• FCRC Secretary Robin Corcoran Honored

    Our dedicated and loyal FCRC member and Secretary, Robin Corcoran, has been chosen as the 2017 “Top of the Tree” Honoree for the annual Fauquier Hospital LIGHTS FOR LIFE celebration to be held on Wednesday, December 6,  7:00 PM, in the Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Conference Room. 

    Please come and help to celebrate all that Robin has contributed during her 20 years of service as a Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. board member and her service and volunteer activities in the community.

     

    Kay Hayes

    FCRC Chairman

  • A THANK YOU NOTE FROM FCRC CHAIRMAN KAY HAYES

    A THANK YOU NOTE FROM
    FCRC CHAIRMAN KAY HAYES

    My fellow Republicans,

    Thank you to all the FCRC members, campaign staff workers, and friends who devoted many long hours and demanding tasks to “get out the vote” on Election Day.

    Words cannot convey the deep appreciation and the heartfelt thanks for your cooperation, loyalty, and unselfish help throughout the past months, and special praise for the many faithful individuals who endured the adverse weather conditions outside the polling places on Election Day.

    We did our best to win with the planned programs, technical support, and other tools to organize the grassroots effort in order to communicate the candidates’ messages to the local voters. Your dedication to meet the demands of the campaign tasks had a huge impact on the results of the race. Fauquier County lived up to the expectation of winning every precinct.

    During the past few days, some of you have received various messages of thanks from the candidates, opinions of why we lost the gubernatorial election, and what to do for damage control. A multitude of reasons have been offered to explain the loss of the election.  There is no point in playing the “blame game”.  In my humble opinion, there are “winds of change” — such as changing demographics, younger generations with different values, less focus on communication skills, unreliable messaging — just to name a few items,  and to provide some food for thought.

    Let us not lose sight of our goals.  Looking ahead, we will continue to strive for unity in our efforts to keep Fauquier County “RED”!

    Thank you again for your tireless efforts, and please, take pride in knowing you played a major role in the good fight to win.

    We are privileged to enjoy the blessings and high quality of life in this great Commonwealth of Virginia.

    KAY HAYES,
    Chairman, FCRC

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  • Four Pinocchios for the Washington Post on Photo ID

    We live in the age of the fact checkers. There’s PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and of course the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker.” But when the media itself gets it wrong, who will fact check the fact checkers?

    Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that over 450,000 voters lacked proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. That’s a shocking number—so let’s take a look at it, Fact Checker style.

    About 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper identification needed to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections, the Virginia State Board of Elections said Thursday.

    The Washington Post, September 25, 2014

    The Facts

    Right off the bat, the Washington Post has a problem: the Department of Elections never said that. Instead, the documentation they provided to the Post showed a much lower number: under 200,000.

    Eventually, after the Department itself called them on the numbers, the Post issued a correction. But that’s only scratching the surface of this bad reporting, because the number they trumpeted has very little to do with who does or doesn’t have ID.

    The Department of Elections provided a “filtered” count to the Washington Post, which that august newspaper evidently concluded wasn’t newsworthy enough to include in an article that gave space to three critics of Photo ID. The Department’s filtered count isn’t perfect, but it’s a best high-bound estimate of individuals who might actually vote and don’t already have a known alternative ID.

    The filtered count excludes military, overseas, and federal-only voters—we already know that they have photo IDs, whether or not they have a Virginia driver’s license—and then limits the total pool to voters whose last activity (e.g., voter registration, voting) took place during or after the last presidential election. With the filter applied, we’re looking at 93,117 voters, compared to the 457,931 originally reported by the Washington Post.

    And even that doesn’t tell the full story. Midterm election turnout is a lot lower than presidential turnout (compare 71.8% turnout in 2012 vs. 44.0% turnout in 2010), which cuts into the number even further.

    We’re still not done, though, because there are of course plenty of non-DMV IDs that can be used to vote, from U.S. passports to student or employee IDs to other government-issued photo IDs to, of course, the new (and free) Virginia Voter Photo Identification Cards.

    Remember, moreover, that any disabled or homebound individual is automatically entitled to vote absentee by mail—and that doesn’t require a photo ID. The voter in a nursing home who hasn’t had a driver’s license in years? Doesn’t need one; doesn’t need any photo ID to vote.

    And if a voter really doesn’t have any form of Photo ID? They’re still covered. They can go to their registrar’s office and get a free one. They can even, on Election Day, go to any registrar’s office and get a free temporary ID to use at the polls that day, or to ensure that their provisional ballot gets counted.

    Critics of Photo ID have long claimed that hundreds of thousands of voters would be affected. During the debate on passage of SB 1256, the liberal Commonwealth Institute issued a breathless reported estimating that Virginia might have to issue as many as 869,703 free IDs at a cost of $20.2 million.

    Fast-forward to this week. So far, registrars have issued a total of 1,083 of them at an estimated cost of—wait for it—$3,250 (not counting initial equipment expenditures).

    When legislators debated SB 1256, the State Board of Elections estimated the issuance of 4,299 free IDs a year for the first few years. We’ll have an accurate count soon enough, but right now, that figure looks to be on the mark. The number the Post used is over 100 times higher.

    The 450,000 voters figure trumpeted by the Washington Post is just the latest in a long line of overwrought numbers that obscure the fact that Virginia’s voter ID law won’t deny any legitimate voter the right to vote.

    The Pinocchio Test

    If the Washington Post can make such a staggering journalistic error, they can certainly forgive my appropriation of their “Pinocchio Test” to their own claim.

    Not only was the Post off by 130% in its initial headline, but it cited a nearly irrelevant figure—nearly 500% off the more pertinent figure provided by the Department of Elections, which is itself a high-bound figure which was never intended to indicate that these individuals lacked photo ID.

    Once you got past the Post’s headline, the article qualified its claim, noting that alternative IDs can be used and referencing the provisional ballot process, but the paper repeatedly conflated driver’s licenses with DMV-issued IDs (many voters have non-driver’s license photo IDs) and gave ample ink to critics of the law crafting highly unrealistic horror stories. That’s not journalism; it’s PR for Democratic critics of the bill.

    Four Pinocchios

    Four Pinnochios

    Best regards,

    Mark Obenshain

     

    Reproduced from a Mark Obenshain campaign view email which was Paid for by the Friends of Mark Obenshain

  • New Voter ID Requirements – Effective July 1, 2014

    ~ To vote in the November election, voters must present identification that contains a photograph ~

    The new law, effective July 1, 2014, requires voters to present acceptable photo identification to vote in-person for the November election.   

    The new law, effective July 1, 2014, requires voters to present acceptable photo identification to vote in-person for the November election.

    Acceptable forms of identification include the following:

    • Valid Virginia Driver’s License

    • Government-issued photo identification card

    • DMV-issued photo identification card

    • Valid Employee photo identification card

    • Virginia valid college or university student photo identification card

    • Valid United States Passport

    • New Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card

    CONTACT: For more information, or if you need a Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card, please contact our local voter registrar’s office at

    County of Fauquier
    Office of the General Registrar
    32 Waterloo Street, Suite 207
    Warrenton, Virginia 20186-3238
    TEL:540-422-8290
    FAX: 540-422-8291

    You can also visit elections.virginia.gov or call the Department of Elections at 800-552-9745.

    More information is also available at the State Board of Elections website at

    http://sbe.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/in-person-voting/

  • PAY DUES ONLINE!

    Members and Associate Members may pay annual dues online at this page –

    https://secure.piryx.com/donate/YZB1B0rK/Fauquier-County-Republican-Committee/join

  • REP. ROBERT HURT UNOPPOSED FOR REPUBLICAN 5TH DISTRICT NOMINATION

    Republican incumbent Representative Robert Hurt is our candidate for the Virginia 5th Congressional District in the November 2014 Election.

    Let’s all get out and support Robert Hurt’s campaign for victory this Fall!

    Information on Congressman Hurt’s campaign can be found at http://www.roberthurtforcongress.com/

  • Obenshain: This Election is Over, But our Work Remains

    State Senator and Republican nominee for Attorney General Mark Obenshain released the following message after conceding the race to Mark Herring following the state-wide recount:

    I want to start by saluting and thanking the volunteers, staff members and election officials for their dedicated efforts and their commitment to our electoral process especially for their efforts preparing for and administering the recount this week.

    Following the 2005 race for Attorney General, none of us thought that less than ten years later we would be going through a recount that would start with an even narrower margin — the closest Virginians have ever seen.

    Our goal since the minute polls closed was to ensure that we got an accurate result. No system is perfect, and as they did following the 2005 recount, we owe it to Virginia voters to review our process and improve it where there are deficiencies.

    However, as we near the conclusion of the recount, I am confident that the final total will show Mark Herring ahead. I called him earlier today to offer my congratulations to him on his victory. It was a vigorous and hard-fought campaign. But the campaign is over.

    And one of Virginia’s finest and proudest traditions is leaders who put old fights and personal differences behind them, and move on to serve the people of Virginia to the best of their ability.

    When I called him today, I offered what assistance I can to Attorney General-elect Mark Herring in that transition.

    The challenges we face in the coming years in defending and upholding Virginia law and keeping our communities safe should be bigger than partisan differences. Campaigns by nature put a spotlight on those differences. But governing, serving, and leading is about and about reaching out to find common ground and getting results.

    To all of those who supported our campaign, I want you to know that the fight for limited government, personal freedom and conservative principles that get results is not over. We will continue to fight for policies that expand the realm of personal freedom and make Virginia a better place to live and find a job.

    And I will continue to reach out to Republicans, Independents and Conservative Democrats to find common ground in that goal.

    In the campaign, Mark Herring and I both agreed that combating human trafficking and child predators should be priorities. I am sure that we will be able to work together on these issues and others over the coming years.

    I could not be more grateful for the incredible hard work of friends, supporters and grassroots volunteers all over Virginia.  Without that support, we wouldn’t have been able to mount the incredibly competitive race we did.

    I want you to know that Suzanne, Tucker, Sam and I extend to them our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for their help, support, encouragement, prayers, and efforts over the course of this campaign — and overtime.

    My campaign staff was the best. They were by my side as we fought a tough nomination contest, a bruising general election campaign and now through a recount. They helped put together a grassroots organization across Virginia that was asked to and did so much more than is traditionally asked of volunteers in a down-ticket race.

    With 67 Republicans in the House, we’re going to need to make progress over the next few years on a bi-partisan basis. I will work in good faith with Gov. Elect McAuliffe to find and expand our common ground and I will work with him on those issues upon which we can agree.

    For me, I will continue to work hard to make Virginia a better place to create jobs — good jobs — so we can give Virginians a hand up, not a hand-out. I will continue to fight for educational choice, accountability and opportunity for communities where schools are failing their kids. I will work to see that Virginia is a good steward of taxpayer dollars, so that the people of Virginia can keep more of what they earn.

    This election is over, but our work remains.

    I’m going to continue to fight for conservative principles — these are mainstream principles — that get results for the people of Virginia.

  • Remember When Mark Warner Said You Won’t Lose Your Health Care Plan?

    When President Obama was promoting Obamacare, he repeatedly promised the American people, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But millions of Americans are finding out they can’t keep their plans precisely because of Obamacare.

    Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner, who voted for Obamacare, mimicked President Obama when he made a promise to Virginians that he wouldn’t vote for a bill which would force people to lose the health care plans they have and like:

    I’m not gonna’ support a health care reform plan that’s gonna’ take away a health care plan that you’ve got right now or a health care plan that you like.

    Sen. Warner is up for re-election in 2014, and Virginians should remember this broken promise.

    Watch the video of Sen. Warner, and 11 other Senators making similar statements, below (Sen. Warner at 1:35):