Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
U.S. Senator Mark Warner
U.S. Senator Mark Warner announced that 16 former Virginia Republican elected officials have endorsed his 2014 re-election bid. This follows former U.S. Senator John Warner’s endorsement in January. These GOP elected officials have collectively served the Commonwealth for 312 years and for many, this is their first time endorsing a Democrat for statewide office he said. Please see the full list below.
“Since no one party has a monopoly on good ideas, I have made it my priority to work across party lines to get real reforms accomplished for Virginians,” said Senator Warner. “We must work together so that we can get our fiscal house in order, provide an affordable quality education and ensure that all Virginians have their fair shot at success.”
RPV Chairman Pat Mullins harshly downplayed the endorsements saying, “It’s made up of people who share Mark Warner’s love of higher taxes, and various other folks who more than likely haven’t supported a GOP nominee since Linwood Holton was governor.”
The Republicans announcing support for Senator Warner are:
- John Warner – Former Republican U.S. Senator; Served 30 Years in the U.S. Senate; Alexandria.
- Vince Callahan – Longest-serving Republican in the Virginia House of Delegates; House Appropriations Committee Chairman; Served 40 Years in the House; McLean.
- Katherine Waddell – Former Independent Delegate; Served 2 Years in the House; Richmond.
- Brandon Bell – Former Republican State Senator; Served 8 Years in the Senate; Roanoke. Bell: “You know what you’re getting with Mark Warner – someone who works with both sides of the aisle and forges consensus. On the other hand, Ed Gillespie was national party chair when I served in the Senate. He was not willing to take a stand on either side of the important issues we were facing. Gillespie did not seek solutions when he had the opportunity.”
- Bob Bloxom – Former Republican Delegate and the First Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Served 26 Years in the House; Mappsville.
- Preston Bryant – Former Republican Delegate and Secretary of Natural Resources; Served 10 Years in the House; Lynchburg.
- John Chichester – Former Republican State Senator; Senate Finance Committee Chairman; Served 40 Years in the Senate; Reedville.
- Panny Rhodes – Former Republican Delegate; Served 10 Years in the House; Richmond.
- Jim Dillard – Former Republican Delegate; House Education Committee Chairman and House Appropriations Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman; Served 32 Years in the House; Fairfax.
- Linwood Holton – Former Republican Governor; Served 4 Year Term; Richmond.
- Clint Miller – Former Republican Delegate; Served 24 Years in the House; Woodstock.
- Russ Potts – Former Republican State Senator; Senate Education and Health Committee Chairman; Served 16 Years in the Senate; Winchester.
- Fred Quayle – Former Republican State Senator; Senate Local Government Committee Chairman; Served 20 Years in the Senate; Suffolk.
- Jack Rollison – Former Republican Delegate; House Transportation Committee Chairman; Served 18 Years in the House; Woodbridge.
- Bob Tata – Former Republican Delegate, House Education Committee Chairman; Served 28 Years in the House; Virginia Beach.
- Ed Robb – Former Republican State Senator and Sheriff; Served 4 Years in the Senate; Albemarle.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2014, Elections, National, Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2014, Elections, party_politics, US_Senator, Warner