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NHA OPPOSED

 

No one can dispute Southwest Virginia’s
uniquely rich musical heritage. We must continue efforts to leverage that distinction in a
way that brings tourists to our region and job
opportunities to our citizens. But after careful
consideration, I remain unconvinced that
designating The Crooked Road as a National
Heritage Area is in the best interest of my
constituents. Tourism success stories in
SWVA occur when risks are managed and
certainty surrounds the project and unfortunately, that cannot be said about the NHA designation at this time.
Senator Bill Carrico


The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage
Foundation does not support the National
Heritage Area Designation.
Delegate Terry Kilgore, Chairman, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

 

After much studying, I have decided that I will
not be supporting the proposed NHA designation for The Crooked Road. Too many questions persist and our proud music heritage is already being successfully marketed all across the country, and indeed the world. I
question whether the additional designation
will be worth the undertaking of risk.
Delegate Israel O’Quinn


While the goals of The Crooked Road National Heritage Area may be noble in trying to promote Southwest Virginia musical heritage,
the Federal National Heritage designation
may put the rights of property owners at risk.
That is why I have not and will not support
the National Heritage Area designation.
Delegate Nick Rush
Although I understand that the proposed National Heritage Area will
bring in new money, there are many concerns which remain unanswered.
Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark

Delegate Joseph Yost and Delegate
Will Morefield did not return our calls
or emails with a statement on the
NHA. However, Delegate Morefield has since gone on record opposing the NHA designation.

In 2012, the Smyth County Board of
Supervisors voted to defund The
Crooked Road Organization.
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What if the Park Service decides to
regulate The Crooked Road? The
only recourse we would have is to
take them to court. He added that he
has a real problem with that because
our opinion of what infringes on property rights may differ.
Pulaski County Supervisor, Andy McCready

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Supervisor Ron Blevins (Smyth
County), Supervisor Bill Gibson
(Washington County) and Supervisor
Bob Gibson (Russell County) are all
outspoken opponents of the NHA.
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In November 2012, at their annual
meemeemeemeeting in Roanoke, the
Virginia Farm Bureau voted unanimously to oppose the National Heritage Area designation.

THE NHA: WHO IS ARC & THE SWVACHF ?

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At the bottom of this bowl of alphabet soup lies the origin of the push to put SWVA under the jurisdic-
tion of the National Park Service. The NHA brainstorm didn’t just start back in August of 2012, when a
few local newspapers discreetly announced some “public information meetings”. (There were twelve
meetings total, with about 30 attendees being the largest group.) The Crooked Road Heritage Music
Trail evolved from an Arts & Crafts Initiative launched in 2001 by Governor Warner that became
known as ‘Round the Mountain, SWVA’s Artisan Network. By 2006, Governor Kaine adopted
“Appalachia Forward”, a program that laid the foundation for getting funding through the Appalachian
Regional Commission, a federal-state-local partnership composed of the governors of the 13 Appala-
chian states and a federal co-chair.
In 2008, the VA legislature set up the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission. In 2010, they set up another non-profit, Friends of Southwesimages (1)t Virginia, to manage funds coming into each of the developing entities. The Commission then became a non-profit Foundation in 2011 and according to VA Code §2.2-2734, the SWVACHF was established as a body politic and corporate. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage the economic development of Southwest Virginia through the expansion of cultural and natural heritage ventures and initiatives related to tourism and other asset-based enterprises, including Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Center, The Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain, and other related cultural and natural heritage organizations and venues that promote entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.
When—and by whom—the decision was made to seek NHA status remains unclear. But in 2008, an
economic impact study of The Crooked Road was conducted by Sustainable Development Consulting
International, LLC, something that the National Park Service “encourages” in their NHA guidelines.
What is made abundantly clear in the analysis of ARC programs done by Regional Technology Strategies (see below)
is that The Crooked Road et al is the Appalachian Regional Commission’s flagship project, a
“creative cluster” in a “strategic series of projects”. And that their agenda is one of “Formulating A Sus-
tainable Economic Development Process For Rural America”. Sounds noble enough.

Only it’s not yo’ daddy’s sweat equity and all-American can-do spirit that will build this new rural economy for Southwest Virginia….it’s the Triple Bottom Line, the new-fangled business model that levels the playing field between filling a demand by producing a good product with equal parts social equity and environmental justice.

Oh…
and that includes equity between species, along with mitigating your carbon output. As the report confirms,
TBL  was borne of UN Agenda 21 and what became known as Sustainable Development.
The  report credits the Conservation Fund for their efforts in creating the TBL model “embedded
within the strategies” of ARC goals. A non-government organization (NGO)  involved in promoting
government control of land use since the UN Habitat I Conference in 1976 and part of the EPA’s Smart
Growth Network, the Conservation Fund is an ARC grant recipient.
The Ford Foundation, a major contributor to ARC, funded the report. The Ford Foundation is also part
of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. They are partnered with ICLEI
(International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), the self-described implementation arm of
UN Agenda 21 and led the discussion on creating Sustainable Cities last June at the 20-year anniver-
sary of the Rio Accords.
The RTS report advocates for standardizing “Triple Bottom Line” Sustainable Development practices,
touting the Global Reporting Initiative. The Ford Foundation is a GRI supporter.
If this is not the new economic model that the rural voters of Southwest Virginia desire, it is time that
SWVA Counties defend the unalienable rights of their constituents.
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Does Gov Want HB1160 DOA?

VAConstitution Party, 2nd Tuesday Constitution Group Appeal to Governor McDonnell:

Are you in favor of indefinite detention for American citizens?

The events detailed below are confirmed by Del Bob Marshall, patron of HB 1160. The vote is tomorrow, January 30th at 2PM in the House and could be landmark legislation, leading the way against NDAA for the rest of the country.

See post by Democrat Activist Rosa Koire about why this is such an important vote in Virginia, all party politics aside, for all Americans

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27 January, 2012
Virginia, Cradle of the Republic, Roanoke 


For Immediate Release

 

ANSWER TO: The Free People of VA

CONTACT:   Dave Mason, Vice Chairman, Constitution Party of VA (540)885-1730

Phillip Spence, 2nd Tuesday Constitution Group, (540)309-6650


 

2nd Tuesday Constitution Group and her Liberty Partners must know: 

“Governor McDonnell, do you support the unlawful   detention of US Citizens?”

“Governor McDonnell, do you support HB 1160, claiming the rights guaranteed to United States citizens that have been nullified by the National Defense Authorization Act?”

For those enjoying the liberties long sought after and associated with life in these united states, is there any other answer, other than a resounding NO?

It has come to our attention that influence extending beyond the Courts of Justice Committee, where HB 1160 is being heard, has been exhibited in in the form of “intimidation”, an effort by our own Governor to “Drop a Poison Pill” on HB1160.

Prior to the subcommittee taking a vote on the anti “citizen detention bill” Governor McDonnell sent a note to Committee Chair Iaquinto expressing that he was “opposed” to the bill… the same bill that is designed to prevent the violation of the Virginia Constitution and our United States Bill of Rights.

We must ask Governor McDonnell:

“Are you compromised in your service to the Commonwealth of Virginia by your position on and commitment to this administration’s “Council of Governors”???

We are asking Governor McDonnell to be the Chief Protector and Supporter of The Constitution of Virginia, and her CITIZENS as it his SWORN Duty!! Governor, what is your response?

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From:  Constitution Party of Virginia

To:    Mr. Robert F. McDonnell

Governor of Virginia

Re:   HB 1160 Unlawful detention of U.S. citizens;

Resign the Council of Governors


Governor McDonnell,

We are writing to you to urge your support of HB 1160 in the current GA session.

HB 1160 is Delegate Marshall’s response to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA 2012) … and to the Act’s hideous affront to the American People by that Act’s flagrant disregard of the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments of the Bill of Rights. The Act also violates the Constitution of Virginia and suspends posse comitatus, a long standing American tradition by act of law (18 U.S.C. § 1385).

The NDAA 2012 is de facto violation of the Natural Rights of the People of Virginia.  After all, without avail to remedy in Law, no man or woman sitting in a federal Gulag cell is apt to believe that he or she is possessed of an unencumbered free exercise of Liberty.

With consideration to the above and acting in your capacity as the Chief Magistrate of Virginia, we would like to receive your assurances that you will support Bill 1160 to your fullest extent.

We also ask that you resign from the Council of Governors, being that:

The Council of Governors is an extra-state regional government which lies outside the jurisdiction permitted to the federal power by the organic Compact, the Constitution for the united States. Being so, creation of the Council is an act of Lawlessness. And so being, a participation in the Council must necessarily be a participation in Lawlessness by all sitting Council Governors. Also, the Council of Governors is unfriendly to, hostile to and inconsistent with the letter and intent of the Constitution of Virginia.

Many of Virginia’s People feel that, taken with the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act and the recent passage of the NDAA 2012, that the Council actively abets, enables and facilitates what is seen to be by many Virginians, an emerging American police state.

Accordingly, we ask that you disassociate and distance yourself from the illegitimacy that is the Council of Governors.

Fidelity to your oaths of office, fulfillment of your trustee obligations to the organic constitutions, this is how you may best honor the sovereign wishes and God-given Natural Rights of the good People of Virginia.

Thank you for your consideration in these matters,

And with our best wishes extended to you,

 

Dave Mason

Vice Chairman

Constitution Party of Virginia

 

cc: Members of the General Assembly

CPVA Members and Partners in Liberty List


Mitt Romney: “Yes, I would sign it” here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNHyGKf7OGQ

10th Amendment Center: Nullify NDAA

Nullify the NDAA: Virginia House Bill 1160

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Introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates is House Bill 1160 (HB1160) which “Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency or the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of a United States citizen in violation of the Constitution of Virginia.”

The bill is sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall and was introduced on 01-16-12. It has been assigned to the House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee: #2 Civil. Visit this link for information on this Subcommittee.

The bill reads as follows:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, § 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.

Virginia is now the first state in the nation to introduce and consider a version of the Liberty Preservation Act (click here for model legislation for your state) in response to unconstitutional kidnapping provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. Sources close the to the Tenth Amendment Center tell us to expect up to ten states considering various laws or resolutions in response to the NDAA in the 2012 state legislative session.

CLICK HERE to track the status of NDAA nullification legislation around the country.

CLICK HERE to view a suite of model resolutions and legislation available for introduction in your area.

*****UPDATE 10:32AM – CONTACT INFO FOR SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS:*****

Courts of Justice Civil Law Subcommittee

Chairman Sal Iaquinto        delsiaquinto@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1084
Delegate Terry Kilgore        deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1001
Delegate Manoli Loupassi        delmloupassi@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1068
Delegate Gregory Habeeb        delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1008
Delegate Peter Farrell                delpfarrell@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1056
Delegate Randy Minchew        delrminchew@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1010
Delegate Joe Johnson                deljjohnson@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1004
Delegate David Toscano        deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1057
Delegate Jennifer McClellan        deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1071

Remaining Courts of Justice Committee Members

Chairman Dave Albo                deldalbo@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1042
Delegate Robert Bell                delrbell@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1058
Delegate Ben Cline                delbcline@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1024
Delegate Todd Gilbert                deltgilbert@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1015
Delegate Jackson Miller        deljmiller@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1050
Delegate Ronald Villanueva        delrvillanueva@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1021
Delegate Richard Morris        delrmorris@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1064
Delegate Vivian Watts        delvwatts@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1039
Delegate Charniele Herring        delcherring@house.virginia.gov 804-698-1046

*****UPDATE 2:45PM*****

Passed out of subcommittee today – 6 Yay – 3 Nay
YEAS–Iaquinto, Kilgore, Habeeb, Farrell, Minchew, Johnson–6.

NAYS–Loupassi, Toscano, McClellan–3.

ABSTENTIONS–0.
NOT VOTING–0.

*****UPDATE 01-26 2:14PM*****

Bill number has been changed in the title and the blog text – HB1160. Thanks, Catherine Crabill!

Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin – and visit his personal blog – www.michaelboldin.com

HB 1160: Will VA lead the way?

HB 1160: Will Virginia Lead the Way

Against Indefinite Detention of her Citizens?

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Unlawful detention of United States citizens. Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency or the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of a United States citizen in violation of the Constitution of Virginia.

It’s short, sweet and one paragraph long. And it asserts that US citizens stand safe under the protection Article 1 of the US and Virginia Constitutions. Safe from our government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. � 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in � 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in � 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, � 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.

The National Defense Authorization Act rocked the red-white-and-blue back on its heels.

At first, it was shuck, jive and dodge the real ugly question:

Senator Rand Paul: My question would be under the provisions would it be possible that an American citizen then could be declared an enemy combatant and sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely?

Senator John McCain: I think that as long as that individual, no matter who they are, if they pose a threat to the security of the United States of America, should not be allowed to continue that threat.
Let the games begin. With that exchange on the floor of the Senate, it was on. Just a couple of lone voices were relentlessly audible in the media, with Judge Napoletano of Freedom Watch chief among them. To paraphrase, bye bye Bill of Rights.  

Herein lies the rub: Sections 1031, 1032 and 1033-35, indefinitely declaring the United States a battlefield and authorizing use of military force that would allow detention of previously identified perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, the countries harboring them and anyone substantially supporting Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces”. (And that’s not all it does; see Posse Commitatus Act below)

 

 

Delegate Bob Marshall’s bill (R, Mannasas) simply reinstates what we as a free people are guaranteed twice, under both the US and Virginia Constitutions. It begs the question: Why would anyone vote against it? Don’t all of our representatives swear an oath to uphold it? Don’t they want that for themselves?

On Wednesday, January 25th, a House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee voted 6:3 in favor of passage. Here’s a question: why wasn’t it unanimous?

YEAS–Iaquinto, Kilgore, Habeeb, Farrell, Minchew, Johnson–6.

NAYS–Loupassi, Toscano, McClellan–3.

 

SWVA Republican Greg Habbeb voted in favor. (8th District /Counties of Craig, Montgomery (part), and Roanoke (part); City of Salem)

So did Joe Johnson, Democrat. (Counties of Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), and Wise (part)).

Manoli Loupassi (R, 68th District, Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part) voted against the bill.

Questioned as to why he took a position against the bill, Delegate Loupassi responded that he had “since yesterday, had a chance to talk to the sponsor and learn more about the bill….it was one of those things where it was a complex decision that had to be made on the fly.” Loupassi also stated that he wanted to “make sure that it didn’t violate state law or was un-Constitutional.” He now states that he is in favor of the bill.

Hmmm….a one-paragraph bill that reasserts our rights as citizens put forth in our founding documents, the very same ones to which Delegate Loupassi gave his oath. Questions, anyone?

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GOP Leaders Betrayal

RED STATE

How House Republican Leaders Are Going to Betray House Republican Freshmen

 

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Monday, March 14th at 5:00AM EDT

Allow me to explain what the House Republicans are doing — not that they will ever admit it.

The House Republicans leaders are scared to death of shutting down the government, never mind that a shutdown is really just a slow down.

The House Republicans leaders absolutely, unequivocally do not want a shut down. Mean time, the Democrats would love a shutdown. They remember 1995, and they remember that it was the government shutdown of 1995 that put Bill Clinton back in the driver’s seat.

While all of this is going on, we have Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid saying we cannot defund the National Endowment of the Humanities because no one would show up at a cowboy poetry festival in Nevada.

We also have Senate Republican Saxby Chambliss now saying he’s willing to consider tax increases and unwilling to defund National Public Radio.

With the House Republicans’ unwillingness to shut down the government, they’ve out negotiated themselves. But the leadership and its inability to effectively whip its own freshman means the leadership needs a plan to scare the beejeezus out of Freshman Republicans. That plan requires a three week continuing resolution.

Let me tell you why.

What comes up in April? The debt ceiling debacle.

Merging the continuing resolution debate and the debt ceiling debate together would be the worst possible situation for conservatives. It would limit their negotiating position for substantive cuts when the clock is ticking toward what Democrats and Republican leaders are calling not just a shut down situation, but a default situation.

If a continuing resolution and debt ceiling debate were merged, moderates would be empowered to push for minimal cuts, no defunding of Obamacare, no defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, no defunding of Planned Parenthood, etc. Republican leaders in the House and Democratic leaders in the Senate would be in the comfy position of being able to ignore conservatives in the name of a “good government compromise,” which is Washington Speak for growing the size and scope of government while pretending not to.

It is crucial for conservatives to fight against the short term CR and force the Democrat and Republican Leaders to sit down now and start making real cuts. The cuts the Republicans are proposing are a drop in the bucket to real reform.

The voters put the GOP in power to cut the size of government. It is time to do just that.