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The Presidential Coalition Supports Virginia’s Strong 2017 Statewide Ticket

This week, The Presidential Coalition was proud to send more financial support to Virginia's 2017 candidates for statewide office.  The Presidential Coalition contributed $15,000 to gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, $2,500 to Attorney General candidate John Adams, and $1,000 to Lt. Governor candidate Jill Vogel.

Gillespie is running on cutting taxes and regulations in order to kick start economic growth as well as reforming the state government in Richmond. Ed is a dedicated and hardworking public servant who will serve his constituents very well. Rounding out the strong statewide ticket for Republicans in Virginia are Jill Vogel (candidate for Lieutenant Governor) and John Adams (candidate for Attorney General). State Senator Vogel is a principled conservative leader who will be the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia if she's elected. Adams, a former officer in the Navy, has served honorably as a federal prosecutor and Associate White House Counsel during the George W. Bush Administration.

Hurricane Harvey’s Heroes: Police, Fire, and Rescue Workers

The massive devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas is a big reminder that our nation's police, fire, and EMS workers are American heroes.  The stories of their unheralded acts of heroism are proof that American Exceptionalism is alive and well.

Throughout his campaign and during his presidency, President Donald Trump has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of these fine men and women who answer the call every day in very tough situations, both large and small. As he leads the federal response to Hurricane Harvey, President Trump fully understands the unbelievable job that our first responders are doing in Texas.

The President tweeted that "First responders have been doing heroic work. Their courage & devotion has saved countless lives - they represent the very best of America!"

He is exactly right about this and it’s fantastic that the leader of the free world recognizes it. During this crisis all will be tested and the president is showing that he has their backs - 110 percent. Dealing with a disaster of this magnitude requires an enormous amount of courage and sacrifice, but the truth is our police, fire, and rescue workers do this day in and day out.

The Presidential Coalition understands this truth and we are grateful. We're also grateful for politicians like President Trump who stand side by side by these heroes and give them the thanks – and resources – they need and deserve to get the job done. With little fanfare, these outstanding citizens come to work every day, not knowing what lies before them. This is a huge sacrifice for them and their families.

The Presidential Coalition seeks to support state and local candidates who share this mindset. Politicians at all levels who fully support our first responders have their priorities in order.

Here are some stories documenting the heroic actions of our first responders as they handle the epic disaster that Hurricane Harvey left behind:

  • "Houston's fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search of thousands of flooded homes. Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann said the searches were to ensure 'no people were left behind.'" (CBS News, 8/31/2017)
  • "Officials received 5,000 calls for help Wednesday [August 30]; 1,500 high water vehicles were dispatched to remove people out of homes or vehicles." (CBS News, 8/31/2017)
  • Up to 40 people rescued Wednesday [August 30]; nearly 4,500 rescued so far (by Houston police and fire department)." (CBS News, 8/31/2017)
  • "The Houston Fire Department has received about 15,000 calls for assistance, a spokesperson said Wednesday evening. The fire department will begin recovery operations in certain areas and conduct door-to-door checks of accessible homes that got more than 3 feet of water, the spokesperson said." (ABC News, 8/31/2017)
  • "Emergency workers and throngs of volunteers went door to door for a fifth day Wednesday, trying to rescue victims of the flood. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said authorities have received 60,000 to 70,000 calls for help." (CNN, 8/31/2017)
We are inspired by these stories and know that because of our police, fire, and rescue workers, lives will be saved, families will be reunited, and Texas will come back bigger and better than ever. Our first responders need thanks and support across the board each and every day!


100 Days until Election Day 2017

Don’t look now but the 2017 elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia are 100 days away and the stakes are high.  The results of three statewide races in the crucial swing state of Virginia will tell much about the mood of the country and will be viewed as an early report card of the Trump Administration after about 10 months in power.

At the top of the ticket in the gubernatorial election pits sitting Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam against Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. Northam was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2013 with 55 percent of the vote over Republican E.W. Jackson. At the top of the 2013 ticket, Terry McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli by about 56,000 votes - 48 percent to 45 percent - with a Libertarian candidate taking 7 percent of the vote. It’s worth noting that in that year’s Attorney General match-up featuring Mark Herring and Mark Obenshain, the outcome was so tight it had to be recounted before Democrat Herring was declared the winner by less than 1,000 votes.

In 2014, Ed Gillespie nearly defeated Democrat Mark Warner when they squared off for a U.S. Senate seat. It was Gillespie’s first run for political office and despite being heavily outspent, only lost to Warner the incumbent by roughly 17,000 votes. Moreover, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis garnered 53,000 votes. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried the Commonwealth of Virginia over Donald Trump 50 percent to 45 percent with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson getting 3 percentage points.

All this adds up to the fact that Virginia is a truly purple state that can swing either way, sometimes depending on how Americans are feeling about the direction of the country. Gillespie is a very electable Republican who will be well-funded and run a race that features a crisp message and well-organized campaign. Democrat Northam’s candidacy will essentially be a referendum on Terry McAuliffe’s term as governor and whether voters are ready for a change in Richmond.

Gillespie is running on cutting taxes and regulations in order to kick start economic growth as well as reforming the state government in Richmond. He’s a dedicated and hardworking public servant who will serve his constituents very well. Rounding out the strong statewide ticket for Republicans in Virginia are Jill Vogel (candidate for Lieutenant Governor) and John Adams (candidate for Attorney General). State Senator Vogel is a principled leader who will be the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia if she’s elected. Adams, a former officer in the Navy, has served honorably as a federal prosecutor and Associate White House Counsel during the George W. Bush Administration.

Over the next 100 days, it’s critically important for Republicans to put aside their differences, focus on Virginia and unite around electing Ed Gillespie as its next Governor. Republicans from all across Virginia must turn out in big numbers to elect the Republican team. In 2013, some Republican leaders made a big error by not fully uniting around Ken Cuccinelli’s candidacy for governor and giving the campaign the full support that was necessary. We’ll never know what might have been, but in 2017 Republicans must make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.


Op-Ed: The Left’s Unease with Free Speech

Do your state and local elected officials support free speech for all on campus?

The First Amendment is under assault in America by the intolerant left. A growing number of younger Americans on our college campuses believe it is appropriate to ban speech that they disagree with, are offended by, or find politically incorrect. It’s a slippery slope that has caused several state legislatures to move legislation aiming to protect speech at state colleges. Liberal leaning politicians as well as administrators and educators at our institutions of higher learning would be wise to speak out against the danger of suppressing free speech in an open society, but I’m not holding my breath.

For the past seven years, I've witnessed up close the left’s disdain for robust free speech rights. Ever since the landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, the left has engaged in a nationally coordinated effort at all levels of government to "overturn" the Citizens United decision under the guises of "dark money", "corporations taking over the political process", "too much money in politics" or whatever the attack line du jour might be. These disingenuous attacks have systematically failed because overturning Citizens United would come down to limiting the free speech rights that are protected under the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The liberal attacks on Citizens United have become so falsified that most people don’t even remember - or realize - what the case was about in the first place. When folks hear the case was about limiting political speech and Citizens United’s desire to run advertisements to support a movie we produced, attitudes magically change. After all, even if one believes that there is too much money in the political system, should the government be able to censor a film or book or pamphlet because someone wishes to spend money to let people know that it exists? Reasonable people agree that this type of "big brother" government action has no place in America.

Furthermore, the liberal attacks on Citizens United are steeped in hypocrisy. One of the top priorities of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was to overturn the Citizens United decision. However, the Democrat nominee for president and Super PACs supporting her candidacy outspent Donald Trump and Republican Super PACs by a two to one margin. If dark money was truly buying our elections, Hillary Clinton would be president right now. But it’s more than just liberals saying one thing and doing another; it’s much worse.

That brings us back to the politics of today and the left’s permanent campaign against President Trump. The anti-free speech movement targeting conservative speakers on college campuses makes me wonder if the anti-Citizens United effort is truly about the amount of money in the politics. If the left was so concerned about the flood of money in the system, wouldn’t they be against labor union money as well? And if corporate money was delivering a favorable message for the liberals, would that suddenly be fine too? If you recall, liberals had no problem with the corporate funded advertisements that ran in support of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary film.

The left in America today appears not to have a problem with the amount of money in politics, but rather the messenger and the message itself. Hillary Clinton argued that she wanted to overturn Citizens United because of the money it allowed in the political process, but she was also keenly aware that our film before the Supreme Court was entitled Hillary The Movie. "Citizens United was about me" Secretary Clinton used to tell crowds, making it sound as though she was in favor of banning speech that was critical of both her and her political beliefs.

Historically, liberal campuses like the University of California at Berkeley have fancied themselves as bastions of enlightened thinking and peaceful assembly. But these days it appears as though free speech and the right to assemble only deserve constitutional protections for people the left agrees with politically. Our mantra at Citizens United has always been, "we may not agree with what you’re saying, but we believe in your right to say it." This is what conservatives believe in their heart of hearts.

My question is what does the left and their liberal enablers really believe about free speech in America?


Striving For Fraud-Free Elections Shouldn’t Be A Controversial Matter

The words "Government of the people, for the people, by the people" is the essence of what makes America exceptional. Our tradition of allowing our citizens to openly and freely choose our leaders at all levels of government makes us the envy of the world. Voting in America is not only a sacred right, but it's a process that millions of people from around the world yearn to participate in. That being said, our election system has needed constant attention and reform throughout our nation's history and that shouldn't stop now.

Fair and accurate elections are a hallmark of our democratic system of government. But if Americans can't trust the system by which we choose our leaders, trust in government can erode over time. Our elected officials must prioritize voting integrity at all levels of government. The Presidential Coalition wants to support state and local office seekers like Secretaries of State and county elections officials who understand this importance as well. Do you know where candidates in your area stand on election integrity issues?

Our election system needs to be fortified with common sense reforms and a commission led by Vice President Pence is a perfectly appropriate way to review what works, what doesn't, and to recommend suitable reforms. This is not a radical undertaking - not even close! That's why it's disheartening to see so many on the left totally reject the subject of election reform or any kind of review of our election processes. To deny that election fraud of any sort exists is to bury your head in the sand.

Below are several recent headlines from around the country detailing various voter fraud reports, investigations and allegations.

Detroit News: “Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts"
CNN: “Pennsylvania county probes whether voter forms are legit, on time”
Reuters: “Three in Florida, Virginia charged with voter fraud”
Hawaii News Now: “Voter fraud investigation targets Hawaii County as clerk has voter registration trouble”
ABC15 Arizona: "Voter fraud? Non-citizen can register to vote in Arizona; officials, law enforcement investigating"
CBS4 Denver: "Investigation Finds Dead Voters Casting Ballots In Colorado"
Daily Signal: "Voter Fraud Battles Heat Up in Sudden Swing State of Georgia"
Idaho Statesman: "Idaho man implicated in what may be Washington county’s first voter fraud cases"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Feds, state officials look into Kankakee voter fraud allegations"
Indianapolis Star: "Top Indiana election official alleges more voter fraud"
Cedar Rapids Gazette: "23 convicted of Iowa voter fraud in last 5 years"
ABC NebraskaTV: "Two Lexington men charged with voting fraud"
Albany Times-Union: "In New York, voter fraud tends to be local"
Providence Journal: "Voter rolls off by 189,000 in R.I., Journal analysis finds"
The Tennessean: "42 reports of voter fraud in Tennessee in 2016"
Burlington Free-Press: "VT pauses automatic voter registration after problems"
Wyoming Tribune Eagle: "State flags 27 cases of voter registration fraud in Laramie County"

The Presidential Coalition believes in the following basic principles:

  • We must make sure people who are trying to vote or registering to vote are eligible.
  • We must push for common sense voter identification laws. Are you who you say you are?
  • We must make sure voter rolls are up to date and accurate. Are dead people voting?
  • We must make voting as simple a process as possible without compromising the system.
  • Voting should be encouraged. Low turnout elections are not good for our Democracy.


The bottom line is that voter fraud exists and denying that fact is not a constructive way to approach the issue. We should always be striving to make improvements and reforms to our election system so that it is fair, accountable, streamlined, and accurate for every one of our citizens.

Always remember to thoroughly research candidates and elected officials at all levels of government who oversee our nation’s voting systems. You can make a difference!


State and Local Elected Officials must stand against Sanctuary Cities

Is your city or county a sanctuary jurisdiction or on the verge of becoming one?

You can make a difference by carefully choosing your state and local elected officials!

Ending “sanctuary cities” is not a partisan issue. It’s a coalition of individuals who believe in the rule of law and who know the difference between right and wrong and fair and unfair.

The inflammatory issue of sanctuary cities in the United States has been a growing problem for years. Inaction by our leaders in Washington, D.C. - like with so many other issues – has made the problem worse. Thanks to President Trump the issue is now front and center and deservedly so.

There are now an estimated 300 sanctuary cities or jurisdictions in our country, with the entire state of California now threatening to become our first “sanctuary state.” So-called “sanctuary campuses” are also popping up around the country.

The bottom line is that state and local elected officials who seek to defy federal immigration laws must be held to account and voted out of office because they are jeopardizing public safety. The Presidential Coalition is looking for state and local candidates who will promise to enforce immigrations laws and publicly state their opposition to sanctuary jurisdictions of any kind.

The Presidential Coalition wants to support and grow the “conservative farm team” in America. If you’re an American who is concerned about the sanctuary city problem, find out who your local elected representatives are and where they stand. Who is your mayor? Who is your county executive? Who are your town or city council members? These offices can make consequential decisions on matters of immigration, law enforcement, and taxpayer funds.

It’s time for our elected officials and office seekers to face some tough facts.

The reason this issue has resonated with so many Americans is because it’s a simple matter of fairness and whether or not we are a nation of laws. People understand things that aren’t fair and they are asking logical questions that deserve answers. Why should taxpayer dollars be spent on benefits for illegal immigrants? Why should federal funds be sent to any city, county, or other jurisdiction that refuses to enforce federal immigration laws?

Folks also understand things that just aren’t right. Millions of people live their lives by obeying the law and taking great pride in the rule of law. When they see some laws being enforced for some and not for others, it cuts right to the heart of our system of government and what it stands for. Is justice really blind and are we truly a nation of laws?

Furthermore, a vast majority of Americans work hard and pay taxes on time. Why should their tax dollars be spent on illegal immigrants - great numbers of whom don’t pay taxes themselves?

President Trump’s executive order to defund sanctuary cities will save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Jurisdictions that continue to defy federal law must be held to account. But taking action on sanctuary cities is only the beginning of the reforms that are necessary to get our illegal immigration problem under control. We must also enforce the current laws that are on the books and, of course, build a sturdy wall at our Southern border. If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country.

If you know of a state or local candidate who is working to end sanctuary cities, please contact the Presidential Coalition today!


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