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Following the theme “In Russia, President assassinates YOU”, Loudoun Supervisor Stevens Miller now has a blog.

LI broke this story here and here. Go read the posts and comments at Too Conservative to get caught up on the topic.

Starting up a blog is like starting up a restaurant in that the market is saturated and in order to stand out one really has to commit to a lot of ongoing work. So far, Miller is doing well. On top of that, he now has a vehicle for shooting back at all those who have been taking potshots at him, if that is what he wants to do.

If you search our blog for “Stevens Miller”, you will see we have said some favorable things about the Supervisor, but have also given him substantial reason to view NVTH as an antagonist. If he decides to point his rhetorical AK in our direction, I won’t hold it against him. “Supervisor Fights Back” is an idea I could get behind. Welcome to the scrum, Mr. Miller.

Something you will notice about Supervisor Miller if you get the chance to talk to him is he is not a formulaic, doctrinaire liberal. He is a very sensible guy. Ironically (to me, anyway), he is also incredibly partisan, which seems strange because I think Stevens Miller could easily pass as a Republican. At this point in time I think the chief characteristic of the Democrat Party is they are willing to bankrupt future generations of Americans by spending money we don’t have. I don’t think Stevens Miller is on board with that.

In this post he recognizes the good work of our great Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman but castigates the Republican Supervisors for their fiscal concerns.

I cannot believe that Stevens Miller cannot do the math that would give rise to such fiscal concerns. But reaching across the aisle is not part of Supervisor Miller’s skill set right now. Let’s see how it plays out on his blog, because he is doing a pretty good job as a blogger in giving a window into his personal thought process.

Following in the great tradition of those genius Democrats who disparage the Tea Party supporters as fringe whackos, some liberals are trying their best to belittle the GOP “Pledge To America” roll out event in Sterling earlier today.

This report is from the media leviathan known as Newsweek. When I hear “Newsweek,” I herd the family into the storm cellar. Because my knees are shaking so badly.

This one is from Loudoun Supervisor Stevens Miller. Stevens Miller actually has a pretty good sense of humor, enough so that it is worth reading him. Knowing that his wit is delivered from a gilded throne welded to the deck of the Titanic makes the reading of it bittersweet, but credit the guy for his chutzpah. He’s just trying to make some lemonade in life.

Democrat Stevens Miller, Loudoun County Supervisor from the Dulles District, voted with the 5-4 majority to approve the Kincora Village mixed-use development near the intersection of routes 7 and 28.

The village will include up to 2.7 million square feet of office space, as well as commercial retail, two hotels, a performing arts center and 1,400 multifamily residential units. At least 228 of residential units will be designated as affordable housing.

The board approved a separate application for the 5,500-seat accompanying baseball stadium in July 2009 that will be home to an Atlantic League professional team.

The other Board votes in favor of the project were Republicans Eugene Delgaudio and Lori Waters, Independent Scott York and Democrat Susan Buckley.

There are numerous arguments for and against Kincora, with cogent voices on both sides. I personally think Loudoun County is in a heap of hurt when it comes to business tax revenue and we really need to play catch-up to attract more commercial enterprises into our county, so I think Kincora is necessary to help keep us from going broke. But I understand those concerned about the 1400 residences it includes.

As they say: Reasonable people may disagree.

Supervisor Miller was voted into office with the help of anti-development constituencies who are not so forgiving. Below is an e-mail from Marcia de Garmo, secretary of the Piedmont Environmental Council, sent on July 9, 2010, under the subject heading of “Kincora & Metro – a Major Doublecross by Stevens Miller”

This message from Stevens Miller, one of our endorsed candidates, whom VLF helped with over $16,000 worth of mailings and other types of help — not to mention blood, sweat and tears in phonebank help — is MADDENING. His “transit link” is an example of “lipstick on a pig!” I’m sure you find it frustrating and disheartening as well. However, do send an e-mail. I’m told they don’t see/read the messages that go to bos, so send them to the individual addresses.*

To me this message shows that Stevens has been going into contortions to find a way to support this project. Furthermore;

1) It appears that this wonderful shuttle would link TWO projects that have not been approved! Foxgate is apparently not approved, and Kincora not either (till Monday).

2) If this Kincora developer gets the approval and flips the property (totally totally likely), the proffers (ALL the promises they’ve made, including this one) can be and will be renegotiated and can/will go away. It’s happened time and time again over the years – and all the Boards have fallen for it.

Exerpts from SM, with comments by me!

“I expect that the final proffers will be sufficient in my mind to justify??? bringing this mixed-use project into our community,” are we looking to find some sort of reason to “justify” voting for a bad project?

” to provide more businesses and commercial amenities to our Route 28 corridor,” TRUTH: 28 corridor has 18 MILLION Sq Ft of commercial ALREADY APPROVED but not built!!! 9 million built, of which 3 million are empty! The Fairfax portion of 28 has another TWENTY MILLION sf actually built, but empty!!!

“and even a modest residential component of a type that I believe Loudoun still needs.” HUH?? with +/- 40,000 approved but unbuilt units in eastern Loudoun? not to mention many that are built but unsold, by developers or individuals? with 18,000 of those being “multi-family” as is envisioned in Kincora?

If so, my hope will be that this decision will also send the message to the region’s businessfolk that Loudoun is the right place for them to bring more projects that will help diversify our tax base and grow our local economy. Do we need more PROJECTS to grow the economy? We have PROJECTS for the next 100 years!

This is a Pro-Developer vote – not a pro-business vote. There IS a difference.

Leaving aside the insinuation that Supervisor Miller was bought and paid for by the PEC and VLF (Voters for Loudoun’s Future) – so how dare he exercise independent thinking – Ms. de Garmo’s e-mail illustrates the peril public officials face when they attempt to do what every public official is supposed to do once in office, regardless of who paid their freight on the trip in: vote according to their best judgment.

Kudos to Stevens Miller for doing what he thought was the right thing, even if it was the unpopular thing with some of his benefactors.

(And just to head off the potential heads exploding here: I am aware Mr. Miller has made some dumb public statements in the past, especially with regard to advocacy efforts that your humble narrator once spearheaded. I would hardly count Stevens Miller a brother-in-arms, and you will recall we supported Tom Rust in the last election cycle. HOWEVER, when it comes to dumb public statements, we have all made a few, have we not? …. in the heat of battle, and all that? I have had a couple conversations with Stevens Miller and he is not a stupid man, and if we could tear down the ideological edifices arisen from past battles we might be side to side on some issues. Anyway, I respect his vote on Kincora, and I hope you do also.)

The new Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office substation on Frederick Avenue in Sterling opened on April 30 and tonight was the grand opening ceremony. We caught about 25 minutes of the event; here are a few photos.

Discussion of the substation began years ago – here is our write up of one of the public hearings back in 2006. Many of the same people in those photos were present tonight.

It’s good to see an event demonstrate such broad and bipartisan agreement. There were great comments by all of the elected officials present. Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio thanked the current and past boards of supervisors and school boards for making it happen. Supervisor Stevens Miller reminded the audience that although the deputies all dress the same, they are individuals so it’s ok to wave when they drive by and tell them if you think they are doing a good job.

I was especially impressed with Captain Ricky Frye, the substation commander. He made the point that the station is not the building but the personnel who work there. He also noted the fact that it was completed in less than two years – I forget the name of the contractor though I am certain it will be included in the news reports in the coming days.

In addition to those in the photos I saw Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman in the audience among hundreds of attendees – including, I am guessing, some of our readers. I know Eugene Delgaudio spent a lot of man hours in Sterling publicizing the event; don’t know what other publicity there was, but it really worked.

Nice job, everyone involved in bringing the substation to fruition. I will link to other media coverage as it becomes available.

sterling sheriff's substation ceremony June 9

Hundreds of residents, Sheriff's Office personnel and public officials attended the grand opening ceremony on June 9

Sterling Substation Grand Opening

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio speaks during the Grand Opening Ceremony at the new Sterling Substation. Major Bob Buckman (seated at left) was master of ceremonies.

Captain Ricky Frye, Sterling Substation Commander

Captain Ricky Frye, Sterling Substation Commander

Sheriff's deputies at Sterling Substation Grand Opening

Deputies and other Sheriff's Office personnel at Grand Opening Ceremony

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by jacob
They are having a poll over at the Loudoun Times today. Who would YOU like to see voted out of office. Well. We all know the answer to that question. The biggest idiot in the history of Loudoun Politics: Stevens Miller

Follow the link here
http://www.loudouni.com/themes/people

And put your displeasure on record. Power to the people.

Loudoun supervisors racists?
Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles), who is running for the 86th district house of delegates seat, was the catalyst of an odd story in the current edition of the Loudoun Independent newspaper.

During a September 15 “executive session” (closed meeting), Miller apparently accused his fellow supervisors of some degree of bias in the selection process for candidates for the vacant county administrator position. The following day, a report of the accusation was leaked both to a Northern Virginia blog and to Independent reporter Jason Jacks.

The substance of Miller’s strange statements in the Independent story might lead one to conclude that Miller himself was the source of one if not both of the leaks, possibly to ensure his accusation received press coverage.

No one will know the truth about what happened in the executive session or how the proceedings might have been leaked until one of Miller’s fellow supervisors speaks out. But a review of the facts is instructive:

During the Tuesday, September 15 executive session: Miller said something about the hiring process and the final slate of candidates for the county administrator job.

Within hours: Dated September 16 but reported as “today,” so likely after midnight that same evening – a story about Miller’s statement appeared on the Crystal Clear Conservative blog:

Today, in unusual fashion, Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles) attacks his fellow Loudoun BOS for not having a minority candidate in the final round of recruits for a new county administrator. He referred to other BOS members as being bigots.

Less than 24 hours later: The CCC blog post and quotes from Miller appear in a newspaper story. Though the Independent article is dated “September 17″ on the page, their Website software – Drupal – embeds the actual date each post is begun in the URL.

The story by Jason Jacks was started on “2009-09-16,” the same date as the CCC blog post:

Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles) is denying claims made online that he called fellow members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors “bigots” during a lengthy closed-door meeting in Leesburg Sep. 15…

The press and residents are not permitted at these gatherings, but the Crystal Clear Conservative blog said that Miller verbally “attacked” other supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting for not including a minority among the final candidates for the job. The blog also said that Miller “referred to other BOS members as being bigots.”

“That is absolutely not true,” Miller shot…

Though it’s unclear whom the board has interviewed so far since personnel hirings are confidential, Miller did acknowledge that he has concerns about the process.

“I think we should be looking at a more diverse pool of candidates,” he said.

Miller would not comment on whether he intends to pass along his concerns to any civil rights organizations, such as the NAACP.

Now let’s review the facts.

Within a 24-hour period, Miller’s statement from a private meeting the previous day is reported on both the blog and newspaper Web sites, and in the latter story Miller confirmed the substance of the blog report. Although Miller denied accusing the other supervisors of “bigotry,” he then proceeded to confirm he thought the hiring process potentially merited reporting to organizations that police the public sector for racist policies and actions.

Miller’s statements to the reporter comprised a denial that is not really a denial at all – and the substance of the story contradicts its headline. If one attempts to discern the actual point of the Independent article, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that it’s simply a platform for Miller to publicize the political message begun in the private session the previous day.

The essence of Miller’s message is: The board of supervisors conducted a hiring process which gives indications of racism, and which I publicly denounce.

This brings up the question of how the story leaked so efficiently that it evolved into a newspaper report promoting Miller’s message within 24 hours.

The author of Crystal Clear Conservative wrote to me:

My source, who wishes to be unidentified, did not give any indication that Stevens leaked this out to the press for additional attention.

I believe the CCC author would have no reason to lie to me, and her coverage of Miller is generally very critical, so the possibility she conspired with Miller to get him some PR seems unlikely. But her statement above also is worded such that CCC herself does not deny the ultimate source of the leak could have been Miller.

Jacks, a good reporter with whom I am acquainted, did not respond to a request for comment about the story – which is no surprise since he certainly would not say anything about a confidential source and has no obligation to reveal anything to a small-time local blog anyway. So all we have to go on is the that in a short period of time Jacks found the CCC blog post, got the quotes from Miller and turned it into a news story the substance of which is actually contradictory.

Though a great blog, CCC is not exactly Fox News in terms of public awareness, so it’s notable Jacks found the post and whipped up a story so soon after the private meeting.

But it is strange that a local blog post in itself would have been the genesis for a news story. (A local liberal blogger picked up on this point while entirely missing the substance of the Independent article – either as a result of myopia or plain dishonesty).

All kinds of unattributed statements appear on blogs, and one like in the CCC post seems hardly worthy of news coverage. It’s one a reporter, I would think, in most cases would not bother to make phone calls about, and certainly would not have expected Stevens Miller to have any inclination to comment on.

However, the blog post ACCOMPANIED BY a pointed quote from Stevens Miller, delivered as a package, could be considered raw material for a news report. As a news report, it is bizarre; but applying Occcam’s razor, the simplest solution is that Stevens Miller wanted the CCC blog post to be found so he could use it to get his message out.

For now this is all supposition on my part, but even a cursory review of the events must lead one to conclude it worked out very conveniently for Stevens Miller.

A final interesting issue – and one which I believe will become more interesting in the weeks to come – is the utter silence from all the Democrat and Independent supervisors who now have been publicly accused of bias and possibly privately called bigots.

(I am leaving the two Republican supervisors out of the discussion because a Democrat calling Republicans racists is the quintessential dog-bites-man story, and they are just two votes out of nine in the hiring process).

If Stevens Miller had NOT called the other supervisors bigots, and someone had concocted an out and out lie in the leak to CCC blog, one would think somebody out of the entire board would have spoken up to defend Miller from such potent false claim.

One of the supervisors, a Democrat, told me:

I have decided to be quiet in public about this issue, because we are in the middle of the most important decision this Board will make during our tenure.  As important as many of the other challenges and opportunities we face are, I believe this one will have the greatest impact of all.  We are hiring the top county employee, who will be responsible for wise use of our tax dollars, leadership for all our employees, and stewardship of so much that impacts our lives.  I do not want to do anything to jeopardize the process we are undertaking, and because it is done in executive session, I want to honor the confidentiality and sensitivity of a fair process.

Once we are ready to make a decision and announce it publicly, I would be happy to talk.

This is a very reasonable statement and prudent course of action, and none of the supervisors has any responsibility to reveal jack to a local conservative blogger anyway about what happened in executive session. But it’s also hardly a vigorous defense of Stevens Miller against what would have to be considered a scurrilous false statement conveyed to the CCC blog and reported in the only remaining newspaper serving eastern Loudoun county.

I think the absence of a single syllable of public defense of Stevens Miller from his fellow supervisors, and the fact Miller himself echoed the accusation of bigotry in statements the following day, serve to support the notion that he did in fact call the other supervisors bigots.

If this is the case, it is not surprising the other supervisors – for the most part on the liberal side of the spectrum – are silent. In the liberal playbook, the charge of racism is used to stifle debate. It is the accusation that implies such dreadful moral condemnation that once leveled cannot be refuted. Voices must hush, heads shall bow, and the accuser is declared winner of all arguments.

Most sensible people recognize such shallow argument as the patent nonsense it is, sloganeering rather than thinking. When prominent Democrats attempt to employ the tactic on the national stage, the American public now responds with a collective snort of derision.

But reality apparently has not sunk in here at the local level. Looking across the political landscape in Virginia during this state election season, one has to wonder if many of the Democrat candidates have been fooled into thinking they could ride to victory this November on the same wave which carried so many Democrats to victories in elections from 2006 through 2008.

If Stevens Miller believes he can win Tom Rust’s 86th District seat through racial politics, I would suggest he is attempting to ride a wave which crested earlier this year and became a dank ebb tide over the summer.

The Democrat moment was 11 months but also an eon ago – the eon before Democrats showed what they do when they control the federal government. In the learning process since, Virginians have discovered that much of what they were told prior to the historic 2008 elections was a sham.

Making an incendiary accusation that bigotry could have tainted the hiring process in Loudoun County might have temporarily stunned his fellow supervisors into silence, but in my view it is an act of political grandstanding that voters in the 86th district will recognize as a ploy with no basis in reality.

UPDATE: Full disclosure – I am a Tom Rust supporter, as anyone can tell from the ad in our sidebar. But I am also one of the few area conservatives who seems not to have a reservoir of animus toward Supervisor Miller, and I think I’m one of the few who has never written about him here. From my minor communications with him, I have found Miller to be reasonable for someone on the other side of most issues. Racial politics, however, is in my opinion one of the primary scourges of modern culture, and I will call it out when it arises in my neighborhood.

The Center for Immigration Studies is reporting a significant decrease in the nationwide illegal alien population :

Monthly data collected by the Census Bureau through May 2008 shows a significant decline in the number of less-educated, young Hispanic immigrants in the country. The evidence indicates that the illegal immigrant population may have declined by over one million in the last year. There are strong indications immigration enforcement is responsible for at least part of the decline. The economy also is likely playing a role.

Among the findings:

Our best estimate is that the illegal immigrant population has declined by 11 percent through May 2008 after hitting a peak in August 2007.

The implied decline in the illegal population is 1.3 million since last summer, from 12.5 million to 11.2 million today.

The estimated decline of the illegal population is at least seven times larger than the number of illegal aliens removed by the government in the last 10 months, so most of the decline is due to illegal immigrants leaving the country on their own.

One indication that stepped-up enforcement is responsible for the decline is that only the illegal immigrant population seems to be affected; the legal immigrant population continues to grow.
Another indication enforcement is causing the decline is that the illegal immigrant population began falling before there was a significant rise in their unemployment rate.

The importance of enforcement is also suggested by the fact that the current decline is already significantly larger than the decline during the last recession, and officially the country has not yet entered a recession.

While the decline began before unemployment rose, the evidence indicates that unemployment has increased among illegal immigrants, so the economic slow-down is likely to be at least partly responsible for the decline in the number of illegal immigrants.

There is good evidence that the illegal population grew last summer while Congress was considering legalizing illegal immigrants. When that legislation failed to pass, the illegal population began to fall almost immediately.

If the decline were sustained, it would reduce the illegal population by one-half in the next five years.

The full report.

A clear trend is emerging, enforcement works. While Stevens Miller and others on our Board of Supervisors wring their hands over concerns of cancer and racism, a countless number of cities, counties, and states are tackling a difficult problem head on, with demonstrable results.

This also confirms that with enforcement, and a decrease in public benefits, many illegal alien residents will leave of their own accord.

Too bad our BOS refuses to lead on this issue, as has the governing body of Prince William County, and closer to home, Herndon.

We can still hope.