Grassroots Network of the Republican Party of Virginia

RPVNetwork Grassroots


RPVNetwork Grassroots

A group devoted to sharing ideas, strategies, techniques and technology to enhance & expand a successful grassroot effort.

Location: Everytown Va.
Members: 122
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2011

The Online Community that will "Pound the Pavement" in Every Local Community

Our thoughts for this group are not really an organizing effort of yet another group for folks to join and incur responsibility, indeed that is one of our greatest fears in the new information age, overload, addiction, the theft of peoples offline lives as they become more immersed in networking and the technologies that follow them everywhere they go.

Unlike Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin and others there will not be an endless troop of new groups or causes marching across your screens. We have very definite goals here as expressed in the "Mission Statement". It may seem there are a lot of groups but if you look closely each has a definite purpose in the Network. They advocate for a social issue important to us, they advocate for candidates running for office, they advocate for some of our great leaders, they represent our individual committee units around the state, they represent Congressional District Committees, they represent Womens Clubs, they represent YR's, College, Teens and so on. Each group fills a particular niche, we try to be careful in who is setting them up and we try to not have duplication. When someone comes here we want them to be able to get the information they need very quickly, comment, socialize or network without having a universe to search through, or being bombarded with offers to join multiple groups for the same causes.

Our main purpose is to create an information resource for Virginia Republicans and do it in a way that allows them to network with each other, help each other, announce events statewide, present the Candidates and offer a place for them to share views with others and network socially online. We do not want to steal their lives away, we hope to provide the opportunity for them to find what they need quickly and get back to the grassroots efforts they are involved in, because we all know, that is where the votes are won.

Our vision for this group, is such a resource. We hope to get as many folks to join and contribute as possible. As they comment on ideas, techniques or technologies we will try to split out separate forums by area of interest. As new developments in technology for the grassroots become available we hope to share them with everybody.

For those looking for a role beyond commenting, we will be looking for some members with expertise in particular areas to moderate or be admin on the forums here, as it grows.

We want this group and website to enhance the on the ground "Grassroots" efforts in every community around the state. We wish to take little and give back a lot.

To all, our best wishes in all your endeavors, keep clicking those keys but don't forget to save time, to "pound some pavement"!!

Discussion Forum

Bob McDonnell Winning Weekends

Started by Tom Whitmore Apr 29, 2009.

Grassroots Anthem (We're not gonna take it) 7 Replies

Started by Tom Whitmore. Last reply by O. P. Ditch Mar 28, 2009.

Discussion of Tea Party Events and Rallies 2 Replies

Started by BowlMeOverVa. Last reply by BowlMeOverVa Mar 5, 2009.

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Comment by The Bulletproof Monk on April 29, 2009 at 2:53pm
I simply could not put it into better words, Lynda.
Fantastic synopsis of the situation.
If anyone fails to roll their sleeves up for McDonnell, they might want to start looking for another home.
Come May 9th, the Dems will be focused and begin rolling. We'd better have our "A" game on that day.....till November.
Comment by Lynda VanLiew Fairman on April 29, 2009 at 2:12pm
John - I was disappointed regarding what transpired surrounding Jeff's removal, too. However, our goal is to make sure we protect our state (and the nation!) by making sure the Democrats with their ultra-liberal/socialist plans don't win in Nov.!

McDonnell is our only Republican candidate running for Gov., so we need to work to get him elected. With that said, it's also our responsibility to let him know our opinions on the different issues...with the 'litmus test' being the US Constitution, the Virginia Constitution, and our Republican tenets. Politicians do keep track of constituent communication and polling data, so we CAN make a difference by reminding him of the Republican Beliefs he's agreed to follow!

Remember: refusing to help a Republican candidate/representative is the same as voting FOR the Democrats and their socialist agenda! (I wonder how many frustrated conservatives are now regretting their decision to not vote for McCain/Palin!)
Comment by Tom Whitmore on April 29, 2009 at 1:58pm

I am asking Republicans and conservatives of all stripes to work together and move conservatism a step forward and away from the socialism that is looming.
I share most of your sentiments, but the reality is, that Bob McDonnell is our candidate and along with LG, AG and HOD seats we will need a united "front" to win this year and turn the shipwreck around.

I for one want to work at going forward and not have to keep making up lost ground. Your anger is understandable, learn to harness it to do good instead of letting it be destructive. Work now to elect our Republican slate so we can all breathe a little easier, and then the day after election day you can join others, in readdressing the woes of the party
I am asking you to not lose sight of the big picture ,but choose the time and place of your battles carefully!
Comment by John Gress on April 29, 2009 at 1:37pm
Let me get this straight. In your recent thread, you are asking the same grassroots, i.e. rank and file conservative Republicans who elected and supported Jeff Frederick during his trial, to go to work and promote McDonnell who spearheaded his removal. Or are you only soliciting the support of the 'grassroots', the like minded progressive RINO's who believed the trumped up and baseless charges-allegations upon which the top down control elitests rested their case. It's interesting to note that Mike Thomas, RPV's acting chairman and FirstVice-Chair (and leader of the movement to remove Jeff) was forced to acknowledge after hearing Jeff's defense and reveiewing the hundreds of pages of his rebutle, that he did not believe Jeff violated any law or acted in badfaith. Regardless, if you intend to use the 'Grassroots' site, to promote the Centrist top down control elites such as McDonnell in the Party, than consider me a non-participant.
Comment by Tom Whitmore on April 29, 2009 at 12:32pm
The facts behind the recent workmens compensation issue, by Senator Mark Obenshain.

When the Virginia General Assembly rejected Governor Kaine's proposal to dramatically expand eligibility for unemployment benefits in a desperate grab for stimulus dollars, the outcry was swift – and from some quarters, more than a little disingenuous.

As legislators representing a region disproportionately affected by the present economic downturn, we understand the critical importance of funding unemployment insurance and job retraining programs to serve their proper purpose – helping struggling families get back on their feet. Unfortunately, the Governor's proposal missed the mark, as does his criticism in the wake of defeat.

In an effort to secure temporary federal assistance through the stimulus package, Gov. Kaine sought permanent, and costly, changes to Virginia's successful unemployment insurance model. For nearly fifteen years, Virginia has been a leader in transitioning the unemployed and displaced back into the workplace. No program is without flaws, but by most standards, Virginia's has been a model of efficiency and success. The current economic crisis poses new challenges, but we cannot rise to meet those challenges by going further into debt with little to show for it.

House and Senate Republicans worked to ensure that those who lose their jobs in the present economy do not fall through the cracks. We passed Del. Sam Nixon's legislation postponing a scheduled increase in earning requirements to collect unemployment benefits, extended eligibility for unemployment compensation from twenty-six to fifty-nine weeks, backed a $25 increase in weekly benefits, and supported proposals to increase funding for job retraining.

Over $450 million in new unemployment insurance assistance from the federal government is already in the pipeline, including $62.5 million in federal stimulus dollars. In an attempt to collect a further $125 million one-time payout, however, Gov. Kaine endorsed a proposal to make part-time workers eligible for unemployment benefits – even if they have no intention of seeking full-time employment.

For rejecting this boondoggle, partisans accuse us of abandoning the unemployed. Nothing of the kind: we have demonstrated our strong support for meaningful efforts to assist those in need. What we cannot support is an expensive and unnecessary expansion of the definition of unemployed that will cost Virginia taxpayers as much as $60 million per year once the stimulus money runs out, which will likely occur in less than two years' time.

The brunt of this added expense would be borne by small businesses, the very engines of job creation we should seek to unleash in these difficult times. By accepting a one-time federal handout, the Governor would commit Virginia to new expenses in perpetuity. Accepting the money is a Faustian bargain so costly that even one Democratic governor admitted, “I'm not sure that we can, over the long run, cope with the high unemployment compensation standard that this mandates for states.”

Being asked to make a permanent change to draw down temporary dollars puts Virginia's employers on the hook when the federal stimulus money dries up in two short years. While the Governor has noted Virginia's low average tax per employee—something that has given us a competitive advantage to attract businesses in the first place—he fails to mention that smaller businesses currently pay a higher rate of upwards of $400 per employee. Virginia should not be creating a disincentive for small businesses to retain and create the new jobs that will help turn our economy around.

In times of economic distress, government can play an important role in helping those who find themselves out of a job. Ultimately, though, neither Richmond nor Washington can revitalize the economy, and the best unemployment program is, and will always remain, growth in private sector employment opportunities.

The Governor's proposal would have stifled the very engines of economic recovery and charted a course for even greater debt. In rejecting this failed approach, we struck a blow for job creation, for turning our economy around. We cannot, as legislators, breathe new life into the economy, but we know better than to stand in the way.

We are proud of our records on job creation and unemployment insurance, and believe that the path we have taken offers the right prescription to help those who need a hand up – and, ultimately, to position Virginia on the path to economic recovery.

This op-ed is also available on the DNR website.

Mark Obenshain
Virginia State Senator
Comment by Marta on April 15, 2009 at 8:02pm
I made it to the VA Beach tea party - it was great!!!
Comment by Shaun Griffin on April 15, 2009 at 11:36am
I received an email from Dick Armey asking me to post this map on my conservative website that I am unveiling today. Please join and/or add comments - www.HumanCapital.Me

The dems and news media will accuse us of "astro-turfing" - please have a good comeback for that! As ridiculous as that sounds, it's true...
Comment by Gloria J. Stump on April 15, 2009 at 8:52am
I will be attending the Tea Party at Expoland, in Fishersville, Virginia tonight 7-9 p.m.
Comment by Rich Tandler on April 15, 2009 at 8:45am
@Chris, I appreciate your "sunny" outlook and will be guided by it!
Comment by Gloria J. Stump on April 15, 2009 at 8:42am
Don't forget to wear your TEA BAG on your lapel today......

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