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Virginia Republicans Yet Again Ignore Plain Language of Constitution, Fight to...

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Sadly, the party of voter suppression and disenfranchisement - that would be the Virginia GOP, formerly the "Party of Lincoln" but now the "Party...

BREAKING: Gov. McAuliffe Restores Rights of 13,000 Virginia Ex-Felons

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Gov. McAuliffe speaking a few minutes ago (see above for video; photo by Del. Jennifer Boysko): We are here today to talk about an issue...

Controversy Continues Over Virginia Ex-Felon Voting Rights Restoration

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Sponsored Content Criminal defense attorney Patrick Woolley graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2010 and has been a dedicated criminal defense attorney for over seven...

Saturday News: “Democrats Are Now the Party of Optimism;” Republicans the...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 30. Also check out the White House weekly...

Video: Hundreds Rally for Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights as Virginia Supreme Court Hears...

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Great work by ProgressVA (see video and press release below) on the rally outside Virginia's Supreme Court today in support of ex-felons' voting rights....

Audio: Gov. McAuliffe Explains Ex-Felons’ Rights Restoration Order, Says Commonwealth Attorneys...

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This morning on WRVA's "Ask the Governor" show, Gov. McAuliffe responded to the "amicus brief" by 43 Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys (CAs) on the restoration...

Video: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Announces Major Restoration of Voting Rights to...

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Wow, this is amazing (h/t to Jim Nolan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch on the scoop! also see the Washington Post story here) -- thank you Gov....

Annabel Park and Eric Byler Capture NC Resistance to NC GA...

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Annabel Park and Eric Byler are champions of civil liberties. They have made many films about the encroachments into those liberties. But this one is close to my heart. There has not been much out of the state capital here in Raleigh to make me proud since I relocated here one year ago; perhaps only former Governor Perdue's veto of the Tea Party's dismantling of voting rights (and a few other vetoes).

That was then. Perdue resigned and her Lt. Governor lost the governor's race to the best friend energy companies and school privateers ever had, long-term Duke Energy employee, Pat McCrory. There is nothing stopping the out-of-control General Assembly (GA) now.

The GA has drastically cut unemployment insurance, slammed public education, and showered goodies on charters (bestowing pretend oversight as it does), raised the sales tax to give cuts to millionaires, passed the most repressive and homophobic law in the nation, voted to allow exploratory horizontal fracking, and banned government scientists from studying sea level rising. They are also disemboweling environmental regulations.

Meanwhile, the governor wants to cut state taxes in half, a proposal so draconian that even Koch brothers ally, Art Pope, the new state budget director (talk about the fox in the hen house), said it went too far! Imagine how bad it is when Art Pope says it's too much. That is only a short list of the ugliness. I will have more to say on some of the other misdeeds of the North Carolina GA.

The multi-pronged attack on voting rights strikes at the heart of what has been a progressive and continually improving state for civil liberties since Terry Sanford led the state in the 1960s.  This was not who we are, but sadly, it is now increasingly so--unless we stand up to it. Annabel and Eric have captured the rising chorus of those who have had enough. Bravo!

Monday 1/14: Fate of Thousands of Voters in the Hands of...

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House of Delegates to Consider Restoration of Rights Bills Monday, Jan. 14 at 8am

As you have probably heard, Gov. McDonnell recently announced his support for an automatic process for restoration of rights for Virginians convicted of nonviolent felonies.  

This session, Delegates Greg Habeeb and Peter Farrell have introduced bills to address this issue, and I urge you to support legislation for the automatic restoration of rights for non-violent felons.

Recently we learned that the above-mentioned bills, as well as similar Democratic bills which have been put forth repeatedly over the years, will be on the docket of the Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee for Monday, January 14th at 8am.

These seven Subcommittee members will be considering the proposed restoration of rights amendments on Monday morning.  If you have a moment, please contact them now:

Conservatives guilty of voter fraud themselves after pushing voter ID bills

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Across the country and here in Virginia, conservative politicians have been pushing ALEC-backed voter ID bills to combat a nonexistent voter impersonation problem. But it turns out they may have been the real election fraud problem the whole time.

CBS 6 WTVR is reporting, "The Republican Party of Virginia has terminated its relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting over allegations of potential voter registration fraud in Florida." RPV had paid the firm over $500,000 to register voters. The same firm has been fired this week by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Florida over these allegations.

CBS 6 talked to Chesterfield Registrar Larry Haake who investigated Strategic Allied Consulting after receiving reports that the firm was inappropriately asking people who they were voting for before offering them a voter registration form.

Strategic Allied Consulting says its office address is in Glen Allen, Virginia, but CBS 6 visited the office location and the people there said they'd never heard of the firm.