From slave to legislator

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The Richmond Free Press published this article on July 9, 2015.  It shares the stories of African-Americans who served in the Virginia General Assembly up until 1890.  It also briefly talks about the ‘Underwood’ Convention which was required by the Union after the end of the Civil War.  Do any of our members know of any other ancestors who so served?

From slave to legislator.

An independent redistricting commission in Virginia?

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This article in the Daily Press doubts that Virginia will create an independent redistricting commission such as the one in Arizona upheld by the Supreme Court in this year’s term.

Local political watchers say redistricting overhaul won’t come soon or easily in Va. – The Daily Progress: Local.

Would you support the creation of an independent redistricting commission in Virginia?

Future, present, and past

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– Prince George Dems meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2015, 6pm Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex

-November 3, 2015 Election Day. Democrats will take back the Virginia Senate and add seats in the House of Delegates.  In Prince George support Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, 16th Virginia Senate District and Candidates Sheila Bynum-Coleman for the 62nd Virginia House District and Lashrecse Aird for the 63rd Virginia House .District

-November 3, 2015 support Democrats Renee Taylor Garnett and Floyd M. Brown, Jr., for District 1 Board of Supervisors.  Support Independent Melvin Douglas (committee member).

Present

The Democratic Party of Virginia have a ‘dynomite” new official Chair in Susan Swecker who has brought on a mostly new staff to take back the Virginia Senate, increase Dems in the Virginia House, and lead Virginia in 2016 to elect Hillary to the Presidency.

Susan Swecker, Center

Susan Swecker, Center

To Susan’s left is Becca Sluztsky, the Executive Director of DPVA.

DPVA also has a new logo to carry us into the future.  Enjoy …

New DPVA LOGO

New DPVA LOGO

Past …

Racism, sexism, bigotry of any kind, lack of health care coverage … let’s make it so …

VA SEN Black effort to keep Confederate Flag on car tags

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
June 26, 2015
 
CONTACT: Morgan Finkelstein, morgan@vademocrats.org
 
DPVA To Launch Automated Calls Informing Voters About Dick Black’s Bill to Keep Confederate Flag on Virginia License Plates
 
LEESBURG — Today, the Democratic Party of Virginia is launching automated calls to voters in the 13th Senate District calling attention to Senator Dick Black’s relationship with the Confederate flag . In 2003, Senator Black  introduced a bill  specifically allowing the Sons of Confederate Veterans to display the Confederate flag on Virginia license plates. Yet, in light of the Governor’s recent actions taking the flag off of license plates, Black has refused to say a single word on the matter .
“Dick Black, who was so eager to go out on a limb for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has been eerily silent on their cause now,”  said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.  “He went above and beyond to ensure the Confederate flag would be on Virginia license plates, but can’t even bring himself to respond to questions on the subject today. That’s not leadership.”
Below is a script that will reach voters in the 13th Senate District:
 
“This is Tyler from the Democratic Party of Virginia calling with an important message. Did you know that your State Senator, Dick Black, introduced a bill to ensure that the Confederate battle flag could remain on Virginia license plates.  Senator Dick Black went above and beyond to ensure this symbol of racism and slavery could be on Virginia-issued plates. Even worse, he’s now hiding from questions about his support of the Confederate Flag. Call Dick Black at  (804) 698-7513  and tell him he should be ashamed of his support of this offensive symbol.  Paid for by the Democratic Party of Virginia, Va. Dep’t of Elections ID# PP-12-00537,  (804) 644-1966 .”

Politics will be fascinating in Prince George this election cycle

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Total of 12 running for Prince George District 1 and 2 supervisor seats – News – The Progress-Index – Petersburg, VA.

This is a fairly comprehensive article from Amir Vera of the Progress-Index, but there are a few things to point out …

Melvin C. Jones has stated to many that he did not foreclose running for reelection this fall as a quid pro quo for the interim appointment to the District 2 vacant seat.  For your information, though Melvin is running as an Independent, he is a member of the Prince George Dems.

Proudly, there are two Democratic candidates running in District 1 against the two Independent incumbents.  B. Renee Taylor Garnett and Floyd M. Brown, Jr. are members of our Democratic Committee and are excellently qualified for the two District 1 seats.

There is another Independent candidate running in District 1 … Engo H. Radant.  Can anyone share information about this candidate?

As you meet or interact with the candidates for the Board of Supervisors in your district ask them point blank if they support single member voting districts, rather than the at-large district system we now have.

Synopsis of state primaries by the Richmond Times Dispatch

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Congratulations to Senator Dance and to Lashcrecse Aird

Local Democrats likely know the outcome of the Democratic primaries in the 16th VA Senate and the 63rd VA House of Delegates contests, but this article is a compact look at various primaries of interest in our area.  Make that second pot of coffee and enjoy immersing yourself in politics.

Primary roundup: Gecker wins Democratic nod in 10th; Dunnavant edges Janis – Richmond.com: Virginia Politics.

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