48 days and counting

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The dems buzz in Prince George, VA …

Presidential visit:  POTUS will be visiting Ft. Lee on September 28th to thank the military and all that they do. According to the RTD the event is closed to the public, but maybe our Chair will lPOTUS and Me0001 (160x106)earn more in the next few days.  The President last visited Prince George in 2012 when he made a stop to speak about innovation at the Rolls Royce Operation in the county.  Then Chair, Carol Woodward had the opportunity to have her picture taken with the President.  Maybe the current chair, Cynthia Mitchell, will have the same good luck! Click RTD Article on POTUS Ft. Lee visit

Sample Ballot:  A visit to the Registrar’s office and we found this nifty sample ballot for Prince George.  According to the General Registrar, Katherine Tyler, it is the first time in at least a decade that there has been only one ballot for the entire county.

Click prince-george-sample-ballot to print your own.  Note that you should print on the front and back on one sheet of paper.  Print in any color except  white or yellow.  Try Pete Washington’s favorite color … pink🙂

Note the two Constitutional Questions on the ballot.  The Democratic Party of Virginia has passed resolutions taking a “No” position on question 1 and a “Yes” position on question 2.  More about these Constitutional Questions will be addressed later and at the meetings of the PG Dems.

Phone Bank Continues:  We continue to Phone Bank every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  Come for all or part of the phone bank.  You’ll have a good time.

Stay Connected: find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/princegeorgedems and on twitter @pgdems

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Dems Without Borders, Delegate Aird, Senator Dance-Stronger Together

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Voter Mobilization Event

Share, learn, act

Turn out on September 19th at 6 pm at Union Station in Petersburg to be sure to have the i s dotted, the t s crossed, and have the deadlines in mind to be the most informative advocates in your neighborhood on the General Election on November 8th.

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phone bank tonight extended hours

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Breaking news from the PG Dems

HillarymemeTonight we begin our extended hours of phone banking on Thursday nights.  We’ll phone bank from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Just grab a sammie on your way home from work and bring it, your phone, yourself to 6450 Administration Drive (Prince George Human Services Building) 1st Floor Community Meeting Room.

No time to grab a sandwich?  We’ll have some snacks there and water.  But feel free to bring your own refreshments or some you’d like to share.  Know anyone who might donate some sandwiches, brownies, or cookies for us?  If not tonight then on one of our future Thursday night phone banks?  We phone bank every Thursday night until Election Day, November 8th.

Some suggestions:

Earbuds/headphones –It is much easier to call on your cell phone if you have Sen McEachin 1 (2)earbuds/earphones so you can escape holding the phone to your ear for extended periods

Fear of call backs on your phone — don’t be. Explain you were calling to encourage support for Democrats.  The caller will be friendly or not, just say thanks for following up and hang up

Fear of not knowing what to say — it might be stiff at first, but you’ll get a briefing in the beginning about our goals for the evening. After two or three calls it will be old hat.  You are a grown up. You know how to talk on the phone.

veepIf you heard Trump in the Town Hall last night then you know we cannot allow this man to come close to the White House.  You can help keep him in his New Your penthouse with the gold plated faucets or in his reality TV offices.  Are you IN?

Want more info –call or text  Carol 804-691-8486 or email at woodwardcd@aol.com

May the force be with you … with us.

 

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PG Dems Meet Thursday Night 6 pm

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Join us at our regular meeting Thursday night at 6 pm in the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the Prince George Government Complex.  We’ll hold our update / business meeting for about an hour +/- and then join the Democratic Party Organizer and interns in phone banking.  It is a lot of fun.  Last Thursday night we had at least 25 people hitting the phone, had a great time doing it, and had the pleasure of State Senator Donald A. McEachin dropping by to thank us for our efforts.

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In the meeting portion we will be voting on the membership applications of Nathaniel Dozier, Geneva Taylor, and Eula Moore.  We have an application from Mary Gromovsky for Associate Membership and though we don’t (or at least haven’t voted on Associate membership) we hope you will give Mary a warm welcome as well.

We’ll update you on our weekly phone banking, our activities at the Back to School Fair,Cynthia & Lilian Back To School Fair2 our outreach to the faith community, our voter registration efforts and many other activities of the Committee and it members.  We will also update all on our progress securing outreach workers for the precincts on election day.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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vote.virginia.gov

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The election is November 8th.  By simple math that is 74 days away.  Do you have a plan on how to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket?  The very first thing to do is to double check your address and confirm your voting location.  To be sure the registrar has your correct address go to vote.virginia.gov and check it for yourself.

vote.virginia.gov is the easy to use voter portal on the State Board of Elections web site.  It was designed with you and me in mind.

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After you have confirmed your address and voting place help your family and friends do the same.

Then observe some of the deadlines.  What needs to happen by when to insure that those who want to vote are eligible to vote.  Everywhere you go, ask those you encounter whether they have registered to vote.  Even asking the question plants the seed.  The date to register to vote or to update an existing registration is October 17, 2016.  That date is just around the corner.

Petersburg mayor calls his critics ‘racists’ and ‘Republican supporters’ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Petersburg

What next, Petersburg?

In his email, Mayor W. Howard Myers urges council members to stay focused and not give in to public pressure from what he considers a small but vocal minority.

Source: Petersburg mayor calls his critics ‘racists’ and ‘Republican supporters’ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Petersburg

Nerd alert: Reading is good for your health – CNN.com

Do we have reading lists anymore?

I have always know this.  When I was growing up in the Arkansas Ozarks, reading was my refuge from the present and a passport for my future.  Somewhere I had acquired a list of 100 books (I think it was 100) every college bound student should read.  I made it through most of the list, though I had to reread some of the titles when I was considerably older to really understand them.

My failing now is that I don’t read much fiction.  Biography, history, political and social commentary, and other non-fiction genre fill my reading time as limited as it is.

I need to give this some thought.  Really, I am not sure I am reading as much as I used to.

Let’s come back at another time and consider what we read and why.

Reading fiction isn’t merely escapism, it can improve your emotional intelligence and lead to having a happier and healthier life.

Source: Nerd alert: Reading is good for your health – CNN.com

visit elections.virginia.gov

OK, we are less than 90 days from the election.  Are you registered to vote?  Are your family members, neighbors, and friends registered to vote?  Can they, you, get to the polls on election day?  Do you and those you know have a plan for voting.

There are many resources to help you and yours get ready for the election on November 8.

The State Board of Elections is accessible at elections.virginia.gov.  In the Citizen Portal on that page you can register to vote, update your address, and many other wonderful things. The instructions are easy to follow and the site comes up very clearly on smart phone and on tablets.2016-08-13 (2)

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On Line Registration

The State Board of Elections also has a facebook page, yes, facebook.  It is not all fishing trips, vacations, and cute puppies, you know.  Visit facebook.com/VirginiaElect/.

How else can your register?  Go to your local General Registrar’s Office or come by the Prince George Dems phone bank  on Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm.  We have registration forms available. Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, County Government Complex.

in the 100 day stretch to election day

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The Ticket

This is not news at this point that Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are the elected HillarymemeDemocratic nominees for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency.  They are now on a bus swing through Pennsylvania and Ohio to reach out to people who have been hit hard by the changes in economy.  If you have family or friends in those states, please be sure to reach out to them and show them the Hillary you support.  In fact all of us should begin our family and friends phone trees, email lists, and facebook groups to support our candidate. Encourage them to support her and to vote … vote … vote.

Restoration of Rights

By now you know that the Virginia Supreme Court struck down Governor’s McAuliffe’s blanket restoration of rights for certain categories of former felons.  Reading the Richmond Times Dispatch of Saturday, July 30, the Gov’s plan is to issue individual restoration of rights orders for each of the 12,800 Virginians who had registered to vote pursuant to the Executive Order.  Each of those individuals will receive a restoration order in the mail and possibly a voter registration form in the same mailing.  Those individuals will need to register to vote again.

Voter Registration Challenges

The Chesterfield Registrar was recently quoted at length in the Richmond Times Dispatch urging people to not register to vote with people who just walk up to them or have voter registration booths at community events.  His statement essentially was essentially that voter registrations would be crumpled up and discarded if not of party favored by the people registering the new voters.

Think of how you personally want to handle this as you register voters.  In our view it is2012-05-05 10.45.12 better to be clear that though we represent the Democratic Party, that we are devoted to full voter participation in the electoral process. We can also have the Registrar names, locations, and phone numbers handy to share with skeptical people so they can go into their respective registrar’s offices to register in person.  The other alternative is for possible registrants  to register online either at home or at any DMV office.

What are you thoughts about how to proceed?

Reminders

Prince George Dems will meet on Thursday, August 4, at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  Phone banking will follow the meeting.

The Prince George Democratic Committee also phone banks and does voter registration out of the same location from 6 to 8 pm every Thursday.  Curious.  Come visit.

 

 

 

 

Petersburg as a town of Chesterfield? ‘No such plans,’ says mayor – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Central Virginia News

The reversion of Petersburg could have an enormous impact on Prince George County, VA.  Good or bad or both … it is an intriguing prospect.

As Petersburg struggles to overcome its ongoing financial crisis, city leaders are exploring a variety of strategies to close the $7.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year that started July 1.

Source: Petersburg as a town of Chesterfield? ‘No such plans,’ says mayor – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Central Virginia News