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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:23:44 AM EDT


Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, April 24. Also, see President Obama's speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum "about honoring the pledge of 'never again' by doing everything we can to prevent mass atrocities and genocide." The question today: what to do about Syria, where the regime has murdered thousands of its own citizens and continues to do so as we speak.

*Mexican immigration in reverse, study says (Uh oh, what are all the anti-"illegals" folks going to do now that there's no "illegal immigration" problem anymore? Ha.)
*Va. budget provides more for higher ed, nothing for pregnancy prevention
*Douglass Declares Victory, Williams Does Not Concede
*Editorial: Gov. McDonnell's gun record ("Virginia's governor asks other states to help with background checks while rolling back protections here.")
*Editorial: A pox on pandering ("Rep. Frank Wolf isn't afraid to lecture GOP leaders on fiscal responsibility.")
*Cuccinelli sues Tareq Salahi
*McDonnell asks Va. universities to keep tuition in check
*Mayor: Housing tops Alexandria issues
*Greenberg out as Virginia Tech men's basketball coach (Assistant coach departures 'sat wrong way' with athletic director)
*Proposed $1.1 billion Norfolk budget: Pay raises, no tax hike
*Bike trail and school funding top priorities at Manassas budget meeting
*Forecast: Lingering clouds and slow warming; warmer Wednesday with showers again Thursday

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Peyton Williams statement (0.00 / 0)
April 23, 2012

After the second round of 5th District caucuses, Peyton Williams plans a brief appearance at a John Douglass for Congress campaign party in Charlottesville this evening.  Williams was campaigning in Prince Edward County until 9pm and expects to deliver the following remarks some time after 10:30pm at the event.

Hello, I'm Peyton Williams.  First of all,  I want to thank John and his campaign for taking the time this afternoon to personally invite me and my staff to this event.  I also want to say that John has been running  an energetic campaign - he's doing very well and I want to congratulate him.

I want to thank my wife Bobbie, my campaign manager, Erin, and my wonderful staffers, Kelley, Jac, Johanna, and Leonore.  They have worked harder than I thought possible to put together an organization across a huge district in just a matter of weeks. I want to thank my supporters and delegates all over the district for believing in our campaign.  I look forward to seeing them at the Convention and to all of us working together over  the next six months to re-elect Barack Obama, elect Tim Kaine and replace Robert Hurt.



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Was that supposed to be a concession (0.00 / 0)
speech?  Charlottesville News reports that Williams did not concede last evening.  The statement is quite confusing, IMHO.

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No Concession (0.00 / 0)
Given the wording I would say it is clear that Peyton is not giving up prior to the actual convention.

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5th District Caucus Results (4.00 / 1)
189 for Douglass, 20 for Williams, and 16 Uncommitted

Maybe he'd concede if he had to pay some of the Convention expenses (4.00 / 1)
What a jackass ! Even disregarding the expenses involved in having an unnecessary convention,the many hours of volunteer work (and all 5th CD committee members/leaders are unpaid volunteers) to organize and manage a convention is very burdensome. Williams certainly knows that with only 20 "for Williams" and 16 "uncommitted", even if all "uncommitted voted for him just 36 votes vs 189 "committed" to Douglas is simple 2nd grade arithmetic that he doesn't seem to understand. No one files as a committed delegate if they don't intend to vote for the person whose name they selected on the delegate filing form.

What possible motive could Williams have for not conceding and allowing the committee to cancel the convention ? Does he intend to finance a nomination party for Douglas, or maybe ask Douglas to hire him as his campaign manager due to his less than astute knowledge of the process ? This is just plain stupid. Or am I missing something ???

Or, is it now too late for the convention to be cancelled even if he withdraws ? I guess the answer is in the Call to Convention details.


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Unity (4.00 / 1)
I'm all for unity, but let's be clear, Williams is the one dragging this process out and making it more difficult for our party to unite.

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My understanding (0.00 / 0)
is that you can cancel a convention if only one candidate files.  Both of these guys filed, so I don't think you can cancel the convention at this point.  

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The 5th District Call (0.00 / 0)
I have a copy of the call.  I don't see a provision in the call for cancelling the convention.  It outlines how the localities may cancel caucuses.  I did not read the DPVA Party Plan.  There may be something there regarding cancellation of a CD convention.

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Cancel Caucus (0.00 / 0)
The party plan allows a local committee to cancel a caucus if there is no contest to be delegates to the district convention (i.e., there are an equal or less number of delegates as the allocated slots for delegates). The district conventions have much more to do than just nominate a candidate for Congress. There has to be an election of delegates to the national convention in Charlotte, a presidential elector from the district, and other business to conduct.

If there is only one candidate in the district, then that person still has to be nominated st convention (or by primary, with the ability to cancel the primary if only one candidate reached the threshold of signatures to get on a primary ballot, making that person the automatic candidate.)

Short answer: Conventions cannot be cancelled.


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