Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to meet the candidates. For the first time in more than 50 years, we have candidates running in 5 Board of Supervisor races, 3 State Senate Races and 1 House of Delegates Race. We expect to see many of our great candidates at the next meeting.
--Star incumbent Ashland District Supervisor running for a second term Faye Prichard
--Beaverdam District Candidate Crystal Robens
--Cold Harbor District Candidate James Doren
--Henry District Candidate James Wilkerson (via DVD)
--South Anna District Candidate Dr. Clara James Scott
*State-Level Candidates will be on hand including:
--55th District House Candidate Morgan Goodman
--4th District Senate Candidate Stan Scott
--12th District Candidates Veena Lothe and Rep. Debra Rodman seeking the Democratic nomination in a Primary to unseat Siobhan Dunnavant
--9th District Star Incumbent Jennifer McClellan spoke at our last meeting and was terrific. She is slated for a primary, however, no Democratic challenger has come forward. Ngiste May will be at the meeting to represent her.
This is a very exciting time for Hanover Democrats and our candidates are amazing. See for yourself on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the Hanover Democratic Committee’s Blue Wave Bash on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.
Sen. Warner served as Governor of Virginia and was then elected to serve in the Senate in 2008. He has established himself as a leader who works with Republicans and Democrats to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability and promote private sector innovation and job creation. In the past two years as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Warner has led the way in investigating Russian involvement in our elections.
In addition to Sen. Warner, State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sen. McClellan has become a leader in the Virginia General Assembly and is also known to work across the aisle to enact legislation aimed at helping Virginians.
This is a special celebration for Hanover Democrats as it is the tenth anniversary of the Blue Moon Bash/Blue Wave Bash fundraiser. When we first launched the fundraiser, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because it seemed that Democrats in Virginia were elected once in a blue moon. However in 2018 as new Democratic delegates and senators were swept into office, we changed the name to Blue Wave Bash to reflect the dawning of a new era and the new energy that is propelling our candidates forward. We are especially honored to have Sen. Warner and Sen. McClellan celebrate this anniversary with us.
In addition, we are honored to have internationally renowned opera singer Brenda Louise Hudson open the program with the Spiritual, Deep River. Mark Brumitt will be performing on classical guitar. The meal for this Blue Wave Bash will be catered by Ashland Coffee & Tea and will include a roast beef station plus vegetarian options.
You can purchase your ticket by replying to the invitation you will receive by mail, or by going online at hvadems.com.
Calls for caucus!
Follow this link, click here, to find the calls for caucus announcements, candidate forms, and caucus member forms.
Natalie Hartwig has invited us to her home at 119 Giddy-up Lane in Ashland 23005 for our April Coffee on Tuesday, April 30 at 10 am.
Please join like-minded women from all over Hanover for relaxed conversation as we enjoy coffee and other refreshments in a casual and welcoming setting.
Our Coffee Caucus is a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together. We have no formal memberships or dues.
There is an outdated misconception that young people are uninterested and uninformed in regards to current events. While little good has come out of the furthering of the polarization of our political climate, it has proved not only that young people are listening to the world around them, but that they have something to say about it. This new activism was shown to be larger than hashtags and reposts when a record-breaking amount of young voters participated in the 2018 midterm election. Yet, despite our presence in the polls, and despite the widespread coverage of movements like March For Our Lives, young Americans are often still regarded as a novelty in politics.
If you know where to look, the passion of new American voters is abundant. Social media has curated breaking news and opinion-sharing into one community. It is now easier than ever to stay informed, and the ease of getting a message across to a large audience has created new digital grassroots movements; the power of which is evident in the size and political clout of movements like #MeToo. Political commentary and discourse now belong in the same spaces as our family photos, allowing for casual activism that young people have made a part of their daily lives. Mistaking the evolution of political involvement for a lack of such is creating a generational gap, reiterating the idea that young people are not politically engaged. If we are to meet young people where they are in this new space of activism, there would be greater unity within the party and greater representation of new perspectives.
The overlooking of digital politics sometimes leads to thought bubbles in which readers and activists are only exposed to one-sided issues, or even “fake news” stories, because mainstream politics is not maintaining its presence or news coverage on these new activist platforms. It has been the exposure to current events and information that has awakened such a drive for change in young voters; the greater care that is taken with appealing to digital audiences creates a greater number of informed voters. The dangers of misinformation on digital platforms is apparent in not just “fake news” stories and yellow journalism, but in the messages conveyed on platforms like Twitter by politicians. Political discourse has clearly moved towards the internet, making it imperative that information does the same to not only create voters but to keep them informed.
In listening to these young voices, there too is a place for older voters and activists to learn from the young. The social media platforms of Instagram and Twitter used by new activists are home to audiences of millions; this provides for a community to share your own thoughts and beliefs, but also to gain a new perspective. Digital activism allows for global thinking in our everyday lives, creating entire networks of people united around a cause. Stories from other users and from news outlets are constantly reinforcing the need for change, bringing forth a new passion in young people, especially as they reach the voting age.
The Hanover Democratic Committee is taking the steps to evolve with American voters. As the head of the new Hanover Young Democrats, I have made a place for the Hanover Democratic Committee in digital activism, giving a voice to the young and future voters of Hanover County. You can join us on Instagram @hanoveryoungdems to keep up with our monthly meetings.
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Uphold the laws.
Last week the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned as part of Trump’s purge of other senior Homeland Security personnel. Multiple media reported that the departures were due to Trump’s belief that the employees were not harsh enough in implementing his border policy and his anger about their refusal to violate federal court orders. Meanwhile, CNN reports that while at the southern border Trump told Border Patrol agents not to allow any migrants to come into the country, which depending on circumstances, might violate the law. Later, in a tweet Trump criticized a 9th Circuit judge’s ruling against his policies as out of control.
Tell Congressman Wittman (202-225-4262 or 804-730-6595 or https://wittman.house.gov/contact) that it is unconscionable for a president to advocate that federal employees violate a court order or break the law. The president took an oath to uphold the laws of the land, even the ones he doesn’t like.
Protect federal agencies.
Last week the Department of Homeland Security lost its secretary. It joins the Department of Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration, which all have “acting” directors. Trump’s unprecedented use of acting directors skirts the requirement of Senate confirmation for agency heads, obstructing one aspect of the Senate’s constitutionally-based oversight of the executive branch of government. The problem, though, is more insidious in that without permanent leadership these agencies are weakened. Acting directors, uncertain of their tenures, are less likely to engage in long-term planning, develop collaborative relationships or have the alliances to push through important projects. Given that Trump is known to expect loyalty, these acting directors may be less likely to challenge bad policy ideas or illegal orders (see #1). This alarming weakening of institutions is a tool used by autocrats.
When you are talking to Congressman Wittman (202-225-4262 or 804-730-6595 or https://wittman.house.gov/contact) let him know that you see the dangers of “acting” agency heads and that you expect him to protect the integrity of these agencies whose mission is to keep Americans safe.
Prepare for the Mueller report.
As of this writing, Attorney General William Barr has not released the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. He promises to do so this week. In preparation for that Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare wrote recommendations for how the press should handle the release. Specifically, they argue against drawing overly broad conclusions, which is good advice for all readers. Take a look for yourself at: