Virginia now requires voters to present photo identification to cast their votes in person.   See SBE guidance.  Although the photo ID requirement unnecessarily burdens a fundamental right, the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) has taken a somewhat reasonable approach to its implementation.  Specifically, on June 10, 2014, the SBE appropriately determined that an expired identification card (e.g., a driver’s license) would count as a valid photo ID.  Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain, however, the original sponsor of the bill, and someone who never saw a voting restriction he did.. read more →

 We will post about the critically important voter photo identification/drivers license expiration issue shortly, but the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) is considering adoption of another regulation at affects voting, and the deadline for public comment is MONDAY, July 21, 2014, 11:59 pm.  Submit your comment here: Background:  Voters filing out an absentee ballot are asked to provide certain information – some of the information is considered “material” and if it is not provided, the ballot will not be counted.  The proposed regulations include a couple of unnecessary.. read more →

New DNC voter expansion – program (more later), D-Day, EPA’s new carbon standards; Cantor loses, 2016 National Convention bids (BIrmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Phoenix (more later), early voting win in Ohio, student loans; GOP leadership conference, DIck Cheney, LGBT gala , World Cup; Guide to GOP governors’ scandals (not including former VA governors), one year after the Shelby voting rights act decision – voter supression and voter expansion, immigration reform, and working families. read more →

Looking back at May – Benghazi, bridgegate, climate change; Marco Rubio, minimum wage, 9/11 museum; GOP primaries, women’s health, Harvey Milk; GOP governors’ scandals, “Republican Leadership Conference,” Cantor on immigration and foreign policy, ending the war in Afganistan, and remembering Maya Angelou. read more →

20 Jun 2014
June 20, 2014

DPVA #JJVA14 Weekend Is Here

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This weekend features the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, with Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as the keynote speaker.  Also lots of meetings.  and perhaps some beverages.  Meeting agendas will include campaign planning, local organizing, voter registration and photo ID issues, and a resolution honoring Mame Reiley.  Here’s the basic schedule: Friday June 20th • Steering Committee:  7:30PM-9PM • VAYDs Welcome Reception:  8:00PM-11:00PM • Location:  Richmond Marriott, 500 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA  23219  Saturday, June 21st • 7th Congressional District Breakfast: 8AM-9:30AM • VA Association of Democratic Chairs Meeting: 9AM • Central Committee:.. read more →

To gain access to the primary ballot, presidential candidates in Virginia have had to submit 10,000 signatures of qualified voters.  This was the strictest requirement in the country, and because the DNC had a 5,000 max requirement, the Democratic Party of Virginia had to get hard-earned waivers of  that requirement from the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee in 2004, 2008, and 2012.  In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly lowered the requirement in Va.Code sec. 24.2-545(B) from 10,000 to 5,000 statewide, and from 400 per CD to 200 per CD.  It also added.. read more →

[UPDATED] The DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee met today and approved most of the proposed Delegate Selection Rules for 2016.  The Rules are substantially similar to the 2012 Rules.  Highlights: The RBC adopted Rule 11 governing the calendar – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina may have their primaries/caucuses in February 2016; everyone else starts on March 1 and must be finished by June 13.  This schedule is similar to GOP Rules which allow the same four states in February and others to start on March 1.  Outreach provisions are strenghened to provide that.. read more →

Good news with ACA enrollment numbers and high job growth, Cantor blocking immigration reform, minimum wage should be raised, VP’s anti-sexual assault initiative, Paul Ryan, and DNC Voter Expansion litigation in Ohio.  read more →

Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers, GOP budget, minimum wage, Equal Pay Day, Veep BIden on voting rights, job training, YALI network, and GOP ethical problems.  read more →