Here are some of the bills recently filed in the Virginia General Assembly that affect voting (courtesy of Project Vote).  You can go to the Virginia Legislative Information System website and type in the bill number for more information.  Then contact your State Senator or Delegate and tell them to support or oppose the bill. Absentee Voting bill HB 1858 was referred to House Privileges and Elections Sub-Committee. This bill would add to the list of persons permitted to vote absentee persons who are unable to go to the polls.. read more →

25 Jan 2015
January 25, 2015

Virginia Bookshelf Update

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Finally put down my Ipad long enough to read a couple of Virginia history books and update the Virginia Bookshelf Page – Focusing on, but not limited to, Virginia Politics and History since 1865.  Check it out and let me know if you have any suggestions. read more →

23 Jan 2015
January 23, 2015

2016 Dem Convention Starts July 25th

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will announce today the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The Committee is still in final contract negotiations to decide a host city for the convention and will announce the decision in the coming weeks. So will it be Brooklyn, Columbus, or Philadelphia?  Stay tuned. read more →

17 Jan 2015
January 17, 2015

2015 – A DPVA Year of Opportunity

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2015 offers the Democratic Party of Virginia many opportunities for improvement because – let’s face it – 2014 wasn’t so good. Fortunately, many Democratic committee members and other party activists are dedicated to strengthening the party structure, electing Democrats, and spreading the Democratic message. An important first step will be a “retreat” for the DPVA Steering Committee early in the year to discuss needed improvements and present a framework for discussion and implementation by the members of the Central Committee, local committees, and other good Democrats. Here are some issues.. read more →

17 Jan 2015
January 17, 2015

DNC Communications Update 1.16.2015

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Paid sick leave, Christie/Paul/Perry, and GOP SOTU responder read more →

12 Jan 2015
January 12, 2015

Virginia Voting Legislation – 2015

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Here are some of the bills recently filed in the Virginia General Assembly that affect voting (courtesy of Project Vote).  You can go to the Virginia Legislative Information System website and type in the bill number for more information.  Then contact your State Senator or Delegate and tell them to support or oppose the bill. Good Bills that expand voting: Voter ID Expansion bill HB 1495 was filed. This bill adds to the list of acceptable forms of voter ID a valid student photo ID card issued by any institution.. read more →

The DNC recently issued its guidance documents and the 2016 Democratic National Convention Call, Delegate Selection Rules, Regulations, and model plan.  State Democratic Parties now must take these materials and draft their own state plans, to be submitted to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee for approval by May 4, 2015.  As I’ve noted in prior post, e.g., here, the 2016 procedures are similar to 2012. The Call does not yet identify the location and date of the 2016 Convention – the DNC will likely make that announcement next month… read more →

Economic growth, GOP & RWNJs, remembering Mario Cuomo; new Obama policies – manufacturing, housing and community colleges; bad GOP ideas, claiming credit for economic recovery, Jeb & George W.   read more →

11 Jan 2015
January 11, 2015

DNC Democratic Victory Task Force

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In case you missed it, last month DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the appointment of a 10-person panel to the Democratic Victory Task Force, an initiative to give a top-to-bottom assessment of our elections. The Chair noted that the Task Force “will conduct a thorough review and assessment of key components of the Democratic Party’s — and related organizations’ — role in recent elections and identify places where the party can strengthen and improve operations to better serve candidates and constituents in future elections.”  Read the full statement.. read more →