about my work as Republican Precinct Captain for Waples Mill Precinct in Sully District, here is my record as Waples Mill Precinct Captain for the past four years:
 

1. Election Results. Election results showing performance of Republican candidates versus all of Fairfax County, county parts of the 10th Congressional District, or Sully District, as applicable:
 
Year Election Election Results
2014 Senator Waples Mill:  Warner (D) 50%, Gillespie (R) 49%
Fairfax County:  Warner (D) 57.7%, Gillespie (R) 40.2%
Congress (10th District) Waples Mill:  Comstock (R) 54%, Foust (D) 43%
Fairfax County:  Comstock (R) 54%, Foust (D) 43.6%
2015 Sully Supervisor Waples Mill:  Smith (D) 53%, Guevara (R) 47%
Sully District:  Smith (D) 51.7%, Guevara (R) 48%
BOS Chairman Waples Mill:  Bulova (D) 51%, Purves (R) 46%
Fairfax County:  Bulova (D) 61%, Purves (R) 34%
School Board Waples Mill:  Wilson (R) 52%, Keys-Gamarra (D) 48%
Sully District:  Wilson (R) 50.1%, Keys-Gamarra (D) 49.9%
Additionally, the top two vote-getters in Waples Mill Precinct for At-Large school board seats were Republicans
2016 President Waples Mill:  Clinton (D) 53%, Trump (R) 40%
Fairfax County:  Clinton (D) 65%, Trump (R) 29%
Congress (10th District) Waples Mill:  Comstock (R) 55%, Bennett (D) 45%
Fairfax County:  Comstock (R) 51%, Bennett (D) 48.8%
2017 Governor Waples Mill:  Northam (D) 58%, Gillespie (R) 41%
Fairfax County:  Northam (D) 68%, Gillespie (R) 31%
House District 67 Waples Mill:  Delaney (D) 53%, LeMunyon (R) 47%
Fairfax County:  Delaney (D) 58%, LeMunyon (R) 42%
 
Note:  With the exception of the Sully Supervisor race in 2015 (when the Democrat candidate spent the entire day at the Waples Mill polling station on election day), Republican vote totals in Waples Mill precinct have been consistently higher than vote totals across Fairfax County or those parts of Fairfax County that were involved in the election.

2. Volunteer Recruiting in Waples Mill. Over the past four years, over 100 Republicans in Waples Mill precinct have signed up as volunteers to support Republican candidates, with over 35 of them providing various types of support for Republican candidates over the past three elections.

3. Ten Waples Mill Volunteer Get-Togethers. Over the past three years, the Hannigans have hosted six Waples Mill volunteer meetings, two Sully District volunteer meetings, and two parties that included Waples Mill volunteers.

4. Fairfax County Precinct Training. At the request of the FCRC Chairman, I prepared a Powerpoint-supported briefing on precinct operations that was issued to all Magisterial District Chairmen. I reviewed the material in separate meetings with three District Chairmen before announcing my candidacy for FCRC Chairman in 2017, an announcement that ended that briefing plan.

5. Fairfax County Volunteer Training Summit. At the request of the FCRC Chairman, I organized and moderated a 2.5-hour Volunteer Training Summit for Republican volunteers in Fairfax County during June 2016. The work involved developing the Powerpoint-supported, full-scope volunteer training program; recruiting volunteers to attend, including personally purchasing a $400 advertisement for the training in the Fairfax Times; and coordinating all logistical details. The training drew 167 volunteers and received very favorable reviews captured by individual training evaluation sheets submitted at the end of the training session.


Kind regards,

Tim Hannigan Make Donation

 

Fairfax County Republican Convention

When: 9:00 AM, March 17, 2018

Where: South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Convention Filing Instructions: The deadline for submission of filing forms is February 24. (You do not have to be a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee to be a delegate to the convention.)


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

General Assembly Crossover Update

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Dear Robert —

      Having just completed crossover, we are officially halfway through Session. During the first half of the session, both chambers consider the bills filed by their respective members. Crossover is the date by which all Senate bills must be acted on and the Senate decides whether to pass them or not. We heard just under 1,000 bills in the past five weeks.

      After crossover, we will be considering bills filed by delegates that won approval in the House.  Although delegates filed more than 1,600 bills this session, the Senate won’t have to consider nearly that many during the second half of session.  The House will have winnowed down its bills, approving only a fraction of the ones submitted by delegates.

      Last week, I was honored to join the Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, Governor Northam and House Courts Chair Rob Bell in announcing an historic criminal justice compromise effort that achieved the dual goals of further protecting victims of crime with enhanced restitution and doing the right thing by raising the felony threshold for larceny.  Our felony threshold for larceny has been at $200 for almost 40 years. This compromise, raised the threshold to $500. It is the right thing to do. Stealing is a crime that should and will be punished, but we are overdue in adjusting the level at which someone might be sent to prison for more than a year. On the restitution front, victims of crime don’t have lobbying firms advocating on their behalf.  By ensuring they will receive the restitution they deserve, including the millions collected that have gone unclaimed, we’re standing up for their interests.  I’m proud to be the Senate patron of the two restitution bills which upon passage, will be signed into law by the Governor.  

      The major focus of Session thus far has been health care. The Governor has proposed a massive expansion of the Medicaid program envisioned by ObamaCare to cover an ever expanding group of able bodied Virginians. My Republican Senate colleagues and I have been working tirelessly on a package of reforms designed to address the skyrocketing insurance premiums and to provide coverage options to many working Virginians who are being priced out of the health insurance market as a result of ObamaCare.

      The Medicaid Program was never intended to be - and never designed to be- a substitute for health insurance.  It is instead, a reimbursement program for hospitals and health care providers to mitigate the costs associated with providing care for the most vulnerable (children, disabled, indigent.)  Our existing Medicaid program still has severe limitations, many of which were detailed in the JLARC December 2016 report which you can read here.  There are clearly those who would like to see a single payer government funded Medicaid style health plan provide universal health coverage for everyone. This approach, while well intentioned, is misguided and will inevitably lead to the rationing of health care seen in Canada and elsewhere.  

      The Senate Republicans have focused on restoring options and competition to the private health care and health insurance marketplace. Yesterday the Senate passed groundbreaking legislation as part of our Health Care Package to focus on the 80% of Virginians who are dealing with exorbitant premiums and staggering out-of-pocket expenses and to help those most in-need, including those waiting on ID/DD waivers. The package consists of four bills that will increase competition, lower premiums, provide lower costs for services, increase funding for mental health and opioid/addiction treatment, and make catastrophic care coverage available to more Virginians.  SB 964, SB 935, SB 915 and SB844 accomplish these goals.  I hope it will be the pleasure of the House to pass these critical initiatives and that Governor Northam will sign them into law.

      In moving forward, Senate Republicans want to institute more reforms to Medicaid to include: a workforce requirement for eligible able-bodied individuals, personal responsibility measures such as participation in a Health Savings Account, and tying funding to performance-based review to ensure funds being spent and truly improving the quality of life for those in the program. The ultimate goal, however, should be to move more Medicaid recipients into the work force, self sufficiency, and into the private sector health care marketplace.

      Since all Senate bills have been acted upon, that means some of my bills are advancing onto the House. SB 521, dealing with mandatory investigations of registered voters in localities where there are more registered voters than voting age individuals, was passed unanimously from the Senate. SB 523, deals with electronic pollbooks. This bill requires that the Department of Motor Vehicles share their database of photographs with registrars so that registered voters have a picture in their file. If they do have a photograph on file, they would not be required to present a form of identification.

      Interstate 81 improvements in the Shenandoah Valley have been long overlooked.  My bill, SB971,  directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board to study I-81 improvements and to consider what revenue could be raised from potential tolls on heavy trucks to fund these improvements along this corridor. Almost half of statewide truck traffic runs along this interstate and about a fifth of crashes involve a heavy truck. With over 2,000 crashes per year, and 30 crashes a year with a clearance time greater than six hours, we must be willing to look at creative methods to find substantive solutions to this problem.

      Finally, SB 568, will require public institutions in Virginia to share student loan information with students in order to help spread continued awareness of the potential consequences of overborrowing. Student debt is rampant both here in the Commonwealth and nationally. I believe that we as state legislators have a duty to help inform our students of the financial impact their borrowing decisions will have on their futures. Included in the yearly report that institutions will send will be amount borrowed, interest rate, estimated monthly payment and total amount paid by the end of the payment period.

      To see the full list of the bills I am carrying this session, click here.

      These past few weeks, we’ve had lots of visitors stopping by our offices in Room E502 of the Pocahontas Building. It was great to welcome the following visitors/organizations:  Rise for Youth, students from JMU and EMU along with members of the Virginia Interfaith Council, Copper Fox Distillery, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Chamber CEO, Blue Ridge Community College President Dr. Downey and students, JMU representatives, Rockingham Co. Board of Supervisors & County Administrator, Warren County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator, representatives from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative & Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and VAIL (Valley Associates for Independent Living).

      We have four more weeks of session.  I always enjoy hearing from citizens in my district on issues that are important to you.  Feel free to email me at mark@markobenshain.com or call our General Assembly office at 804-698-7526.

   

       Best regards,

        
       Mark Obenshain


            

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