McDonnell’s Independent advisory redistricting panel offers up draft report…. – Shad Plank: The blog for Virginia politics. See this post for a link to the draft report.




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30 Mar 2011
March 30, 2011

Happy 150th Birthday, United Italy

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March 17, 2011 marks the sesquicentennial of the Risorgimento, the unification of  modern Italy.  The Italian Embassy website has information and a lists of events.




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29 Mar 2011
March 29, 2011

President Obama on Libya

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Here are some observations from the DNC on the President’s speech and our country’s actions in Libya.   President Obama made a strong case for the success of our efforts in Libya so far, and for the more limited role that America will play going forward.




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On Friday, March 25, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed identical bills HB 1843 and SB 1246 into law, moving Virginia’spresidential primary from the second Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March – March 6, 2012.   As reported at Frontloading HQ, to put it in context:   “Virginia now joins Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont on March..




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27 Mar 2011
March 27, 2011

DPVA & OFA-VA Regional Training

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The Democratic Party of Virginia and Organizing for America-Virginia put on a very useful four-hour training today at George Mason University.  About 150 people attending including long time party and OFA activists, as well as people new to the area or new to politics.  Sessions were led by DPVA and OFA staff including Brandyn Keating and..




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One year of the Affordable Health Care Act – no death panels, just benefits for people who lacked insurance; economic advancement with Latin America; education Race to the Top; and Libya 




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Libya, education, nuclear reactors, and the Irish 




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16 Mar 2011
March 16, 2011

DPVA OFA-VA Training Update

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Information on the training to be held in Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Fairfax, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News over the next few weeks from DPVA Vice Chair for Organization, Gaylene Kanoyton (who is doing a great job): We are excited to share the details on the upcoming Regional Grassroots Trainings.  The DPVA and OFA team has worked..




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16 Mar 2011
March 16, 2011

Virginia Congressional Redistricting

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Important issue – for the next decade in Virginia and also for our draft 2012 national convention delegate selection plan, which should be out for public comment shortly.  Best coverage seems to be from @Redistrict twitter feed.  Any better sources?




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Japan, education, and more.  




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