DPVA Announces Settlement to Fix Long Wait Times to Vote

December 23, 2015

DPVA Press Release

Stephen Carter


In a major victory for voters in Virginia, the Democratic Party of Virginia today announced a settlement with the State Board of Elections and the Department of Elections to significantly remedy Virginia's historical problem with long wait times to vote. Since 2004, Virginia’s voters – especially those in precincts with a high concentration of minority voters – have been plagued by long lines on election day, with some waiting 4 1/2 hours during the last presidential election to cast their ballot. These wait times are indefensible. The bi-partisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration found, in a report issued in January 2014, that “no citizen should have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote” and that “jurisdictions can solve the problems of long lines through a combination of planning” and “efficient allocation of resources.”


Virginia to stop recognizing concealed carry gun permits from 25 states

December 22, 2015

Washington Post

Jenna Portnoy


Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Tuesday that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.


Herring (D) said 25 states have lax laws compared with Virginia, where a history of stalking, drug dealing or inpatient mental health treatment can disqualify someone from carrying a concealed handgun. The move is in step with actions governors and attorneys general are taking to address gun violence without going through Republican-controlled legislatures.

Delegate Rosalyn Dance Sworn in as State Senator for the 16th Senatorial District.

November 9, 2014

Delegate Rosalyn Dance, Facebook


Sunday, November 9, 2014 is a day I will remember fondly for the rest of my life. It is the day I was sworn into office as the first African American and first female to serve as State Senator for the 16th Senatorial District. My grandsons and great granddaughters all held the bible for me to swear my oath to the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The second highlight of this event was having Senator Donald McEachin preside over the ceremony and have Governor Terry McAuliffe, attend and give remarks. This was indeed a treat for the more than 260 attendees. Thank you Susan Schaar, Clerk of the Senate and your outstanding team as well as my family, friends and supporters who helped to make his day possible. Senator-Elect Dance.

Congressional Boundaries Ordered Redrawn

October 7, 2014



The 3rd congressional district has a peculiar shape that meanders for 100 miles along the James River corridor from Richmond to Norfolk. The distinct outline was the result of the Virginia General Assembly's effort to create a black-majority district.


On Tuesday, a panel of federal judges ruled that the rationale for a black-majority district -- the Voting Rights Act -- has been invalidated by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.


The decision will not affect congressional elections this November. But the federal judges ordered the General Assembly to redraw congressional maps by next spring. Below is a map of the 3rd congressional district and the four adjacent districts most likely to be affected by the judgement.

Marriage licenses issued as same-sex unions become legal in Va.

October 6, 2014

Richmond Times Dispatch,Markus Schmidt


History in the making during LGBT History Month!


The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Virginia and four other states on Monday morning and by afternoon clerks of court issued the first licenses to same-sex couples.


7th CD Statement on Brat Hosting Laura Ingraham

September 29, 2014

7th CD Statement on Brat Hosting Laura Ingraham
For Immediate Release
Contact: Abbi Easter
September 29, 2014 804.320.0842

Brat Hosts Radical Radio Show Personality Laura Ingraham;
Lets Her do His Talking For Him

Richmond, Virginia - While Americans are calling for an end to Washington gridlock, Republican/Tea Party congressional candidate Dave Brat (Va-7) has aligned himself with the very obstructionists who were behind last year’s government shutdown and who are known for their inflammatory and outrageous invective. This past Saturday, Laura Ingraham, the radio talk show personality, known for invoking Hitler when talking about Democrats, mocking immigrants and saying in one of her books, “True Americans are white, Christian and conservative,” appeared on Dave Brat’s behalf in the district.


Brat featured radio talk show host Laura Ingraham at a fundraiser on September 27th. Ingraham is well known for her incendiary commentary, such as saying immigrant children are a threat to America. Both Brat and Ingraham have financial ties to the Koch brothers, according to various news reports.


Abbi Easter, chair of the Seventh District Democratic Committee, issued this statement on Laura Ingraham’s appearance. “Americans are exhausted by the politics of gridlock and name-calling. They want leaders willing to work together, not those who traffic in conspiracy theories and the politics of ‘no,’” Ms. Easter said.


“Obstructionists, like Ingraham, are preventing our country from moving toward solutions. They prefer instead to simply lob accusations at government and have no interest in problem-solving,” Ms. Easter added.
“Apparently, Mr. Brat, who shies away from appearing in debates and who doesn’t want to have an extensive dialogue with his voters, prefers to let individuals like Ms. Ingraham do his talking for him. Linking himself to Laura Ingraham tell Virginia voters all they need to know about Dave Brat.


“What Virginians want is to restore sanity to government and move beyond a ‘Do Nothing’ Congress. We need someone in Washington willing to roll up his sleeves and fix what is broken, not simply hurl outrageous accusations at the other side. Jack Trammell is a problem-solver who will work across party lines to find actual solutions and improve the lives of his constituents,” Ms. Easter concluded.”
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Chesterfield County Democratic Committee Statement on the Nomination of Peter Dunnaville for Chesterfield County Clerk of Court

August 22, 2014

For Immediate Release


Chesterfield County Democratic Committee Statement on the Nomination of Peter Dunnaville for Chesterfield County Clerk of Court


Contact: Elizabeth Hardin

Chair, Chesterfield County Democratic Committee

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"We are extremely pleased to have Peter Dunnaville as our Democratic nominee for Chesterfield County Clerk of Court and look forward to helping him get out the vote in November" said Elizabeth Hardin, Chair of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee, on Friday.   Dunnaville, a Midlothian native and former Virginia Magistrate and Administrative Judge, is seeking to complete the final year of an eight year term begun by long-time Clerk, Judy Worthington (R), who resigned this spring.   


Dunnaville received his party's nomination in a special meeting of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee's Executive Board held on August 11.    According to Hardin, the Committee was impressed with Dunnaville's educational and professional background, his knowledge of the duties of the Clerk, and his commitment that all of the stakeholders- citizens, judiciary, and law enforcement - have improved access to the services of this office.   "Mr. Dunnaville's commitment to continuing education, including the use of technology,  his attention to detail, and high standards for maintaing records will be an asset in this position.   And his efforts to improve customer service, efficiency, and accessibility will resonate with the citizens who do business with this office" said Hardin.  


The special election for this seat will be held on November 4, 2014.  


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Dance wins primary for Senate's 16th District

August 9, 2014 by Graham Modmaw. Richmond Times Dispatch

Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg, is the winner of today's Democratic primary for the state Senate's 16th District, according to unofficial results tabulated by the Democratic Party of Virginia.

EW Jackson “Ecstatic” Over Brat’s Primary Victory; Jackson and Brat - Two Peas in a Pod

August 8, 2014 by Abbi Easter

Richmond – Yesterday, Bishop EW Jackson, the defeated Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, interviewed David Brat, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Seventh District. In introducing Mr. Brat, Bishop Jackson said he was “ecstatic” with his victory over Congressman Cantor.  Abbi Easter, chair of the Seventh District democratic Committee had this to say about the interview, “I can only assume that Bishop Jackson is ecstatic because these two are as alike as two peas in a pod. Both of them are so far out of the mainstream, caught up in a rigid ideological extremism.

“I don’t believe Virginians want a congressman who believes that yoga is an opportunity for Satan or that parents’ behavior causes birth defects any more than they wanted a Lieutenant Governor with such outrageous beliefs. I call on Dave Brat to reject the support and endorsement of EW. Jackson. Mr. Brat ought to be condemning Mr. Jackson’s divisive and, frankly, disgusting, views rather than eagerly appearing with him and courting his support,” Ms. Easter concluded.



Newcomer plots Brat-like takedown of Randy Forbes

August 6, 2014 by Jim McConnell

During a conversation in early May with a local Democratic Party organizer, Elliott Fausz asked who had sought the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Randy Forbes for Virginia’s 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Informed that nobody had stepped forward, Fausz was incredulous.

“I said, ‘That’s terrible. How can we let him run without any opposition?’” Fausz, a longtime Chester resident, recalled during an interview last week.


July 25,2014

 The Virginia 16th Senate District Nominating Committee (Nominating Committee) will hold an unassembled caucus on Saturday August 9, 2014 between 10 AM and 3 PM or the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate, 16th District. Two polling locations will be determined by each city or county Democratic Committee for their respective locality. Each locality shall determine its two polling locations by Monday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m. and so notify the Chair of the Nominating Committee and appropriate staff at the Democratic Party of Virginia; such locations shall be incorporated into this Call.

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