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100 Days until Election Day 2017

Don’t look now but the 2017 elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia are 100 days away and the stakes are high.  The results of three statewide races in the crucial swing state of Virginia will tell much about the mood of the country and will be viewed as an early report card of the Trump Administration after about 10 months in power.

At the top of the ticket in the gubernatorial election pits sitting Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam against Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. Northam was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2013 with 55 percent of the vote over Republican E.W. Jackson. At the top of the 2013 ticket, Terry McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli by about 56,000 votes - 48 percent to 45 percent - with a Libertarian candidate taking 7 percent of the vote. It’s worth noting that in that year’s Attorney General match-up featuring Mark Herring and Mark Obenshain, the outcome was so tight it had to be recounted before Democrat Herring was declared the winner by less than 1,000 votes.

In 2014, Ed Gillespie nearly defeated Democrat Mark Warner when they squared off for a U.S. Senate seat. It was Gillespie’s first run for political office and despite being heavily outspent, only lost to Warner the incumbent by roughly 17,000 votes. Moreover, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis garnered 53,000 votes. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried the Commonwealth of Virginia over Donald Trump 50 percent to 45 percent with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson getting 3 percentage points.

All this adds up to the fact that Virginia is a truly purple state that can swing either way, sometimes depending on how Americans are feeling about the direction of the country. Gillespie is a very electable Republican who will be well-funded and run a race that features a crisp message and well-organized campaign. Democrat Northam’s candidacy will essentially be a referendum on Terry McAuliffe’s term as governor and whether voters are ready for a change in Richmond.

Gillespie is running on cutting taxes and regulations in order to kick start economic growth as well as reforming the state government in Richmond. He’s a dedicated and hardworking public servant who will serve his constituents very well. Rounding out the strong statewide ticket for Republicans in Virginia are Jill Vogel (candidate for Lieutenant Governor) and John Adams (candidate for Attorney General). State Senator Vogel is a principled leader who will be the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia if she’s elected. Adams, a former officer in the Navy, has served honorably as a federal prosecutor and Associate White House Counsel during the George W. Bush Administration.

Over the next 100 days, it’s critically important for Republicans to put aside their differences, focus on Virginia and unite around electing Ed Gillespie as its next Governor. Republicans from all across Virginia must turn out in big numbers to elect the Republican team. In 2013, some Republican leaders made a big error by not fully uniting around Ken Cuccinelli’s candidacy for governor and giving the campaign the full support that was necessary. We’ll never know what might have been, but in 2017 Republicans must make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.


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Founded in 2005, the Presidential Coalition exists to educate the American public on the value of having principled conservative Republican leadership at all levels of government and to support the conservative "farm team." From Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush and Donald Trump, principled Republican Presidents have displayed the courage and wisdom necessary to guide our nation through some of our greatest and most difficult times. Their leadership has stood the test of time and made America great. These principled Republicans are the ideal role models for America's future leaders at the state and local levels of government.

Timeless principles such as the core belief in the importance of a limited government is something we are looking for in up and coming leaders. The mindset that the individual and family should be making decisions instead of the government is central to this philosophy.

Since a small government in size and scope is always best, keeping taxes to a minimum must also be a core belief for the next generation of conservative leaders. People should be able to decide how to spend their hard earned money, not the government.

Honoring the concept of the "citizen-politician" is another critically important attribute for the leaders of tomorrow. Our Founding Fathers envisioned representatives who would come to Washington to serve their country for a limited time and then return to their occupation back in their home state. The rise of the "career politician" has made the need for term limits at all levels of government absolutely essential.

Strong support of our police should be central in the belief system of any future political leader. Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line to keep us safe each and every day. The Presidential Coalition believes deeply that rock solid support of our police forces needs constant reinforcement by leaders at all levels of government.

Respecting the rule of law goes hand in hand with support of our police. We are a nation of laws and laws that are on the books must be enforced. The rise of sanctuary cities and counties has made this an enormous issue for anyone thinking about running for office at any level of government.

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The Presidential Coalition Congratulates Ed Gillespie On Primary Win In Virginia Governor's Race

The Presidential Coalition ("TPC"), an affiliate of Citizens United, issued the following statement congratulating Ed Gillespie for his primary victory in the Virginia Governor's race.  TPC has also contributed $10,000 to Gillespie's campaign.

"The Presidential Coalition is proud to support conservative Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia Governor. I've known Ed for many years and he is a man of his word. He'll keep his promises to the people of Virginia," said TPC's founder David N. Bossie.

"Ed Gillespie is the true reformer in this race. We support Gillespie because he wants to streamline the size of government, cut taxes, and get rid of job-killing regulations. With his liberal opponent Ralph Northam, it will just be the same old song and dance: Failed big government ideas, less individual liberty, and high taxes, Bossie added."

"Ed is a principled leader, a dedicated public servant and will make an outstanding Governor of Virginia," Bossie concluded.


Virginian-Pilot: Letter: John Adams for attorney general

Virginia desperately needs a new lawyer. The current attorney general, Mark Herring, has used the office as a rubber stamp for the Democratic Party’s political agenda. We deserve better.

John Adams, a Republican, could be the breath of fresh air Virginia politics needs. Adams was born and raised in Chesterfield, attended college in Virginia (graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1996 and law school at the University of Virginia in 2003), and he was stationed at Little Creek during his service as a Navy officer.

He has vast legal experience. He served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush and as a federal prosecutor. He now works in private practice in one of the biggest law firms in the country.

With a background of dedicated public service and an incredible legal resume, Adams will run the office of the Virginia attorney general professionally.

Re-electing Herring would be a disservice to Virginians. Herring’s record shows that he would continue to set a dangerous precedent for what we expect from our statewide officers. Instead, we should bring in an outsider, one of the most qualified candidates we have had in decades, to help lead and defend Virginia.

Catherine Colgan

Virginia Beach


Op-Ed: The Left’s Unease with Free Speech

Do your state and local elected officials support free speech for all on campus?

The First Amendment is under assault in America by the intolerant left. A growing number of younger Americans on our college campuses believe it is appropriate to ban speech that they disagree with, are offended by, or find politically incorrect. It’s a slippery slope that has caused several state legislatures to move legislation aiming to protect speech at state colleges. Liberal leaning politicians as well as administrators and educators at our institutions of higher learning would be wise to speak out against the danger of suppressing free speech in an open society, but I’m not holding my breath.

For the past seven years, I've witnessed up close the left’s disdain for robust free speech rights. Ever since the landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, the left has engaged in a nationally coordinated effort at all levels of government to "overturn" the Citizens United decision under the guises of "dark money", "corporations taking over the political process", "too much money in politics" or whatever the attack line du jour might be. These disingenuous attacks have systematically failed because overturning Citizens United would come down to limiting the free speech rights that are protected under the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The liberal attacks on Citizens United have become so falsified that most people don’t even remember - or realize - what the case was about in the first place. When folks hear the case was about limiting political speech and Citizens United’s desire to run advertisements to support a movie we produced, attitudes magically change. After all, even if one believes that there is too much money in the political system, should the government be able to censor a film or book or pamphlet because someone wishes to spend money to let people know that it exists? Reasonable people agree that this type of "big brother" government action has no place in America.

Furthermore, the liberal attacks on Citizens United are steeped in hypocrisy. One of the top priorities of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was to overturn the Citizens United decision. However, the Democrat nominee for president and Super PACs supporting her candidacy outspent Donald Trump and Republican Super PACs by a two to one margin. If dark money was truly buying our elections, Hillary Clinton would be president right now. But it’s more than just liberals saying one thing and doing another; it’s much worse.

That brings us back to the politics of today and the left’s permanent campaign against President Trump. The anti-free speech movement targeting conservative speakers on college campuses makes me wonder if the anti-Citizens United effort is truly about the amount of money in the politics. If the left was so concerned about the flood of money in the system, wouldn’t they be against labor union money as well? And if corporate money was delivering a favorable message for the liberals, would that suddenly be fine too? If you recall, liberals had no problem with the corporate funded advertisements that ran in support of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary film.

The left in America today appears not to have a problem with the amount of money in politics, but rather the messenger and the message itself. Hillary Clinton argued that she wanted to overturn Citizens United because of the money it allowed in the political process, but she was also keenly aware that our film before the Supreme Court was entitled Hillary The Movie. "Citizens United was about me" Secretary Clinton used to tell crowds, making it sound as though she was in favor of banning speech that was critical of both her and her political beliefs.

Historically, liberal campuses like the University of California at Berkeley have fancied themselves as bastions of enlightened thinking and peaceful assembly. But these days it appears as though free speech and the right to assemble only deserve constitutional protections for people the left agrees with politically. Our mantra at Citizens United has always been, "we may not agree with what you’re saying, but we believe in your right to say it." This is what conservatives believe in their heart of hearts.

My question is what does the left and their liberal enablers really believe about free speech in America?


Wash Times: Trump to sign order creating voter-fraud panel

President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday creating a long-awaited commission to investigate voter fraud and elections, a senior administration official confirmed.

The commission will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who worked on the Trump transition team and is a vocal advocate of stronger immigration laws.

The commission was promised by Mr. Trump in the first weeks of his administration, after he asserted that illegal voting contributed at least 3 million votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote victory in the presidential election. Mr. Trump won the presidency by capturing a majority of the Electoral College vote.

The commission will be tasked with studying “vulnerabilities” in U.S. election systems and potential effects on improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting, ABC News reported. The panel is also expected to examine claims of voter suppression.

A White House official said the panel will be “more forward looking” than simply reviewing alleged voter fraud and suppression.


Virginia AG Race: "Republican AG Candidate John Adams Seasoned and Ready For November"

Look out, Mark Herring … there’s a new guy in town, and he has a name every American should recognize.

Republican John Adams is coming on strong in his campaign for Virginia Attorney General, and he has the “it” factor that political types are always looking for in a candidate: Qualified, good looks, beautiful all-American family that includes a supportive wife and four sons, VMI grad, UVa Law School, and military veteran, clerked in D.C., and hometown boy who never forgot his roots and eventually moved back home ready to serve Virginia. Indeed, on his website he says, “I am a Virginian, not a politician.”

And, yes, he is related to that John Adams.

For Richmonders who remember Dr. Theodore F. Adams, the longtime, very well-known pastor at Richmond’s First Baptist Church … well, he was John’s grandfather. John Adams’ roots go deep in the Richmond community. He practices at McGuireWoods where he leads the firm’s Government Investigations department, managing more than fifty lawyers worldwide. He and his wife Lisa met in high school, and their four sons attend the same Chesterfield County public schools their parents did.

Read the full article on Bearing Drift: https://bearingdrift.com/2017/04/07/republican-ag-candidate-john-adams-seasoned-ready-november/

Sanctuary City Issue Now Front & Center In D.C. Suburbs

The illegal immigration issue in the United States and the sanctuary jurisdiction problem in particular are not going away.  The recent alleged rape of a 14-year old Rockville, Maryland high school student by two illegal immigrant classmates has once again highlighted the need for common sense immigration reform to be enacted without delay.

Not since the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle in California has our disastrous sanctuary city situation been on the minds of so many Americans. Sadly, the mainstream media once again has shown that its liberal ideology is more important to them than reporting the news. Why is the media largely ignoring important stories like this? Because reporting on such news would help sway public opinion in favor of enforcing immigration laws and border security, which is against the national liberal policy position.

Most of the media has shown no ability to give President Trump any credit where credit is due. It was Donald Trump who made illegal immigration and sanctuary cities pressing national issues during his campaign for the presidency. Elitists ignored these issues but President Trump did not – and hardworking American taxpayers from the across the political spectrum rewarded him for it.

These issues relating to illegal immigration are not partisan in nature and those seeking reform are not from just one political party. It’s a coalition of Americans who believe in fairness, the rule of law, and who understand the difference between right and wrong.

To make matters worse, on the heels of the alleged rape, the Democrat dominated Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that would make Maryland a sanctuary state. Thankfully, Governor Larry Hogan wasted no time issuing a veto threat. Voting on a bill such as this in the face of the Rockville rape allegations is a microcosm of the liberal mindset these days, which is to say unhinged and tone deaf.

The number of sanctuary jurisdictions in America is now around 300, with the left constantly pushing for more. At the end of the day, this tragic episode in Maryland further underscores our country’s dire need for immigration reform and border security. And let’s keep in mind that enforcing immigration laws that are already on the books and working to deport illegal immigrants who are criminals should not be viewed as controversial matters.

The permanent anti-President Trump campaign being run by the left and the biased media is a bad political mistake on many levels, but to ignore reality on an issue like illegal immigration and sanctuary cities makes it a dangerous position as well. Favoring policies that endanger our citizenry has no place in America.

This is why it’s important to pay attention to who you’re voting for at all levels of government. It does make a difference!


Wash Exam: The campaign by the Left to permanently obstruct Trump shows how desperate they're getting

By DAVID BOSSIE • 3/8/17 7:00 PM

The oppose-it-all, oppose-it-now, oppose-it-forever campaign of the Left is getting more and more desperate as reality sets in. This month, the balance of President Trump's Cabinet will be confirmed, Judge Neil Gorsuch will continue on his smooth path to Senate confirmation, and voting on the big ticket items on the White House's conservative reform agenda will commence. This means that we should all expect more hyperventilating from the liberal media about meetings with the Russian ambassador, more anti-free speech outbursts at liberal universities, more juvenile calls for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and maybe even an appearance by the community organizer-in-chief himself, President Barack Obama.

This destructive strategy of permanent obstruction is all that remains of the shrinking liberal ideology in America.

In the lead-up to Trump's incredibly well-received address to Congress, former Attorney General Eric Holder made news when he said Obama is poised to re-enter the political arena and is "ready to roll." This strategic announcement was meant to let the unhinged resistance know that their savior is ready to fight the Trump agenda.

Then, a few hours later, Trump delivered the best speech of his political career in which he laid out his common-sense agenda, including popular items like tax reform, enforcing immigration laws, and repealing and replacing the disaster that is Obamacare. Upon watching the presidential address, polling found that 57 percent of the American people had a very positive view of the speech, and almost 70 percent said the policies outlined would move the country in the right direction. Commanding numbers such as these are virtually non-existent in the United States today and must be causing panic attacks in liberal enclaves.

The best course of action for Trump going forward is to visit the many states he carried that have Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 and repeat the speech he made to Congress at each stop. As Trump's optimistic and even-handed message continues to sink in, the chorus from the Left will become loonier. As more voters hear the president's agenda in states such as Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio, it will pick up more bipartisan support from Democratic senators in these states because their constituents will demand it. The bad news for the Left is that most people want economic growth, better and cheaper healthcare, and sanctuary city reform — and that's exactly what they're going to get over the next couple months, because Trump keeps his promises.

If Obama takes a public leadership role in the failing "resist Trump" effort, he will damage his legacy. Most Americans understandably want their president to succeed. Reasonable people believe that when the president succeeds, Americans will be better off. The mood of the country improves, optimism increases, and the future seems brighter. Obama taking on his successor's agenda in the public arena is not something most Americans will appreciate. President Bill Clinton got out of the way of President George W. Bush. Bush got out of the way of Obama. These men understood that in the U.S. we have elections, elections have consequences, and one of the consequences is the winner gets to set the agenda.

It's not surprising that the Left is having a hard time coming to grips with voters' decision to reject a third Obama term. The people chose a Republican president, a Republican Senate, and a Republican House. By doing so, they chose to have Obamacare replaced with something that works, they chose a conservative as Supreme Court Justice Scalia's successor, and they chose to put "America First." Obama should respect the results of the election and focus instead on improving his golf game.

Trump's greatest strength is his ability to deliver his message of reform directly to the American people, just like I witnessed first-hand during the presidential campaign. If he stays on the principles he laid out before Congress, more of his agenda will be enacted and our country will be a much better place to live.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as President Trump's deputy campaign manager.


Daily Signal: 3 Different Ways State GOP Lawmakers Are Fighting Sanctuary Cities

In states across the country, Republican lawmakers are aiming to combat sanctuary cities and counties, and in some cases banding together to develop new ways to prod local jurisdictions into helping enforce federal immigration law.

While these efforts are not unique—18 states introduced legislation to limit sanctuary policies in the 2016 state legislative session—they are taking a stronger force at a time when the Trump administration has begun reviewing how to punish sanctuary cities by withholding federal grant funding.

At the same time, states, cities, and counties that provide protection to immigrants living illegally in their communities have refused to back down.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 29 states and Washington, D.C., are considering legislation in 2017 regarding sanctuary jurisdictions or noncompliance with immigration detainers.

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