August 27th – Super Saturday!

August 27th is Super Saturday in Fairfax!

Go Door-To-Door with Team Virginia!

This Saturday, volunteers from across Fairfax County will be going out to speak with voters in support of our candidates. Grab your friends, family, and fellow Republicans and head to one of the four gathering points listed below! We hope to see you there!

 

#1
Date and Time: August 27 at 9:30 AM
Location: FCRC HQ, 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
POC: Craig Duehring, cwduehring@verizon.net
#2
Data and Time: August 27, at 9:30 AM
Location: Virginia Run Elementary School, 15450 Martins Hundred Drive, Centreville, VA 20120
POC: Ben Bush, bbushfx@gmail.com
#3
Date and Time: August 27, at 9:30 AM
Location: McLean, VA – Greenberry’s Coffee, 6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA 22101
POC: Mary Lou Christy, marylougop@gmail.com
#4
Data and Time: August 27 at 1:30 PM
Location: Glory Days, 9459 Lorton Market Street, Lorton, VA 22079
POC: Valerie Wohlleben, wohlleben@verizon.net; 571-319-7819
Participants are also invited to join the Mount Vernon Republican Breakfast from 11:30am-1:30pm. Congressional candidate Charles Hernick will be the guest speaker.

#StopTheMealsTax

This November, Fairfax voters will vote on a 10% tax on all prepared meals sold in the County. FCRC opposes this tax that hurts low and middle income families. Please donate today to support our fight against this tax or we will all be paying more taxes after November 8th!

Meal Tax #4

Fast Facts: 2016 Meals Tax Referendum

 The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a ballot measure for a new 4% tax on all restaurant meals and prepared food sold in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Republican Committee opposes the proposed tax, and we urge Fairfax County voters to vote NO on November 8.  Here are some key facts about the proposed tax:

  • The meals tax would be in addition to the existing 6% sales tax, for a total tax of 10%. This will nearly double the tax County residents currently pay on prepared foods.
  • The new tax would be added to every purchase at every kind of restaurant, even fast food.  Prepared food items such as rotisserie chickens purchased in a grocery store and hot dogs bought at a convenience store also will be taxed at the new 10% rate.
  • Studies have shown that the burden for the increased tax will fall hardest on the most vulnerable people in the County, especially low-income families, senior citizens, young people, and busy families where both parents work.
  • Restaurant employees will be hit as well, particularly those who depend on tips for most of their income. A study by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington showed that customers often tip less to make up for the tax, so restaurant employees end up with less income.
  • You may hear that some of the anticipated revenues from the tax are to be spent on the public schools.  But this is a sham:  the Board of Supervisors must still decide every year how much money to give to the School Board, and the Supervisors are not legally bound to increase the school budget by the amount the meals tax brings in.  If the voters approve the referendum, our taxes will go up – but school spending may not.
  • Even if the School Board gets more funding, there is no guarantee that it will be spent directly on teacher salaries or children’s education, or that every school in the County will benefit from the increased funding.  We are all being asked to sign a blank check.
  • The tax singles out the food services industry, which provides 40,000 jobs in Fairfax County.
  • Profit margins in the restaurant industry average 4%:  that’s the amount the business owner gets to keep.  A 4% tax means the government wants 100% of restaurant profits.
  • The restaurant industry is intensely competitive, and most restaurant operators are small business owners.  Even small increases in costs or reductions in sales can force a restaurant out of business, and put people out of work.
  • This is not a new idea. In 1992, the Board of Supervisors proposed the same tax, and voters said NO.  In 2014, the Board brought it up again, but under pressure from residents and businesses, decided to wait.  Now they are back, and now we need to vote it down.

Bottom Line: The tax will unfairly burden those who are the least able to pay it, and there is no guarantee that the money will be used for the purpose claimed by its proponents.

Meals Tax #2

Supersized Tax

FCRC Supports Our Local Law Enforcement

WE BACK THE BLUE - FCRC

The Fairfax County Republican Committee is grateful to those who wear the uniform in our community, and protect and serve every Fairfax County resident. In these difficult times for law enforcement across the nation, we want to show our support and gratitude. If we can gather the names of 5,000 County residents, we will contact the Chief of Police and the Sheriff and ask them to inform their officers and deputies that the Fairfax County GOP and 5,000 citizens have their backs.

If you would like to show your support for our Fairfax County police officers and sheriff’s deputies, please add your name by filling in the form below.

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Regulation Freedom Amendment

PROPOSED RESOLUTION OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULATION FREEDOM AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, the business community in the United States, and especially small enterprises, currently struggles under numerous and onerous federal regulatory burdens imposed by unelected bureaucrats;

WHEREAS, these burdens eventually make themselves known to the American consumer in the form of cost increases on all facets of the essentials of life, becoming in essence a hidden tax;

AND WHEREAS, other Constitutional rights, including those guaranteed by the First and Second Amendments, are threatened by regulations imposed by bureaucrats who are not accountable to elected officials;

WHEREAS, despite broad support from Republican Members of Congress and some Democrats, attempts to curtail the abuses of federal regulators by legislative action have so far been met with little to no success;

AND WHEREAS, a federal law, even if enacted by Congress could be repealed, weakened or waived by a future Congress;

WHEREAS, the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would permanently require that major new regulations be approved by Congress before they could go into effect;

AND WHEREAS, just as pressure from the states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, pressure from the states could also force Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment, which says:

“Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that Regulation;” and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Virginia state legislators to join with us in urging that Congress propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee is hereby authorized to contact and encourage other local units of the Republican Party in the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt the two foregoing resolutions.

 

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ADOPTED by majority vote at a duly called meeting of the Fairfax County Republican Committee on June 21, 2016.

 

 

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Lynne Blankenship

Secretary

FAIRFAX SCHOOL BOARD DEMOCRATS AVOID TRANSPARENCY

MEDIA CONTACT:

Eric Johnson
703.766.4467
info@fairfaxgop.org

FAIRFAX SCHOOL BOARD DEMOCRATS AVOID TRANSPARENCY

Democrats Amend Student Rights & Responsibilities

Fairfax, VA – June 10, 2016: At last night’s meeting of the Fairfax County School Board, Democrats showed that they care more for ideology and the exercise of raw political power than the reasonable concerns of parent and students.

Republican-endorsed members of the Board had objected to the amendment of the school system’s statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities (the “SR&Rs”) to include “gender identity,” because the public had received no notice of the proposed change, and there are many questions surrounding how the SR&Rs will be interpreted.  For example, New York City defines 31 categories of “gender identity,” yet when pressed by Board members Jeanette Hough (At Large), Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield), and Tom Wilson (Sully), neither the Democrat-endorsed Board members nor the staff could say what “gender identity” actually means.  The Board twice rejected motions that would have allowed for reasonable accommodation of parental and student concerns; once for a simple two-week delay on a 6-4 vote, and another on a motion to refer the matter to a study committee on a 7-3 vote. The Board ultimately adopted the changes to the SR&R on a 7 – 3 party-line vote.

In response to the Board’s action, Matt Ames — Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee – stated, “I don’t see how any fair-minded person could have voted against the motion to delay action on the SR&R document for just two weeks.  Democrats on the Board admitted that the process leading up to the vote was flawed, and that Board members Hough, Schultz, and Wilson had raised significant substantive points.  But they still refused to allow students and parents the opportunity to become better informed on what the change will mean.  The Democrats are clearly driven by an ideological agenda, and have no respect for the public they are sworn to serve.”

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For more information on the Fairfax County Republican Committee, please visit www.FairfaxGOP.org

 

Intern with FCRC!

Do you want to get your foot in the door, help make a difference, and gain experience in the political process? The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) is seeking high school and college interns for Fall 2016! This is a big year for elections in Virginia, and our interns will play an important role.

FCRC Interns assist with a wide variety of tasks. Duties include (but are certainly not limited to):
*Individual Voter Contacts
*Special research projects
*Assist in planning and staffing special events
* Campaign Data Management

By working with FCRC, interns will develop political awareness and job skills.

Ideal candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants must be detail oriented, professional, and highly organized.

Because it is a learning position, interns are exposed to a variety of tasks and must be flexible in their expectations. Interns report to the Political Director or Executive Director. The FCRC Executive Director is willing to work with students and their teachers in order to receive high school or college credit, if applicable.

Those interested should send an email to Eric Johnson at ExecutiveDirector@fairfaxgop.org.