HARRISONBURG, Va. — Supporters of Ted Cruz dominated a slate of delegates that Virginia Republicans chose Saturday at their state convention, further demonstrating the Texas senator’s mastery of the delegate-selection process.
Of the 13 national delegates picked by party activists here, 10 are Cruz supporters and three support Donald Trump. The tally represents the biggest chunk up for grabs of the 49 total delegates who will represent the state at the national convention in Cleveland this summer.
Despite bruising primary losses around the country, Cruz is betting that Trump will not make it to the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the party’s nomination, and he is working to woo delegates who would be loyal to him at a brokered convention.
Cruz came in a distant third in Virginia in the March 1 primary but had enough supporters among the 2,610 party activists who filled an arena at James Madison University on Saturday to win critical delegates.
Why do politicians involve themselves in these issues?
If a girl becomes a boy, unless he has had surgery, he can’t use the urinal. Therefore, he goes into the stall. The door is closed, what’s the issue?
If a boy becomes a girl, then she goes into the girls’ room where there are stalls with doors. There are no urinals. Close the door, do your business and leave. No politician needs to be involved.
If we are speaking of school environment, if the Moon-Howler solution doesn’t work, then build a unisex bathroom with a single stall. One at a time. Mission accomplished.
We don’t need 500 rules to govern bathrooms.
For people who want less government interference, the Republicans in North Carolina have really out-done themselves in the invasion department.
The Secret Service on Monday quashed the hopes of gun rights advocates who were pushing for the open carry of firearms to be allowed at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
An online petition in support of the effort rapidly gained signatures and attention in the past week, applying pressure to pro-gun Republican officials and presidential contenders to walk the walk when it comes to guns. But on Monday, the Secret Service said that only law enforcement personnel will be allowed to carry firearms at the event.
“Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” Secret Service spokesman Robert K. Hoback said in a statement. “Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site.”
Ticket or not, any unauthorized person with a gun will not be allowed into the event, he said.
Why on earth would any of the candidates want guns inside the convention center? There are enough fruits and nuts wandering around as it is. Arming them would surely spell trouble for someone.
If the Secret Service says no, then that’s that.
Mitch McConnell is not budging.
No matter how much pressure President Obama and Democrats try to apply, McConnell’s allies say the Senate majority leader will never agree to hold hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, to succeed Antonin Scalia as a Supreme Court justice.
Even Republicans who disagree with him think that McConnell (R-Ky.) will not retreat from that defiant stance. “I don’t see the majority leader changing his mind on this issue. He believes strongly that this should be a decision made by the next president,” said Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), one of two Republicans to call for hearings on Garland.
Since Scalia’s death, and McConnell’s pronouncement hours later, Democrats have been stunned by the senator’s determined position not to consider any nominee — and his flat-out refusal to extend the traditional courtesy of meeting with the nominee.
From the Washington Post:
“Republicans in general tend to be a group of people who like to view themselves as serious, having decorum, being orderly, being thoughtful,” said Roger Porter, who served as a senior policy official in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and who is now a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
But, he said, Thursday’s debate “was the culmination of a long process of the people running for president this year finding themselves drug into a maelstrom in which they look anything but serious and calm and thoughtful and responsible. That’s very distressing for most Republicans. How did we get to this situation?”
More urgent, many Republicans say, is the question of how they get out of it.
1. Does this description fit members of the Republican party?
2. Can they get out of this maelstrom and if so, how?
When I was a young woman I had the view expressed in the first paragraph of Republicans. They were the grown ups. The Democrats were the party boys and girls. The Democrats had to sit things out for a while. It wasn’t until Bill Clinton ushered in a new era. It looks like the GOP didn’t learn from the mistakes of their arch enemies.
I personally think this is what happens to political parties when there is one set group-think. when people are ridiculed and all required to think alike, things break down.
Americans weren’t made to do group-think. That’s why I won’t belong to a political party. I don’t have one belief system that matches everyone else.
Reprinted with permission from Jill Palermo
An unauthorized investigation aimed at uncovering possible voter fraud might cost Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Guy Anthony “Tony” Guiffré his job.
The Virginia State Board of Elections took a rare vote Friday to initiate steps to remove Guiffré from the county electoral board over allegations he compromised voter privacy and might have broken state and federal laws. The allegations stem from his efforts to determine whether absentee ballots were improperly requested for the Nov. 3 election.
The three-member state board, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, voted along party lines during a meeting in Richmond to ask Attorney General Mark Herring (D) to begin the removal proceedings.
Guiffré’s fate will ultimately be decided by the Prince William County Circuit Court.
Summer is over. And Donald Trump is — still — at the top of the 2016 Republican primary field.
That makes lots and lots of Republicans with an eye on winning the White House in 2016 (or even 2020) very, very nervous. That unease — and its origins — are explained brilliantly in this paragraph, taken from a broader piece entitled “The GOP is Killing Itself,” by former Bush administration official Pete Wehner:
The message being sent to voters is this: The Republican Party is led by people who are profoundly uncomfortable with the changing (and inevitable) demographic nature of our nation. The GOP is longing to return to the past and is fearful of the future. It is a party that is characterized by resentments and grievances, by distress and dismay, by the belief that America is irredeemably corrupt and past the point of no return. “The American dream is dead,” in the emphatic words of Mr. Trump.
Are the congressional Republicans imploding? What’s going on? Have the hardliners killed the GOP?
Something needs to give. Do what I call “normal Republicans” even have a chance? The GOP leadership appears to be in chaos.
This year is definitely bizarre world in terms of politics. Trump and Carson still have the lead. They are absolutely not leaders, in my book.
What will happen tomorrow? I will sort of miss Rep. McCarthy. There was something endearing about him.
Quote of the day: Anthony Weiner said “These guys are the straws that are stirring the drink in the Republican party.” [meaning the 40 rebels]
Democrats have seized on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments tying Hillary Clinton’s declining poll numbers to the Benghazi investigation as evidence that the congressional panel’s examination is a veiled political attack on the Democratic candidate for president.
McCarthy, widely viewed as the frontrunner to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner when House leadership elections are held Oct. 8, said in an interview Tuesday on Fox News that Clinton was “untrustable” in a large part because of the committee’s work.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable,” McCarthy said in reference to Clinton’s role in events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack. “No one would have known any of what happened had we not fought and made that happen.”
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the remark as “a damning display of honesty.”
“Is your opinion of Planned Parenthood favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about it?”
“Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”
“Would you support or oppose shutting down the government over differences about federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”
“Who would you blame more for a government shutdown: the Republicans in Congress, or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?”
When Republicans scored their big victory in the midterm elections of 2010, they looked like a party on the rise after a devastating pair of losses in 2006 and 2008. Instead, they have become a party in almost permanent disorder, torn by warring factions and near-constant tensions between their establishment leadership and a tea party-infused grass roots.
Now, in the wake of GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner’s stunning announcement Friday that he will step down from his post and resign his seat in Congress at the end of October, the question again arises: Can a party so driven by anger, a party divided over confrontation vs. compromise, actually govern in Washington?
Boehner’s decision to quit, and the suddenness with which the news broke, provided one more piece of evidence of how badly strained the Republican coalition is. His inability to corral his unruly members was legendary and, seemingly, never-ending, a series of “Perils of Pauline” moments that brought temporary truces but never fully resolved the debate about the kind of party Republicans want.
If there’s one subject on which you just can’t win as a Republican politician these days, it seems to be the Confederate flag.
After the racially motivated Charleston shootings this week and a Supreme Court case regarding the flag, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is facing pressure to take down the flag, which is still flying high at a Confederate War memorial on state house grounds. She hasn’t heeded the calls, and her staff says it’s up to the general assembly. Her fellow South Carolinian and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, defended the flag flying in his home state by telling CNN on Friday that it is “part of who we are.”
Against a backdrop of election-year politics, the Manassas City Council moved this week to enact new hurdles for hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and women’s health clinics that want to expand or open new facilities within the city limits.
Residents on both sides of the abortion debate packed the Manassas City Hall chambers April 27 to watch the council update its 69-year-old zoning ordinance to include new rules for “medical care facilities,” which will likely require special use permits to locate anywhere in the city.
Introducing the measure, Mayor Harry J. “Hal” Parrish II sought to frame the issue as “reasonable land-use regulations” intended to allow the council to consider things like parking lot size, hours of operation and access for emergency vehicles before approving the permits, which are also subject to public hearings.
Parrish, who is the GOP nominee in the hotly contested race to replace retiring Sen. Charles J. Colgan, cast the tie-breaking vote on the issue, joining fellow Republicans Marc Aveni, Vice Mayor Jonathan Way and Councilman Ian Lovejoy in supporting the changes.
Republican Council Members Mark Wolfe and Sheryl Bass joined the panel’s only Democrat, Ken Elston, in opposing the measure. A second reading and vote on the zoning ordinance is scheduled for May 11.
All three of the Democrats competing in the upcoming June 9 primary to run against Parrish in November – Del. Michael Futrell, 2nd, Atif Qarni and Jeremy McPike — were present for the vote and quick to criticize Parrish’s decision.
“He’s created this façade that he’s moderate and he really isn’t,” Qarni said. “And this vote is just an example of that.”
Hal Parrish needs to understand that he just lost himself a lot of votes in the 29th Senate District. He needs to understand that he aided and abetted people who are pushing their own religious agenda down the throats of others. Parrish needs to understand that his gentlemanly ways that have made people like him will not sweet talk voters out of making him pay at the ballot box. I cannot vote for him now.
If anyone out there in Prince William County land really believes that the fire-house primary scheduled for April 25 is an accident, I have a bridge for sale. Life isn’t that random. The harbingers of hostile-grab have been out there for months. The plans have been in the process of being laid for several years. We have been warned time and time again. I am just not sure who was really listening. Some of us were.
Even if no one was listening, we should have all sat up and taken notice when a GOP candidate was eliminated from his primary because he filed his paperwork late. Now what is the likelihood of 2 different late filings disqualifying people within the same two months in the same county? I am just not buying it. Essence of rat comes wafting in once again.
Look no further than the Gainesville Cartel. Let’s face it, the contenders for supervisor wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance in a general primary. The Gainesville Cartel has been recruiting and building its contenders over the past year or so. It starts with tearing down others and building up little-known people into something they are not. Recruitment has been heavy handed at times. The tearing down and destroying has been going on for quite some time. Just follow the internet ink.
The ultimate goal is to party-bust and rid the local party of all Republicans who might be not only too moderate but also might not be under the influence as those who would see themselves as king makers. Yes, there is some definite royal ego involved in all this political chicanery.
It’s very safe to say that voters will not be getting an independent thinker if any of the supervisor contenders are elected on April 25. The puppetmaster will be ever-present, not far behind the candidate contenders, speaking in their ear. Should the contenders win the fire house primary, it will almost surely end up a sweep for Democrats. That’s just what happens when those with tea-party mentality try to take over a county. Prince William would become a former image of itself, with even more drastically reduced services and a leaner educational system.
I can hear the Democrats doing the heavy breathing thing, smacking their lips and salivating over the thoughts of their win. If the supervisor-contenders pull this off, and they very well might, because of the nature of fire house primaries, then they will face a general election where all bets are off. The Democrats see the shady business going on with the bat-snot crazy side of the local GOP and are sitting back chuckling, waiting for the fall-out to settle. They won’t even have to soften the Republicans up after the hostile take over. The local GOP will have already handled that end of things. This election is ripe for the picking by lucky Democrats.
Meanwhile, I understand that concerned citizens have contacted the DOJ over election ….errrr…irregularities. They should. Something is rotten in Prince William County.
The Prince William County Board of Elections, which recently switched to Democratic control, has denied a request to allow several local Republicans – including Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and Sheriff Glen Hill – to defend their seats in the June 9 primary.
In an emergency meeting Wednesday, the three-member board met to consider whether Stewart, Hill and supervisors Maureen Caddigan, Potomac; Pete Candland, Gainesville; and Marty Nohe, Coles, could defend their seats in the state-run primary — even though the local GOP committee missed a Feb. 24 deadline to make that request to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
The three-member board, which switched from Republican to Democratic control March 1, denied the request in a 2-to-1 party line vote.
This might not sound like a big deal if you are one of the folks who isn’t part of the party faithful, but I can assure you, it is.