Are you ready to pay a 10% tax on your next meal out?

In June, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to put a meals tax referendum on the ballot in the November 8th general election.

The meals tax measure, if approved by the voters, would create a 10 percent tax on all prepared meals in Fairfax County. (It would add a 4% county tax to the 6% state sales tax we already pay.) Every visit to every restaurant would be taxed 10%.

Your breakfast at the coffee shop? Taxed 10%.
Your lunch at the deli? Taxed 10%.
Your dinner at your favorite sit-down? Taxed 10%.
Your drive-thru order? Taxed 10%.
Your rotisserie chicken from the grocery store? Taxed 10%.
A hot dog at 7-Eleven? Taxed 10%.

The tax will apply to every prepared meal sold in Fairfax County, so look out, Arlingtonians and Alexandrians. As soon as you cross from Arlington or Alexandria into Fairfax County, be prepared to pay a bonus tax to the Democrats running Fairfax County.

This tax will hit all consumers, especially low or middle income diners, and all restaurant owners, small or large. Perhaps the most insidious harm will come to waiters, who rely on tips – it will be difficult to get diners to tip 15-20% on top of the 10% tax they’re already paying. If you want to be generous and tip 20%, you’ll be paying 30% extra on your check. This tax will hurt thousands of waiters and small business owners, along with your wallet.

The Fairfax County GOP is mobilizing against this tax referendum, along with a coalition of restaurant owners including Great American Restaurants, Glory Days Grill, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, and other businesses big and small that operate in Fairfax County.

Below is a flyer that FCRC is distributing at local events. Spread the word!


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From Fairfax GOP: Fairfax School Board Democrats Avoid Transparency


Democrats Amend Student Rights & Responsibilities

Fairfax, VA – June 10, 2016: At last night’s meeting of the Fairfax County School Board, Democrats showed that they care more for ideology and the exercise of raw political power than the reasonable concerns of parent and students.

Republican-endorsed members of the Board had objected to the amendment of the school system’s statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities (the “SR&Rs”) to include “gender identity,” because the public had received no notice of the proposed change, and there are many questions surrounding how the SR&Rs will be interpreted.  For example, New York City defines 31 categories of “gender identity,” yet when pressed by Board members Jeanette Hough (At Large), Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield), and Tom Wilson (Sully), neither the Democrat-endorsed Board members nor the staff could say what “gender identity” actually means.  The Board twice rejected motions that would have allowed for reasonable accommodation of parental and student concerns; once for a simple two-week delay on a 6-4 vote, and another on a motion to refer the matter to a study committee on a 7-3 vote. The Board ultimately adopted the changes to the SR&R on a 7 – 3 party-line vote.

In response to the Board’s action, Matt Ames — Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee – stated, “I don’t see how any fair-minded person could have voted against the motion to delay action on the SR&R document for just two weeks.  Democrats on the Board admitted that the process leading up to the vote was flawed, and that Board members Hough, Schultz, and Wilson had raised significant substantive points.  But they still refused to allow students and parents the opportunity to become better informed on what the change will mean.  The Democrats are clearly driven by an ideological agenda, and have no respect for the public they are sworn to serve.”

Fairfax County Republican Committee

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Full convention results

Here are the full results from today’s convention. The “Votes” column is the raw or popular vote total. The “Weighted Votes” column determines the ranking of candidates, as per the party plan and the convention call. The total weighted votes allotted to each county/city are based on the total number of votes for Republican candidates in that locality in the 2012 presidential race and the 2013 gubernatorial race.

In the contest for Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, the top 3 vote-getters were elected Delegates, and the next 3 (placing 4-6) were elected Alternate Delegates. As per the convention call, a recount was conducted in the Delegate race because in the initial tally the difference between 6th & 7th place was less than 1 percent. The recount did not change the outcome.

In the State Central Committee race, the top 3 vote-getters were elected.

As per the convention call, candidates in uncontested races were automatically elected. Mark Kelly was re-elected as Chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee, and Sean Spicer was elected as Electoral College Elector. Congratulations to both!

Links to the spreadsheets containing a breakdown by county/city for each race are at the bottom of this post.

Winners are indicated by bold font.

Again, congratulations to the winners; thank you to all who ran; and thank you to all who attended the convention today!


Rank Candidate Votes Weighted Votes
1 Charles Hernick 318 258.3
2 Mike Webb 86 73.72

Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention

Rank Candidate Votes Weighted Votes
1 (Del.) Tommy Valentine 268 49.94
2 (Del.) Bill Cleveland 203 35.96
3 (Del.) Charlie Keller 183 30.04
4 (Alt.) Tom Bolvin 143 26.16
5 (Alt.) Dan Rinzel 117 21.89
6 (Alt.) Erin Anderson 124 21.63
7 Douglas Faulkner 111 19.10
8 Ford Chinworth 94 18.24
9 Michael Maibach 94 17.05
10 Barbara Bowie-Whitman 91 16.74
11 Scott Cameron 84 16.46
12 Jack Blakely 100 16.19
13 John Scally 67 12.64
14 Sam Amber 62 11.71
15 Gerry Chandler 69 11.39
16 Angie Youngen 42 6.83

State Central Committee

Rank Candidate Votes Weighted Votes
1 Sandy Liddy Bourne 323 93.48
2 Dave Foster 311 87.35
3 Brian Rabbitt 260 72.54
4 Anna Urman 102 31.95
5 Robert Kenyon 78 23.75
6 Paul Blumstein 49 16.14
7 Angie Youngen 24 6.79

Breakdown by County/City

You can navigate the spreadsheet using the sheet tabs at the bottom of the screen, labeled by county/city.

» Congress

» Delegate/Alternate Delegate

» State Central Committee

» Full Elections Committee Report


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Convention winners

Thank you to everyone who attended the 8th District Republican Convention today!

We expect to have the full results posted later tonight, but here are the winners:

Nominee for Congress:
Charles Hernick

State Central Committee:
1. Sandy Liddy Bourne
2. Dave Foster
3. Brian Rabbit

Delegate to the Republican National Convention:
1. Tommy Valentine
2. Bill Cleveland
3. Charlie Keller

Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention:
4. Tom Bolvin
5. Dan Rinzel
6. Erin Anderson

8th District Republican Committee Chairman (uncontested)
Mark Kelly

Electoral College Elector (uncontested)
Sean Spicer

Again, we expect to have the full results posted later tonight.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who ran!

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What you need to know for Saturday’s Convention

Dear 8th District Convention Delegates,

Thank you for signing up to be a delegate to the 8th Congressional District Republican Convention THIS Saturday at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington (200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204). Here is the information on what to expect from the event.

Registration opens at 8:00 am, and you will need to present your PHOTO ID to check in.

Registration closes at 10:00 am. Only those in line by 10:00 am will be allowed to register, receive their credentials and be eligible to vote. Please plan to arrive on site no later than 9:45 to give yourself time to park and get in line on time.

The agenda for the Convention is as follows:

  • Call to Order (promptly at 10:00 am)
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Election of Temporary Chairman
  • Election of Temporary Secretary
  • Reading of the Call
  • Report of the Credentials Committee
  • Report of the Rules Committee
  • Elections for District Chairman and Elector
  • Speeches by Candidates for Congress
  • Speeches by Candidates for State Central Committee
  • Speeches by Candidates for Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention
  • Elections for Congress, State Central Committee and Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention (voting will not begin earlier than 10:30 am)
  • Announcement of Results
  • Adjournment

All contested elections will take place on one ballot. Voting will take place using optical scan ballots. Be prepared to fill in the spaces on your ballot COMPLETELY (not with an “X” or check mark) so the machines will accept the ballots the first time. That way we can move people through the process as quickly as possible.

The list of candidates is available on our convention page.

There is no food or drink allowed in the auditorium. Please plan on eating a good breakfast. And with your cooperation, we will have voting concluded in time for lunch.

Again, I appreciate your willingness to participate in the Convention on Mother’s Day weekend. Look forward to seeing you Saturday.

Mark Kelly
Chairman, 8th District Republican Committee

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