So I met with my Virginia friend today and now I know a lot more about what is happening south of the Potomac. My friend does not know much about Jack Trammell (speaking to Hanover County Democrats) but she made some acute observations about Cantor's defeat. With Cantor out of the picture, Republicans have lost one of their biggest rainmakers. Read more about Virginia Political Report
Dianne Blais is an independent candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates 40th district, which is in southwest Fairfax County. Do we have any readers from that county?
There is no Democratic candidate running in that district this year, so the spoiler arguments do not apply. Judging from her website, she is running on a platform of expanded public transportation and environmental issues.
Next year the entire state legislatures of Virginia, New Jersey, and Kentucky will be up for election. Also, there will be municipal elections across the country.
If you are thinking of running for office as a Green or any other emergent party, local office is the way to go. At the local level personal and volunteer energy can often make up for a lack of funds. A modest direct mail combined with an narrowly targeted online advertising will be all the formal advertising you need. TV and radio usually do not play a role in municipal politics. Read more about The 2011 elections
Blue Commonwealth has a report about a staffer from the Virginia Organizing Project who went to inquire about a rate increase and was promptly arrested. Read more about Anthem arrests a customer asking about a rate increase
Town Hall on Health Care Reform with Governor Howard Dean
Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00pm
Event: Town Hall on Health Care Reform with Governor Howard Dean
"Hosted by Congressman Jim Moran"
What: Informational Meeting
Host: Congressman Jim Moran
Start Time: Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00pm
End Time: Tuesday, August 25 at 9:00pm
Where: South Lakes High School Read more about Action Alert: Health Care Town Hall Meeting in Reston, Virginia
UnitedHealth's relationship with Democratic Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia illustrates the industry's subtle role. Elected last fall, Warner, a former governor of his state and a wealthy ex-businessman, received a choice assignment as the Senate Democrats' liaison to business. The rookie senator landed in the center of a high-visibility political drama—and in a position to earn the gratitude of a health insurance industry that has donated more than $19 million to federal candidates since 2007, 56% of which has gone to Democrats.
It seems that Mark Warner has come out against single payer. Virginia blogger martinlomasney quotes from a statement from the Senator:
Although I do not support a government-run single-payer health care system, [emphasis added] I believe we need comprehensive reform to achieve a competitive, cost-effective, and efficient system.
A voting machine broke down last night as Fairfax County elections officials were tallying the results of a hotly contested special election to fill a vacant seat on the board of supervisors, leaving the outcome too close to call.
Virginians: Call (434) 293-9631 and ask Perriello to send a staffer to the C-ville HR676 forum Monday
Senator Jim Webb in Harrisonburg
Thursday, August 7
181 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA
4:00 to 5:00 pm
If you live in the area, this is a good time to ask him about supporting single payer. The local Democratic Congressional challenger, Sam Rasoul has endorsed HR 676. Read more about Ask Jim Webb about single payer: Harrisonburg, August 7, 4:00PM
FISHERSVILLE — A health care plan in Congress is the right elixir for soaring costs that are stifling business growth and keeping the elderly and uninsured from getting proper care, Sixth District congressional candidate Sam Rasoul said Wednesday.
The Democrat backs HR 676, a proposed single-payer health insurance plan that covers all Americans.
Sam Rasoul - Healthcare Press Conference - 6/11
Roanoke, VA - Sam Rasoul, 6th Congressional District Democratic nominee, is holding a press conference on Wednesday, June 11th to address healthcare issues. The conference will be held at 12:30PM at the Crossroads Baptist Church at 31 Cross Road Lane in Fishersville. Rasoul will be discussing the need to increase healthcare benefits for all Americans and the importance of publicly funded, privately delivered healthcare.