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President Barack Obama
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Vice President Joe Biden
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Senator Mark Warner
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Senator Tim Kaine
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Governor Terry McAuliffe
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Lt. Governor Ralph Northam
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Attorney General Mark Herring
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News & Analysis

Spread the Good News About Obamacare!!

Republicans have been having fun spreading lies and distortions about Obamacare, and they seem to believe they can use this to win in November. It is time for Democrats to spread the truth:
  • Over 12 million people have already gained health insurance coverage under Obamacare, including those who have signed up under Federal and state Exchanges and those covered by Medicaid expansion. Several million more would now be covered by Medicaid expansion except for the Republican obstructionism in several states, including Virginia.

  • It is projected that over 25 million people will have health insurance in 2016 who would have been uninsured without Obamacare.

  • Over three million people in Virginia with pre-existing medical conditions no longer need to fear that they will be denied health insurance or have their health insurance cancelled, or pay exorbitant premiums.

  • Hundreds of millions of Americans will no longer have lifetime caps on their health insurance coverage.

  • Millions of young people will be able to stay on their parents' plans until age 26.

  • Over 90 percent of businesses in America are likely to be eligible to receive tax credits to help finance health insurance plans for their employees. (And over 96 percent of businesses will not be required to provide coverage to their employees, because they have fewer than 50 employees).

  • It is "the best thing that Washington has done for American small business in decades." Click here to read how Obamacare makes health insurance affordable for small businesses and small business owners, as well as promoting entrepreneurship by ending "job-lock" due to health insurance considerations.

  • The Federal government will spend less than previously projected to support health insurance for low income people, with a savings of over $100 billion in the next decade. Click here to read about the latest projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Information for Young Democrats

Hello Local High School and College Young Democrats,

I just wanted to send you a reminder about Young Democrats of America's Leadership Academies, if you haven't received information on this yet. YDA's leadership academies are packed with top-level trainings, opportunities to network with progressive activists, and meetings with Democrats championing our causes in Congress. You definitely don't want to miss them!

The High School Leadership Academy will take place July 6-10, 2014 in Washington DC, and is open to currently enrolled high school students in the graduating classes of 2014-2017. The College Leadership Academy will take place July 13-17, 2014 in Washington DC, and is open to currently enrolled college students in the graduating classes of 2014-2017.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 22nd.

Please forward this information to any high school or college progressive leaders that you know. Let me know if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

Thank you,
Danielle Simms
Virginia Young Democrats Membership Director
Young Democrats of America Deputy Secretary
membership_director@vayd.org
919-741-3189

Bedford Democratic Committee Elects Officers

On January 27th the Bedford Democratic Committee elected Officers, as follows:

Chair: Ann Duncan
Vice Chair: Rodney Browne
Secretary: Harriet Hurt
Treasurer: Betty Luck

Campbell County Democratic Committee Elects Officers

On January 13 the Campbell County Democratic Committee elected new Officers, as follows:

Chair: Betty Zieger
Vice Chair: Christopher Millson-Martula
Secretary: Rebecca Olsen
Treasurer: Rob Merryman

Fluvanna Democratic Committee Elects Officers

On January 11 the Fluvanna Democratic Committee met to reorganize and elect new officers. Richard Koepsell and Helen Schoene were elected as Co-chairs.

Charlottesville Democratic Committee Elects Officers

On January 8 the Charlottesville Democratic Committee held its biennial officer elections, and elected:

Co-Chairs: Pam DeGuzman and Erin Monaghan
First Vice-Chair: Jonathan Stevens
Secretary: Stephanie Grady
Treasurer: Jason Vandever

Franklin County Democratic Committee Elects Officers

The Franklin County Democratic Committee reorganized on Jan. 4 and elected the following officers:

Chair: Jerry Saleeby
1st Vice Chair: Leanne Worley
2nd Vice Chair: Cyrus Taylor
3rd Vice Chair: Mary Helm
Secretary: Susan Hapgood
Treasurer: Anne Lee Gravely

Democratic National Committee Website

Notice - Call to Convention!!

Call to Fifth District Democratic Convention,
May 31, 2014

The Chair of the Fifth District Democratic Committee has issued a Call to the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Convention to Nominate a Congressional Candidate. The Convention is to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 11:00 am, at the Fluvanna County High School, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA.

Delegates to the Convention are to be selected at County and City Caucuses to be held on May 10 or May 12.

Click here to read the full text of the Call to Convention.

Sample Documents for Conducting County or City Caucuses

Click here to download or copy a sample Call to Caucus, Rules for the Caucus, and other documents that may be used in conducting your county or city caucus to elect delegates to the Fifth District Convention.

Upcoming Events

April 21 - Submitting County & City Call to Caucus

Each County and City Democratic Committee is to provide a copy of its Call to Caucus to the Fifth District Chair, the District Rules Committee Chair, and the State Democratic Party by April 21, 2014 (see the Call to Convention above).

April 26 - Meet & Greet for Lt. Col. Ben Hudson in Mecklenburg County

The Mecklenburg County Democratic Committee will host a Meet & Greet for Lt. Col. Ben Hudson, candidate for Congress, on April 26, at 9:00 am, at the Boydton Library in Boydton, VA. Any questions, contact Bill Moore at 434-689-2568.

April 26 - Meet & Greet for Lawrence Gaughan in Mecklenburg County

Bill Moore will host a Meet & Greet for Lawrence Gaughan, candidate for Congress, on April 26, at 1:30, at the Amearican Legion Hall in South Hill, VA. Any questions, contact Bill Moore at 434-689-2568.

April 28 - Bedford County Democrats Monthly Meeting

The Bedford Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 28, at 5:00 p.m., in the Training Room on the lower floor of the Bedford County Administration Building, 122 E. Main St., Bedford. Representatives from the non-partisan group, OneVirginia2021, will be the guest speakers and their topic should be of interest to all Bedford citizens. The program will be conducted at the beginning of the meeting and everyone is invited to attend and hear about this important issue.

May 1 - Franklin County Democratic Committee Annual Dinner

The Franklin County Democratic Committee will hold its annual dinner on May 1 beginning at 6 pm. The dinner will be held at the Pigg River Community Center in Rocky Mount. Invited guests include 5th District candidates Ben Hudson and Lawrence Gaughan, as well as Kim Adkins, Mayor of Martinsville, announced candidate for the 20th State Senate district. The dinner is a potluck affair.

May 5 or 7 - Deadline for Delegate Filing for District Convention

Any Democrat wishing to be a delegate to the District Convention must file a certificate of candidacy with the Chairperson of the local county or city Democratic committee, or a designated representative, by the filing deadline, which will be either May 5 or May 7 - five days before the scheduled Caucus (see the Call to Convention above).

May 10 or 12 - County and City Caucuses to Select Delegates for District Convention

Delegates to the District Convention will be elected by city or county caucuses to be held at one of the two following times: May 10 beginning at 11:00 am, or May 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (see the Call to Convention above).

May 31 - Fifth District Democratic Convention

The Fifth Congressional District Democratic Convention to Nominate a Congressional Candidate will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 11:00 am, at the Fluvanna County High School, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA. (see the Call to Convention above).

June 12 - Franklin County Democratic Committee Hosting Presentation by Virginians for Fair Redistricting

On June 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Franklin County Democratic Committee will be sponsoring a presentation by OneVirginia 2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting. The event will be held at the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount adjacent to the Franklin County Public Library. The event is open to all interested citizens. For more information about this group you can visit their website at http://onevirginia2021.org/ .

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