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 washingtonpost.com

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.
Apr 112014

The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) held its annual election for leadership at its March 24 meeting.

Mike Basile was elected as President.  He has been an active volunteer with the JATP for several years, speaks frequently at public hearings, and was first elected to the Executive Board in 2013.

Mr. Basile succeeds Carole Thorpe, who was elected last March as President for the 2013-2014 term.  She chose to not run for re-election.

Mrs. Thorpe previously served two terms as President during 2010-2012, when the organization was governed by non-elected volunteers before establishing a voting membership.

In addition to stepping down as President, Mrs. Thorpe has also stepped down as Spokesperson and Media Relations Director.  Mrs. Thorpe served in both positions continuously since 2010.  Until further notice, Mr. Basile will assume those duties.

In addition to the election of Mr. Basile, the JATP voting membership cast votes for Terry Cooper and David Kardell to retain their current seats on the Executive Board, and for Jim Moore and Roger Schweikert to be seated for the first time.

Patricia Napoleon (one term, 2013-2014) and Steven Peters (four terms, 2010-2014) did not seek re-election to the Executive Board.  The JATP expresses gratitude to Mrs. Napoleon, Mr. Peters, and Mrs. Thorpe for their service.

Apr 022014


Federal Budget and Debt numbers are so large they can appear meaningless, below are the federal taxes, spending, and debt broken down per family to make them more comprehensible.  All the figures for income and spending given are for fiscal 2013. The debt figure is current and the household count is from the Census Bureau.

The percentage listed is the percentage of the total federal spending, and figures are rounded to the nearest hundred dollars for simplicity.  Differences between the itemized figures and the totals are due to rounding. Continue reading »

Mar 302014

By James Bacon, baconsrebellion.com

saslawLet me get this straight. Virginia Democrats in the General Assembly are saying that they will not pass a state budget until they get Medicaid expansion?

“We won’t vote for a budget — and I can’t be emphatic enough — we will not vote for a budget, nor will the governor sign a budget that doesn’t have some form of expansion,” Senate Democratic Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said during a brief conference call. So reports the Times-Dispatch.

The only possible conclusion to draw from that statement is that the Dems are willing to shut down state government (and much of local government) in order to get their way. Hmmm… Who does that sound like? Oh, I don’t know… maybe Congressional Republicans in the debt-ceiling debate with President Obama? The same Republicans whom the Dems denounced as maniacally irresponsible and willing to destroy the country in order to save it? Continue reading »