US Senate 2018

Election was held on November 6, 2018.

2018 Election Results:
Tim Kaine 
incumbent (D) 57% - 1,905,874 votes
Corey Stewart 
(R) 41.1% - 1,373,711 votes
Matt Waters (L) 1.8% - 61,787 votes
Write-in votes- .1% - 5,003
Total votes: 3,346,375

 

Tim Kaine

Current Position: US Senator since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2006 – 2010; Lt. Governor from 2002 – 2006; Mayor from 1998 – 2001

“Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. Tim believes that health care is a right … and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care.”

Corey Stewart

Current Position:Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Candidate: Corey Stewart is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for Virginia.

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Matt Waters

Libertarian Candidate: Matt Waters is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for the State of Virginia.

About Virginia Elections 2US Senate 2018

Election was held on November 6, 2018.

2018 Election Results:
Tim Kaine 
incumbent (D) 57% - 1,905,874 votes
Corey Stewart 
(R) 41.1% - 1,373,711 votes
Matt Waters (L) 1.8% - 61,787 votes
Write-in votes- .1% - 5,003
Total votes: 3,346,375

 

Summary

 

About

From Wikipedia

Incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is running for a second term.

The Republican Party of Virginia central committee voted to select the Republican nominee for Senate by a primary rather than a convention. Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination on June 12, 2018 after defeating Delegate Nick Freitas and Christian minister E.W. Jackson.

Debates

Kaine debates Stewart at VBA

Published July 23, 2018 By PBS NewsHour
Sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, the debate was held on July 21 in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Republican primary

Candidates

Links below go to person’s wikipedia entry.

Declared

  • Nick Freitas, State Delegate
  • E. W. Jackson, pastor, attorney, veteran, candidate for the U.S Senate in 2012 and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2013
  • Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 and candidate for Governor in 2017

Failed to qualify

  • Minerva Diaz, veteran, businesswoman, and clergywoman
  • Bert Mizusawa, former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army, retired U.S. Army Major General and candidate for VA-02 in 2010
  • Ivan Raiklin, veteran and businessman

Results

PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanCorey Stewart136,61044.87
RepublicanNick Freitas131,32143.14
RepublicanE. W. Jackson36,50811.99
Total votes304,439100.0

General election

Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political ReportSolid DDecember 15, 2017
Rothenberg Political ReportSolid DJanuary 5, 2017
Sabato’s Crystal BallSafe DFebruary 7, 2018

Endorsements

Corey Stewart

From Ballotpedia

Federal officials
Notable individuals

Tim Kaine

U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State officials
Labor unions
Organizations

Matt Waters

Party Leadership
Notable Indviduals
Organizations

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tim
Kaine (D)
Corey
Stewart (R)
OtherUndecided
Roanoke CollegeMay 20–30, 2018555± 4.2%44%33%23%
Christopher Newport UniversityFebruary 5–28, 20181,562± 2.5%56%32%1%11%
University of Mary WashingtonSeptember 5–12, 2017562 LV± 5.2%53%36%7%
867 RV± 4.1%54%39%1%4%
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Tim KaineTim Kaine

Current Position: US Senator since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2006 – 2010; Lt. Governor from 2002 – 2006; Mayor from 1998 – 2001

“Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. Tim believes that health care is a right … and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care.”

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Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2006 – 2010; Lt. Governor from 2002 – 2006; Mayor from 1998 – 2001

“Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. Tim believes that health care is a right … and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care.”

About

Tim Kaine 1

Source: Government page

Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.

Early Commitment to Public Service

Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Tim started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He trained teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and their communities. As Tim says, his work in Honduras was “a North Star” that led to his commitment to advance job opportunities for everyone. His time there reinforced three core values that are still a central part of his life today: “Fè, familia, y trabajo” – “Faith, family, and work.”

Family Life

Tim met Virginian Anne Holton at Harvard Law School and they married in 1984 in the same church in Richmond they attend to this day. They have three adult children. Anne, a former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016. Before that, Anne ran Great Expectations, a program that offers tutoring, career coaching, and other services to help young adults aging out of foster care and attending Virginia community colleges transition to successful, independent adulthood. She now teaches education policy and government at George Mason University – Tim calls her the best public servant he knows. Anne’s father Linwood Holton, a former Republican Governor of Virginia, was critical to integrating Virginia’s public schools, putting the Commonwealth on the path to progress we see today.

Early Career

After law school, Tim practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race, disability, or family status. In 1998, Tim helped win one of the largest civil rights jury verdicts ever in a case involving discrimination against minority neighborhoods by an insurance company. He also began teaching law part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.

Elected Office

Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city council member and four years later, Mayor of Richmond. When he was first elected to City Council in Richmond, the city had one of the highest homicide rates in America, and he worked with law enforcement and the community to find solutions that brought down the rate of violent crime. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. While serving as Governor, Tim improved the education and health care systems, and by the end of his term, leading publications ranked Virginia the best state to raise a child and the best state for business. He visited a school in every county and city in the Commonwealth and helped Virginia make it through the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also responded to the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech by strengthening Virginia’s background check system and pushing his legislature to do more to make communities safer.

In the Senate

Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race, or region. Tim has spent his time in the Senate focused on improving the lives of Virginians. He has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to job-training programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the modern economy. Tim has helped lead efforts in the Senate to reduce unemployment for military families and veterans. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a Senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military, and the father of a Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He works to ensure that the military has the resources it needs to keep the country safe and that servicemembers and veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. He has also been the leading voice against Presidents starting wars without a vote by Congress. Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it, and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Tim serves on Senate Committees where he is able to work on those priorities every day for Virginians: the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.

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Experience

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law school teacher
    University of Richmond
    1987

Education

  • JD
    Harvard Law School
    1983

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington, D.C. Office
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4024
Fax: (202) 228-6363

Manassas, Virginia office
9408 Grant Avenue, Suite 202
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 361-3192
Fax: (703) 361-3198 G

Virginia Beach, Virginia office
222 Central Park Avenue Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 518-1674
Fax: (757) 518-1679

Web

Campaign Site, Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator

Tim Kaine (D)1,910,37057.0%
Corey Stewart (R)1,374,31341.0%
Matt J. Waters (L)61,5651.8%
Write In (Write-in)5,1250.2%
TOTAL3,351,373

2012 US Senator

Tim Kaine (D)2,010,06752.8%
George Allen (R)1,785,54246.9%
Write In (Write-in)9,4100.2%
TOTAL3,805,019

2005 Governor

Tim Kaine (D)1,025,94251.7%
J. W. Kilgore (R)912,32746.0%
H. R. Potts, Jr ()43,9532.2%
Wirte In (Write-in)1,556.1%
TOTAL1,983,778

2001 Lt. Governor

Tim Kaine (D)925,97450.3%
J. K. Katzen (R)883,88648.1%
G. A. Reams (L)28,7831.6%
Write In (Write-in)490
TOTAL1,839,133

Finances

KAINE, TIMOTHY M (TIM) has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $627,777,400

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Armed Services
Budget Committee
Foreign Relations
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: BillTrack 50

Issues

Governance

Budget

Tim supports a smart and balanced approach to budgeting that funds our national defense, children’s health care, education, substance abuse prevention, and other key programs. He has become a leader in helping Congress come to bipartisan, multi-year spending agreements that fund these critical domestic priorities and the military.

Tim is a supporter of two-year budgeting, a process he used as Governor of Virginia, to help businesses and agencies plan ahead and save money. Since taking office, Tim has raised concerns about the negative effects crisis-to-crisis budgeting has on the nation’s economy, and he has done everything he can to roll back the non-strategic sequester cuts that have been hurting our national security and communities across Virginia. Tim believes fiscal policy should not be determined by political brinksmanship, and he opposes across-the-board cuts that hurt key priorities like education and health care, hampering our economic growth. Tim will continue to fight back against any efforts to slash funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — programs that offer a critical lifeline for seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable Americans. Tim is committed to finding common ground on budget reforms that strengthen the economy over the long run. He has always believed we should combine targeted spending reductions with strategic revenues by reducing tax loopholes. Tim was disappointed with the partisan Republican tax bill passed in December of 2017, which is projected to add more than $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years while prioritizing big breaks to large corporations and those at the top over hardworking Virginia families. Tim supports reforms to the tax code that put middle-class families and small businesses first.

Civil Rights

As a former civil rights attorney, Tim has spent his career fighting for the rights of all Americans. He and his wife Anne have dedicated their careers to making Virginia a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, and he’ll keep fighting in Congress until the federal government ensures equal voting rights, equal pay, and protection against discrimination no matter one’s race, sex, nation of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.

As Senator, Tim has pushed to ensure the protection of fundamental freedoms for all Americans. He has worked to protect minority groups from discrimination in housing, the workplace, and education. He is committed to ensuring equal treatment for all Americans under the law. Concerned by the lack of recognition of African American history, Tim led efforts to propose a commission commemorating 400 years of African American history in the United States. Tim partnered with the NAACP, Congressman Bobby Scott, and a bipartisan group of Senators to announce legislation to create this commission, which passed into law in 2017.

As Governor, he promoted equal protection by banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability.

Women’s Rights

Tim has been a strong voice for women’s equality. He believes we must permanently end a culture where a woman who speaks out faces doubt or retribution about experiences with sexism, harassment, and assault. Tim has pledged his support for women everywhere who fear coming forward. He has called on the Senate to hold hearings on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and successfully called for the public release of data on the Senate’s sexual harassment claims and settlements. Tim believes our nation is not doing nearly enough to address the fact that women still do not have an equal role in many areas of our society. He also co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law in 2013. As Lieutenant Governor and Governor, he made it a priority to update laws on sexual violence and improve the treatment of survivors.

Tim supports the constitutional right of women to make their own reproductive choices. He opposes efforts to weaken Roe v. Wade and defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that 22,000 Virginians rely on for health care. He is an original cosponsor of legislation to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.

Tim co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act because he strongly believes men and women must be paid equally for the same work. The current inequity amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars lost over a woman’s lifetime. As every dollar counts for families trying to make ends meet, gender-based discrimination harms the well-being of families and households — which depend on the wages of working mothers as well as working fathers — across the country.

Criminal Justice Reform

Tim has worked hard to improve the criminal justice system and strengthen police relationships with local communities. He is concerned about persisting racial inequalities in the criminal justice system and believes Congress must do more to address them.  In the Senate, Tim has supported legislation to reduce over-incarceration, including the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bipartisan compromise bill to reduce over-incarceration and improve community safety by reforming “three-strike” laws and expanding access to rehabilitation and reentry programs. Tim believes our nation must improve the way it treats mental illness and addiction so those who need treatment do not end up in local jails that lack the resources necessary to deliver care.

Tim believes that by investing in education and skills-training opportunities for those in the federal, state, and local prison systems, society can help reduce repeat offenses and give formerly incarcerated individuals a chance at a successful life. He is an advocate for drug courts and programs that emphasize treatment over incarceration for non-violent drug offenders. He has also worked to strengthen financial protections for men and women seeking to reenter society after leaving prison, urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect inmates from predatory practices.

Democracy

Voting Rights

Tim believes that voting is a fundamental right in our democracy that must be protected. He was extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder to gut key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. For decades, the Voting Rights Act was responsible for dramatically increasing minority voting, and, in turn, minority representation. He has voiced concern that since the weakening of the law, many states have limited access to the ballot box through voter ID laws by limiting weekend voting, closing voting locations, and stripping voter rolls. In response, Tim joined colleagues to introduce legislation that would restore and protect Americans’ Constitutional right to vote. Tim is also concerned about the use of partisan gerrymandering to disenfranchise minority voters and will continue be a strong advocate for nonpartisan redistricting.

Economy

Jobs & the Economy

Tim is focused on creating economic opportunity for all Virginians. He believes that by supporting small businesses, raising wages, improving education and workforce training, and investing in new industries, the United States will continue to be a global economic leader.

Tim supports raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour because he believes no family working full time should live in poverty. He believes all Americans should have access to good jobs that put them on the path to economic success, and he supports strengthening workforce training programs to help make that goal a reality. Drawing from his experience in Virginia, Honduras, and his dad’s ironworking shop, Tim has been a leader in the Senate on efforts to support skills-training programs that prepare workers for good-paying, in-demand jobs. Tim co-founded the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus and has championed legislation — including bills that have become law — to expand students’ access to high-quality CTE programs and help prepare American workers for jobs in the modern economy, including in the cybersecurity industry.

Tim sees small businesses as the drivers of job creation and economic growth in Virginia and across the nation. He supports policies to help them grow and thrive by increasing their access to capital and lowering barriers to entry for minority entrepreneurs. Tim has been an advocate for women- and minority-owned businesses as well as companies that provide opportunities for veterans, military families, and people with disabilities. He is a strong supporter of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and is concerned about the largest banks getting bigger while the number of small community banks continues to decline. Tim has supported a bill to prevent this consolidation and expand consumer protections for servicemembers, veterans, those with impaired credit, seniors, and people hurt by data breaches. This legislation will help Virginians in rural and underserved communities secure loans to buy a home, send their kids to college, and start small businesses.

Tim has long supported smart tax reforms that provide relief to middle-class families and make the tax code fairer and simpler. He was disappointed that the partisan Republican tax law prioritized corporations and those at the top over hardworking Virginians.

Virginia has served as a model for the nation by prioritizing investments in education and workforce training, as well as embracing global fair trade, which led to the international expansion of Virginia businesses. Tim believes that we can strengthen America’s economic recovery and create jobs by embracing the growth strategies that have worked in the Commonwealth. Tim served as Governor of Virginia during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Throughout his term, Virginia maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, and Tim helped recruit several major employers to move to the Commonwealth. During his tenure as Governor, Virginia was named the best state for business in America.

Agriculture

Tim is a strong advocate for Virginia’s farmers. Agriculture and forestry comprise the largest industry in the Commonwealth, contributing $91 billion to the economy and supporting more than 442,000 jobs. He supports a robust farm safety net, protecting our natural resources, and defending federal nutrition assistance that helps the neediest among us.

Tim was a major proponent of the most recent farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, which strengthened crop insurance, maintained the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program and other nutrition aid, advanced partnerships with farmers to reduce runoff in impaired watersheds like the Chesapeake Bay, expanded agricultural export markets, and bolstered local food networks to allow more businesses and consumers to buy from local farmers — all while saving $23 billion over the next decade. Tim has stood up for Virginia’s farmers throughout his time in the Senate, working on efforts to lift the unfair Chinese ban on Virginia poultry that has persisted on and off, and supporting reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which helps small and mid-sized Virginia farmers and agricultural exporters sell their goods abroad. Tim has raised serious concerns about President Trump’s actions that could threaten Virginia agricultural products and thousands of jobs. Tim has also worked to secure federal funding for agricultural research, so that top-flight institutions like Virginia Tech and Virginia State University can continue to develop new, effective methods of farming.

From his time as Governor, Tim has worked to defend the Chesapeake Bay, a cornerstone of the Virginia economy that supports the tourism, recreation, and seafood aquaculture industries. He has fought back against President Trump’s plans to slash Chesapeake Bay funding and introduced bipartisan legislation to direct more funds within the farm bill’s conservation title to top-priority watersheds like the Bay.

Education

Education

Tim believes that we must improve access to quality education if we want to prepare students and workers for success in the modern economy. He supports smart investments in education — from pre-kindergarten to college and workforce training — and has learned through years of experience in Virginia that no one path is right for everyone. Drawing from his years working in his dad’s ironworking shop and his experience teaching in Honduras, a key focus of Tim’s work in public service has been strengthening career and technical education (CTE) programs that teach students skills to succeed in high-demand, good-paying jobs.

Tim believes a well-educated population is the key to having the most talented nation on earth. Under Tim’s leadership as Governor, Virginia’s innovative investments in education turned the Commonwealth into a magnet for talent. Through decades of experience, Tim learned that a huge part of remaining an attractive location for emerging industries and expanding businesses is having a skilled workforce.

To return America to the top country in the world for education, Tim supports reforms like broadening our early childhood education system, strengthening our K-12 public schools, supporting high-quality teachers and school leaders, renewing our focus on career and technical education, and dramatically reducing the cost of college. As Governor, he expanded the number of children enrolled in Pre-K by nearly 40 percent and helped expand the number of college and university facilities in Virginia to attract top students and faculty. In 2007, under Tim’s leadership, Education Week ranked Virginia the state where a child was most likely to succeed.

In the Senate, Tim has made improving America’s education system a central focus of his work, playing an instrumental role in the bipartisan Senate education reform bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation decreased the emphasis on standardized testing and gave states more flexibility. It also included provisions Tim wrote to help prevent sexual assault and improve access to K-12 career and technical education programs. Tim is a founder and co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, which promotes improving access to career and technical education programs to ensure students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. Tim knows that not everyone’s path to a successful career will or should go through a four-year college, and he is working to create a better understanding of the critical role CTE and workforce training programs play in growing our economy. In addition to his provisions enacted into law, Tim has sponsored several pieces of legislation to raise the quality of CTE programs at schools in Virginia and across the country.

Tim is concerned about the overwhelming burden of student loan debt on millions of Americans, and he’s supported policies to expand access to affordable higher education, improve financial aid, offer loan forgiveness for public service workers, and help students understand their debt obligations upfront. An estimated 56% of Virginia college students graduate with student debt. Key parts of Tim’s legislation to give public servants like servicemembers and teachers the debt relief they earned passed into law in 2018, and he will continue pushing for solutions so Americans are not held back by mountains of debt.

Environment

Environment and Energy

Tim believes that America’s energy production should always be trending in the direction of cleaner tomorrow than today.

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Cumberland Gap, Virginia’s great outdoors are a priceless treasure that Tim is determined to safeguard for future generations to enjoy. Tim has long been an outspoken leader in support of clean energy and policies to combat climate change. As Governor, Tim put in place the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive clean energy plan. He supports investing in renewable energy, including offshore wind and solar, which would create new jobs and make Virginia a leader in clean energy development. Tim believes that by advancing an energy strategy that moves us from carbon-heavy to low-carbon, we can reduce pollution, bolster our national security, and create American jobs that cannot be outsourced.

After hearing concerns from local communities and the Department of Defense, Tim announced his opposition to opening Virginia’s coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Tim has spoken out against the Trump Administration’s offshore drilling proposal that could threaten military assets in Hampton Roads as well as the environment and tourism industry. Tim has called on the Administration to listen to local voices on Virginia’s coast, which are overwhelmingly opposed to offshore drilling.

Virginia faces a unique set of challenges because of its coastal exposure to sea level rise caused by climate change, and Tim is committed to reducing this risk. He believes the U.S. should be an international leader on climate change and that President Trump’s decision to retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement is short-sighted. Tim believes the country that won World War II and the race to put a man on the moon should be able to cut approximately 1/4th of our carbon pollution by 2025. In the Senate, Tim has been a leader on efforts to combat sea level rise and flooding in Hampton Roads, which threaten readiness at local military installations and homes in the surrounding communities. Tim introduced the BUILD Resilience Act, which would spur investments in resilient infrastructure to reduce the risk of climate effects like flooding and extreme storms to communities like Hampton Roads. He has also been an advocate for protecting the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s National Parks like Shenandoah, its National Wildlife Refuges like Chincoteague, and its truly unique places like Tangier Island.

Tim respects the role coal production has historically played in traditional coal communities in Southwest Virginia, and as Governor, he supported the construction of the state-of-the-art Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County, one of the most advanced clean coal plants in the United States. He recognizes the sacrifice coal miners have made over a lifetime of dangerous work, and he is fighting on behalf of them in the Senate so they receive their hard-earned pensions and health benefits. Tim has supported clean coal research funding that could help revitalize Southwest Virginia’s economy, and he has co-sponsored legislation to stimulate large-scale federal and private sector investment to reduce carbon pollution through advanced clean coal technologies.

Tim has also pushed for robust funding for heating assistance programs. He has continually joined colleagues of both parties to urge the President and Senate appropriators to boost funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), two programs that play an important role in providing vulnerable populations and low-income households with affordable home energy.

Health Care

Tim believes that health care is a right. He remains committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act and improving the health care system to give all Americans access to quality health care they can afford. Tim has fought tirelessly against efforts by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to take health care away from millions of Americans, including Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

Tim supports giving Americans more options for affordable health insurance, and he has co-authored a proposal to do just that: Medicare-X. Medicare-X would create a low-cost public option for health care, available in every ZIP code, allowing Americans to choose between the existing private insurance plans or a public one. Medicare-X would build on the Medicare framework of doctors to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health exchanges. The Medicare-X plan initially would be available in areas where there is a shortage of insurers or higher health care costs due to less competition—including rural communities—then expand to every ZIP code in the country.

Tim believes we must do more to lower health care costs while improving the quality of care through promoting preventive care, effectively using new technology, paying our health care providers by patient outcomes, and finding ways to reduce defensive medicine and lower malpractice premiums without taking rights away from injured people. Tim opposed President Trump’s actions that sabotaged the health care system and increased costs for Virginians. Recognizing that measures are now needed to stabilize the markets in the wake of President Trump’s reckless decisions, Tim worked across the aisle on legislation to do just that.

Tim is a strong supporter of Medicare and Medicaid — critical programs that provide health care and economic security to seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable Americans. He continues to fight against any efforts to dismantle these programs and has been a vocal supporter for Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which will provide hundreds of thousands of people with access to care. He has also introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat Alzheimer’s disease and support caregivers who sacrifice so much to help their loved ones. Tim has championed bipartisan legislation to fund pediatric cancer research, named in honor of Gabriella Miller of Loudoun County, a powerful advocate for pediatric research who passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 10. The bill became law in 2014 and has already provided $50 million for the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund.

Tim is also closely focused on the drug and opioid addiction crisis harming communities across Virginia and the nation. From the coalfields in Southwest Virginia to the suburbs in Fairfax County, he has heard from families who have lost children to drug overdoses, law enforcement officers who are facing increases in drug-related crimes, and businesses who struggle to find workers who can pass a drug test. He has introduced bipartisan legislation to help reduce opioid overdose deaths through improved access to the life-saving drug naloxone, a bill to hold the FDA accountable for the approval of new, potentially dangerous opioid drugs, and a bill to incorporate job training into drug addiction recovery programs.

Immigration

Immigration

Tim knows that for far too long, our immigration system has unfairly kept millions of people who contribute to the United States living in the shadows of our society. He has spoken out forcefully against the Trump Administration’s treatment of Dreamers, discriminatory travel bans, proposals to limit legal immigration, and attempts to tear families apart.

Tim strongly opposed President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, which allowed recipients—known as Dreamers—who were brought here at a young age, to live, work and study in their communities without fear of deportation. After Trump ended DACA and left Dreamers in limbo, Tim helped lead the bipartisan negotiations to find a solution that protected Dreamers, create a path to citizenship, and boost border security. Their proposal received bipartisan support from the majority of Senators but did not receive the 60 votes needed to pass after the Trump Administration announced its opposition to the bill. Tim is also a strong supporter of the Dream Act that would protect Dreamers from deportation and create a path to citizenship.

Tim supported the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013, bipartisan legislation to provide a better visa system to encourage growth of a talented workforce, protect Dreamers, enhance border security, and create a path to citizenship for those living in the shadows. Tim delivered the Senate’s first ever floor speech in Spanish making the case for the comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Kaine has spoken out against the rise in deportations of law-abiding immigrants that are ripping families apart. Tim takes pride that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Since the nation’s founding, the men and women who have come to this country from around the world have been integral to our society, bringing skills and talents that help ensure we remain competitive in a global economy. In the years since Tim was born, Virginia went from ranking 35th to 12th in individual personal income, propelled in part by the influx of immigrants to our communities.

Tim has also been a leading voice in Congress on the importance of protecting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who are living in the U.S. after being displaced by dangerous conditions in their home countries. Tim has urged the Trump Administration to extend and re-designate TPS for several countries where threats still exist and to protect TPS recipients by giving them the opportunity to gain permanent residency in the United States.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure andTransportation

Tim supports major improvements to our nation’s infrastructure that would create jobs and improve daily life for families across Virginia. In the Senate, he has advocated for a robust infrastructure package that makes a significant federal investment to improve roads, bridges, rail (including Metro), water, and broadband. Tim has pushed for federal funding for transportation projects across the Commonwealth and has helped secure grants for major projects like the I-95 Atlantic Gateway multimodal project, a new interstate connector at Norfolk International Terminal, the long overdue replacement of the traffic-clogged Chesapeake Deep Creek Bridge, and rehabilitation of the I-64 Delta Frame Bridges. Tim has spoken out against President Trump’s infrastructure proposal, which puts the burden on already struggling local governments to cover large costs of projects with their own funds or by making many new highway projects toll roads. Virginia has serious transportation needs — like the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Metro, and I-81 — and Tim is disappointed President Trump’s plan skimps on real federal investments to support those needs. Tim has supported a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would make historic investments to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and, by some estimates, create more than 15 million jobs. Tim has also introduced legislation to expand skills training to ensure we have a workforce ready to fill the jobs to complete an infrastructure plan of this nature.

Tim recognizes how vital Metro is to Northern Virginia and has pushed for reforms to improve Metro safety and service while making sure the federal government lives up to its funding commitments. Tim has worked to strengthen federal safety oversight authority over Metro, leading bipartisan legislation to enact the Metro Safety Commission, a tough new safety oversight body with the legal authority to mandate long overdue safety and operational changes to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In 2017, Tim played a key role in securing $227 million to fix the aging Arlington Memorial Bridge, a critical investment for Northern Virginia commuters and visitors to Virginia and Washington, D.C. that saved the bridge from closing.

Many states would consider themselves fortunate to have either a major international airport or a major international seaport, but Virginia is blessed with both. Making the Port of Virginia and Dulles International Airport all that they can be has been a top priority of Tim’s. He has worked to advance transformative projects at the Port like the Craney Island Eastward Expansion, which will nearly double its cargo capacity, and dredging of Norfolk Harbor to depths that will attract the largest post-Panamax container ships. He has also worked to secure federal funds through HUD and the Army Corps of Engineers for flood-resilient infrastructure to protect the Port, Naval Station Norfolk, and Hampton Roads from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. At Dulles, he has teamed up with the Virginia delegation to secure funds for more Customs and Border Protection officers that will reduce long lines at customs and security, and he has pushed back against changes to the Reagan National slot and perimeter rule policies that would negatively impact Dulles and could increase airplane noise in the neighborhoods surrounding National.

As Governor of Virginia, Tim made infrastructure investment a top priority. He played a key role in making Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles a reality and advanced critical projects like the Norfolk Tide light-rail system and Amtrak service to Lynchburg, which in 2017 was extended to Roanoke. Tim understands that these are the kinds of smart investments that help our economy grow and thrive. He will continue being a strong advocate for fixing our roads, bridges, and rail systems to create jobs, improve the daily lives of commuters, and fuel economic growth in the Commonwealth.

Safety

Preventing Gun Violence

Tim is a strong supporter of commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. In the Senate, he has been a leading voice calling on his colleagues to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans and finally pass legislation that will make communities safer. He supports universal background checks and banning the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of combat-style weapons and high-capacity magazines to keep weapons of war off the streets and out of the nation’s schools. Tim has also co-sponsored legislation to hold gun manufacturers accountable and close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. Tim supported changes that passed into law to strengthen the background record check system and allow the CDC to conduct research on gun violence, but he believes Congress must take further action.

As Governor, Tim helped strengthen the background record check system following the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech. As Mayor of Richmond, he helped bring down the city’s rate of gun violence and homicide. Tim has met with students, parents, and teachers across Virginia to listen to their concerns about gun violence, and he will continue calling for a real debate on legislation that addresses this epidemic.

Veterans

Veterans

Tim has made it a top priority in the Senate to support veterans, servicemembers, and their families. He’s been a leader on efforts to reduce unemployment for veterans and military spouses and ensure those who serve our nation receive the health care and benefits they were promised.

There is no state more closely connected to the military than Virginia. The map of the Commonwealth is rich with military history: Yorktown, Appomattox, the Pentagon, and more than 20 military installations. With nearly 800,000 veterans residing in the Commonwealth, Virginia has one of the highest state populations of veterans in America. Tim has fought to ensure veterans receive timely access to good health care and benefits. He has introduced legislation to improve veterans’ access to care, help Vietnam veterans harmed by Agent Orange, and address serious problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also introduced a bill to address opioid overmedication that affects veterans struggling with pain medication so that they can receive safer, more effective pain management services through the VA.

The first piece of legislation Tim introduced in the Senate – the Troop Talent Act of 2013 – was a bill to ease the transition for servicemembers into the civilian workforce. After hearing from veterans across Virginia who could not get hired despite expertise they had gained through military training, Tim wrote this bipartisan bill to help address the challenge. The Troop Talent Act helped align the skills servicemembers acquired in the military with certifications or licenses to make it easier for them to be hired in the civilian workforce. Key provisions of the Troop Talent Act have been signed into law. Tim has also introduced legislation to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans to help them compete and succeed in the workforce after their service.

Tim believes Congress has a duty to support military families, who sacrifice so much for the nation. After meeting with military families across Virginia, Tim learned that one of the biggest concerns facing military spouses is the toll frequent moves and unexpected transfers have on a spouse’s ability to find work and maintain a career. Tim recognizes that this causes financial insecurity for families, hurting our troops’ ability to do their jobs. To help tackle the problem, Tim has introduced several bills—including the Military Spouse Employment Act and the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act—to reduce military spouse unemployment and support military families. Tim believes that by expanding hiring and career opportunities, improving access to continuing education programs, ensuring military families can find affordable child care, and providing better transition and employment resources for military spouses, Congress can better ensure the military is ready to accomplish its mission.

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Corey StewartCorey Stewart

Current Position:Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Candidate: Corey Stewart is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for Virginia.

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Sen. Tim Kaine, GOP challenger Corey Stewart vie for Jewish support
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Summary

Current Position:Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Candidate: Corey Stewart is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for Virginia.

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Sen. Tim Kaine, GOP challenger Corey Stewart vie for Jewish support
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Post Curator: Maria Liberio

About

Source: From Candidate Site

Corey Stewart is currently the At-Large Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince William (PWC) – the 2nd largest and fastest growing county in Virginia. In the 2017 Gubernatorial primary, Corey shocked the nation by massively outperforming every poll, coming within 1.2% of defeating the establishment candidate, who outraised him by 5-1. Corey unapologetically stands with President Trump and will fight for his America First Agenda. Corey will fight to defeat political correctness, protect Virginia’s history, crack down on illegal immigration, and stand up to the Washington elites.

During his tenure as At-Large Chairman, Corey has cracked down on illegal immigration, protected the 2nd Amendment, and fostered pro-growth economic policies that have led Prince William County to be the top-ranked county for job growth in the Commonwealth.

Strong Record

Corey is best known for implementing the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration, resulting in the county turning over almost 8,000 criminal illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), leading to a 48.7% drop in violent crime.

As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Corey led the charge to remove all county fees associated with the concealed carry permit — the first locality in Virginia to do so. Corey has kept taxes and spending in Prince William low, saving residents $205 million, and securing a AAA bond rating status for the county — one of only 36 such jurisdictions in the nation. Prince William County is ranked the #1 locality in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.

Corey successfully navigated the passage of the largest tax cut in the history of the county leading to a 30% lower tax bill than any other county in Northern Virginia. Small business is a priority for Corey – who cut in half the time to permit a business.

Strong Leader and Winner

Corey has led as a strong conservative and continues to win by larger margins in a county won by Obama twice and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Winning 4 times, Corey is the only Republican to win countywide since 2009. In 2015, Donald J. Trump tapped Corey to lead his Virginia campaign. Corey is a leader and fighter in the Trump movement.

In the 2017 Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Corey won 7 out of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts including the 10th and the 11th, which are majority Democrat districts in Northern Virginia. Stewart won Prince William County with 60% of the vote and came within less than 200 votes of winning Loudoun County. Stewart dominated in the Shenandoah Valley, Southside, and Southwest regions— winning over 75% of the cities and counties.

Corey will never back down

When faced with enormous pressure from the mainstream media and Republican establishment, Corey stuck to his guns and led the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in the nation. As a U.S. Senator, Corey Stewart will never back down to pressure from lobbyists, special interest, the media, or even others within his own party.

Corey was born in Minnesota to a working class family. Corey’s father worked his whole life as a longshoreman and instilled in Corey a hard work ethic at an early age. When Corey received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he was the first member of his family to graduate from college. Corey then earned his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Corey now works as an International Trade Attorney with his own practice.

Family

Corey and his wife of 22 years, Maria, reside in Woodbridge, VA, with their two sons, Isaac and Luke. Corey is 100% pro-life and he and his family are parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge, VA.

Web

Government Page, Twitter, Wikipedia

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Corey Stewart, Chairman at-large, Business Question 1
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Published on October 15, 2018
By: Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Political Career

Source: From Wikipedia

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 2013

Stewart unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in the 2013 election. In a seven-person race, Stewart was eliminated in the third round of voting in the Republican convention, losing to E. W. Jackson.

Trump presidential campaign, 2016

In December 2015, Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Stewart to chair his campaign in Virginia. Stewart has been an outspoken proponent for Trump in national media, and continued to support Trump even as other Republican officials disavowed him after various controversies, including the Access Hollywood scandal. In June 2016, the Republican Party of Virginia selected Stewart to co-chair its “Team Virginia” field and communications campaign, alongside former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.

Stewart drew controversy in July 2016 when he blamed “liberal Democrats” including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for the spree killing of police officers in Dallas, Texas.[29]

On October 10, 2016, amid reports that the Republican National Committee was withdrawing resources from the Trump campaign to focus on down-ballot races, Stewart joined a pro-Trump women’s demonstration in front of the Committee’s Washington, D.C.headquarters. Following the protest, Stewart was fired by Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon to “placate” RNC ChairmanReince Priebus, who was reportedly “infuriated” by Stewart’s actions. Days later, the RNC and the Trump Campaign announced that they were withdrawing from Virginia, again drawing the ire of Stewart, who blasted the decision as a betrayal of the grassroots and “totally premature.” Despite his firing, he continued to support Donald Trump.

Governor of Virginia, 2017

At the Virginia State Republican Convention on April 30, 2016, Stewart announced his intent to run for Governor of Virginia. Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University called Stewart “on the very conservative end” of the Republican candidates for governor in 2017.

In December 2016, Stewart announced that his campaign would give away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for Christmas to highlight his support for gun rights.

In March 2017, Stewart admitted that he and his campaign had been editing his Wikipedia page since at least May 2014 to remove unflattering information and add positive spin, through at least two registered accounts. On the same day, during a Reddit AMA, Stewart called his GOP primary opponent Ed Gillespie a cuckservative, agreed with a questioner that asked if Bill Clinton was a rapist, and wrote “CONFIRMED!” to a questioner who asked if Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe “is a cuck.” Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck rebuked the remarks, calling some of Stewart’s language “racist,” and noted that the term “cuckservative” is “used by white nationalists.”

In May 2017, while speaking at Temple Rodef Shalom in Fairfax County, Stewart blamed progressives in the United States for an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the United States. Stewart claimed that “Today most of the anti-Semitic bigotry is not coming from the right. It’s coming from the left. We have to face it.” Stewart then gave examples of pervasive anti-semitism on the left. and sexism lobbed at Democrats.

In April 2017, Stewart compared the removal of Confederate statues to the atrocities committed by ISIS. He posted on Twitter, “It appears ISIS has won. They are tearing down historical monuments in New Orleans now too. It must end. Despicable!” In his defense of Confederate monuments, he compared “those who wanted to remove the statue to tyrants and Nazis.” Without Confederate symbols, he said at another event, “we lose our identity.”

During the campaign, Stewart distinguished himself among Virginia politicians by not condemning the whites supremacists who marched in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Stewart said that the counterprotesters at the rally were to blame for “half the violence” and he condemned fellow Republicans who expressed disapproval of the white supremacist march. During the campaign, Stewart was endorsed by Richard Hines of Save Southern Heritage, a voluntary association of individuals who revere the south, southern history and southern heritage. Stewart accepted the endorsement.

Stewart consistently defended the Confederate flag and Virginia’s slave-owning “heritage,” while voicing opposition to any removal of statues honoring Confederate figures. At the Old South Ball in Danville, Virginia, he proclaimed that “It’s the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. That is our heritage. It is what makes us Virginia.” He also claimed that the Confederate flag was totally unrelated to racism or slavery. “I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag,” Stewart said. “That flag is not about racism, folks, it’s not about hatred, it’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage. It’s time that we stop running away from our heritage.”

On June 13, Stewart narrowly lost the primary to Gillespie, garnering 155,466 votes (42.5%) to Gillespie’s 160,003 (43.7%).

Following the primary, Stewart remained critical of Gillespie, calling him “boring” and claiming that “nobody cares” about Gillespie’s immigrant ancestry. Stewart later endorsed Gillespie and campaigned for the Republican Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor,Jill Vogel.

United States Senate election, 2018

On July 15, 2017, Stewart announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine. He promised a “very vicious, ruthless race,” claiming that Republicans “are looking for a more aggressive populist candidate.”

In December 2017, it was reported that the Republican Party of Virginia leadership was “maneuvering with help from the national GOP” to block a potential Stewart nomination. On December 5, 2017, Stewart received the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University. Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon expressed support for Stewart, with Bannon having previously referred to Stewart as the “titular head of the Trump movement” in Virginia. After Stewart won the Republican nomination in June 2018, it was widely reported that Republican lawmakers feared that Stewart’s rhetoric would adversely impact other Republicans in the state. Former Republican lieutenant governor, and neverTrump advocate, Bill Bolling said, “I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight.”

In a tweet on December 8, 2017, Stewart drew criticism for reviving the birther conspiracy by suggesting that former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson’s yearbook were forgeries.

Following a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates to expand Medicaid in February 2018, Stewart led an event outside the Virginia State Capitol where he held up rolls of toilet paper and called Republicans who voted for the measure “flaccid” and “garbage.” When asked to clarify his comments by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Stewart replied, “I’m suggesting I feel sorry for their wives.” The move brought strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates. Among those who condemned Stewart’s remarks was Republican Delegate Glenn Davis, who referred to Stewart in a speech on the House floor as a “charlatan whose record doesn’t match his rhetoric.” Davis’ speech drew bipartisan applause from the chamber.

Stewart stirred controversy in June 2018 when it was reported that he had praised and paid far-right commentator Paul Nehlen. In January 2017, Stewart described Nehlen as one of his “personal heroes” and said he was “inspired” by Nehlen’s attempt to oust House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Republican primary. Nehlen had previously made anti-Muslim comments and promoted fringe conspiracy theories. Nehlen had suggested that Muslim neighborhoods in Europe should be bombed, said that “9/11 would’ve been a Wonderful #DayWithoutImmigrants,” and claimed that the Clintons had killed multiple people. Nehlen would later go on to make anti-Semitic comments. In June 2018, Stewart said that he no longer considered Nehlen to be one of his heroes.

During the campaign, Stewart sought and received the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an anti-LGBT group which advocates for conversion therapy and ties homosexuality to pedophilia. The founder of the group has falsely claimed that Obama is a “child molester” and promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.Stewart pledged to the group that he would oppose “‘Transgender Bathrooms’ legislation and regulations – which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles”. Stewart also agreed that “public schools should be “prevented from brainwashing elementary school children with the Homosexual Agenda.” Stewart indicated support for overturning Obergefell v. Hodges (the Supreme Court that ruled bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional), requiring that schools teach that there are only two genders and granting Christian businesses the right to not service same-sex weddings.

On June 12, 2018, Corey Stewart won the Republican Primary. Stewart will face Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine, in a match-up of two Minnesotan-born Virginians. Upon winning the primary, Stewart said he had a “mandate” to “kick Tim Kaine’s teeth in”.

Policy Positions

Civil Rights

Second Amendment

Our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is under attack. That is unacceptable.

Corey will defend Americans’ Second Amendment rights by fighting to remove any unconstitutional restrictions already in place and pro-actively ensuring this right is safely protected going forward.

Since the right to self-defense is God-given, Virginians should not have to ask permission to exercise that right. National Concealed Carry reciprocity legislation would make that a reality, and help protect against future attacks on the Second Amendment by liberals, the media, and the federal government.

Corey will support the passage and cosponsor S. 446 — the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

Protecting Life

Corey is 100% pro-life, believing that every life is precious and needs to be protected from the moment of conception. This is not an issue to which Corey will only give lip service. He will work to defund Planned Parenthood and fight for tougher restrictions on abortion.

It is the duty of legislators to protect those who cannot protect themselves. He will not only defend the right to life but will fight for it.

Veterans

With over 800,000 veterans in the Commonwealth, Virginia is home to more veterans than all but a few states. Our veterans have fought to protect our homeland, so taking care of our veterans and their families will be priority number one for Corey.

Given the sacrifices our veterans make, the Veterans Administration can and should do as much as it can to make sure Virginia offers a place for them to land after they complete their service to our nation. Corey will be a steadfast fighter in every veteran’s corner.

Public Safety

Public Safety is government’s #1 responsibility, but too many politicians refuse to stand up for our law enforcement officials. Corey will have their backs. Our law enforcement officers should have the resources they need and the respect and pay they deserve.

Corey will put American families’ safety first, just as he has done in Prince William County. In Prince William, crime has been reduced to its lowest level in 24 years- with violent crime dropping by 48.7 %.

Economy & Jobs

Virginia was once one of the best states for business and job growth. Recently, the Commonwealth has lost thousands of jobs to other states — jobs Virginians desperately need. We can no longer afford this steep decline.

Corey will focus business growth in Virginia by working to reduce federal corporate taxes to compete with other states like North Carolina – bringing jobs back to the United States. And he’ll slash through Washington’s regulatory hurdles and red tape to make the United States more welcoming to businesses, just like he did in Prince William County, which is ranked the #1 locality for job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.

Lowering Taxes

Lowering taxes is the key to prosperity. America deserves to have the lowest tax bill of any nation on earth.

He’s done it before. Corey produced the largest tax cut in the Prince William County’s history and has kept residents’ tax bills 30% lower than surrounding counties, averaging $161 lower adjusted tax bills than they were 10 years ago.

Education

Corey strongly believes parents need to be in charge of their education and will work to give them as many choices as possible including vouchers – that create competition that is good for all schools. He will work to remove D.C.’s bureaucracy from the equation, and return all purview over education back to Virginia

Energy & Environment

Corey will work to gain independence from foreign oil and foster the development of America’s natural resources including nuclear, solar, wind, and fossil fuels.

Health

Republicans have control of the U.S. Senate and they’ve broken their 8-year promise of repealing Obamacare in whole or in part. Corey will fight to repeal the whole bill and by replacing Tim Kaine, the U.S. Senate will have the one vote it needs for full repeal.

Obamacare is causing millions of Americans to lose their jobs, their doctors, their health insurance, and premiums are at a meteoric rise. Obamacare has failed. Corey will work to expand Health Savings Accounts, allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and make healthcare more affordable, and free enterprise centered.

Immigration

Rampant, unchecked illegal immigration threatens America’s security, jobs, and tax dollars.

In Prince William County, Corey led the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration – resulting in over 7,500 criminal illegal aliens being turned over for deportation.

Corey will fight illegal immigration, amnesty, and ban sanctuary cities as boldly as he did in Prince William County. Every illegal immigrant arrested should be deported – no questions asked. Stewart will work side-by-side with the Trump Administration to make that happen. As U.S. Senator, Corey Stewart will oppose any form of amnesty, and he won’t back down to establishment pressure.

Corey will stand by President Trump and fight to fund and build the border wall. Corey will work to find necessary means to fund the border wall.

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Matt Waters 2Matt Waters

Libertarian Candidate: Matt Waters is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for the State of Virginia.

Summary

Libertarian Candidate: Matt Waters is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for the State of Virginia.

About

Source: From campaign site

My name is Matt Waters, and I am the only candidate in the race for the U.S. Senate who was born and raised in Virginia. My family dates back to 1607, to a place called Jamestown. My grandfather was a welder in the Newport News Shipbuilding Company. My mother graduated from Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, and my father graduated from VCU and went on to teach in Hampton for 30 years.

I was born in Newport News. I graduated from Hampton High School – home of the Crabbers – and received my undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Fairfax. And today, I am currently finishing my Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in McLean.

I have spent over two decades raising money for candidates, ballot initiatives, c3 and c4 group, and non-profit organizations. In the past I have worked with the Institute for Humane Studies and today I work with the organization Students For Liberty in Washington, D.C.

I have been married nearly 20 years to Anne Marie and we have five wonderful kids that we homeschool. Today we are joined by millions of other parents who have decided that they know how to educate their own children better than the Washington bureaucracy.

I support returning education to the parents and the states, for it is too precious to be left to the Federal Government.

Our time is now. Our time has come.

I am running for office to present an alternative to the status quo. I am here because I share the concern of most Americans: the fear and concern about government. Out of control spending. A $21 trillion dollar debt. An annual $1.5 trillion dollar deficit. A military industrial complex involved around the globe, a weaponized IRS and agencies such as the NSA and FBI that spy on American citizens. An unaccountable Federal Reserve whose policies devalue every dollar we earn. And of course there are the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Energy, and Education that can be privatized and put into the marketplace to compete with other non-profits and for-profits.

My campaign seeks revolutionary change in our government. My aim is to restore liberty to the people by limiting the size and scope of our federal government and eliminating the federal income tax.

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Senate candidate Matt Waters addresses Libertarian Party of Virginia – March 10, 2018
Rick Sincere
Published on March 10, 2018
By: Rick Sincere

Matt Waters, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, addresses the party’s state convention.

Political Positions

Source: From campaign site

Vote Libertarian Party
The Republican Party has officially abandoned any pretense of balancing the budget, or cutting spending. In this regard, they join their colleagues at the Democrat Party.

The Libertarian Party is the only party confronting the single biggest threat facing the US today: the national debt.

So, why vote for a candidate running as a Libertarian? Here is what we believe:

  • The fundamental unit of society is the individual. Because individuals are moral agents, they have the right to be secure in their life, liberty and property. These rights are not granted by government or by society.
  • Individual rights. Each individual is endowed by their Creator with individual rights, right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Rule of Law. Libertarianism is not libertinism. Without virtue, this Republic will not flourish, and government will not be limited. We propose a society of liberty under law, in which individuals are free to pursue their own lives so long as they respect the equal rights of others.
  • Limited Government. The role of government is to protect our rights (life, liberty, property). That’s it. Government is a dangerous institution, as Lord Acton once said, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • Free Markets. To survive and flourish, individuals need freedom to pursue economic activity; countries are less free where economic opportunity does not exist.
  • Peace. Libertarians put a premium on peace, and we denounce the constant wars, and warfare state.

Restore Fiscal Responsibility
In order for the Republic to survive, we must cut government spending now. The biggest consequence of our massive federal government spending today is the federal debt. As of February 2018, the USA is $21 trillion in debt. That number more than quadruples to $120 trillion when you include unfunded liabilities.

By enacting spending freezes, privatizing multiple agencies, repealing multiple job-killing regulations, we can restore our liberty. Additionally, we must strengthen Social Security (via private accounts), Medicare and Medicaid, which represent 60% of total spending. All three programs will run out of money in 2035, 2029, and 2028 respectively.

We must stop borrowing over $1.5 trillion a year to fund useless, wasteful, and unconstitutional programs and departments.

Enacting spending freeze at Department of Defense, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of State.

Privatize Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education Departments; Postal Service and Amtrak.

Defund Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Planned Parenthood.

Repeal ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, federal minimum wage, National Labor Relations Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Davis-Bacon Act.

Tax Reform
At one time, American workers kept 100% of their paychecks. But in 1913 the US Congress amended the Constitution in order to bypass the original intent of the Founding Fathers and levy a direct tax on American citizens.

As Senator, I will support the following initiatives. This list is not comprehensive, as there are many other tax cutting/elimination measures I support, like ending the death tax.

  • End automatic federal tax withholding; have taxpayers write a check to the federal government every pay period. This will show all taxpayers how much we are paying for government.
  • Support Fair Tax. Fair Tax eliminates the 16th Amendment, and replaces the personal federal income tax with a sales tax.
  • Eliminate the Federal Income Tax outright and replace it with nothing. This action would give every American a 7-10% pay raise across the board and force massive cuts to federal government spending.
  • Call for “Tax Freedom Day” holiday; This is the day taxpayers stop paying federal, state and local taxes. The average taxpayer paid all of his/her income earned from January 1 through April 18, 2017 to the federal, state and local government–this represents more than housing, food and clothing combined.

Monetary Reform
The goods and services that you could buy for $1 in 1913 (the year the Federal Reserve was created) would cost you $24.50 today.

Another way to look at this is this: the government and its banking cartel have together stolen $.95 of every dollar that you have earned as they have pursued a relentless inflationary policy. The devaluing of the dollar represents a massive Inflation Tax on the American people.

As Senator, I would submit a bill to audit with an eye towards phasing out the Federal Reserve, and stabilizing both the U.S. Dollar and the economy. In fact, it is the failure of centralized banking that has given rise to libertarian cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Individuals are choosing to trust other individuals rather than a centralized entity with the power to manipulate currency at will. Additionally, cryptocurrencies have a ceiling or maximum amount that can be made or distributed, thus causing them to keep their value, unlike the dollar.

Choose Life
As a high school student in Hampton, I was convinced of the pro-life position by Jesse Jackson and Al Gore before they exchanged their beliefs for PAC contributions from Planned Parenthood. I believe we must defund Planned Parenthood.

Our Declaration of Independence states that every individual has rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” – and the right to life is the first right individuals share. While life begins at conception, it certainly doesn’t end there. I will personally work with highly successful non-profit charitable organizations such as maternity homes, adoption agencies, pregnancy centers, suicide prevention centers and hotlines to help grow their presence in local communities.

Additionally, I will call for an end to the federal government’s War on Drugs that is a major contributing factor to gun related homicide in urban areas, as well as the ongoing War on Terror that is responsible for killing an estimated 210,000 (2015 stats) innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Indeed, two of our Libertarian mottos are “Don’t tread on anyone” and “Do no harm,” and I intend to uphold these values as your Senator in Washington, D.C.

Money Equals Freedom
One of my campaign slogans is, Money Equals Freedom. This is a basic truth, and forgotten by the advocates of Big Government. The average American taxpayer works from Jan. 1 through April 18 just to pay their share of local, state and federal taxes. That’s right, you’re giving 25% of your income to the government. That’s why I am an advocate of a new holiday, Tax Freedom Day, celebrating the day when American taxpayers can keep their own money.

Think about this: if we could end the IRS (by repealing the federal income tax and abolishing the 16th Amendment) the average taxpayer would receive a $12,000 pay increase. What would you do with an additional $12,000…every year?

My Republican opponent raised taxes 6 times. My democrat opponent is advocating for free college, free healthcare and a higher minimum wage mandated from Washington. How will two political parties pay for all of the free stuff? By taking more of your money, and making you less free, and more dependent on them!

I say it’s time for Americans to keep 100% of their property (income) and let Washington figure out how to pay for all of their free stuff.

I believe that you can spend your money better than the politicians in Washington can.

Choose Peace
What is the cost of freedom?

The recent and ongoing “War on Terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 15 years cost $17,500 for every US citizen. For a family of seven, the cost of freedom is $122,500. For the entire country, the “cost of freedom” is estimated at $5.6 trillion and still counting. Is it worth it to you, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer?

Was it worth it for the 6,251 US families who lost loved ones serving overseas? Is it worth killing 215,000 innocent civilians in the Middle East? Should our military men and women be stationed in over 120 countries, including Niger, Diego Garcia, Iceland and Syria?

I believe that it is time to restore “defense” to the Defense Department. This would reduce our standing army as well as our military budget, which is currently larger than the military budgets of China, Russia, the U.K., France, Japan, and Germany combined.

As Senator I would call for a Virginia Peace Plan modeled after Virginia President George Washington who sought to avoid foreign entanglements. I would advocate for an immediate Peace Accord with North Korea (and finally end the 67-year Korean War) and call for the immediate removal of all 28,000 U.S. troops from Korea and 50,000 troops from Japan.

I will introduce legislation to end highly expensive forward-facing military bases (like those in S. Korea and Japan) in favor of a military that respects the borders and sovereignty of other nations, and that relies upon ships, subs, missiles, and aircraft as the primary means to defend the USA.

Immigration Reform
My maternal great grandparents immigrated from Poland and Czechoslovakia (then Austria-Hungary) in the early 1900’s. Both came through Ellis Island, NY. They were lucky, because in 1920 the US Government implemented immigration policies in order to keep Italians and Jews from immigrating to the US. Those racist laws were eliminated in 1965, but immigrating to the US is no easy feat, which is one reason why so many people come to the US illegally.

There are essentially two ways to immigrate to the US: family-based immigrants (who are sponsored by relatives who previously immigrated) and employment-based immigrants (who are sponsored by an employer). Both are subject to two caps. The category cap sets the maximum number of annual admissions in those categories at 366,000 (226,000 for the family-sponsored and 140,000 for the employment-sponsored).

Given that the US Government makes the process to immigrate to the US extremely difficult, I am in favor of broad reforms to the current broken system.

Broadly:

  • I oppose the building of a $70 billion border wall because it will not work. 70% of illegal immigrants come to the USA via International air travel and overstay visas.
  • I support e-verify of legal status at employer workplace.
  • I support changing the law on chain migration, as 70% of all immigrants to the USA are relatives.
  • I support merit based immigration base on skills and America’s labor needs. The majority of Hispanics agree with this.
  • I support a pathway to legal residency.
  • I support renewal work permits, as this would raise salaries of immigrants so they don’t undercut US salaries.
  • I support tighter border security, and the rule of law.
  • I recognize that immigrants from Latin and South America are more law abiding than US Citizens, contrary to what many politicians assert.

America’s free markets, rule of law, property rights, and standard of living are admired the world over, so it should surprise no one that so many wish to immigrate to the United States.

Ultimately, I will work towards reforming the immigration system in a fair and equitable way, that is consistent with our history as a nation—that of a shining city on a hill.

Immigration Reform
My maternal great grandparents immigrated from Poland and Czechoslovakia (then Austria-Hungary) in the early 1900’s. Both came through Ellis Island, NY. They were lucky, because in 1920 the US Government implemented immigration policies in order to keep Italians and Jews from immigrating to the US. Those racist laws were eliminated in 1965, but immigrating to the US is no easy feat, which is one reason why so many people come to the US illegally.

There are essentially two ways to immigrate to the US: family-based immigrants (who are sponsored by relatives who previously immigrated) and employment-based immigrants (who are sponsored by an employer). Both are subject to two caps. The category cap sets the maximum number of annual admissions in those categories at 366,000 (226,000 for the family-sponsored and 140,000 for the employment-sponsored).

Given that the US Government makes the process to immigrate to the US extremely difficult, I am in favor of broad reforms to the current broken system.

Broadly:

  • I oppose the building of a $70 billion border wall because it will not work. 70% of illegal immigrants come to the USA via International air travel and overstay visas.
  • I support e-verify of legal status at employer workplace.
  • I support changing the law on chain migration, as 70% of all immigrants to the USA are relatives.
  • I support merit based immigration base on skills and America’s labor needs. The majority of Hispanics agree with this.
  • I support a pathway to legal residency.
  • I support renewal work permits, as this would raise salaries of immigrants so they don’t undercut US salaries.
  • I support tighter border security, and the rule of law.
  • I recognize that immigrants from Latin and South America are more law abiding than US Citizens, contrary to what many politicians assert.

America’s free markets, rule of law, property rights, and standard of living are admired the world over, so it should surprise no one that so many wish to immigrate to the United States.

Ultimately, I will work towards reforming the immigration system in a fair and equitable way, that is consistent with our history as a nation—that of a shining city on a hill.

Civil Liberties
Criminal Justice Reform/War on Drugs

In 1974, President Richard Nixon started a war, a War on Drugs. And we know the drug war has created staggering racial disparities.

  • African Americans and Latinos use and sell drugs at similar rates to white people. But they’re disproportionately targeted for arrest and punished more harshly. The result?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is operating at nearly 140% capacity, costing $7 billion a year. Half the people locked up are there for nothing more than a drug law violation. 2/3 women are there for nonviolent drug offenses. Most are mothers.

When the Drug Enforcement Agency started it had 1,500 employees. Today there are nearly 10,000. Their budget grew from $75 million to more than $2 billion. And guess what? The War on Drugs is a colossal failure. There are more people dying from drugs today than ever before, and drugs are easier to get. My campaign will call for eliminating the Drug Enforcement Agency and ending the War on Drugs.

Don’t Spy On Me/Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized. ~ 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ~

The 4th Amendment is critically important. Today, many federal government agencies routinely ignore it and have no qualms about spying on American citizens. Examples abound: the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations, the FBI illegally spying upon political opponents, and the revelations of NSA spying on Americans.

All of these actions represent an unConstitutional violation of our liberties. These agencies should be investigated and held responsible for their actions.

Gun Rights/Second Amendment

The Founding Fathers established the Second Amendment to preserve our liberties against tyrannical government. And while I personally conceal and carry and am a Life Member of the NRA, I have concerns, but they are not “bump stocks” and AR15s.

For voters concerned about gun violence, I too share this concern. Of the 38,000 gun related deaths in 2016, 25,000+ are suicides by mostly white men, age 25-65. Black on black violence contributes to an additional 8,000 gun related deaths annually. Combined, these statistics represent over 87% of the gun related deaths in America.

If we desire to reduce gun violence in America, we must address medical depression and we must end the failed War on Drugs policy that is a cause of violence in urban areas. As Senator, I will call for an end to the War on Drugs, and the elimination of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This will help drive down black on black violence, and ultimately save lives. Regarding depression and other causes of suicide, this is an area that is best left to families, specialized non-profit organizations and the medical profession to treat.

Social Security Reform
In 1960, the Supreme Court ruled (Fleming v. Nestor), that US workers have no legally binding contractual rights to their Social Security benefits, and that those benefits can be cut or even eliminated at any time.

According to the latest projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Social Security benefits must be cut 21% in the year 2034 if nothing is done to fix the system.

Options include: raise taxes, cut benefits, or get a higher rate of return through private capital investment.

I will work to restore Social Security by allowing individuals to privately invest in private retirement accounts, while maintaining benefits to today’s retirees. Allow younger workers to privately invest a portion of Social Security taxes in individual accounts will not only increase retirement security, but it will create a system that treats women, minorities, and young people more fairly. 

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