Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beverley Manor has a new Supervisor......

The NewsLeader reports:

VERONA—County supervisors unanimously appointed an interim Beverley Manor supervisor Wednesday night: former Staunton Chief of Police Grafton "Butch" Wells.
Wells replaces David Karaffa, who resigned his district seat in April to move out of state.
"I'm not one to sit around and do nothing," said Wells, who has worked as a landscaper, property manager and even a Martin's Grocery employee since retiring from the Staunton force in 2003.
"I was aware of certain issues that Augusta County has coming up in the next several months and years," the new interim supervisor said. " I thought maybe my experiences in 32 years of government work can be of help."
Starting out as a sociology major at Bridgewater College, Wells turned to police science and earned his Master's Degree in public administration from James Madison University.
Best known as Chief of Police of the City of Staunton from 1986 to 2003, he later served as interim police chief of Colonial Beach.
While declining to name specific issues, Wells said he's "in a fact finding mode. There are a lot more people in Augusta County that I want to hear from and get more feedback," he said.
Wells took the oath of office Wednesday and will serve until the end of the year.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Will they do it again?.....


A recent visitor asked the question will Dr. Kurt attempt to take another bite out of the apple in the upcoming County elections with help from the Staunton Newsleader and Ms. Mitchell. No definitive information on that yet but a little research resulted in several references to both M&M and even the "Miss-Leader" in the internet world......


The "Bull Elephant" had some interesting info as well as reflection on a "WaPo" article and the stance taken by some mentioned here. It seems both M&M are well known within the VA political world and are "well known" for their past practices and tactics used. But yet they continue:

  1. The WaPo’s 5th Column
Hilariously, the WaPo in its “journalism” piece last week interviewed only establishment malcontents in bashing RPV.
I said at the time that these malcontents should be banned from holding office in the party for collusion with our opponents. This now seems prescient.
From Ray Allen’s “I’ll bankrupt RPV” stance to Lynn Mitchell’s constant attacks on any Republican she does not agree with, and now spreading the WaPo’s attacks on the party, it is clear we have a cadre of people who do not agree with the party’s principles, and want it to be defeated.
These people constitute a “5th column” of Quislings who seek to damage the party if it does not become more like the Democrats- a party that is OK with growing government and limiting liberty, as long as it benefits them and their interests in the process.
http://thebullelephant.com/lowering-the-boom-on-the-wapo-and-their-5th-column/

Reading the above bit from the Bull-elephant piece brought back many past memories of the "Politics within the Politics" of Augusta County during an ugly period. A link to another Bull-elephant post reminded me of what was promised by somebody who eventually had to step down from a awarded Committee Chairmanship after a election where he did not have the majority of the citizens votes...

"According to an explosive new report by David Steinberg at PJ Media, Rep. Eric Cantor’s chief consultant, Ray Allen, has been telling people that he will essentially burn down the Republican Party of Virginia so that he and Cantor can assume control of its smoldering ruins."

http://thebullelephant.com/cantor-consultant-threatens-break-republican-party-virginia/

Monday, April 14, 2014

Operation Drumbeat: Time to pay for that extra Fire Protection....


Several of the Augusta County Supervisors have released statements regarding the proposed tax rate increase and it appears residents are looking at a $.05 per $100 hit in the near future... 

Several of these supervisors campaigned on keeping taxes low or even cutting taxes but now are looking for a substantial increase to pay for the services and projects that they voted for during their terms...

One of the most interesting expenses and issue was the addition of professional firefighters to the Yancey Fire Station after many homeowners in the  exclusive "Hills of Emerald" found their home insurance rates increased due to "lack of coverage". There were many media reports at the time and this select community rallied to bring attention to their plight with events and meetings at the firehouse. Once they got their paid professional firefighter service, at the cost to the rest of Augusta County residents, we no longer hear of rallies or ways to help pay for this extra expense...

It's now time to pay for these additional services and projects ...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Operation Drumbeat: Gov. Terry-Mac says he will not shut down Virginia over Medicaid expansion....


“No budget will be shut down in Virginia, over the Medi-caid expansion, I will work in a bipartisan way to get it done”
14 seconds into the video Candidate Terry McAuiliffe

“These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget”
1:23 into the video… Candidate Terry McAuiliffe ...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Great follow up question to: "If no budget next week be sure to ask where Terry-Mac was"...

Great follow up comment and question to a post I did over at RightsideVA regarding our Governor's visit to Augusta Health (AMC) and the past history of Augusta Health with possible competition. 


 “Today the Governor is visiting the most profitable hospital in the Commonwealth. Augusta Health reported $64,470,310 in net revenue in 2012 and a 23 percent net operating margin in 2013. Augusta Health’s operating margin is higher than any other hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The President and CEO of Augusta Health, Mary Mannix, was paid over $600,000 in 2011. Now, Governor McAuliffe is asking Virginia taxpayers to take a gamble on Medicaid expansion in order to offset cuts coming as a result of the Affordable Care Act – legislation that American Hospital Association wholeheartedly endorsed."... 

Full post and comment can be found at this link here: "If no budget next week be sure to ask where Terry-Mac was"






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Friday, February 28, 2014

Tea Party march on Washington DC....

Looking back at one of the original Tea Party marches on DC and how many Americans saw then what was coming our way...

Several hundred Tea Party activists and professionals gathered in Washington on Thursday to celebrate their fifth anniversary.
It was a chance for activists to remember how far they have come and plan ahead for the future, but more importantly, to try to show that the movement was growing and their ranks were swelling into a dominant political force.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/five-years-later-the-tea-party-prepares-for-their-reagan-moment/article/2544856