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Rand Paul Wants GOP to Reach Out to Minorities

At a Republican rally for Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie in Ashland yesterday (10/15), U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky shared his vision to grow the GOP brand nationally. Paul says the Republican party must reach out to new groups they’ve previously ignored, including the poor and minorities.

The Senator believes Republicans can make gains with minorities on issues like school choice, and more lenient sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Paul wants to establish what he calls “economic freedom zones.”

Rand Paul Campaigns for Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was in Ashland yesterday (10/15) to rally for 7th District GOP candidate Dave Brat and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ed Gillespie. Paul nationalized both races, first urging the conservative crowd to vote for Ed Gillespie.

The Tea Party favorite told supporters they woke Washington up when they ousted former Majority Leader Eric Cantor in favor of newcomer Dave Brat.

Paul concluded saying in order to grow the GOP must reach out to new groups they’ve previously ignored, including the poor and minorities.

Tickets Available For Brat-Trammel Debate October 28th

Tickets are available for the October 28th debate in a Virginia election that has gotten national attention. When Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor in Virginia’s Seventh District Republican primary, the national media descended upon Ashland to report the stunning upset of one of the nation’s most powerful members of Congress by a political novice and relatively unknown college professor at Randolph Macon.

Warner, Gillespie Clash on Puckett Resignation at Debate

During Monday night’s (10/13) People’s Debate on WCVE, Senator Mark Warner responded to the recent revelation that he spoke with former Democratic State Senator Philip Puckett’s son about a possible federal judgeship for his sister, should their father remain in the Senate. Puckett resigned earlier this year after Republicans offered to confirm his daughter for a state judgeship and a six-figure salary position on the state tobacco commission for himself. Senator Warner says he brainstormed with Puckett’s son the day before about other possible job opportunities for his sister.

Jones Moves to Create Reserve Fund for Schools

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says he will use two million dollars in surplus funds from real estate tax collections to create a reserve fund for the maintenance of Richmond Public Schools. Jones had wanted to return the money to taxpayers and reduce the city’s real estate tax by one cent per $100 of assessed value, though there was little appetite for this on City Council.

Last Day to Register to Vote, Photo Voter ID Takes Effect

Today is the final day to register to vote for the November election. Party officials and activists are working hard to educate Virginians about new requirements to cast their ballots. Virginia voters are now required to bring a valid photo ID to the polls in order to vote.

The law was passed two years ago, but has not been fully implemented until this year.

You can obtain a free photo ID from your local registrar.

According to the state board of elections 200,000 registered voters in the Virginia do not have a DMV issued ID.

Warner, Gillespie Quibble Over Norquist Pledge

During Monday night’s (10/13) People’s Debate on WCVE, Senator Mark Warner had several lively exchanges with Ed Gillespie about whether or not the Republican challenger had signed or taken the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstances. Warner says the Norquist pledge ties lawmakers hands when dealing with deficit reduction.

Gillespie says he and Warner’s differences on taxes present voters with one of the biggest choices of the election.

Norquist confirms that while Gillespie has promised not to raise taxes, he has not signed the pledge.

Virginia Republicans May Ask SCOTUS to Review Redistricting Ruling

Virginia’s Republican Congressmen may ask the Supreme Court to review this week’s ruling by a three-judge panel that could jeopardize their jobs. John Gore, a Washington attorney representing the eight Republicans, said yesterday an appeal to the Supreme Court is being considered and a decision on whether to appeal is “imminent.”


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