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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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Calls to Caucus

Caucus Cancelled for Virginia's 75th House of Delegates District

The Caucus scheduled for April 25 to select a Democratic nominee for Virginia's 75th House of Delegates District has been cancelled. Only one person filed by the filing deadline of April 3, 2015. Delegate Roslyn Tyler is the only person to file and as a result she is the candidate.

For questions about the selection process, contact Gwen McMillan, Chair of the 75th House District Democratic Nominating Committee, at hitegm49@gmail.com.

Caucus Cancelled for Virginia's 61st House of Delegates District

The caucus scheduled for May 2, 2015, to select a Democratic nominee for Virginia's 61st House of Delegates District has been cancelled, there being no more than one declared candidate. The one candidate, Mr. Greg Marston, is the Democratic nominee.

For questions about the selection process, please contact William H Moore, Chair of the 61st House District Democratic Nominating Committee, at whmoore@buggs.net.

May 2, 2015 - Call to Caucus, 20th Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee

Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the 20th Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee hereby calls an Assembled Caucus to be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Blue Ridge Regional Library – Martinsville Branch, 310 East Church St, in Martinsville, VA.

1. Incorporated Documents. All appropriate provisions of the Code of Virginia and the Virginia Democratic Party Plan (“State Party Plan”), as amended, are incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.

2. Purposes. The sole purpose of the Caucus shall be to nominate a Democratic candidate for election from the 20th Senate District of Virginia.

3. Rules, Forms, and Information. Caucus Rules, along with other pertinent forms and information about the nominating process, may be obtained from Elizabeth Jones, Chair of the 20th Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee, at ejones0417@msn.com or (434) 770-1730 or (434) 432-3231.

4. Declaration of Caucus Participants. All persons participating in the caucus, shall sign a Declaration form which includes an affirmation that the person is a resident of, and registered to vote in a locality that is a part of the 20th Senate District; does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next ensuing general election; is a Democrat; is not a member of any other political party; and has not participated and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for the 2015 general election.

5. Candidate Requirements and Filing. Each candidate for nomination must meet all applicable requirements of state law, the Party Plan, and the Caucus Rules. Each candidate for nomination must submit a completed Declaration of Candidacy form to the Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 21, 2015. Each form must bear the original signature of the candidate, and must be accompanied by a filing fee of $1,000.00 made payable to the Pittsylvania County Democratic Committee (PCDC). If only one qualified candidate files by the deadline, that person will be the nominee of the Democratic Party and the Caucus may be cancelled.

For questions about the Caucus, to request any accommodation necessary to ensure full participation, or to file a Declaration of Candidacy, please contact Elizabeth Jones, Chair of the 20th Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee, at ejones0417@msn.com or (434) 770-1730 or (434) 432-3231.

Elizabeth Jones, Chair
20th Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee

May 4, 2015 - Call to Cumberland County Democratic Committee Caucus
Democratic Nominee for Cumberland County Commonwealth Attorney

1. Call. Pursuant to the Democratic Party Plan of Virginia(“the Party Plan”), Cumberland County Democratic Committee(‘the Committee”) hereby calls an Unassembled Caucus for the sole purpose of choosing a Democratic nominee for the Cumberland County Commonwealth Attorney.

2. Caucus Rules, Forms, and Information. Caucus Rules, along with other pertinent forms and information about the nominating process, may be obtained from Sandy Bruton, Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee, any time at artbysandybruton@gmail.com, (H) 804-492-4622.

3. General Participation Requirements. Each participant in the Caucus must sign a standardized declaration stating that he or she is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the General Election, and is a registered voter in Cumberland County at the time of their participation.

4. Voting Opportunities. Participants in the Caucus may vote only in person and at the following time and location. (Note: Each voter shall vote during the time listed below, sign the declaration, cast his or her vote, and leave.):

Monday, May 4, 2015, at Cumberland Public Library, 1539 Anderson Hwy, Cumberland Virginia 23040, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm.

5. Candidate Requirements. Each candidate for nomination must meet all applicable requirements of state law, the party plan, and the Caucus Rules. Each candidate for nomination must submit a completed Declaration of Candidacy form to the Chair of the Cumberland Democratic Committee no later than April 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET. Each form must bear the original signature of the candidate, and must be accompanied by a filing fee of $50.00 made payable to the Cumberland County Democratic Committee. If only one qualified candidate files by the deadline, that person will be the nominee of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee and the Caucus will be cancelled.

For questions about the Caucus, to request any accommodation necessary to ensure full participation, or to file a Declaration of Candidacy, please contact Sandy Bruton, Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee, any time at artbysandybruton@gmail.com, (H) 804-492-4622.

Sandy Bruton, Chair, Cumberland County Democratic Committee Date Adopted: April 3, 2015

Upcoming Events

April 18 - Fifth Congressional District Committee Meeting

The Fifth Congressional District Committee will meet on April 18, 2015, at 1:00 pm, at the Citizen Services Building, 85 Carden Lane, Rustburg, VA. Use the back entrance.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Lisa Hystad, Committee Chair, at lisahystad@mindspring.com, or 434-985-4832.

April 23 - Rappahannock Festive Progressives Gathering

Do you like to dine and mingle with other Democrats and Progressives? You’re in luck. Festive Progressives will be gathering at the Flint Hill Public House (675 Zachary Taylor Highway Flint Hill, VA) Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. There’s no sign up, fee or commitment. Just show up and enjoy the company. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurant menu. For more information go to www.rappdems.org or call Jed Duvall at 540-522-9216.

Training on How to Use Vote Builder

The Fifth Congressional District Committee is conducting training on how to use Vote Builder (also known as VAN), and sessions will be held in locations around the District during the next several weeks. If you are interested in participating in the training, please contact Lisa Hystad at lisahystad@mindspring.com, or 434-985-4832.

Post Your Upcoming Events Here

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News & Analysis

Some Useful Advice for Democrats

Read this piece by Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, for some guidance on where Democrats go from here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-de-blasio/midterms-democrats-dont-soul-search_b_6141732.html

How the GOP Stopped Caring About You!

Be sure to read this excellent piece in the Washington Post, by historain Heather Cox Richardson. It describes how the Republican party changed from the progressive party of Lincoln to the protectors of Corporate America today.

How the GOP Stopped Caring About You

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.

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