Thursday, January 30, 2014

FW: From Robin Milewski, Letter of Intention for YCRC Chair

Greetings, Fellow Republicans,


YCRC Secretary Robin Milewski asked me tonight to send the attached letter stating her intention to run for the position of Chairman, York County Republican Committee for the 2014-2016 term.

The election for this position will take place at the York County Mass Meeting, 25 March 2014. More details about this Mass Meeting will be coming soon.


Have a nice evening!


For God and Country,



Lynda Fairman

Chairman, York County Republican Committee


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Weather News

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 January 28, 2014

Winter Storm Preparations

Our area is under a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service from 3:00 p.m. today until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. The temperature will be ranging from the mid-20s, heading into the mid-10s at night. Below are some tips for staying safe during this storm:


* Please make sure to remain in layers, and keep your children in layers as well, as the weather will get extremely cold tonight. Watch out for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
* Be sure to fill up your gas tanks, as the winter conditions may make getting around very difficult for at least the next day or two. * Please do NOT leave pets outside! The cold temperatures may be deadly for pets, so be sure to keep them indoors. 


* To keep up with the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) progress in plowing, please see the following
information packet, which provides information on VDOT's plan for snow removal, as well as contact numbers to check on their progress.
* VDOT has sent out an advisory to the Hampton Roads area that over 400 pieces of equipment will be used to keep the roads clear, and that the interstates and high volume primary and secondary roads will be the first focus.


* For Dominion, please visit the following site for basic emergency contact information. You can report an outage to Dominion by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP, and you can go to the following website to see outage information. Dominion also has pages for general preparedness tips for winter weather, which you can locate here and here
* For the Prince George Electric Cooperative, you can report an outage by calling 804-834-2424, or by visiting the following
site. They also have a winter weather preparedness website, which you can visit by going here

Keep up with updates for James City County by checking with
James City County Alert Systems. In addition, please see the following county and city specific sites for recommendations on how to prepare for the upcoming storm, as well as contact information for local services:

 Be sure to stay safe and stay warm! 
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Friday, January 24, 2014

General Assembly Update

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General Assembly Update: Week Three
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 January 24, 2014

This Week In Richmond 

As students around the Commonwealth enjoyed days off from school this week, legislators and staff at the General Assembly faced record cold temperatures and icy conditions in order to work for the betterment of Virginia in our Commonwealth's Capitol. Snow days and holidays are just like every other day during the General Assembly sessions. There are no days off or make-up days. With 2,300 pieces of legislation up for consideration this year, Virginia's legislators and staff were hard at work in the Capitol the entire week, admiring the snow through their office windows and celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by continuing to strive for the common good.


Our Former Governor and His Family

While there were many pieces of legislation debated this week, the focus of the media and the thoughts of many legislators were on the indictments of former Governor Bob McDonnell and former First Lady Maureen McDonnell. While federal charges being filed against a former governor and first lady would be big news under any circumstances, for those on Capitol Square the announcement hit especially hard.


Having known and served with Governor McDonnell since we first entered the General Assembly in 1992, I know this has been a very difficult and trying time for him, for Maureen, for their family, and for those of us who know him to be a dedicated public servant. For many legislators of both parties, the McDonnells are more than the most recent occupants of the Executive Mansion; they are long-time friends. This is not some abstract scandal, viewed from a safe distance through news accounts, but a list of serious charges being leveled against two people most here admire, respect, and know personally.


Although current circumstances surrounding the McDonnell family are sad and disappointing for the Commonwealth, Virginia continues to pride itself on having lawmakers from both parties who consistently maintain the highest ethical standards. The high caliber of lawmakers and the strength of our governing system should continue to bolster public confidence in the underlying integrity of our government. While people do make mistakes, our Constitution, the Code of Virginia, and the judicial system ensure that when errors of judgment arise to the level of violating the law or the public trust, appropriate action can be taken to remedy the situation.


While I sincerely hope that the charges filed against the former governor and first lady prove to be false, the situation has furthered my desire to continue implementing ethics reform in the Commonwealth. The four ethics bills, SB 649, SB 650, SB 651, and SB 652, that I have introduced this session have been referred to the Senate Rules Committee, and I look forward to updating you on their progress as they continue to move through the legislative process. 



Many bills were approved by committees and taken up by the full Senate this week.  I am happy to report that my bill on Park Rangers, SB 451, was approved by the Courts of Justice Committee and has been referred to the Finance Committee.  SB 488, which would provide legislative approval for the agreement reached between King William County and the Town of West Point that allows the County to continue using a split-levy tax system, has been unanimously passed by the Senate. Additionally, SB 449, which will modernize the transfer system for higher education institutions, passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Committee on Education. 


All legislation being considered during this year's session can be tracked on the General Assembly's website,


Due to Martin Luther King Day and the snowstorm, which provided an unexpected day off for much of the Commonwealth, we had a lot of visitors representing a wide variety of different groups and organizations.

* Donald Green, New Kent
* Emily Anderson, Williamsburg with NAMI
* Doug and Helen Hansen
* Pam Pouchot, Yorktown
* John Whitley, Williamsburg
* Mason Moseley, Yorktown
* Walt Latham, York County Registrar
* Tara Morgan, Hampton City Registrar
* Carolyn Greathouse, Williamsburg
* Christa Welton, Gloucester 

We are now here in our Richmond office and will be here until the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on March 10.  My legislative assistant, Kalia Sokos, is also in Richmond, and our office is in Room 621 of the General Assembly Building.  You can contact us by sending an e-mail to, or by sending a letter to me at Senate of Virginia, Post Office Box 396, Richmond VA 23218-0396.  You can also call us at 804.698.7503.

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2014 General Assembly Update: Week RSVP for District Day!

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2014 General Assembly Update:  Week 3

96th District, Virginia House of Delegates     January 24, 2014
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This week's weather roller coaster--60 degrees on Monday, snow on Tuesday, and lingering arctic air--mirrors a tumultuous week inside Virginia's capitol. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brought thousands of visitors to the General Assembly Building.  The halls and elevators were filled with Virginians who chose to spend their holiday in Richmond and take the opportunity to share their opinions with legislators. Wednesday was equally busy, as several high profile bills, including Sunday hunting, the Tebow Bill, and the Farm Bill were heard in committee. Wednesday also marked the passage of my first bill, House Bill 527, which is profiled below. 

Also on Wednesday, I ran into my friend, former Delegate Mike Watson, who was in Richmond to advocate on behalf of bills that are on the legislative agenda of the Business Development Caucus (BDC).  As you may recall, Mike established the BDC to champion legislation ensuring that Virginia is attractive to entrepreneurs and conducive to job creation. Although Virginia's low unemployment rate and continued addition of new jobs are encouraging, House Republicans remain committed to prioritizing job growth. A recognized need in Virginia is training for today's manufacturing job opportunities. Highlighted below is a budget amendment that I am sponsoring to provide funding for planning the construction of an Advanced Manufacturing Center at Thomas Nelson Community College.

On Thursday, legislators were greeted with the news of Attorney General Mark Herring's refusal to defend the Virginia Constitution. This blatant disregard for fulfilling the duties of the Attorney General establishes a sobering precedent.  To read House Speaker William Howell's response, click HERE.

As is usual on Fridays, the day concluded quietly with most legislators leaving immediately after session to return home to their districts.  Virginia offers a true system of citizen legislators, so please be sure to continue writing and calling me so that I can share your feedback with my colleagues in the General Assembly. 
Mark your calendar for District Day!
On Tuesday, February 18, I will host a District Day in Richmond.  If you are a resident of the 96th District and desire to learn more about the legislative process, please mark your calendar!  The day will run from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided, and there is no charge to attend this event.  Attendees are limited to the first twenty respondents from the 96th District, so please reply promptly!  To RSVP, call 804-698-1096 or email  A detailed agenda will be provided as the date approaches.  
2014 Budget Amendment: Support for Higher Education
Today's changing workplace presents new opportunities and challenges for Virginians. In response to identified workforce needs, I am requesting funding to plan construction of an Advanced Manufacturing Center at Thomas Nelson Community College.  This investment will support current workers in the manufacturing sector and also offer training for veterans, entrepreneurs, and students who are seeking to enter the growing field of advanced manufacturing.  The development of this Center will benefit the entire Hampton Roads region by providing workers with the skills demanded by contemporary employers.  To view the budget amendment, click HERE.
2014 Legislation:  Bringing Virginia into compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act
House Bill 527 will bring Virginia law into compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act and prevent interpretations that may jeopardize the ability of individuals with disabilities to live in Virginia's communities. The law also protects localities that may be at risk of lawsuits due to interpretation of the current law.  The bill passed with unanimous support in subcommittee, full committee, and on the floor of the House. As chair of the Disability Commission, I am excited about the passage of this legislation and believe it will help individuals with intellectual disabilities to live in their home community, where they enjoy the support of a network of friends and family.
Visitors in the General Assembly Building
Because I spent so much time in committee, I did not have a chance to personally meet with as many visitors this week. Stopping by my office in Richmond were the following individuals and groups:

Mike Watson: former 93rd House District Delegate
Nate Green: Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth's Attorney
Walt Latham: York County General Registrar
Jacqui Carrington
Dr. Timothy Farrell
Carolyn Greathouse
Wayne Moyer
John Schwenkler
Alice Marie Schwenkler

Visitors Welcome!
As always, if you are in Richmond during the upcoming weeks, please stop by my office in Room 403 of the General Assembly Building located at the corner of 9th and Broad Streets. 
Have a great weekend--stay warm!
Delegate Brenda Pogge

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