Dear Buddy

by Lyn Hodnett

I write this message with a feeling of outrage.

Two days after ‘Crossover Day’ (February 10th) at this Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session, I sent an e-mail to my delegate Buddy Fowler, Jr. (R-55th District):

“Dear Buddy, At your convenience could you please relate to me the status of Medicaid expansion in this General Assembly session?  I ask in particular with regard to Governor McAuliffe’s ‘Healthy Virginia’ plan, which focuses on Virginians with serious mental illnesses, on veterans and on families. Please tell me your position on this issue.  With gratitude and kind regards, Lyn Hodnett”

Members of the Hanover County Democratic Committee advised me that Buddy Fowler would never give me the courtesy of a reply, and they were right.

At the end of this session we now find that House and Senate Republicans have rejected Medicaid expansion outright. They have rejected:

  1. A program that would provide up to 400,000 working, low-income Virginians with health insurance, including vulnerable children, pregnant women and veterans. The federal government would cover the full cost until 2017, after which Virginia would begin to cover up to 10 % of the cost. 
  2. A program that would bring our Commonwealth more than $1.6 billion in federal funding per year; which would create approximately 30,000 new jobs. We will now forfeit $4.4 million each day in taxes that we have already paid, to other states. 
  1. A program that would fully fund Virginia’s mental health system; one that would provide ongoing mental health treatment to citizens to prevent crises.

Buddy Fowler, Christopher Peace and Ryan McDougle will continue to live their lives of privilege in their safe, electoral districts. Will they be so foolish as to think that they can fool all of the people all of the time?  Will they continue to believe that they are humanitarians? Do they fully meet the roles of public servants?

I see the truth differently: I perceive their choice to be selfish, heartless, and merciless. They present to me as protectors of their own political power who are willing to turn their backs on vulnerable, often desperate Virginians.

I hear a different call, one that puts human suffering above party politics.

Announcing the Annual

Blue Moon Bash

Hanover Democratic Committee

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 – 9:30 pm

The Hanover Arts & Activities Center

Ashland, VA

Join us for Cash Bar and Dinner

Master of Ceremonies

The Honorable A. Donald McEachin

Virginia State Senator - District 9

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Ralph Northam

Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Please RSVP by using the enclosed reply card or to Toni Radler at (804) 916.0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donation Levels (per person):$1000 Once in a Blue Moon** $500 Far Side of the Moon (includes 3 tickets)$300 Over the Moon (includes 2 tickets)$150 Harvest Moon$50 Crescent Moon$25 New Moon (students)

Paid for by the Hanover Democratic Committee

People love our Blue Moon Bash!  Great speakers, delicious food, and the best fellowship in Hanover County. The Blue Moon Bash has grown each year becoming one of those events people eagerly look forward to.
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Our Next Meeting: What's Really Going On In Congress?

Shuwanza Goff, the Floor Director for Democratic Congressman and House Whip Steny Hoyer from Maryland, will be the Hanover Democratic Committee's exciting guest speaker for the Hanover Democratic Committee's next meeting on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Goff, the daughter of Hershular and Robert Goff of Mechanicsville, began her career on Capitol Hill in 2008 as a staff assistant in the House Majority Leader's office. After having been promoted to Floor Aide and then Floor Assistant, Shuwanza became the Democratic Whip’s Deputy Director of Legislative Operations in 2012, where she helped manage the day-to-day operations of the Floor.  In May of 2013, Shuwanza was promoted to her current role of Floor Director where she oversees the House Floor operation for the Democratic Whip. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science, Shuwanza also holds a Master of Science degree from American University in Justice, Law, and Society.  Get the inside scoop and a free cup of coffee on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.