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Virginia Legislators Announce Formation of Progressive Caucus

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The following press release is from Del. Patrick Hope’s office. Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of this exactly. First of all, I’m not sure I understand why certain members are on this list and why many others aren’t (e.g., where’s Chap Petersen, who’s been one of the most progressive members of the Senate over the past few years?). I presume there will be additions in the future, but how about subtractions, let’s say if a particular member does something particularly anti-progressive (e.g., votes for Bob Marshall’s “Health Care Freedom Act,” appears at a Tea Party convention on an Americans for Prosperity-sponsored panel, etc.)? Is there any discipline to this caucus, any criteria, or are members just anyone who says “sign me up?” If so, then I’m dubious. I guess my question is, what exactly is the intended objective of this caucus, what does it hope to accomplish exactly? We’ll see how it unfolds, and overall I believe that Patrick Hope deserves credit for organizing it. But…color me skeptical, especially in light of the numerous legislative debacles we saw unfold this past General Assembly session.

Legislators Announce Formation of Progressive Caucus

Richmond – This morning, a group of legislators gathered to announce the formation of a Progressive Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly. At the announcement, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) said, “Progressive values are Virginia values. Families across the Commonwealth want their legislature to focus on issues that matter to them.” Delegate Hope continued, “The Progressive Caucus serves to fight for the interests of the average citizen and to educate the public on Progressive issues. ”

His colleague, Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) added, “While Virginia can be slow to change, we have to keep pace with the times when it comes to issues like stem cell research, global warming and society’s attitudes towards gays and lesbians. As progressives, it is important that we stand together as we work to move Virginia forward.”

Delegate David Englin (D-Alexandria) stated, “It’s time for progressive legislators to organize and work together to advance the progressive values that we share, so we can keep our Commonwealth moving toward that day when every person – including the poor, the elderly, the week, the dispossessed – has a fair shake and an equal shot at the American dream.”

Senator McEachin (D-Henrico) concluded the press conference. “We standing here today believe that Virginians are fair and open-minded and want a Commonwealth that reflects those values. We will work together to improve the environment, support a strong, vibrant, quality, twenty-first century, public education system for all our children, devise and implement a long-term transportation program including a critical component of mass transit and of updated  infrastructure, create good-paying jobs and provide all Virginians equal opportunity, justice and fairness.”

Members of the General Assembly continue to join the Progressive Caucus which will be working throughout the year to support and create legislation that supports their goals and values.

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.

The Virginia Progressive Caucus Members

The Honorable Robin A. Abbott

The Honorable Mamye E. BaCote

The Honorable Robert H. Brink

The Honorable Betsy B. Carr

The Honorable Adam P. Ebbin

The Honorable David L. Englin

The Honorable Patrick A. Hope

The Honorable Matthew James

The Honorable Mark L. Keam

The Honorable Kaye Kory

The Honorable Mamie Locke

The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan

The Honorable A. Donald McEachin

The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn

The Honorable Joseph D. Morrissey

The Honorable Kenneth R. Plum

The Honorable James M. Scott

The Honorable Scott A. Surovell

The Honorable David J. Toscano

The Honorable Roslyn C. Tyler

The Honorable Jeion A. Ward

  • Johnny Longtorso

    Matthew James is the only member from the South Hampton Roads delegation.

  • notlarrysabato

    NOT a progressive.

  • …as a moderate among people in the general public. Stand with him for any length of time at an event in the City of Fairfax and you’ll be amazed at how many people from both sides of the aisle come up to talk with him. He has a strong and loyal following in Fairfax, which is one of the major reasons I think he was able to take down the Davis machine in 2007.

    He definitely stands up for the working class and is someone progressives can usually count on, but I’m actually not terribly surprised that his name’s not listed as a member of the progressive caucus.

  • VADEM

    that the day after we heard about the abortion bill being rammed through, all of a sudden there is a “progressive caucus”. Of course most of them voted against it but in classic dem style they dropped the ball and screwed up.

    But it’s ok because now because we have a caucus.

    Alrighty then.

  • The Richmonder

    the video was masterful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • January 24, 2010

    Dear Democratic Colleague:

    We invite you to join us as a founding member of the Virginia Progressive Caucus.  As Virginia’s progressive leaders, we are inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a government, instituted among people, deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed, that exists to secure the self-evident, equal, and unalienable right to human freedom for all people.  We recall George Washington’s vision of a nation where “[a]ll possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship” and a government “which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”  These bedrock progressive principles, articulated by great Virginians from the founding of our nation, will guide us as we work to defend and advance progressive values and policies in the General Assembly.

    In that spirit, the Virginia Progressive Caucus will work together to stand up for public policies that will:

    · Strengthen our economy by investing in people and infrastructure and putting Virginians back to work in a manner that strengthens both our people and our businesses;

    · Promote efficient, effective, transparent government that works for all people;

    · Ensure a strong, vibrant, quality, twenty-first century, public education system for all our children

    · Advance the universal right to affordable, quality health care;

    · Secure the right to a healthy environment, clean air, and clean water, by investing in a clean energy future;

    · Implement a long term transportation plan for the Commonwealth including a critical component of mass transit and of updating and strengthening our infrastructure of bridges and tunnels;

    · Ensure fair wages, working condition and protect and enforce all legal rights in the workplace for all Virginians;

    · Defend reproductive freedom and access to reproductive health care; and

    · Treat every person with equal dignity and respect, regardless of color, race, religion, gender, country of origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity;

    We intend to meet weekly while the General Assembly is in session and to serve as both a resource and a mutual support network for our fellow progressives in the House and the Senate.  We hope you will join us, and we invite you to contact any one of us with questions.

    Sincerely,

  • nubiandem

    since you have so much sarcasam…why not put your name on a ballot and lets see what you can do

  • Charles Stanton

    are represented by 4 members…. Woo Hoo!!