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.

Message from our Chairman; reminder of first 2019 meeting

A message for members and supporters of the Northumberland County Democratic Party

The Northumberland County Democratic Party first meeting of the New Year is Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 7 PM in the Public Library in Heathsville, Virginia.   We will discuss plans for the year, and the 2019 and 2020 elections.
If you believe we already have outstanding representation in Richmond and Washington, you probably won’t want to attend.  However, if you are outraged at the statements and policies emanating from our capitols, please attend and help change the current dynamics by which we are governed.
If you cannot join us but would like to run for a Northumberland County School Board or Board of Supervisor seat in Districts 1, 4, or 5, please respond to me at fjkober@aol.com or call 580-3530.
Thank you for your continued support of our Democratic Party.
Sincerely yours,
Frank Kober, Ed. D
Chair

 

Happy New Year — our first meeting

We hope everyone had a fine Christmas holiday season!!  Now, it’s time to charge ahead into 2019 and 2020 — both years will have a critical election.

Our first meeting of 2019:
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • 7:00 PM; bring a snack to share at 6:30
  • Northumbeland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville

Upcoming elections:

November 2019

This is an important statewide and local election.  We will vote for our representatives in the Virginia General Assembly.  Our current representatives are:

  • Virginia State Senate:  Ryan McDougal (Republican, Henrico).  As of January 2019, no challenger.
  • Virginia House of Delegates:  Margaret Ransone (Republican, Kinsale).  As of January 2019, Democrat Francis Edwards has announced he will challenge Ransone.

We also will vote for several Northumberland County offices:

  • Board of Supervisors, and, School Board in districts 1, 4 and 5; incumbents are Joe Self (1), Tommy Tomlin (4), and Ronnie Jett (5).
  • Constitutional offices:  Sheriff; Commonwealth’s Attorney; Commissioner of Revenue; County Treasurer
November 2020

This election is a REALLY BIG ONE.  We will vote for:

  • President of the United States
  • Vice President of the United States
  • One United States Senator from Virginia; incumbent is Mark Warner (Democrat); as of January 2019, no challenger.
  • Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia’s First Congressional District.  Incumbent is Rob Wittman (Republican, Montross).  As of January 2019, Democrat Vangie Williams is challenging Wittman.

Northumberland Democrats Christmas Party details

The Northumberland County Democratic Commitee Christmas Party will be:

  • Tuesday, December 11
  • Women’s Club, Lottsburg
  • 5:30-8:00 PM
  • $30 each
  • Please send your checks to Kitty Creeth, 281 Lancelot Drive, Reedville VA 22539.

Our next meeting will be January 17,  2019; 7:00 PM; Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville. 

Lancaster County Democrats meeting announcement

The Lancaster County Democratic Committee (LCDC) will hold its special, post-midterms, monthly meeting:

  • at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Towne Centre Dr., in Kilmarnock,
  • on Monday, November 26, 2018.
  • The meeting will open at 6:30 P.M., for a short social with light refreshments.
  • The evening’s formal program begins at 7:00 P.M.

The meeting will include business essentials, a recap and analysis of the mid-term elections, and discussion of plans going forward.  The evening’s analysis will focus on what worked, what needs to be improved, and how best to proceed.

The midterms were marked by an easy re-election for Senator Tim Kaine, and turnout in Lancaster County for Vangie Williams was 50% greater than the average midterm Democratic vote against Rep. Wittman.  We’re requesting that attendees be prepared to share their analysis of what worked in the midterms, what can be improved and what we should do going forward.  The Presidential Election in 2020 holds great promise for Democrats.

LCDC meetings are open to all.  Northern Neck snacks are always on display.  Attendees are encouraged to share and enjoy volunteer treats with the group.  Please plan to join us. 

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Visit the LCDC website at http://www.lancovadems.org