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.

 

The activism continues

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indivisibleClick on Indivisible,  which is the 26-page practical guide created by former progressive congressional staffers for continuing engagement with our political process. Our roles as Democrats and as citizens is to advocate meaningfully in the legislative and executive branch arenas at both the federal and state level.

We encourage you to save it to your hard drives, put it on USB drives to share with others, print, study, and use it to inform you own advocacy, both individually and it groups, to work for what is good for America and your fellow citizens regardless of their self-defined political identities.

Access to health care, social security, medicare, protection from foreign and domestic terrorists, protection of our environment, and educating our youth to the best of our abilities are not partisan issues.

 

 

Time to saddle up

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Time to get back into the political groove.

Legislative Town Hall Jan 3

Tonight, January 3, at 6 pm, Delegate Lashrecse Aird and Senator Rosalyn Dance are holding a legislative town hall in Prince George at the Prince George Library.  They are going to give us a preview of what they see coming during the legislative session, but they also want to hear from Prince George residents about issues that should be addressed in the General Assembly session.

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PG Dems Regular Monthly Business Meeting Jan 5

The Prince George Dems will meet at their regular time, 6 pm, in the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the First Floor Community Room.  Dues are due ($15 per person) for the 2017-18 calendar year.  A representative of the Justin Fairfax Campaign plans to be present.  Justin is running for Lieutenant Governor. For dues please bring exact payment or feel free to pay by check.

See you tonight and on the 5th.

 

 

 

Thank you, John Oliver

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The comedian, John Oliver, had his end of season program last week after the election and brought me out of my doldrums.  His advice … basically to get ou of our bubbles. Subscribe to some real newspaprers so that we get information rather than just memes. A favorite of this writer is The Guardian, owned and published by the Scotland Trust.

He also urges that we donate our time and our treasure to organizations representing groups and causes that will be at risk under this atavistic administration.  Some of his suggestions were:

ProPublica- a non profit dedicated to real journalism.

Planned Parenthood

Center for Reproductive Rights

Natural  Ressources Defense Council

International Refugee Assistance Project

The Trevor Project

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

and others, organizations you respect and have vetted.

Please vett and reply with any organizations you can recommend.

And don’t forget the Democratic Party of Virginia which has caucuses related to veterans, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ, women, business owners, labor, and so on.

We are ‘Stronger Together’.

 

 

29 days and counting

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Yes, it is less than a month when we must elect Hillary Clinton as our President. Everyone, everyone should be doing their share to  make that happen.  Go door to door, phone bank. Ask people what their plans to vote are.  If you have one of the qualifying reasons to vote absentee, do it.  This writer voted about two weeks ago because she will be a poll observer.

Yes, 29 days and counting … but the deadline to register to vote is much, much sooner. That is Monday, October 17.  Go online or to your registrar’s office to register to vote if you are not already registered.  Also be sure if you are registered to check the accuracy of your registration information.

If you haven’t already registered to vote, you can do so at this nifty Harvest Festival on October 14th.  All are welcome.  Register to vote and have some fun.

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33 days and counting

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Time is flying …

As usual at this time of the year time gets too short to get everything done … hence the late update to this blog.  Hopefully,  you have gotten our notices from our Facebook page, if not,  why not visit it and ‘like’ it and get updated automatically when we post.

doris-crouse-maysAnyway, we do meet tonight, October 6th at 6 pm in the Prince George Human Services Building at 6450 Administration Drive in the Prince George Government Complex.  We will have yard signs for a $5 donation and, some sample ballots, and a special speaker, Doris Crouse-Mayes, President of the Virginia AFL-CIO.  She will speak to us about the important Constitutional Question on the ballot.  The Democratic Party of Virginia has resolved that all Democrats should vote NO on this question.  Doris will explain more a the meeting.

Need more information on the meeting contact Carol Woodward at woodwardcd@aol.com.

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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