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Statement from Virginia Democrats Chair On The Passing of Former Delegate Franklin P. Hall

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Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker rel

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Free Lance-Star: An opportunity for Virginia to earn a reputation for energy efficiency

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Governor McAuliffe knows that energy efficiency is good for business, good for the environment and good for the economy. His Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency and consumption goals provide major tools for growing the Virginia economy while taking real action on environmental issues.

Editorial | May 20, 2015
 

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Dave Brat One-Ups Barbara Comstock, Compares Undocumented Immigrants to ISIS

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Virginia Democrats' Latino Caucus Responds to Brat's Offensive Comments
 
Immigrants in Virginia just cannot catch a break from their conservative representatives in Congress. As if Barbara Comstock reducing New Americans to FedEx packages wasn't bad enough, Dave Brat's reminding folks that he, too, is offensive. He argued on the John Fredericks Radio Show yesterday that undocumented immigrants who want to join the military weren't actually showing their patriotism, because "ISIS is willing to serve in our military as well."
 
Yes, Dave Brat thinks undocumented immigrants who would put their lives on the line for our country are no more patriotic than ISIS. 
 

"Rep. Brat's comments equating DREAMers to ISIS are both reprehensible and sadly predictable. It's sad, but unsurprising, that he's managed to top Barbara Comstock's insensitive comments comparing immigrants to FedEx packages," said Monique Alcala, President of the Virginia Democrats Latino Caucus. "Comparing hard-working American patriots in our workforce and schools to terrorists is offensive fearmongering. Theare not terrorists; they are Americans."


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Jeb Bush To Remind Everyone Of How Awesome The Indiana Discrimination Law Is In Liberty U Speech

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Jeb Bush will take the stage at Liberty University today to unabashedly pander to the evangelical right-wing, the backbone of today's Republican Party. Yesterday, excerpts of his speech were released, showing that Jeb will focus on defending extremely socially conservative policies -- including the Indiana right-to-discriminate law.
 
Jeb has made his priorities clear from the get-go. He was the first GOP presidential candidate to defend the anti-LGBT law, and today will blame "coercive federal power" for getting in the way of those who wish to discriminate. But that's not all: he'll reference his staunch opposition to a woman's right to choose. As Governor, he infamously intervened in controversial abortion cases, including those involving children. 

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Barbara Comstock Wants You To Think She's All About The Silver Line, But She Voted Against It As Delegate

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Already on the NRCC's most vulnerable incumbents list, Comstock is proving she will say or do anything if it will trick voters into thinking she's a moderate. While she may be gung-ho on Metro for the cameras, let's be perfectly clear: Comstock, in the General Assembly, voted against funding the Silver Line. Yet, when the photo ops come up, she's first in line to claim victory.
 
Comstock can't have it both ways, and Northern Virginians are not impressed.
 

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Democratic Party of Virginia Formally Approves 2016 Delegate Selection Plan

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The Steering Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia has formally approved the 2016 Delegate Selection Plan. This plan outlines the process to be used by the Democratic Party of Virginia in selecting delegates for the National Convention, scheduled to take place in Philadelphia on July 25–28, 2016.

The plan received overwhelming support from the DPVA’s Steering Committee on Friday, May 1st and was submitted to the Democratic National Committee for approval on May 4th, in accordance with the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the DNC.

The Democratic Party of Virginia called for a Presidential Preference Primary to be held on March 1, 2016 to determine the allocation of State and National Convention delegates. Cities and counties will hold caucuses April 16 – 18, 2016 to elect delegates and alternates to Congressional District conventions and the State Convention. These delegates and alternates will attend Congressional District conventions in May, 2016 and choose district level delegates and alternates. The same state delegates and alternates will attend a State Convention in June, 2016 to elect National Convention delegates and alternates.

“We are proud to have delivered our delegate selection plan to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee in a timely fashion,” said DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker. “Virginia is a key battleground state. I hope Democrats will participate at every level of t his process as we look to make a difference and elect another Democrat to the White House in 2016.”

English and Spanish summaries of the plan, including a step-by-step guide on becoming a delegate, are available on the DPVA website.

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Major Newspapers Show Strong Support for AG Herring's Health Center Ruling

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"Mr. Cuccinelli, a crusading culture warrior, advanced a rationale as flawed as it was novel" - Washington Post

"If they had any sense of shame, conservative Republicans would feel some in the wake of Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent opinion about abortion-clinic regulations." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
Earlier this week, Attorney General Mark Herring released a landmark opinion protecting women's health centers from excessively burdensome and discriminatory regulations. He reversed ideologically-motivated "twisted legal logic" from former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,  a move that was immediately celebrated in the major newspapers around the Commonwealth.

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Comstock Added to NRCC Most Vulnerable List One Day After Voting To Invade Women’s Privacy and Health Care Rights

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One-Term Wonder Congresswoman Barbara Comstock found herself added to the NRCC’s most vulnerable members list just one day after voting to invade women’s privacy and their personal health care decisions. 

 

Comstock joined her Republican colleagues to advance their anti-women’s agenda by overruling a common-sense law in the District of Columbia that would protect women from invasive questions and discrimination from their employers based on their personal health care decisions.

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Virgina Democrats Decry Hal Parrish's Sneak Attack on Women's Health

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MANASSAS -- Proponents of the anti-woman agenda have found a new place to sneak in attacks on women's healthcare -- municipal zoning laws. The Manassas City Council, aided by a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Hal Parrish, approved a new zoning measure that singles out women's health centers for discriminatory restrictions.
 
The Manassas City Council is expected to confirm these zoning updates tonight at their regularly-scheduled meeting, amid community protests. Ahead of this meeting, all three Democratic candidates for Senate in the 29th District released statements harshly criticizing this anti-women measure.
 

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Happy Earth Day, GOP!

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Climate change is a problem every day, but on Earth Day it's especially salient. According to a recent poll, there's strong support in Virginia for more action on the environment, not less. Yet, from the top of the 2016 presidential field to legislators in the General Assembly, Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to downplay this critical issue and block desperately needed action to protect our people and our environment.

 

 

 

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