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Second People’s Caravan for Clean Air and Water

Earlier this year, grassroots healthcare activists formed the first People’s Caravan; a mobile rally for Virginians across the commonwealth to join the fight for...

BREAKING: Virginia State NAACP Calls for Halt to All Construction Activities...

by Jon Sokolow In a powerful statement published by Blue Virginia here for the first time, the Virginia State Chapter of the NAACP has called...

Fairfax County NAACP Demands Apology From Police Chief For Alleging Data...

The following is by Sean Perryman,  Education Chair for the Fairfax County NAACP. Also see the comments, below Sean's post, by Fairfax County School Board member...

Prince William County NAACP Condemns KKK Fliers, Asks Why Board Chair...

See below for a statement by the Prince William County NAACP, "condemning the Ku Klux Klan’s recent activities in western Prince William and eastern...

Video: Fairfax County NAACP Holds VA-10 Forum; All Democrats Attending, Plus...

See below for video of the Fairfax County NAACP's VA-10 candidate forum this afternoon. All Democratic candidates - Alison Friedman, Lindsey Davis Stover, Dan...

Video: NAACP Candidate Forum in VA-07

Thanks to Brenda Hill for posting this video from last night's NAACP candidate forum in VA-07 on Facebook! Note that there are two Democrats...

Jill Vogel Blows Off NAACP for “Family Fun Day” at Neo-Confederate...

Priorities, priorities for Virginia GOP Lt. Governor candidate Jill Vogel - "Family Fun Day" at the farm of neo-Confederate and raving xenophobe (among other...

Prince William NAACP Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Calls for Corey...

On Monday, the Prince William unity of the NAACP convened a press conference to address the "Unite the Right" hate rally held in Charlottesville...

Shad Planking Kerplunk

Shad Planking photo 140414Wakefieldmap_zps3268f662.jpg The shad are running and Virginia politicians will swim with them today. Last year Democratic candidates gave the Wakefield Ruritan event a cold shoulder. The event's organizers made an insincere attempt to dampen the tea party spirit, discouraging stars and bars. This is a charity event, they cried, after all.

This year Virginia's senior Senator Mark Warner will deliver the keynote and his almost certain Republican opponent will make one of his rare public appearances. It will be informative seeing if Team Warner laid the groundwork for a more civil and less homogeneous atmosphere than this annual carnival for reactionaries nourishes. Earlier this year, they stumbled out of the block when, despite refusing to commit to Democratic events closer in than 60 days, they accepted the Shad Planking appearance well in advance. Maybe, tied to an old playbook, they failed to notice that last year's Democratic statewide success demonstrated the irrelevance of the event. One would hope that the acceptance came with some assurance that the event would be more civil, sane, and inclusive.

The impact of the "traditional" sign war has diminished considerably since the Kaine and Webb surprises during the past decade. When this became a war of paid "volunteers" it was no longer a genuine indicator of anything more than a campaign bankroll. And if the intent is to make this event relevant, where is the outreach from the Ruritan Club or encouragement from more progressive constituents to draw in displays and support from the Democratic Party, the NAACP, or the LGBT community?

So what will today provide? Boney fish, cold beer, and the themes that Senator Warner will employ to shore up and broaden his own constituency, an impressive coalition of common interests. This could also provide the national bellwether for the Democratic strategy that will be used to counter this year's onslaught by Republican reactionaries against the Affordable Care Act. There couldn't be a more promising petri dish.  

George Allen’s Haunting Past

Yesterday's Shad Planking drew its normal school of bony fish enthusiasts, gaggles of gun guys and gals, and passels of Republican wannabes. Missing was the usual covey of Democratic candidates, along with any sign that Ken Cuccinelli has a prayer against Bill Bolling. For George Allen it was same old.

George's same old is this: No matter the facts, no matter your past, pretend there were no witnesses or records and that the electorate has selective amnesia. Yearn for a return to a fanciful, nostalgic past that is a combination of shared myth and vision among supporters. It is as if a team of marketing psychologists are crafting the Republican meme to manipulate perception among the easily influenced. Fortunately for us, this is still a small demographic, despite Republican efforts to cripple education in America.

In what Allen's team probably thought was a dual-edged sword, Allen took on the role of fiscally responsible philanthropist to show how a responsible private sector champion could eliminate waste while supporting the common welfare. Unfortunately for him, there is memory of his uncomfortable 2006 appearance in Hampton, Virginia at an NAACP forum where Allen balked at joining the organization when invited. There is another memory of grassroots supporters planting 10,000 or more Webb signs along the approach to Shad Planking. Allen's team simply knew they couldn't organize a competitive effort without paid stooges and feared another Kaine groundswell. Instead, his team (he's never demonstrated this kind of resourcefulness) decided to hand a check (funded by the campaign?), to the Ruritans, a group his base can easily identify with. This was designed to call out Kaine for typical liberal wastefulness. But the Kaine campaign didn't cooperate. Allen's prepared text had to be modified at the last minute, but his team lacked the acumen to avoid calling out Republican Representative Randy Forbes who did not meet the Allen standard for fiscal responsibility. Oh, by the way, Allen's four 4 x 6's didn't come cheap.