30 Jun 2011
June 30, 2011

DPVA Chairman’s Update -6/24

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My fault – I should have added this sooner (I just figured out how to do it).  DPVA Chairman Moran has been busy travelling around the state preparing Democrats for the 2011 elections.  For details, see Chairman’s Update – June 24 2011

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Check out the Virgina League of Conservation Voters Legislative Scorecard which ranks members of the General Assembly based on their votes on environmental conservation issues including protection of streams, water quality, energy efficiency, land preservation, and development planning.  Congratulations to the nine Senators and 25 delegates (all DEMOCRATS) who achieved perfect (100%) scores.

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29 Jun 2011
June 29, 2011

Virginia NOT Rocking the Vote

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Rock the Vote recently issued its Voting System Scorecard, which  serves as a national benchmark that measures state laws and policies in three key areas: (1) voter registration, (2) casting a ballot and (3) young voter preparation.  The 21-point scale evaluates each state’s implementation of policies that increase access to the political process.  Virginia’s ranking? ..

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27 Jun 2011
June 27, 2011

Virginia LGBT Democrats Fundraiser

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Join me at the Virigina Partisans PAC 2011 event on July 14, 2011  7-9:00 pm, (program begins at 7:30 pm) at the home of Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette & Bob Rosen, 311 N. Jackson Street, Arlington, VA 22201 (map, click here; 12 minute walk to Clarendon & VA Square metro stations).  VA Partisans..

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In an op-ed posted today on the U.S. News & World Report website, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz argues that Republican-led voter ID laws infringe on Americans’ voting rights:   “Americans’ most sacred right—the right at the core of our democracy—is the right to vote. That’s why, over the years, leaders of both parties have worked..

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The Obama campaign gears up for 2012 We’ve got critically important legislative races this year, but it is great to see that President Obama’s re-election campaign is already getting ready to win Virginia again next year. To read more about the President’s re-election bid in Virginia, click here.

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22 Jun 2011
June 22, 2011

DPVA Summit July 15-16

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The first-ever Virginia Summit, which will be held on July 15th-16th at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, will offer two days of intensive training, policy and message briefings, career advancement advice and fellowship with Democratic elected officials, candidates, professionals, and activists from every level. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for Virginia Democrats to come..

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Please join us in supporting Alfonso for Delegate at the home of Arlington County Board Chair Chris Zimmerman (4003 South 16th Street, Arlington, Virginia) on June 29th – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.   Please click here to RSVP; or, if you are not able to attend next Wednesday, contributions of $100, $50, or whatever you can..

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One of the highlights of the June DPVA meetings is always the Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia’s Juneteenth luncheon, and this year was no exception.  Highlights included EJ Scott’s presentation on the Freedom Riders (including their Virginia connections), a talk about the need for preservation of African-American historical cites by Montgomery County School Board member Penny..

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In response to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, I have added a new section to Virginia Bookshelf that identifies some books on these issues that go beyond Virginia.  The listing is definately not comprehensive, but  let me know if you have additions.  Note that some books..

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