The November 7, 2023, election is upon us

On November 7, 2023, we will vote for state and local officials.  Here is a list of the seats that will be on the ballot and names of the incumbents.
State offices

Virginia State Senate, District 25:  Richard Stuart (Republican of Westmoreland County; four-year term)

Virginia House of Delegates, District 67:  Margaret Bevans Ransone (Republican of Kinsale; two-year term)

County offices

These are Constitutional Officers who do not run with a party affiliation.  All are four-year terms except the Clerk of the Circuit Court, which is an eight-year term.

Sheriff:  John Beauchamp

Clerk of the Circuit Court:  Deborah Bingham (Serves an 8-year term)

Commissioner of Revenue:  Todd Thomas

County Treasurer:  Ellen Booker Kirby

Commonwealth’s Attorney:  Jane Wrightson

Supervisor, District One:  James Brann

Supervisor District Four:  Thomas Tomlin

Supervisor District Five:  Ronald Jett

School Board, District One:  Dana O’Bier

School Board, District Four:  Betty Christopher

School Board, District Five:  Gale Haynie Sterrett

Soil and Water Conservation Board: Robert G. Van Landingham

Soil and Water Conservation Board: Robert B. Pickett

It’s about that “red wave”

While our candidate Herb Jones did not win the First District Congressional Seat held by Republican Rob Wittman, we Democrats have big reasons to cheer about the outcome of the 2022 election.

The big news is that the predicted “red wave” turned out to be nothing more than a small ripple.

Yes, Republicans took the US House of Representatives, however:  (1) Their margin is slim, only 2-3 votes; (2) They are at war with themselves with the Trumpsters and the normal Republicans at each others’ throats;  and, (3) their agenda is focused on useless investigations of the Biden administration.  Everyone I have heard predicts that the antics of the Republican House of Representatives will drive voters away, which will help Democrats in 2024.

Meanwhile, we have held the US Senate and if Senator Raphael Warnock (D, GA) wins the  December 6 runoff election, we will have 51 Senators.

Two other bits of good news from Nov 8:

  1. Several states replaced Republican governors, state officials, and legislators with Democrats.
  2. Candidates endorsed by Trump went  down in flames.

The 2022 election is behind us.  It’s now time for use to get ready for November 7, 2023, when we have a critical election here in Virginia that will give us the opportunity to regain control of the House of Delegates and increase our hold on the State Senate.

We must also pay attention to the local races on the ballot in November 2023.  Of course, looming over all this is the November 5, 2024, Presidential election in which our Senator Tim Kaine will be up for re-election to the US Senate.

See a separate item on this website for the list of local offices on the ballot in November 2023.  See this link for a list of elections and offices through 2025.

“Governor” Youngkin is running from Virginia and for himself

This article from BlueVirginia sums up Virginia’s absentee “Governor” Glenn Youngkin’s first year in office.  Remember:  In November 2023, we will elect the entire Virginia General Assembly and it is critical that Democrats hold the State Senate and re-take the House of Delegates.

Glenn Youngkin and his phony red vest campaigning in Arizona with election-denier Kari Lake.

There are many different philosophies and religions out there, but most of them hold as a central or important tenet that our lives should be judged by our ACTIONS – what we DO (or fail to do), as opposed to what we believe or whatever. For instance, as this rabbi explains about Judaism:

Yes, the Jewish ideal is right action coupled with right attitude and hopefully right belief. However, at the end of the day, we are measured, in this world and on high, by what we do, not merely what we believe.

Or take Hinduism, which believes:

“One fundamental principle of the religion is the idea that people’s actions and thoughts directly determine their current life and future lives.”

Or Islam:

“One of the fundamental creeds of Islam is about the Day of Judgment. All humans who have lived on earth are accountable and answerable on that day for their beliefs and willful actions.”

This could go on all day, but you get the point: that in most major religions and moral codes, our lives are very much defined by the totality of our actions – the choices we make – for good or for ill. This year, for instance, we all faced the choice of whether or not to get involved in the fight for our democracy (against the forces of authoritarianism, Trumpism, etc.): whether to stay on the sidelines, or whether to actively work to undermine and/or destroy our democracy. The stakes were high and the choice was clear, so nobody can really claim ignorance.  So what did the governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, CHOOSE to do? Let’s look at his actions, which speak louder than any words he might say to try to justify what he did.

Here’s a brief summary of what Youngkin did in 2022: went around Virginia and the country, working relentlessly to elect election deniers, extremists and enemies of our democracy such as Yesli Vega (celebrated her July 4th with a notable insurrectionist who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021“), Jen Kiggans (wouldn’t say that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 elections, literally running away from a reporter who asked her!), Hung Cao (After the January 6th insurrection, Hung Cao defended violent insurrectionists saying “these are my people, set them free”) in Virginia; Paul LePage in Maine (“met eight times with members of the sovereign citizen movement between January and September 2013″)Tudor Dixon in Michigan (“in a May 2022 debate, when asked ‘do you believe Donald Trump legitimately won the 2020 election in Michigan?,’ Dixon responded ‘Yes.’”), Derek Schmidt in Kansas (“brought Kansas into an unsuccessful lawsuit after the 2020 presidential election seeking to overturn the results in battleground states as Trump and other Republicans spread baseless claims of widespread voter fraud”), Heidi Ganahl in Colorado ( “refuses to denounce John Eastman, former CU professor and author of the fraudulent legal memo used to justify the Jan 6 plot), Tim Michels in Wisconsin (said “that illegally decertifying the 2020 presidential election will be ‘on the table’ if he becomes governor, and wouldn’t say whether he would certify the 2024 election”); Kari Lake in Arizona (“repeatedly pushed the baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen – even going further casting doubt on the 2022 elections); etc. Sensing a pattern here?

So fortunately, the vast majority of the far-right extremists Youngkin campaigned for lost their elections (hopefully, that will include Kari Lake, who currently trails Democrat Katie Hobbs) – and thank goodness, or our democracy would be in truly grave danger. But that doesn’t even come close to absolving Glenn Youngkin of personal, moral and practical responsibility for doing everything he could to try and elect these anti-democracy extremists.

Now, sure, part of why Youngkin did this was out of cynical, calculated political ambition, namely his burning desire to be president (which is highly unlikely to ever happen), and his awareness that the only way to accomplish this goal is to win the nomination of a radicalized, Trumpist Republican Party. But the fact is, Youngkin COULD HAVE made another choice, such as the one Rep. Liz Cheney made, which was to stand on principle and specifically to stand up for American democracy, our constitution, our values and ideals.

In the end, disgracefully, Youngkin’s cynical, ambition-driven calculations led him to the course of action and conclusion that somehow it was worth throwing our democracy, constitution, etc. into the trash heap in order to advance his own political career. And yes, in its own way, Youngkin’s amoral, craven approach is even more appalling than if you actually BELIEVE the “Big Lie,” as the Amanda Chases of the world truly appear to do. But regardless of what he actually believes, the fact is that Youngkin relentlessly campaigning against our democracy in 2022 was a conscious CHOICE he made, even as he was strongly urged by Liz Cheney not to do so. And no, that choice should never be forgotten – or forgiven – EVER.

We MUST help Senator Warnock win in Georgia

We MUST re-elect Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia. In the mid-term election, neither Senator Warnock (49.4%) nor his challenger, the certified idiot Herschel Walker (48.5%) received 50% of the vote, so, they are headed for a runoff on December 6. Warnock needs money to advertise and get out the vote.

Go to this site to donate to Senator Warnock (please add a 10% tip to cover the ActBlue charge). 

Rob Wittman is a threat to our Democracy

In the wake of the November 2020 Presidential election, Rob Wittman jumped on board the Trump train and did his best to overturn the results of the election, in spite of the fact that the election results had been certified by election officials in all 50 states.

  • Wittman joined the Texas suit to overturn the certified election results of five states.
  • Wittman voted NO on certification of the November 2020 Presidential election.
  • Wittman refuses to support the January 6 investigation into the attempted coup against the US government.

ROB WITTMAN IS A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY.

GOV Youngkin’s first six months are marked by far-right culture-wars appointments; dereliction of duty; destroying Virginia’s business climate

Richmond, VA – This past week marked Governor Youngkin’s first 6 months in office. After inheriting the strongest economy in Virginia’s history, Gov. Youngkin’s first 6 months were filled with far-right culture wars and outright incompetence. From ditching his duties to run for President, to losing Virginia’s coveted “Best State for Business” status after three straight years at the top, one thing is abundantly clear: Governor Youngkin is an extreme culture warrior and has failed to govern Virginia.

Governor Youngkin is no moderate. These past 6 months have shown that Governor Youngkin is a far-right culture warrior who is out of touch with Virginians:

Rather than run a competent administration, Governor Youngkin is spending his time traveling around the country running for President. In his first 6 months, Governor Youngkin has shown Virginians the meaning of incompetence:

“If Governor Youngkin’s first 6 months in office is a glimpse of what the next four years are like, Virginians are in trouble,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “6 months on the job and what are Virginians seeing? They’re seeing a Governor who has instilled chaos, sown divisions, and flat-ditched Virginia for higher political aspirations. If Virginians had any doubt before, they know now that Governor Youngkin isn’t some mild-mannered fleece vest-wearing moderate, he is an incompetent far-right culture warrior who puts our Commonwealth at risk.”

GOV Youngkin appoints a Confederacy apologist to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources — just another Youngkin appointment of a hard-core rightwing radical

Richmond, VA – Governor Youngkin’s Appointee to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, Ann McLean, said several disgusting comments on WRVA Radio comparing the union during the Civil War to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, praising Robert E. Lee, and defending secession.

BLUE VIRGINIA: Gov. Youngkin’s New Appointee to the VA Board of Historic Resources Says Robert E. Lee Was a “Morally Fine Human Being”; “Secession Was NOT Treason”; the North’s “Invasion” of the South Was “just like we see Russia invading Ukraine”; etc.

According to McLean:

Robert E. Lee was a “morally fine human being who understood the constitution of 1787.”

The constitution was “broken when Lincoln called up 75,000 troops to fight against secession.” And, she added, “secession was not treason…each state was allowed to secede, we all had seceded from Britain…each state was like its own country, so Lee considered Virginia his country.”

“Invasion, just like we see Russia invading Ukraine, invading a new territory was wrong. And so many people want to just flatten the whole Civil War to slavery, and of course we know slavery is not good. But I think…slavery would have been outlawed in the South within 5 or 10 years, but they wanted to do it on their time.”

DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker responded to the latest disgusting remarks from a Youngkin appointee: 

It is appalling to see Governor Youngkin appoint someone to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources who somehow in one radio interview: 1) tried to defend secession 2) completely befuddle the language of our Constitution and 3) try to minimize the horrors of slavery with an inane statement that the south would have “phased it out” – as if one would go to war if that was the plan. And let’s not even get into her bizarre take on Russia and Ukraine.

I can’t believe that Governor Youngkin, as he prepares to launch his 2024 campaign, would knowingly appoint someone this unqualified and ignorant of history. We hope and are confident now that he is aware of this that the Governor will withdraw this appointment. We also hope Ann McLean’s advisers, for her own sake, don’t let her near a microphone again.



Richmond, Va. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statement after Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed “historian” Ann Hunter McLean to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources:

“If there was any doubt that Governor Youngkin is an extremist, right-wing politician, here is another example of his inflammatory priorities in action. Since taking office, his appointments have been divisive and contradictory to the values we hold here in the Commonwealth. His latest pick in Ann Hunter McLean demonstrates a frightening lack of cultural and social wherewithal to effectively lead Virginians or steer our great Commonwealth forward.

“For years – and particularly in the wake of George Floyd – civil rights advocates, community leaders, and elected officials in Virginia fought to dismantle oppressive memorials and monuments that paid homage to the Confederacy. To appoint McLean, who has vocally defended Confederate statues and monuments since the late 1990’s, to serve on the Board of Historic Resources shows a blatant disregard for Virginia’s sordid history with racism and the work we have done as a state to rectify those long-standing harms.

“This appointment demonstrates a complete lack of understanding or empathy for the lived experiences of African Americans. Monuments to traitors have no place in our Commonwealth, and we will not allow Governor Youngkin or Ms. McLean to drag us backwards.”

Virginia Republicans introduce budget that all but destroys public education

Today (Feb 20), Virginia House of Delegates Republicans announced their amendments to Governor Northam’s proposed budget for the 2022 session. Unlike the historic budget proposed by Governor Northam, the House budget plan decimates funding for public schools and will leave our students behind. It is clear that Republicans remain committed to the anti-education platform they ran on and have been pushing since the beginning of session.

While House Democrats have been putting forward legislation to support our students, teachers, and public schools, Republicans have been working to pass legislation to undermine our public schools and this budget is clear evidence of their true motives.

In their first effort to gut public school funding, House Republicans siphoned $150 million away from local school divisions to fund their “laboratory school” legislation, which is nothing but a poorly disguised vehicle for charter schools.

Next, they cut millions of dollars in funding for early childhood education, stripping our children of much-needed support—setting them up for failure. This is a major blow to children across the commonwealth and it will have lasting negative impacts.

Finally, in perhaps the most alarming and least surprising blow to public education, House Republicans slashed funding for long-overdue raises for our hard-working teachers. Virginia has consistently ranked as the worst, or one of the worst, states in the nation for teacher pay, and House Republicans have chosen to turn a blind eye at a time when teachers are overwhelmed and leaving the profession at alarming rates.

This budget is the latest in a long line of attacks as part of the Republican war on Virginia’s public schools.  Republicans have made it clear that they want to cripple our public schools by nickel and diming their funding. The establishment of these charter schools will devastate our local schools by stripping them of $150 million in funding they desperately need right now. Governor Youngkin has made it clear that he is the Anti-Education Governor and the budget put forward by his Republican colleagues only solidifies that fact.