MAY 2013

THE DEMOCRAT

The Newsletter of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee

May 2013

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  •  Absentee Voting for the Democratic Primary

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

  • Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor
  • Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark Herring for Attorney General
  • Justin Fairfax for Attorney General
  • Kathleen Murphy for Delegate

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • National Affairs
  • Youth Affairs

COUNTY DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Hunter Mill
  • Dranesville

SUSTAINERS

  • Honor Roll
  • Renewal Form

EVENT FLYERS

ABOUT THE DEMOCRAT

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Absentee Voting for the Democratic Primary

The Democratic Primary for 2013 will take place June 11th at your normal polling location. If you need to vote absentee you can fill out this form to mail in OR vote absentee in person. To find out if you can vote absentee click here. You can vote absentee in person only at the Fairfax County Government Center. If you live in Fairfax County you should mail your absentee ballot request to the Fairfax County Government Center. To vote absentee visit or mail a completed absentee ballot request form to:

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035

In-person absentee voting

You can vote in person at the Fairfax County Government Center. There will not be any satellite locations for absentee voting for the June 11th primary in Fairfax County.

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturdays (June 1st and June 8th): 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Office Closed On:
Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day)

Last Day to Vote In-Person:
Saturday, June 8th

Absentee Voting By Mail:

Last Date to Apply for an Absentee Ballot By Mail:
June 4th, 5:00 p.m.

For inclusion in the elections, absentee ballots must be returned to the Fairfax County Government Center by:
7:00 p.m. on June 11, 2013

Statewide Democratic Primary Candidates

There are two Democratic candidates in a primary for Lieutenant Governor and two Democratic candidates for Attorney General. The two candidates for Lieutenant Governor are Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam. The two candidates for Attorney General are Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring.

86th House of Delegates District Primary

If you live in the 86th House district, it is important to note there is a Democratic primary for Delegate there. The two candidates are Jennifer Boysko and Herb Kemp. The winner of that Primary will be our nominee to challenge incumbent Republican Tom Rust. You can find out if you live in the 86th district using this tool.

For any questions about absentee voting call the Fairfax Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 or The Fairfax Democratic Committee at  703-573-6811

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CAMPAIGN UPDATES

Ralph Northam for Lt. Governor

Campaign Update

Ralph Northam

Before I begin the campaign update, I want to thank all of our Fairfax County volunteers that made winning the Hunter Mill District straw poll possible. We are gaining real momentum in this race and it is because of your hard work.  To kick off the month, I spoke on the Senate floor to oppose Governor McDonnell’s anti-choice amendment that would ban women from purchasing private health insurance that covers comprehensive reproductive care with their own money in the new state exchange.  You can see the Washington Post’s coverage of my speech here.

On April 15th, Senator Barbara Favola, Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus, launched “Women For Northam” and said:

“When choosing a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, I looked for someone with a distinguished and unfailing record of support for women’s rights.  I can personally attest to the fact that my friend and colleague, Senator Ralph Northam, led the charge to repeal the mandatory ultrasound bill and fought against the dangerous TRAP regulations that will shut down vital women’s health clinics. No one in Virginia has a stronger record protecting women’s rights than Senator Ralph Northam.”

Join Senator Favola and the hundreds of women who have signed on by clicking here today. 

On the six-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, we honored the victims of this tragedy by calling for action to prevent gun violence. I joined Peter Read and Andrew Goddard, two parents whose children were victims on that day, to call for a comprehensive solution including a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, implementing universal background checks, reforming the mental healthcare system, and reducing children’s access to violent video games.  You can sign our petition calling for action by clicking here. 

If you are interested in helping my campaign, come on by our office at 5618 D-1 Ox Road, Fairfax Station and meet with our political director, Bridgit Donnelly.  You can also reach her at bridgit@northamforlg.com.

Thanks

Ralph

Aneesh Chopra for Lt. Governor

Team Chopra continues to pick up steam as we head towards the June 11th primary. In April, Chopra was endorsed by Fairfax’s own Congressman Gerry Connolly. Congressman Connolly praised Aneesh’s experience and record of service for Virginia.
“As our next Lieutenant Governor, I know Aneesh will use his experience every day to fight for equality and opportunity for all Virginians,” said Connolly. “I also know he will work to protect and grow our middle class and stand up against attacks on Virginia women. I am proud to stand with Aneesh and offer him my fullest endorsement.”
Congressman Connolly joins Congressman Jim Moran and former Congressmen Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello in supporting Chopra for Lt. Governor. Chopra also has the endorsement of a number of Northern Virginia Democrats including Del. David Bulova, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, Del. Patrick Hope, Del. Alfonso Lopez, Del. James Scott, and Del. Scott Surovell.
The campaign also posted an impressive fundraising total for the first quarter of 2013 — raising more than $400,000. With organizers on the ground all across the Commonwealth, Aneesh has the momentum to win on Election Day.
If you’d like to learn more about Aneesh’s vision for Virginia, please contact our Fairfax organizer Grant Maloney at grant@chopraforva.com. You can also learn more about Aneesh at www.teamchopra.org and www.facebook.com/apchopra.

Justin Fairfax For Attorney General

Justin Fairfax Secures Key Endorsements, Increases Monthly Fundraising

Lisa Helem

Press Secretary, Fairfax for Virginia

During a press conference call on April 18th, widely-respected Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe announced he was switching his endorsement for Attorney General to Justin Fairfax. In so doing, McCabe touted Fairfax’s experience as a federal prosecutor and how Fairfax would boost the Democratic ticket. “Justin’s resume and experience speak for themselves. He will be a phenomenal addition to the Democratic ticket as our Attorney General nominee and will put us in the best position to achieve victory in November,” McCabe said. McCabe has served as Norfolk Sheriff since 1994. He currently also serves as the president of the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officials (VALECO).

Other endorsements announced by the Fairfax for Virginia campaign on that day include: Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright, Petersburg Sheriff Vanessa Crawford and Dr. Ella Ward, Democratic Nominee for the 4th Congressional District and Chesapeake City Councilwoman. Fairfax said in a statement, “I’m elated to have the support of such great leaders in the Hampton Roads-Tidewater area. We are particularly excited about these leaders who have recognized our tremendous momentum and have re-assessed what it will take to win this office and help Democrats win statewide. They have joined others in supporting our movement to create security and economic opportunity for all Virginians.” Other Fairfax endorsements include Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, former Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Kerry Donley and former White House Counsel, Greg Craig.

This month, Justin Fairfax gave an inspiring presentation at the Urban League Young Professionals Candidates Forum in Richmond. Fairfax spoke about the great need for Democrats to “play some offense” in the fight for Virginia’s families and win back the Attorney General’s seat for the first time in 24 years. He delivered the keynote address at the Alexandria Bar Association’s “Beat the Odds” Scholarship Program, a program that celebrates youth who have overcome tremendous obstacles to succeed.

The campaign also released its Q1 2013 fundraising results, reporting that it raised $139,578 from January to March. This was roughly a 20% increase per month from the Q4 2012 amount of $151,674, raised during the first four months of the campaign. “We are elated to have garnered contributions from all across the Commonwealth, including donations from $10 on up,” Justin Fairfax said, adding that the Q1 results “fuel the incredible momentum of our campaign as we continue to connect with voters across the Commonwealth” via the campaign’s grassroots team and statewide infrastructure. “We look forward to continuing our tremendous momentum through the June 11th primary,” he added.

Mark Herring For Attorney General

Herring Unveils “Women for Herring” and “Equality Agenda;” Wins another Straw Poll 

Mark Herring

April was another great month for the Mark Herring for Attorney General Campaign as it continues to build momentum towards June 11th.  The campaign made two significant policy announcements last month. First, Mark released his “Equality Agenda,” demonstrating his commitment to protecting civil rights and using the powers of the Attorney General’s office to promote equality.  The “Equality Agenda” can be found on the campaign website at www.herringforag.com/equalityagenda. The campaign also announced the formation of “LGBT Virginians for Herring,” chaired by State Senator Adam Ebbin, Arlington County Supervisor Jay Fisette, Alexandria City Councilmember Paul Smedberg with the participation of many other prominent LGBT activists across Virginia.

The campaign unveiled “Women for Herring,” a group consisting of over 100 current and former elected officials and women leaders from across the Commonwealth who are supporting Mark’s candidacy for Attorney General.  Mark also released a bold policy agenda focused on women’s rights, protecting families and ensuring paycheck fairness.  Mark’s agenda, plus a new web ad from the campaign, can be found at www.herringforag.com/women. And, Mark won yet another straw poll at the Hunter Mill Lasagna Dinner.  Mark has won every straw poll conducted during the campaign so far, all three of which have taken place in Fairfax County.  The campaign is grateful for the strong support it continues to receive from Fairfax County Democrats.

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Kathleen Murphy for Delegate

Kathleen Murphy’s campaign for the House of Delegates in the 34th District is off to an amazing start. After turning in more than three times the number of petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, Kathleen has continued to knock on hundreds of doors and has attended events all across the District. On Saturday April 13th, more than 35 volunteers and supporters joined us for our Spring Canvass Kickoff at Jalmeen Soni’s house and helped us keep our great field momentum going.  To sign up to join us any day over the next few weeks, email Ray Rieling at R.Rieling@KathleenMurphyForDelegate.com.

On top of the great outreach efforts, Kathleen had a huge fundraising quarter to start the year and outraised Barbara Comstock. The campaign is continuing to press forward and is looking forward to our next fundraiser on May 9th with special guest Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Kathleen is proud to have so many great supporters already on board with the campaign. She is looking forward to working with you over the next weeks and months to win back the 34th.

KEN PLUM FOR DELEGATE

Delegate Ken Plum will kick off his re-election campaign at a reception at Midtown, 11900 Market Street in the Reston Town Center on May 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
RSVP at https://secure.actblue.com/page/2013campaignkickoff.

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STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

The National Affairs Standing Committee (NAC)

Sandra J. Klassen, Chair

Income Inequality in America:  Bad Laws Are Part of the Problem

By:  Sean Barnett, Mason NAC member

As Paul Jameson noted in his National Affairs Committee article last month, income inequality in America has been growing and has become truly severe over the past 30 years.  The explanations typically offered by people who accept this—mostly Republicans—are globalization and technology both of which they consider to be irreversible phenomena.

But that’s wrong.  Globalization and technology create some inequality but they do not explain the fact that in other advanced countries income inequality is much less extreme.  In the average developed economy, the ratio of income between the top 10% and the bottom 10% is about 9:1.  In the United States, it is 14:1.  The ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay is 22:1 in Britain and lower elsewhere in Europe, but it is 475:1 in the United States.

So what else creates inequality here?  Law and policy.  In the United States, over the past 40 years, large corporations (mostly) have waged a broad campaign to acquire more political power so as to advance their interests and enable them to acquire more wealth.  The campaign was a backlash against the social, environmental and consumer protection movements of the 1960s and represented a breach of the unwritten social compact that had existed between the wealthy interests and everyone else since World War II.  This corporate campaign has:

*   Weakened the labor laws and crippled the labor movement, thereby undermining the average worker’s power to bargain for higher wages

*   Changed the tax code to reward rent-seeking activities, like stock ownership, which favor the wealthy more so than wage earning, from which most Americans derive their income

*   Created loopholes in the tax code to allow certain large multi-national corporations to pay almost no taxes

*   Weakened the corporate governance laws so that shareholders have little control over executive compensation and community stakeholders have no influence over corporate behavior

*   Deregulated the financial services industry to allow institutions to take great risks from which they profit but which impose pain on the broader public via taxpayer-funded bailouts and economic turmoil

*   Nullified or hindered the enforcement of the anti-trust laws and consumer protection laws, giving big business unfair advantages over small business and consumers

*   Led to monetary policies that favor low inflation over low unemployment

*   Nullified limits on spending in political campaigns (through the courts), created a revolving door between government and lobbying, and allowed spending on lobbying to run out of control, all so as to increase the political power of the wealthy, which they can use to amass ever more wealth.

It is depressing to think that one small faction in America has so undermined the well-being of all other Americans.  But, it should be heartening to know that laws and policies can be reversed and thus this outrage is not a phenomenon of nature but rather something that we Democrats, dedicated to political change for the greater good, ultimately have the power to fix.

Youth Affairs Committee

Paul Davis, Chair

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) Youth Affairs Committee meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at various locations throughout Fairfax County. Our latest meeting took place on May 1st at the Patrick Henry Library (101 Maple Avenue East) in the Town of Vienna. Meetings begin at 7:30pm. Our committee is working to help reenergize the youth vote for the 2013 elections and recruiting more youth to join FCDC. If you are interested or know someone who is interested in working towards these goals, please join us at our next meeting or visit the FCDC web site calendar at www.fairfaxdemocrats.org for listings of our future meetings.

 

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COUNTY DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee

Robert Haley, Chair (703-716-2339)

E-mail: haleyr@sprintmail.com

The Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee holds its meetings on the 2nd Wednesday, 7:30PM, every month, at the North County Government Center in Reston.  Typical meetings include guest speakers, campaign information, and notice of HMDDC – FCDC events.

At the FCDC meeting on March 13th, the agenda and discussion included Vote Builder training, Precinct  Captain Status, Standing Committees, the 2013 Annual Lasagna Dinner, and new members.  Also noted was that Hunter Mill membership now exceeds 120, with room now for another 20 membersJay Myerson was added to the Hunter Mill ranks during the meeting.  Campaign contributions of $9500 were approved.  Members received updates on Voter Protection and Central Committee activity.

The 2013 Annual Hunter Mill Lasagna Dinner event was held on Saturday April 6th, with the Early VIP Reception at starting at 5PM, and Dinner at 6PM.  The event was deemed an outstanding success, with over 240 seats sold, and had the highest attendance in the event’s 37 year history.  The event was also a great financial success.

Please refer to the Hunter Mill web site calendar at www.huntermilldemocrats.org for other local area political events, and to the FCDC web site calendar at www.fairfaxdemocrats.org for Fairfax County wide events.

DRANESVILLE DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

by Ron Bleeker, Chair

The DDDC held its March meeting in Great Falls (“Yes, Virginia, There Are Democrats in Great Falls!”) on March 14. Our special guest speaker was Sen. Ralph Northam, candidate for Lt. Governor. Our April meeting was back in McLean, where we were pleased to hear from Sen. Barbara Favola on the ups and downs (too many downs!) of the recent State Assembly session. Our May meeting will be in Herndon, the third of the three communities that make up Dranesville.

We invite our Democratic friends and candidates  to join us at the DDDC booth at McLean Day on Saturday, May 18 in Lewinsville Park between 11 AM and 5 PM. This event routinely draws over 10,000 people.

Many members of DDDC have been actively campaigning in support of legislation to control gun violence. We were very disappointed by the Senate’s failure to approve even the modest bill on background checks.  One consolation was that neither of our two Virginia Senators voted against the bill.
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EVENTS

 

 

May 5th

32nd Annual Derby Day

May 9th

Kathleen Murphy for Delegate Fundraising Reception

May 12th

2nd Annual Politics in the Park 

May 18th

Spring Fling Potluck Dinner

May 19th

Providence Mayfest

May 28th

 FCDC General Meeting
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Edison High School
5801 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310 (map)

June 2nd

Jerry Foltz for Delegate Campaign Kick-off

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About The Democrat

Editor in Chief: Jayne Byrnes
Contact: newsletter@fairfaxdemocrats.org

The Democrat is the monthly publication of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. The purpose of The Democrat is to provide information to Committee members and other interested persons through district reports, committee reports, news articles, campaign notices and flyers. Views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the FCDC unless specifically approved by an appropriate Committee Resolution. How to Submit Material E-mail text and/or photos to thedemocrat@fairfaxdemocrats.org by 5:00 PM on the third Monday of each month for inclusion in the following month’s issue. Generally material submitted to The Democrat should be limited to 300 words. Advertising Ads are welcomed and accepted; however, we reserve the right to reject ads for any reason. No product, service, or event advertised herein is endorsed by The Democrat or the FCDC, unless otherwise noted.

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