03 Jun 2012
June 3, 2012

Thanks from the DNC Unity Team

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At yesterday’s state Democratic Convention, delegates from around the Commonwealth heard speeches from party leaders, elected national convention delegates, chose electors, and elected four members to the DNC.  DNC Unity Team female members Mame Reiley and Doris Crouse-Mays were elected without opposition and male members Frank Leone and Vice-Mayor George Wallace also were elected.  The male.. read more →

31 May 2012
May 31, 2012

DNC Endorsement Updates

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First, I am very happy to announce major new endorsements for the DNC Unity Team , including Congressman Bobby Scott, State Senator Louise Lucas, State Senator Barbara Favola, and Fairfax Supervisor Penny Gross.  These supporters join Congressman Moran, Congressman Connolly and other activists, party leaders, and elected officials who have endorsed the Unity Team. Second, there.. read more →

28 May 2012
May 28, 2012

Diversity and the DNC

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This may cost me some votes, but here are the facts.  At this Saturday’s Virginia Democratic Party Convention, delegates will elect four members of the Democratic National Committee.  According to the DNC Charter, two must be women and two must be men.   Moreover, to the best of my knowledge, since 1972 when Ruth Harvey Charity.. read more →

28 May 2012
May 28, 2012

Promoting and Protecting the Vote

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I have spent many years working to protect the right to vote, including supporting legislation and State Board of Election rules that make it easier for people to register and vote absentee and for college students to vote, recruiting volunteers and providing training on voter protection, and working up to and on (and the day after) election.. read more →

Under former DNC Chair Howard Dean, the DNC adopted a “50 state strategy,” which included DNC funding of staff assigned to state parties.  The strengthened state parties played an important role in the election of Barack Obama in 2008.  Following that election, the DNC reevaluated the workings of that program.  One of the first things.. read more →

24 May 2012
May 24, 2012

Dem Rules and DemRulz

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Since I interned at Americans for Democratic Action in the 1980, I have been involved with Democratic Party rules issues.  I have worked with many grassroots, local committee, and other party members to develop fair and clear party rules that encourage maximum participation.  For the past three cycles, I have drafted and obtained DNC approval.. read more →

I have long worked to ensure that our Democratic Party and its activities are accessible to all Democrats.  I have worked with folks like Ed Turner, the former 3rd district chair (and currently an advisor to Gov. Kaine’s campaign), to make sure that our rules require accessibility and reasonable accommodation, our party members understand how.. read more →

 The Virginia Democratic Party’s diversity is a key component of our electoral success. I have worked hard over the years to advance the Virginia Democratic Party’s outreach and affirmative action efforts, including working to provide party recognition for constituency groups and caucuses, organizing visibility events at group gatherings, drafting materials and making presentations encouraging full.. read more →

The DPVA has successfully completed its 11 Congressional District Conventions.  From what I saw (I attended the 1st, 8th, 10th, and 11th CD conventions) and heard, they went well and elected a diverse, dedicated, and energetic group of National Convention Obama Delegates who will represent us well in Charlotte.  We will complete our National Convention Delegate Selection.. read more →

10 May 2012
May 10, 2012

The DNC Unity Team

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At the June 2, 2012 Virginia Democratic State Convention in Fairfax, we will elect two male and two female representatives to four year terms on the DNC.  I am honored to run with Mame Reiley, George Wallace, Doris Crouse-Mays, a  diverse group who will continue to work at the DNC to advance progressive issues, build the.. read more →