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Get On the Bus for Kai Degner

Del. Scott Surovell forwarded me the following email.  Several Democratic committees - Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Alexandria, and the DPVA - are organizing this, join them if you can and help Kai Degner win this election on June 15!
On Saturday, June 12, you have the opportunity to help start to win back control of the House of Delegates.  The Democratic Party of Virginia and House Democratic Caucus have hired a bus to ship campaign volunteers to Harrisonburg to help Get Out The Vote for our candidate, Harrisonburg Mayor Kai Degner who is running in a June 15 special election to replace Matt Lohr, a Republican in the House of Delegates who resigned to take a government appointment.  Click here to read more about Kai Degner's campaign.

Kai is a twenty-nine year old ball of fire who door knocked his way onto the Harrisonburg City Council and subsequently was elected Mayor.  There are many votes to get out in his base in the City of Harrisonburg.  Additionally, a third party "tea party" candidate has filed to run which will divide up Kai's opponent's base of support.  This race represents an excellent opportunity to take back a seat if we can focus our statewide resources for one weekend.

The bus will leave on Saturday, June 12 at 9 A.M., from Fairfax County Democratic Committee Headquarters, 2815 Hartland Rd, Falls Church, and will return at 7 p.m. to the same location.  Just enough time for 6 hours of good grassroots door knocking.

There are 55 spots available and we need to fill every one of them!


If you are unhappy about the direction that Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli have taken our Commonwealth, this is the perfect opportunity to send a message.  Kai is a great candidate and has his opponents are on the defensive.  Our chances are good for an upset victory by Kai.  We've had a great track record in special elections, both here in Virginia and nationally.  Let's keep it up and keep moving towards a Democratic House of Delegates!

VoteVets on Oil Spill: “America Needs a New Mission”

Another excellent ad by VoteVets.org. What about this clear, powerful message do opponents of clean energy and climate legislation fail to understand?

Del. Scott Surovell Named “Legislative Rookie of the Year” by VEA

Congratulations to Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th) and keep up the great work!
Delegate Scott Surovell was named a "Legislative Rookie of the Year" by the Virginia Education Association in recognition of his efforts to strengthen public education throughout the Commonwealth during the 2010 legislative session. "As a product of Fairfax County Public Schools, I am honored to be recognized by the VEA," said Surovell. Surovell was one of six newly elected delegates to receive a 100% rating from the VEA.

The VEA, founded in 1863 comprises over 60,000 educators in Virginia. Dr. Kitty Boitnott, president of the VEA said of Surovell: "Delegate Surovell has begun his legislative career as a solid supporter of our public schools. We have acknowledged his 100% pro-education voting record by awarding him VEA's Rookie of the Year award. We look forward to working with Delegate Surovell in the years ahead. He is a welcomed friend of public education."

House Votes to Repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the egregious, immoral, outdated, self-defeating, wildly unpopular policy known as "Don't Ask Don't Tell."  The vote on Patrick Murphy's amendment was 234-194, with the Virginia delegation breakout is as follows:

Yes on Repealing DADT
Gerry Connolly
Jim Moran
Glenn Nye
Tom Perriello
Bobby Scott

No on Repealing DADT
Rick Boucher
Eric Cantor
Randy Forbes
Bob Goodlatte
Rob Wittman
Frank Wolf

Sadly, it's not surprising that almost every Republican - aka, "the party of no" - voted against this long-overdue anti-discrimination amendment.  Fortunately, Democrats control Congress and the White House, so this will almost certainly become law, but no thanks to the "red team."  Oh, and note the Republican "moderate" who voted to continue discrimination against gays and lesbians in our military? That's right, our pal Frank Wolf, who hasn't been a real "moderate" in many years, even though a lot of people in the 10th CD continue to think he is.

P.S. Thanks to the 5 Virginia Democrats who voted to repeal DADT!

UPDATE: Also, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to end DADT. The only Republican voting "yes" was Susan Collins of Maine. The only Democrat voting "no" was our own Jim Webb.  His statement - which, needless to say, I do not agree with - is after the "fold."

Mark Warner Blasts BP, “Lax Oversight”; Agrees With Drilling “Pause”

I'm glad to see this statement from Mark Warner. Obviously, he "gets it." Now, if only Bob McDonnell, Ken Kook-inelli and Eric Can'tor would get a clue. On second though, oh forget it!

House Democratic Caucus to McDonnell: Replace Fred Malek

I'm glad to see this letter, even if it took more than two weeks almost three weeks since bloggers, David Englin, Donald McEachin, and a few others raised this as an issue.  Better late than never, I guess. In addition, I would strongly urge any Democrat on the commission to demand Malek's replacement.  If Malek is not replaced by...oh, I dunno, how about COB tomorrow?...they should resign immediately.
May 27, 2010
The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell
Patrick Henry Building, Third Floor
1111 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Governor McDonnell:

We would first like to commend you on your creation of the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. Streamlining government and finding cost-saving efficiencies is a laudable goal regardless of one's partisan leanings. In fact, our Caucus has put our words into action on this issue by supporting House Bill 1053 in the 2010 General Assembly session, which would have saved the Commonwealth millions of dollars.

However, we are increasingly concerned that the important issue of government reform is being overshadowed by questions about the past behavior of the Chairman of the Commission, Fred Malek. We are especially concerned with his actions regarding Connecticut state pension investments and the six-figure penalty paid by Mr. Malek and his company to the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004.  In its findings, the SEC expressed concern about the undisclosed agreements made by Malek's company with a political associate of the Connecticut State Treasurer.  It is these kinds of incidents that create the need for reform and more transparency and sunlight in our government. True reform should not be led by someone with any questions regarding his background.

Therefore, it is our strong suggestion that you replace Mr. Malek with a chairman whose credentials on government reform are unimpeachable.  Former U.S. Senator John Warner, Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible, or Commission member John "Dubby" Wynne are all well-qualified alternatives.  It is clear that the important work of the commission would be distracted by questions about past behavior by its chairman, and that would be a disservice to the Commonwealth.  


Ward L. Armstrong, House Minority Leader
Kenneth R. Plum, House Democratic Caucus Chair

UPDATE: Need a good laugh? Check out this bizarre statement, straight from an alternate universe the Republican Party of Virginia. WTF?
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