NEXT COFFEE: Tuesday March 3rd (10 - 11:30 am)
Greene County Democrats cordially invite you to join us for coffee and pastries on the First 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 national, state, and local issues, guest speakers, candidates, and great fun and fellowship!
Please join us!
NEXT POTLUCK: March 15th (5 - 7 p.m.)
Please join us for our next Potluck and Business Meeting, held the Third Sunday of Every Month.
Social Hour and Dining 5pm - 6pm
Business Meeting and Speakers to Begin at 6pm
Come with a dish to share and BYO beer or wine
(coffee, water, and sodas available).
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH PARISH HALL
97 Main Street and the Parish Hall is on Ford Avenue behind the church.
Parking is available by the Parish Hall and in the "For Lease" parking lot across the street.
Please join us!
These dedicated people have joined the campaign to run against Denver Riggleman (R) to represent us in the 5th District. Click on the link below for details on these fine candidates.
Roger Dean Huffstetler
Dr. Cameron Webb
All of the candidates will be joining us at our monthly meetings from time to time until the election in November. Keep an eye on our events section to see who will be with us at any given meeting!
Also, engage in the Campaign for Democrat Mark Warner who is running for re-election, in the U.S. Senate. We need to retain him in Congress for his calm wisdom, experience, and strong voice for the middle class, poor, and homeless.
February 18, 2020 By Andrew Ringle
Capital News Service
RICHMOND, Va. -- The state Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit holding a phone while driving a motor vehicle on Virginia roadways and which implements a penalty for the traffic violation.
House Bill 874 will head to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who has voiced support for prohibiting the use of handheld cellphones while driving. The measure, sponsored by Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, would go into effect at the start of 2021.
“I’m happy that HB874 passed 29-9 in the Senate,” Bourne said in an email. “HB874 will make our roadways safer for all Virginians by prohibiting drivers from holding a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.”
The House of Delegates approved the bill Feb. 5 with a 72-24 vote after incorporating four bills with similar proposals. Violations of the measures in HB 874 would result in a fine of $125 for the first offense and $250 for subsequent offenses. If a violation occurs in a highway work zone, there would be a mandatory fee of $250.17.
February 17, 2020
Mel Leonor reports that a Senate panel on Monday put off consideration of an assault weapons ban for a year in a setback for Gov. Ralph Northam.
Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, made the motion to defer consideration of the legislation so that the Virginia Crime Commission could address questions about definitions in the bill. His motion passed 10-5, with fellow Democratic Sens. John Edwards of Roanoke, Chap Petersen of Fairfax City and Scott Surovell of Fairfax County also voting to defer.
While gun rights supporters in the crowd cheered the decision, Democrats who supported a ban were not pleased.
Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, sponsor of the bill - which would have banned possession of magazines that can hold more than 12 rounds - said in his summation: "If you're using these guns for self-defense in your home, I guess you'll only be in trouble if 13 people come to burglarize your home in the middle of the night."
A gun rights supporter in the crowd shouted sarcastically: "Great analysis."
The House of Delegates backed all eight of the Northam-backed gun control bills, but several of the remaining measures face uphill battles in the Senate.
February 12th, 2020
Mel Leonor reports that it now appears there is enough support to pass a proposed constitutional amendment setting up a bipartisan commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.
But Democrats are still divided on how to reform redistricting, particularly in the House. A number of members of the Legislative Black Caucus, including Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, are concerned that the proposed amendment does not guarantee people of color will have seats on the 16-member redistricting commission.