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Bryce Reeves Supports Forcing Virginia Colleges to Allow Concealed-Carry on Campus

By Craig Bieber, cross-posted from the Albemarle County Democratic Party website.

The Free Lance-Star published an article today about the debate last night between Senator Edd Houck and Bryce Reeves. During the debate, Reeves expressed his support for compromising the security of Virginia's colleges, including the University of Virginia, by forcing them to allow people to carry firearms on campus:

The candidates also differed on whether people on college campuses should be allowed to carry guns.

Reeves said he has a concealed-carry permit and is in favor of allowing guns on campus. Houck said he opposes that, and supports the current law allowing colleges to make their own rules on the issue.

Also from the article:
Asked about his thoughts on consolidation of wealth in the top 1 or 2 percent of people, Reeves said those are "job creators."

"I think those folks work very hard for their money," he said. "Those folks at the top 1 percent are job creators."

Houck said some of those people, like the Koch brothers, have made their money by outsourcing American jobs to other countries, something he opposes.

"If this is how they make their money, at the expense of all these American jobs, it's wrong," Houck said.

Reeves is far too extreme to represent Albemarle in the Virginia Senate. Help Senator Houck carry election day by volunteering and helping GOTV. Email or (540) 710-6383 for ways to help!

New Spending Under Two Presidents

From the New York Times:

That is all.

Robert Hurt votes to kill 700,000 jobs, claims it was to “help grow the...


Published first on my site,

From Robert Hurt's statement defending his support of the "Balanced" Budget Amendment and its ride ons:
"Today's vote was another action taken by the House to get our fiscal house in order to help grow the economy and create jobs for 5th District Virginians...

Washington has a spending problem. And while the Administration and Congressional Democrats continue to support the current spending status quo, the House will make the tough but necessary choices to reduce our debt and deficits, return certainty to the marketplace so that our job creators will have the confidence necessary to hire and expand, and preserve the American dream for our children and grandchildren."

But will the act accomplish those goals? Here's what the non-partisan Center on Budget Policy Priorities had to say:
"The "Cut, Cap, and Balance Act" ... stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades."

The Center's statement goes on to say:
"The budget cuts under "Cap, Cut, and Balance" would ... cause the loss of roughly 700,000 jobs (next year) in the current weak economy...Some proponents of the legislation portray the measure as protecting Social Security and Medicare. This claim is false. The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to large reductions."

How's that for making "necessary" choices to expand job creation? Robert Hurt needs to start representing his district, which could use a fair amount of job creation, instead of copying Eric Cantor's votes 90% of the time, even when those votes would result in the loss of 700,000 jobs.

Hat tip to Dr. Aubyn Fulton, Professor of Psychology at Pacific Union College for posting the Center for Budget Policy's report on his facebook and giving me the inspiration to write this post.

Albemarle: Democrats Dominate Second Quarter Fundraising

Written for and also published on the Albemarle County Democratic Party website.

General Assembly

All three Democratic nominees for General Assembly have significant cash on hand advantages and impressively outraised their opponents during this reporting period:

Albemarle's new State Senator, Edd Houck, from the 17th District raising over $160,000 this quarter, leaving him with over $475,000 cash on hand heading into his race against Republican Bryce Reeves, known for being endorsed by right-wing radical Mike Huckabee's Huck PAC. Reeves barely raised $70,000 in a race that is expected to come down to the wire in November.

And Sen. Creigh Deeds, who has served Albemarle County in the State Senate since 2001, raised over $53,000 this quarter, finishing with nearly $120,000 on hand creating an imposing lead as he faces opposition for the first time in the form of T.J. Aldous, a local lawyer, who raised $10,000 and spent more than $3000 of that.

Delegate David Toscano, Charlottesville and Albemarle's Democratic Delegate from the 58th State House District is sitting on around $130,000 cash on hand going into this election cycle. So far, Del. Toscano has scared away the competition and no Republican has stepped forward to take him on.

Board of Supervisors

Our candidates on the county level haven't done shabbily in the cash race either. The Democratic challenger in the Rivanna District, Cynthia Neff, raised more than any other supervisor candidate in the county, raising over $16,000 for her race against "Friend of Developers" Ken Boyd, more than double what he raised.

Meanwhile, Christopher J. Dumler, the Democratic candidate running for retiring Democrat Lindsay Dorrier's seat in the Scottsville District had the most individual donors among the supervisor candidates. He raised over $10,000 from nearly 100 individual donors, out-raising his opponent, Jim Norwood, by a margin of over 10:1.

County Board of Supervisors Chairperson, Ann Mallek, is facing no Republican opposition this year. Despite that, she has raised over $6,000 in her uncontested race as she hears from constituents while preparing for another four years on the Board.

Despite the significant advantages these figures show, our candidates need to continue to raise funds at an even more rapid pace in order to remain competitive as right-wing special interests flood these races with cash to help their favored candidates win.

Visit our ActBlue page today and make a contribution to help our excellent candidates in Albemarle County have the resources to stay competitive! 

Albemarle: Christopher J. Dumler joins campaign to follow Lindsay Dorrier

Cross-posted at the Albemarle County Democratic Party, Daily Kos and

After many years of faithful service to Albemarle County, longtime Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier announced plans to retire earlier this year. Dorrier leaves large shoes for his successor after serving for decades as a leading advocate for  the citizens of Scottsville and southern Albemarle.  Scottsville residents now have an opportunity to select a highly qualified successor to Dorrier that will continue to advocate for the issues they care about. That is why we are thrilled that Christopher J. Dumler has stepped up to seek the Democratic nomination for the Scottsville seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors this year.

Dumler is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law who currently owns and operates a general law practice in Scottsville. Before commencing studies at UVA, Dumler graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering with highest honors. Since moving to Albemarle, Dumler has been exceptionally active in the community. In addition to his private practice, Dumler is an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps and a member of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Criminal Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of and as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Region Ten Community Services Board, the Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee, and the Scottsville Town Board of Zoning Appeals and Government Services Committee.

An Eagle Scout and member of the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce, Dumler also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter. He is the Counsel of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee and a member of the Steering Committee.

We look forward to a competitive campaign as the candidates engage on the issues that matter to residents of Scottsville and Albemarle County. We are confident that Dumler's message of smart investments in education, job creation and economic growth, and sustainable growth and development will resonate with the voters of the district.

If you are interested in helping elect Christopher in Scottsville District, please visit his website to learn more, sign up to get involved and consider making a contribution to his campaign. You can also like his facebook page to get occasional updates from his campaign. Let's move Albemarle forward!

Sen Webb: only $12,000 raised for reelection


Cross-posted at my blog, Gio Writes Here.

per The Hill:

Webb, who still hasn't made his reelection plans known, raised just over $12,000 during the final quarter of 2010.

He reported $444,000 in cash on hand ahead of what might be one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2012 cycle, should Webb opt for reelection.

Senator Webb is one of the strongest independent voices in congress, it would be a travesty were he to opt not to run for reelection. He is also the strongest candidate to run against whoever the Republicans end up running. If the idea of Sen. George "Macaca" Allen  or Sen. Jamie "Tea Party Queen" Radtke doesn't scare you, I really don't know what will. Let's stand behind Jim Webb by donating to his campaign securely through ActBlue today.


Sen Webb: only $12,000 raised for reelection bid


Cross-posted at my blog, Gio Writes Here.

per The Hill:

Webb, who still hasn't made his reelection plans known, raised just over $12,000 during the final quarter of 2010.

He reported $444,000 in cash on hand ahead of what might be one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2012 cycle, should Webb opt for reelection.

Senator Webb is one of the strongest independent voices in congress, it would be a travesty were he to opt not to run for reelection. He is also the strongest candidate to run against whoever the Republicans end up running. If the idea of Sen. George "Macaca" Allen  or Sen. Jamie "Tea Party Queen" Radtke doesn't scare you, I really don't know what will. Let's stand behind Jim Webb by donating to his campaign securely through ActBlue today.


Marshall too extreme for even the Cooch


Cross posted at my blog, Gio Writes Here.

"Cuccinelli Issues "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Opinion"

January 28, 2011

Virginia's Attorney General says the state would have to give up federal funding for its National Guard if it wanted to ban gays from serving.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in an opinion this week that Virginia could establish and fully fund its own state militia if it wanted to continue the "don't ask, don't tell" policy recently repealed by Congress. That seems unlikely since most Guard funding is federal.

Republican Delegate Bob Marshall has introduced legislation to ban gays from the Virginia National Guard, despite the federal action. A fellow House Republican, Bill Janis, asked Cuccinelli for the opinion on whether the state can do that.

In other words, continuing don't ask, don't tell in Virginia is fiscally irresponsible and will cost the state millions. Class act, this Bob Marshall.

Ken Boyd lies, backs development ignoring constituent opposition

Ken Boyd panders to developers

Cross-posted at my blog, Gio Writes Here. 

In a textbook case of misplaced priorities, Republican Ken Boyd continues to support expansion of the Hollymead development area in Albemarle County despite clear opposition from the local community. Faced with opposition, the County's Board of Supervisors and more specifically their "de facto majority leader," Ken Boyd, responded by lying to residents saying "he would follow their lead and not support the inclusion," then, without notifying them of the change, quietly states at a work session that he had changed his mind based on "additional information" and now planned to approve it. Ken Boyd has a long record of supporting further development for the county, being the subject of a profile in the C-Ville Weekly, largely featuring this support, during his failed congressional run. Growth is a good thing, and the county needs some, the problem with this growth is that the infrastructure to support it is inadequate. Ken Boyd hasn't spent much time at all on fixing that. The owners association summarized it well on their website:

Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd, who was elected to represent our Rivanna District, has apparently flip-flopped and is going to continue to push a proposal that would allow a big box store, 100,000 feet of commercial/ office space and hundreds of new residential units at the parcel just across Rt. 29 from the Ashwood entrance to Forest Lakes. Only days earlier, he had withdrawn this idea, after your FLCA board testified in strong opposition and presented an e-petition signed by over 100 owners – indicating that it made no sense to allow this new development without first having the road infrastructure in place to handle it, including the extension of Berkmar Drive across the Rivanna River and north to Hollymead Town Center. Without this added infrastructure, all the traffic associated with this new development would all be centered on the Ashwood interchange. At the time, Mr. Boyd said he was withdrawing the proposal in light of our strong opposition: “Because I was elected to represent Rivanna, I’m going to do what the people said." We are dismayed to learn that at the very next opportunity, when we were not there to hold him accountable, Mr. Boyd has reneged and plans to resurrect this proposal, in a modified form that would benefit a single developer friend of his.

Clearly, the proposal is not in the best interests of the community. The only reason Mr. Boyd, who has "come to the conclusion that this is going to be [his] last term on the Board of Supervisors," continues to support it is because it would enrich his developer friend. He doesn't care what his constituents think.

 Flashback to your campaign, Mr. Boyd:

Ken Boyd (R): "I think we started a lot of things in the last four years since I've been on the board of supervisors, we've got some important initiatives that are going and I want to see them to completion. That's to improve the water conditions and the water supply in this area, improve transportation, and fix our budget process and make it much better." (emphasis mine)

Republican Ken Boyd should stop focusing on enriching his friends and follow through on what he said in his last election. Until then, Boyd is the definition of cronyism in Albemarle County.

Note: Want to help keep Ken Boyd and his crony politicians out of office in Albemarle County? The county party can use your help. Visit the website, like the facebook page or follow the twitter handle @AlbemarleDems to get involved.

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