2015 Reorganization

Pursuant to Section 8.1 of the DPVA Party Plan, a Democratic Committee shall be elected for each county and city by the Democratic voters during the period between December 1st in odd numbered years and the 15th of the following January. City and County Democratic Committees must determine the date of their reorganization meeting and communicate that information to the State Party by November 15th of each odd numbered year.

The Madison County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 4PM. at the Madison Inn Restaurant (tentative). We will complete our slate of officers and updated by-laws at our Dec. 12 meeting, and vote on those immediately following the election of committee members on Jan. 10th.

Let’s Talk About Privilege

In the U.S. today, women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man — with African-American women only earning 64 cents and Latinas a measly 55.

Plus, a woman’s right to choose is threatened by extreme lawmakers who have introduced more than 100 abortion restrictions in 2015 alone.

Fox News Posts Anti-Semitic Screed Blaming Jews For Holocaust

via ThinkProgress

Fox News says that Jews should not have gone along with the Holocaust.

[Republican presidential candidate Ben] Carson — who is currently leading in some polls — started down this path after the UCC shooting in Oregon, where 13 people were killed. Carson argued that the victims should have attacked the shooter. (In fact, one heroically did.) He then went on to say that gun control is oppressive and that the Holocaust would have been less likely if the German Jews had been armed. The presidential candidate has a long history of comparing the United States to Nazi Germany.

In fact, Carson’s original statements were quickly censured by the Anti-Defamation League.

“The notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director, said in a statement. “The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state. When they had weapons, Jews could symbolically resist, as they did in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and elsewhere, but they could not stop the Nazi genocide machine.”

But Ablow, who hosted a fundraiser for Carson at his Massachusetts home last month, rose to defend the candidate and rebut the ADL, suggesting that Jews should not have gone along with the Holocaust.

Granted, I was not there. Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But it turns out it was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment.

Political reporters were speculating Saturday that the piece would be taken down.

The Young and the Registered


Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Barbara Comstock


October 8, 2015

CONTACT: Morgan Finkelstein, morgan@vademocrats.org, 804-335-0967

In Case You Missed It:

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics against twenty-three Members, including Rep. Barbara Comstock for violating 31 U.S.C. § 1301 and House ethics rules prohibiting official resources from being used for campaign or political purposes.

Rep. Comstock violated these rules by entering into the “Patriot Program Contract 2015,” a contract with the National Republican Congressional Committee agreeing to provide details of the Members’ legislative strategy, including a ”detailed finance plan and budget,” in exchange for “special attention” and “campaign cash.” The intent of the contract is for Members to use the official resources available to them to coordinate and detail their legislative strategies and plans with the NRCC.

“It is no surprise that the American people have lost faith in the Republicans who recklessly run Congress,” said Mary Jennings, spokesperson for the American Democracy Legal Fund. “As if the disarray in Republican ranks isn’t bad enough, now vulnerable Republican House Members are literally selling their legislative agendas to a political committee for campaign cash. Members of Congress are supposed to craft a legislative agenda that benefits their constituents, not auction their vote off to the highest bidder. Frankly, the fact that Rep. Comstock doesn’t get that shows she is not fit to serve. We urge the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate this behavior and take swift and decisive actions against any member who treats the public trust like a commodity to be bought and sold.”

Full complaint available on the ADLF website.

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Please join the Madison County Democratic Committee at our next regular meeting, Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the George James Community Center, located at 1215 George James Loop, Radiant, VA 22732.

We’ll have a brief business meeting, followed by a screening of the 40-minute documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot. After the film, we’ll talk about what we can do to register local voters, help those who are eligible to have their voting rights restored, and get out the vote!

This event is free and open to the public.

See you on the 12th!