Let’s clean house!!! This is what Democrats can do when we win the House in Nov 2018 !!

A critical function of our Congress — both House of Representatives and Senate — is OVERSIGHT.

Dictionaries define “oversight” as “watchful care,” and this approach has proven to be one of the most effective techniques that Congress has adopted to influence the executive branch. Congressional oversight prevents waste and fraud; protects civil liberties and individual rights; ensures executive compliance with the law; gathers information for making laws and educating the public; and evaluates executive performance. It applies to cabinet departments, executive agencies, regulatory commissions, and the presidency.

Congress’s oversight function takes many forms:
— Committee inquiries and hearings;
— Formal consultations with and reports from the president;
— Senate advice and consent for presidential nominations and for treaties;
— House impeachment proceedings and subsequent Senate trials;
— House and Senate proceedings under the Twenty-fifth Amendment in the event that the president becomes disabled, or the office of the vice president falls vacant;
— Informal meetings between legislators and executive officials;
— Congressional membership on governmental commissions;
— Studies by congressional committees and support agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office, the General Accounting Office, and the Office of Technology Assessment — all arms of Congress.

The oversight power of Congress has helped to force officials out of office, change policies, and provide new statutory controls over the executive. In 1949, for example, probes by special Senate investigating subcommittees revealed corruption among high officials in the Truman administration. This resulted in the reorganization of certain agencies and the formation of a special White House commission to study corruption in the government.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s televised hearings in the late 1960s helped to mobilize opposition to the Vietnam War. Congress’s 1973 Watergate investigation exposed White House officials who illegally used their positions for political advantage, and the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon the following year ended his presidency. Select committee inquiries in 1975 and 1976 identified serious abuses by intelligence agencies and initiated new legislation to control certain intelligence activities.

In 1983, congressional inquiry into a proposal to consolidate border inspection operations of the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service raised questions about the executive’s authority to make such a change without new legislation. In 1987, oversight efforts disclosed statutory violations in the executive branch’s secret arms sales to Iran and the diversion of arms profits to anti-government forces in Nicaragua, known as the contras. Congressional findings resulted in proposed legislation to prevent similar occurrences.

Investigation by a bipartisan congressional commission and subsequent Senate hearings in 1996 and 1997 uncovered instances of abuse and mismanagement in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal agency responsible for collecting income tax payments. The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from IRS agents who claimed that the pressure on them to recover unpaid taxes was so great that taxpayers were sometimes harassed and from citizens who said they were wrongly accused and aggressively pursued by the IRS for failure to pay taxes. In 1998, the Congress passed IRS reform legislation that created an independent oversight board and expanded taxpayers’ protections, which included shifting the burden of proof in tax disputes from the taxpayer to the IRS.

Time and again, the oversight power of Congress has proven to be an essential check in monitoring the presidency and controlling public policy.

During the first two years of the Trump administration (January 2017 – November 2018), Congress has been controlled by Republicans who refuse to perform their oversight responsibilities, thereby allowing the corrupt, inept Trump administration to attack the fundamental institutions of this nation.
We need to elect Democrats to the House and Senate in November 2018 so Congress will do its job and conduct serious oversight of the Trump administration.  This is what Democrats can do after we win at least one house of Congress in November 2018:
  • Block bills that will hurt most Americans.
  • Conduct serious investigations into such matters as Trump’s business dealings, Trump’s disastrous non-response to Hurricane Maria, and criminal activity by Trump cabinet officials.
  • Get Trump’s tax returns.
  • Conduct a real probe into Trump’s relationship with Russia.
  • Force the release of records that should have been made public.
  • Block appointments of incompetent people.
  • Fix the Affordable Care Act.
  • Initiate real immigration reform.
  • Protect Robert Mueller.
  • Roll back Trump’s tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
  • Manage the national debt — Trump already has increased our national debt by over $1 TRILLION.
  • Consider impeaching Trump.

What Democrats can do

Let’s help Vangie!!

Vangie Williams, our Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, is on the road every day taking her message to all corners of the district.

Now, in the closing days of the campaign, Vangie needs $20,000 to send out a mass mailing.  While $20,000 sounds like a lot of money, if we each donate $10, $15, $20 or more, we can do it.

To donate to Vangie, click here.

 

IMPORTANT: Attend this meeting, December 6

As we all know, gerrymandering — the practice of shaping electoral districts to favor or dis-favor one political party over another — is a real threat to our democracy.  Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the Union.

OneVirginia2021 is a group of concerned citizens, former and present elected officials and other individuals who want to change the way Virginia electoral districts are drawn.  Currently, the General Assembly draws district lines.  OneVirginia2021 plans to introduce an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will establish an independent commission to draw district lines.

This is critical because — the 2020 federal census will result in re-drawing of district lines in 2021 — both state General Assembly districts and federal Congressional districts.

On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, Liz White from OneVirginia2021 will describe their plans for the 2019 General Assembly session and their strategy to move Virginia to using an independent commission for redistricting.

Details:

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy
Visit the OneVirginia2021  website for more information including:  latest redistricting news; upcoming events; and details about gerrymandering and redistricting.

Vangie Williams for Congress !! Vangie’s schedule

Here is a partial schedule of Vangie’s events.  She has over 100 events scheduled between now (Sep 20) and election day (Nov 6).

AFTERNOON TEA WITH VANGIE
  • Sunday, Sep 22; 5:00 PM
  • Meet and Great Tea
  • Tickets $25 plus option to sponsor tickets for someone who cannot pay
  • The Villages of Williamsburg; 48 Wellesley Blvd, Williamsburg
  • Contact Heather Meaney-Arlen:  757-561-4077
BLUE CRAB FEAST
  • Colonial Beach Community Center; 717 Marshall Ave; Colonial Beach
  • Saturday, Sep 29, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
PINK WAVE SOCIAL
  • Sunday, Oct 7, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • The Waterford; 6715 Commerce St., Springfield VA
  • An elegant cocktail event; Vangie Williams and other speakers
  • $60 each; $100 couple
EVENT FOR VANGIE WITH THE KHAN FAMILY

The Khan family’s son was killed in action in Iraq.  Donald Trump attacked the Khans mercilessly.

  • Wednesday, Oct 10; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location to be determined; Williamsburg
WILLIAMS – WITTMAN DEBATE #1
  • Monday, Oct 22; 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • University of Mary Washington; Dodd Auditorium; 1701 College Ave; Fredericksburg VA
  • Doors open at 6:45 PM; first come/first seated
WILLIAMS – WITTMAN DEBATE #2
  • Thursday, Oct 25; 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Hanover High School Auditorium; Hanover High SChool; 10307 Chamberlayne Rd; Mechanicsville VA
  • Doors open at 6:45 PM; first come/first seated

 

Next meeting

Northumberland Democratic Party, next meeting:

  • Thursday, September 20
  • 7:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • Bring a snack and join us at 6:30

We will discuss plans for the November 6 general election.  Also, Joe Schlatter will discuss the two Virginia constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Support Vangie Williams for Congress!!!

The race for Virginia’s First Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives is heating up — Vangie is gaining, Wittman is running scared.

You’re Invited To Meet, Greet, and Support Vangie Williams, Democratic Candidate:

  • Sponsored by Westmoreland democrats
  • Blue crab feast
  • Tickets are $50 – Purchase online https://secure.actblue.com/donate/crabfeast
  • All-You-Can eat steamed crabs, craft beer, Local music,  hotdogs, water & softdrinks, speakers & exhibits
  • Saturday, 29 September 2018
  • 2:00 to 5:00 PM Rain or Shine – Indoor/Outdoor
  • Colonial Beach Community Center
  •  717 Marshall Avenue
  •  Colonial Beach VA 22443

 

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Upcoming events in September; campaign office open

On September 15, 2018, the Northumberland Democratic Committee will have a booth at the Heathsville’s Farmers Market.  This Saturday event will help us showcase our Democratic nominees, Senator Tim Kaine and Democratic nominee for Congress, First District, Vangie Williams.

 Thursday, September 20 is the date for the next Democratic Meeting.  The meeting is at the Northumberland Public Library, 7294 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville,  at 7 PM.  We will discuss strategy for the remaining 47 days before the November 6th Election.

We have opened our campaign office at 14 Main Street, Reedville — on the right at the intersection of Main Street and Fleeton Road as you enter Reedville,  next to the Reedville Post office.  Lots of signs identifying the building as the Northumberland Democratic Campaign Office.  The office is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM.  Stop by for signs, campaign literature or just to talk with fellow Democrats.

Vangie Williams for Congress

Northumberland Democrats are in Virginia’s First Congressional District which now is “represented” by do-nothing Republican Rob Wittman.

We need to dump Wittman in November 2016.  To dump Wittman, we must  vote for Vangie Williams for Congress on November 6, 2018.  Here is information you need.

2018 Election Dates:

  • October 12 (Monday): Deadline to register to vote in general election.
  • October 30, 5:00 PM (Tuesday): Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 3, 5:00 PM (Saturday): Deadline to request absentee ballot in person.
  • November 66:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Tuesday): General Election

Important Resources:

Northumberland Democratic Campaign Office open — Vangie Williams to visit!!!

The Northumberland Democratic Campaign Office is now open, and, Vangie Williams will be there on Labor Day.

On August 25, several Northumberland County Democratic Party members cleaned and furnished our new campaign office.

  • 14 Main Street, Reedville
  • Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM

Stop by the office and pick up campaign signs and materials, or, just chat with other Democrats.

Also — Vangie Williams, Democratic candidate for Congress from the 1st Congressional District — will be at the office on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

Vangie Williams, Democratic candidate for Congress, 1st Congressional District