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June 2011

DPVA Summit July 15-16

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 together and build the tools, skills and policy knowledge we need to elect our candidates in the fall and move this Commonwealth forward. Read More »DPVA Summit July 15-16

DPVA Weekly Top 5 for June 15, 2011

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  1. Every Democrat’s favorite Republican re-emerges
    We all remember former Delegate and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Jeff Frederick as a barely coherent right-winger who could always be counted upon to do or say something to embarrass his party, and who was drummed out of power by Bob McDonnell and party elite for that very reason. Well now he’s back! Last week he filed to run in a Republican primary for the right to challenge Senator Toddy Puller in November. With that in mind, the DPVA put together a video reel of some of Frederick’s more colorful moments to date as a way of welcoming him back. Click here to read about the DPVA’s celebration of the return of Jeff Frederick and to watch the video we prepared.Read More »DPVA Weekly Top 5 for June 15, 2011

GOP Debate

I was watching the Bruins-Canucks game, of course, but it looks like I didn’t miss much.

Virginia Influencers

Cool, although I can think of a lot of other Virginia Democrats who could have been included.

DNC RBC Approves VA & Other State Plans

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The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee met today to consider 23 state 2102 National Convention Delegate Selection Plans. The RBC gave Virginia’s plan “conditional approval” and approved our request for a waiver of the 10,000 Presidential candidate signature requirement (conditioned on the DPVA collecting 5,000 signatures). The DNC staff raised some minor issues, which were addressed by a revised plan we submitted on Monday.   I presented the plan and answered questions about the affirmative action goals of the plan.   The DNC had previously accepted our methodology and staff raised no questions, but the DPVA is fully committed to diversity and we will examine this issue carefully and propose any appropriate changes.Read More »DNC RBC Approves VA & Other State Plans

What the DPVA Has Been Doing

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Check out this video regarding activities thus far this year, including training , service, fundraising, candidates, and spreading the message.

Five Ways to Advance the Democratic Message

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1. Get Social:  Social media is one of the easiest ways for Democratic activists to communicate with people in their own communities about our Democratic values of justice, fairness and equality of opportunity.  “Like” the DPVA Facebook page and follow the Twitter feed and simply click ‘share’ or ‘retweet’ to put that information directly in front of the Virginians who look to you as a source of political information.Read More »Five Ways to Advance the Democratic Message

DPVA Does Blacksburg

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The Democratic Party of Virginia held its Steering and Central Committee Meetings in Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend – visiting the Fightin’ Ninth Congressional District for the first time in memory.  The trip was a bit of challenge, but if you are going to be stuck on a Virginia interstate for hours, I-81 has nice scenery, and the weather was beautiful.  Once we got there, we  received a very warm welcome from the Montgomery County and other SW Va Democrats and were happy to be at Va. Tech.   I liked the new format which included workshops in addition to the business meeting.  Highlights included:Read More »DPVA Does Blacksburg