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ICYMI: Chesterfield Observer: Despite call to disarm, abusers still pack heat

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In this chilling piece from the Chesterfield Observer, the real consequences of allowing domestic abusers free access to guns are tragically clear. 

This past legislative session, Democrats fought for common-sense protections designed to keep Virginians safe while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. One of the central priorities of Governor McAuliffe's gun safety plan was keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers and stalkers. Bills proposed by Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D - McLean) and Senator Barbara Favola (D - Arlington) addressed this very issue. Yet, Republicans in the General Assembly voted to ensure that people convicted of these very crimes could remain armed.

How do these Republicans justify their votes to allow someone with a history of violent domestic assault unfettered access to guns?

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So, Now Dick Black Is Comparing Women's Groups To ISIS

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Dick Black is getting a lot of attention lately, and not the good kind. Today Emily's List announced that the right-wing Loudoun senator has been placed "On Notice," meaning he's committed such egregious acts of terribleness that, for the first time ever, they're adding a state legislator to their top-targets list.

Black responded in his typically out-of-touch fashion, comparing Emily's List to... ISIS. Yes, really.

Dick Black: Come for the heinously offensive social views, stay for comparing a women's group to an international terrorist organization. 

Where'd he learn that one, his buddy Scott Walker? The Wisconsin governor infamously compared union members to ISIS, and that sure worked out well for him

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A Week of Hiding and Bigotry from Senator Dick Black

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It's been a bad week for Senator Dick Black. First, he is still refusing to say if he agrees with the Governor's actions on Confederate flag license plates. This is notable because Black has previously gone out of his way to support the symbol -- in 2003, Senator Black authored a bill to ensure that the flag could remain on Virginia license plates. 
 
But that's not all:

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We Couldn't Agree More, Virginia GOP

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"'While we have been fighting the last couple of years, Democrats are out grass-roots training hundreds of volunteers. They have been holding meeting after meeting while we have been fighting amongst ourselves." 
John Whitbeck, Chair, Republican Party of Virginia, June 27th, 2015
 
"The night before the SCC meeting, the Democrats held a massive fundraiser in Fairfax County, where – joined by Hillary Clinton and Governor McAuliffe –they raised $1 million for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Yes, that’s right – DPVA raised in one night four times what it took us three months to raise. Puts things in perspective, doesn't it?"
Brian Schoeneman, Republican activist, June 29th, 2015

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Statement from Virginia Democrats on Supreme Court Redistricting Decision

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Following the Supreme Court's ruling in  Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued the following statement:
 
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court could not make any clearer the need for a fair districting process. The way forward is simple: Speaker Howell and Virginia Republicans must stop standing in the way of voting rights. Now.
 
Virginia Democrats have consistently been out front on this issue, from fighting our gerrymandered Congressional districts to our historic lawsuit against prohibitive voter IDs. We applaud the Court's ruling today and will not rest until the General Assembly creates fair, compact districts that truly give Virginia voters equal say in our democracy."
 

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The Reviews Are In: Virginia Democrats Smash Records, Raise Over $1 Million At JJ Event

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Last night, Virginia Democrats smashed records for the most successful Jefferson-Jackson event in history, aided by an all-star lineup of grassroots leaders, Democratic elected officials, Governor Terry McAuliffe and keynote guest Hillary Clinton.

With over 2,000 tickets sold, the event raised -- for the first time in history -- over $1 million. By comparison, the previous Jefferson-Jackson fundraising record was in the neighborhood of $675,000. 

Reports from the evening captured the fire and enthusiasm of the thousands of Virginia Democrats, supporters and friends in attendance:

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Virginia Democrats Statement on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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Today, in light of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, Virginia Democrats Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement:

"Thanks to the hard work of our Governor, Attorney General, and Democratic legislators at all levels, Virginia has been ahead of the curve as a place for all lovers. I'm proud we've set an example for other states to follow, and even prouder that the Supreme Court has truly and finally legitimized our success. 
 
Virginians have never been afraid to fight for what's right, from the Loving case decades ago to our brave same-sex marriage plaintiffs today. Our work towards equality for all Virginians is not yet done, and we celebrate today with an eye towards making a better tomorrow."
 

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DPVA To Launch Automated Calls Informing Voters About Dick Black's Bill to Keep Confederate Flag on Virginia License Plates

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LEESBURG -- Today, the Democratic Party of Virginia is launching automated calls to voters in the 13th Senate District calling attention to Senator Dick Black's relationship with the Confederate flag. In 2003, Senator Black introduced a bill specifically allowing the Sons of Confederate Veterans to display the Confederate flag on Virginia license plates. Yet, in light of the Governor's recent actions taking the flag off of license plates, Black has refused to say a single word on the matter.

"Dick Black, who was so eager to go out on a limb for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has been eerily silent on their cause now," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "He went above and beyond to ensure the Confederate flag would be on Virginia license plates, but can't even bring himself to respond to questions on the subject today. That's not leadership." 

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In Memory of Joe Wisniewski

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It is with sadness that we let you know of the recent passing of one of our Democratic family members, Joseph B. Wisniewski.  He was known to his friends as “Joe” or “Joe Wiz”.


Joe was a World War II veteran, having served 25 years in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1969.

Joe served as Treasurer of the Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee for many years and as Treasurer to a number of elected officials, including Senator Dick Saslaw, Delegate Vivian Watts, Supervisor and now Chairman Sharon Bulova, and Congressman Herb Harris.

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