Friday, October 31, 2014

Vote then listen to Fredericks & Watson for results


Rhetoric verses Reality - Tuesday's decision


If you're familiar at all with my efforts, you know that I place 'opportunity', through jobs and education, at the very top of my public service priorities.  I believe that unemployment, leading to despair and dependency on government, is the greatest domestic threat we face as a nation.  That's why I'm such a defender of America's greatest job creators, its small businesses.  It's also why I was so offended to hear the President declare "if you've got a business - you didn't build that", or Hillary Clinton warn "don't let anyone tell you that it's corporations or businesses that create jobs".   Unfortunately, this is the message that resonates with their base. 


Few people argue that President Obama or Harry Reid are pro-business.  In fact, they are proud to proclaim the opposite.  So the question is, can Senator Mark Warner be pro-business when he attracts this same base while voting with Obama 97% of the time?  Simple answer, no he cannot.  In fact, as I speak to businesses around the state, it's clear that the greatest challenge to our economic growth is excessive regulation from Washington.  Among the most harmful, the latest round of EPA mandates and Obamacare, both of which Mark Warner supports.  It's clear; Sen. Warner's rhetoric and voting record do not match.  I hope that you'll speak to your friends and family and bring them to the polls to elect Ed Gillespie. He will stand up for Virginia's small businesses.  While you have them, encourage each to support Rob Wittman or Scott Rigell for Congress so that they can continue looking out for you, our Hampton Roads economy, and our brave men and women in uniform.



Election Night Coverage – Live with John Fredericks & Mike Watson


Tune into the John Fredericks radio show Tuesday evening as I'm co-hosting the full broadcast of election coverage from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 pm.  John and I will report on local, Virginia, and national races with a focus on key U.S. Senate Elections.   We're set up to speak with VA elected officials around the state for their polling observations and we'll be linked up with State Board of Elections and Secretaries of State sites across the country to give you real-time election results as they come in. 


You can listen on line by clicking here.  (search: John Fredericks Show listen) or listen on air in:


   Hampton Roads AM1650;   Roanoke AM910;   Lynchburg AM1050;   Richmond AM820 & FM 97.7



Help us 'Get out the Vote' this Saturday


Join me Saturday morning in Williamsburg/James City as Ed Gillespie & Rob Wittman supporters team up to remind neighbors to vote on Tuesday.  Meet me at the Watson/Pogge District office at 10:00 am on the corner of Jamestown Road & Rt. 199. We'll gather there then head out to some of our hometown neighborhoods.  Even if you can join us for just a couple hours we'll be grateful for your participation as the future our kids face will be greatly impacted by the outcome of these races.  You'll want to tell them that you were out working to make their future brighter!  See you at my office tomorrow morning at 10:00.  Please email me now at to let me know you'll be there. 



It's almost here, our Christmas Town Event – December 14, 2014


Invitations are being printed for the 3rd annual, Christmas Town with Friends of Mike Watson event at Busch Gardens.  If you received this update, you'll be among the first to receive your invitation next week.  We have a limited number of tickets available so reserve yours as soon as you can.


A $60 ticket includes parking, a shuttle directly to the event, a light buffet, reception with friends, a brief update and glimpse into the future followed by an afternoon & evening in spectacular Christmas Town all while supporting the Friends of Mike Watson campaign committee. 


Want to help more?  Consider being a Sponsor ($250 & 2 tickets) or Host ($500 & 4 tickets).  Be sure to let us know soon so that we can recognize you with Host & Sponsor signage.  


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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With just one week until Election Day, only a short time remains in which to make a statement about whether you are happy with a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Democratic President who is creating gridlock, uncertainty, and secrecy in Washington. 


We need members in Congress who will fight to protect our constitutional principles and hold the executive branch accountable. Electing representatives who are not afraid to rise above the hyper-partisanship and war of words will provide more certainty for businesses and families. Virginians need elected representatives who will not tell us to accept what government demands from us, but rather listen to how they can make government better work for us. 


We already have that person in Rob Wittman, and I am proud to support his reelection to the 1st District of Virginia in the House of Representatives. I am equally pleased to support Senate candidate Ed Gillespie. Electing Ed to U.S. Senate will ease the gridlock and help remove Harry Reid as majority leader.


We need strong voices in Congress. I ask that you to re-elect Congressman Wittman and cast your vote for Ed Gillespie on November 4th.  If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer even 30 minutes of your time in the next 14 days, please visit or

Breaking news!
Just this morning, the General Assembly members received notification that we will return to Richmond on Monday, November 10. At that time we will consider the Governor's technical amendment to the budget and elect judges. As more information becomes available, I will keep you updated.
Around the District
Enjoying an evening with the James City County Republican Committee at the Williamsburg Winery.
Knocking on doors with Rep. Rob Wittman.

Upcoming events

Election Day Victory Party in James City County

When: 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5
Where:  Williamsburg National Golf Club
3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg, VA
Cost:  Free. RSVP required! 

Constitution Leadership Initiative Course
When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday 
(ends November 11)
Where: Coxton's Gold Team Classroom, 

1609 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693

Cost: $20

For more information, click HERE

Support our Republican ticket!
Recent polls show a close Senate race in Virginia. If you have friends who are on the fence, share with them the Richmond Times Dispatch recent endorsement of Ed Gillespie

With the balance of power at stake, your volunteer efforts can help end Harry Reid's leadership of the U.S. Senate! If you reside in James City, Williamsburg, or York, please contact Chandler Crenshaw to volunteer. Chandler can be reached at or 804-432-7809.

Live in the Yorktown area? Stop by the York Republican headquarters at 3630A George Washington Memorial Highway (same location as last year).
Keep in touch!
Please continue to share your feedback with me. Your calls and emails are greatly appreciated!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOIA Subcommittee meetings November 5, 2014

Dear Members, Patrons, and Interested Parties:

This message is to inform you that the Records Subcommittee and Meetings Subcommittee of the FOIA Council will meet on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  The Records Subcommittee will meet at 10:00 AM.  The Meetings Subcommittee will meet at 1:30 PM.  Both subcommittee meetings will be held in the Speaker's Conference Room, Sixth Floor, General Assembly Building, 201 N. 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia  23237.  Proposed agendas are attached.

As a reminder, the Records Subcommittee consists of Council members Tavenner (Chair), Ashby (VIce-Chair), Hamlett, Jones, and Oksman.  The Meetings Subcommittee consists of Council members Whitehurst (Chair), Dooley, Landon, Oksman, and Selph.  This will be the fourth meeting of each subcommittee as they continue the three-year study of FOIA directed by House Joint Resolution No. 96.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me (Alan) or Maria J.K. Everett, Executive Director.


Maria J.K. Everett, Executive Director and Senior Attorney
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Update from Mike Watson




October 13, 2014



I hope you're enjoying our mild fall.  It's been great weather for a wide range of regional carnivals, feasts, and other events, many of which Amy & I have attended.  Fall is also the time to get serious about November elections and the 2015 General Assembly session.


Regarding the election, we can't overemphasize the importance of voting on Nov. 4th.  The future we leave our children will be greatly impacted by the outcome of the U.S. Senate races and make no mistake, Virginia is in play.  Please call a friend or neighbor and ask them to vote for Ed Gillespie. And, depending on their district, Congressman Wittman or Rigell.


The Business Development Caucus remains busy this fall. I attended each of its five town halls, VA Beach, Yorktown, Christiansburg, Martinsville, and Chantilly, meeting with 160 businesses in all.  A total of 13 Republican & Democratic legislators from the House & Senate attended events as did representatives from the Nat'l. Federation of Independent Business and Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  Mayors, college presidents, and local chambers also participated.


Last week, BDC leaders gathered in Richmond, narrowing 72 different recommendations to 17 legislative prospects.  We've divided these ideas among us and are now in the process of research and drafting legislation.  This year, I'll have the opportunity to introduce some of these ideas to the VA Chamber for  consideration in its 2015 legislative agenda. 


Although I can't patron these bills directly, like last session, I look forward to drafting & presenting them in house sub-committees as I find it extremely rewarding when a citizen or business owner comes to me with a problem and I'm able to help improve their situation. 


Just two weeks ago I received a letter that read in part, "Mike, Thank you personally for all you've done on behalf of licensed Onsite Soil Evaluators. You and the Business Development Caucus brought impeccable attention to an otherwise challenging struggle." That was in response to a bill that I drafted & was carried by my BDC colleague Del. Michael Webert in the 2014 session.


I occasionally hear grumbling that I should have walked away last November but I do sincerely strive to help solve problems when I can, especially if it affects jobs. We should all strive for that.  For now, the grumbling will have to continue.


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mark your calendar for December 14th to join us for the third annual 'Christmas Town with Friends of Mike Watson' celebration.  As always, the afternoon will be filled with food, friendship, and an evening in Busch Garden's beautiful Christmas Town.  We're working on the final plans now and invitations will go out soon via email.  If you've not received your invitation by November 14th, simply email for details. 


Proposed Constitutional Amendment 

On November 4th, you'll be voting for members of Congress of course. However, you should be aware of a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot as well.  This amendment addresses a tax exemption offered to surviving spouses of soldiers killed in action. 


Under current law, a veteran with a one hundred percent permanent and total disability and their spouse are exempt from taxation on real property.  This exemption continues with the surviving spouse until such time that he/she might remarry.  However, the same consideration is not currently offered to the surviving spouse of a soldier killed in action.  Passage of this Amendment will remedy that. 


This is the result of a bill that I proudly co-patroned with Delegate David Ramadan in 2013 (rememberConstitutional Amendments must be passed in two General Assembly sessions in order to make it to the ballot) and is a small step to acknowledge the families and members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I hope that you'll vote yes.


Manufacturing Day with WJCC Students

Earlier this month I spent a day with nearly 100 Jamestown, Layfette, and Warhill High School students for Manufacturing Day.  This event led by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, members of the WJCC School Board and administration, and several community leaders was an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of manufacturing in our community and the types of jobs created by each. 


Students toured six area facilities to learn about their operations, products, and career opportunities.  It was followed by lunch at Legacy Hall in New Town where I led a discussion on manufacturing, workforce development, and careers.  We also heard from Thomas Nelson Community College who brought along a 3-D printer for a brief demonstration of one aspect of advanced manufacturing. 


Every student and parent should have the opportunity to learn about the types of careers available here and across the nation before making their post-secondary education decisions.  It just might save them tens of thousands of dollars in college debt.  I'd like to extend a special thanks to the facilities that opened their doors and dedicated time for these students:  Walmart Distribution Center, Anheuser Busch, Coresix Precision Glass, Printpack Manufacturing, Ball Metal, and Owens Illinois.


Governor's Energy Plan

In my role with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, I was invited to participate in the Energy Industry Council presentation in Richmond a few weeks ago.  We received a preview of the Governor's proposed energy plan for Virginia as well as details of the latest round of EPA mandates for air quality and emissions under the Clean Air Act.  Most importantly, we learned how these new mandates are likely to impact our state's energy producers and consumers. 


It's a bit much to go into detail in a simple newsletter, but speaking as someone with considerable experience in power generation and stack emission control systems, I can speak with some confidence when I say that our General Assembly will soon be faced with another federally created dilemma.  In short, it will be asked to agree to a plan that will ultimately shut down each and every coal-fired power station in the state and to commit to a technology that does not yet exist.  I've spent enough time in the House of Delegates to know that this will not be an easy sell.  This is not a comment on the Governor's plan as I think agreement could be achieved with modest work.  The problem is that even the Governor's plan cannot comply with Article 111d of the Clean Air Act that mandates tighter restrictions on existing generators than it does on new ones.  This Article can only be intended to achieve one outcome…and we thought Medicaid expansion was a challenge.


Know your firearm

Whether for home and personal protection or for shooting sports and competition, individual firearm purchases continue to rise. To promote responsible ownership, Lafayette Gun Club in Yorktown is offering the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol course designed to provide a hands‐on introduction to the safe handling and proper use of a handgun. The course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to safely handle and shoot a semi‐automatic pistol or revolver and is available for members and non-members.  Consider enrolling yourself or a loved one.  It's also a great Valentines Day gift...ask me how I know.  For more information email:


Friends of Mike Watson - Contributions

Please consider contributing to the The Friends of Mike Watson campaign committee today.  You can do so via mail or on-line using PayPal or any major credit card. Contributions will support mail, web & social media, office expenses, and help place the committee in an advantageous position for its next campaign.  If you would like to help please click here or mail your check to:


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Thank You
Amy & I want to again thank the  nearly 200 guests who attended our 2011/13 local donor open-house reception on September 19th. The music, the food, and the friendship made for a wonderful evening.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Come join me at Level 1 - Foundations in Self Governance on Chester, VA

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Mike Sawyer
Mike Sawyer has invited you to the event 'Level 1 - Foundations in Self Governance' on Chester, VA!
Carpool to Williamsburg and catch the Level 1 class!

Level 1 - Foundations in Self Governance Time: October 11, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Delegate Pogge’s office
Organized By: Mike Sawyer

Event Description:
Welcome to the Center for Self Governance.
The Level 1 course introduces the concepts of self governance and civic authority.  It is designed to bring the student to a common understanding of their role in leveraging self-governance and exercising civic authority. This course is foundational and lays the ground work necessary to successfully implement lessons learned in future classes.
Your workbook is included in the registration fee. Family discounts available if you are attending with a child under 18 years of age.  Prior Level 1 students may audit this class for $10. Please prepay on our website for this class as this will allow us to anticipate a smooth check in process.
Supplies to bring include: paper, pen, and your enthusiasm! This is an interactive class and we look forward to hearing from you. Please dress comfortably and bring a sweater/jacket as facility temperatures can be unpredictable.
You must attend the full 8 hours to complete the course required to graduate Level 1.
If you have any questions, please contact Mishelle at
CSG FOUNDER, Mark Herr will be giving a  presentation at the Kimball Theatre in downtown Colonial Williamsburg, 8:30 to 10:30 and admission is FREE! 
Please send any emails or questions about this class to CSG.
Contact: Mishelle Perkins at or 615.566.5395.
More Location Details: 
The building at the corner of Rt.199 and Jamestown Rd. Class will be held downstairs from Delegate Pogge's office in the building.

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