27 Jul 2012
July 27, 2012

Convention Comments

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“A national convention is as fascinating as a revival or a hanging.  It is vulgar, ugly, stupid, and tedious, to be sure, and yet there suddenly comes a show so gaudy and hilarious, so melodramatic and obscene, so unimaginably exhilarating and preposterous that one lives a gorgeous year in an hour.” – H.L. Mencken (quoted..

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20 Jul 2012
July 20, 2012

College Students Vote

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College students can register and vote in their college communities.  I have been working on this issue since I started at UVa – I was able to register and even served on the local committees, but registrars in other jurisdictions tried – and continue to try – to keep college students from registering and voting. ..

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Virginia recently strengthened its voter ID requirements, but did not require government-issued photo IDs, as discussed in this post. The Brennan Center  just issued a report on other states, however, that have this requirement:  “Ten states now have unprecedented restrictive voter ID laws.  Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all..

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17 Jul 2012
July 17, 2012

They Don’t Want You to Vote

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As discussed in this post from Lee Dems, this fall Virginia is implementing  new voter identification requirements.  They Don’t Want You to Vote.   When you go to the polls on November 6th make sure to bring one of the following identification: your Commonwealth of Virginia voter registration card, or your social security card, or your valid..

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Middle-Class tax cuts, transportation and student loan bills,  and “another terrible week for the Romney campaign.” 

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The DNC has announced the schedules, officers, and DNC-appointed members of the 2012 National Convention Standing Committees – Rules, Credentials, and Platform.  The Platform Drafting Committee will hold a hearing in Minneapolis on July 27-29 and is accepting requests to testify and written testimony via online portal at http://www.democrats.org/platform  – submissions must be provided prior to..

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Via our friends at DemConWatch, here is some excellent guidance from the excellent Texas Burnt Orange Site, http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/12399/15-tips-for-attendees-of-the-democratic-national-convention-in-charlotte-nc: 15 Tips for Attendees of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC by: Karl-Thomas Musselman Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 09:00 AM CDT This list has been making the rounds among delegates and others who earned their..

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The Democratic National Convention Committee today released information on how to volunteer for the September 6, Thursday night Convention session, at which the party will nominate President Obama at the BOA Stadium.  Go to this site to sign up!

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11 Jul 2012
July 11, 2012

8 Gates to the Convention

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How do you get those treasured convention credentials – Guest, Honored Guest, Alternate, Floor, Delegate, VIP, Podium?   This will be my fifth Democratic Party National Convention, but my first as an actual voting delegate.  Here are 8 ways to get into the Democratic National Convention: 1.    Get elected as a member of the delegation – as a delegate..

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10 Jul 2012
July 10, 2012

Obama up by 8 points in VA

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Today’s PPP poll shows President Obama leading Romney by 8 points in Virginia.  With Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode included, Obama’s lead increases to 14 points.  Encouraging, but still much work to do to make it real. 

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