Monthly Archives: December 2013

And the “people” have spoken

The people have spoken . . . well, the small subset of the people who are permitted to speak, that is, by the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s very exclusive rules for how they pick the party’s nominees . . . and the winner is John “I did not tell an anti-Semitic joke” Whitbeck!

We’re so excited to see democracy in action again, Loudoun County GOP style.

The LCRC refused to announce the actual vote tally to the small number of party faithful who showed up and were permitted to vote at last night’s “mass” meeting to choose a candidate for the 33rd senate district, but take it from them, Whitbeck won.

Whitbeck is certainly an inspiring candidate. A local divorce lawyer, Continue reading

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The Loudoun GOP’s non-critical “mass”

Always so nice to see our local Loudoun Republicans getting on so well together.

After longtime state delegate Joe May announced two weeks ago that he would seek the GOP nomination for now-open 33rd district state senate seat, the extremely small cabal that rules the Loudoun County Republican Committee with dictatorial efficiency acted within hours to issue new rules changing the party’s planned primary — that is, one of those quaint exercises in democracy where the people get to vote and choose their candidate — and instead announcing they would hold a “mass meeting” tonight to choose their standardbearer.

Having thereby effectively sabotaged May’s candidacy by leaving the choice in the hands of a hundred or so of the far-right wackos who will be permitted to participate, the party faithful wasted no time falling out among themselves. (May meanwhile announced he would run as an independent, spurning the local GOP power play.)

The exciting vote tonight will be between John Whitbeck, local lawyer and shmegegge extraordinaire, Continue reading

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All bark, no baseball

To the surprise of no one who has ever had a clue (this of course excludes the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors), the non-existent Loudoun Hounds extremely minor league baseball team announced yesterday that “due to stadium delays” the Hounds will  . . . continue to be non-existent throughout the 2014 season.

As we all fondly recall, the all-Republican Board of Supervisors, taking on the roll of cheerleaders extraordinaire, last year kept telling the public how wonderful it was that wholesome family entertainment in the form of baseball was coming to Loudoun, how it was absolutely essential to sweep aside all citizen concerns and rush through approval of a series of special zoning exceptions for the stadium on a fast track to meet the deadline of opening day 2014, and how anyone who did try to raise concerns was “against baseball.” (Supervisor Geary Higgins, R-Catoctin, was so enthusiastic he posted on his official county website an offer to send citizens their very own free Hounds bumper sticker. How’s that for constituent service?) Continue reading

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Whichever way you slice it, Shawn Williams is full of baloney

How many times do we have to hear Loudoun Republican Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) advance exactly the same mendacious claims that the all-Republican Board of Supervisors is not cutting the school budget?

Williams was at it again this week, with a letter to Leesburg Today in which he even had the chutzpah to assert that “unfortunately, some have put forward a false narrative that this Board of Supervisors has cut the LCPS budget.”

OK, Shawn, shall we go over it once more?

This year, enrollment in the Loudoun school system rose by 3.7 percent (an additional 2,569 students added to the rolls) — Continue reading

The Loudoun GOP Politburo flexes its muscle

Once again demonstrating its deep and abiding commitment to democracy and open elections, the Loudoun County Republican Committe — or rather, five of its key henchpersons who run the show — reacted on Monday to longtime Republican house delegate Joe May’s announced candidacy for the open 33rd District state senate seat by immediately pulling the plug on a planned GOP primary — and instead rushing out new rules a few hours later to have their candidate chosen in a closed-door meeting in which the GOP henchpersons get to decide who is allowed to cast a vote at all. Continue reading