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November 17, 2004

Getting It Right, Right Here In Virginia

It's been two weeks, and the post mortems and conspiracy theories seem to have no end. Earlier today someone forwarded me an email from Elizabeth Edwards and the new One America Committee, perhaps a signal that it is time to move on.

So many people have said, "What is going to happen in the next four years, it is so long until the next election."

Those people couldn't be more wrong.

We'll have an election here in Virginia on Dec. 14 to fill the vacancy left by Republican Thelma Drake's ascension to Congress. Our focus as a party between now and the next 28 days will be to help Democrat Paula Miller win that seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

We'll have an election here in Virginia in June to decide in a primary who will represent our party as nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Seven candidates are running for these two places on the ticket--a sign that our Democratic Party bench here in Virginia is full of excellent, qualified future leaders.

And we'll have an election here in Virginia on November 8th that will determine the future direction of our Commonwealth for many years to come. Not only will we be deciding on a new Governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, but we will also be electing 100 members to the House of Delegates. Virginia is rare in the nation in terms of holding off year elections, so 2005 offers everyone a real chance to get involved and make a difference, right here in our state. Help Tim Kaine, and get to know the other candidates in the field. Keep participating. It matters.

It's easy to feel despondent and look for conspiracies in the outcome of the 2004 election. But in Virginia, there is much to celebrate as Democrats. In 2003, we gained three seats in the House of Delegates--a sincere victory, since redistricting was intended to make such gains impossible and pundits said we couldn't do it. But we did. Sixty percent of all locally elected officials--sheriffs, members of boards of supervisors and city councils, commissioners of revenue--are Democrats. We remain committed to building that farm team. In 2001, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine carried our party to victory, at a time when, again, the pundits said, "It can't be done." But they did it.

We're getting it right because our party leaders, Warner and Kaine, are approaching the issues right. Just today, the Wall Street Journal carries a column by Gerald Seib (requires registration) about the Governor's potential as a national Democratic Party leader--similar to other stories that have run in newspapers across the country. In Seib's story, he describes Warner as "a moderate Southern governor who knows how to win in those red states, who is able to win over Republicans and who can speak to the middle on social issues." We couldn't agree more.

When the door closed on November 2nd, it meant the beginning of the 2005 election cycle here in Virginia. For us, there is no time to ponder the results of yesterday; we'll leave that to the chattering classes. There is no waiting around for four years from now. The time is now, and the future of our Virginia depends on us.

Laura

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November 01, 2004

It All Comes Down To You

Many, many emails hit my inbox, but recently I started receiving messages from Eric Bauman, chairman, of all things, of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. I couldn't have written something more profound on the eve of the most important election of our lifetimes--I'm too brain dead for that, at this point--so I thought I would share this. Laura

By Eric C. Bauman

After many months of speeches, attacks and counter-attacks, annoying thirty-second TV ads, news stories, editorials, predictions and postulations, the end is finally near. In just a matter of hours the ballots will be in the ballot box (or hard drive, for those voting electronically).

Those who can be convinced have been, those who haven't been, won't be. What remains is turning out our voters, and on that score, it all comes down to you.

Any potential voter who doesn't know that Bush will be the first president in 72 years to end his term with fewer people working than at the start, will never know it.

Any potential voter who remains unaware that more than five million people have lost their health insurance in the past four years will forever remain blissfully ignorant, or indifferent.

Any potential voter who hasn't heard that the child poverty rate has soared from 14 percent to nearly 18 percent, and that 39 million working Americans now earn below the poverty rate, must live in another land.

Any potential voter who hasn't read that Bush took Clinton's six-trillion dollar surplus and turned it into a 3.5-trillion dollar deficit has not read a newspaper or watched the evening news.

Any potential voter who has not acknowledged that we were led into war based on deceptions, distortions and lies, will also never acknowledge that more than 1,100 young American men and women will not have the opportunity to vote on November 2nd, or ever again. And despite those lives lost, our nation remains awash in fear of terrorist plots and the growing nuclear threat from countries like North Korea and Iran.

Any potential voter who has not figured out that with John Kerry there is hope and optimism for our future, and with George Bush there is just more of the same ... lies, distortions and deception, with the rich getting richer, the powerful gaining more power, and the rest of us getting virtually nothing, will never get it.

Any potential voter who has not yet comprehended these things, is not in touch with reality.

For us, the focus must now be on mobilizing those voters who understand the differences and know what's at stake; on energizing those voters and ensuring they cast their ballots.

All these many months of speeches and stories, of cajoling and threatening, of point and counter-point, end now. Today begins the end game that will define the course of our nation for the next four years and well beyond.

This is not a job John Kerry can do. This is not a job Bill Clinton can do. This is not a job the Democratic Party can do. This is a job only you can do.

I've heard all the excuses. I've heard the whining and braying. I've heard the frustration. But despite the excuses, in spite of the whining and braying and regardless of the frustration, each and every one of us must take responsibility to do our part for the future of our collective and individual benefit.

Please do not allow yourself to wake up on November 3rd to a headline that says, "Bush wins four more years," and then ask yourself, "Could I have done more?" or "Could I have made the difference?"

It has often been said that the difference between the candidates is that Bush sees things in black-and-white and Kerry sees things in shades of gray. For once, Bush may be right. This election IS black-and-white. It is a stark choice our nation faces, between optimism and hope or arrogance and insularity.

As I said at the beginning, it all comes down to you. To use a contemporary metaphor, you are the final precision armament in our arsenal. You are the Special Forces in our army. You are the key to the success of our strategy, our version of "shock and awe."

I know each of you cares deeply about the future of our nation and our world. I know each of you believes our best days lie ahead. I know each of you is committed to positive change. And it is those deeply held values to which I am appealing today.

Imagine if we are victorious in November, if we regain control of the reins of our government and reorient our nation's direction on a positive, intelligent and well-constructed path, the future will be bright and hope will return.

It has often been said that "this may be the most important election of our lifetimes," this year that is only half-true. This is not only the most important election in our lifetimes, but in the lifetimes of our children, our grandchildren, and our parents. America deserves better, you can and must help bring about that change.

Today the talk must cease, the chatter must end, and all the griping and whining must be stifled. Instead, you should direct your energy toward changing the course of our nation and helping build an America that is stronger at home and more respected in the world, an America in which each person has a chance at the American dream.

Despite all the darkness and distraction of the past four years, hope IS on the way. Remember, tomorrow can be better than today, but now it all comes down to you!

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October 20, 2004

Lynchburg: More blue than you ever thought possible

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Democratic Fundraiser at the Valentine Residence, Lynchburg - Oct 20, 2004 (slower)


Democratic Fundraiser at the Valentine Residence, Lynchburg - Oct 20, 2004 (faster)

Lynchburg was host to another tremendous Democratic event tonight. At the home of the Valentine family on Langhorne Road, around three hundred enthusiastic Democrats gathered to eat, drink, mingle and listen to the words of Attorney General candidate Creigh Deeds and the guest of honor, former Lt. Governor Don Beyer. The message was one of unity and enthusiasm that confirms that the Democratic Party is on the march in Virginia in 2004 and may well change Virginia's role in the electoral equation of Presidential politics.

Lynchburg, considered a conservative stronghold with the likes of Jerry Falwell counted among our local "celebrities", has benefited from the explosion of Democratic unity and growth that stems from the disastrous performance of George W. Bush as President. The city is awash in Kerry/Edwards yard signs, hundreds attended the late summer opening of a Democratic HQ, bumper stickers are everywhere and voter registration has set local records. The local HQ has had hundreds of volunteers involved in GOTV activities throughout the summer.

Their appreciation for George Bush being an unintentional "uniter" is dwarfed, however, by their enthusiasm for John Kerry and John Edwards. Virginia is within the polling margin of error to go blue this year and stands a very good chance of electing its first Democratic president since Lyndon B. Johnson some forty years ago.

Thanks to the entire group that put together tonight's fantastic event, especially the Valentine family for opening their beautiful home and Shannon in particular for being the catalyst behind a highly successful voter registration effort these last few months. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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October 18, 2004

Newspaper Endorsement Update

The endorsement balance right now is 45 for Kerry and 30 for Bush.

One of note is the Bradenton Herald in Florida. (It's also of personal interest to me with a grandmother in Bradenton and many trips there in my life) The Herald roundly endorsed Bush in 2000 and the region went heavily in his favor in the 2000 election (no need to rehash the rest of the nightmare in Florida except to say they are already at it again).

This year, the Bradenton Herald is both endorsing Kerry and lamenting their prior endorsement of Bush from the last election. Some selected excerpts:

"How poorly we understood George W. Bush in 2000. We could not imagine the possibility that, just four years later, Bush would have done just what we feared of Gore -- that the United States would barely be on speaking terms with some of its staunchest allies, and that America would be reviled around the world as a bullying, imperialist superpower. How far we have fallen from the bright fiscal forecast in 2000, with surpluses that offered the promise of debt paydown now replaced with a staggering $500 billion annual deficit and the national debt projected to exceed $9 trillion by 2010.

"As for Bush being a uniter, sadly, the nation is more polarized than it has been since the 1960s. Bush's administration is notable for its lack of transparency, its intolerance of dissent, its refusal to admit mistakes. Under Bush's leadership and Republican control, Congress has become a mean-spirited, partisan body where the vice president is praised for cursing an opposition senator on the Senate floor. The 'compassionate conservative' president has people at outdoor rallies arrested for hoisting an opposition sign.

"But all of this is overshadowed by the two most significant issues in this campaign: the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. In both, Bush has failed as well -- to our country's great peril."

Our local paper here in the Lynchburg area, The News & Advance, has not yet endorsed a candidate.

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October 17, 2004

Roanoke Times Endorses John Kerry

The closing line from this morning's Roanoke Times endorsement of John Kerry:

After four ruinous Bush years, John Kerry is clearly the right choice on Nov. 2. We heartily recommend him to voters.

Definitely read the entire editorial - it's rather scatching.

The New York Times also endorsed Kerry today as did the Boston Globe, the Daytona Beach Herald and Chicago's Daily Herald.

For a running tally, check here.

The major papers backing Kerry gives him a 15-13 lead on Bush in endorsements, but the larger story here is that the circulation gap between these endorsements is nearly 5-1 which translates to an edge of about 4 million to 850,000. There's a significant pool of undecideds out there in those circulation numbers likely being bumped into the Kerry column on November 2nd.

Note that a substantial number of endorsements of Kerry this year are coming from papers that endorsed Bush in 2000.

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October 14, 2004

John Kerry: Ready To Lead

I'm really starting to like Tom Shales, the often-caustic television writer for the Washington Post. After the last debate, I dreaded reading his analysis when I saw it teased on the Post's homepage, but I was surprised by his thoughtful criticism through the lens of the television critic. These debates, after all, have been television events.

Tonight Shales nails it with his analysis of not only the performances by John Kerry and Bush, whom he describes as "smiley as Clarabell the Clown," but by the performances of the spinners, the pundits, and the national television personalities who have now all but abandoned any pretense of neutrality in this election cycle.

I'm also happy to see the Democratic National Committee's wise decision to place banner pro-Kerry ads prominently on the Post's Website. The number of impressions generated by these ads is probably astronomical, and it's good to see the DNC using a respected online news source like the Post to push out its paid media message and a rather extraordinary rapid response to the results of the final debate.

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October 08, 2004

Prebuttal

The Democratic National Committee is pushing out a comprehensive guide to Bush's record in anticipation of tonight's debate.

Click here for this fine prebuttal. (Requires Acrobat.)

Don't forget to wear your rose-colored glasses while reading this document. We know Bush never forgets his.

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October 04, 2004

Our Talent For Kerry

A lot of people have written me emails and called today about news that hit this morning about Virginia's campaign staff redeployment to other battleground states.

Yes, it is true: Some staff members of the Va. Victory '04 coordinated campaign have gone to other battleground states. A team has been dispatched to Wisconsin, and the Kerry-Edwards spokesman for Virginia, Jonathan Beeton, has been redeployed to Reno, Nevada. More will head off later this week. But let's be clear: John Kerry is not giving up on Virginia. Virginia Democrats are not giving up on Virginia. The doors of our coordinated campaign offices remain open and operating with the remainder of staff members who will stay in Virginia through Nov. 2. Our volunteers continue in the field, IDing voters, phone banking, and canvassing. This campaign is in full swing here in Virginia--anyone who says otherwise is trying to shake the confidence of our supports and engage in a campaign of suppression.

Don't let our adversaries try to use this development as a psychological weapon against our efforts. Suppression is their game--let's not give them one inch by allowing this news to slow any of us down.

Here's the bottom line: This is a dynamic campaign and the polls are shifting in John Kerry's favor. New swing states are emerging, and they need campaign staffers. Those states are taking some of our talent, people who have spent months in Virginia laying a foundation for the field work that must take place in the next 29 days in order for us to win on Nov. 2nd. I personally support the Kerry-Edwards campaign in its decision to redeploy Virginia staff members to other states; a Kerry win will be a win for all Virginians. I would go myself if I thought it could make a difference and my boss wouldn't kill me.

Let us continue our work here with the belief in our candidates, John Kerry and John Edwards, and in our country. We know that John Kerry continues to show his strength and character and that he is the right leader to take our country in a new direction. For the next 29 days, I hope that we will all redouble our efforts as we head down the home stretch of this campaign.

Laura

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October 03, 2004

Post-Debate Momentum

Some brief post-debate stats:

  • Following the debate, the DNC's website experienced a 20-fold increase in traffic, and total traffic was three times what it was following Kerry's Boston acceptance speech in July.

  • In terms of dollars, by 11:30 EST on Thursday night, two out of every seven people on the DNC site contributed money. A total of 50,000 people contributed and -- get this -- more than half were first-time contributors.

  • By end of the day Friday, more than 20,000 new volunteers signed up on the DNC website to help the campaign.

There is much to be done between now and November 2nd and we cannot slow down. Keep up the good work and get as many people involved in our GOTV efforts as possible.

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October 01, 2004

Take Action: You Can't Vote If You're Not Registered

The great educator Robert Maynard Hutchins once wrote: "The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment."

People in America have been angry about George Bush for a long time. As we saw in last night's debate, our president is a hollow man. The chattering classes acknowledge that John Kerry was more presidential than our own president. None of that should come as a surprise.

Many, many activists have been working for months on voter registration efforts. The record number of absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms handed out by Virginia registrars is one barometer of the landscape. Monday is it. At 5 p.m., the window closes on voter registration. If you're still not registered to vote or if you have moved recently, please make sure to register or to update your information with your local registrar's office.

Once the deadline passes, our mission is very clear: To make sure that we turn out every last Kerry supporter in Virginia on Nov. 2.

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September 30, 2004

C-SPAN Update: Debate Broadcast Format

There has been some discussion over the last couple of days about how the debates will be covered. Fox is handling the feed for this debate, which means it is their team running the cameras and providing the video for all the other networks.

The debate over the debate has also concerned who is seen on screen and when. Do you show the reactions of one candidate to the other? Some of this stems from the hooplah over Gore's apparent reactions to Bush in 2000 and the press heyday that ensued. Needless to say, many in the Democratic camp are worried how Fox will manage the camera angles and cuts in relation to Kerry or to protect Bush if he's stumbling.

From what I just heard on C-SPAN in their pre-debate discussion, they will render this concern moot. C-SPAN 1 will be splitting the screen and showing both candidates at all times. C-SPAN 2 will be broadcasting using the normal format. This is classic, balanced C-SPAN and yet another reason to watch their broadcasts. In a few moments they will also begin showing the pre-debate briefing given to the audience in the debate hall. Hopefully, the networks will follow suit on this format.

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September 27, 2004

Great Expectations

And so the debate watch is on. And so is the heat as the Bush team tries to lower expectations about the President's performance Thursday in the first of three debates with John Kerry.

From Crawford, Texas, White House communications director Dan Bartlett low-balled expectations. Or, as ABC's The Note put it:

"To make a point to the Crawford press corps, Dan Bartlett raises his hand high and throws President Bush's debate expectations to the ground, repeatedly stomping on them while mumbling 'horrible. My boss will absolutely suck Thursday night. And, off the record, he recently had a partial lobotomy.' "

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September 23, 2004

President Flip Flop

Folks are atwitter about an analysis piece in this morning's Washington Post by reporter John F. Harris. In the piece, Harris punctures the Bush flip-flop name calling by doing what good journalists do best: Contrasting the hype with the record.

New Democrats Online has an excellent commentary that underscores the Harris piece, including samples of Bush's most egregious flip flops.

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September 20, 2004

Waynesboro: An Evening to Meet the Candidates

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Waynesboro: An Evening to Meet the Candidates - Sept 18, 2004 (slower)


Waynesboro: An Evening to Meet the Candidates - Sept 18, 2004 (faster)

I attended a very enjoyable dinner event at the Purple Foot in Waynesboro last Saturday night where I had a chance to see old friends, meet new ones and hear some great words from Lowell Fulk, Pat Ladlee, Va Victory'04 Field Coordinator Dorothy Blackwell, Lt. Governor Candidate Leslie Byrne, Attorney General Candidate Creigh Deeds, and the always powerful Rick O'Dell, Virginia's head of Veterans for Kerry.

Many thanks to my dear friend and Chair of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee, Marlana Lewis, for the invitation and for coordinating a fantastic and very well attended event. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd and the Kerry/Edwards and Al Weed yard signs on my drive from Sweet Briar, the valley is doing its part in turning Virginia blue in 2004!

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Kerry at NYU: "George Bush has no strategy for Iraq. I do."

John Kerry has just given a powerful speech at NYU where he presents his plan for Iraq and lays bare the truth that this administration has been hiding since the beginning.

In fact, the President has made a series of catastrophic decisions ... from the beginning ... in Iraq. At every fork in the road, he has taken the wrong turn and led us in the wrong direction.

The first and most fundamental mistake was the President's failure to tell the truth to the American people.

He failed to tell the truth about the rationale for going to war. And he failed to tell the truth about the burden this war would impose on our soldiers and our citizens.

By one count, the President offered 23 different rationales for this war. If his purpose was to confuse and mislead the American people, he succeeded.

His two main rationales - weapons of mass destruction and the Al Qaeda/September 11 connection - have been proved false... by the President's own weapons inspectors... and by the 9/11 Commission. Just last week, Secretary of State Powell acknowledged the facts. Only Vice President Cheney still insists that the earth is flat.

The President also failed to level with the American people about what it would take to prevail in Iraq.

He didn't tell us that well over 100,000 troops would be needed, for years, not months. He didn't tell us that he wouldn't take the time to assemble a broad and strong coalition of allies. He didn't tell us that the cost would exceed $200 billion. He didn't tell us that even after paying such a heavy price, success was far from assured.

More below the fold...

Continue reading "Kerry at NYU: "George Bush has no strategy for Iraq. I do.""

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September 16, 2004

John Kerry: Staying In The Hunt

Folks who know me know I loathe poll watching. The punditry ... the endless speculating ... the view from 30,000 feet ... in the end, these do nothing to move the ball down the court for John Kerry and John Edwards.

That said, the Associated Press is now reporting that the latest Pew Research Center poll is showing the race between John Kerry and George Bush is a virtual tie. Laura

According to AP, "By the second poll, done Sept. 11-14, the Bush lead had evaporated. In that poll, Bush and Kerry were knotted at 46 percent among registered voters. Among likely voters, Bush was at 47 percent and Kerry at 46 percent.

"There is a great deal of instability and uncertainty in the
electorate," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. "This poll finds a lot of the positive impact Bush had in the convention remains. But Bush's vulnerabilities on Iraq and the economy continue, and these have anchored the race."

After the Republican convention and its well-orchestrated criticism of Kerry, Bush grabbed a lead ranging from 5 points to 11 points in
various national polls. That lead appeared to be shrinking in some polls by late last week, and a Harris poll out Thursday showed the race even.

"This gives Kerry an opportunity to stay in the hunt," said Kohut. "Some of the negatives that Kerry accumulated during the Republican convention have worn away." Kerry's unfavorable ratings increased after the GOP convention but dropped slightly between the two waves of the poll. Fewer voters in the second poll had an unfavorable view of the Democrat, said Kerry is too quick to change his mind, and believed the risk of terrorism would be higher if he were elected.

Bush continues to hold a commanding lead on who would do the best job of defending the country from terrorists by 58 percent to 31 percent. And he's seen by more as a strong leader.

But people are more likely to disapprove of Bush's handling of the
economy and are evenly split on his handling of Iraq. Almost six in 10
said it's not clear what Bush will do about Iraq if he is re-elected.

Two-thirds thought Vice President Dick Cheney went too far when he
suggested that if voters "make the wrong choice" on Election Day there
is a danger "we'll get hit again" by terrorists."

* * *

I still argue folks should take polls for what they are--snapshots of a moment in time. But it is clear that this election is very close ... and all of us are in the best position help Kerry win on Election Day. More than 5,000 people turned out this past weekend for a series of volunteer "organizing conventions," and the Hampton Roads regional campaign headquarters is set to open this Sunday. Many, many good things are happening here in Virginia!

Jonathan Beeton, the Virginia spokesman for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, shared this insight into activities going on at the Va. Victory '04 coordinated campaign offices:

"For two nights in a row we've had so many phone bankers that we've
had to put them in offices to share staff's phones (like mine)... and
today--during the day--we had about 25 volunteers in the office
assembling signs, doing calls ... at some points I couldn't get down the hallway. People are pumped. Similar phone banking results are
happening in Roanoke and in N.Va and we are opening another office this weekend in Norfolk that will have major phone banking going on.

We also have someone on the radio every morning now... someone,
somewhere is on the air each morning pumping out our message."

If you want to make an impact here in Virginia for John Kerry, please call the coordinated campaign office at 804.355.0404 and offer to volunteer to do phone banking.

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September 09, 2004

Jefferson Forest Young Democrats

I certainly love reading and posting this. Not only am I JFHS '92, but this submission comes from one of my own former teachers, a dear friend and a diehard Democrat. Awesome work, Ms. Hi... uh, Martha! :) -Aaron

Yes, Virginia, there ARE Democrats in Forest, VA. Long recognized as a Republican stronghold Forest has been harboring many teens riled up and ready to work for the Democratic Party this year.

At the first meeting yesterday 35 high school students showed up and signed up. Many of these kids have already volunteered at the Lynchburg headquarters and are ready to do more for John Kerry.

One goal of the club is the establish a charter and become one of the few high schools in Virginia to have a chartered YD group. We presently have our constitution and are feeling our way through the process.

Our meetings will be held every Wednesday during 'flex time' (1:57-2:13 PM) until the election and at the next meeting we will elect officers. Fund raising ideas will also be discussed as well as holding a 'first debate' party the 30th of September!

Sponsors of the club include JF teachers Erica Aube, Kathe Feinman, Debra Woodson and myself. We will keep you posted!

Martha Hicks


While we're on the topic of Democrats and schools, check out this comment last night from Blair Reeves of the University Democrats at UVA.

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September 02, 2004

'Angry Old Men'

"Tonight the Republican Party flashed back to the anger and divisiveness of their 1992 convention. Zell Miller played the role of Pat Buchanan, nearly frightening television viewers with his growling, slashing attack speech. Then Dick Cheney did his part, rounding out a night of angry old men who have no record to run on and can hope for success only by lashing out at their opponents."

Terry McAuliffe, chairman, Democratic National Committee

"There was a lot of hate coming from that podium tonight. What John Kerry and I offer to the American people is hope. Hope for more good paying jobs. Hope for better health care. And hope for our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What the Bush administration just doesn't get is that a stronger America begins at home. And John Kerry and I have the right plan to lead America in a new direction because we know that we can do better."

U.S. Sen. John Edwards

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August 28, 2004

Lynchburg Regional HQ Grand Opening Photos

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I usually pride myself on having a quick turnaround time on photos I take reaching the blog. Everything I do is digital from shot to blog which eliminates the delays inherent in film. More than a quick turnaround, though, is my desire for the photos to look their best and that sometimes does takes a little extra time.

Just about all photos, no matter how much you initially like them, can use a little adjustment whether it's cropping, color balancing, tweaks to gamma levels and contrast, or removal of some kind of distracting and unimportant thingamabob.

Yesterday was a little bit of a challenge since we started in the early evening with nice warm light but went well into nightfall. With photograhy, a lack of natural light outdoors leads to a rapid cooling of your images from that gorgeous golden evening warmth to an artic blue appearance that is more like "Night of the Living Dead Democrats".

What I witnessed last night was not cold, arctic blue (which I associate more with the increasingly heartless and icy GOP), but rather flush with color, invitingly warm and, at times, white hot. The only thing we're going to be seeing blue this year is Virginia in November 2004... and trust me, it ain't a cold blue... ;)

So here are 82 photos from last night's Lynchburg Regional Democratic Headquarters Grand Opening. Enjoy them, share your comments and pass on the word that there's a (re)NEW(ed) and determined party in town that has a positive vision, an open door and a very warm, inviting glow.

Night, folks...
- Aaron

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Lynchburg Regional Democratic HQ Opening: Preview

It's been one thoroughly enjoyable evening with over 200 people in attendance (our conservative estimate) at the grand opening of the Lynchburg Regional Democratic Headquarters. I've made final selections from the several hundred photos I took tonight, but I have the usual editing to do before everything is ready for the site. I wanted to post a small preview set, though, to tide folks over until later in the day when I can get a thorough batch of photos online.

Thanks to EVERYONE involved, from volunteers that made this happen to the fantastic speakers and the enthusiastic crowd. There is much more to come this weekend with writeups and photos... in the meantime, please enjoy this small sample!

Check back later in the day Saturday for the full set of photos from the grand opening as well as the latest photos and entries from our friends on the DNC Bus!

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August 27, 2004

Lynchburg Regional Democratic HQ Grand Opening

I wanted to take a moment to alert new readers (and remind our regulars) of the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony we are having for our Lynchburg Regional Democratic Headquarters, TONIGHT (Friday) at 7PM. This is event is a personal thrill as well since it has been the collaborative focus of a very dynamic and hard working (and not so small) team of people from the core committees of Lynchburg, Amherst, Campbell County and surrounding areas.

The event starts at 7 PM at our headquarters location of 2514 Langhorne Road. For those familiar with the area, this is directly across from the E. C. Glass High School parking lot.

We also have a fantastic list of speakers and honored guests, among them:

Throw in food, music, gobs of cheering local Democrats and a chance to talk one-to-one with candidates for offices in current and upcoming elections and you've got a great way to spend a Friday evening.

Come, bring friends and help us turn Virginia blue in 2004!

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August 26, 2004

Zogby: Virginia Within Striking Distance

Zogby's latest Virginia numbers are in:

Bush 49
Kerry 48
Nader/undecided/other 4

What Zogby says:

This reliably Republican state is within striking distance for Dems, the latest Zogby Interactive poll shows. Partly on the strength of senior voters and those in major cities sprinkled around the state, Mr. Kerry has a chance of knocking off Mr. Bush. A win here for Mr. Kerry would all but seal the election.

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August 22, 2004

In Roanoke - Remembering Edwards in Raleigh

As I was sitting at John Edwards' town hall meeting in Roanoke, I couldn't help remembering when he gave his "That's all for now and thanks" speech in Raleigh last year. Roanoke had a smaller room, smaller crowd, but just as boisterous and loud, but, this time, we had seats. Both times traffic was cumbersome, we stood in line to get in, and the heat from the sun was sweltering.

The organizers were making sure everyone had tickets and sat in the right sections. The media was poised on the platform in the rear of the room facing the stage, cameras at the ready. A very welcomed thing was that it started on time.

Governor Warner, in beige kaki slacks, cotton shirt and blue blazer (sans tie) entered the stage first to a standing ovation. After saying a few nice words, he introduced "the next Vice-President of the United States."

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August 21, 2004

John Edwards - Town Hall Meeting in Roanoke

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I'm sorry to be a few hours late getting these online, but it's been a long and busy day. It's also been a tremendously exciting one in many ways!

Senator John Edwards came to Roanoke today for a Town Hall Meeting and was met by a packed and ecstatic hall. After a rousing introduction from Governor Mark Warner, Edwards took to the stage for an intensive hour of comments and Q&A with the audience.

I attended today as the photographer for the Democratic Party of Virginia and took photos both in the event and backstage as Senator Edwards made his way to the press room for interviews. A small set of today's pictures are now online with more to come after I've had some time to sort, edit and properly caption them.

On a personal note, I was proud and honored that Senator Edwards took the time to autograph two of my favorite photos that I took of him at the DNC in Boston last month (here and here). They will be matted, framed and proudly displayed with my most treasured keepsakes.

Today's event was a fantastic experience and the tremendous enthusiasm I witnessed just drives home the fact that Virginia is, indeed, turning blue in 2004.

Note: Additional photos of today's event will be online soon including contributions from a number of other photographers willing to share their best shots.

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August 20, 2004

An Edwards Preview

Maura Keaney, one of the most hardworking Democrats in Virginia, sent along this news from Thursday night's Virginia Grassroots Coalition meeting in Shirlington.

Here's Maura's report:

Tonight, as about 35 of us got settled to start the meeting, we heard that John Edwards was shopping at the bookstore next door!

It so happened that one of the VGC attendees had brought hundreds of
Kerry/Edwards signs, pins, and bumper stickers, so we quickly grabbed a stack of signs and formed a little "instant rally" for Edwards on the sidewalk outside Cap City.

(I think he must have been shocked to go into the bookstore with his kids, minding his own business, and then come outside to find a mini-rally appear out of nowhere!)

I had my camera with me, but for the first time since I bought my digital camera a year ago, my battery was dead. Bummer! I don't think anyone else got photos, but many people got to shake his hand.

Most importantly, John Edwards got to see that there is SO MUCH excitement in Virginia about turning Virginia blue that all he's got to do is step out of the car on Virginia soil and a rally for him will magically appear!

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John Edwards Comes to Roanoke: Details

John Edwards is coming to Roanoke this Saturday for a town hall meeting to discuss the economic squeeze on middle-class families. I'm glad to pass along the event details now that they are available.

First, the nitty-gritty specifics:

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2004
Time: Doors Open at 10a.m.

Location: Lucy Addison Aerospace Magnet School
1220 5th St., NW, Roanoke
Format: Town Hall Meeting with Virginians

The event is open to the public, but due to the format, space is limited. A
limited number of free tickets to the event can be picked up at the
following location:

Democratic Party of Roanoke County
Tanglewood West, Suite 470
3959 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA
540-772-3191

Ticket Distribution times: 3-9pm Thursday and 9-5 Friday

Keep reading below for the original press release and background information:

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August 18, 2004

Lynchburg Democratic Committee Visit

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I was invited to attend the Lynchburg Democratic Committee meeting tonight and give a presentation on Documenting Democracy and the trip to Boston. I'm formally a member of the Amherst Committee (just up the road), but we all collaborate very heavily on a number of things including our regional Democratic Headquarters (Lynchburg, Amherst and Campbell County share the expenses and labor).

This committee, in the heart of conservative Virginia and smack dab in Falwell country is rocking. Last month's Kerry Meet-Up had over 80 people in attendance. Tonight's regular monthly committee meeting had 72 people in attendance and a long line of speakers addressing all kinds of activities from the HQ grand opening to voter registration, rapid-response activities, and fundraising. Dorothy Blackwell, 6th District Field Coordinator for the Virginia Victory '04 Coordinated Campaign, also spoke tonight about upcoming events and committee involvement. When your routine committee meetings for local party business are growing at a rate to nearly match your meet-ups, people are motivated.

This is just another example of the committment and energy that is mushrooming throughout the state and another bit of evidence that Virginia is going blue in 2004.

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August 13, 2004

Zogby Adds Virginia To Battleground Watch List

Having just returned from Virginia Beach, where I spent five days avoiding sunburn and engaged in some serious Kerry gear spotting on the board walk ("Look, Mom, that guy's wearing a Kerry button on his shorts!"), it's nice to return amid more news that Virginia is being taken seriously as a battleground state.

Online polling mac daddy John Zogby just announced the addition of Virginia among four new battleground states that the pollster will be tracking between August 16 and October 4.

Virginia joins ranks with Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina for a total of 20 states Zogby puts in the battleground column.

As someone once said, "Don't tell Virginia Democrats it can't be done."

Laura

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August 10, 2004

Virginia Victory '04 HQ Opening Invitation

Virginia Victory '04 campaign headquarters are having their grand openings this week and here is the open invitation:

The Richmond office will officially open on Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. with an office opening party for local Democrats.

The Fairfax County office will open the following Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m., also with an office opening party for local Democrats.

For more information, contact Abbi Easter at the Democratic Party of Virginia at 804.644.1966.

The office locations are listed below:

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August 06, 2004

Chesterfield Democratic Committee's Ice Cream Social

Having grown up in Chesterfield County I can attest to the rarity of more than 5 Democrats gathered at any public place, but Thursday night at the committee's first ever summer Ice Cream Social I about fell over. There weren't just dozens of Democrats, there were over 150 Democrats in Woodlake! Now for those of you fortunate enough to grow up in places like Norfolk or Alexandria that may not sound like many, but to those of us who have fought the good fight in a Republican county - this seemed like the gates of heaven had opened.

I must give props to the men and women of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee for doing such an outstanding job! Evelyn and Rick you guys are to be applauded. Not only were there Democrats under that pavillion last night, there were candidates too!

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August 04, 2004

Virginia Victory '04 Coordinated Campaign Offices

Here is contact information for the Kerry-Edwards/Virginia Victory '04 coordinated campaign offices in Virginia.

State Headquarters
2112 West Laburnum Avenue, Suite 204
Richmond, Virginia 23227-4358
Office: 804.355.0404
Fax: 804.254.1649

Northern Virginia Regional Office
2722 Merrilee Drive Suite 310
Fairfax, Virginia 22031-4400
Office: 703.207.2004

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August 03, 2004

Warner On Values

Governor Mark R. Warner is scheduled to be on the Paula Zahn show on CNN this evening to talk about the issue of values. The Governor is expected to be on the air at about 8:30 p.m.

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Reading It Is Believing It

The Kerry-Edwards Virginia campaign just released Our Plan For America, a 250-page book that details John Kerry and John Edwards' vision to strengthen America at home and restore America's respect in the world.

You can download the book using Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here.

The book and details about the Kerry campaign Virginia headquarters were released this afternoon at a press conference at the Capitol.

"I can tell you that every Democrat that I have spoken to, both in Boston and back home in Virginia, is energized and focused on ensuring a Kerry-Edwards victory in the fall," said Jennifer McClellan, first vice chair of Democratic Party of Virginia. "John Kerry has a plan for improving the lives of Virginians, we are passionate about it, and now everyone can read it in detail in this book."

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July 26, 2004

Carefully Controlled Chaos

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Delegates settled into serious pre-convention party mode Sunday afternoon. Aaron, Elisabeth and I walked from the Hotel Commonwealth to the St. George gallery on Newberry Street for the welcome party hosted by Susan Turnbull and Mame Reiley for the Maryland and Virginia delegations.

I'm hoping that two of our national pages, Betthany Rowland and Ben Easter, will post an entry sometime Monday about their meeting with Bill Clinton--their reaction to meeting the former President made our day here in the staff room for the delegation.

Aaron and Elisabeth traveled by bus with many Virginia delegates to the official delegation party at the Hyde Park library. Several members went on to a Boston Pops concert, while others scored tickets to the Boston Red Sox game where John Kerry surprised everyone with a visit. A very, very busy day, with so many delegation members arriving and getting ready for the kickoff of convention week at our first delegation breakfast.

Tomorrow, the serious madness begins ...

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July 25, 2004

Party On, Nebraska (And Virginia)

Virginia's not-so-secret party with Nebraska and other state party staffs was mentioned in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe.

Democratic Party of Virginia Executive Director Lindsey Reynolds planned the get-together with Barry Rubin, ED of the Nebraska Dems. It's something of a mystery how the shindig, dubbed "The Black Ball at the Black Rose," managed to become the hottest party in town. Not to mention how it ended up in the Globe!

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Schedule Of Kerry Surrogates For Virginia Delegation Breakfasts

Larry just gave us the schedule for Kerry surrogates attending Virginia's morning delegation breakfasts.

Monday
California Congresswoman Juanita Millander-McDonald

Tuesday
Vanessa Kerry
New York Congressman Greg Meeks

Wednesday
Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland

Thursday
Andre Heinz

More surrogates may be added as the convention week goes on; check here for latest updates.

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Momentum And McAuliffe

This is my first entry since arriving in Boston, and who knows where to begin. Boston is amazing. As one of our many cab drivers of the day said, "You'll never be more safe than right now."

The flight from Newport News went smoothly, and I was glad to be traveling with rather seasoned national convention goers Marjorie Clark, Abbi Easter and Lynne Cooper. Abbi's son, Ben, a national convention page, was also on the plane, as was Claire Ward, a delegate, and Peter Feddo of the Virginia Young Dems.

We spent a fair amount of time in the staff room, getting ready for the onslaught of delegates in the morning. Lindsey arranged for the staffs of the Virginia and Nebraska state parties to have dinner at a restaurant overlooking Boston Harbor. One big dilemma: Whether to go to the big media party, appropriately named Momentum, at the brand new Boston convention center. I had RSVPd, but we weren't sure Aaron and Elisabeth would be able to get in as well.

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July 23, 2004

Details on Kerry's Upcoming Norfolk Rally

The last day of John Kerry's "Blazing America's Freedom Trail" tour includes a rally in Norfolk this coming Tuesday, July 27th.

The fact that this event is happening here just two days before he accepts the party's nomination in Boston at the DNC hammers home Virginia's battleground status in the presidential campaign. The Norfolk audience is one that well understands Kerry's strong military record and should relate well to the campaign's theme: A Stronger America, Respected in The World.

The precise time of the morning event is yet to be announced, but the location and ticket information is listed below:

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MeetUps, Part 2

More than 150 people at Dan Redwood's regional Kerry For President MeetUp in Norfolk last night ... more than 80 in Roanoke. Excellent turnout--and it's only July! Congrats to all of our MeetUp hosts across Virginia.

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July 22, 2004

Kaine's First Step To Victory

Tim Kaine just announced that he has hired Mike Henry to run his 2005 campaign for Governor.

This is fantastic news, because Mike is a seasoned campaign veteran who understands the Virginia dynamic. In 2001, he was the coordinated campaign director for Mark Warner's successful race for Governor. He worked for the House and Senate Democratic caucuses in '93, '95, and '99.

"I am excited about working for a mainstream, pro-business leader like Tim Kaine," Henry said in a news release from Kaine For Governor. "Lt. Governor Kaine means business when he says he wants to grow the economy in every region of the state, improve our schools, maintain Virginia's reputation for fiscal responsibility and low taxes, and fix our crowded roads and highways."

Welcome to Mike Henry. Tim Kaine rocks!

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July 19, 2004

Virgil Goode: Embracing The Hate

Just caught 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode on C-SPAN.

Here's a news flash: The federal budget deficit is caused by--hold on to your hats--illegal immigration.

That's right. The Bush tax-cuts-for-the-rich, spend-til-you're-broke doctrine hasn't had anything to do with the record budget deficit created in the last three and a half years.

Oh, and 9/11? Not caused by terrorism. That's right. Illegal immigration.

Since his election to Congress, Goode has become the poster child for national anti-immigration efforts. He appears to be obsessed not with the overarching needs of the people in the 5th District, where I lived for 13 years, but with making sure this country's borders are closed for good. He is even sponsor of a bill to ban legal immigration--which begs the question: Who will pull the tobacco in Southside Virginia if we don't allow in the legal migrant workers who have labored in the tobacco fields for years during each growing season?

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Kerry's Freedom Trail To Blaze Through Virginia

Major announcement happening at the Capitol as we speak. Kerry-Virginia campaign officials have joined Congressman Bobby Scott, D-3rd, to announce that John Kerry will visit Norfolk next Tuesday as one of only a handful of stops on his journey to the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The Norfolk visit will be the fourth visit to Virginia by Kerry in the past two months.

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July 17, 2004

A New Chair Of Chairs

The Democratic Party of Virginia announced today that Rick Coplen, chairman of the Prince William County Democratic Committee, has been elected chairman of the Virginia Association of Democratic Chairs.

"As leaders of Virginia's Democratic committees, local chairs are committed to the election of John Kerry as president in 2004 and the election of Tim Kaine as Governor in 2005," Coplen said. "With the most significant election of our lifetimes ahead of us, I am committed to putting the Association of Democratic Chairs at the forefront of leaders in electing Democrats across Virginia now and in the future and helping John Kerry carry Virginia on Nov. 2."

Coplen's leadership of the of the Prince William Democratic Committee played an important part in supporting Governor Warner's successful tax reform plan in the 2004 General Assembly session. Coplen is actively working on community outreach, candidate recruitment and training, and developing a precinct operation in the Prince William County committee.

Coplen, 45, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Princeton University graduate. A U.S. Army combat veteran, Coplen parachuted into Panama with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The VADC supports the chairs of the 134 local Democratic committees throughout Virginia and serves as the primary resource for the education and training of VADC members. As VADC chairman, Coplen will sit on the Democratic Party of Virginia's steering committee.

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July 16, 2004

Presidential Debates: Times & Formats Announced

I received an email this morning detailing the formats and times of the upcoming presidential debates. I don't know about you, but I think this calls for popcorn. ;)

Here is the summary with the full details contained within:

First presidential debate:

Thursday, September, 30, 2004
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Vice presidential debate:

Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Second presidential debate:

Friday, October 8, 2004
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Third presidential debate:

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

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July 15, 2004

Documenting Democracy

What's a blog? Chances are, if you're here, you already know the answer to that question. Maybe the more important question is: Why blog at all?

Virginia Democrats have a lot to say about what's happening in the 2004 presidential election. That makes sense--we're the mother of presidents and, after all, everyone knows the road to the White House runs right through Virginia. Our historic Democratic tradition of sound fiscal management of Virginia's government was restored with the election of Mark Warner as Governor in 2001. In 2003, we picked up seats in the House of Delegates when the pundits said it couldn't be done. This year's presidential election, where we see Virginia emerging as a battleground state for John Kerry and John Edwards, is part of the continuum of elections that will make a profound difference in the lives of all people in Virginia. Tim Kaine's race for Governor in 2005, and the battle to pick up more seats in a House of Delegates controlled by the no-tax acolytes of Grover Norquist, will be part of the continuum as well. Documenting Democracy gives Virginia Democrats yet another opportunity for their voices to be heard.

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July 11, 2004

Virginia Is Going Blue!

The heat is definitely on in Virginia, and we're not just talking about the weather. Rallies Friday in Roanoke and Richmond drew bigger-than-expected crowds who turned out to say, loud and clear, "Virginia Loves The Kerry-Edwards Ticket!"

The Richmond Times-Dispatch documented the Richmond rally at the Bell Tower on the front page of the metro section Saturday and there was excellent coverage on local news stations as well. Wally Blair took some excellent pics of the Roanoke rally at Marketplace Center. Rick O'Dell, chairman of Virginia Veterans For Kerry, led the rally along with retired Del. Chip Woodrum and reports that there was good coverage of the rally as well.

Congrats to everyone who helped make Friday's rallies a success. We're on our way to turning Virginia blue for John Kerry and John Edwards!

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July 08, 2004

Upcoming Richmond & Roanoke Kerry-Edwards Rallies

Laura has just sent out two announcements for regional rallies in support of Kerry-Edwards:

Roanoke -
Friday, July 9, 2004 - Noon
Marketplace Center
Upper Level (Enter between Quiznos and Awful Arthur's)
114 Market Street

Richmond -
Friday, July 9, 2004 - 2 PM
Bell Tower
Capitol Square


If anyone manages to make it to both events, you'll have my lifelong admiration to go with your inevitable speeding ticket. ;)

- Aaron

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Kerry Campaign Increases Commitment to Virginia

From the press release I just received:

Campaign Announces Virginia Staff, Extends Media Buy

(Richmond, VA) John Kerry's presidential campaign has increased its commitment to Virginia with the announcement that it has hired two full-time staff members and extended its advertising buy on Virginia television stations. Seasoned campaign strategist Susan Swecker of Richmond will serve as State Director for the Kerry campaign while Jonathan Beeton, a veteran of several presidential campaigns will serve as the Communications Director.

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July 06, 2004

Kerry Chooses John Edwards as VP

The morning news is just announcing the last few minutes that Kerry has chosen John Edwards as his VP!

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