GET READY TO VOTE!
There's a lot riding on the election this year and it has never been as important to know what and who you're voting for. Print out this sample Democratic ballot and make sure to VOTE BLUE up and down the ticket!
ACTION OF THE WEEK
Do This Week of 09/14/20
ACTION ALERT: Demand the Impeachment of Attorney General Bill Barr
Bill Barr has earned impeachment.
When he was nominated to replace former AG Jeff Sessions, many in Congress believed he would be an advocate for the Justice Department, the American people, and the rule of law. They were wrong.
Since taking the helm of Justice under Trump, Barr has disgraced and corrupted the office of Attorney General, consistently prioritizing partisanship and Donald Trump’s personal interests over the interests of the country. He has flagrantly disregarded his responsibilities to uphold the law and now he’s arguing that the DOJ should spend our tax dollars defending Trump from a private defamation suit brought by a woman upon whom Trump committed sexual assault!
Congress must impeach Barr and ensure the DOJ focuses its efforts on defending the law, not defending a lawless president. Call Congressman Ben Cline (202-225-5431) and demand that he call for the impeachment of AG Bill Barr.
Learn more in this article from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: The Case for the Impeachment of Attorney General Bill Barr.
Here are the phone numbers of our representatives in Congress and Richmond:
Want to do more? Visit 5calls.org for other resistance actions you can take!
Maybe you're still figuring out where you fit in the political spectrum. Or perhaps you consider yourself an independent. We get it. You can still support our efforts just by becoming a Friend of Warren County Democrats.
The November ballot will include a statewide question on a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission. The Democratic Party of Virginia urges voters to defeat the amendment because it gives the Republican minority too much power to shape voting districts.
Have you registered to vote? Check here to be sure. Are you planning to vote absentee this year due to the pandemic? If so, you can order your absentee ballot from the Warren County Voter Registrar -- no excuse necessary as of July 1st, 2020. Don't delay! Call the Registrar now to request your ballot: (540) 635-4327
Join Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team for victory! You can volunteer to make phone calls or join Joe's Texting Team to reach out to voters by text. Learn more about Joe so that you can share his story!
The WCDC is looking for volunteers to staff a table at the Festival of Leaves (Oct. 10). Please email WCDC Chair Eric Olson if interested.
SATURDAY, OCT 10, 2020
11am - 12:45pm
The Warren County Democratic Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.
Monthly membership meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 am.
EVERY THURSDAY 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Hosted by the VA Coordinated Campaign
Beginning Thursday, September 17th, we will be holding a weekly Warren County Phone Bank. Please join us in calling Democrats and Independents to ensure that we grow our Democratic support in the county. We want to identify support, talk about our candidates, and secure votes for Joe Biden, Mark Warner, and Nicholas Betts (and Irina Khanin in VA District 29). Please consider helping out. We have a LOT of people to reach before November 3rd.
TAKE YOUR CONCERNS TO CLINE
10:00am - 12:00pm, 1st Wednesday of the Month
Samuels Public Library, Front Royal
Representatives from Ben Cline's Harrisonburg office will make note of your concerns and convey them to the Congressman.
VIGIL FOR DEMOCRACY
12pm - 1pm on Wednesdays
At the Gazebo on Main St., Front Royal
Due to the ongoing limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vigil for Democracy is suspended until further notice.
NEWS FOR MEMBERS
This is Christine, chair of the Warren County Democrats’ Communication Committee. I’m writing this message from our 2020 campaign office at 212 East Main Street in Front Royal. We opened the office over the weekend and it’s been busy, with people dropping in to ask questions, pick up signs and bumper stickers, and make donations. Stop by if you can. Even better, volunteer to work a shift or make a donation to help fund our efforts this fall.
News and Action Items
The Virginia Victory 2020 website has information about how to support the Biden/Harris ticket, Mark Warner’s Senate campaign, and Nicholas Betts’ House campaign. It also provides a complete list of campaign events.
Irina Khanin is running in a special election to fill the House of Delegates seat for the 29th District. Her district includes four precincts in northern Warren County. Visit her website to find out how to support her campaign.
The Biden/Harris campaign hosted a Build Back Better event that focused on helping Virginia small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ballot in November will include a non-binding question on whether Warren County should remove the Confederate memorial from in front of the county courthouse. At our July meeting, the WCDC voted to support removal and relocation of the memorial.
The ballot will also include a statewide question on a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission. The Democratic Party of Virginia urges voters to defeat the amendment because it gives the Republican minority too much power to shape voting districts.
Front Royal Unites continues to plan family-friendly community events in support of racial justice. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, the group will hold a walk across the first Shenandoah River bridge north of town to celebrate the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others who have died because of excessive police force. The event falls on George Floyd’s birthday. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
At the special General Assembly session, which is still in progress, a bill that would have held law enforcement officers responsible for brutality failed to pass the House of Delegates. But several other priority pieces of legislation, including bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, passed the House. Read more in this update from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
In other special session news, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation to set up drop boxes for absentee ballots and to prepay postage for ballots. The Department of Elections is expected to provide guidance to localities about how to manage the boxes. We’ll let you know once we hear where Warren County will place drop boxes.
That’s a lot to digest, but I hope this provides some points to discuss with your family, friends and neighbors about why it’s crucial to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot this fall.
Eric Olson, Chairman
Warren County Democratic Committee
The Warren County Democratic Committee works to elect capable, honest, and dedicated Democrats. We support qualified individuals who are committed to the Democratic vision: where hard work is rewarded, fair play is the norm, everyone participates, and the rules are just. If you share our values, join us!
A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
Welcome to the Warren County Democrats. In this presidential and senatorial election year, we need everyone’s help more than ever. If you’re new to politics, thank you for getting involved. If you’ve been active before, thank you for increasing your level of participation. If you’ve previously sided with other parties, we so appreciate you helping us now. Democrats are truly a “big tent” party. Whether you’re centrist, leftist, or moderate conservative, if you agree that the party of Trump must be defeated, welcome to the effort to promote good governance, with sane, just, and enlightened policies that benefit all of society.
There are many ways to volunteer. Show up at advertised events. Consider joining the Warren County Democratic Committee, with a suggested donation of $30. However much you can afford, we will put it to good use. By all means, give to the campaigns of your favorite candidates; but remember, it costs money to have us as a local presence, paying for printing, office space, event fees, etc. Help us contact targeted voters – we will train you and pair you with experienced door knockers and phone bankers. Help register voters. There are numerous “behind the scenes” support roles to fill: data collection and entry, post card and letter writing, event set up, and more.
Join the fight to protect our environment, ensure health care, strengthen the middle class, help the poor, support education, and maintain a strong, sensible national defense. To accomplish this, we must remove from office the most corrupt, dangerous leader in our nation’s history. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and we’re counting on YOU!
In an increasingly polarized media environment, it can be hard to separate truth from political spin when it comes to the issues about which our community cares. Members of the Warren County Democratic Committee are dedicated to keeping you informed so you can make sound decisions each time you exercise your right to vote.
MOST RECENT ARTICLES:
July 16, 2020
by Eric Olson, published in Winchester Progressive News
May 15, 2020
by Steve Foreman, published in Winchester Progressive News
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