Diversity in the Republican Party is a timely topic. Election 2021 will define the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) for many years to come. Not only did we win a state-wide Republican sweep, but ours was the most diverse slate of candidates – both at the top of the ticket and down-ballot — in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. An immigrant African American woman (the first in Virginia on all counts) as our Lt. Governor, a Cuban American as our Attorney General, and the very first private equity executive as our Governor. We worked hard to make this happen – but the candidates we had to work with are extraordinary.
Rush Limbaugh’s final Christmas program aired nationwide on December 23, 2020. The show looked back on the year, including Limbaugh’s battle with advanced, “stage IV” lung cancer. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December,” Limbaugh said. “And yet here I am.”
In keeping with tradition, Limbaugh concluded his year-end show with Mannheim Steamroller’s “Silent Night.” As the music began, the legendary host shared the following message with his millions of listeners.
Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin today announced he has chosen Aimee Rogstad Guidera to serve as the next Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“Aimee will be a critical partner in restoring expectations of excellence; overseeing a record education budget to invest in teachers, facilities and special education; rolling out innovation lab and charter schools; and standing for a curriculum that prepares Virginia’s children for a dynamic future and removes politics from the classroom,” said Governor-elect Youngkin.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has proposed several savings for Virginians, including doubling the standard deduction, a one-time tax rebate, eliminating the grocery tax, and suspending the 10-cent increase in the gas tax. His proposals come at a time when Virginia has a record $2.6 billion budget surplus.
A coalition of Fairfax County parents, Open FCPS Coalition, submitted a petition with over 8,000 signatures, double the amount needed, to the Fairfax County Circuit Court, asking for the removal of Laura Cohen from the School Board. In response to 8,000 of her constituents seeking her removal, Cohen sent out a fundraising email making false claims that the bi-partisan group has been pushing anti-vaccine and pro-book burning messaging. She even went as far as to say members of the group had been arrested for disorderly conduct. None of these claims are true.
Last week the Virginia Supreme Court released proposed redistricting maps for Congress, House of Delegates, and the State Senate. They may be viewed here.
The court will hear virtual comments from the public on December 15th and 17th. Learn how to participate in live virtual comments here. The court will also accept written comments submitted by December 20th at 1:00 PM.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin announced his intention to withdraw the Commonwealth of Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pact of 11 states requiring power plants inside those states to purchase “allowances” to emit a determined amount of carbon dioxide.
Governor-elect Youngkin said, “RGGI describes itself as a regional market for carbon. But it is really a carbon tax that is fully passed on to ratepayers. It’s a bad deal for Virginians. It a bad deal for Virginia businesses.”
Douglas Freeman Jones, 68, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on November 27, 2021, in Converse, Texas, while visiting his children and grandson for Thanksgiving.
Visitation will be held at 5 pm on December 19th at Demaine Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA. Funeral services will be held at Pillar Church of Woodlawn on December 20th at 10 am with Pastor Brian Collison officiating.
Fairfax County’s Dolley Madison Library recently showcased two highly controversial books — “Gender Queer” and “Lawn Boy” — alongside the Bible in a “holiday reading display.” Fairfax County’s school board is currently engulfed in controversy surrounding “Gender Queer” and “Lawn Boy” in district libraries.
According to detractors, “Gender Queer” and “Lawn Boy,” which include sexually vulgar passages and images, do not belong in school libraries. Fairfax County Public Schools, however, defends them as “diverse reading materials that reflect our student population.”
Kansas Republican Bob Dole, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, died Sunday morning at 98 years old. A veteran of the Second World War, Dole was the last member of the “Greatest Generation” to run for President of the United States. As the 1996 GOP nominee, Dole offered himself to voters as “the bridge to a time of tranquility, faith, and confidence in action.”
Following his departure from elected office, Dole remained active in civic life. He served as chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, which raised funds to construct the National World War II Memorial. In his wheelchair, Dole would often greet fellow veterans from across the nation who visited the memorial in DC.
It is my honor to name our first recipient of our Parent Champion Award. We have established this award to honor someone who has gone above and beyond in championing the rights of parents in their children’s lives.
There is a parable that says “For such a time as this…” a leader emerges, prepared for the moment by all of that person’s life experiences before.
“It was another disappointing month for the Biden Administration concerning jobs,” Project 21 noted last week. “The November unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics vastly underperformed economists’ expectations. Only 210,000 jobs were created – far below the predicted 573,000.”