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Bio:
Worked for Tim Kaine in '05, Jim Webb in '06, started College Dems at Northern VA Community College in '07. &nbsp; <br />Chairman, NVCC for Obama <br />NVCC for Brian Moran <br />Braddock for Brian &nbsp;

Volunteering Matters

by: frankoanderson

Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 19:17:57 PM EST

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)


In November 2007, we suffered a 100-vote defeat in the 37th Senate District, which gave Ken Cuccinelli the victory and led to one of the most extremist Attorneys General that we will have ever seen in Virginia.  As we often say here on Blue Commonwealth, elections have consequences.

This time around, a dedicated group of volunteers resolved to prevent that from happening again.  This time we can say that every door knocked, every phone call made and every hour volunteered made a big difference in electing Dave Marsden for Senate.

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Governor Kaine Denied my Right to Vote Because of Traffic Tickets

by: frankoanderson

Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 16:44:47 PM EST

( - promoted by kindler)

If you believe that convicted felons should be denied the right to vote for the rest of their lives, then there is no point for you to read any further.  Most Virginians who have done voter registration are aware that our state (along with Kentucky) permanently bars convicted felons from voting, unless their rights are restored by the Governor.  There is an application process, set up by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which I went through.  I never thought it would be so difficult.
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Obama Organizer to Run for School Board

by: frankoanderson

Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 18:20:06 PM EST

Full Disclosure:  Though I have been a Blue Commonwealth contributor, I am posting this Press Release in my capacity as Campaign Manager of Herb Smith for School Board.

Source:  http://www.herbjsmith.com/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      
November 9, 2009
Contact Marie Chapman
540-746-8451

Obama Organizer to Run for School Board

FALLS CHURCH -Local community activist and former school teacher in Fairfax County Herb Smith has announced his candidacy for Mason District School Board.  Inspired by President Obama, Smith plans to create the same type of enthusiasm in Fairfax County residents as Obama did nationwide, regarding an improved public school system.  The seat is currently held by Kaye Kory, who was recently elected to the House of Delegates in the 38th District.

"Education has to be one of the main focuses in Fairfax County," Smith said.  "We have an exceptional school system and must continue to maintain that image by keeping our high standards.  We must not let our children down when it comes to the value of an education, regardless of the economy.  Fairfax County Public Schools should always be known as being the best all around, and that's what I plan to focus on by adapting our school system to its diverse community and a new way of thinking during tough times."

Herb Smith is a proud product of public education.  He worked as a Special Education teacher in Maryland and Virginia before being inspired to get involved politically as a Field Organizer with Falls Church for Obama.  During the 2009 elections, he worked as Field Director for a local delegate campaign and continued talking to residents about ways to improve the school system. While in this position, Smith also found ways to help high school students earn experience by creating internship programs within the campaign.  He plans to continue to show the importance of involving students in the community by inspiring them to volunteer.

Smith believes that we are at a critical turning point for the future of Fairfax County Schools, where we must choose either to give our students and teachers the resources they need or to take a step backwards by cutting crucial programs and services.  "During financially difficult times, the last thing we want to do is take funding from our school systems" Smith added.  "Our schools are an important component of our quality of life here in Fairfax County.  They attract new residents and businesses into the community."

For additional information, please visit www.herbjsmith.com.

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Cuccinelli's Agenda

by: frankoanderson

Sun Oct 18, 2009 at 21:01:26 PM EDT

(This is front-paged because you have a right to know.  The original diarist, Frank, has received this mailing, ostensibly from "GOPUSA."  However, the bottom of the letter says it is authorized by Cuccinelli for Attorney General. And it tells clearly what Cuccinelli's agenda is. So much for feigned "moderation."   - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

I received a desperate email from the nationwide listserv, GOPUSA.  It was a plea for donations from the Cooch, explaining what issues he wants to focus on as Attorney General:
SUBJECT:  Stand Up For Traditional Family Values Before It's Too Late
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Deja Vu: GOP VA-GOV Candidate's Impossible Plan to Widen I-66 Inside the Beltway

by: frankoanderson

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 19:16:47 PM EDT

In a desperate move to draw votes in Northern Virginia, the McDonnell campaign has latched onto what was a failed plan for the Kilgore campaign four years ago:  widening Route 66 inside the Beltway.  Yesterday, in a radio ad from the US Chamber of Commerce, I heard a grandfatherly voice praising Bob for his plan.

I'm no civil engineering expert, but I can think of a few reasons why this would be impossible or unworkable:

1.  Whose houses in Arlington and Falls Church are you going to tear down in order to build the extra lanes?
2.  How will this help traffic when there is still a bottleneck at the Rosslyn Tunnel?
3.  Adding more lanes will inevitably increase traffic flow, which would turn Constitution Avenue into a parking lot.  

Lastly, it's practically illegal.  According to the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation,

Widening I-66 violates the Coleman Decision and associated agreements between the USDoT, Virginia, and local residents.

The Coleman Decision, rendered by then-USDoT Secretary William Coleman on January 5, 1977, was an historic compromise that allowed I-66 to be created inside the Beltway by "guaranteeing" a four-lane limit. Further breaching this compromise would show nationally that highway agency promises to communities are worthless.

But Bob's campaign is betting on the votes of weary commuters looking for false salvation.  I wonder if there are some Arlingtonians out there who would be willing to speak out against this.

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Keith Fimian Hosts Solution-Free Healthcare Forum

by: frankoanderson

Tue Sep 01, 2009 at 19:08:00 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

3 out of 3 right-wing think tank members agree:  Let's not pass national health care reform.
Pictured from left to right:  Thomas Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, Grace Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, and Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

While waiting in line for the event, I listened to several opponents of reform.  One lady complained, "my mother is 82 and she's bought [the Obama plan] hook, line and sinker.  I wish I could just tell her, 'you're an idiot!'"  

Her friend assured her, "studies have shown that most people over the age of 80 have some level of dementia."

liveblogging below:

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BREAKING: FCDC Chair Scott Surovell to Run for Delegate

by: frankoanderson

Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 17:29:00 PM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

Today we learned that Delegate Kris Amundsen of the 44th District will be retiring, and Scott Surovell will be running for her seat.  I'm not too active in the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, but from what I've seen of Scott Surovell, I don't think this is the "golden opportunity" that the Fairfax GOP was looking for.

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Bizarre Comments by Republican Opponent of Charniele Herring

by: frankoanderson

Thu May 07, 2009 at 09:11:24 AM EDT


[Thanks to Arius Kauffman for this tip]
Sasha Gong is running for Delegate in the 46th District (vacated by Brian Moran and narrowly won by Charniele Herring in a recent special election).  She recently met with the Republican Women of Clifton.  The group doesn't quote her directly but according to the minutes of the April 20 meeting, Gong has some interesting views on Asian American voters:

When you speak with Asian immigrants and hear heavily accented English, they are usually Republicans.  If an Asian-American speaks General American English, he is usually a Democrat.

Then, just three lines below that:
Democrats pigeonhole people and regard them as stereotypes.  Republicans regard people as individuals.
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Mitt, Romney, Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor Visit Arlington to Kick Off MakeoverTour

by: frankoanderson

Sat May 02, 2009 at 21:25:31 PM EDT

The Republicans are apparently starting another "Contract with America."  Except this time they can't decide whether they're going to come out with the ideas or look to the American people for ideas.  The National Council for a New America is an all-star panel of experts comprised of the above mentioned dignitaries, as well as John McCain and Tim Pawlenty.  

Though this is clearly a desperate move to make people feel better about Republicans, they're billing it as a nonpartisan effort.  

The restaurant, Pie-Tanza on Harrison St., was filled to capacity so I couldn't come in to ask questions.  There was a group of protesters in the parking lot trying to bring attention to the immigration issue.  Unfortunately for them, Johnny Mac wasn't there today.


One sign read, "MCCAIN = AMNESTY = DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA."  Guess he had it left over from last year.
To view photos, right click and go to "view image."  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Just another Northern Virginian who Has it Easy

by: frankoanderson

Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 14:06:38 PM EDT

According to Mike Huckabee, I don't know what it's like to struggle, or to "put a paycheck together," as he misspoke (which must be almost as hard as it is to put "food on your family," like Bush famously said).
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