The DPVA Steering Committee met last night and endorsed the Senate-passed Congressional redistricting plan that provides for two opportunity districts.  The SC also recommended nominating the next US senator from Virginia in a primary, to be held on June 12, 2012 (the same time as the GOP primary).  The SC also recommended the selection of George..

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I would like to share the attached statement from State Senator Mamie Locke in support of the DPVA Resolution favoring the Senate-endorsed Congressional redistricting plan.   Some have raised concerns that the reduced African-American percentage of the Third CD will make election of an African-American Congressman from that district unlikely.  Senator Locke points out that:  “The Senate..

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The Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committee meetings tonight and tomorrow will consider a couple of important political issues.  (Text below) First, it will vote on a resolution, unanimously endorsed by the Resolutions Committee. supporting the State Senate plan for congressional redistricting which will provide for fair and competitive districts and establish two minority opportunity..

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The DPVA and OFA need to collect a minimum of 10,000 signatures (including 400 per congressional district) to get president Obama on the March 6, 2012 Virginia Democratic Primary ballot.  If the President is the only candidate who meets the filing requirements, he will be declared the winner and the Democratic primary will not be..

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24 Aug 2011
August 24, 2011

Extending Election Hours? Not Likely.

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Yesterday, election day trauma again brought calls to extend the hours for voting beyond the statutory 7 pm cut-off.  This was the first earthquake-related request, but recent years have brought similar requests due to too many voters, too much rain, ice-storms, and/or bad traffic and delayed public transportation.  Virginia law provides that election hours may..

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Glad to see support for the State Senate plan which would result a congressional delegation that more fairly represents Virginia.  It has been suggested that Virginia’s three Democratic Congressman would prefer to GOP plan, which gives them safe districts, but locks in an 8-3 GOP majority.  I recently spoke with Cong. Scott, Cong. Moran, and..

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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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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 Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond on June 9-10 to draw Virginia’s new Congressional districts.  See Post article.   The House has passed a GOP/incumbent-protection plan that will likely maintain the Republican current 8-3 Congressional majority (which was a 6-5 Democratic majority prior to the 2010 election).  In so doing, it creates a 5th district..

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28 Apr 2011
April 28, 2011

2012 Nominating Process

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Rhodes Cook at Sabato’s Crystal Ball provides a nice overview of the 2012 process, although if he had been reading, e.g., Frontloading HQ, he would know that the states have been “filling in the blanks” for months and many states are done – including Virginia (as reported on this site).

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