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ACTION ALERT 2/22/21: Let’s De-fund Ben Cline’s Campaign!
By promoting Trump’s big lie about a stolen election, Rep. Ben Cline’s actions directly contributed to the deadly insurrection at our nation’s Capital on the afternoon of January 6, 2021. Cline’s encouragement of the dangerous and groundless delusions perpetuated by the Trump administration showed clearly that his allegiance is not to the Constitution, but to partisanship and the support of a right-wing demagogue.
Many of us have called his office or sent letters expressing disapproval of his actions, and in return we’ve received mealy-mouthed form letters filled with weak attempts to justify his deplorable failure to defend democracy. While Cline clearly doesn’t care what his constituents think, we’re betting he cares what his donors think. Much of corporate America has been horrified by the actions of the 147 Republicans who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s legal, valid election win. As a result, many of them have agreed to cease donations to the Republican “Coup Caucus,” but many have yet to take a public stance.
Join us in a monthly letter-writing (or calling, or emailing) campaign to persuade every single one of Ben Cline’s corporate donors to stop funding his campaign and instead send their money to more worthy candidates or causes. We’ll kick off with our first Zoom session this Wednesday evening at 7pm. If you’d like to join in, send Lauren your email address for a Zoom invite.
Here are the phone numbers of our representatives in Congress and Richmond: Rep. Ben Cline 540-432-2391 | Sen. Mark Warner 703-442-0670 | Sen. Tim Kaine 703-361-3192 | Find Your VA House Delegate | VA Sen. Mark Obenshain 540-437-1451 | Gov. Ralph Northam 804-786-2211
Want to do more? Visit 5calls.org for other actions you can take to support our democracy!
More than a dozen Democrats are seeking our party’s nominations for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Three of them will joined us on Feb. 8.
Candidates Wanted: While we’re on the subject of elections, are you interested in running for local office this year – or do you know a fellow Democrat who is? The entire House of Delegates is up for re-election, including the three districts that serve Warren County. In addition, the seats for the Happy Creek and Fork districts on the Warren County Board of Supervisors will be on the ballot in November. Anyone considering running for local office may learn more about the legal requirements from the Virginia Department of Elections. To get on the ballot for the June 8 primary, a candidate must file by March 25. You can learn more about filing deadlines here. Please let us know ASAP if you are interested.
It’s a new year, and time to pay your annual WCDC dues. The suggested amount is $30 per person. (Dues are not a requirement, but they do help us cover expenses throughout the year.) You can mail a check to Warren County Democratic Committee, PO Box 615, Front Royal, VA 22630. Or you can pay online via ActBlue.
MONDAY, MAR. 8, 2020
Winter monthly membership meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m via Zoom. Members will receive an email invitation to the Zoom call prior to the meeting. The next meeting of the Warren County Democratic Committee will be at 7pm. on Monday, Mar. 8th, 2021.
If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.
FEB. 26, 2021 4:00 PM until dark
Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of early spring cleaning in downtown Front Royal. All are welcome. Social distancing and masks are required. Bags, pick-up devices and vests will be provided. Meet at the gazebo in the town square on Friday evening, February 26th at 4pm to get your supplies and join other volunteers. This event is sponsored by the Front Royal/Warren County Anti-Litter Council. Download brochure.
Mark your calendars: Virginia’s Democratic primary is June 8.
CANDIDATE FORUMS IN PAGE COUNTY
The Page County Democratic Committee is planning Q&A sessions in March and April with Democrats running for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The forums will take place on Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: March 3 (attorney general), March 31 (lieutenant governor) and April 29 (governor). We will provide a link for members as the dates get closer
NEWS FOR MEMBERS
Last week began with the historic second impeachment trial of former President Trump. It ended all too predictably, with his acquittal. The Democratic House impeachment managers presented detailed, compelling proof that Trump incited the angry mob that attacked the U.S. Capital on Jan. 6. While the vote to convict him was 57-43 — the most bipartisan impeachment vote in history — it fell short of the 67 votes required for conviction.
This vote is a call to keep working hard to fix what is wrong with our democracy. There are plenty of things we can do right here, right now to build a better future. Here are a few...
Clean up Front Royal: Please join a community trash pickup from 4 p.m. until dark on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Main Street gazebo. Masks are required. Trash bags, safety vests, and other supplies will be provided. If mobility is a challenge, you can still help; the organizers would like to have a couple volunteers to stay at the gazebo to greet latecomers and answer questions. The local Anti-Litter Council is sponsoring this event. Special thanks to WCDC members Lisa Jenkins and Justin Proctor for organizing it!
Help flip a state Senate seat blue: State Sen. Ben Chafin, R-38, died of COVID-19 complications on Jan. 2. A special election for his seat is being held on March 23, and Democrat Laurie Buchwald, a former Radford City Council member, is running to replace him. The Democratic Party of Virginia has set up a virtual phone bank so that Democrats across the state can support her campaign. Click here to get started.
Candidates Wanted: The entire House of Delegates is up for election this year. Two seats on the county School Board and Board of Supervisors are also up for grabs. If you’ve ever considered running for office, now is the time. Learn about the qualifications from the Virginia Department of Elections. To get on the ballot for the June 8 primary, a candidate must file by March 25. You can learn more about filing deadlines here. Please let us know ASAP if you are interested.
Stopping the insurrectionists: At WCDC’s Feb. 8 meeting, we discussed the effort across the 6th Congressional District to reduce political donations to Rep. Ben Cline to a trickle. Cline promoted the lie that the 2020 presidential election results were fraudulent and voted to block the certification of electors just hours after terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. We’ll soon be looking for volunteers to call or write Cline’s biggest donors to persuade them to stop giving him money. In the meantime, you can donate to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s campaign against Cline and five other key Virginia Republicans who stoked the divisiveness that led to the insurrection.
I confess that I’ve got a touch of the winter blues (this long string of icy, gray days makes me want to holler). But I plan to chase them away by taking part in the litter cleanup on the 19th. I hope to see you there!
Chair, WCDC Communications Committee
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:
Feb 13, 2021
by Tom Howarth, published in The Royal Examiner
Dec 11, 2020
by Steve Foreman, published in The Northern Virginia Daily
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