ACLU presentation at PG DEMS Meeting

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Mateo Gasparotto (ACLU) speaking:

Mr. Gasparotto, Investigator with the ACLU of Virginia, will dicuss the issue of voting rights for incarcerated non-felons at our meeting on March 7. His approach may focus on the legal path, consisting of finding a plaintiff with standing, possibly identifying data to demonstrate the scope of the problem, and pursuing a legal suit.

The Committee has been exploring the voting needs of incarcerated individuals who are either serving sentences for misdemeanors or are incarcerated while awaiting trial. Their information about and access to absentee voting is impaired just by the fact of incarceration, but these are persons who otherwise are eligible to vote, don’t have access to the absentee ballot.

The Committee will have Senator Rosalyn Dance (VA Senate District 16) speaking at our April 4th meeting, pehaps joined by Delegate Lashrecse Aird (VA House District 63), to discuss not only the 2019 General Assembly Session, but also some legislative approaches that might assist in getting better absentee voting rights for non-felons faster than can be accomplished through the court process. Tammie Miller Jennings and others have already been exploring this topic with General Assembly members.

While we don’t know the numerical scope, we know it is likely a statewide issue.

Plan on joining the discussion on Thursday night at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Admnistration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.

Other updates:

  • report (written) on 4th Congressional District Committee
  • Invitation to attend 4th CD Committee Meeting April 13 @ Virgina Diner, Wakefield, at 11:30 am
  • Report from the Voter Analysis Committee
  • Updated March Events provided by Supervisor Floyd Brown, Jr., below

Authorized by the Prince George Democratic Committee

Congressman McEachin Center Stage

Dems State Meeting Update

The Democrats met in Richmond last Saturday (March 2nd) for their Quarter 1 meeting. The Congressional District Committees heard reports, per usual, from the elected and appointed members of the Steering Committee (executive committee).

A few highlights:

  • The coffers are well in the black and the digital and data staff of the party are being enlarged
  • The End of Session Decompression Fundraiser on Friday night after the Steering Committee Meeting raised over $13,000
  • The Blue Commonwealth Gala will be held on June 15 at Main Street Station
  • 2018 election data will be in Votebuilder (the VAN) within the week of March 4th
  • Petitions for candidates should be turned into the appropriate Nominating Committees no sooner than March 11 and no later than March 28 at 5 pm.
  • There will be DPVA (Democratic Party of Virginia) emails out this week to Committee Chairs regarding Mobilize and other tools.
  • Follow @vademocrats on Instagram.

The lead speaker was Congressman McEachin

Our own Congressman Donald McEachin was the lead speaker at the meeting on Saturday. He focused on the unity our party needs to maintain to sweep the Virginia House and Senate this Fall as well to elect and reelect Democratic Congressmen and Senators nationally.

The photo below is not the best. It literally was a standing room only meeting and there was constant movement along the aisles.

George Morrison (Brunswick Dems- left) & Congressman McEachin

4th CD Committee Meeting April 13

A meeting of the 4th Congressional District Committee has been scheduled for April 13, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Virginia Diner. Please notify Carol Woodward at woodwardcd@aol.com if you would like to attend. There is a fantastic lunch buffet that doesn’t stop. Attendees may also order directly from the menu if they prefer. It would be great to have a number of our committee members there.

A teachable moment

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The Dems will take conduct under consideration

The Prince George Democratic Committee chose not to demand the resignation of Governor Ralph Northam when it met on February 7th. The Committee chose to take his conduct, and that of LG Justin Fairfax and AG Marking Herring, under advisement.

The #blackface offenses are seen as an opportunity to open public discussion, atonement, and reconciliation.

Lieutenant Governor Fairfax’s issue is different in that, if the allegations are true, constitutes criminal conduct. He maintains he is innocent of the offenses reported and has asked for a full investigation of the allegations.

All three assert that they will remain in office and fulfill their sworn duties to the Commonwealth.

Understandably, Democrats are divided on whether these state elected officials should resign or not. For now, the Prince George Democrats, by consensus, are committed to reviewing the facts of each situation, and regardless of whether a given official resigns or not, to use each situation to educate ourselves and our youth about proper and respectful conduct.

What will emerge next?

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Northam, Fairfax, Herring

After the startling revelations about Governor Northam’s yearbook photos and another occasion of blackface, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault (essentially) fourteen years ago, and Attorney General admitted he had appeared at a party as a blackface rapper, along with some pals also in wigs and blackface. So where are we?

Governor Northam has retracted his initial admission and apology, at least in part, but revealed dressing as Michael Jackson, with blackface and doing the moonwalk on another occasion. Reporting is that he is conferring with his cabinet, other leaders, and continuing to work on the budget and other matters with the General Assembly. No resignation appears to be a near term possibility. Most, but not all, of the elected Democrats, have urged him to resign, though they have become quieter as the Fairfax allegations and Herring admission have emerged.

Lt. Gover Fairfax’s situation is a dynamically developing story as his accuser has related what she alleges happened in that hotel room in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax continues to deny the allegations of assault and assert that it was a consensual encounter. A troubling story is developing that she related the event to Congressman Bobby Scott (VA 3rd) though it is not clear when that conversation was had. It is reported that Lt. Gov. Fairfax has hired the same attorney that represented Justice Kavanaugh.

Now the revelation from Attorney General Herring of his blackface imitation in 1980 while he was a college student. He has released a written statement and apology.

In light of these disclosures or allegations should all three resign, turning at least the governor role to Kirk Cox? Should the ballot box be the remedy to the continued election of them when their current terms are concluded?

The Prince George Democratic Committee will be discussing these matters at its meeting tonight at 6 pm in the Prince George Human Services Building at 6450 Administration Drive in the Government Complex.

This blog published by the Prince George Democratic Committee.

#Resign

Op ED

This post is the opinion of the writer only, not the official position of the Prince George Democratic Committee. The Committee will meet on February 7th and will determine its communication at that meeting.

Governor Northam must resign. His ability to lead our party, to be embraced by our confidence in him, and to represent our party in the face of the hypocritical positions of the Republican Party have evaporated.

Can he be forgiven? Yes, there is room to forgive when there is true contrition and admission. We have not heard that. The suggestion that doing a kind of black-face homage to Michael Jackson is somehow OK, while other episodes of blackface are abhorrent, doesn’t cut it. Let’s not even talk about the KKK costume.

Even forgiveness in the face of contrition still would not leave room for Governor Northam to continue in office. Sad but true.

And to our smug Republican friends. Look at your own house. You ran Corey Stewart against Ralph Northam. Who are you to judge?

County Administrator’s Update for January 2019

Prince George Board of Supervisor Member, Floyd Brown, Jr. (FJ) shared Percy Ashcraft’s monthly for January 2019M

January, 2019

Happy New Year!

This message is a monthly update in 2019 to better update our citizens and visitors to our website. The information serves as a status report for ongoing projects, and also serves as a preview to different happenings that are in the planning stages.

County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday.  Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2. 

County Government Offices will also be closed Friday, January 18 and Monday, January 21 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its Organizational Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 8 as part of its Worksession.  In addition, VDOT will have an update on the ‘Dogbone Roundabout’ project planned for Bull Hill/Courthouse Road in 2021.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month on Tuesday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom.   

Members of the Board of Supervisors and County Staff will be attending the Open House for the new Dinwiddie County Government Center from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, January 17.

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) will host its Legislative Day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, January 31 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond.  Members of the Board of Supervisors and County Staff will be in attendance.

Live Christmas tree recycling will continue through January 12 at no charge at the Prince George County Convenience Site located on Union Branch Road.  All decorations need to be removed from the tree.

The Prince George Master Gardener Association will continue registration until January 10.

The Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board will hold its next meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at a location to be determined.

The Prince George School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 14 in the Boardroom.

The Extension Leadership Council (ELC) will meet at 12:00 Noon Tuesday, January 15 in the Community Room of the Human Services Building.

The Prince George Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will meet at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, January 16 in the Community Room of the Human Services Building.

The Appomattox Regional Water & South Central Wastewater authorities will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 at the Lake Chesdin offices.

VDOT will host a Public Meeting from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 at Walton Elementary School to review plans to construct a ‘Dogbone Roundabout’ at the intersection of Bull Hill/Courthouse Road in 2021.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 17 in the Training Room at the Central Wellness Center.

The Fire & EMS Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17 in the Boardroom.

The Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Crater District Planning Offices in Petersburg.

The Prince George Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23 in the Boardroom.

The Prince George Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24 in the Boardroom.

Fort Lee will host its New Year’s Community Reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27 at the Lee Club.

Here is a capsule glance of other activities that will be happening within County government during the month of January:

  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will receive four reports: (1) VDOT; (2) Utility Connection Fees;  (3) RVA Solar Fund; and (4) the Septic Pump Out Program.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will recognize the winners of the Christmas Decoration Contest; Christmas Card Contest; and Christmas Parade.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will consider an award of contract to upgrade the entrances at the Administration Building.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will discuss possible action on overpayment for certain taxicab providers.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will consider a request from the Public School Division to appropriate $583,616 of Carryover Funds from FY ’18.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will discuss County Administration’s Six Month Work Plan.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 8 meeting will consider applying for a grant from Go Virginia to assist in marketing economic development properties throughout Prince George County.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 22 meeting will receive the Quarterly Financial Report.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 22 meeting will consider an award of contract for Janitorial Services.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 22 meeting will hold a public hearing on a request from the Par 5 Development Group to locate a Dollar General Store in the northeast quadrant of Moody Road and James River Drive in Garysville.
  • Activities are underway for various Parks & Recreation winter activities and registration is underway for spring events. Information can be received at www. http://www.princegeorgecountyva.gov.
  • Construction will move forward this month on a new fire station along Route 10/Moody Road.
  • The new courtroom located in the basement of the Courthouse is approximately 85 percent complete and is expected to be finished in February.
  • Construction of stormwater projects in Birchett Estates and Cedar Creek are expected to begin this month.
  • City of Hopewell and Prince George County subdivisions of Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West and Strattford Woods: The treatment change occurred April 18 to April 21 and fl ushing began April 21 and will continue through June 7. City of Hopewell and Prince George County subdivisions of Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West and Strattford Woods: The treatment change occurred April 18 to April 21 and fl ushing began April 21 and will continue through June 7. City of Hopewell and Prince George County subdivisions of Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West and Strattford Woods: The treatment change occurred April 18 to April 21 and fl ushing began April 21 and will continue through June 7. • City of Hopewell and Prince George County subdivisions of Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West and Strattford Woods: The treatment change occurred April 18 to April 21 and fl ushing began April 21 and will continue through June 7.Follow the Daily Headlines on our main page at www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/ or by clicking on our Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr pages for other government news and notices.

Prince George Local Races-2019

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Board of Supervisor Seats

Three Board of Supervisor seats will be on the ballot in 2019. The incumbent in District 1, Alan Carmichael, and the incumbents in District 2, Donald Hunter and TJ Webb, are up for reelection should they decide to run. 

The previous version listed Marlene Waymack, rather than, TJ Webb being up for re-election Thanks to Supervisor FJ Brown for that correction.

School Board Seats

Bobby Cox’s seat is up for election in 2019 in District 1 as are the seats in District 2 currently held by Kevin Foster and Louis Stevenson.

Constitutional Officers

All of the Constitutional Officer seats except for the Clerk of the Court are up for election.

  • Commissioner of Revenue – Incumbent Darlene Rowsey
  • Treasurer – Incumbent Susan Vargo
  • Sheriff – Incumbent Bucky Allin
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney – Incumbent Susan Fierro
Prince George County Virginia Seal

!!!!!!!!!! Happy 2019 !!!!!!!!!!

New Year Kick Off

Auld Lang Syne

January 3 is the first Thursday of the month and you know what that means. The Prince George Democratic Committee #PGDEMS will hold their regular monthly meeting. What’s on tap?

  • Alerts about the General Assembly session which convenes on January 9th
  • Updates on VARatifyERA
  • Regular monthly reports
  • Possible formation of some new subcommittees
  • Collection of 2019 Committee Dues $15 per year per person
  • New? Sign up for membership.
  • Other

Where? When?

We meet at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, at 6 pm. No worries if you need to come a little later than the starting time.

#ERA in Prince George County VA

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Circle almost complete

The Prince George Democratic Committee adopted a resolution in support of the Fair Pay Act and the Equal Rights Amendment on December 6th. The Democratic Party of Virginia adopted a similar resolution on December 8th. The Prince George Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in support of Ratification of the ERA on December 11.

Feels like a drum roll doesn’t it?

The important thing is that all three adoptions were unanimous!

In Prince George County it was SupervisorFloyd Brown, Jr. of District 1, who navigated getting the resolution on the agenda and carefully building bipartisan support for this nonpartisan resolution. Tammie Miller Jennings, a published author and activist, as well as a Prince George County resident, provided the history and rationale for support of the ERA to Supervisor Brown. That background must have been compelling.

A Prince George citizen spoke against the resolution during the comment period, positing that the resolution was not “germane” in that it had nothing to do with governance duties in Prince George County. Fortunately, his opinion was not persuasive. The resolution passed unanimously, including a ‘yes’ vote from the vocal opponent’s grandmother, Supervisor Marlene Waymack, who is on the far right in the header picture.

Supervisor Marlene Waymack (left) with PG Dems Chair, Carroll Briggs

The drum roll continues as similar resolutions are being considered by localities and organizations across the Commonwealth. The final roll will be when the Equal Rights Amendment comes up for a floor vote by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. If Virginia ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment, it will be the 38th state ratification of the ERA. With this ratification the #ERA will be on the path to become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to-wit:

Equal Rights Amendment

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification

Support of ERA Ratification Continues through the week

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December 8th, Virginia Dems Support ERA Ratification

The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia met on December 8th, and one of its business items was consideration of a resolution in support of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (#ERA) in the Virginia General Assembly in 2019. The Resolution passed unanimously and resoundingly by a voice vote of the 300 + committee & caucus members present.

Passage of the Resolution followed celebratory comments from elected officials: 

Governor Ralph Northam vowed to support education, expand Medicaid coverage, and bring benefits from the Amazon HQ2 deal to every locality in Virginia. 

Senator Mark Warner described the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which he is the ranking member,  in ferreting out the security gaps in our institutions.

Congresswoman-elect Abigail Spaniberger (VA 7th) vowed to give voice to everyday issues families face.