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DPVA Central Commitee Election Process Is Underway

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The Democratic Party of Virginia will elect its new Central Committee members next month, so I wanted to provide an update of a prior post on this issue.  The attached PDF, and text below, sets out in question and answer format information about the State Central Committee and the upcoming elections.  Active Virginia Democrats should participate in this process and those who want so serve on the State Central Committee should be out campaigning.

 You can get updates at the DPV Central Committee Site, which also includes the Congressional District Calls to Convention and a complete calendar.   Here is a calendar containing deadlines from the Congressional District Calls to the Conventions.

Congressional District

Convention Date

Prefiling Deadline (SCC)

City & County Caucus Dates

1st

May 2

April 24

Apr. 18 or 20

2nd

May 9

April 30

None

3rd

May 16

May 9

Apr. 25 or 27

4th

May 9

May 1

Apr. 25 or 27

5th

May 2

April 23

Apr. 18 or 20

6th

May 16

May 8

None

7th

May 9

May 1

Apr. 23 or 25

8th

May 16

May 8

None

9th

May 2

April 27

Apr 18 or 20

10th

May 9

May 1

Apr 18 or 20

11th

May 9

May 1

None

  SCC Q&A 2009 (204.8 KiB, 1,059 hits)

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Inauguration Updates

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I hope that everyone had a great time  and that you found our inauguration update page useful.  I’ll post pictures on Flicker.

Gov Kaine leads charge for in-person early voting

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As indicated in today’s press release:

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Office of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Governor                                                          January 7, 2009

Contact:                 Gordon Hickey
Phone:                   (804) 225-4260
Cell Phone:           (804) 291-8977
Internet:                www.governor.virginia.gov

GOVERNOR KAINE ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND ABSENTEE VOTING

~ Legislation will allow all voters to cast an absentee ballot in-person ~

 RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today proposed legislation to allow for no-excuse, in-person absentee voting in Virginia. The proposed legislation would allow any qualified voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at their registrar’s office during the 45 day absentee voting period, without providing an excuse or reason. Those wishing to vote absentee by mail would still be required to meet one of the existing statutory requirements.Read More »Gov Kaine leads charge for in-person early voting

DPV Central Commitee to meet, consider elections, resolutions

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The next quarterly meetings of the Democratic Party of Virginia Central and Steering Commitees will be held on December 5-6, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville.  The Central Commitee and its officers are up for election in the Spring of 2009 and we will consider the processes for those elections.  The Commitees will also consider a resolution on ten voting-related issues, including support for early voting and facilitating college student voter registration on their college communities, and a resolution supporting nonpartisan redistricting.   Texts of the resolutions follow. 

  DPV_Voting_Resolutions_Dec_2008.pdf (67.8 KiB, 1,000 hits)

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DNC Should Continue 50 State Staffing

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Democratic successes over the past four years, including Obama’s election, owe a lot to the DNC 50 State Strategy which placed 3-4 staff people per state to assist state Democratic parties.   The program was scheduled to terminate on November 30, 2008 and apparently is doing so.  The new DNC leadership may — and should — resume the program, but in the meantime, we are losing 183 experienced and knowledgeable field people.  The DNC should keep these folks on staff until decisions about the future course of the program are made.  Below is my letter to Chairman Dean. 

  50 state letter (113.4 KiB, 989 hits)

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One Virginia (for Obama)

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Today’s Washington Post qoutes Sarah Palin as talking – yet again – about the “Real Virginia.”  This is the same kind of Atwater/Rove/Wedge Issue/win elections by dividing people approach that Republicans try time and time again.  Barack Obama is the only candidate who talks about what unites us more than what divides us and that is one reason why he should be our next President.

As we are all Americans, we are also all Virgnians.  I grew up and live in Northern Virginia, but have lived in Charlottesville and Richmond and travelled to every corner of the Commonwealth.  What unites us is far greater than what divides us, as the following Virgnia Pilot editorial said so wellRead More »One Virginia (for Obama)