A Spring Gathering at Gadino Cellars, Sunday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

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Upcoming Rappahannock County Democrats Meeting

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) will meet on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library (4 Library Road, Washington, VA). Meetings are open to the general public.

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Madison County Democratic Committee’s Founder’s Day Dinner, May 14

The Madison County Democrats’ Founders Dinner is on Thursday, May 14th at the Antioch Baptist Church in Madison. For more information, contact the Madison County Democrats at information@madisondems.org.

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A Letter from April Moore, Candidate, Virginia Senate, District 26

Dear Fellow Democrat:
april-mooreI believe that, together, you and I can accomplish something important with my campaign against Mark Obenshain.If you will come and show the flag at my upcoming press conference in Harrisonburg on April 28, you will hear my vision for what this campaign can accomplish. And you will help us on our way to accomplishing it.Who represents this district in the Virginia State Senate is important, but the stakes are actually much higher.

It is vitally important that Mark Obenshain not become Virginia’s Scott Walker—see what my husband Andy Schmookler has written about this on Daily Kos at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/19/1371976/-TAKING-ON-THE-MAN-WHO-WOULD-BE-VIRGINIA-S-SCOTT-WALKER#,. But the stakes are, in fact, even larger still.

For, in fact, Mark Obenshain is the perfect representative of the Big Money Power that is not only picking the pockets of average Virginians but is also stealing the gift our Founders gave us—a free society whose government is not only of, but for and by the people as well.

Mark Obenshain is part of the reason that our state is ranked one of the most corruptible in the nation. He is serving Dominion Power and other fossil fuel companies. He’s helped take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of average Virginians to put into the coffers of Dominion Power and other fossil fuel companies. And he’s voted to protect our government’s system of corruption. (Click on my website to see the speech with which I launched my campaign against Obenshain http://aprilmoorestatesenate.com )

But Obenshain’s service to Big Money Power is even worse than that. In our times, Big Money has moved from just picking our pockets to a deep and long-term plan to change America into a fundamentally different kind of society. Big Money organizations like ALEC are now writing our laws, and Mark Obenshain is helping them do it. The Koch Brothers are degrading America’s democracy like no one ever has before. And they’ve picked Mark Obenshain as their guy.

So, in running against Mark Obenshain, I am running against the perfect symbol of everything we the people need to defeat. And to defeat him and the power behind him, we the people, liberals and conservatives alike, must set aside our differences and unite against the power that Mark Obenshain serves. If we can succeed in this effort, we can show the country that the people can come together to take back the power that has been stolen from us.

That is the great opportunity we have in this campaign. Across America, “We the people” must unite to protect our democracy. But especially here in the 26th District — which as you know is 2:1 Republican — our success will depend on our reaching out to people on the other side.

That is the effort I will launch, when I reach out to conservatives as well as liberals on April 28, with a brief talk titled “The First Duty of a Patriot.” “First duty” because everything else depends on preserving the great achievement of our Founders. “First duty” because what the likes of Obenshain are stealing from us is the essence of what America is about.

Mark Obenshain has already shown that his campaign against me will be based on the usual tactic of the Big Money Power—to divide the people against each other by making this a Liberal versus Conservative race.

Come join me on Tuesday, April 28, to show that in the battle between the people and Big Money, the people can rise to the occasion.

Time: 11:00 am

Place: Rockingham County Administration building, board room, 20 E. Gay Street, Harrisonburg

April Moore Candidate, Virginia Senate district 26

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Litter pick-up and party, April 18

Litter Pick-upAPRIL 18, 10 AM.

It’s time for Spring litter pick up on Rt. 211. The Rappahannock County Democrats’ designated area is between Massie’s Corner and the Rappahannock County Library. Crews will meet at the Rappahannock County Library at 10 a.m. Sandwiches, drinks and sweets will be served after crews get back to the library.

More volunteers are welcome. To sign up, call Jed Duvall at 540-522-9216

 

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Next Festive Progressives Gathering – April 23, 2015

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Do you like to dine and mingle with other Democrats and Progressives? You’re in luck. Festive Progressives will be gathering at the Flint Hill Public House (675 Zachary Taylor Highway  Flint Hill, Va.) on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. There’s no sign up, fee or commitment. Just show up and enjoy the company. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurant menu. For more information, call Jed Duvall, 540-522-9216.

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Hillary for America

Hillary Clinton has announced that she will be running for President of the United States. To find out more, go to www.HillaryClinton.com.

 

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Blue State Bluegrass Brunch 2015

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A note from OneVirginia2021

A Quick Look Back at the 2015 Session & Building on our Momentum

We are blown away.  The support we had from you all during the 2015 General Assembly Session was tremendous and got redistricting reform further than it has ever been before.  Thank you for being a part of this movement!

There’s more to do, however, and we’re hard at work getting it done.  We could use your help.  See below for our session wrap up and opportunities to continue to build the momentum we have from the 2015 session.
The 2015 General Assembly Session was critical to establishing redistricting reform in Virginia and is the foundation for our six year plan. We had more success than even our most optimistic supporters expected. The foundation is strong and momentum is building for reform in the coming years.

How can you help?  First, we need everyone to continue the conversation in their community, with their neighbors, and with their legislators.  We aren’t resting until we fix the fundamental problem of politicians manipulating elections by picking their voters to ensure their own re-election.  And since this is an election year all across Virginia, let’s be loud about this issue!

Additionally, we’d love for you to become a member of OneVirginia2021 by making a donation to the cause.  Many of our supporters are donating $25 a month (it’s easy and you only have to click once) to the cause.  It’s a great, easy way to help make sure the message gets out to all legislators!

Finally, you can support us by organizing in your community.  If there’s an opportunity for us to talk to your civic organization or community group, we’d love to do so.  Email our executive director, Brian Cannon at Brian.Cannon@onevirginia2021.org and let us know.  This effort must come from all corners of Virginia to every elected official and candidate in our state.

Internship?

OneVirginia2021 is looking for collegiate interns in Richmond. Interns have the opportunity to do substantive work, while gaining in-depth experience in community education and advocacy.  Interns must have excellent written and oral communication skills with a commitment to working within a team, sharing information, and working collaboratively. Please send resume and cover letter to Brian with the subject line “OneVirginia2021 Internship.”

As always – thanks for your support and passion on this issue.  We must stop the political gerrymandering that paralyzes our democracy.  Virginia can do better.  And with your help, we will.

Sincerely,

OneVirginia2021

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A note to Ross (RCDC Chair) from April Moore, Candidate, Virginia Senate, District 26

Dear Ross,

As you know, I am taking on Mark Obenshain in this year’s election for the senate seat from our district.  But the official public announcement of my candidacy will be coming next week, on Tuesday—St. Patrick’s Day—March 17.  
 
I would appreciate your forwarding this message to all the good Democrats on your Rappahannock County email list.  A good turnout is an important way to show the press that we mean business.  
As for me, I couldn’t be more serious about wanting to show the citizens of our district—liberals and conservatives alike—how Mark Obenshain is on the wrong side of the issues that will do most to determine what kind of Virginia, what kind of America, and what kind of planet we will be leaving to our children and grandchildren. 
 
I am running on these three issues:  
  • Government should serve the people, not just the wealthy, special interests
  • Virginia—ranked 47th of the 50 states in government integrity by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity–needs genuine ethics reform
  • We need responsible action to meet the challenge of climate change
 
Mark Obenshain is working in the opposite direction on all three of these issues.  
 
My announcement at the press conference will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 17, in Harrisonburg, at the Rockingham County government building, 20 East Gay Street.
 
Please put out the word.  Together, we can accomplish something!
 
April Moore
Candidate, Virginia Senate district 26

 

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Let your voice be heard – write to newspapers and other publications

Click the link to read an editorial written by RCDC member Fred Shaefer of Sperryville: http://www.richmond.com/opinion/your-opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article_8a89c3bf-9159-5695-896a-bccc500cef4c.html#.VOYf8nSOmnY.gmail

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