Update from Moran for Congress Campaign
Update from Barnett for Congress Campaign
Report from Rep. Gerry Connolly
Update from Delegate Surovell
Update from Delegate Plum
Update from Delegate Sickles
Rex Simmons, FCDC Chair
In the 1944 State of the Union address, President Franklin Roosevelt called for a second “bill of rights” that would help provide for an American standard of living higher than ever known before. He said, “We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.”
President Roosevelt recognized that the Constitution had already provided protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the rights of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. But he also recognized these political rights had been proven inadequate with the Great Depression to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
Among other things, Roosevelt’s second bill of rights would guarantee:
- Employment, with a living wage,
- Freedom from unfair competition and the abuses of monopolies,
- Affordable housing,
- Medical care,
- Quality education, and
- Social security.
President Roosevelt went on to say, “Unless there is security here at home there cannot be a lasting peace in the world.”
It is fitting to recall these words as we celebrate the 75 years since President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. It is equally fitting that we remember there is more work to be done to fulfill Roosevelt’s vision. President Barack Obama took a huge step this year by signing the Affordable Care Act providing improved health care for all.
After a great time in Braddock District at Kilroy’s in July, and last month at Magills Pizza in Mason District, we will continue our Democrats Dine Out in September at Luciano Italian Restaurant in Oakton to visit Providence District. Join us on Wednesday, September 22 at Luciano in Hunter Mill Shopping Center. It is just north of I-66 on Chain Bridge Road. Order from the menu and pay the regular price for your food and drink. Providence has planned a special guest speaker, Vincent DeMarco, subject of the book “The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into Political Power.” (You can find the book here ). He will speak at 7:30 pm, but you can come anytime after 5:30 pm. Eat before, during, or after the talk, or if you can’t stay, that’s OK, too. Just print out the coupon below and give it to your server so FCDC will be given credit for your bill.
These events are proving to be loads of fun as we move from district to district. By joining us, you can enjoy Democratic fellowship while you are supporting FCDC.
Glenda C. Booth, Precinct Chair
Hollin Hall Precinct, Mount Vernon District
This is the third of several articles on basic precinct work; how Democrats working in their precincts at the grassroots level can help fulfill our fundamental mission to elect Democrats.
September is the time to swing into a higher gear and start turning out the vote in your precinct, even though Election Day may seem far away. Here are a few tips. FCDC, district committees and the campaigns have many activities as well.
Ramp Up the Visibility
- Make sure you and your workers have bumper stickers on your cars. Wear candidate stickers as you go about the community. Candidate insignia can spark conversations and remind people that an election is coming soon.
- Find people willing to put up candidate yard signs and get signs from the campaigns or your district chair. Give priority to spots on the most heavily traveled streets. Give the campaigns the names and contact information for those who agree.
- Attend back-to-school events and hand out candidate and voting materials. Be sensitive to people rushing in. They may not want to discuss politics as they enter the building and may be more approachable as they leave.
- Fall football games, other sports events, picnics, festivals, and yard sales may also offer opportunities to promote our candidates.
- Offer to organize and help with party and candidate events.
Find All Democrats
- Try to identify any Democrats not identified on your registered voters list by visiting or calling them. Offer candidate literature and invite them to candidate and party events. My first article in this series, “Know Your Precinct; Find Democrats,” gives tips on how to find and identify Democrats.
- Visit new neighbors and suggest that they register to vote. Give them registration material, available at all libraries and government centers. Offer candidate literature and invite them to candidate and party events. For information on registering to vote click here The deadline to register to vote in the November 2, 2010 election is October 12, 6 p.m.
- Invite Democrats, especially new people, to candidate and party events. Many are eager to meet elected and other officials and want to be “brought into the fold.”
- Get a supply of absentee ballot applications at the library or from FCDC. Get candidate literature from the campaigns, FCDC, or district chairs. Prepare a one-pager describing what’s on the ballot and voting deadlines or ask FCDC for one. For information on what’s on the November 2 ballot including three state constitutional amendments, click here
- Try to identify voters who are not likely to vote in person on Election Day. By going through the registered voter list, you can find the birth year of each voter and determine which young people are likely to be away at college. If you did not contact them before they went off to school, contact their parents and request all contact information. Send the students a letter or email with election and candidate information, absentee voting instructions, and a stamped envelope addressed to the Fairfax County Office of Elections. You can also give them instructions for requesting an absentee ballot by email, but be sure to explain that they have to print the form, sign it, and return it by USPS mail or fax. Visit the Fairfax County Office of Elections for more information click here
- Get information on in-person, “absentee” (ahead of time) voting, including the closest satellite location. Remind people who are likely to be away on Election Day that they can vote ahead. Give them voting and candidate information and deadlines. Call and remind them before the deadline. Many people much prefer voting ahead to completing paperwork and having a mail transaction. Many elderly and disabled people like to vote ahead to avoid standing in line.
- Individuals who may vote absentee by mail or in person include people confined to their home, people with disabilities, people who commute long distances, people who travel frequently, and people in nursing homes. Give them an absentee ballot application, candidate information, and your recommendations.
Absentee voting deadlines for 2010:
- To vote in-person “absentee” (ahead of time) — October 18 to 30, seven satellite locations
- To apply by mail or fax, for a mailed absentee ballot – October 26
- To vote by mail, all voted ballots must be received by November 2, 7 p.m.
Some precinct captains draft what’s called a “precinct letter” about our candidates. FCDC can provide samples and tips. Make sure the candidates agree with anything you include about them.
It is best to start working on the precinct letter now, as it takes some time to put it together. Try to get a range of neighbors to sign it, people from different parts of the precinct, people of varying ethnicities and ages, parents, and non-parents.
It is helpful to get the precinct letter out to voters in mid-October. It can remind them of in-person, “absentee” (ahead of time) voting and other deadlines.
Start recruiting workers to go door-to-door, to deliver the precinct letter and candidate literature, and talk to voters in October. Ask workers which streets they want to cover and try to honor their requests. Give your volunteers streets and houses that are manageable for them.
Thomas Scanlon, Field Coordinator, Moran for Congress
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CONGRESSMAN
“Fighting to improve the quality of life for everyone in Northern Virginia is job number 1. The failed Bush administration left the American economy in shambles. Over the past two years, we’ve worked hard to prevent a deeper decline and reverse the severe economic downturn that resulted from this mismanagement. At the same time, we’ve enacted historic legislative achievements, from passing health insurance reform that will make affordable insurance available to all Americans, to reform of Wall Street so that the American peoples’ hard earned savings will be better protected from gross financial negligence.”
“In the 112th Congress, I plan to focus my energies on strengthening our region’s economic vitality and diversity through promoting affordable housing, an efficient public transit system, an educational system that develops every child’s full potential, and the protection of our natural environment. I believe the federal government can and should play an indispensable role in enabling individuals and their communities to maximize economic and educational opportunities, while preserving an even higher quality of life for their children and grandchildren. We must also tackle head-on the growing national debt so that future generations are not saddled with this generation’s fiscal irresponsibility.”
CONGRESSMAN MORAN COURTING THE FURRIEST VOTERS
Congressman Moran, along with actress Wendie Malick and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle, held a rally advocating the rights and safe keeping of our four legged friends as part of the Taking Action for Animals Conference on the Capital steps this month.
Congressman Moran has long championed the rights of his non-voting, furry constituents. When not attending rallies, he co-chairs the House Animal Protection Caucus with Republican Elton Gallegly (CA), a bipartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress. In the 111th Congress, the caucus has been instrumental in the passing of stricter animal fighting legislation, as well as tightening animal welfare regulations in the 2008 Farm Bill. Regarding the 2008 Farm Bill legislation, Congressman Moran said, “Abuse and torture are wrong, regardless if it involves a pet or an animal being raised for food. All…creatures deserve humane treatment, whether in the home or on the farm. This legislation will make those who might inflict pain and suffering on living things think twice.”
Priorities moving forward in the 112th Congress for the caucus include legislation banning the slaughter of horses, stronger and enforceable regulations on Internet sales of puppies, the closing of puppy mills, and legislation requiring the accurate labeling of all fur products. The fur legislation is specifically aimed at closing a very large loophole in the existing legislation which allows for the importation and sale of items containing dog and cat fur.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
We have 23,000 copies of our education-related piece ready to go for the Back to School Night blitz in Fairfax. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who have offered to help pass out materials!
Campaign Contact Information
311 North Washington Street, Suite 200L
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Campaign Manager Mary Moran
Field Director Atima Omara-Alwala
Marc Abanto, Campaign Manager
Update: Barnett for Congress Campaign (VA-10)
August was another busy month for the campaign. We had a series of successful events, and our field and voter outreach programs are churning into high gear. Read on to see what we’ve been doing and how you can get involved.
Ten Successful Town Halls across the Tenth District
Jeff believes that an open exchange of ideas is among the most important elements of the democratic process. In June, he challenged Frank Wolf to an exciting series of debates, one in each county of the 10th District. Frank Wolf refused to defend his record, conceding only a single debate. In response, Jeff set up a series of 10 halls across the district. From Winchester to McLean, Jeff met with hundreds of engaged members of our communities, gaining a lot of interesting perspective. The town halls helped to generate a good deal of support for the campaign. Voters across the district were moved by the sharp contrast between the two candidates: a 30-year incumbent who dodges tough debates and a new leader with good ideas and a deep respect for accountability.
Tenth District Walking Tour
Now that we’ve wrapped up ten successful town hall meetings, Jeff is preparing to embark on a journey from the western edge of the district to the eastern edge. Jeff will walk for 6 days, visiting 13 towns and covering 80 miles. Along the way, he’ll listen to folks’ ideas and concerns, share our vision for Virginia’s future, and earn voters’ support. We’ll visit the small businesses, thriving farms, and growing communities that make our area such an exciting place to live. While Frank Wolf sits in Washington and votes against legislation that will save jobs in our district, Jeff is traveling the district at ground-level, connecting with voters, advocating for our plans to grow the next generation of jobs, and developing relationships with the communities. Along with his ten town halls, Jeff’s walk across the district is part of his commitment to accessible and accountable leadership.
Follow along with Jeff’s tour by clicking here. Check out our schedule of events, get live updates from the road, and sign up to join us for a few miles.
From Prince William to Clarke, Fauquier to Fairfax and Warren, August was the month of 4-H and county fairs. Jeff hit them all, helping to celebrate Northern Virginia’s rich agricultural heritage. We saw a few monster trucks, admired some prize bulls, and talked to thousands of voters. Thanks to our tremendous volunteers who showed us around and worked long hours to set up tents, blow up balloons, and help us work the crowds!
Help Mobilize the Vote!
The Republican money machine is churning dollars into the Tenth District, but we’re running a grassroots, people-powered campaign. That means we need your help. Jeff’s rigorous schedule of public events – his town halls, his walk across the district, and our trips to the county fairs, among others – means that the campaign has an active and regular presence in the community. The final piece of that puzzle is our field program and that’s where you come in. We’re calling phones and knocking doors, contacting tens of thousands of voters, sharing our ideas for Virginia’s future, and we need your help to do it. Fairfax County is one of the population centers of the 10th District, and significant turnout here will help us win. If’ you’ve got a few hours to help move Virginia forward, head to www.jeffbarnettforcongress.com and click on the “volunteer” button.
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Contact the Campaign
If you have any questions about a particular aspect of the campaign, please contact one of our staff. We’d love to speak with you!
Campaign Manager: Marc Abanto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Director: Patrick Dorsey, email@example.com
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Jeff and some of the team in Loudoun County
Jeff greeting voters at the African American Heritage Festival
Jeff greeting voters at the Warren County Fair
The route of our walk across the district
Rep. Gerry Connolly, VA – 11th
This is it. Now is the time to get involved with our campaign. The stakes this year are too high to have Democrats on the sidelines. Our campaign has spent the summer months making phone calls and knocking on doors across the 11th District. Our dedicated volunteers have made tens of thousands of connections with voters. I need you to help ramp up our operation and keep the positive momentum going. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved today. I do not need to remind Fairfax Democrats of the reckless policies of the Bush administration, but we will be reverting back to the failed policies of George Bush and the Republicans if we are not successful this November.
My opponent, Keith Fimian, is not running on new ideas. He has based his campaign on turning back the clock on the progress we have made over the last two years. His campaign is being financed by extreme right-wing ideologues outside of Virginia, who are willing to spend whatever it takes to win in November. Fimian and his Tea Party allies are willing to say anything to get elected. There is no tale too tall or lie too big for them to repeat. That is why I need your support, now that campaign season is in full swing.
It is important that we have someone in this seat who understands the needs of Northern Virginia, and doesn’t just show up in an election year promoting a radical agenda. I have been part of building Northern Virginia’s economy, and I know what it takes to create and keep jobs in the 11th District. In Congress, I have put my commitment to bettering our economy into action.
Now that the finish line is in sight, we need to remind our neighbors why November 2nd is so important. I want to return to Congress and continue fighting for Northern Virginia. We have made significant progress over the past two years, and we must continue to solve the challenges facing our country.
Congressman Connolly meets with FCDC Interns at his office on Capitol Hill
Hon. Scott Surovell
Delegate Scott Surovell’s office is looking for a few good interns. While the legislative session is still months away, the delegate is getting prepared. Interns will assist in preparation for the legislative session and addressing constituent service requests and issue inquiries. If you know a college student or recent graduate who would like to work as an intern for Delegate Surovell, please go to http://bit.ly/DelSurovellInterns to fill out our online application and email a resume and a brief writing sample to email@example.com. For more information, please call the delegate’s office at (571) 249-4484.
Hon. Ken Plum
Join Delegate Plum for his family picnic and Rally on Sept. 11 from 4-6 pm
Hon. Mark Sickles
The Virginia Surplus*
In the last quarter of Virginia’s fiscal year ending on June 30, tax revenues decreased as compared to the previous year, but decreased less than forecast when the budget was enacted. As a result, Virginia ended the fiscal year with about $220 million of unexpected revenue. After several years of budget cuts and the recent un-Virginia-like borrowing of $135 million from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), calling the revenue a “surplus” is a stretch. The Washington Post editorial page called it a surplus that “comes with a large asterisk.”
Over the last two-year budget, the former governor was forced to make more than $7 billion in cuts. In the new two-year budget starting on July 1, over $4 billion more was cut to meet the revenue projections. These cuts would have been much deeper without federal help, help that has come mostly for Medicaid—nursing home care for very poor seniors, near poor children, and for families with disabled children. Despite this federal infusion and deep cuts to core services, more savings were needed, thus reduced payments to VRS.
One could not begin to restore all the cuts with our $220 million “surplus,” but we can keep our legal commitment to state workers and teachers. Until any owed funds are repaid to the VRS, the Commonwealth has no surplus. That is why I will be introducing legislation next session to mandate that any “surplus” left, after the constitutionally mandated rainy day fund allocation is made, be used immediately to refund any balances owed the VRS.
While the budget news is slightly better than expected, we have an obligation to be honest with citizens so that expectations are not built on false premises. I hope our economy continues to grow in order to pay back the VRS and restore cuts to higher education and other essential services. For more information about the “surplus” and links to editorials on the subject, please visit my website at www.MarkSickles.com. As always please feel free to contact my office with any issues, questions or comments. My office line is 703-922-6440 and my e-mail is DelMSickles@House.Virginia.Gov.
Pixie Bell, 8th CD First Vice Chair
The next meeting of the 8th CD will be September 30, 2010 at 8 pm; Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Rd, Falls Church City.
CONGRATULATIONS! Antonia Scatton was named Executive Director of FCDC. She lives in Arlington and is active in the Arlington County Democratic Committee. She recently served as Associate Director of Audience and Constituent Relations for the Center for American Progress; prior to that she worked as a political communications and new media outreach for DPVA. More information is available at www.antoniascatton.com.
DFA (Democracy For America) is starting up its night program again. It has a series of free webinars that you can sign up for: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Veterans and Military Families Caucus elected new officers on July 1, 2010. Elected were Terron Sims, chair; Bob Martin, vice chair; Joseph Harmon, treasurer; Bruce Roemmelt, secretary. CONGRATULATIONS to Doris Crouse-Mays on her election as the first FEMALE President of the Virginia AFL-CIO!
State Steering and State Central Committees will meet on September 10/11, 2010, at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. The meeting will be followed on Saturday by the Almost Annual Warner Pig Roast, at Rappahannock Bend Farm; 12:30 – 4:30 pm, 6684 Vineyard Road, King George, VA 22485 Directions: http://bit.ly/pigroast2010 (Thanks, Steve). Don’t forget that evening, Mason District Crab Feast! Sunday, Sept. 12, 2 – 4:00 pm Dranesville Fall Festival fundraiser at the McAuliffe home, 7527 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Contact: Leslie Mason; (h)703-893-7007; © 202-361-0707. Also Sunday, 2 – 5 pm, Mt. Vernon Ice Cream Social, Free: 8146 Wellington Road, Alexandria, 22308.
Our Congressman Jim Moran will hold a Woman’s Issues Conference, Saturday, September 25 at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 9 am registration, light breakfast; 10 am keynote speaker: Maureen Bunyon, veteran broadcaster and lead news anchor. First seminar, 11 am, second, noon. These will be repeated. Seminars include: Financial Strategies for Women; Car Care 101; Protecting Yourself from ID theft and Consumer Fraud; Tips for Job Seekers: (Resume Writing, Networking and Professional Development; Women in the Developing World; How Health Insurance Reform Will Affect You. Lunch will be provided; More info, call 703-971-4760. Very tentative Kennedy King date, October 1.
George Burke, 11th CD Chair
The 2010 FCDC interns met with Congressman Connolly in his office on Capitol Hill.
Wall Street Reform
The passage of legislation in July to reform Wall Street—the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—has been one of the signal accomplishments of President Barack Obama and this Democratic Congress. The reforms—enacted over partisan Republican opposition—contain critical measures for preventing and protecting the American people from the recklessness of the financial sector over the past decade that caused the great recession from which we are now recovering. They also contain measures for protecting Americans from unscrupulous and abusive financial practices. These reforms will provide the stability and transparency that will help prevent future bubbles and market crashes and serve as a foundation for strong, steady, and fair economic growth.
Over the past two years, we’ve experienced the worst recession since the Great Depression. Eight million people lost their jobs. The values of homes and retirement savings plummeted. Businesses were unable to get needed loans and many were forced to close. Although the economy is growing again, many are still feeling the pain of the downturn.
The crisis was caused by Wall Street taking irresponsible risks that it didn’t understand—many with borrowed money—and the federal government not having (or not using) the authority to manage risks among large financial firms like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. While the crisis was building, consumers were victimized by unscrupulous financial practices. When the crisis hit, the government did not have the tools to reduce the damage by shutting down a firm without putting the entire financial system and the American taxpayer at risk.
The law protects the American people and our economy by imposing transparency and limits on risk-taking in our financial system and protecting consumers from financial risks directly. It contains the following specific reforms:
Transparency and Limits on Risk-Taking
- Banks are prohibited from owning, investing in, or sponsoring hedge funds, private equity funds, or proprietary trading operations for their own profit, in order to reduce risk and prevent bank failures.
- The massive “shadow banking system” of firms that provided banking services but were not regulated as banks is brought under federal oversight so that firms cannot evade the rules and take undue risks that threaten consumers and the financial system.
Stronger capital buffers are required to allow financial firms to weather the ups and downs of markets without failing.
- The concentration of risk among the largest financial firms is limited so that the failure of one firm does not cause a domino effect threatening the entire financial system.
- Greater transparency is imposed upon the derivatives market to allow regulators to manage financial system risk and prevent future AIG-like disasters.
- Shareholders are given more say on the pay of corporate CEOs and other executives.
- The growth of the largest financial firms is constrained and there is now a mechanism for the government to shut down failing financial companies without precipitating a panic that leaves taxpayers on the hook for bailouts.
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is established at the Federal Reserve to consolidate federal regulatory authority and set and enforce clear, consistent rules for the financial marketplace. It will:
- simplify federal mortgage forms and oversee the mortgage market to protect borrowers from unfair lending practices;
- mandate transparency regarding credit card interest rates and enforce the new law banning rate hikes on existing balances;
- mandate transparency regarding the costs and risks of mutual funds and other investments;
- mandate transparency regarding student loan obligations; and
- mandate transparency regarding bank account overdraft fees.
Every American—from consumers to investors to financial executives—has a stake in our financial system. These reforms provide safeguards to prevent abuse, check excess, and restore fairness. As such they are a credit to President Obama and our Democratic Congress and should be welcomed by all. Republicans are campaigning this fall on repealing this law and going back to the ways of recklessness and abuse that caused all the pain we’ve seen in the last two years. When you consider the stakes of the upcoming election, remember that. Don’t let them do it.
ABOUT THE DEMOCRAT
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