Aug 072014

The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors voted unanimously to confer the honorary and perpetual title of Chair Emeritus upon Carole Thorpe. Current JATP President Mike Basile made the presentation to Mrs. Thorpe at the group’s monthly meeting held in July in Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building. Delegate Rob Bell (R-58th District), slated as that evening’s guest speaker, was in attendance.

Mrs. Thorpe served three one-year terms as Chairwoman between 2010 and 2014. During her tenure, she was the driving force behind establishing a business-like foundation to ensure the JATP’s long term effectiveness, including the adoption of by-laws, becoming incorporated, and creating a voting membership.

In the early years, Mrs. Thorpe also personally handled numerous duties which are typically delegated to others by those holding her equally high level of office. These included executing detailed tasks for many public events, writing the e-newsletter and press releases, maintaining the database, and performing as the media spokesperson.

Following the presentation, Mrs. Thorpe thanked Mr. Basile, the Board of Directors, and the members of the JATP. She reaffirmed that the success of the JATP is a collective effort, and she expressed gratitude for the hard work and support she received during her years in leadership. Mrs. Thorpe pledged to “continually earn” her new title by being accessible as a senior advisor when called, and to fill the occasional need for help with media relations.

Jul 212014

Once again, we see that President Obama views his oath of office as a promise to faithfully execute the laws he likes.

Territories Free of ObamaCare

The White House issues another illegal exemption., July 21, 2014

Last week’s burst of world disorder was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn’t disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. Where does everybody else apply? Continue reading »

Jul 202014

By Davis Stockman (former US Budget Director under President Reagan)

Stock markets and corporate profits are at all time highs. Yet the true measure of main street economic health—-the share of adults who are employed—is at a modern low. It is said by traditionalist believers in sound money that we can not print our way to prosperity. These charts of the week provide some pretty stunning evidence of that truth….

Jul 202014

Immigration – Global humanitarian reasons for current U.S. immigration are tested in this updated version of immigration author and journalist Roy Beck’s colorful presentation of data from the World Bank and U.S. Census Bureau. The 1996 version of this immigration gumballs presentation has been one of the most viewed immigration policy presentations on the internet.

Presented by immigration author/journalist Roy Beck

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Apr 232014

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting there was extensive discussion about the possible consequences if July 1 arrives and no state budget is in place.  The below article from today’s Washington Post includes the most extensive discussion I’ve seen yet concerning that — and there’s no consensus. – Terry Cooper


Va. Assembly, reconvening Wednesday, unlikely to solve Medicaid, budget issues soon

By , Published: April 22

RICHMOND — Virginia legislators return to the Capitol on Wednesday intending to wrap up some unfinished business but with no plans to tackle the budget and Medicaid stalemates that could ultimately shut down the state government.

The General Assembly will hold its annual “veto session” to complete work from the regular session that ended March 8. But no action is expected on the biggest issues looming over Richmond: Medicaid expansion and, because that matter was folded into the Senate’s two-year, $96 billion state spending plan, the budget.

Unless the chambers decide to suspend their rules and take up matters not on their agendas, they will finish the day as they started — with no plan to fund schools, colleges, local governments and all manner of state services for the next two years.

There will not even be rival budgets for negotiators to discuss. Because the House and the Senate have been unwilling to vote on the other’s budget, they do not have competing plans in conference, where teams from both chambers could begin hashing out differences.  Continued


Apr 162014
Robert Tracinski, Senior Reporter with The Federalist, wrote a splendid in-depth article about the current state of the Tea Party on its 5th anniversary that you won’t want to miss.  Robert contacted former chair Carole Thorpe for an interview, and he used it as the basis of his report that includes a lot of information about the JATP: Read It Here
In turn, Carole hosted Robert on the April 15 broadcast of “Charlottesville Right Now” on News Radio 1070 WINA.  Listen to the pod cast of their discussion here.