The Blue Wave at the Amissville Parade

OUR BIG PUSH TO NOVEMBER 6!!

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Check out her latest release: “Don’t Lie to Me”

Now that you’re inspired to get out the truth, get out the vote and win, sign up to knock on doors in Rappahannock County every weekend from now until Election Day for Leslie Cockburn and Tim Kaine.   We need you!

Click HERE to register (scroll down & select “show more” to view entire schedule, then sign-up for several blocks!)

Now is the time to Flip the Fifth!

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RALLIES TO ACTION for LESLIE COCKBURN for CONGRESS!

All over the 5th District, rallies are planned to get out the vote for Leslie:

DANVILLE: Tuesday, September 18, at the Ballad Brewery, 600 Craghead St, Danville, VA, 6-8 pm. Expected speakers: Rep. Bobby Scott, Jessie Barksdale, Avon Kean, Rebecca Wood.

CHARLOTTESVILLE: Friday, September 21, at the Jefferson Theater, 110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902. 6-9 pm. Expected speakers: Sen. Mark Warner, Kizr Kahn and Susan Swecker and others. Music by Wild Common.

FARMVILLE: Saturday, September 22, at the Crute Stage, 102 N. Main Street, Farmville VA 23901. Likely 2-5 pm. Speakers: Sam Rasoul, Ken Swanson, Kellen Squire.

APPOMATTOX: Sunday, September 23, at Lavender Farm, 7169 Old Evergreen Rd, Appomattox, VA 24522, 4-6 pm. Speakers: Erin Lake, Sam Rasoul, Ken Swanson, Kellen Squire.

RAPPAHANNOCK: Saturday, September 29, at Mountainview Farm, 86 Botts Lane, Woodville, VA. 4-7 pm. Speakers TBA. Music by Smiggy Smith and friends, Tristan Shields and others.

FLUVANNA: Sunday, September 30, Justice Jamboree Crab Fest at the home of Mozelle Booker, 258 Bass Lane, Palmyra, VA. 4-7 pm. Speakers: Atty Gen. Mark Herring, Tome Perriello, Kizr Kahn.

 

 

 

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You’re needed to help get out the vote!

We need YOU to Flip the 5th! Come canvass with us each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. from now until November. Bring a friend and a reliable GPS. It’s fun, and it’s absolutely essential to getting out the vote!
And it’s easy! Come to the Rapp Dems Office (1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy Huntly VA) a little before 1 p.m. to pick up a packet and some guidelines, and GO!
Contact Bob Burney at burneyrg@me.com or (202) 342-0134 with questions.
For details about other ways for Rappahannock Dems to get out the vote go to our VOLUNTEER! page. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Upcoming Candidates Forums

Upcoming Cockburn/Riggleman Debates:

9/5 The Theater at Little Washington, 291 Gay St, Washington VA, with the Rappahannock News at  7- 9 pm

9/20 Madison County High School, 68 Mountaineer Lane, Madison VA at 7- 8:30 pm

10/8 Piedmont VA Community College, Earl Dickinson Theater, 444 College Dr, Charlottesville VA, with CBS 19 at  7:00 pm

10/22 Lynchburg, time and location to be announced.

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JSTREETPAC JOINS LONG LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS FOR LESLIE COCKBURN

WARRENTON, VA– JStreetPAC, the largest pro-Israel PAC in the country, has endorsed Leslie Cockburn for Congress in Virginia’s 5th district. This is a major endorsement that reflects Leslie’s life-long fight commitment to standing up for the state of Israel and pursuing peace.
“I am honored to be endorsed by the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Since 2008, JStreetPAC has been working with candidates who support Israel, diplomacy and a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” said Leslie Cockburn, Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th district. “I look forward to having their support as I fight against dangerous, irresponsible foreign policy and battle the bigotry and intolerance that we have seen recently in our district.”
“We are proud to endorse Leslie Cockburn, who represents the goals and values of American Jews and pro-Israel voters in Virginia’s 5th District and across the country,” said Aaron Davis, JStreet Political Director. He continued, “By defeating President Trump’s congressional enablers and empowering a new wave of leaders like Leslie, we can push back on policies that are exacerbating conflict and chaos in the Middle East.”
JStreetPAC joins a growing list of diverse groups endorsing the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th district, which shows her commitment to fight for everyone in Virginia’s 5th district. These include: End Citizens United, League of Conservation Voters, Progressive Caucus PAC, Swing Left, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, National Committee for Preservation of Social Security and Medicare, `Moms Demand Action.
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SEN. MARK WARNER ENDORSES LESLIE COCKBURN!

I know I don’t have to tell you how important the midterm elections this year are. A lot is at stake for Virginians and residents of the 5th district–from protecting health care to better jobs. We need more members of Congress who will fight for the issues facing everyday people. That is why we need Leslie Cockburn to flip Virginia’s 5th district and join all of us in Congress.

Over the last year, she has driven roughly 60,000 miles, crisscrossing the 5th congressional district in order to meet with Virginians and hear their stories. As an investigative journalist, Leslie Cockburn has spent more than thirty years exposing wrongs and helping others. I know she’ll do the same in Congress, fighting for the people of Virginia’s 5th congressional district.

Will you chip in today to fuel her grassroots campaign?

In my years serving Virginia as Governor and now as Senator, conventional wisdom has dictated the 5th district as a tough place for Democrats. But this year is different. Leslie is running an impressive campaign visiting all over the district, focusing on her field strategy, and raising money mainly from small-dollar donations.

Join me in supporting Leslie’s campaign today!

 

Thank you,
Mark Warner

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State GOP Smears Leslie Cockburn

Moments after Leslie was named the 5th District nominee, the Virginia Republican Party started  in on some GOP name-calling.

Based on a review (!) of Dangerous Liaison, her 1991 book investigating the Israeli lobby’s outsized influence on American foreign policy, they’ve tagged her “a virulent anti-Semite.”

Not so, say two experts, Lowell Feld and David T.S. Jonas. They write, “… we can say in full confidence—having been the apparently rare people in Virginia politics to have actually read the whole book—that not a single passage attributable to Andrew or Leslie Cockburn in “Dangerous Liaison” is even remotely anti-Semitic.

Read their comments here.

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Read about the Caucus in the Rappahannock News

Election 2018

Q&A | April 14 Democratic Caucus in Rappahannock

Instead of holding a primary to select the Democratic candidate for Congress, the Virginia 5th Democratic Congressional District — including Rappahannock County — has decided to hold a caucus-convention. In April, delegates will be elected at caucuses held in each of the 23 districts (21 counties and two cities) to go to the convention in May. There are four Democratic candidates seeking the nomination: Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Roger Dean Huffstetler, and Andrew Sneathern. As caucuses are not common in Virginia, we decided to ask Mary-Sherman Willis, the chair of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee, to explain how it will work and why the Virginia 5th District Democratic Committee decided to select the nominee by caucus-convention instead of by a primary.

Q: Can you explain to us what a caucus is and how it works?

A: There are a couple of different types of caucus; the one we are holding is a meeting to select delegates who will then go to a district convention to select the Democratic nominee to run against Tom Garrett in the congressional election on November 6th.

Each participant in the caucus will decide which of the four candidates he or she wants to support, and the delegates they select will then go on to the 5th District Convention in Farmville on May 5th.

Q: When is the caucus?

A: The caucus takes place on April 14th at the Washington School House, 567 Mount Salem Avenue, Washington, Va. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to allow people to sign the necessary form and socialize. There will be ample parking and the site is handicapped accessible. Doors will close at 10:30 a.m. and the caucus will begin. You must arrive on time — if you are late you will lose your chance to participate.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Any Democrat can participate in this caucus, as long as they’re registered to vote in Rappahannock County. Before entering, participants will be asked to sign a declaration form pledging to support the Democratic candidate in November, whoever that will be. We’ll check their names against a voter’s roll, in the same way as if they were voting at the polls in a primary or election. Anyone who wants to be a delegate for a particular candidate should fill out a Delegate Pre-filing Form and submit it to the Rappahannock Democratic Committee before 5 p.m. on April 7th. You can find that form and information on how to submit it online at www.RappDems.org, and at the Library.

Q: Why is the 5th District having a caucus instead of a primary?

A: The 5th District Democrats decided that the strongest candidate would emerge through a caucus and convention process rather than a primary election. They considered several factors in making their decision: the high voter enthusiasm and turnout in Virginia last November, the extremely large size of the 5th District (larger than the state of New Jersey!), and the fact that there are four candidates running. This gives each of the 23 counties and cities in the 5th District a strong voice in picking a candidate. It also means that each of our four candidates have been working hard to build support in the farthest corners of the District, especially in the rural areas that have sometimes felt overlooked in past elections.

Q: What can participants expect?

A: Generally, the assembly will divide into groups according to which candidate they support. Heads will be counted and delegates will be picked. Rappahannock gets to send four delegates and two alternates to the convention in May. We’ll determine the number of delegates representing each candidate by the size of their group in the caucus.

Q: How will the number of delegates for each candidate be determined?

A: Delegates will be allocated proportionally based on how many supporters each candidate receives. Any candidate receiving fewer than 15 percent of the caucus attendees will get no delegates and his or her supporters will be released and can support another candidate or leave. Then each candidate group casts ballots to pick which of its pre-filed delegates they want to send to the convention. The alternates (who are backup delegates in case an elected delegate can’t attend) are picked according to the next highest number of votes.

Q: When will the results of the convention be known?

A: Results should be announced a few days after the May 5th convention. Then it’s on to the general election, and sending a Democrat to D.C. to represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

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