Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Help save our Republic

Dear Fellow Patriot,
 

A commonly held misconception is that the United States is a democracy. Have you ever pledged "allegiance to the flag and to the democracy for which it stands"? In fact, the United States is a republic and not a democracy. This is not just a matter of semantics.  The two are entirely different forms of government.

In a democracy the majority rules. An example is when you and two wolves are voting on what to have for dinner.

History reveals the outcomes of democracies – that a democracy strips us of our rights.  Minorities are deprived of having a voice or any input.  Their God-given rights are lost with little-to-no hope of future reestablishment.  The inevitable result is tyranny.

 

The Founding Fathers advised against a democracy. John Adams warned: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself! There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide."

 

And Alexander Hamilton made a speech in 1788, where he stated: "It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this."

 

These fundamental principles are just as relevant today. What the wolves are in the analogy are today's masses who are products of the public (government) schools, who have a warped understanding of history, who chant mantras  to kill law enforcement officers, and demand their "rights" which are actually "privileges," while obstructing traffic, destroying property

and endangering lives.

 

Today's news has shown the masses being emotionally violent and caring less about our nation's foundations and freedoms. Tyranny has been moving in. The Left Establishment knows this full well – and this is why they promote it at every opportunity.

 

One goal is to end local control over law enforcement and establish a federal police force, or at least federal control over the local departments.  Another obvious example is the desire to grant amnesty to all the illegal immigrants, who would more accurately be called invaders. Their increased numbers would add greatly to the 51% needed to silence those who value freedom. In a republic, the minorities still have a voice. In a democracy, they do not.

 

Another present day example is the election of our president. We have the Electoral College. Even people in states with a small population have influence.  But, if the votes could be totalled and the winner decided on which one has the majority, as some are promoting, the votes of minorities are lost.    Claiming that Hillary had the majority of votes in the last election and thus we should do away with the Electoral College is one result of this rationale. Having state legislators pass laws that would award their state's Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular votes instead of to the winner of that state's popular vote, is another example. This would greatly diminish the role of the states in presidential elections, enable large population states to overshadow the influence of small population states, and encourage voter fraud in large population states.  Consider that the number of people living in New York City equals the number of people living in several states. In this method, the states of New York and California plus a couple other states would pretty much dictate the result.   People in all the other states would have no voice and no need to bother to vote.

 

The National Popular Vote Compact Bill (NPV), HB99, has been introduced in the House of the Virginia General Assembly, and would enter Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Article II of the United States Constitution gives the states exclusive and entire authority to decide the manner of awarding their electoral votes. Under the compact, Virginia would agree to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact.

If this movement were to succeed and convince states with at least 270 electoral votes to approve the NPV legislation, the remaining states would become irrelevant in future presidential elections.

 

As of September 2017, the NPVIC legislation has been adopted by ten states and the District of Columbia with a total of 165 electoral votes. This amounts to 61% of the 270 votes needed to legally activate the NPV interstate compact.

Now is the time to take action to save our Republic! To prevent the Electoral College from being eliminated,

we need to defeat HB99.

 

Would you please contact your state legislators in opposition to the replacement of the Electoral College with the National Popular Vote?  Also send a message to the committee members below asking them to vote NO to HB99.  It could be voted on as early as this Friday.

 

By so doing you would help save our Republic.

 

 
 

 

Thank you,

Sue Long



 

Week 1 General Assembly Session Update

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Dear Robert —

   We are almost one week into the 2018 General Assembly Session and it has been a productive one thus far.

 

The Senate of Virginia began with the same 40 senators on Wednesday of this past week.  All 40 senators are in the same seats and are members of the same committees on which they served last year.  That is about the only thing that hasn’t changed in Capitol Square since we concluded the 2017 session.

 

The House of Delegates is very different than it was last year.  They have a new Speaker, Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights, who was elected on the opening day of session.  And, they have 19 new delegates.  Of those new delegates, 16 are Democrats and 3 are Republicans, and the House’s partisan balance is now 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.  That’s a lot closer to the 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats in the Senate.

 

The opening day of session concluded with Governor McAuliffe delivering his final State of the Commonwealth Address.  We heard two speeches from newly-elected Governor Northam.  He delivered his Inaugural Address after taking the oath of office on Saturday and on Monday, he addressed a joint session of the House and Senate, outlining his plans and priorities for the 2018 session. I was disappointed in the tone of his speech before our body - I was hoping for a more bipartisan approach as we seek to enact substantive reforms this Session.

 

Despite the closer margins in the House and the start of a new Governor and new Democrat administration, I will continue here in the Senate to work with my conservative colleagues to prioritize legislative issues that will make life better for Virginians. I continue to serve as Chair of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and on Monday, we began to hear bills in committee. I was dismayed to see that the outside influences of Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group, among others, continues to make significant attempts here in Virginia to push through overburdensome gun control laws. On Monday we got off to a fast start. We heard dozens of new bills that would impose new restrictions on law abiding Virginians to keep and bear arms. Together with a majority of my colleagues, I was proud to have stood up for our Second Amendment rights.


Education reform is one of the most pressing issues in which I believe. We have children in our district and around the Commonwealth who are trapped in failing school divisions. We must do more to ensure that every child has an opportunity to receive a quality education. That is why I have proposed a bill to create regional charter school divisions. The charter school model, allowing for more autonomy and innovation in the administration and the classroom, has been successful in states around our nation, both Red and Blue. I have listened to opponents and have carefully drafted the bill so that it will focus on regions with truly failing schools. However, we have met opposition, even to this model. We have just nine charter schools that serve 2,000 students. If we are serious about providing a lifeline for children and parents in failing school divisions then that has to change. I hope that our new governor, along with my colleagues in the Senate and the House, will join me in passing and signing this important piece of legislation.

 

Voter fraud is another issue of great importance to me. I have proposed Senate Bill 523, which establishes electronic pollbooks that contain photographs of voters. This commonsense piece of legislation will encourage cross-agency collaboration by requiring pollbooks to contain photographs of registered voters that are a part of voter photo identification cards or a voter’s Department of Motor Vehicles record. This will make the system more efficient but more importantly will improve the integrity of our voter system. If there is a photo from a state approved database, then a voter is not required to show another form of ID. Additionally, I have proposed Senate Bill 521, wherein local electoral boards are required to investigate the list of registered voters if the number of registered voters exceeds the population of voting age citizens in that locality. It makes no sense to me that in some localities, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the number of eligible voting age citizens. I hope this bill will improve our system by requiring an investigation when there are more registered voters than individuals of voting age.

 

In addition, I am working on a number of initiatives to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 81. This interstate has been overlooked for too long by state legislators and administrations alike. We must make substantive reforms to ensure that drivers can travel on this critically important interstate safely and efficiently. One bill I have proposed directs the Department of Transportation to conduct a pilot program establishing zones where trucks are required to travel only in the right lane. Ideally, these zones will allow the left lane to remain clear for passing vehicles, directly reducing congestion and keeping traffic flowing. This bill, by establishing the pilot program, is a part of a bigger effort and emphasis on improving Interstate 81. More on I-81 later.

 

To see the full list of over 20 bills I have patroned, please click here.

 

As bills begin to make it out of committee and onto the floor of the respective houses of the General Assembly, I promise to continue to fight with my fellow conservatives in the House and Senate to protect those beliefs for which I have always fought.

 

Each week, I will be sharing with you updates on the session and my legislative initiatives which I hope will continue to make life better for my constituents in the Shenandoah Valley. We have a new building here in Richmond while they tear down and build a new GAB. We are housed in the Pocahontas Building for the next four years and we’re settling in nicely here. If you are in Richmond during General Assembly, please stop by our new office, Room 502 on the 5th Floor – East Side. If you have issues you would like to discuss or if you would like to arrange a tour, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 804-698-7526 or email me at mark@markobenshain.com. My legislative aide, Jenni Aulgur, and I stand ready to assist you in any way we can.

 

Best regards,

             
           Mark Obenshain


            

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Monday, January 15, 2018

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This is not a game.

From now until this fall and beyond, I'm putting everything I can into electing a new set of American leaders up and down the ballot -- folks who will stand up for our core values and against the kind
American Possibilities

Robert --

What we saw last summer violated every core belief America holds in its soul -- a president giving rhetorical comfort to Neo-Nazis after Charlottesville, saying there were "fine people" on both sides. Fine people?

Now what we just saw last week is downright dangerous -- a president tweeting about the size of his nuclear button? The only thing worse than an intended conflict is an unintended one, and these loose, irresponsible tweets from the highest office in the country put us all at risk.

He attacks the bulwarks of our freedom. Labels the free press "fake news." And has attacked our courts as political and biased.

Words matter, Robert -- especially when they're coming from a president. The foreign policy of the United States of America is not a game. The American presidency is not a platform for chest-puffing.

If you're feeling powerless -- don't. Because we've got important work to do, and it's work that can deliver the strongest-possible referendum on this president's irresponsible behavior.

From now until this fall and beyond, I'm putting everything I can into electing a new set of American leaders up and down the ballot -- folks who will stand up for our core values and against the kind of reckless behavior we're seeing from the President. Who truly understand the day-to-day struggles of working families. Humble people with actual respect for the offices they hold.

Are you with me? Then help make sure we have the resources to make a difference in as many races this year as possible.

What have donations like yours done so far?

Last week, Doug Jones was sworn in as the next United States Senator from Alabama. You helped make that happen when you asked this organization to endorse him, and when you gave what you could to help elect him.

And today, Danica Roem -- the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia's history -- will convene with her state's General Assembly as its next Delegate from Manassas. She's bound and determined to reduce traffic congestion in her community, and I know she will. Your support helped elect her.

I can't wait to see what we do this year. And I can tell you right now that I'm going to beat a path all across this country to stump for as many candidates as I can.

But I need your help to do it, Robert. And so when I say your donations help make sure we can support and campaign for as many promising leaders as possible, I mean it.

So give what you can today, and let's make 2018 the year this president realized, once and for all, that the American people are done with his malarkey.

We've got to start right now.

Thanks -- and Happy New Year.

-Joe

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This is not a game.

From now until this fall and beyond, I'm putting everything I can into electing a new set of American leaders up and down the ballot -- folks who will stand up for our core values and against the kind
American Possibilities

Robert --

What we saw last summer violated every core belief America holds in its soul -- a president giving rhetorical comfort to Neo-Nazis after Charlottesville, saying there were "fine people" on both sides. Fine people?

Now what we just saw last week is downright dangerous -- a president tweeting about the size of his nuclear button? The only thing worse than an intended conflict is an unintended one, and these loose, irresponsible tweets from the highest office in the country put us all at risk.

He attacks the bulwarks of our freedom. Labels the free press "fake news." And has attacked our courts as political and biased.

Words matter, Robert -- especially when they're coming from a president. The foreign policy of the United States of America is not a game. The American presidency is not a platform for chest-puffing.

If you're feeling powerless -- don't. Because we've got important work to do, and it's work that can deliver the strongest-possible referendum on this president's irresponsible behavior.

From now until this fall and beyond, I'm putting everything I can into electing a new set of American leaders up and down the ballot -- folks who will stand up for our core values and against the kind of reckless behavior we're seeing from the President. Who truly understand the day-to-day struggles of working families. Humble people with actual respect for the offices they hold.

Are you with me? Then help make sure we have the resources to make a difference in as many races this year as possible.

What have donations like yours done so far?

Last week, Doug Jones was sworn in as the next United States Senator from Alabama. You helped make that happen when you asked this organization to endorse him, and when you gave what you could to help elect him.

And today, Danica Roem -- the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia's history -- will convene with her state's General Assembly as its next Delegate from Manassas. She's bound and determined to reduce traffic congestion in her community, and I know she will. Your support helped elect her.

I can't wait to see what we do this year. And I can tell you right now that I'm going to beat a path all across this country to stump for as many candidates as I can.

But I need your help to do it, Robert. And so when I say your donations help make sure we can support and campaign for as many promising leaders as possible, I mean it.

So give what you can today, and let's make 2018 the year this president realized, once and for all, that the American people are done with his malarkey.

We've got to start right now.

Thanks -- and Happy New Year.

-Joe

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2018 General Assembly Session Preview

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Dear Robert —
      
      
      2018 is here and with it comes a new General Assembly Session. We have relocated to the Pocahontas Building down the street while a new General Assembly building is constructed. My team and I have been working hard to prepare for this session and I am confident that it will be productive and that our hard work will pay off.

   

      This past November, we saw a shift in the political dynamic here in Virginia. With a razor thin majority of one seat in the House of Delegates, and a slim majority here in the Senate, it is critical to protect the conservative principles on which we stand. Those conservative ideals and principles spur economic growth, limit the overreach of state government and ensure that the Shenandoah Valley and the rest of our great Commonwealth is a place where small businesses and families can grow and thrive.

 

       Our new Governor, along with the newly elected Democratic General Assembly members have promised to push their liberal priorities.  These include increased gun control laws, Medicaid expansion adding irresponsible costs to our state budget, and regulations to stifle business growth and job creation.  I will stand strong for our shared conservative values.  Over the next eight weeks, I will lead the fight against initiatives advanced by the liberal priorities of Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, and Michael Bloomberg.

  

      Each week, I will be sharing with you updates on the session and my legislative initiatives which I hope will continue to make life better for my constituents in the Shenandoah Valley. If you are in Richmond during General Assembly, please stop by our new office in the Pocahontas Building. We are in Room 502 on the 5th Floor – East Side. If you have issues you would like to discuss or if you would like to arrange a tour, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 804-698-7526 or email me at mark@markobenshain.com. My legislative aide, Jenni Aulgur, and I stand ready to assist you in any way we can. 


      
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Mark Obenshain


            

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Newport News Now

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MONDAY.JANUARY 8.2018

                                                                       

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Cassie Wilkinson


Every Monday leading up to the race day, March 4, Newport News Now is featuring various One City Marathon participants and partners. We hope these spotlights bring you insights and personal perspectives on why people participate in the marathon and what it means to them. Whether it's running, volunteering, cheering or sponsoring, every participant in the One City Marathon is important.
 
Cassie Wilkinson is a One City Marathon Ambassador who works for the City of Newport News Engineering Permits office. Wilkinson has participated in the marathon each year of its existence and continues to show her support by participating again this year. Read more...

                                                                       

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Solid Waste Collections Resume Today


The New Year’s Day holiday and winter storm Grayson have thrown our trash, recycling and bulk waste collections schedule way off.  Crews had been pulled for snow removal, but are resuming collections today. Unfortunately, some neighborhood streets are still unsafe for our drivers to navigate. If they skip your street due to road conditions, they will return. Bottom line: place your solid waste out according to the schedule below and leave it out until it is collected. Today’s collections started with Wednesday routes. Thursday routes are to be collected tomorrow. Regular collections for this week will be delayed two days. The schedule is below.

  • Wed. 1/3, which had been moved to Thurs because of the holiday, will be collected on Mon. 1/8

  • Thurs. 1/4, which had been moved to Fri because of the holiday, will be collected on Tues. 1/9

  • Mon 1/8 collected on Wed. 1/10

  • Tues 1/9 collected on Thurs. 1/11

  • Wed. 1/10 collected on Fri. 1/12
  • Thurs 1/11 collected on Sat. 1/13

 
Neighborhoods with 18-gallon recycling bins instead of the wheeled carts will not be collected this week; those weekly collections will resume next week. Read more...

                                                                      

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Mayor Price Holds Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive

Delegate Marcia Price, Sheriff Gabe Morgan join to Honor Dr. King


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? In answer to Dr. King’s timeless question and to honor his legacy of service, Mayor McKinley Price is pleased to partner with Delegate Marcia Price, Sheriff Gabe Morgan, and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive.
 
Price said, “One out of every seven people in our community struggles with hunger. This food drive is a wonderful opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy, replenish the Foodbank’s supply of food after the holidays, and help families right here on the peninsula.” Read more...

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