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LOBBYING 101 Seminar: How to Influence Lawmakers

01/11/2010 6:30 pm
01/11/2010 8:30 pm

SEMINAR TOPICS:

* Lobby Day on January 18 - why YOU should attend

(Guest: A voice of experience - from behind the "Iron Curtain" to freedom)

* Pending Tenth Amendment bills in Virginia State Legislature

* How to effectively communicate with your legislator

* Building coalitions to strengthen your position

* Making the most of a 10-minute meeting with your legislator

* Live or die in Committee

* "After-Seminar" Small Groups - "Lobby Day Action Plan" & "Local Party Involvement Initiatives"

Confirmed Speakers: Jaime Radtke, Donna Holt, and Joe Guarino. Other special guests are still being confirmed at this time.

This seminar is being offered by a coalition of local citizen groups including: The 9.12Project/WST-Richmond, Virginia Campaign for Liberty, Virginia Tea Party Patriots, and Citizens Roundtable.

Monday, January 11, 2010
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Tuckahoe Library
1901 Starling Drive Henrico, VA 23229
Map on Library Website: http://www.henricolibrary.org/Libs/tu.html

This seminar is being presented so that our coalition partners, their members, and citizens at large can effectively lobby their state legislators during Lobby Day on Monday, January 18th.

This particular date is a special opportunity for Virginians to express their concerns and desires to their State Senators and Delegates.

Face-to-face lobbying at the state level is vastly more effective than at the federal level and will dramatically improve our ability to defend ourselves against encroachments set upon us by the Federal Government.

After all, all politics is local.

We'd love to know that you're coming!
RSVP to: wst.events@gmail.com

Use your day off to lobby for freedom!

Informed (and angry) Virginians have an incredible opportunity in January when the Virginia General Assembly convenes to discuss the budget, consider new legislation of all types, and deal with the threat of an out of control federal government. "Lobby Day" is Monday, January 18, 2010 (MLK Holiday) which is a prime lobbying/protesting day for many conservatives who would otherwise be working. It's not often we get such a "free day" to make a difference in effecting meaningful change in our government.

Because we have the country’s gross domestic product to tend, conservatives aren’t free like the typical dregs of society herded around to events like the G-20 summit. At this year’s Pittsburgh summit, 300 protesters assembled without a permit. Greeting police with rolling trash cans, blocking roads with pallets, the protesters were subjected to teargas. Some would argue that the world’s “capitalist pigs” that comprise the G-20 are to blame for these jobless protestors’ plight, instead it’s entirely something else – socialist malaise – why do for oneself when the government is writing unemployment checks, eh?

Anyway, just so you know, conservative protests in the year 2009 have resulted in no police action, no violence, no trash-covered National Mall. These protesters not only pay their own way to attend, they even clean up after themselves.

So, mark your calendar for a terrific (and peaceful) day of gaining the ear of our Virginia lawmakers. You won't be hauled off in handcuffs, teargassed, or otherwise punished because of a recalcitrant crowd....we know how to behave. Your voice and presence are needed on this most important day!

States Jump on the 10th Amendment Bandwagon - as they should!

In 2009, the bank and auto bailouts, the passage of the $787 billion dollar stimulus bill, the 400+ spending bill, and the deliberations over healthcare and energy have sparked outrage in voters. While Federal intrusion in state business is not new (Medicaid, No Child Left Behind, RealID, to name a few), there is a new call for an assertion of state sovereignty, vis-à-vis the 10th Amendment.

Leading the way in this fight was the state of Oklahoma, which passed a resolution in February 2009 serving notice to the Federal government to “cease and desist” from passing mandates not articulated within the proper limited scope of governmental powers. According to Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key, “The more we stand by and watch the federal government get involved in areas where it has no legal authority, we kill the Constitution a little at a time. The last few decades, the Constitution has been hanging by a thread.”

If you’re curious about the Tenth Amendment Movement, check out this interactive map showing states that have passed, introduced, or defeated (only Arkansas), state sovereignty legislation. The legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be considering at least three bills related to 10th Amendment rights in the 2010 session. Delegate Peace is sponsoring a resolution of state sovereignty; Delegate Bob Marshall is sponsoring the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act (VHFA) which rightly challenges the over-reach of Washington into Americans’ healthcare choice; and finally, Delegate Carrico is sponsoring the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act (VFFA) challenging Washington’s regulation of firearms manufactured and retained in the Commonwealth.

This is going to be an interesting General Assembly session!!! Virginia’s citizens cannot sit back and watch this as sport. We must get involved and follow these bills through committee and onto the floors of the House and Senate, exerting pressure on our representatives all along the way.

Senator Jill Vogel To Be Chief Patron of Both 10th Amendment Bills

Senator Jill Vogel has verified that she is willing to carry both the VFFA and VHFA bills in the Senate. This is another milestone in our 10th Amendment Revolution.

Mike McHugh, President of Virginia Gun Owners Coalition, was instrumental in securing this action by Senator Vogel on the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act. Credit goes to Jamie Radtke, President of the Richmond Tea Party and Chairman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots, for convincing Senator Vogel to carry our health care bill.

This just goes to show the power that a coalition such as ours can have when we unite in a campaign of this magnitude.

Congratulations Patriots! We're another step closer to victory.

Marshall to propose 'healthcare freedom' constitutional amendment

In a recent interview by Washington Post blogger, Rosalind Helderman, Delegate Bob Marshall announced his plan to introduce an amendment to the Virginia Constitution.

Marshall's plan of attack includes introducing a bill to accompany the amendment reaffirming "healthcare freedom" for residents. It would be written purposely to conflict with the federal law, making it easier for Virginians to sue the federal government over the mandate if it is passed.

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