January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Established six years ago, the day is meant to honor the men and women in blue who risk their own safety to protect us all.
“Over the past year, our nation’s law enforcement professionals have endured all kinds of unwarranted hostility and disrespect,” Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts said today. “Now more than ever, we owe them a debt of gratitude.”
In 2020, 307 officers died in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Citing the “detrimental effects” of the educational status quo, Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts is calling for the county’s government-run schools to reopen their doors — or give out vouchers so families can find alternatives.
“For too many students, virtual learning has been a disaster,” Knotts said today. “Sadly, the detrimental effects of long-term school closures are not confined to academics — the mental health consequences of social isolation are very real.”
The great Walter E. Williams, who taught economics at Fairfax County’s George Mason University, died last week. Dr. Williams was 84 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife and soulmate, Connie.
Dr. Williams was a gifted economist and beloved educator. Known for his unwavering defense of human freedom, Dr. Williams authored 11 books and numerous op-eds. His final column was about the modern tragedy of public education.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts was on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall radio program, discussing the vital importance of Georgia’s runoff elections for U.S. Senate, to be held on January 5, 2021. Barring unforeseen changes, the Georgia runoffs will determine the Senate majority.
The Fairfax GOP is organizing volunteers to boost Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate nominees David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
A note from Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts: “Fellow Republicans, please take a moment to read this important update from Virginia GOP Chairman Richard L. Anderson, Republican National Committeewoman Patti Lyman and Republican National Committeeman Morton C. Blackwell. Virginia Republicans are fortunate to have such principled conservative leaders who forthrightly stand with President Donald J. Trump and his agenda for continued national greatness.”
On Thursday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring boasted on Twitter that he “blocked a massive gun show” from being held in Fairfax County.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts blasted Herring’s announcement. “I bet you’re proud, Mark Herring,” Knotts said on Thursday. “In one case, you blocked your constituents from exercising both their 1st and 2nd Amendment rights.”
Former Dranesville Supervisor Ernest Joseph Berger died at home on on September 25, 2020. He was laid to rest today following a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Spirit Church in Johns Island, South Carolina.
A devout Catholic, Berger was actively involved with John F. Kennedy’s 1960 run for the White House. He became a Republican in 1963, and would later call Ronald Reagan his “hero.”
In 1991, Berger was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors…
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts is calling for the resignation of Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, in a blistering statement issued today. “With Atif Qarni, the special interests always come first,” Knotts lamented. “Now more than ever, we need a Secretary of Education who is laser-focused on serving the needs of Virginia’s students.”
“Secretary Qarni cruelly and baselessly defamed Asra Nomani — a devoted single mother, renowned investigative journalist and tireless human rights advocate,” Knotts said.
Former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager, who later served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, died Sunday. He was 83 years old. In addition to his long record of public service in Virginia, Hager was assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services during the second Bush Administration.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts was on Thursday’s Mornings on the Mall program, to discuss the myriad issues now plaguing Fairfax County Public Schools. “When the school board makes national headlines for the disaster they put in front of us, it’s just really disheartening,” Knotts lamented.