The head count was 100+ for our recent Greene Democratic Committee Potluck on February 18th...Grace Episcopal Church Hall was filled to the brim with standing room only! A large crowd of locals as well as visitors from many surrounding counties came to network with Greene Democrats as well as to hear the debate between Leslie Cockburn and Andrew Sneathern, 2 of the 4 Democrats running for the 5th District House of Representatives seat. Leslie and Andrew said they have been all over the district speaking to very large crowds who are enthusiastic about this race to replace Republican Tom Garrett. We were particularly heartened by the number of young people that attended! A full report of the debate will be in the Greene Co. Record in the next few weeks, and will be posted here once published. Thanks to all who made this a VERY SUCCESSFUL event!
TUESDAY March 6TH at 10:00 am
Please join us at 10 am on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Town Hall Building in Stanardsville (19 Celt Road across from the County Administration Building). Parking is available behind the Town Hall or across the street. We have lively discussions concerning pertinent state and local issues, guest speakers and candidates, and fellowship!
Come join us!
SUNDAY MARCH 18TH at 5:00 pm
Greene County Democrats invite the public to attend our Sunday evening potluck on each 3rd Sunday of the month at the Grace Episcopal Church Hall (97 Main Street, Stanardsville). Please arrive at 5:00pm for a bit of social time soon followed by the beginning of the meal. At 5:30pm the Business Meeting/Program will start as we continue to enjoy the varied dishes and desserts.
Greene County Record
February 15, 2018
Six months after William Monroe High School graduate Heather Heyer was killed protesting a neo-Nazi rally, a memorial at the site of her death is still being showered with gifts, mementos and flowers. But it has also been vandalized, according to Heyer’s mother – a reminder of the hatred that took her daughter’s life.
For many, the riot triggered by far-right protesters in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 exposed the underbelly of hatred and racism in America, and the months since then have been about coming to terms with that reality. But for Greene County resident Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, the half-year has been hallmarked by efforts to promote the values Heyer stood for – and eventually died for – in Charlottesville.
“She wanted everybody treated equally and fairly. That was a lifelong passion for her,” Bro said.
February 15, 2018
RICHMOND — Virginia’s new Democratic governor and Republican speaker of the House are heralding a spirit of cooperation that they say led to a productive first half of the General Assembly session.
The new atmosphere is due partly to the leaders’ less publicly combative approach in the post-Gov. Terry McAuliffe era. It also likely is spurred, in part, by Republicans narrowly holding their majority after sweeping Democratic gains in the November House elections.
“The first half of this legislative session represents the most productive period I have seen since I came to the General Assembly in 2008, and we are just getting started,” said Northam, a former state senator and lieutenant governor.
February 12, 2018
In the hours after last summer’s white power rally in Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence, the planners of the protest mounted a defense: While much of the country may have found their racist chants and Nazi iconography deplorable, they claimed that they had a First Amendment right to self-expression, and that none of the bloodshed was actually their fault.
Six months later, that narrative of blamelessness, which started on the airwaves and the internet, is now being tested in the courthouse. In a direct assault on the so-called alt-right movement, a sprawling lawsuit contends that the leaders of the Charlottesville gathering engaged in a conspiracy to foster racial hatred, and are legally responsible for the 30 injuries and the death of a woman, Heather Heyer, that occurred.
“There is one thing about this case that should be made crystal-clear at the outset,” the suit maintains. “The violence in Charlottesville was no accident.”
February 12, 2018
While our Congressman Tom Garrett voted against additional disaster assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, (H.R. 4667); he voted in favor of the tax overhaul which continues the giveaway of our tax money to the fossil fuel industry. We should think about that.
Mother Nature has been trying to get our attention. This winter a “bomb cyclone” roared up the East Coast bringing extreme freezing and flooding. On Tuesday, January 2, the temperature was colder in Jacksonville, Florida than in Anchorage, Alaska. This past year we have suffered destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and massive wildfires. All told these climate change disasters have cost the U.S. at least $306 billion dollars in 2017.
GOP-led VA House approves "Stop Gun Violence' License Plate, but Not Without a Fight
Culpeper Star Exponent
Feb 8, 2018
Virginia drivers can already get a state-issued license plate to show their support for the National Rifle Association, but a push for a “Stop Gun Violence” specialty plate took a contentious turn this week in the House of Delegates.
The House voted 89-8-1 to approve the bill Friday, with eight Republicans dissenting after House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, criticized the plate for singling out a particular type of violence.
“We’re the snowflakes,” said Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, the plate’s sponsor. “But these guys see ‘gun violence’ on anything and they go ballistic.”
During floor debate Thursday, Gilbert said Simon was trying to make a political point that goes beyond “a little ol’ license plate bill.” The plate debate now goes to the Senate.
Sabato's Crystal Ball
UVA Center for Politics
February 8th Issue
There’s one other race we want to mention in detail: In the Crystal Ball’s home state of Virginia, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is seeking reelection in the aftermath of his defeat as part of the Democrats’ failed 2016 presidential ticket. Kaine appears to be in good shape for reelection: He has $9.2 million cash on hand, one of the highest figures among incumbents up in 2018; the Old Dominion should be Democratic-leaning in 2018 if its 2016 and 2017 election results are any indication; and the incumbent lacks a top-level GOP challenger, to the chagrin of Virginia Republicans.
(Scroll down about 1/3 of the Feb 8th issue to finish reading article)
We wanted to extend our deepest appreciation to Lisa & Carlyle Hystad who worked diligently to build our organization. We will try to fill your shoes and continue with your GREAT efforts.
Best of luck in Minnesota!!
Even as a small group, we have the everyday expenses of running our organization.....rental expenses for our group meetings space, printing costs, supply purchases, bumper stickers, etc. Our very BIGGEST expense, that most people don't realize, is the cost of campaign signs that are displayed in our county for any election. Our local Democratic Committee must pay for the smaller yard signs as well as the larger billboard type signs. They all are very expensive. Unlike other parties, we don't get monetary help from the state or national level. We need to make a HUGE difference in 2018 by turning out voters in big numbers on election day.
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