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Ralph Northam’s Campaign Praises the “Virginia Way.” Here’s Why They’re Wrong.

The Virginia Capitol, ground view. While Democrats justifiably lament the rise of fake news, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam campaign’s latest press release concludes with a...

Eric H. Holder, Jr. To Keynote DPVA Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Eric H. Holder, Jr. To Keynote DPVA Jefferson-Jackson Dinner The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) today announced that Eric Holder, the 82nd Attorney General of...

Photos: VA Dems Meet, Vote to Hold Primary, Vow to Win...

From the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee meeting today...

Virginia Republicans…Are you Listening?

From the Democratic Party of Virginia: Donald Trump has made several appointments, at least three of whom have denigrated Muslims or African Americans. One of...

TRUMPTANIC Sinking in VA-7…Brat at Helm…Pence Lifeboat Sent in with…Pizzas?

"Mike #Pence made an unannounced trip to Central Virginia today... All to see Dave Brat, rally supporters at Brat's campaign office," so reported NBC...

Fantastic News!! Eileen Bedell Poised to Turn VA-7 Blue

Great news out of Virginia:   the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) have teamed up to help finance...

A Bernie Sanders Delegate Reflects on Philadelphia, Our Revolution, and...

I’m fond of a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in...

Why Justin Fairfax Should Speak 

by Lauren Victoria Burke I wasn't paying attention to Virginia's Democratic Party Convention much until learning at about noon yesterday that there was a controversy...

DPVA Running Another Crooked Convention

By Ben Tribbett Four years ago I was glad to step forward and run for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  While running against incumbents was...

Mayor Jones’s New Church Mouse Losing Its House

Mayor Dwight Jones photo 140311MayorJones_zps3245b2ae.jpgTis the season for miraculous financial initiatives. The man who didn't clearly outline Richmond's obligations for his NFL football summer training facility or find backing for burying hallowed historical ground under a minor league stadium is now preparing to make the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) homeless.

All the get rich land development schemes that characterize Richmond City high finance remind one of the common flights of fancy on The Honeymooners. One difference, though: Mayor Jones is banking with other people's money and trust. After making an effort to gain clarity on the DPVA's financial health, there is nothing to show but despair. Appropriate since Jones and his recent predecessors as Chair have all left the political party borrowing against time while concealing the bottom line. Requests for financial statements have been ignored, so the depth of the hole remains closely held. Miraculously, during six years with a Democrat in the White House and in a state with two Democratic United States Senators plus the election of Democrats to all three statewide executive offices in the past year, time has run out on the Party's mortgage.

A big portion of the DPVA party leadership's responsibility is to provide the hired staff with sufficient resources to run a statewide political party. But Jones, who fought through charges that he doesn't represent the party's principles of equality and equal rights to gain the position of Chair, has been an absentee landlord. The infrastructure, physical and fiscal, has continued to decay since his ascension to the post. He has consistently missed meetings and party conference calls. E-mails go unanswered. The excuse is always that his responsibilities as a pastor and Mayor consume his time. Those responsibilities did not preclude him from interfering in an intra-party state Senate primary race (his influence proved ineffective). Now he's on the verge of missing the payment on the DPVA's "digs" on Franklin Street in Richmond.