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Happy Birthday, Delegate Joe Bouchard!

by: Eileen

Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 07:56:38 AM EDT

Help wish Joe Bouchard a Happy Birthday! Today, the 17th of July, send Joe $17! Or if you're feeling particularly generous, send him $1 for every year, IOW $55.

And congrats, Joe, on the great job at last night's candidate forum.  From the campaign media release:

Virginia Beach, VA - Delegate Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach) debated his opponent, Chris Stolle, Thursday evening for the first of five joint appearances of the 2009 campaign. In early June, Delegate Bouchard wrote a letter inviting his opponent to a series of joint appearances that would engage Virginia Beach residents on the critical issues facing our community.

"Since beginning my service in the House of Delegates two years ago, I have listened to the concerns of my constituents who are struggling to make ends meet in this challenging economic climate," Bouchard said. "I am looking forward to engaging the voters in a serious discussion on how we get our economy back on track and solve our transportation issues."

The first forum was sponsored by the Third Precinct Citizens' Advisory Committee and held at the Bayside High School Cafeteria. Virginia Beach residents were encouraged to ask questions of the two candidates for the 83rd District seat in the House of Delegates.

"Delegate Bouchard is known by his constituents and his colleagues as a fiscal watchdog who has worked with members of both parties in Richmond to balance the budget, spend our tax dollars wisely, and keep taxes low," said district resident and Virginia Beach school teacher Dominic Melito. "Tonight, the voters had their first chance to stack up Joe's common sense solutions to solve our problems and his broad experience in dealing with the issues facing our city. I know Joe's support in this campaign will continue to grow as he explains his ideas to fix transportation and create good jobs right here in Virginia Beach."

Delegate Bouchard served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, including his time as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2007 and serves on the Finance Committee, Science and Technology Committee, the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Committee on Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families. Delegate Bouchard lives in Cypress Point with his wife Rita and their daughter Ellen.

(Pictured above is Delegate Joe Bouchard with Sierra Club chairman Fred Adams. As part of Share Shore Drive Day July 11, 2009, Joe rode in the 20-mile ride on Shore Drive, about half of which was in his 83rd District. About 200 riders participated!)

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Obama's Top Advisors Tout Program First Championed by Creigh Deeds

by: Eileen

Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 19:51:13 PM EDT

(now if only the main stream media would note what Eileen informs us, that this program was made possible by legislation authored by Creigh Deeds.  Thanks 4 crossposting here. - promoted by teacherken)

President Obama has declared this week as "Clean Energy Week". His key Cabinet Secretaries will spread out across the country to host a series of Clean Energy Week events.

From the White House press release: "Clean Energy Week events will highlight the President's commitment to passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation that will generate millions of jobs, break our dependence on foreign oil, reduce the threat of deadly pollution and restore America's role as a global leader in the clean energy industry".

One such event took place in Charlottesville this morning as Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Van Jones, Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs (aka the Green Jobs Czar), joined Rep. Tom Perriello and other electeds highlighting a revolving loan program for energy efficiency programs which was first created through legislation authored by Creigh Deeds this past session.  

CvilleDave explains the program:

Through the program, which is in development, the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle would be able to lend funds from federal and other grant sources to area residents to make their homes more energy efficient. The loans would be paid back from the energy savings that are generated by the efficiency upgrades. The federal funds would also be used to train area workers in retrofitting and energy efficiency upgrading at the local community college. Those newly skilled workers can seek employment with the local companies participating in the program. Through this innovative program, Charlottesville and Albemarle are trying to unleash the potential of clean energy jobs by not just training people for them, but by helping to create a market that will employ those who have been trained.

Creigh Deeds' legislation, SB1212, allowed the City of Charlottesville the authority to create its own clean energy financing program. This bill couched with Federal programs could provide the model for other Virginia local jurisdictions to finance development of their own renewable energy and efficiency programs.

Crossposted at VB Dems and Article XI.

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Bob McDonnell Rounds Out the Flat Earth Society

by: Eileen

Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 08:59:11 AM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Just for kicks and giggles, check out Bob McDonnell's campaign website and find any reference to climate change, global warming or a need to reduce carbon emissions. Take my word for it... there ain't any!

As further evidence of his membership in the global warming deniers society, look no further than who McDonnell has recently taken to quoting in his campaign speeches.  Meet "lawyer/scientist" David Schnare with the libertarian think-tank Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.  Mr. Schnare accuses global warming believers of being "neo-Marxist Gramscian revolutionaries" who "supply an alternative set of hegemony values that the environmental elite title 'sustainability' and is which requires a reduction in human population and consumption".[1] Yikes!  

Gosh, Bob, what a way to undermine the efforts of the over 42 Virginia towns, cities and counties that have made commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by signing the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, and/or by signing the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Initiative, and/or joining ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability program and/or participating in the Virginia Municipal League's certified "Go Green Government" program on the road to measuring their jurisdiction's carbon footprint, instituting those evil "sustainability" advisory boards, and working together to craft climate action plans. What a bunch of Marxists, hey Bob?!

Local governments unite in these efforts because this is the crises we here in Virginia face with global warming:

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Democratic Gubernatorial Responses to Sierra Club Survey

by: Eileen

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 08:34:23 AM EDT

(This provides convenient direct access to candidates' answers to a well-known environmental survey - promoted by Teddy Goodson)

The next Governor could be charting our course to a clean energy future or defending the coal industry until sea level rise is swallowing Virginia Beach.  The next governor could actually make a real difference in cleaning up the Chesapeake rather than merely using the Bay as a back drop for a photo up.  The next Governor could insure that the embarrassing boondoggle otherwise known as the King William Reservoir is finally laid to rest by standing up to developers in Newport News and the Peninsula.  

So it will be up to us who that next Governor will be.  As we close in on the nomination decisions, take the time to go out and see the candidates and ask the tough questions.  We hope the survey responses provided by the candidates will help guide you in making this important decision.

Click here to view Sierra Club survey to Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

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Two Very Important Meetings Re: Surry Coal Plant This Week!

by: Eileen

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 07:54:49 AM EDT

The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled two meetings this week to consider potential environmental impacts of ODEC's proposed coal burning power plant proposed for Surry County or possibly Sussex County as an alternative location. If you live in Hampton Roads this power plant will impact you because you are downwind!  If you live in Surry County or alternatively in Sussex County the pollution will be amplified simply because you'll be living next to the power plant.  

WHY:  These "scoping" meetings are a critically important step in the review and permit process of this power plant.  We need to demonstrate to the Army Corps of Engineers that a full Environmental Impact Statement must be required which would also consider alternatives to the coal plant.  ODEC will try to avoid or narrow the Environmental Impact Statement; we must tell the Corps we need an Environmental Impact Statement that considers all impacts and alternatives.

WHEN AND WHERE:  We are urging you to attend if you can. The meetings date and locations are as follows:

• June 10,2009, 6 PM at the Sussex Central High School, 21394 Sussex Drive, Sussex, Virginia

• June 11,2009, 6 PM at the Surry County High School, 45 School Street, Surry, Virginia

Both meetings begin at 5:00 pm with ODEC personnel providing their perspective and answering questions regarding the project. At 6:00 PM ODEC will make a brief presentation on the project after which Corps staff will meet with groups of citizens to identify environmental concerns that should be addressed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Here are the facts that must be considered as we head into these Hampton Roads Plant NEPA Scoping Meetings:

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Big News on McDonnell

by: Eileen

Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 07:21:38 AM EDT

(Regardless of whom you may support for the nomination on June 9, it is important to understand the stakes.  Eileen's piece provides you with important information about the Republican nominee and his associates.  Remember that Sun Tsu said we should know the enemy. - promoted by teacherken)

Brian Moran's campaign alerted me to this article "McDonnell aide's past links with group raise questions" appearing in today's Virginian-Pilot.

I would imagine there are many persons to pick from in trying to hire a campaign manager. And who does Bob McDonnell hire?

Phil Cox was the founder and one time director of a 527 called "Faith and Family Alliance" and at the same time "campaign manager for state Sen. Stephen Martin in a hotly contested race with then-Del. Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination for the Richmond-area 7th District seat in Congress".

By several accounts noted in the article, Cox was allegedly involved with an illegal "hit piece" attacking Cantor for not paying taxes. "Phil had made all the arrangements for that mailing," said Robin Vanderwall, who also ran McDonnell's successful 1999 campaign for the House of Delegates. "Vanderwall contends that Cox continued to lead the group even after Vanderwall took over and after its corporate papers were updated in June 2000", writes the Pilot.

Vander who? Turns out Vanderwall was also a client of Bob McDonnell's law firm that year. But when Vanderwall was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor, McDonnell said "Vander who?"

Vanderwall's last gasp at the helm of McDonnell's campaign manager's Faith and Family Alliance came in 2001:

"Abramoff used it to funnel a $150,000 payment from eLottery Inc., an online gambling services company, to an Atlanta consulting firm run by Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, according to a Senate investigation of Abramoff.

Once again, Vanderwall said, the aim was deception.

Abramoff, who had been hired by eLottery to fight a pending bill in Congress to outlaw Internet gambling, wanted to disguise the source of the money he was sending to his old friend Reed."

So, to recap: McDonnell, campaign manager Phil Cox, illegal hit piece by right-wing PAC, soliciting sex with a minor, funneling Abramoff money... what's next?

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Green Jobs for Virginia's Veterans: An Essential Part of the Big Picture

by: Eileen

Sat May 23, 2009 at 08:00:46 AM EDT

Did you know that of the ten United States cities with the largest population of veterans, six are in Virginia (and more specifically Hampton Roads): Hampton (27%), Virginia Beach (22%), Norfolk (20%), Newport News (20%), Chesapeake (19%) and Portsmouth (18%).

Virginia also has tremendous potential for development of renewable energy, especially offshore wind development which ironically is also based in an area, Hampton Roads, that is home to so many veterans.  

While Brian Moran has long understood that it is a false argument to pit the environment against the economy, newer politicos needed some convincing of that. Fingers-crossed, but I think Rep. Glenn Nye (2nd) is starting to get it!

Two announcements from both Moran and Nye start the ball rolling towards Virginia's development of a clean energy economy. Moran announced Thursday his "Warriors to Work" initiative, a part of which puts veterans to work in developing our renewable energy resources. Nye announced Wednesday adoption of his amendment that helps veterans start and run their own businesses. Nye's bill was added to H.R. 2352, the Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act which also "establishes a green entrepreneurial development program, which will provide education, classes and one-on-one instruction in starting a business in the fields of energy efficiency, green technology, or clean technology".

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Offshore wind: word is getting out! NoVA Community Meeting Tomorrow!

by: Eileen

Mon May 11, 2009 at 15:43:07 PM EDT

(Although this blog originally ran last week, I'm promoting it because it announces an important environmental event tomorrow, May 19th. - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

From Ivy Main, Renewable Energy Chair, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.

We've come a long way. Just a year ago, the idea of an offshore wind farm in Virginia was dismissed as too expensive, too difficult, and too darn futuristic for the cautious decision makers of this staid commonwealth.

Now all those concerns are just so last year. Suddenly it seems everyone knows that offshore wind farms can produce electricity at a lower cost to the consumer than a new coal plant; that the technology is already in use in Europe and will be used in projects that have already been approved in Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Jersey; and that the clean energy future is actually here today.  

Virginia, we've learned, has enough good wind resources off its coast to meet all of our energy needs someday. And for the near term, if we start aggressively building and installing wind turbines in the next few years, we can expect to provide up to 25% of our electricity from offshore wind farms by 2025.

The Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC) has studied a site twelve miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Their research suggests we have one of the best locations on the east coast for a wind farm-and that taking advantage of it will mean not just clean, renewable energy at a competitive cost, but thousands of permanent, high-paying jobs for the commonwealth.

On Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia residents are invited to the Crown Plaza Hotel at 901 North Fairfax, Alexandria, for a presentation by VCERC Director of Research George Hagerman on what offshore wind energy will mean for those who live and work in Northern Virginia. The meeting will be hosted by the North Old Town Independent Citizens Civic Association. It is free and open to the general public. Click here to RSVP.

Additional details are available online at  

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Brian Moran Thanks Military Families

by: Eileen

Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:44:15 AM EDT

(Promoted as a purely positive piece by a supporter of the candidate in question - promoted by kindler)

militarykids1While in Virginia Beach for his office opening yesterday, Brian Moran thanked military families for their sacrifice and service to our county on the heels of Friday's celebration of Military Spouses Day. "There is no more sacred commitment that our nation makes than to our military members, their families and our veterans," Moran said.

Last year, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates presented Brian Moran with an award for his work on behalf of Our Military Kids, a nonprofit foundation for giving more than $1 million to the families of deployed or wounded National Guard and Reserve members. "Military children may experience a deep sense of loss when they have a parent serving far from home," Gates said.  "Organizations like this one make our military kids feel special and loved," he said.

"We are greatly indebted to Brian for his strong advocacy of the program," Our Military Kids Co-Founder Gail Kruzel said. "Thanks to Brian, we have been able to provide additional benefits to the children of Virginia's deployed. Virginia's support of the program sets the benchmark for other states to emulate."

Reflecting on the 2008 award yesterday, Brian said "I wanted to make sure military families know that we appreciate the sacrifice they make for our nation. And, especially to the children of our military service members, they need to know that while their moms and dads aren't home, they are doing the bravest thing they can and helping to keep millions of families safe."

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Today is Equal Pay Day!

by: Eileen

Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 10:26:36 AM EDT

I'll never forget my last semester at Maryland. I had this sociology class and the teacher walked around with this 59 cents button on. She was a very intimidating person and kids were afraid to even notice the button let alone actually ask her about it. Finally after a couple of classes with no inquiries, she angrily explained it to us. It was the amount of money women earned compared to a man's earning $1.  "Geez, lady, chill", I thought, clueless to reality.

Yet here it was - 20 years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal for employers to pay men and women different wages for the same work. Even into the early 80's (my college years), women were still earning only 59 cents for every dollar earned by men.

As the AAUW points out, "despite the passage of the EPA more than 45 years ago, the average woman now earns 78 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart". The ACLU of Virginia adds "It took all of 2008 plus nearly four months into 2009--until today, April 28-- for a woman to finally earn the same wage as a man did in 2008 alone".  

This shit's gotta change! My mother's generation stood behind President Kennedy. Let's make it our generation standing behind President Obama as another equality milestone is passed.  

Today is Equal Pay Day, and we need to urge Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is currently in the Senate having already passed the House. Click here to learn more and take AAUW's action alert. (Crossposted at VB Dems)

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Brian Moran: Long Fighting to Protect our Coasts

by: Eileen

Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 08:00:41 AM EDT

bmoffshoreIn May 2007, Brian Moran held a press conference on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach to announce his opposition to drilling for oil and gas off Virginia's coast as included in the Federal 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program announced by the Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Services (MMS) on April 30. He was joined by Mike Town, Virginia chapter director of the Sierra Club, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorff, and former Virginia Beach council member and DEQ director (and now House of Delegates candidate) Peter Schmidt.  This press conference was held prior to a 60-day public comment period that concluded on July 1, 2007. "Great stuff, every Democrat should oppose drilling off Virginia's coast", wrote Lowell at Raising Kaine.  "In fact, EVERYONE should oppose this cockamamie idea".

Virginia's enrollment in the Federal 2007-2012 OCS program started in February 2005 when the Virginia General Assembly passed Sen. Frank Wagner's SB1054 calling for offshore natural gas exploration and urging lifting of the Congressional ban on OCS development.  It passed 37-0 by the Senate (Deeds voting in favor) and passed 54-43 by the House (Moran voting against).  But despite Governor Warner's veto of SB1054 in April 2005, it was still communicated to MMS that Virginia somehow supported offshore drilling in August 2005 and in early February 2006 it was announced that Virginia - alone on the entire Atlantic coast - had been enrolled in the proposed 5-Year Plan for OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

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Grassroots Leaders Endorse Brian Moran

by: Eileen

Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 11:49:20 AM EDT

From Todd Smyth:

I'm excited to announce a great list of grassroots leaders who have endorsed Brian Moran so far. Over 170 leaders from around Virginia are standing with Brian Moran to continue the hard work of moving Virginia forward.  These are many of the earliest and most avid supporters of Barack Obama, who made the phone calls, knocked on doors, registered voters, signed up volunteers, organized events and did the hard work to turn Virginia blue and move our Commonwealth forward. Many of them are you.

This list was put together by grassroots volunteers and, as with many things, was a little more complicated than expected. I would like to apologize for any mistakes or omissions. This is just the beginning and we will continue to improve this list.

Please go to the link below and read through to find people you know and click on the links to read written statements, describing why they support Brian. We hope you will join us in this expression of strong grassroots support and join Brian's campaign to become the next Governor of the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

Brian Moran Grassroots Endorsements

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Brian Moran Launches

by: Eileen

Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 06:51:01 AM EDT

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran today launched a new website entitled "Surry Ain't Clean Coal".

"We cannot solve 21st century problems with 19th century fossil fuels. The proposed coal-burning power plant in Surry should not go forward because it will dirty our air and water and threaten the Chesapeake Bay. 2009 should be the year that we make unprecedented commitments to clean, renewable energy that can preserve our planet and create thousands of new jobs all over the Commonwealth."

The website also contrasts the position on the Surry coal plant to the other two Democratic candidates, Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe.

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McDonnell: Channelling Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

by: Eileen

Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 08:39:28 AM EDT

Apparently gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell hasn't forgotten his PTL roots and their practiced art of defrauding folks of their money.

"Praise the Lord" for the little people's hard-earned donation which Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker promised would help underwrite construction of a hotel on one of their Christian compounds. And ooopsy, if that donation didn't actually end up in their pockets instead, otherwise needed to suppress news about Bakker's adulterous affairs and underwriting their very lavish lifestyle. Thus Jim Bakker ended up with 45 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.

Tax laws governing non-profit organizations exist whereby if you expressly solicit donations for a restricted use that those funds raised are actually spent for that expressed purpose. Capital campaigns are good examples of restricted giving. You are asked to contribute to the building of a new church, for example. This is a different ask than the one your church continually solicits from you which generally underwrites operational expenses, such as salaries, overhead, printing, etc. These are unrestricted donations given in support of that non-profit's day-to-day operations and their overall organizational mission or cause.  

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Accomack County Board of Supervisors Votes in Opposition to Offshore Drilling

by: Eileen

Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 08:12:54 AM EDT

(important action by a local government.  Worthy of broader attention. - promoted by teacherken)

Yesterday the Accomack County Board of Supervisors voted by Resolution dated April 15, 2009 to "now go officially on record as being opposed to the lease of drilling rights offshore".  Click here to read the full Resolution.  

Mineral Management Services' (MMS) recent Call for Information, as published in the Federal Register on Nov. 13, 2008, resulted in responses from NASA, the Navy and the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority opposing Virginia Lease Sale 220. The Greater Salisbury Committee, Inc. last month also wrote to MMS opposing the lease sale.


About 72 percent of Virginia's offshore natural gas drilling zone lies within the boundaries of the U. S. Navy's Virginia Capes Operating Area, according to a 2007 report by Joseph F. Bouchard included in supervisors' information packet.

Bouchard said the VACAPES Range Complex is the principal training area for air, surface and submarine units in Hampton Roads, where more than 80,000 active duty Navy personnel are based. He concluded drilling in the area would have a "serious negative impact on U. S. national security."

A 2004 Salisbury University study showed the Navy Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops has a $58 million impact annually on Accomack County's economy and another $25 million on Wicomico County, Md., $24.5 million on Worcester County, Md. and $2 million on Northampton County.

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Terry's Talking the Talk vs. Brian's Walking the Walk

by: Eileen

Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 10:35:49 AM EDT

"We've seen this movie before", writes Terry McAuliffe in a fundraising email attacking Bob McDonnell's stance on extending unemployment benefits as too much like Jim Gilmore's position almost a decade ago.  You see, when Gilmore served as Governor, Virginians repeatedly failed to claim federal matching funds for children's health insurance and refused to extend emergency unemployment aid to workers laid off from the Tultex textile plant in Martinsville.

Yet, in 2000, when the Tultex workers were laid off, it was Brian Moran, not Terry McAuliffe, who came to their aid against Jim Gilmore.  

Along with Delegate Ward Armstrong, Brian Moran co-patroned the Textile Workers Relief Act, which increased unemployment benefits and extended health care insurance for a year for anyone who lost a job due to a plant closing related to the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).  Gilmore vetoed the act.

"Terry McAuliffe may have seen the movie about fighting Jim Gilmore to protect workers in Martinsville, but Brian Moran was a member of the cast," Campaign Manager Andrew Roos said. "In these tough times, Virginia needs a leader who will fight for them. There is no better way to know what a person will fight for than to know what they have fought for, and Brian Moran has fought hard for the people of Virginia for 20 years. We need someone fighting for us in Richmond in these challenging economic times, and that's why voters are gravitating toward Brian Moran."

Crossposted at Raising Moran.

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Moran: Adopting and Adapting Obama's Tactics

by: Eileen

Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 08:09:34 AM EDT

"New Obamalike organizing platform for @Moran4Governor, could be online gamechanger #VA-Gov", writes @VAGovernor on Twitter.

Launched less than 10 days ago, already the first 500 grassroots volunteers have signed up on Brian Moran's new, innovative online organizing system, continuing to build grassroots momentum for the campaign. Similar to the hugely successful, the system builds an online platform where Virginia Democrats can organize to elect Brian Moran. Organize Virginia allows volunteers to form networks among friends; organize through groups and events for canvassing, phone banking and other activities; and create personal fundraising pages. All of these activities build local organizations for the campaign.

CNN featured the launch of Organize Virginia saying "Democratic hopeful Brian Moran has become the first candidate of the 2009 cycle to launch an online social network - and it doesn't stray far from President Obama's winning model."

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Virginia's Embarrassing Situation

by: Eileen

Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 08:43:58 AM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

On Feb. 9, 2009, Secretary Ken Salazar ordered stalling of the Bush/Big Oil rush to "Drill Baby Drill" following their lifting of every protection preventing offshore drilling on all four of America's coasts, Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, and Alaska.  

Thousands will head to one of four public meetings across the U.S. also ordered by Sec. Salazar so as "to provide for more public and stakeholder input". What a novel concept!

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