December 6th, ERA Adopted by the Committee

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December 6th, exactly one week ago today, our Prince George Democratic Committee met for its final meeting of the year. We thanked and celebrated the volunteers who helped provide voter information at our precincts on Election Day by having pizza and appetizers catered by Luca Italian Restaurant. 

Among our business items was the adoption of the Resolution urging Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Resolution was to be on the Board of Supervisors Agenda on December 11th.  Tammie Miller Jennings, State Vice-Chair of the Ratification Campaign, educated the Committee on the history of the movement, the history of the amendment, and the future of the amendment if the Virginia General Assembly ratifies the ERA. The Committee adopted the resolution unanimously.

Tammie Miller Jennings, Committee Secretary

Later the Committee continued with its social activities and one of our volunteer was our drawing pot of $33.  We are betting she will come back for another meeting.

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Stay tuned for more on the ERA

To break the suspense, the ERA Ratification Resolution did pass the BOS, but more about that in a bit.

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December Celebration Tonight

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A bit of a breather:

Come out tonight at 6 pm to the Prince George #Dems Celebration and Gratitude night as we munch on some pizza and appetizers. We have especially invited the volunteers who worked our information stations at the polls on election day. Didn’t have a chance to volunteer.  Doesn’t matter.  Drop by tonight if you can. We will have a lot more fun if you join us.

We will be at the Prince George Human Services Building in the 1st floor meeting room. The address is 6450 Administration Drive in the Prince George Government Complex.

Senator Kaine & Congressman McEachin

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Our Prince George Congressional leaders are re-elected!!

We are so proud of Senator Tim Kaine and Congressman A. Donald McEachin! We are also proud of all of our precinct captains and volunteers who made an effort to battle downpours and winds to provide information and guidance to voters on election day. When we get their permissions we will include their names in an upcoming article.

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Senator Kane & Congressman McEachin did not carry Prince George County!

What does this mean?  It means we have work to do to advance Democratic principles and leaders in Prince George. We need to be more outgoing and engage in outreach to advance the core principles of the Democratic Party.

We must educate, educate, educate. We must advocate, advocate, advocate, and as Frederick Douglas said, we must “agitate, agitate, agitate.”

But for the moment, let’s celebrate.

Democrats took the House of Delegates, adding three new Congresswomen from Virginia. Our congressional delegation now has a majority of Democrats.

We had someone, for at least part of the day, at every precinct in Prince George County.

Lillian Boyd & Denya Hankerson

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We have two superior members on the Prince George County Board of Elections, Dr. Lillian King Boyd, and Denya Hankerson.  They are nonpartisan in performing their duties, but they keep us well informed and they help ensure an impartial election.

 

 

 

Let’s celebrate, rest, recalibrate, and strategize for the extremely important 2019 election year.

 

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Prince George Dems Potluck Thursday

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Prince George Dems – Nov 1 Potluck:

A potluck supper is planned for the Prince George Dems regular meeting on November 1 (yes, October is escaping us.) All members of the PG Dems, all friends of the Dems, and all of our Democratic volunteers at the precincts on election day are invited to come, grab a plate and join in the discourse. It would be helpful if you could bring a main dish casserole or a veggie side dish, but if that is not possible don’t sweat it. Just come. We are a community.

The Dems meet in the Prince George Human Services Building at 6450 Administration Drive in the government complex and the meeting begins at 6 pm.

How we describe October — canvassing, phone-banking, organizing precinct volunteers, training volunteers, attending campaign events, organizing a booth at the Pecan Festival, and dealing with all of the weather –Florence, Michael, and the Nor’easter which took out the Pecan Festival.

Then there are the tragic, horrible acts of violence … the spate of bombs sent to Democratic officials, leaders, and those publically critical of the man in the White House and the shooting up of a synagogue in Pittsburgh, acts of violence really predictable in this climate of hate speech from the administration and its supporters.

We can prepare for the weather and do what it takes to protect our safety.  We can also deal with the climate of hate, racism, and violence by sweeping the sycophants of the president out of the House and Senate.  We can do this! But we can only do this if each and every one of us votes and gets others to the polls to vote, or volunteer at the polls to help those less aware of the candidates find the Democratic candidates on the ballot.

In Prince George, we already have a superior Senator, Tim Kaine, and a similarly ethical, and caring Congressman, A. Donald McEachin.  Other Virginia Congressional and Senate Districts will have the opportunity to elect Democratic candidates to replace the GOP henchmen & women.

So, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6th. If you become aware that you will Susan B Anthony tombstone (2)have work, travel, health, or caretaking duties that day that might interfere with your being able to vote on the 6th, go to the Registrar’s Office on the 2nd Floor South of the County administration building, and vote absentee in-person.

Absentee voting in Virginia and early voting in other dates is already very, very high. Let’s join the Democratic voting herd.

 

Precinct Captains/Workers Training

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Training for Precinct Captains & Volunteers

One hour-ish training will be provided for Precinct Captains and outside poll volunteers on Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30 pm, at the Prince George Library in the small conference room.  We will answer your questions, make suggestions, and tell some good stories.  Contact Carol Woodward by Facebook Messenger, at twitter @CarolDWoodward, or at woodwardcd@aol.com.

Have a family member not registered to vote?

Actually, do you know anyone who isn’t registered to vote? You may not know unless you ask. Today is the last day to register to vote or update registration information such as an address or name change. You can do it online at www.elections.virginia.gov or at the Prince George General Registrar’s office on the 2nd Floor South of the Prince George County Administration Building, 6602 Courts Drive, Prince George.

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PG Dems meet tonight, thurs oct 4

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Join the pgdems oct 4 at 6 for updates on:

  • volunteer opportunities with the Kaine and McEachin campaigns
  • volunteer opportunities with Local Democratic Committees
  • upcoming training for Precinct Captains and precinct workers
  • status of the court ordered redistricting of Virginia house seats in our area
  • Hopewell Blue Wave Rally this Saturday at Guncotton Coffee Shop at 2pm
  • deadline for registering to vote or changing registration information -Oct 15

Committee Kaine Signs are in:

By the time of the meeting at the Prince George Human Services Building at 6450 Administration Drive, our sign order for the Kaine signs should have been delivered. Priority will go to providing each precinct with signs for election day. But there will be additional signs available, perhaps for a small donation.

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Virginia GOP Files Appeal

Speaker Kirk Cox files appeal to US Supreme Court:

Articles in both the Times-Dispatch and in the Progress-Index noted that the Virginia

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The Republican House of Delegates has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) primarily on the theory that there is a conflict of decisions among the districts of the federal courts.  This appeal was filed when the Eastern District of Virginia court declined to delay the date for the redrawing of the 11 gerrymandered districts. New maps must be drawn by October 30 under the decision by the Eastern District. The redrawn districts would be in effect in the 2019 elections. According to Bill Atkinson’s article in the Progress-Index, the style of the appeal is “Virginia House of Delegates, M. Kirkland Cox v. Golden Bethune-Hill. Cox is the Speaker, aka, the face of the House of Delegates.

Following on the Times-Dispatch article is the column by Jeff Shapiro which delves into the inherent partisan protectionism practiced by both parties. Many of us advocate for a bipartisan redistricting process, this coming from a yellow dog Democrat.

Note that links have been provided to two of the articles, but access to the articles, when you click, will depend on your paywall or subscription status. The writer could not find the link to the Progress-Index article.

As an aside, if you love democracy, support the press by being a subscriber. Journalism is of ultimate value to democracy (note the little “d”). Paying for journalism and actually voting are the two minimum passports of citizenship.

Dems Redistricting Plan Filed:

Special Redistricting Session Today:

At the special General Session called by Gov. Northam today, the members will be considering the proposed eleven redrawn districts as required by the federal court.  The GOP doesn’t want to play ball as they are still hoping for a delay in the court imposed deadline of October 30, or hoping that the SCOTUS will overturn the decision of the 3 judge panel.

If the redistricting is accomplished it will be in effect in the 2019 election, in which every Virginia House of Delegate and Senate seat will be elected.

In our area, in particular, the 62nd, 63rd, 64th, and 65th Virginia House Districts are directly affected. Delegate Lamont Bagby has filed the Democratic plan for redrawing the districts in HB7001. Just click on the link. The proposed redrawn districts are handled in separate paragraphs and are easy to read.

Lashcrese Aird with Tyrone WilliamsCurrently, Delegate Lashrecse Aird is our only Democratic House of Delegate Member for our area representing the 63rd House District.  Here she is captured at a recent Democratic event for Senator Rosalyn Dance of the 16th Virginia Senate District. Here she is pictured with Tyrone Williams, a fellow member of the 4th Congressional District Committee.

 

Prince George Dems meet next week September 6th:

Join the Prince George Democrats at 6 pm in the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the Government Complex. Visitors welcome. Consider joining and helping. Precinct workers are needed as well as voter registration volunteers, outreach volunteers at various booths.

The Democratic Party of Virginia Meeting on September 8th!

The Steering Committee of DPVA will meet on the evening of September 7th. This is essentially the executive committee of the Virginia Democrats. The governing body which is the Central Committee will meet on September 8th at the Sun Trust Building, 919 East Main Street, 4th Floor Auditorium at 10am. Visitors are welcome and can observe the meetings of both bodies. Here is the full 2018 Quarter 3 Weekend Agenda – Google Docs.

Redistricting for 2019:

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August 30 – Special Session of the General Assembly:

Governor Northam has ordered a special session on August 30. The purpose for this session is to redraw certain districts created by the Republicans in 2011 to protect red districts by creating minority majority districts.  The court declared those districts unconstitutional and ordered redrawn districts by October 30, 2018 to be in effect in the 2019 elections.

The Election Results in 2019 are critical for Democrats:

All Virginia House of Delegates and Senate seats will be up for election in 2019. The Virginia legislators elected in 2019 will be the legislators who control Census redistricting in 2021. If the Republicans remain in the majority in the General Assembly, they will continue in their efforts to redraw districts that will dilute and restrict the votes of Democrats, progressives, independents, minorities, women, anyone they view as the enemies of their ultra-conservative agenda.

Learn More about Redistricting:

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Visit www.onevirginia2021.org which has been advocating for bipartisan redistricting in Virginia.  It has a free Advocacy training on September 15, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.  It is a free training, but One Virginia 2021 is a nonprofit and would appreciate a donation, whether you plan to attend the training or not.  You can register for the training HERE.

PG Democrats spread the word

A small crew made a decided impact:

Prince George Democrats set up and staffed a booth at the Community Day hosted by the Hopewell Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 18th at the Starlight Elks Lodge at 1505 High Street.

Pete Washington PG Dems Vice Chair supplied tables and chairs.  Committee Chair Carroll Briggs and Randy Goertz set up for the event with Carroll’s 10 x 10 awning.

Staffing the booth through the morning were Committee Treasurer, Juanita Thorne, Denya Hankerson, one of the Committee’s members on the Prince George Electoral Board, and Carroll Briggs, of course.

At the booth, visitors had the opportunity to register to vote, order Democratic Polo Shirts, get PG Dems membership information, and pick up information on the Constitutional Amendments which will be on the ballot this November.

Some highlights of the day were when Senator Rosalyn Dance (Virginia Senate District 16) and our local co-ordinated campaign organizer, Rhett Deitz each visited the booth.

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From left Denya Hankerson, Juanita Thorne, Senator Rosalyn Dance, and Carroll Briggs.