Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New posts at ... come check us out!

It's been a busy morning at as contributors have published posts that we hope you will find informative and entertaining. Here's a sampling:

- Coming soon: Red vs Blu: Kurt Michael brings his new comic strip Red vs Blu to the blog. The characters are a take-off of the classic 1961 comic strip in Mad Magazine, Spy vs Spy: “The comic strip always featured two spies who are completely identical save for the fact that one is dressed in white and the other black. The pair are constantly warring with each other, using a variety of booby-traps to inflict harm on the other. The spies usually alternate between victory and defeat with each new strip.” Red vs Blu follows the same genre. Stay tuned as we prepare to follow their adventures.

- Andrea Oakes: Staunton's Best Buy celebrates 20 years in business: City Councilwoman Oakes recently joined Congressman Bob Goodlatte as they attended Best Buy Distribution Center's recognition of their 20 years as an employer in the city.

- David Karaffa: Augusta County supervisors will begin staggered terms: Supervisor Karaffa explains how staggered terms will work beginning in 2015.

- Eric Cantor: U.S. House schedule for April 30, 2014: What's going on in Congress today? Here's the schedule for the House of Representatives.

Pop on over and check out these and more as the day goes on. We've got the coffee pot brewing and keyboards are clicking ... stop by and sit a spell at

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Say hello to the new blog at WordPress

Blogger, we've had a long-time affair going back to 2006 but it's time for me to move on. This will remain the SWAC Girl blog for posting my mountains photos and personal writings -- for now -- but the harder hitting news and political feedback with photos are now published at

The paint's still drying and I'm still putting up the curtains but it's time to open the front door and invite everyone inside. Come join the party with some friends who have joined me on this new group blog adventure -- check out the Contributors page and the About page that tells what we hope to achieve.

Join me ... the hors d'oeuvre are ready so stop by and browse at See you soon!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Photos 3 ... Sixth Congressional District convention

Jeb Wilkinson is one of my favorite Republicans. We met during the 2004 George W. Bush re-election campaign when he was state coordinator and I was Augusta County coordinator. We was driving to Richmond to pick up supplies from Jeb to carry back to the three local units -- Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. That was an intense race. He's a hard worker. Since he's heading up the RPV State Convention in June in Roanoke, he was filling everyone in on some of the details. Probably the best announcement was that two food vendors will be on the premises -- Buffalo Wild Wings and ChickFilA.

Elizabeth Cline

Karen Kwiatkowski

That certainly looks like a military stance to me.

Patsy Walker

Secretary Sandy Gates

Trixie will probably shoot me for this one but I love the look on her face as she's listening to Senator Steve Newman. Doesn't she look like she's thinking that line from the old TV show "Different Strokes"... "Whatcha talkin' bout, Willis?"

The Goodlattes

Delegate Terry Austin

Then finally ... lunch! Thank you, Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Delegates Steve Landes and Dickie Bell in the chow line. If we had only had time to eat it....

Trixie and Dan Averill, Roger Jarrell, Trey Jarrell, my husband and me. Roger is the new chairman of the Rockbridge-Lexington Republican Committee. His son is 17 years old and a race car driver. See his Facebook page here.

Then back to the auditorium for a resolution fight. Don't you just love conventions? I'd just like to say that most people who vote on these resolutions have no idea what they're voting on so there should be a deadline for submitting them, then they should be emailed to every delegate so these things are sprung on people at the last minute. Members of Sixth District's State Central Committee had their votes taken away today, something that was tried four years ago but they were unsuccessful. Here we go again. Stop making resolutions at conventions without prior notice!

Freedom out of the building into the sunshine and 83-degree temps didn't come soon enough and we headed north on I-81 to Augusta County. Look at that beautiful scenery with redbuds blooming and mountains in the distance ... that's Virginia in the spring!

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Photos 2 ... Sixth Congressional District Convention faces in the crowd

Delegate Terry Austin of Botetourt

Dr. Ed Lynch of Hollins College


Vance Wilkins

Carl Tate

Delegate Steve Landes

Augusta County Supervisor Marshall Pattie.

Suzanne Obenshain

Chaz Haywood-Evans

Zach Martin

State Senator Mark Obenshain

The "Mob Czar" from Shenandoah County.

Matt Homer, Jon Scott

Elizabeth and Delegate Ben Cline

Congressman Bob Goodlatte and wife Maryellen

Matt Homer

Trixie Averill and Wendell Walker

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 26, 2014

Photos 1 ... 6th Congressional District Convention 2014

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Trixie Averill and Wendell Walker

Delegate Steve Landes

The hall was darkened for Vance Wilkins' video ...

... and after the video and his nomination speech, there was no time left for Vance to address the crowd so Wendell Walker gave him additional time.

Delegates filing out to vote.

Yep ... looks like a political convention is going on here.

Suzanne Obenshain

Chaz and Wendy

Dan Averill with the Congressman.

Maryellen Goodlatte

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 26, 2014