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AFP-VA Denounces Greenpeace Campaign Against American People, Virginia’s Families

October 13, 2011 J

Free-Market Group Condemns Greenpeace’s Campaign Against Mercury Paper - Wal-Mart and Kmart Urged Not to Cave to Greenpeace

Americans for Prosperity – Virginia (AFP-VA) today blasted Greenpeace USA for its relentless attacks against Virginia families and jobs in its campaign to shutter Mercury Paper and blackmail their partner companies from buying Paseo towels and bath tissue. Working with its partners in the White House and the Democrats on the Capitol Hill, Greenpeace is waging a war against low-cost household products made by hard working Virginians. Most importantly, however, is the Greenpeace and other environmentalists campaign to kill American jobs at a time when further job losses can be least afforded in the U.S. In fact, the Greenpeace action directly threatens more than 150 jobs in Virginia alone.

Tell Sen. Edd Houck To Stop Supporting Higher Taxes and Opposing Energy Independence

October 12, 2011 J

Over the past 28 years, Sen. Edd Houck (17th District) has supported a number of tax increases that have hurt Virginia’s working families. In addition to supporting the largest tax increase in Virginia history in 2004, Houck advocated or voted for a variety of anti-taxpayer policies, including:

* Gasoline Tax Increase
* Higher Sales Taxes Paid by Businesses
* Internet Sales Tax
* State and Local Sales Tax Increase
* Dedication of Sales Tax Revenue for a Richmond Baseball Stadium
* Titling Tax for Vehicles

Sen. Houck has also been an opponent of Virginia’s efforts to achieve energy independence and explore for our own natural resources at home:

* Houck voted against even studying lifting the ban on mining uranium in Virginia, despite the presence of what is believed to be the largest deposit in the nation in Southside Virginia. The extraction of the uranium would bring jobs and commerce to Virginia and supply fuel for electricity generation.

NOVEMBER IS COMING … Sen. John Edwards: Against Virginia Energy Independence

September 27, 2011 J

As Virginia and the rest of the nation continue to struggle with financial uncertainty, one of the continuing drags on the economy is the consistently high price of energy. Increased fuels costs impact nearly every sector of the marketplace, from the price of filling up your gas tank to buying a loaf of bread at your local supermarket.

While the Obama Administration has declared nearly all-out war on the varied fuel industries, with the rare exceptions of suspect solar and wind power concerns, there are a few areas where there appears to be hope. As Virginia anticipates the sale of leases to explore for energy off its Atlantic coast, the legislature has already moved to put in place a mechanism to use the expected royalties responsibly.

Tim Kaine Signs onto Obama’s Stimulus Part II

September 22, 2011 J

After a lengthy period of silence, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Tim Kaine has announced that he will indeed support President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes to fund his ill-advised second attempt at spending his way into economic prosperity.

As history shows, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 squandered nearly $800 billion of taxpayer, showering the funds on suspect – yet administration approved – solar panel companies and labor union interests. Meanwhile, unemployment still registers at 9.1-percent, the federal debt and deficit are at record levels, and America’s credit rating has been downgraded.

President Obama and those who agree with him are proposing to send good money after bad.

AFP-Virginia state director Trixie Averill today issued the following statement:

House Passes NLRB Restraint Bill, Connolly Sides with Big Labor

September 16, 2011 J

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from dictating to private companies where they conduct their business. The bill passed 238-to-186, with Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) siding with union interests, despite his previously undecided stance. Members of AFP-Virginia had visited Connolly’s district office this week in an attempt to sway him into siding with Virginians and continuing efforts to create jobs in the Commonwealth.

The legislation, HR2587, stems from NLRB’s heavy-handed and overreaching effort to prevent Boeing from building its new 787 jet airliners in South Carolina, a right-to-work state with affordable labor costs and a friendly business environment. H.R. 2587 would clarify that the NLRB does not have the power to order any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.

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