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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.
  2. Democrats gather to meet new voters and new candidates
    Northern Virginia Democrats gathered in McLean last weekend at a “Friendraiser” thrown to give electeds like Del. Bob Brink the chance to introduce themselves to new constituents and candidates like Pamela Danner the chance to make their pitch to area voters. To read more about the Democratic Friendraiser in McLean click here.
  3. Allen spends yet another week ducking the Ryan Medicare plan
    Senate candidate George Allen held a press conference this morning to announce his campaign agenda, and despite urging from Democrats and Republicans he refused yet again to tell Virginians whether he would vote for Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it, despite having praised the plan repeatedly. The DPVA continues to apply pressure on Allen to take a stance on this critical issue. To read more about Allen’s continued ducking on the Ryan plan, click here.
  4. Democrats gather for Arlington County JJ
    Last Saturday around 300 Democrats came together for the Arlington County Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, hosted by the local Democratic Committee. Speakers included DPVA Chairman Brian Moran, Congressman Jim Moran, former DNC Chairman and Virginia businessman Terry McAuliffe and former congressman Tom Perriello. To read more about the Arlington JJ Dinner and to watch a clip of Chairman Moran’s address click here.
  5. Tom Whipple passes the reigns
    The entire DPVA staff would like to thank Tom Whipple for his years of service preparing the daily news clipping service “The Whipple Clips.” Whipple spent 15 years getting up at 4:00 AM to make sure Virginia politicos got their news fix first thing, and for that he deserves our gratitude and a happy and relaxing retirement. For more information on Tom Whipple’s retirement and the future of the Whipple Clips click here.