With Election Day behind us, it's amazing how busy we all are dealing with Republican shannigans. Our newsletter includes many of these, including a link to an article by Jeff Shapiro on how they can steal the Attorney General race from us.
It would be nice if we could return to a fair and balanced democracy, where every voter is respected and allowed to vote and their vote is counted!
This dream includes finding a way to undo the gerrymandering in Virginia. The original gerrymandering occured in 1812, when Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander. Gerrymander was a portmanteau of the governor's last name and the word salamander. The redistricting was a notable success. In the 1812 election, both the Massachusetts House and governorship were won by Federalists by a comfortable margin (costing Gerry his seat), but the senate remained firmly in Democratic-Republican hands.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Reorganization meeting at the John Gandy Elementary School in Ashland on December 7th at 10 a.m. All Hanover Democrats members rejoin on or after December 7th. If you have not already done so, please complete a membership form and mail it to PO Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005 with your dues to reach us before December 5th.