Did you know that Democrats on the Board of Supervisors are getting ready to authorize collective bargaining with government unions in Fairfax County? It is often said that “all politics is local.” Well, nothing is more local than this. Collective bargaining is now by far the single greatest threat to our county’s future – it would significantly degrade government services over time, even as the costs for those services would soar.
Early, in-person voting commenced on Friday, September 17. Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts cast his ballot early that morning. In a a video recorded shortly thereafter, Knotts called it “a very easy process.” The chairman urged everyone to vote early if they can. “We really need your help this year,” he said.
Currently, early voters in Fairfax County have three locations to choose from.
Democrats on the Fairfax County Board Supervisors voted last night to impose a new tax on shoppers. Effective January 1, 2022, county residents will incur a 5-cent tax on plastic bags in grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores.
Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) was the board’s lone dissenting vote.
Abrar Omeish derailed another school board meeting last night, as the embattled at-large member detailed her reasons for voting against a resolution to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Why can we not also explicitly recognize the extensive and unwarranted structural discrimination and ethnic and religious profiling following 9/11 that tens of thousands of FCPS students experience on a daily basis,” Omeish asked.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts joined WMAL’s O’Connor & Company this week, to discuss plummeting standardized test results in the county’s government-run schools. “It’s absolutely terrible,” Knotts said on Monday’s program.
New data from the Virginia Department of Education revealed significant learning losses in reading, math and science among students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools.
A new ad from Republican Glenn Youngkin is blasting Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s embrace of “defund the police” extremists. “What is Terry McAullife’s plan? Refusing to meet with police officers; touting endorsements from extreme left-wing groups that want to defund the police and abolish ICE,” the ad notes. “No wonder the murder rate went up 43 percent when McAuliffe was governor. He put violent criminals first and victims last.”
Fairfax County residents have successfully filed a petition to recall school board member Elaine Tholen. More than 5,000 verified signatures were submitted on Monday — only 3,600 were needed. “Our group, sister organizations and thousands and thousands who have signed our petitions agree that the kids and families of Fairfax County deserve better,” said Zia Tompkins, a member of the FCPS Accountability Coalition.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts was on WMAL’s O’Connor & Company to discuss the controversies engulfing the Fairfax County School Board — and the efforts of local parent-activists to recall three board members (Abrar Omeish, Elaine Tholen and Laura Jane Cohen).
Much of the interview focused on the radical, divisive rhetoric of at-large board member Abrar Omeish.
In a recent interview with AJ+, embattled school board member Abrar Omeish “doubled down” on her anti-Israel screeds, which many have characterized as hateful and needlessly divisive, if not deeply anti-Semitic, in nature. “There is no chance I am resigning,” Omeish told AJ+, which is owned by Al Jazeera and funded by the government of Qatar.
Omeish created a firestorm of controversy by accusing Israel of “apartheid” and “colonization.”
The Fairfax GOP is sounding the alarm that removing school resource officers (SRO’s) would “endanger” students and teachers in the county. “As specially-trained law enforcement professionals, SRO’s serve a critical role in many schools,” said Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts. “Removing these officers from our schools would endanger both kids and educators.”
While security is their first mission, SRO’s can educate students on a variety of law-related subjects, to include driver safety.