Friday, August 17, 2018

Fwd: FW: Chuck Smith for Chairman

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From: Gene Underwood <>
Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 1:39 PM
Subject: FW: Chuck Smith for Chairman
To: <>

Fellow conservatives:

Two days ago I had the opportunity to meet Chuck Smith who is running
for Chairman of the Virginia State (Republican) Committee. He makes a
very good case for taking the party in a new direction. His bio is
impressive and he has the energy to do the things he says he wants to
do for our party. Read his email below, view his YouTube video, and
if you agree with me, send an email to all six of the 1st District
State Central Representatives urging them to vote for Chuck Smith.

Here are the 1st District state central reps.

CHAIRMAN Watson, Bob
ST CENTRAL C4 Albertson, Steve
ST CENTRAL P4 Dawson, Carol
ST CENTRAL R2 Cunningham, Robert
ST CENTRAL C4 Wright, Russ
ST CENTRAL C4 Kile, Larry

Gene K. Underwood, LTC EN

USAR (Ret)

703-403-9668 (Cell)


From: Chuck Smith <>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:02 PM
Subject: Chuck Smith for Chairman

Fellow Republicans,

Our Party faces a pivotal juncture in our long and rich history.
Either we repair our fractured and divided Republican Party and unify
for "The Win" each and every year in Virginia, or we are destined to
become permanently irrelevant.

I want to be your Republican Party Chairman to unite our eleven
congressional leadership teams across our Commonwealth this year to
win all of our federal elections and to support our President. I want
to be your Republican Party Chairman to inspire and lead our county
and city Republican committees across Virginia so that we may grow our
units and diversify our voter base to win statewide elections again
and to hold our majorities in the State Senate and House of Delegates
next year.

Why Chuck Smith

Charlottesville as a symbol of hatred is diminished:

There is only one candidate who takes the hateful rhetoric and every
accusation hurled at Republicans off the table with this election,
only one. Think about that. Chuck Smith, simply by becoming Chairman,
removes the hateful words "token, hypocrite, bigot, white
supremacist, racist" and takes them right off the table.

National spotlight on Virginia's Republican Party:

"Retired Navy JAG Commander and former Marine (0311) elected Chairman
of Virginia's Republican Party." You can visualize the national
headlines to capture the historic moment of change. Compare that with
the Chesterfield Observer running a full-page ad that "Hometown Lawyer
and former planning commissioner elected Republican Chairman."

No one equals Chuck:

Nothing is more powerful than having a core political party select a
core American fluent in Spanish with the credentials: Marine (0311),
Navy JAG Commander (Ret.), a 38-Year lawyer, Former Chairman of the
Republican Party Virginia Beach, who has been elected chairman,
president, officer, director or served on the board of every single
organization to which he has belonged. No one across the Republican
Party in Virginia- not Ken Cuccinelli, not Bob McDonald, not Jim
Gilmore -has the resume and experience to lead this party like I do.

Consider the potential for outreach in:

The Hispanic and Latino Communities, the Black Community, the Asian
Community, and our Patriotic base including Veterans who will rally
around a 4th of July Chairman- a true American they will say.

The future of our Republican Party lies in the inclusiveness and
growth of this Party, and the word "hypocrite" will disappear from the
rhetoric of the progressive Left. I want to be that "Change Agent."
Immediate credibility will blanket the Party. The Democrats will have
to regroup and find other adjectives because the former labels won't
apply. We can move straight from defense to offense recruiting from
all of Virginia's communities showing them that we practice what we

Eleven consecutive years of defeat is not an option:

Bottom line, we are on political life support, requiring an immediate
injection of energy and enthusiasm. My Chairmanship offers that and
more. It will proudly be said that never before in the history of our
Party did we have an opportunity to correct our course than we did on
September 8, 2018.

The only hope at recovery from a 10-year losing streak is our
reconnection with the voters. The fact is, our Party can't win
elections in the Commonwealth with the current "Keep it Small, Keep
it All" membership mentality. We need to grow our Party, and I have a

Please listen to the 2-Part Plan in my video at And also, please read my biography
(attached). Please know that I am available to speak or meet with you
24/7 at 757-270-4339, and I look forward to speaking with each of you
and hearing your thoughts and ideas on how to win again in Virginia.

Finally, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support I have
received from so many Republicans across Virginia who have heard my
message and support my campaign.

But we need to reach each voting member of the State Central Committee
who are tasked to make the selection Sept 8th. They need to hear from
you, their base, that Chuck Smith is by far, the best-qualified
candidate to run for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia in a
generation and we need his leadership at this pivotal moment in our
Party. Thank you. God bless.

Chuck Smith

293 Independence Boulevard, Suite 231

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

757-490-3181 Office

757-270-4339 Cell


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FOIA Council meeting next Wednesday August 22, 2018

Dear Members of the FOIA Council, Patrons, and Interested Parties:

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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Newport News Now 7-9-18

MONDAY. JULY 9. 2018
Second Phase of Construction for Warwick Boulevard Over Lake Maury Bridge Begins July 12
Construction of the first phase of Warwick Boulevard over Lake Maury Bridge Replacement is almost complete. Commuters can expect the traffic pattern to shift to the newly constructed portion of the bridge on July 12 to begin the second phase of construction. The number of northbound and southbound lanes will remain the same as they will shift to the west allowing the second phase of bridge demolition work to begin and construction of the east portion of the bridge to be completed. During construction, the roadway will be modified to provide two lanes of northbound traffic and one lane of southbound traffic with a work zone speed limit of 35 mph both northbound and southbound.  

The project is anticipated to be complete in early 2019. For more information, visit the City of Newport News’ online Project Status Report or contact Project Manager Carolyn Bowman at 926-3667 or

Sister Cities is Looking for Weekend Hosts Chinese College Students
For the fifth year, Sister Cities Newport News and CNU will welcome 20 students and faculty from China’s University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) to attend a two-week summer program at CNU. To enhance their U.S. experience, Sister Cities is seeking community members to host a student or two over the weekend of July 27-29. 

Delegate pick-up is on Friday afternoon (between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.) at CNU with a return to campus on Sunday after 6 pm. Host families do not have to be Newport News residents. Hosts are not expected to “entertain” the students; the goal of a “homestay” is to introduce those from a different culture to typical, American, daily life. Going to the grocery store, running errands, taking kids to events, attending a house of worship, reading a book on the back deck…hosts are encouraged to follow their normal routines.

If you have questions or would like to host, 757-926-1348 or email:

Statement Regarding Newport News’ 
Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application
Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf and Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Wilds have released the following joint statement regarding Newport News’ Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant application.

“We received notification from HUD that our application for $30 million in grant funds to transform the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood was not selected for funding. We are disappointed with this decision, and we intend to apply again in September for the next round of grant funds. We will soon be meeting with HUD officials for a debrief and to gain a better understanding of how we can strengthen our application. 

“We are deeply thankful to everyone who worked so very hard on this application with us, including our citizens in and around the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood as well as many nonprofit and business partners. It is an honor to have been named a finalist for the funding out of 20 applications submitted from across the country, competing in the final round with some localities that are much larger than Newport News such as Baltimore, Tulsa and Phoenix.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Convention of States Meeting this Saturday, June 23


Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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Please see my initial email below.
Best wishes,

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Hi there,
I reached out last week but haven't heard back. I wanted to see if there was an opportunity to sponsor a post on your site.
Please see my initial email below.
Best wishes,

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Hutto-Amended Anti-Abortion Bill...

Thoughts on the Hutto-Amended Dismemberment Bill... Can't see images? Click here...

Our thoughts on the Hutto-Amended Dismemberment Bill...

What happened in the SC Senate yesterday?

The Senate met late into the night and gave second reading to a significantly altered Dismemberment Bill. Ironically, the amendment was offered as a ploy by staunchly pro-abortion Democrat senator Brad Hutto. As the bill stands, it prohibits all abortions in the state except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. If passed as it currently reads (the full text of the bill is below), the bill would end abortion on demand in South Carolina. The bill, as we understand it, is still amendable on third reading and will likely be filibustered by the same senator who put up the amendment that passed. Follow today's session here; it is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Please keep in mind that this amended bill is not the Personhood Act of South Carolina. The Personhood Act offers a more thoughtful and foundational challenge to Roe vs. Wade and would not contain the unwelcome exceptions that are currently offered in the Hutto-Amended Dismemberment Bill. We still have work to do today and would urge you to contact your senators asking them to give the Personhood Act of South Carolina, S217, special order.

We are thankful to see the Lord at work in the hearts and minds of our senators in the past few days. We particularly commend the conscientious and thoughtful work of Senator Richard Cash, who argued eloquently for the protection of all preborn children in the womb. Though we see flaws in H3548, we do ask you to pray for its passage, if the Lord wills. This bill will not in any way halt the need for the Personhood Act. We must be mindful that all image-bearers have an unalienable right to life and deserve equal protection under the law without exceptions. That is the purpose of the Personhood Act, and we continue to urge its passage.

Finally, please join us tomorrow in fasting and praying on behalf of all the preborn babies of our state and nation.

Sincerely in Christ,
Personhood South Carolina Board of Directors



Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 41, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 6

South Carolina Unborn Child Protection from Abortion Act

Section 44-41-610.    This article may be cited as the South Carolina Unborn Child Protection from Abortion Act.

(A)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for a physician to knowingly perform or attempt to perform an abortion and thereby kill an unborn child unless necessary to prevent serious health risk to the unborn child's mother. 'Serious health risk to the unborn child's mother' means that in reasonable medical judgment she has a condition that so complicates her medical condition that it necessitates the abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or to avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions. No such condition may be determined to exist if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman will engage in conduct which she intends to result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

(B)    As used in this section:

(1)    'Abortion' means the intention of causing the death of an unborn child.

(2)    The term 'physician' means a physician, surgeon, or osteopath authorized to practice medicine in this State and licensed pursuant to Chapter 47, Title 40. However, an individual who is not a physician, but who directly and knowingly performs an abortion is also subject to the provisions of this section.

(C)    This article prohibits abortion for any reason excluding rape, and incest and the life of the mother.

Section 44-41-620.    Nothing in this article shall be construed as creating or recognizing a right to abortion, nor a right to a particular method of abortion."

SECTION    2.    If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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