Thursday, May 10, 2018

Presidential Legacies

Take a look at my travels to Lincoln-Reagan dinner celebrations across the First District!
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Hello Everyone,

Over the last two months I have had the honor of celebrating two presidents who did much to shape the principles and vision of this nation: Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. I've had the opportunity to reconnect with many of my supporters and be reminded of the multitude of reasons President Lincoln and Reagan are revered by the American people.

The two lessons that stand out to me today are:

  • While they worked with and listened to those on the other side of the aisle, they never compromised on their principles;
  • They always put what was best for the country first.

Take a look at my travels to Lincoln-Reagan dinner celebrations across the First District!

 

Lancaster County
The Lancaster Republican Committee celebration brought Northern Neck Republicans together in a region that also hosts historic sites for Presidents George Washington and James Monroe.

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Prince William County

The Prince William Republican Committee always has a great crowd!

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James City County

There are few places better than Williamsburg to celebrate the history of our nation.

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Hanover County

Ended my travels in Hanover County, the birthplace of Virginia's first Governor Patrick Henry. I connected with friends old and new, such as my classmate Steve Gerloff!

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Thank you for the honor of serving you and being a small part of sustaining our democracy that Presidents Lincoln and Reagan sacrificed so much to preserve.

In service,
Rob

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Presidential Legacies

Take a look at my travels to Lincoln-Reagan dinner celebrations across the First District!
Image

Hello Everyone,

Over the last two months I have had the honor of celebrating two presidents who did much to shape the principles and vision of this nation: Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. I've had the opportunity to reconnect with many of my supporters and be reminded of the multitude of reasons President Lincoln and Reagan are revered by the American people.

The two lessons that stand out to me today are:

  • While they worked with and listened to those on the other side of the aisle, they never compromised on their principles;
  • They always put what was best for the country first.

Take a look at my travels to Lincoln-Reagan dinner celebrations across the First District!

 

Lancaster County
The Lancaster Republican Committee celebration brought Northern Neck Republicans together in a region that also hosts historic sites for Presidents George Washington and James Monroe.

Image

 

Prince William County

The Prince William Republican Committee always has a great crowd!

Image

 

James City County

There are few places better than Williamsburg to celebrate the history of our nation.

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Hanover County

Ended my travels in Hanover County, the birthplace of Virginia's first Governor Patrick Henry. I connected with friends old and new, such as my classmate Steve Gerloff!

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Thank you for the honor of serving you and being a small part of sustaining our democracy that Presidents Lincoln and Reagan sacrificed so much to preserve.

In service,
Rob

Paid for by Rob Wittman for Congress

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

STOP THIS TAX BILL

 Sales Tax Increase For The Historic Triangle!

I just spoke on WNIS

re:  SB 942.        More calls will be made tomorrow.   Toni Macrini was very favorable of my opinion! And he read the entire bill on the radio. (Attached below)  Articles have been is the WY Daily, the Va. Gazette, The Daily Press!  Watch and support your local Yorktown Crier also.  

Pogge said the tax increase "represents taxation without representation, which is ironic for that to happen in Williamsburg."

"Instead of tourists paying the tax, the population at large pays the bulk of this tax," Pogge said. "It's a $25 million tax coming out of the pockets of my constituents every time they pass a cash register."

**FYI: Delegate Mike Mullins (Democrat) sent a letter yesterday saying he voted AGAINST SB 942 due to the calls he received. It does make a difference!!  Gordon Helsel voted FOR it, as did David Yancey, and three people didn't even vote on it:  Margaret Ransone, Emily Brewer, and Tim Hugo. 

 Please call the Governor's Office (804) 786-2211, and respectfully ask him to vote AGAINST SB 942.  Short, sweet, and to the point.  See attached for more info.

Call the delegates:

Gordon Helsel  804-698-1091

(Remember Helsel voted for this bill!)

Mike Mullin   804-698-1093

Brenda Pogge  804-698-1096. 


Avalaible here : A listing of all the votes in this house:

https://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2018/sb942/hv1107/


 
This bill was submitted by Tommy Norment and is to tax York County residents 1% for Williamsburg Tourism.  Even if you live in Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach, or the surrounding area, it is important that You call!  Should this pass, what is to stop our government from taxing You and your City/County too?? 
 

A major area of concern is the lack of public discussion. There was plenty of discussion about a proposed sales tax bill in the months leading up to its appearance in the General Assembly. That discussion didn't take place in public.  "Instead, the sales tax bill materialized in private meetings and correspondence between government officials, according to emails obtained by The Virginia Gazette through the Freedom of Information Act."  http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-sales-tax-bill-discussion-0314-story.htm


This sales tax bill will give the State taxing authority, not only the right to tax an individual locality but the right to distribute it and to tell them how to spend it. Any Locality can now go to the state and ask for an increase instead of working within the confines of their budget and "avoid" raising real estate taxes. Delegate Pogge said this bill will make the localities within the Historic Triangle have the highest sales tax rate in the state of Virginia. 


The Governor has until April 9 to veto or amend the bill.




Monday, February 5, 2018

One of the most emotional moments of my political career

DianeA,

There are many tough days in the Senate -- days where progress seems so far away. We need reminders that we have the power to do great good. I recently experienced one such reminder, and I'd like to tell you about it -- this is a long email, but it's important to me, and I hope you'll read it:

In January, we obtained a major victory for Virginia as Congress finally passed -- after decades of effort -- our bill giving federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. These tribes -- the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Nansemond, Monacan and Rappahannock -- were among the original tribes populating Virginia when English settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607. They entered into peace treaties with the English in the 1670s and have maintained tribal identity and traditions since that time.

But they were long treated with contempt and discrimination by Virginia -- their records destroyed, their students denied access to in-state higher education opportunities, their artifacts and even the bones of their ancestors taken by museums. And even as more than 500 tribes across the country have been recognized by the federal government, these living and thriving tribes had not.

Through it all, our tribes have carried themselves as sovereign people peacefully living within a nation they love. Their commitment to military service has been especially notable. And each year, the tribes journey to Richmond the day before Thanksgiving to celebrate their connection to Virginia by presenting a tribute to the Governor. How Anne and I used to relish that celebration during our days in the Governor’s Mansion! And yet how ashamed it made me feel to travel with the tribes to England and see them recognized and celebrated there as a sovereign people by reason of their peace treaties when America -- their land and home -- refused to acknowledge them.

Beginning in the 1980s, there has been a slow turning to justice for our tribes. Virginia officially recognized the tribes and then our elected officials -- both Democrats and Republicans -- joined with them to push for federal recognition. The first bill in Congress was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran in 2000 and the process has been painfully slow. One Virginia tribe, the Pamunkey, received recognition through an administrative process in 2016. But the six tribes lacked records to meet the administrative standard. Courthouse fires during the civil war and active destruction of their records by state officials blocked their path. They had to depend upon Congress.

Over the years, the recognition bill passed the House twice without Senate action. More recently, the Senate would act favorably in committee, but the recognition bill would die on the Senate floor. But finally, on January 11th, the stars aligned. Senator Warner and I were able to clear the last Senate objection -- essentially getting to unanimity within the Senate. With tribal leadership in attendance, we called up Congressman Rob Wittman’s previously passed House bill, passed it by voice vote, and sent the matter on to President Trump for signature. It was one of the most emotional moments of my political career.

In the Senate Hall after the vote, I told the Chiefs that I was so proud of them for never giving up. I have learned so much from them along the way.

When a Virginia Senate seat unexpectedly opened in 2011 after Jim Webb (a great champion of the tribes) decided not to run for re-election, I was not sure whether I should run. But one question I asked myself was whether, after 16 years of public life, there was any unfinished business that I still wanted to complete. And the issue of our tribes still being unrecognized came to mind as one of just a handful of things that I still hoped to accomplish.

Even in a tough time, moments of grace occur and important work gets done. That prospect -- the next good thing I can do -- keeps me going every day.

Thanks for standing with me.

Tim



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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Newport News Now

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THURSDAY.JANUARY 11.2018

                                                                       

Community Workshops Announced to
Review Draft Land Use Study


After approximately 13 months of research and public input, a draft of the Fort Eustis Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is available for review. City of Newport News, James City County, and York County are together hosting community workshops to share the draft plan with the public. The study has been a collaborative effort conducted by city, county, federal officials, residents, and Fort Eustis itself to identify compatible land uses and growth management guidelines near the installation. The process encourages the local community and installation to act as a team in order to prevent or limit any encroachment issues caused by future mission expansion or local growth.

The free workshops are:

Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Abram Frink Community Center
8901 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg

Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Denbigh Community Center
15198 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News

Read more...

JLUS

                                                                      

CHOLE

Smithfield Foods Adds Additional $10,000 To Help Locate
Keir & Chloe Johnson

Total Reward Up To $35,000  


Smithfield Foods has donated an additional $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the recovery of Keir Johnson and her daughter Chloe. Keir Johnson was employed by Smithfield Foods at the time of her disappearance.

In September, The Newport News Police Foundation generously announced that they would donate a $25,000 reward for reliable and new information that led to the recovery of Keir Johnson and her daughter Chloe.  At the time, President Joe Frank said, “We feel this is a very important cause and directly aligns with our mission.  It is our sincere hope that these funds will help in the investigation and bring answers to Keir and Chloe’s family.” Read more...



                                                                      

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Newport News Restaurant Week Celebrates Its 5th Year

Event to be held for two weeks, from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3

Newport News Restaurant Week is back for its fifth year! In celebration of the 5th Annual Newport News Restaurant Week, five pricing options have been established: diners have their choice of a two-course lunch for $10 or $15, while dinner options include a three-course meal for $20, $30, or $40 (prices do not include tax or gratuity).

Though the event is called Newport News Restaurant Week, it is actually a two-week affair. The 2018 event runs from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3. Whether you decide to return to an old favorite or try something new, Newport News Restaurant Week offers something for every budget and taste bud! Read more...


                                                                      

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