500 Mile Run for Virginia Food Banks

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Beginning on Saturday August 30th Amos Desjardins, in partnership with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, will be embarking upon an amazing 500-mile journey through Virginia to help raise money and awareness to fight hunger and food deserts within Virginia. Over this journey Amos will take 1,000,000 steps – each step representing an individual in Virginia currently struggling with knowing where their next meal will come from.

Amos will begin the record setting 500-mile journey in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia and see him travel west to Winchester, south and east through Harrisburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, before heading north to finish in Old Town Alexandria. Along the way Amos will benefit from water/aid stops at several local running stores – where food donations will be collected by the support team – providing him with an opportunity to hydrate, refuel, and connect with locals who are interested in running with him.

I hope that anyone who can will consider donating food to this very worthy cause, or perhaps link up and run with him. You can donate to Amos’ cause at bit.ly/1Cacs3i, or by donating food at your local running store along his route. You can follow his progress via facebook at on.fb.me/1tTcjMO.

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Yesterday, I attended the groundbreaking for the air rifle range addition at Arl-FFX Izaak Walton



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Statement of House Republican Leadership on Allegations of Voter Fraud in Fairfax County

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RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement Tuesday on a report that 17 individuals cast ballots in both Virginia and Maryland during the 2012 Presidential election. The story, first reported by Watchdog.org, can be found here.

“We are deeply concerned by allegations that more than a dozen voters in Fairfax County cast multiple ballots in the 2012 presidential election. These are alarming allegations that, if true, could undermine the integrity of our electoral processes.

“We applaud the Fairfax County Electoral Board for its diligence in checking and monitoring voter records, and thank the Board for presenting this case to federal, state, and local law enforcement. Electoral Boards bear enormous responsibility to maintain fair and transparent elections. In this case, the Fairfax County Electoral Board has upheld its commitment to the people of Fairfax and the Commonwealth of Virginia by appropriately referring this case to law enforcement for investigation.

“The seriousness of these disconcerting allegations cannot be overstated. Open access to and the integrity of the ballot box are critical to the success of our electoral process and the representative government that flows from it. As Americans, we all share a deep and abiding obligation to protect this process. As elected leaders, we take that responsibility seriously and are committed to upholding the rule of law. We will monitor this case closely over the coming days and weeks.”

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VDOT Alert Striping repairs on I-66 over Rt. 29 Bridge

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Motorists should expect delays near exit 52 in Centreville through this evening

Be Aware of IRS Scammers

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Recently, I have been informed by several constituents that they are receiving threatening phone calls from individuals claiming to be associated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I want to inform you that the IRS is aware of these fraudulent phone calls and provided the following information to inform and assist you.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.

"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS."

Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

Other characteristics of these scams include:

Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at www.ftc.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, www.irs.gov.

Haymarket Elementary School ribbon cutting ceremony

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