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Democratic primary

Primary Day in Leesburg

by: Paradox13VA

Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:14:00 AM EDT

I was up this morning preparing 2 precincts for primary day. My precinct (E. Leesburg) and Smarts Mill have their polling places in schools next door to each other, so around 5:30 this morning, I headed over to setup candidate signs (Moran and Deeds, the McAuliffe campaign didn't get signs to us to put up) and the "Vote-o-matic." The Vote-o-matic is a small table that our District Chair has prepared with weights to hold it in place and bungee cords to secure literature on top of. Though we are not staffing every precinct on Primary Day, Leesburg Democrats are making every candidate's literature available on a table at each precinct.

It was interesting to see that Bob McDonnell already had signs up at each polling place in spite of the fact that there is no Republican primary. It's not entirely clear whom these signs were directed at - presumably it is committed Democrats who will be showing up at these polling places today. Perhaps Mr. McDonnell has (RNC and other national Republican) money to waste on signs that don't vote in an election he's not running in.  

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On Tuesday I Plan on Voting for....

by: Teddy Goodson

Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 21:09:40 PM EDT

(Those of us who serve as editors disclose the political commitments we make, so that readers will know.  Thus even though Teddy would not call this an endorsement, it is worthy of front paging for visibility - promoted by teacherken)

After going back and forth for weeks, I have reached a decision on my vote in the gubernatorial primary this Tuesday.  I never expected it to be so difficult, but, knowing each of the candidates I understood their strengths and what I perceived as their weaknesses.  I agonized over which would be the one most likely to defeat the Republicans, pull Democrats along down-ticket in the House of Delegates races, and, not the least of my worries, would make the best Governor for Virginia at this point in time.  In the final analysis, I will vote for Creigh Deeds.  No matter what happens, I will enthusiastically support whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
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Fairfax County J-J Dinner and Straw Poll

by: Teddy Goodson

Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 00:10:53 AM EDT

Fairfax County Democratic Committee held its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the McLean Hilton Sunday, 31 May 2009, with all three Democratic gubernatorial candidates and the two Lt. Governor candidates in attendance as well as an impressive bevy of Democratic elected officials and other candidates.  Scott Surovell, Chair of the Committee, was a strict master of ceremonies, hustling us in timely fashion through a heavy agenda of speakers, awards, and a final straw poll.  
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35th District Update

by: gaida

Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:27:42 AM EDT

Since my last post there have been some progress. The 35th is now littered with Keam, Carroll, Omeish, and Hyland signs.

still no sign (no pun intended) of the Baldwin campaign...

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Observations on the 35th HoD Race (Poll Included)

by: gaida

Sun May 17, 2009 at 05:15:18 AM EDT

There are 22 days until the June 9th democratic primary. The focus of this post will be on the 35th House of Delegates race. Specifically the democratic primary currently under way. There are 4 candidates going for the democratic nomination to take on (yawn) Jim Hyland (yawn). Those 4 candidates are Mark Keam, Roy Baldwin, John Carroll, and Esam Omeish.
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PA-Sen: Netroots Overwhelmingly Support a Draft Sestak Effort

by: Senate Guru

Mon May 11, 2009 at 16:56:33 PM EDT

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

As many of you know, over the last five days, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in partnership with a number of progressive organizations and blogs including Senate Guru, asked those in the netroots, "Should a Draft Sestak movement be created to take on Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary?"

Netroots for SestakThe results are in and they are overwhelming.  85% of Pennsylvanian respondents and 86% of respondents nationally want Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary.  The poll has even gotten the attention of Congressman Sestak, as the PCCC points out:

"I am honored that so many of you took the time to vote in the recent grassroots Straw Poll. Let me tell you, I and many others were paying attention. If I decide to run it will be in large measure because of the grassroots energy of so many people like you. Until I and my family make that decision, please accept my thanks and my best wishes as you continue be active participants in our people-powered democracy. Thank you so very much!"

Due to such an overwhelming response, a Draft Sestak Fund has been created on ActBlue.  To contribute and further encourage Congressman Sestak to enter the race, click on the image below:

Draft Sestak Fund

If you need any additional motivation to contribute to this effort to draft a real Democrat to oppose Specter in the primary, consider Specter's actions since announcing his Party switch:

1) Specter opposed the Obama budget.
2) Specter opposed the "cramdown" mortgage/bankruptcy reform, siding with banks over families.
3) Specter reiterated his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.
4) Specter reiterated his opposition to President Obama's nomination of Dawn Johnsen to the Office of Legal Counsel.
5) Specter announced his support for Republican Norm Coleman over Democratic Senator-elect Al Franken in Minnesota's Senate race.
6) Specter promoted a website that appeared to raise money for cancer research but, in actuality, simply raised money for his campaign.
7) Specter denied reports that he told President Obama that he would be a "loyal Democrat" despite multiple reporters sticking to their story.

The netroots have displayed overwhelming support for Congressman Sestak to take on recently-Republican Arlen Specter.  Help the effort by contributing to the Draft Sestak Fund.

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PA-Sen: A Draft Sestak Effort?

by: Senate Guru

Thu May 07, 2009 at 12:29:42 PM EDT

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, working with a number of progressive organizations and blogs including Senate Guru, has put out a poll to gauge netroots interest - in Virginia and all across the country - in supporting an effort to draft Congressman Joe Sestak to challenge recently-Republican Arlen Specter in the PA-Sen Democratic primary next year.  The poll will be open for the next four days, and provided are both pro and con arguments regarding a draft effort.  To read the arguments and vote in the poll, click the below link:

Sestak vote
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Jon Bowerbank LIVE BLOGGING here (now finished)

by: Teddy Goodson

Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:08:54 AM EDT

UPDATE: Jon Bowerbank has finished the live blog. Read his thorough, frank, and informative answers below.

Jon Bowerbank, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor will be live blogging here at on May 1st, this Friday, from 10-11 AM.

Jon is from Russell County in Southwestern Virginia, where he is an elected member-at-large of the County Board of Supervisors. He is a very successful businessman, and intends to be a full-time Lt. Governor, not a part-time. Based on his experience in starting up and running small to medium-sized businesses in energy and construction he will concentrate on job creation for Virginians; to quote Jon:

"As Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor, I will transform the office to make it the nexus of a major effort to create the good paying jobs of the future through the development of alternative energy industries and modern infrastructure for the Commonwealth that will employ tens of thousands of Virginians."

Please post your questions for Jon here.

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Candidates Speak at "The Brigades"

by: Teddy Goodson

Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 15:10:43 PM EDT

( - promoted by teacherken)

Political junkies, members of The Brigades, a grass roots activist group dating from the Webb campaign, heard several Democratic candidates speak at their monthly meeting on the evening of Tuesday, 7 April, at Neighbor's Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia.

Leading off was Andrew Roos, manager of the Brian Moran campaign for Governor, who tailored his talk to his political junkie audience, giving an update on the campaign rather than a stump speech. The Moran campaign is going well said Roos, pointing out that a campaign consists of far more than a series of tactical maneuvers, and has different characteristics depending on the time line (Example: first, getting signatures on petitions, then door knocking combined with getting endorsements in a primary race).  Moran has more endorsements from Democratic leadership and elected officials than any other campaign.  He was the first to talk policies, Roos pointed out.  

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