U.S. Supreme Court orders reexamination of Virginia General Assembly racial gerrymandering case | Virginia | richmond.com

So we are a few procedures away from 11 districts being redrawn in Virginia to overcome the #GOP #gerrymandering, but the struggle continues,

 

The ruling means a lower court must reconsider 11 House districts, opening the door to a new political map that could reshape the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Source: U.S. Supreme Court orders reexamination of Virginia General Assembly racial gerrymandering case | Virginia | richmond.com

Del. Rick Morris, facing domestic abuse charges, says he won’t seek re-election | Virginia | richmond.com

This means that the 64th Virginia House District is more in play than ever. The majority of Prince George County is in the 64th for now.  One of the Democratic candidates for the 64th Primary, Rebecca S. Colaw, will be at our meeting tonight ( Thursday, March 2).  Let’s get her take on this development. Join us at 6pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex (Building #12). Open to the public. ADA accessible. Guest WiFi.

 

A state lawmaker facing criminal charges of domestic abuse will not seek re-election this year.

Source: Del. Rick Morris, facing domestic abuse charges, says he won’t seek re-election | Virginia | richmond.com

House of Delegates Candidate Bulletin

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Multiple democratic primary candidates for Virginia House Districts in Prince George.

This House of Delegates Candidates Bulletin from www.elections.virginia.gov explains the filing windows for the June 13 primary and November 7 general election candidates for the House of Delegates.  Last week we published the Bulletin for Local Candidates.

Tavorise K. Marks and Shelia Bynum-Colman will be competing for the Democratic nomination for the 62nd House District.  This is the district now held by Republican Riley Ingram. The 62nd has a very small footprint in Prince George but voters in the 62nd would be primarily in parts of the  Rives and  Jefferson Park Districts.

As of this morning, we do not know if anyone will be running against Delegate Lashrecse Aird of the 63rd House District.

There are three Democratic Candidates as of this time for the 64th House District currently held by Republican Rick Morris.  Rebecca S. Colaw is a lawyer and military veteran and will be at our meeting on March 2.  John Wandling is an IT professional and small business owner and attended our meeting last month. Jerry Alexander Cantrell, an academic, is the third Democratic contender.  We might note that Rick Morris is being challenged by two other Republican candidates.

The names of the contenders were taken from the listing in www.vpap.org . It is a moving train.

Eligibility to vote in June 13 primary

The last day to register to vote in the June 13 primary is May 22 if not already a registered voter.  Not sure?  Check with the Prince George Registrar on the second floor of the County Administration Building or at 804-722-8748.  Don’t guess.  Double check.

A note of caution

A Local Democratic Committee may not take a position in support of a possible democratic candidate until that person has won in the June 13 primary.  An individual may, of course, support the person of his or her choice, but there will be no Committee endorsements or campaign contributions for primary candidates.

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Join in the PG Dems meeting on Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm at 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex (Buiding #12). The meeting is in the 1st Floor Community Meeting Room. ADA accessible, non-smoking, guest wifi.The meeting is open to the public.

 

Interested in filing for local offices?

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2017 Local Elections in Prince George County

Prince George County Virginia SealTwo Board of Supervisor and two School Board seats will be on the ballot in the November 2017 general election.  There will be one of each elected from District 1 and District 2. These offices are in addition to state elections, including the gubernatorial election.  More about state elections will be published shortly.

If you are interested in running as a candidate for one of those local government seats, this Local Candidate Bulletin will spell out the required documents, costs, if any, and filing deadlines.

Reeve Ashcraft has already announced publically that he will not run for school board re-election from district 2 and it is assumed that Bill Robertson will run for re-election for the District 2 Board of Supervisor seat.  Bill Robertson identifies as a Republican and school board members run as non-partisan, though Reeve Ashcraft identifies as a Republican.

 

 

McEachin town hall draws crowd of supporters – News – The Progress-Index – Petersburg, VA

The Progress-Index scooped this article.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch did not cover the event.  At least, there was no article in today’s RTD about Congressman McEachin’s town hall at Demolition Coffee.

A number of Prince George Dems were there … Cynthia Mitchell, Carroll Briggs, Tammie Miller-Jennings, Robert Woodward, Carol Woodward, and probably others that were obscured by the standing room only crowd.

The usual issues were raised; immigration reform, healthcare, environmental protection, and issues important to locality leaders as well.

He urged folks to take all methods available to present their positions to their congressional leaders.  Phone calls to legislators are particularly effective, even if you own legislator already supports your position and even if the particular legislator is not your representative.  In essence, he said that now all issues are up to the boss and we (voters, citizens) are the boss.

His second most critical remark (to this observer) was that protection of the environment was the number one issue of the 21st century because without the Earth, nothing else matters.

Region’s residents express dismay with Trump administration policies

Source: McEachin town hall draws crowd of supporters – News – The Progress-Index – Petersburg, VA

In Charlottesville, GOP candidate for governor Corey Stewart allies with alt-right-inspired blogger who wants to protect ‘glorious Western civilization’ | Virginia | richmond.com

This Richmond Times Dispatch about a group in Charlottesville demonstrates the type of mentality that now feels safe coming out of the woodwork.  I am glad they are coming out into the open. Now we can resist them.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — After defending Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and calling for the ouster of an African-American official who had posted offensive tweets about women and white people, Republican gubernatorial

Source: In Charlottesville, GOP candidate for governor Corey Stewart allies with alt-right-inspired blogger who wants to protect ‘glorious Western civilization’ | Virginia | richmond.com

The General Assembly Continues

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We recently directed you to the helpful website for the General Assembly.  Among the great things you can find there are listings of the House of Delegates Members and the Senators with their contact points.  These screen shots show you what is available and note that Delegate Air’s and Senator Dance’s contact information is displayed in the screen shots though they are hard to read here.  Visit the website, please.

These screen shots are only an example of the treasure trove of useful information available at your fingertips.  Visit the website by clicking on the link above.

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Jesse Ferguson column: The resistance starts in Richmond – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Guest-columnists

This opinion piece puts our next steps as Democrats in perspective.  We have work to do, but it is possible to have an influence on the work of Republicans to suppress the vote, limit women’s health care access, and limit opportunity to those already at the very top of the economic ladder.  Friends we must protect America.

Last Friday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. Gulp. I spent two years working on the effort to make sure this wouldn’t happen. We failed. Sigh.

Source: Jesse Ferguson column: The resistance starts in Richmond – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Guest-columnists

Virginia General Assembly Convenes

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The General Assembly will be back in session later today

Among the newest state senate members will be Jennifer McClellan, who was formerly a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.  As of the special election yesterday she now represents the Virginia 9th Senate District.  You may remember that Donald McEachin was elected to the U. S. House from the 4th District in November.

Keep up with the big doings of the General Assembly

Did you know you can learn who your representatives are, their committee assignments, bills they are sponsoring, and many other things on the General Assembly website?  You can track bills and resolutions by number or by keyword.  Check it out. virginiageneralassembly.gov.

Delegate Aird and Senator Dance represent part of Prince George in the in General Assembly

Whether or not you are in their districts, they want to hear from you about any question or issue you would like to raise.

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Senator Dance

Senator Rosalyn Dance

 

 

Are there any bills or issues in which you are particularly interested?  Let us hear from you here or on our Prince George Dems facebook page or Prince George Dems & Friends facebook group.