07 Apr 2015
April 7, 2015

Need #DPVA Platforms

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I received a call from a researcher at Columbia University who is putting together for analysis a set of state convention platforms/resolutions and is trying to locate DPVA platforms.  I have them posted back to 2000 at my DemRulz References page, but have not been able to locate many earlier ones – from the 1990s or 1980s, and some of you may have them back to the 1970s or earlier.   Please send! (I can copy and return originals if you wish)  Thanks read more →

Here are the actions Governor McAuliffe has taken on some of the voting bills that we have been following (courtesy of Project Vote).  Thank you Governor for vetoing the idiotic mail-in photo ID bill.  You can go to the Virginia Legislative Information System website and type in the bill number for more information on these bills. List Maintenance bill HB 1315 has recommendations from the governor. This bill requires jury commissioners to transmit to the general registrar on request lists of persons not qualified to serve on a jury as.. read more →

At its March 2015 meeting, the Democratic Party of Virginia voted to adopt a National Democratic Convention delegate selection procedure similar to the ones adopted in recent years.  We will use the March 1, 2016 primary to allocate delegates among presidential candidates and then use a caucus process to elect delegates to congressional district and state conventions, which, in turn, will elect Virginia’s national convention delegation. The DPVA recently posted the plan for a 30-day public comment period.  The plan formally describes the process of how the Democratic Party of.. read more →

Here are some of the bills the Virginia General Assembly acted on 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.  You can then contact Governor McAuliffe to urge approval or a veto. Sign: Voter ID bill HB 1538 passed the Senate. The bill requires that for the purpose of the ID presented by the voter, the voter’s name as found on the pollbook matches or is substantially similar to the name listed.. read more →

The Democratic Party of Virginia meeting this weekend will vote on a series of resolutions concerning the 2016 Democratic National Convention delegate selection process.  The resolutions call for the party to follow a similar process as we did in 2004, 2008, and 2012 – participate in Virginia’s Presidential primary (March 1, 2016) and use that primary to allocate delegates among the presidential candidates.  Then hold Congressional District and State Conventions to fill the actual delegate slots.   I think this is the most open, fair, and Democratic process and I.. read more →

28 Feb 2015
February 28, 2015

#DPVA Committees to Meet March 6-7, 2015

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The Democratic Party of Virginia State Steering and Central Committee will meet next weekend at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059. Steering is meeting on Friday March 6 at 7 pm, Central is on Saturday March 7 at 10 am. We will have a number of issues to discuss including the Fall General Assembly election, JJ and other fundraising, regional training, voter registration, motions concerning the 2016 delegate selection process, establishment of a 2016 state convention planning process, party plan.. read more →

28 Feb 2015
February 28, 2015

#DNC2015 – DNC Meeting Report

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In addition to the Victory Task Force and the 2016 Delegate Selection Plan Workshop, the DNC’s Winter Meeting on February 19-21 had the usual activities of meeting and learning from Democrats around the world, including regional and constituency group caucus sessions. I am glad that many Virginia Democrats could join us. The highlights certainly included an address from President Obama Friday morning that focused on economic recovery and helping the middle class.  You can see it here. We also celebrated the selection of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.. read more →

VTF Presentation

After the unpleasant 2014 election results, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appointed a Democratic Victory Task Force, chaired by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, to identify the DNC’s priorities in strengthening the party and winning elections. The Task Force submitted a Preliminary Report at the meeting. See Report and Gov. Beshear’s speech below. DPVA will convene some sort of public comment process soon. The Task Force will then issue a full report in June with a working session at the DNC Summer Meeting in August in Minneapolis, MN. I think the.. read more →

The recent Democratic National Committee meeting featured an excellent workshop on the 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection process led by Virginia’s own Patrice Taylor. Materials from the workshop are set forth below. I have previously posed the DNC Convention Call, Rules, and Regulations here.  I won’t review the basics, but here are some of the highlights of the workshop: The process is underway with states required to name their Affirmative Action Committees by March 2, 2015. (Virginia got a slight extension so we can do it by March 9,.. read more →