June 20 meeting — JOIN US!!!

The Northumberland County Democratic Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting:
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville. 
  • Chat and chew will begin at 6:30 PM.
Our Guest Speaker is Mr. Luttrell Tadlock, County Administrator for Northumberland County. He will discuss several issues facing the county and will take questions.
Additionally, we will have updates from our candidates for State Senate, Stan Scott, Delegate, Francis Edwards and local candidates.
As we are entering the election cycle for November 2019, our Committee needs to begin planning for election day.

Stan Scott speaks on women’s health

Stan Scott is the Democratic Candidate for Virginia’s 4th Senate District in the November 5, 2019, general election.  Stan issued this statement on May 16.

On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law anti-choice legislation – passed by 25 middle-aged white men – that would all but end reproductive health freedom for women in the state. Among other things, this would force women to carry a child resulting from incest or rape.

This came a week after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation that prohibits ending a problem pregnancy after only six weeks – before many women realize they are pregnant.  Further, this law could have the effect of criminalizing miscarriages and expose women who leave the state while pregnant to conspiracy to commit murder charges, whether or not they travel to seek reproductive health care.

Make no mistake: these people want to overturn Roe v. Wade.  Many would also overturn court rulings that protect access to contraception as well. If this happens, only a Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly can protect women’s rights in the Old Dominion.

My view is simple. Women have an inalienable right to bodily autonomy and to make health care decisions with support from caregivers and without state interference.  Government must stay out of doctors’ offices while patients and their families make very personal and private decisions.

Please help me protect women’s rights by contributing $25 today: a buck for each of the middle-aged white men who passed the Alabama law that takes reproductive freedom away from their female constituents.

I support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and expansion of access to the health care women need, including reproductive health care. We need to start trusting women and respecting choice.

Many thanks for all your support. This is your campaign, and you honor me by making me your candidate.

Stan Scott
Democratic Candidate
Virginia’s 4th Senate District

You can help Stan by donating to his campaign through ActBlue.

May 16 meeting

Join us for our May monthly meeting:

  • Thursday, May 16
  • 7:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • Bring a snack and join us at 6:30

Our speaker is Monty Diehl, VP of Operations for Omega Protein.  Monty will talk with us about Omega’s operations, state of the menhaden fishery, and, he will answer questions from the audience.

 

 

April monthly meeting

The Northumberland County Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting:
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville
  • Bring a snack and join us at 6:30
Our guest speaker is Mr. Luttrell Tadlock, County Administrator for Northumberland County Virginia.
The County Administration Office works under the direction of the Board of Supervisors. He drafts, implements, and enforces policies adopted by the Board of Supervisors. In addition, the County Administration Office maintains the record of proceedings for the Board of Supervisors along with maintaining county operating and capital budgets.
In addition to our speaker, we also will have updates from the campaigns of Francis Edwards for Delegate of the Virginia 99th Legislative District, and, Stan Scott, candidate for the 4th Senatorial District.
Additional issues concerning the November 2019 election will be discussed.

 

March monthly meeting

Our March monthly meeting will be:
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • 7 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360),  Heathsville

Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Beauchamp (pronounced “Beecham”) will be our chief speaker.  Major Beauchamp will speak to us about the organization and functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

He also will talk with us about de-escalating confrontational situations.  Several of our members have reported there have been some unpleasant encounters with members of the other party at a few polls.

Major Beauchamp brings years of experience as a Deputy.  He is well versed in conflict resolution and election day do’s and don’ts.   After his presentation, he will answer questions from the audience.

 

Upcoming events

These events may be of interest to our members.

April 6

Dining w/ Dems sponsored by the Lancaster County Democratic Committee

April 27

VA 4th Senate District Nominating Caucus

Tappahannock 10:00am — location to be announced

May 18

VA 99th District House of Delegates Nominating Convention

  •  Saturday, May 18
  • King George Masonic Lodge, 8552 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA
  • 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming meeting schedule

Here is a list of future guest speakers for our upcoming meetings.

Thursday, March 21; 7 PM

Chief Deputy Major John Beauchamp of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office will speak to us about the Sheriff’s office and law enforcement issues in the county.

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM

To be determined.  We hope to have a speaker to talk with us about farming in our county and on the Northern Neck.

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 PM

Monty Deihl, Chief of Operations, Omega Protein, will speak to us about Omega’s operations, products, markets, contributions to the area, and other issues related to the menhaden fishing industry.

Next meeting: Feb 21

The Northumberland County Democratic Committee’s next monthly meeting is:

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • 7:00 PM

  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville

  • Bring a snack to share at 6:30

Our guest speaker is Honorable Robert Pickett, the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District Director who will explain his role as the publicly elected person, serving the people of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties.

The mission of the Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote the stewardship of natural resources through leadership, education, and technical assistance for all resource users and to engender a trusted relationship between the District and these users.

 The Commonwealth of Virginia supports the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Mr. Pickett’s talk will be followed by our monthly business meeting.

Please come and bring a friend.

We are planning to have more speakers from the community including Sheriff Doc Lyons;  Monty Deihl from Omega Protein; and, someone to talk with us about farming in Northumberland County.

 

Rob Wittman is an embarrassment to the First District

First, the background.  Northumberland County is in Virginia’s First Congressional District that allegedly is represented by Rob Wittman (Republican, Montross) in the US House.  Wittman has done nothing for the First District.  He was — until the Democratic sweep in November 2018 — chair of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee where he became the darling of the naval shipbuilding industry, who have donated close to $1 million to his campaigns, in spite of his claims that he does not take money from defense industries.

Now — today, January 13, Wittman — with a new beard and mustache — appeared on Fox where he made a fool of himself.

Wittman’s Democratic challenger in November 2020 is Vangie Williams of King George County, VA.  She released this statement after Wittman’s ignorant tirade on Fox.  In November 2018, Vangie came close to defeating Wittman, 55-45 — she will win in 2020.

Official Response to Congressman Rob Wittman’s Appearance on Fox News

Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R – VA01) appeared on Fox News to comment on the federal government shutdown and how it is related to ongoing discussions about border security.  During the on-air interview, Wittman said, “people have a right to expect their government to work.”  He went on to state that the American people are coming to understand how bad the crisis is at the southern border.His hypocritical statements today on Fox News are nothing less than an insult to the intelligence of the people of the 1st District and all Americans.

First, Rob Wittman says he wants to reopen the government, but he actually voted against doing so.  Not only did he miss a vote on the House floor to consider the legislation to reopen the government, once the legislation was up for final vote, he voted against it.

Second, he stated that he asked Speaker Pelosi to keep the House in session through the weekend to come up with an agreement to fund the border wall to end the shutdown.

To that I have one simple answer: 382 days.

That’s how many Legislative Days the House of Representatives was in session during the 115th Congress (2017-18).  The GOP House and Senate majorities had 382 days to pass bills to fund the border wall.  Rob Wittman had 382 days to make the border wall a top priority and do something about it.  Instead, Rob Wittman voted repeatedly for spending bill after spending bill and never said a single word about a border wall.

It is clear to me and the people of the 1st District that Rob Wittman’s concern about the border wall is purely partisan and political in nature.

Third, Rob Wittman stated that the American people and even The Washington Post recognizes that there is a crisis at the border.   What he failed to mention was that The Post’s coverage cited the current administration as the reason for the crisis.  Wittman failed to mention that more people are returning to Mexico than entering from Mexico.  He also failed to mention that the border crisis has been largely created by separating immigrant families (and keeping children in detention facilities) and refusing to follow existing laws when it comes to those seeking asylum.

It’s a sad day when Congressman Rob Wittman must resort to outright dishonesty to justify his political positions.  Instead of fighting for the tens of thousands of families who are being negatively impacted by the shutdown, Rob Wittman is playing petty partisan politics.

I’ve said it before and I will certainly say it again: I don’t care whether it’s a Democrat or Republican in the White House, I don’t care who’s in the leadership in Congress, I will always stand up for what’s right for the people of the 1st District.

It’s sad that Rob Wittman can’t or won’t do the same.

That’s why we deserve better.