Monday, May 20, 2013

Republican Party of Virginia State Convention - #4494 - PHOTOS: Joe Thomas: Conventional Wisdom - Bearing Drift (2) PHOTOS: E.W. Jackson - The Party Builder Who Helps the Ticket Win - Bearing Drift (3) VIDEO: Unconstitutional: AP CEO Blasts Abusive Justice Department in First TV Interview Since Scandal Broke - The Blaze (4) PHOTOS:Virginia Governor's Race a Harbinger of 2014 - American Thinker

Joe Thomas: Conventional Wisdom - Bearing Drift - Overheard on the floor of the Richmond Coliseum as Saturday morning’s RPV convention slowly became Saturday night’s RPV Convention; “This is why I said we shouldn’t do this.” Oh, this was EXACTLY why we should do this. Allow me to explain. What we experienced Saturday was exactly what Ken Cuccinelli wanted, an arena full of grass roots activists angry over the way their taxes are about to go up in exchange for a transportation legacy. (Funny moment; RPV Chair Pat Mullins, filling time after the fourth vote, said “We are about to introduce the team that will bring the Commonwealth back to Republican leadership!” Ooops.) But a funny thing about getting what you want, sometimes it actually doesn’t work out the way you wanted it. Now, I’m sure that there was a ‘dream team’ in mind (There always is when working with consultants, more about them shortly.) When the convention was gaveled to order at 10:20 after the Coliseum decided to only open three entrances, all side-by side, instead of the promised twelve, (BTW, I wonder how much Planned Parenthood ‘appreciated’ all of us being funneled past their encampment.) but after E.W. Jackson received 37% of that first ballot it became clear that the best laid plans of these mice and men were about to go astray. Read more.........























(2) Jackson: The Party Builder Who Helps the Ticket Win - Bearing Drift - Many people talk about growing the party, yesterday E.W. Jackson did it. The foundation for the eventual Jackon landslide were the incredible number of people who came to Richmond to support Jackson on the first ballot. It was clear to many that the convention was filled with Jackson supporters from the applause lines when the candidate names were stated by the Nominations Chair and Convention Chair. It was equally clear as people watched the convention from the very start. At the start of the convention, it was clear that more delegates were holding Jackson signs, than signs for any other LG nominee. What is also interesting is that while conservatives absolutely love Cuccinelli, it was Jackson who brought the energy to the convention. No candidate brought the energy or electricity to the coliseum like Jackson. Read more.........


(3) VIDEO: Unconstitutional:  AP CEO Blasts Abusive: Justice Department in First TV Interview Since Scandal Broke - The Blaze - The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative has not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department. Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans’ information from all news outlets. Pruitt told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the government has no business monitoring the AP’s newsgathering activities. “And if they restrict that apparatus … the people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,” he said. In a separate interview with the AP, Pruitt said the news cooperative had not decided its next move but has not ruled out legal action against the government. He said the Justice Department’s investigation is out of control and that President Barack Obama should rein it in, apparently believing that the White House had no knowledge of the decision to seize the records. Read more........

(4) Virginia Governor's Race a Harbinger of 2014 - American Thinker - Perhaps no other statewide race will be watched with more interest this year than the Virginia governor's race. And the Republicans just upped the ante by nominating three strong conservatives for statewide office. Politico: Rejuvenated by a Democratic scandal in Washington and a tea party conservative atop their ticket, Virginia Republicans Saturday nominated a trio of statewide candidates whose fate will be closely watched as an indicator of the health of the national GOP. Crusading state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, facing no intra-party opposition, accepted the Republican gubernatorial nomination at the state convention here and used his remarks to preempt attacks on his conservative views and lash Terry McAuliffe, his Democratic opponent. Conservative state Sen. Mark Obenshain, whose father was the Virginia GOP's Senate nominee 35 years ago only to die in a plane crash, easily beat a single opponent to win the attorney general race here. And thanks in part to what was far by the best-received speech of the day, E.W. Jackson, a little-known conservative, African-American pastor, won the lieutenant governor nomination in an upset, besting six opponents after four ballots. Read more......

















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