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Corey Stewart Goes Yuge

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And I always thought it was the great Darrell Hammond of "Saturday Night Live" that did the best impression of Donald Trump. I must acquiesce that I was wrong. Instead it is Corey Stewart, Virginia Chairman for the Trump Campaign. From egregious falsehoods blaming Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Hillary Clinton for inciting police violence to supporting remarks that Trump made about a judge in a heinous fashion to threatening retribution for Republicans that support Gary Johnson for President, Stewart has doubled down on the outrageousness of Trump, himself, even drawing ire from the Trump campaign for his statements.

Of course, you didn't need me to tell you about all of these items, but I believe that Stewart is out-Trumping Trump.

Back in December, I wrote about my concerns with Stewart joining the Trump campaign, stating that, just by joining the campaign, he was going to burn bridges necessary to lead Prince William County properly as well as the state, as he intende…

Some Thoughts on the Appointment of a Temporary Brentsville District School Board Member

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While there is nothing wrong with having an opinion, there is a problem with having an entitlement to rules that act only in one's own favor.

In politics, this happens much too often. One example includes the minority party's use of the filibuster in the Senate. The filibuster appears to only be terrible when the minority party benefits from it and efforts to get rid of it have been led by both parties at separate times, depending on which party controlled the Senate at the time. One can legitimately argue whether the minority party's use of the filibuster is good tactic or an abusive one, but it should not be viewed in a partisan lens.

What numerous Republicans and certain right-wing blogs have done has been reprehensible in the wake of Brentsville District School Board Member Gil Trenum's announcement that he will be going into active military duty. Frankly, their tactics and grandstanding have been disrespectful of their fellow Republican, Mr. Trenum.
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The Loss of Reason

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I am not without my biases and opinions. Nobody is. I’ve chosen to fight for those issues and causes that I care about. However, I also know that “Radical Common Sense” means that there is more than one side to an issue.  Too often today, people are not willing to have discourse about issues without insulting or refusing to consider the other side. They craft their opinions and make their decisions simply out of fear of the other side.
It really bothers me when I see so much hate towards local elected officials such as School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers without a regard for the facts.  Yes, one can argue whether or not the Godwin name change to George Hampton was a good decision or not and there are valid arguments on both sides. However, if one disagrees with him, Sawyers’ advocacy for the renaming of the school should not automatically make him a bad guy or a wasteful spender of tax dollars. As we have pointed out on The Counts, the cost of the namechange is miniscule compared to t…

Of Partisanship and Projection

I was recently reading an article about toxic people, relationships, and how to avoid them. One word that stuck out to me was "projection." In the article, it was defined as a defense mechanism used to displace responsibility of one’s negative behavior and traits by attributing them to someone else. 

Recently School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers raised concerns about the proper process in appointing an interim member to represent the Brentsville district while Gil Trenum is deployed. This is a unique circumstance where Sawyers' concerns are valid and his idea to consult the Attorney General is a good way to make sure that the process and decisions in appointing an interim member are done in prudent ways.

While Trenum has offered some decent candidates to fill the void while he is deployed, it does not mean that there are not others in the Brentsville district that should have the opportunity to be considered as well. One who has wished to be considered is Don Shaw, who happe…

FOIA Absurdness Hits a New Level

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Last week, the Board of County Supervisors passed a resolution whereby elected officals could no longer use taxpayer funds to pay for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, which passed 7-1, Supervisor Pete Candland being the lone dissenting vote. This stemmed from Supervisor Candland's use of taxpayer-funded FOIA requests as a weapon of retribution towards his colleagues on the BOCS because of a FOIA request he had received. It makes sense that elected officials should not get this special privilege, since the everyone in the general public has to pay for the cost of their own FOIA requests.
Much about this issue has been covered excellently by The Prince William Muckraker and Moonhowlings, so I encourage anyone who wants more background to visit these blogs.
A few days after the vote, Supervisor Candland sent an e-mail blast where he spins the vote about FOIA requests to be some sort of apocalypse for county residents and attempts to play the victim: The Board also passed a…

NYTimes: When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers

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With all of the comments in response to our last post about Supervisor Candland's failed library privatization scheme, I thought I would share the New York Times article , "When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers," that I read this morning.

While this article may not be about privatization of libraries or about Prince William County, it is about the outsourcing of critical governmental functions to the private sector. In this article, the outsourcing of emergency services to private equity firms is discussed and the consequences -- slow response times, stealing of supplies from hospitals, patients going bankrupt from ambulance services. Yes, Prince William County has had its own debate about emergency services, particularly about merging operations of volunteer forces with the Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue, but, luckily, there has not, YET, been the suggestion of privatization.

Any sort of outsourcing of a major government operation to a private corpora…

The Book is Thrown at Supervisor Candland on Library Privatization Scheme

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In our absence from posting here at The Counts, we have have been impressed by the coverage of issues by The Prince William Muckraker, particularly going on the offensive against hypocrisy by Supervisor Pete Candland and his associates.

There has been a lot remarked about this week in the Prince William blogosphere regarding his FOIA requests of fellow supervisors paid for with taxpayer dollars and by his associate Mac Haddow. I entreat you to read about it on The Prince William Muckraker and Moonhowlings. Particularly entertaining is Supervisor Candland's stream-of-consciousness and close-to-tears rant about being the subject of FOIA requests himself and his defense of Mac Haddow here (go to 3:31:58).

But, back, to the subject at hand -- Supervisor Candland's rouse to outsource library operations to a private corporation to save $3 million dollars a year, which amounts to 0.5% of the county budget. There should always be a concern when it is considered to outsource a core go…