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Keeping Peace at all Costs

An explanation of the fiasco in the 97th House District starts with a couple of definitions. An “Establishment Republican” (GOPe) thinks the job of the Republican Party is to keep every elected Republican in office for as many terms as possible no matter how that Republican votes. A “Grassroots Republican” (Grassroots) thinks that if a Republican does not represent the opinions of the people s/he represents, then voters need to elect a different Republican to represent them. The GOPe are adamant about reelecting incumbents because that’s where the money is. Lots of money gets donated to the “reelection campaigns” of favored politicians who vote the way the donors want them to vote. And Virginia law doesn’t limit donations. So GOPe incumbents are not shy about using that money and influence to keep themselves elected.
Democrats should not be smug about this. Some of the worst abusers in the General Assembly are Democrats. And don’t forget about Hilary Clinton’s “pay to play” fundraising for the Clinton Foundation or Joe Biden getting cozy with the Chinese government so that his son can make millions of dollars from a Chinese company. But I digress.
Chris Peace was first elected in 2006 as the delegate from Virginia’s 97th District, which includes New Kent County and parts of Hanover and King William counties. It is a reliably Republican district where in 2018 Cory Stewart got 65 percent of the vote to Tim Kaine’s 33 percent. Whoever wins the Republican nomination for Delegate will most likely win the general election in November.
On January 19, 2019, the 97th House Legislative District Committee (LDC) met and chose to select their nominee at a convention to be held on May 4. LDCs consist of representative from each Republican county committees in the district. Each county committee then held a Mass Meeting to elect delegates to the convention. New Kent held theirs on April 9, Hanover on April 11, and King William on April 18. After the delegates were certified, Chris Peace discovered that his opponent, Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt, had more convention delegates signed up than Peace did. That meant Wyatt would in all likelihood be the Republican nominee. And this came about because Peace made a lot of his constituents angry with some of his votes in recent sessions. The grassroots want to replace him. The GOPe want to keep him in office. To do that the GOPe got one of the representatives to the LDC replaced. Then four days before the convention, after all the convention delegates had been certified, the new rep and one of the other reps voted to cancel the convention and go with a party caucus instead. There is no mechanism in the State Party Plan to do this, but the GOPe did it anyway. State Party Chairman Jack Wilson jumped in with no authority to do so and sent out emails declaring that the convention was cancelled. LDC Chairman Tom Miller countered with emails declaring that the convention was in fact going to be held – on May 4 – as scheduled. 
Green County Republican Chairman Ed Yensho notes: “Roberts Rules is clear that you cannot rescind a motion ‘after something has been done as a result of that vote that the assembly cannot undo,’ and that clearly happened with the Convention, so the actions of the 97th LDC on May 1st are blatantly improper and can be appealed.”
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) represents New Kent and King William Counties, which are part of his Senate District 3. While many people consider him a member of the GOPe, his published statement on May 3 completely supported the convention. He said
“I feel a genuine responsibility to stand up for [my constituents’] rights, which are currently under assault…. No challenge to the Call issued on January 19 was ever filed. No challenges to the Calls issued by the Republican Committees of Hanover, King William, and New Kent were ever filed. No appeal of the elections of the nearly 1700 delegates and alternates has ever been produced nor – to the best of knowledge – is one currently pending. As best I can determine from publicly available information, no appeal of this convention is currently pending before either the 1stCongressional District Republican Committee or the State Central Committee.
“These individuals have been duly elected. Cancelling the Convention after these individuals have been elected would be comparable to cancelling a general election at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day because of dissatisfaction with those who turned out to vote.”
The convention was held and Scott Wyatt won the weighted vote 244.56 to 7.9. Two days later, LDC Chairman Tom Miller filed the proper forms with the State Board of Elections (SBE) naming Scott Wyatt the duly selected nominee.
So now Chris Peace refuses to accept the results of the convention and rests his hopes on a party caucus scheduled for June 1. The GOPe members of the LDC have told the SBE not to accept Miller’s certification of Wyatt. The LDC plans to hold a special meeting on June 8 to depose Miller as chairman so they can put in their own chairman and send in a different statement as to who is the nominee. All certifications must be made to the SBE by June 17. And the GOPe leadership has scheduled the next State Central Committee meeting for June 22 at which time it is too late for the SCC to take any corrective action in this travesty of justice.
A number of the members of the SCC who normally would be considered GOPe are appalled at this underhanded and dirty political ploy. I believe they would vote to certify Scott Wyatt as the candidate in spite of the actions of the GOPe leadership. Perhaps that’s why the SCC meeting was scheduled when it is too late to correct these actions.
There are already calls for State Party Chairman Jack Wilson to resign. I like Jack, but he has disgraced himself and his party as he has disenfranchised hundreds of voters in the 97th district who believe in honesty and fair play, but who are increasingly doubtful that the current Republican leadership believe the same thing.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. Wyatt’s best defense of his nomination is to get his supporters out in full force and win the party caucus as well. Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.

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Good News!

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed President Trump’s administration a win on Tuesday after it ruled the government can send asylum-seekers back to Mexico to wait for a court to adjudicate their petitions.

The judges approved the policy in part due to Mexico’s commitment to ensure the safety of the asylum-seekers. “We are hesitant to disturb this compromise amid ongoing diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Mexico because … the preliminary injunction (at least in its present form) is unlikely to be sustained on appeal.”

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By John Fredericks 

President Donald Trump defended his decision to level much warranted tariffs on China, warning them yesterday to come back to the negotiating table.

“I say openly to President Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Too expensive to buy in China.”

Trump said the proposed deal with China disintegrated after their Communist Party leaders reneged on most of the prior commitments they made. 

“You had a great deal, almost completed, & you backed out!” Trump wrote on Twitter. 

Trump has maintained that more American companies will abandon buying Chinese goods as a result of the tariffs, and U.S. companies will fill the bill, creating good paying American jobs. 

“Many Tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia,” he wrote. “That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly,” Trump wrote in another tweet. 

Trump steadfastly maintained American consumers will not pay higher prices, as has been fear mongered by the Goldman-Sachs and Wall Street cheap goods and slave labor cabal. 

“There (their) is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today. This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the U.S., 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree.”

For the first time in five decades since President Richard Nixon opened the doors to China relations in 1972, we finally have a President who is willing to stand up to China, and walk away from their game of negotiating deception through stall tactics, empty promises and bait and switch. 

President Trump understands that the Chi-coms subsidize the cost of production to dump their products in the U.S. at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to corner markets and drive American companies out of business. 

If you raise tariffs, the Chinese communist government just increases their subsidies to save their U.S. market share. That further diminishes their stagnant economic growth.

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Barr Takes Aim at Russian Hoax

By John Fredericks 

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr has seen enough of the phony FISA warrants and fake Trump Russian collusion $35 million hoax witch-hunt by former special counsel Robert Mueller. 

It’s high time to investigate the investigators. 

He read Mueller’s 448-page report exonerating President Trump, and now Barr wants to get to the bottom of its origins. 

Barr tapped John H. Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut to investigate the genesis of the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Durham’s selection was first broke by the New York Times, and The Washington Post reported that a person familiar with the decision said the review is designed to investigate if the U.S. government’s “intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign “were lawful and appropriate.”

This is the second step to uncovering the Obama Justice Department’s spy-gate initiative of candidate Donald Trump and his 2015-16 campaign for President. 

Barr has already publicly stated “spying” occurred at the campaign, and spy warrants on Trump’s allies may have been obtained by providing FISA court judges with paid opposition research from the DNC and the Clinton campaign, masquerading as authentic U.S. Intelligence. 

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ full report is due out in late May or early June. The results will shed light on the extent of the FBI’s involvement with the Trump tower wire-tapping caper and how it was justified. 

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Call for Meeting of the 24th House of Delegates Legislative District Republican Committee

I, Vance Wilkins, Chairman of the 24thHouse of Delegates Legislative District Republican Committee, do hereby call a meeting of the 24thHouse of Delegates Legislative District Republican Committee on Friday, November 2, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Rockbridge Area Republican Committee headquarters, located at 203 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450 for the purposes listed in the agenda below.




Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Reading the Republican Creed


Convene Meeting




  1. Choose method of nomination


  1. Approve the site or sites depending on the method of nomination


  1. Approve the call and method of call


  1. Discussion and or approval of draft rules


  1. Approve filing fee


  1. Approve filing deadline


  1. Other business necessary for completing the nominating process for the 24thHouse of Delegates district


Vance Wilkins

24thHouse of Delegates Legislative District Republican Committee



Notice to be included with this call:

This call is being sent to:


Committee members

6th District Chairman for oversight

6th District Secretary for inclusion on the 6thDistrict Web Site

RPV for inclusion on the RPV Web Site

Five Announced Candidates – Please attend the above meeting or at least have a representative who can speak for you attend in your stead.


Anyone wishing to be a Republican candidate for the 24thHouse of Delegates seat which may become vacant after the November 6thelections please contact me and plan to attend the above meeting. I can be reached at, by Phone (434-946-7599) or by email (

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