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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.

Dianne Blais for House of Delegates website Read below the fold...

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The 2011 elections

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 below the fold...

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Anthem arrests a customer asking about a rate increase

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 below the fold...

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Action Alert: Health Care Town Hall Meeting in Reston, Virginia

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 below the fold...

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Mark Warner rolls out the welcome mat to swindlers

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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.

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Is Mark Warner really a fiscal conservative?

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.

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Can we move to paper ballots please?

Ballot Machine Malfunctions, Fairfax Race Left in Limbo

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.

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Ask Jim Webb about single payer: Harrisonburg, August 7, 4:00PM

Senator Jim Webb in Harrisonburg
Thursday, August 7
Blue Nile
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 below the fold...

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Today's single payer post: Rasoul's press conference

Rasoul offers health care reform

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.

Chris Graham Read below the fold...

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Today's single payer post: Sam Rasoul

Sam Rasoul - Healthcare Press Conference - 6/11
That's tomorrow!

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.

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Today’s single payer post: Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller is the Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s fourth congressional district.

UPDATE! Down with Tyranny says it is time to take a look at Miller's race.

Miller's views on healthcare:

Universal Single Payer Healthcare

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Today’s single payer post: Virginia Democrats for HR 676

Two of Virginia’s Democratic Representatives, Bobby Scott and Jim Moran, are supporters of HR 676.

Bobby Scott sponsored the All Healthy Children Act. He also sponsored H.AMDT.568, an amendment to prohibit use of funds for the Random Student Drug Testing Program.

You can see a video here of his exchange with Monica Goodling. Read below the fold...

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