State of Virginia secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Dave Brat: Moneyed interests have corrupted our democratic system

I am a strong proponent of term limits for members of Congress. Career politicians and special moneyed interests have corrupted our democratic system. I pledge to support and submit legislation that enforces term limits. Ideally, Congressional term limits would be for 12 years total, across both The House and The Senate. Thus, I pledge to term limit myself to 12 years in Congress.
Source: 2014 VA -7 House campaign website, DaveBratForCongress.com Jun 15, 2014

Ralph Northam: Mid-decade redistricting bill is borderline corruption

Dr. Ralph Northam, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, delivered more than 14,000 petitions gathered by his campaign to Governor Bob McDonnell, to urge the Governor to veto the mid-decade redistricting bill, should it end up on his desk.

"This power-grab puts 46% of Virginians in a new district and is nothing more than an effort to pass a radical agenda that the majority of Virginians do not want," said Northam. "The Senate should be the place where both parties come together to find solutions--not the place where one side will stop at nothing to mandate things like a medically unnecessary ultrasound for Virginia's women. It's borderline corruption, and I urge the Governor to listen to his constituents and veto the bill, if it ends up on his desk."

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com Nov 1, 2013

George Allen: Curb spending by passing a line-item veto

Radtke railed against Allen's time in Washington from 2001 to 2007 and blaming him for deficit spending. "We cannot return a politician like George Allen who voted for trillions of dollars in spending and spent our children's money," Radtke said. "We need someone who is going to focus on cutting spending in these serious times."

Allen didn't respond to any of his opponents attacks personally. Instead, he defended his term by pointing out proposals to curb spending by supporting a line-item veto, and introducing a balanced budget amendment. He said the economy was out of control "because of the overspending, over-regulating big government policies of President Obama, Tim Kaine and the Washington liberals."

Source: Hampton Roads Daily Press on 2012 VA Senate debate May 11, 2012

George Allen: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment

Radtke railed against Allen's time in Washington from 2001 to 2007 and blaming him for deficit spending. "We cannot return a politician like George Allen who voted for trillions of dollars in spending and spent our children's money," Radtke said. "We need someone who is going to focus on cutting spending in these serious times."

Allen didn't respond to any of his opponents attacks personally. Instead, he defended his term by pointing out proposals to curb spending by supporting a line-item veto, and introducing a balanced budget amendment. He said the economy was out of control "because of the overspending, over-regulating . big government policies of President Obama, Tim Kaine and the Washington liberals."

Source: Hampton Roads Daily Press on 2012 VA Senate debate May 11, 2012

Tom Perriello: Lobbyists and corporate PACs have broken Washington

Washington is broken. When private interests give money to public officials for personal and private gain, that is corruption. Tom has refused all contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. His record of public service in Africa and Afghanistan has brought him face to face with corrupt regimes and he has a long record of standing up for the rights of the public, not special interests. It is the working families of the Fifth District Tom will work for, not corporate interests
Source: 2008 VA House campaign website PerrielloForCongress.com Nov 1, 2008

Harris Miller: Supports public funding for political TV advertisements

WEBB: Harris, there have been a lot of reports in the paper about your career as a lobbyist. Iím just wondering how you would fix the problem with, we now have 33,000 lobbyists in Washington, double the number at the beginning of this administration.

MILLER: We need to get rid of several things. 1) We need to get rid of the special interest projects, the so-called pork barrel. I would vote against every one of them. I would make an alliance with Republicans to do that, people like John McCain. 2) I would prohibit any gifts to Congressmen or Senators. George Allen makes $165,000 a year. He doesnít need someone to buy him lunch. 3) I would try to get public funding for TV campaigns. Jim and I are out raising money all the time so we can pay for TV time, I think thatís one part of politics we donít like. I think all other countries allow their candidates some free TV air time to get their views out there. We need to bring that to this country too.

Source: VA 2006 Democratic Senate Primary debate [X-ref Webb] Jun 9, 2006

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