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Obama Woos Woodbridge

By URIAH KISER

President Barack Obama energized a crowd of supporters who packed the stands at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge on Friday.

During Obama’s 25-minute speech to the audience, his campaign slogan “forward” was visible on signs held by those in the crowd and on a large sign erected in the stands. But when Obama addressed economic policies, job creation, and lowering the federal deficit, he harkened back to a bygone era.

“I’ve already worked with Republicans to reduce a trillion dollars in spending, and I’m willing to do more. I want to reform our tax code so it’s simpler and fairer. The only way we are going to reduce the deficit is to ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes over $250,000 and go back to the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president,” said Obama.

Greeted with cheers from the crowd, the president said the Republican model of top-down economics doesn’t work. He also hammered a statement from his Republican opponent Mitt Romney who conceded 47 percent of voters who do not pay federal income taxes would not vote for Romney. Romney also said those Americans believe they are entitled to government assistance.

“I don’t believe we can write off half the nation as a bunch of victims,” said the president.

Obama also said he wants to keep down school and college costs, and reduce military spending by at least $2 trillion – additional monies he says military officials say they don’t need.

If elected to another term, Obama reminded the crowd “we are all in this together” and it will take more than just one term, and more than one president to solve the nation’s economic challenges.

“We don’t think government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think government is the source of all of our problems, either. We don’t think anybody is the source of all of our problems, not welfare recipients, not corporations, not unions, not immigrants, not gays, not all of the other groups we’re told to blame for our problems,” the president said.

Pfitzner Stadium holds 6,000 people on a normal day. While Obama was speaking, the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office reported 11,000 people had packed the stands and the ball field of the Potomac Nationals Minor League Baseball team. The number was 1,000 fewer people than the number the campaign distributed to reporters.

Before his speech, Obama arrived on one of four helicopters that landed at the stadium which sits behind the Prince William County Government Center on Prince William Parkway.

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Crowds Pack Pfitzner for Obama

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — It’s a standing-room only crowd as at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium as President Barack Obama comes to Woodbridge to make his case for another four years in the White House.

The stadium that sits behind the Prince William County Government Center holds 6,000 people and each seat in the house is full. So full, in fact, many onlookers have been moved onto the ball field where they hope to catch a glimpse of the president.

Two helicopters, including Marine One which presumably carried the president to Woodbridge, landed outside the stadium about 11 a.m. Once off of the helicopter, Obama will take a stage set up on the field looking directly pointed to a riser that is a temporary home for press.

Behind him, Obama’s supporters sitting in the stands as well as a large sign that states “forward” serve as the backdrop.

The anxious crowd is being pumped up by a an upbeat mix of classic and contemporary music.

 

Prince William Prepares Employees for Obama

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – The national spotlight will be cast Friday onto the place many Prince William County Government do business. An email distributed to them, and obtained by PotomacLocal.com, states what county employees should expect when President Barack Obama comes to Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium to stump for his campaign.

The text of the entire email is below: 

I am sure most of you have heard that President Obama will be making a campaign stop at Pfitzner Stadium this Friday. Obviously, as with any presidential candidate visit, we anticipate a significant number of people, and there will be a high level of security in place. Due to the proximity of the stadium to the County Government Complex, this event will have some impact on our daily routines. This e-mail is intended to give you a heads-up and address some of the concerns that have already been raised.

Parking

• Parking in the main employee parking lot (adjacent to Ricter Lane) will be for employees only. No attendees to the event will be allowed to park there and the Police will be enforcing that, so please have your employee ID readily available.

• Parking in the front of the McCoart Building will remain open for customers only. Please note that employees should not be parking here anyway.

• Parking by the Owens Building will remain unchanged (open to employees, permitted vehicles and public safety vehicles as indicated by signage).

• Parking by DSB will remain primarily for employees and customers. However, the back three rows (nearest the gravel and the Stadium) will be closed-off. So, it may be necessary for some employees who ordinarily may park at DSB to park in the RICTER lot.

Timeline

• Media will begin arriving around 6:30 a.m. and set up by 10:00 a.m.

• Gates will open to the public at 9:00 a.m.

• Event will conclude approximately 1:30 p.m.

Traffic Flow

• All event traffic will be directed to County Complex Court

• Tickets will be checked at Ricter lane.

• Event traffic will proceed to Pfitzner Stadium for parking.

• There will be overflow parking sites with shuttle service identified in the next couple of days.

• Employees are encouraged to arrive early to avoid potential traffic delays.

• Employees are encouraged to enter through Great Bridge Road to access the parking lot off Ricter lane.

While this event will cause some delays and challenges with our work routine, let’s make certain our customers continue to receive the service they deserve. Thanks for all you do every day.

School Board Hopefuls to Debate

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Candidates who are interested in filling a vacancy on the Prince William County School Board will debate each other on the issues on Tuesday. More in a press release:

On September 25 at Westminster at Lake Ridge, The Prince William Committee of 100 will host a Candidates’ Forum for the Occoquan District seat on the Prince William County School Board. All four candidates who will be on the ballot November 6th have agreed to participate in this forum.

The program is open to the public, at no charge, and will begin at 7:45 p.m. A meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Reservations and payment are required for dinner. For additional information, go to pwc100.org/rsvp.htm

 Moderator:

Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio

 Candidates:

Lori Bauckman-Moore

Stanley Bender

Lille Jessie

Michael Wooten

Location and Times

Westminster at Lake Ridge

Multi-Purpose Room

12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, Virginia

Social 6:30 p.m.

Dinner 7:00 p.m

Program 7:45 p.m.

Adjournment 9:15 p.m.

The Prince William County Committee of 100 provides a non-partisan, educational forum to study essential interests, problems and goals of the people of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Obama to Speak in Woodbridge

By KJ MUSHUNG

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — President Barack Obama will come to Woodbridge this Friday to speak at a grassroots rally at the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium.

The president has visited Virginia many times already this election season as it’s considered one of three key battleground states for the presidency. The other two are Florida and Ohio.

His wife, Michelle Obama, spoke at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg just last Thursday.

According to his campaign, Obama will lay out what’s at stake for middle-class families with a plan to restore middle-class security by paying down debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things needed to create jobs and grow the economy over the long term. He is slated to appear at 12:45 p.m.

Pfitzner Stadium is located at 7 County Complex Court in Woodbridge.

To see the president, sign up for free tickets online at: OFA.BO/wbBo

Tickets are distributed at these locations:

 

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium

7 County Complex Court

Woodbridge, VA 22192

 

OFA Field Office – Woodbridge

2243 Old Bridge Road, Unit # C

Woodbridge, VA 22192

 

OFA Field Office – Manassas

9411 Main Street, Suite # 101

Manassas, VA 20110

Schieber Organizes Allen’s Stafford Roundtable

STAFFORD, Va. — George Allen brought his Virginia Voices tour to Stafford on Monday where he listened to defense industry, business and community leaders voice their views and concerns about the $500 Billion defense cuts scheduled to begin January 2.

At a defense roundtable organized by Stafford County Supervisor Ty Scheiber, Allen met with leaders representing a variety of regional interests, including local defense contracting companies, small businesses, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

Under the Washington deal Congress passed last summer that included a sequestration trigger, our military faces $500 Billion in cuts on top of $500 Billion defense cuts already in President Obama’s budget. Virginia will be among the states hardest hit from the Washington deal with the loss of more than 200,000 jobs and $10.6 Billion in labor income, according to economic analysis released by George Mason University.

-Press release 

 

Kaine Kicks Off Voter Canvass in Stafford

By KJ MUSHUNG 

STAFFORD, Va. — Tim Kaine and Anne Holton kicked off a volunteer neighborhood canvass in Stafford on Saturday, Sept. 15 at a campaign field office near the Stafford Hospital. Kaine is a former Virginia governor who is running for senate against George Allen, another former governor. Allen also used to be a Virginia senator and is looking to reclaim that title.

At the canvass, Kaine and Holton emphasized how important one-on-one contact is in the community.

“You are the ones who will prove in November that a small group of donors with unlimited resources can’t make the volunteer hours and the phone calls and the door knocks irrelevant,” said Kaine. “No amount of secret money or negative ads can replace the work you do in your communities to talk to voters about what’s at stake in this election. I’m confident that with your help, we’ll be able to win in November and bring proven Virginia-based strategies to Washington to grow the economy, balance the budget and find common ground.”

Afterwards, Kaine and Holton attended an annual pig roast hosted by U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his wife Lisa Collis in King George County.

Sen. Mark Warner to Hold Roundtable in Stafford

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Sen. Mark Warner will visit Stafford County on Friday to talk business.

During a trip through the region, Warner will stop for a roundtable discussion at Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio in Falmouth between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The Stafford County Economic Development agency is notifying businesses in the area about the event and stated there will be a brief opportunity for Warner to meet with local business leaders for a casual conversation.

“In order to make the meeting as phenomenal as possible and best highlight the diversity of the local business community, Stafford has also extended this opportunity to all of the other Fredericksburg Region localities in the hope that we can create a larger picture of Fredericksburg’s robust business characteristics,” stated the Stafford County EDA spokeswoman Bethany J. Miller.

After serving as Virginia’s 69th governor from 2001 to 2006, Warner went on to win a Senate bid after longtime Virginia Senator John Warner (no relation to Mark Warner) announced he would not seek reelection.

Warner is not seeking reelection this year. 

 

Gibson, Perkins to Debate for Connolly’s Seat

FAIRFAX, Va. — Mark Gibson, independent candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, says he’s eager to engage the other candidates and media in a forum on Wednesday, September 12 at 8 p.m. televised by Reston Community Television, RCTV28 on Comcast. But, Gibson said, “I’m disappointed that the incumbent has declined.”

Gibson will appear along with Republican candidate Chris Perkins and Green Party candidate Joe Galdo. Moderated by Colin Mills, President of the Reston Citizens Association, and John Lovaas, host of RCTV28’s Reston Impact, journalists from three media outlets serving Reston – The Connection, Fairfax Times, and Patch.com – will pose questions to the candidates.

Notably absent is the incumbent, Gerry Connolly. The two-term Democrat declined participation, though he benefited from inclusion of Democrat-dominated Reston in Congressional redistricting following the 2010 Census.

Gibson will also participate in other upcoming forums, including:

Delta Sigma Theta / NAACP on Sat Sep 15 at 830am in Manassas

Falls Church Chamber / Greater Merrifield Business Association on Tue Sep 18 at Noon

South County HS Student Forum on Fri Oct 5 at 930am in Lorton

Korean Coalition for Political Participation on Sat Oct 6 at 6pm in Merrifield

About Mark Gibson and Gibson4congress2012

Mark Gibson is the independent candidate in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. Living in Fairfax since 1997, Mark is a lifelong Washington area resident. With a Master’s degree in Economics and over 20 years of management experience, he serves as chief operating officer for a small business.

-Press release 

Lateef: We Are Better Off than 4 Years Ago

 

Babur Lateef

Democratic National Convention Delegate and Woodbridge Doctor Babur Lateef is providing insight to PotomacLocal.com readers this week from the DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

Tonight, former President Clinton is the talk of the Democratic National Convention as he prepares to go to bat for President Barack Obama.

Clinton will address the convention and the nation tonight urging voters to give Obama another term in office.

PotomacLocal.com: With former President Bill Clinton’s high approval rating, why to more People like Clinton over Obama?

I think, typically, all past presidents are more popular than the sitting president. If you were to look at President Clinton’s approval rating now and compared it to that of his approval rating in 1996 when he was running for office. Typically, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter have high approval ratings after they were out of office, so the better question to ask is ‘what was Clinton’s approval rating when he was running for office.”

Lateef: How to do you think Michelle Obama’s speech impacted delegates on the floor?

The floor went crazy. By her sharing her personal experience prior to and after they were elected, the crowd really enjoyed it. She, in really nice terms, she talked about how we do things together.

PotomacLocal.com: Are a lot of people asking “are you better off than four years ago?”

Lateef: Yes, that is a recurring question here and most people and the delegates here will tell you that we are better off than we were four years ago. We created 4 million jobs under President Obama, but that’s more jobs than President Bush created in all eight years. Collectively, are better off where the econonmy is now than where it was four years ago? Absolutely.

PotomacLocal.com: At the 2008 DNC, there was talk of hope, change, and idealism. When he addresses the crowd, can Obama speak about that again or does he need to do a hard sell to the American public?

Lateef: If you really pay attention to his campaign the first time around, he said change doesn’t happen over night. It takes a long time. When he was in Manassas on the night before election night, he said if you think it’s hard to get elected it’s going to be even more challenging to govern. The change that we need to improve our economy, to get the country on track, it going to be difficult, and we’re going to have to make some difficult decisions.

[Obama] understood at that time things were not going to be easy, and so I think he’s going to remind everybody that change is not something that happens overnight. It’s something that takes time.

 Babur Lateef is a board certified eye physician and surgeon at Advanced Ophthalmology in Woodbridge, which is a sponsor of PotomacLocal.com.

Sentaor Mark Warner and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Fairfax, Prince William) (Photo: George Burke)

 

Babur Lateef with Ohio Delegation member David Betras.

 

Lateef: Dems Need to Sell Obama Successes

Babur Lateef

Democratic National Convention Delegate and Woodbridge Doctor Babur Lateef is providing insight to PotomacLocal.com readers this week from the DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

The convention begins today and runs through Thursday, when President Barack Obama will officially be nominated to seek a second term in the White House.

What’s your first impressions of Charlotte?

People can walk in off the streets and sit with delegates and join a meeting. The nice thing I seen about the Democratic National Convention is how open and accessible it is to the public. People are telling me that this is unprecedented for the amount of access to the Democratic Party than what’s been given in prior years.

What message are Democrats trying to send to convention goers?

The message is that we need to sell the president’s success to the American public. This week, we need to be talking about how successful he has been and what success he has had, and where do we want to move forward from that.

I think after looking at the last convention where there was a lot of “what has gone wrong” and “what is not right,” we are in a situation that is very deep – in the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. The climb out is slow but it’s still getting better.

The success of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the success of three million jobs created is a success. The stimulus package and saving the automotive industry, all of these things are successes that the president has had, and we need to let the American public know about and make sure they are aware of what actually happened over the last four years.

What events are you looking forward to attending during the convention?

The National Asian and Pacific Islanders group that works on improving voter registration and voter access and on Asian-American issues, is one event that I am going to.

Another event I am looking forward to attending will be one with former President Bill Clinton and singer Will-I-Am Tuesday night at five.

Babur Lateef is a board certified eye physician and surgeon at Advanced Ophthalmology in Woodbridge, which is a sponsor of PotomacLocal.com.

 

Romney’s Story Emerges at RNC Close

By JIM RILEY
For PotomacLocal.com 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Thursday night capped off a successful three-day Republican National Convention, with a speech from the party’s nominee businessman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The evening began with a moving tribute film to President Ronald Reagan that not only celebrated the man and his many achievements, but also served to highlight the stark contrast between him and the current occupant of the Oval Office who seems to be living by the motto of “What Would Ronald Reagan not Do?”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke shortly thereafter, accompanied by a teacher and a student who benefitted from the school choice reforms he put in place during his tenure in office. Bush noted that it had been nearly four years since President Obama assumed office and that real leaders would have assumed responsibility by now.

Finally, in the 10 p.m. hour, “mystery speaker” Clint Eastwood entered the stage to the music from his film, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” with a large graphic of him from that film right behind him and the crowd erupted wildly.

MORE TO THE STORY: See Jim’s convention floor interview with Prince William County Delegate Scott Lingamfelter on his run for Virginia Lt. Governor.

Some speculated that he might do something along the lines of his 2012 Super Bowl commercial, “half-time in America,” and how we can mount a comeback.

From his talk with an empty chair, Eastwood said “what do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that, he can’t do that to himself. You’re absolutely crazy. You’re getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all know that Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party. Kind of a grin with a body behind it.”

Eastwood’s high point was when he said that when “someone doesn’t do the job, you’ve got to let them go.”

Last, but certainly not least, Romney accepted the GOP nomination for president. Entering the convention hall, he spent quite a bit of time greeting the Virginia delegation, which was seated right near the stage.

In a nearly 40-minute speech, he noted that today, for the first time in our nation’s history, people do not believe that their children will have a better life than they had. He finally opened up about himself — how his father never went to college and apprenticed as a plaster carpenter; that after his father succeeded in the automobile industry that he wanted to blaze his own path where he would know he had earned his success on his own; the challenges of raising five boys; and the importance of his faith.

He then gave the part of his speech that will be food for thought for many Americans:

“You know there is something wrong with the kind of job [Obama] has done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. The president has not disappointed you because he wanted to. The president has disappointed America because he hasn’t lead America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have, and one that was essential to the task at hand. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government”.

Overall, it was a speech that played very well in both the hall and from the accounts I have heard from those who watched it on television.

Jim Riley is the Southbridge Homeowners Association President and writes for VirginiaVirtucon.com.

Paul Ryan Oktoberfest Bash a Hot Ticket

By JIM RILEY
For PotomacLocal.com 

Wednesday night was Paul Ryan’s night. It was his turn in the spotlight and a chance for those who don’t yet know that much about him to get a better insight into the man that he is. He did not disappoint.

Before I get into my thoughts and analysis, let me recap events from earlier in the day.

Names and faces show at convention events

I previously wrote about the first ever National Center Right meeting at which both Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Delegate David Ramadan spoke, and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor John Hager attended. Immediately thereafter, I was off to another event and who did I see at the event right next to the event but Gov. Bob McDonnell.

I had some downtime following that but it did not last for long, as a friend who within the past year had moved from Virginia to Wisconsin let me know I could have an extra pass to the Wisconsin delegation’s big Beer & Brats Bash. Since Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was named to the ticket as Mitt Romney’s running mate, this event quickly became the hottest ticket in town.

The Wisconsin event was just like it sounds — they had hometown brews, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and a German Oktoberfest band playing traditional beer hall music and polkas.

While waiting for my friend to arrive, I ran in to Jack Kemp’s son, Jim, who is preserving his father’s legacy as the president of the Jack Kemp Foundation. I told him that I had the privilege of working for his father I was in law school in 1993 – 94, and that he was my first paying client after I became an attorney. The high point of the event came when Congressman Ryan stopped by with his wife to greet his home state delegates. The crowd went wild as you can imagine.

Upon arriving at the convention, I immediately began running into people I knew, including Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, as well as some former Prince William County residents who have since moved out of state.

One of those, former Neabsco District School Board member Julia Lucas, may be headed back our way so keep your eyes open for that potential development.

The convention floor

Once again, the best speeches occurred in the 10 p.m. hour. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was masterful, giving her speech without the aid of a teleprompter. Her focus was leadership and the dangers that America faces today.

Finally, it was Paul Ryan’s turn. His speech did exactly what it needed to do – he spoke of the Romney-Ryan team’s plans to create jobs, reform our entitlement system which is currently on a path of insolvency for everyone, and stop the unconscionable burden of debt that is being built.

As I expected, Ryan gave credit to the late Jack Kemp for helping to shape his views.

Jim Riley is the Southbridge Homeowners Association President and writes for VirginiaVirtucon.com.

McDonnell Resonates in Tampa

By JIM RILEY
For PotomacLocal.com 

TAMPA, Fla. — After a slew of Tuesday meetings run by the RATE Coalition on tax reform and the National Journal on what to expect from a Romney administration, it was off to pre-convention receptions and then the big event itself.

Word had spread earlier in the day that Mitt Romney was coming to town early to support his wife, Ann, on the big night of her speech. His motorcade zipped past us about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

During Tuesday night’s speeches, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave some memorable lines during his speech:

“It will be good to have a president who understands what it takes to create jobs…and a vice president who knows what state he’s in.”

He was very well received by the delegates and it was clear why he made the cut for Romney’s Vice President short list.

Another Virginian, former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis who represented an Alabama district as a Democrat, brought down the house when he said he was at the wrong convention four years ago (he seconded President Obama’s nomination in Denver in 2008 and was the first lawmaker from outside Illinois to endorse him).

He spoke on behalf of everyone who “got it wrong” four years ago. By the end of the speech, he had the entire audience on their feet. Forget about him taking Gerry Connolly on in two years (if Connolly even lasts that long), Davis is Senate caliber and should be a top NRSC recruit target to take out Mark Warner in 2014.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave a great speech in her own right, relating the story of how her immigrant parents built their own small business. She then pivoted to introducing Ann Romney.

During her speech, Ann Romney laid out the picture of Mitt Romney that most people don’t know, from the early days of their marriage when they lived in a basement apartment with an ironing board as their dining room table through today and the success he has achieved. She not only capably defended the notion of success, but praised its virtues.

Finally, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the keynote address. It’s theme was “it’s time someone started treating voters like adults,” and that it was more important that politicians and America as a whole be respected than to be loved. And finally, that elected officials lead and “change the polls” rather than merely be followers of them.

Wednesday, I’m at the first ever National Center Right Meeting run by Americans for Tax Reform. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is speaking about resisting the state expansion of Medicaid and the problems with Obamacare’s state exchanges. (Former Virginia LG John Hager is here, too.)

Delelegate David Ramadan from Loudoun County spoke about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November to protect private property rights.

Jim Riley is the Southbridge Homeowners Association President and writes for VirginiaVirtucon.com.

*This story has been corrected. 

Learn If You’re Registered to Vote

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Prince William County Human Rights Commission will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the James J. McCoart Building. At the meeting, the Electoral Board will present information on the 2012 Presidential Election and some new guidelines that all voting citizens need to know before Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

The chairman of the Electoral Board, Keith Scarborough, and the board members will discuss four items – 1) are you registered to vote at your current address; 2) has your polling place been changed; 3) do you have an acceptable form of identification; and 4) do you qualify to vote absentee?

The Human Rights Commission meetings are open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please come out and learn about the things you will need to do before the November election. You may contact the office if you have questions at 703-792-4680.

-Press release 

Holton Signing Up Voters in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Anne Holton will visit the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday to host a voter registration drive.

Holton is the wife of U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine and has been actively campaigning for her husband across the state.

Holton is expected to tour the campus at 15200 Neabsco Mills Road beginning at 1:15 p.m. Afterward, Holton will join students by the lake on campus and kick-off a voter registration drive.

Her visit is part of a three-day tour of college campuses across the state. On Monday, Holton toured Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University.

 

Down Day in Tampa

By JIM RILEY
For PotomacLocal.com 

TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican National Convention began today, but lasted for all of 27 seconds before it was recessed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

The decision to postpone the opening session was made before the storm began to veer west and away from Tamapa. Many other events were likewise cancelled leaving delegates and guests looking for things to do on what became an unexpected down day.

The weather constantly shifted between sun and rain as the bands of Isaac swept through, so outdoor activities were not a viable option. Some delegations spent their day putting together relief packages for those about to be hit by the storm. Others took the opportunity to socialize and reconnect with old friends or make new ones.

Not all the events were cancelled, though. I attended a panel discussion on job creation put on by the American Action Forum headed up by Virginia’s own Fred Malek and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) kicked it off with an inspiring recount of his own experience starting a business. McCarthy was the youngest of five sons of a firefighter and a stay at home mom. After he graduated from high school, there wasn’t any money for college, so he opened up a deli after he won $5,000 in the California lottery and had saved up some additional money from jobs he worked.

Eventually, he found success, sold his business, and put himself through college. While in college, he applied to be a DC intern for his Congressman. He was turned down. Today, he holds that seat in Congress.

There are a few more events happening tonight with one of the highlights being an event featuring The Busboys and Otis Day (“Hey, Otis, my man!”)

Things promise to really ramp up Tuesday with Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the night’s featured speakers.

Jim Riley is the Southbridge Homeowners Association President and writes for VirginiaVirtucon.com.

Politicos, Actor in Tampa for GOP Fair

By JIM RILEY
For PotomacLocal.com 

TAMPA, Fla. — The day started out appropriately enough at Reagan National Airport in Washington, and bound for the Republican National Convention, I had no problems getting into Tampa despite the approaching Tropical Storm Isaac.

In Tampa now, it is overcast and only light rain showers so far (it rained harder in Northern Virginia on Sunday morning.)

The pilot while flying into Tampa pointed out the clouds from the approaching tropical storm that made up one of its arms. Nothing to take too lightly, but I do get the feeling everyone is being overly cautious.

Due to the storm, tomorrow’s convention sessions have been postponed. Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) will still address the convention, but will now do so during a new 2 p.m. Tuesday session. Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak during the 8 p.m. hour on Tuesday, followed by former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis in the 9 p.m. hour. Davis changed his party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the GOP.

The broadcast networks will only be airing one hour of coverage each night, from 10-11 p.m. and Tuesday appears to be a good one with presumed Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Wednesday night will include a speech by Bob McDonnell’s daughter, Jeanine, following a video featuring Texas Congressman Ron Paul and a speech by his son Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Afterward, 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will speak.

The 10 p.m. hour will feature Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Thursday will begin with tributes to Ronald Reagan and conclude with Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech that will be preceded by those he served with in Massachusetts as well as Olympic athletes.

The positive picture of Romney that so many have been calling for to be spotlighted will be revealed in whole by then.

But it’s not just politicos who are here; there’s also a bit of Hollywood, too.

The first person I ran into when I arrived in Tampa was Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live (Dennis Miller / Dana Carvey era). She’s in town covering the convention for a web show she does now. I had the chance to talk to her briefly and she mentioned that the group of conservatives that meets in Hollywood is now up to 2,000 members and that Dana Carvey is now coming aboard.

She also mentioned Jon Lovitz’s recent anti Barack Obama tirade, where he criticized the president for a plan to raise taxes for the rich.

Jim Riley is the Southbridge Homeowners Association President and writes for VirginiaVirtucon.com.

 

Stafford’s Stimpson Bids for Lt. Governor

By URIAH KISER

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — When attorney Ted Cruz won a runoff election in Texas, it caught the attention of Susan Stimpson.

Cruz had never held office, is a conservative, and is favored to be elected that state’s Lieutenant Governor in the upcoming November General Election.

Stimpson posted his story to her Facebook page where she does much of her communicating with the residents of Stafford County, whom she serves as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Today, she’ll use that same website to announce her run to become Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor in 2013.

“If you’re looking for a delegate or if you’re looking for a senator, I’m not your candidate. My campaign is all about grass roots. It’s all about the movement our country is facing right now, and Virginia bears this struggle right now of ‘what is the role of government’…my record of reform is what best positions me for Lieutenant Governor,” said Stimpson.

Her first term in elected office on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors began in 2010. She later ascended to the Chairman position in January following the exit of Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, R-Stafford, Woodbridge, who went to serve in the General Assembly.

With a small group of supporters behind her, Stimpson points to lower taxes and less government as her platform.

“Name the last tax cut that Richmond made. I believe that the reason that Stafford County is enjoying such prosperity is that we believe in the model of limited government, which includes lowering taxes, less of an a government administration, prioritizing funding, and economic development and letting the market flourish,” said Stimpson.

Stafford County has prospered over the years as more government contractors have filled spaces at the Quantico Corporate Center off Intestate 95. That has flooded county coffers with new revenues, which she said allowed for a reduction in residents’ property taxes.

The county is also the largest jurisdiction in the state without a tax on gross business receipts, and Stafford officials last night announced a $4 million budget surplus.

Stimpson said she’ll begin campaigning around the state immediately, and challenges lie ahead. It’s clear that many portions of the state do not have a Quantico Marine Corps Base as an economic draw.

In Southside and Southwest portions of the state where economic growth has been slow, and many residents receive government assistance, Stimpson said her message of lower taxes will play well there as, reforms would allow residents to put more money back into their homes and wallets.

The race for Lieutenant Governor has proved a pivotal one, as several Republicans have put their name in the hat to replace current Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who’s expected to run for Virginia Governor. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart are also seeking the office.

The Lieutenant Governor candidate will be decided at a convention in Richmond in June, and voters will decide who will be the state’s next Governor and Lieutenant Governor in November 2013.

Anderson Moderating Allen Round Table Saturday

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DALE CITY, Va. — Former Virginia Governor and United State Senate candidate George F. Allen will conduct a “Virginia Veterans Round Table Discussion” at 10 AM on Saturday, August 18th. The event will be at VFW Post 1503, 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA 22193, near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Spriggs Road.

The event will be moderated by Del. Richard L. Anderson of the 51st House District and state co-chair of the Veterans for Allen group.

This year’s Presidential and Congressional elections are crucial decision points that will impact America’s Armed Forces and the 823,000 veterans who reside in Virginia. Saturday’s round table discussion will provide an important opportunity for veterans to share their views with Governor Allen. It will also offer an opportunity for Governor Allen to articulate his vision for America’s military and veteran community as outlined in his “Compact With Veterans.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. 

-Press release 

Kaine in Manassas Today

MANASSAS, Va. — Kaine will tour small businesses today in Old Town Manassas as he continues his campaign for U.S. Senate.

The tour starts at 3 p.m. at Fosters Grille at 9417 West Street, and along the tour Kaine will share his ideas for economic improvement, according to a press release.

Kaine’s visit comes just days after Republican opponent George Allen toured a government contractor facility in Manassas.

 

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