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As the Virginia Tea Party ushers in the close of the year, we have a lot to look back on and celebrate. Thanks to supporters like you, our organization is stronger than ever. We held several successful conferences, and played a key role in facilitating thoughtful debate among Virginia’s conservative activists as they nominated candidates for public office across Virginia.

Our December 1st conference, coinciding with our annual meeting, was planned to be the latest in our string of successes. We put together a compelling program with issue leaders from all over America, and looked forward to seeing you on Saturday.

However, I am writing to let you know that at this time, the conference has been cancelled.

With each conference, we strive to achieve two goals: (1) develop an excellent educational program; and (2) facilitate networking and collaboration between the activists and organizations of Virginia’s conservative movement.

As frustrating as I know this is for you (and for all of us), due to factors outside of our control, we simply could not guarantee the experience that we strive to provide to our members and attendees. Accordingly, a full refund will be issued to all those who have purchased tickets.

We have an excellent group of new officers nominated to lead our organization, and I have no doubt that they will do an excellent job building the organization in the new year. Many exciting plans are already in the works, and we look forward to updating you with more information shortly.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year.


Rick Buchanan

VATP Chairman


Time Session
10:00 Call to order – Pledge of Allegiance / Prayer
10:05 Opening remarks
10:10 Morning Session
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Session
3:00 Business Meeting

– Election of officers

– Other business items as required

4:00 Event Close


Jeff Thomas BookJEFF THOMAS

Virginia Politics and Government in A New Century: THE PRICE OF POWER

“In Virginia Politics and Government in A New Century: THE PRICE OF POWER Jeff Thomas demolishes the state’s conceits that it operates by the honorable principles of gentlemanly cavaliers [known as ‘the Virginia way’]. As his richly reported work reveals, the state is run entirely opposite to the Jeffersonian values it pretends to embrace.”

-Peter Galuszka, reporter at Style weekly

David Lusk - Key AdvocacyDAVID LUSK

Session 1: Combating Advocate Fatigue: Practical Tips for Boosting Engagement

Recruiting advocates for your cause isn’t easy. It requires time, energy, and sometimes, financial resources. Now that you have these valuable activists, don’t risk losing them to disengagement.

Learn how organizations like yours are making the most of their advocates’ participation to build organizational value while growing subsets of ambassadors to champion their causes.

This session delivers tips and best practices for recruiting advocates, maintaining momentum, and boosting engagement for your cause, helping you avoid advocate fatigue and disengagement.          PODCAST

Session 2: Key Interests-Based Advocacy

How to be most effective in influencing legislators.


Fighting State Carbon Taxes – The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Dave has spent the last seven years as the Director of the Center for Energy Competitiveness for the Caesar Rodney Institute. Dave has published over 100 analytic studies including a major peer reviewed paper published in the Cato Journal this year titled “A Review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative”. He has worked on such issues as the EPA Clean Power Plan, electric grid reliability, the public policy drivers of energy cost, and climate change. Dave has been a leader on energy and environmental policy in the State Policy Network. He served on President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Transition Team, and has become a resource for national energy and environmental issues.


Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Healthcare

David A. Hyman is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. A doctor as well as a lawyer, Hyman served most recently as the Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois, where he directed the Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy. He focuses his research on the regulation and financing of health care and has taught insurance, medical malpractice, law and economics, professional responsibility and tax policy in addition to civil procedure. (PODCAST) (BIO)


“Yes Virginia, There Are Four Tax Hikes in Your Future”

Each of these tax increases has been recognized on its own, and debated on its own, but they are not widely recognized by the voting public. The fourth and largest of them, the windfall from federal conformity, is still easy to prevent. (LinkedIn)
Stephen is a Senior Fellow, State and Local Tax Policy, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.


Law Enforcement for Rent

Mr. Horner will detail a donor-funded scheme of law enforcement for hire, using public office to expend resources not appropriated or approved by the AGs’ legislatures, which raises statutory and significant constitutional issues as well as ethics concerns.

Healthcare Solutions for the 2019 General Assembly

Panel Members

  • Jeff Ryer – Exec. Director of Senate Republican Caucus
  • Craig DiSesa – President, The Middle Resolution
  • Nancy Piotter – Former Director of Virginian’s for Quality Healthcare

The panelists in this session will discuss the upcoming 2019 General Assembly legislation that will address the challenges with Healthcare affordability, quality and access.

Follow Your Representatives’ Money: HANDS ON WORKSHOP


Learn to navigate the VPAP.org money trail. Where does your Representative’s money come from; how is it spent? YOU MUST BRING A LAPTOP or SMART PHONE to this workshop.


President, Virginia Voters Alliance

Illegal Voting and Fraudulent Elections 2018

Poll watching Strategy for 2019


President Education United


Franklin County School Board Member and author


former Henrico and Hanover County high school principal.

Excellence vs. Average: Delivering Outcome-based Education in a Politically Divided Commonwealth

Education drives culture and culture drives politics. This breakout session explores paths forward for breaking public education’s stranglehold on delivery of sub-standard K12 education that ill prepares students to enter the workforce or become engaged citizens. Both legislative and non-legislative solutions are presented and the status of each is discussed.



Hotel & Parking

Delta by Marriott Richmond Downtown Hotel

  • Hotel: Discounted room rate of $129 available: Book here
  • Parking: $2 fee to validate your parking garage ticket. Bring your parking ticket to the hotel front desk for validation.


Walk-in ticket price (without preregistration) is $45; pay at the registration desk upon arrival.

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