Bristol VA Democrats News and Notes for June, 2019

In our June newsletter we have our usual information, but don’t miss these special announcements:

  • Bristol City Councilman Neal Osborne will be on our agenda Monday June 10th at our regular committee meeting, 7:00 at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. 
  • Under “Events to Remember” friend of the Committee Bill Bunch of Tazewell has invited us to attend/participate in the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at the Tazewell Fairground.
  • Note that polls will be open on Tuesday June 11th for the Republican Primary.

News from our May meeting: 

  • Chairman Carl Williams distributed information on current officeholders and a calendar of upcoming elections.
  • I spoke about reading the Mueller Report, which can be downloaded free as a .pdf, or purchased as a paperback or an audiobook. The best search terms to find the Report are “Mueller Report download free” for the .pdf, “Mueller Report book” for the paperback, and “Mueller Report audiobook” for the audiobook. Read the item description carefully to be sure that you are getting the actual Mueller Report, not a book about the Report. If you have trouble finding a link, respond to the newsletter and I will send you a link.

Events to remember: 

  • GOP Primary Tuesday, June 11. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the primary. A low turnout is expected, but all precincts will be open as usual. Absentee voting for the Primary is now in progress 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the office of Penny Limburg, Director of Elections and General Registrar of Voters, at City Hall, 300 Lee Street, Bristol Virginia.
  • Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration in Tazewell, June 19th, 2019. This is a community gathering to celebrate June 19 and all the freedoms that have ensued from that date. Free camping Tuesday evening to Thursday morning at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Friend of the Committee, Bill Bunch, who is Co-Chair of Tazewell Independent Neighbors sent us this invitation. Please try to attend or send representatives from your Committee. There will be a Black History Quiz and an Essay Contest. Bill’s group needs to raise $2,000.00 to pay the Middle School, High School, and Undergraduate prizes awarded to winners in these contests. Donations will be much appreciated. Check the Facebook page “Tazewell Independent Neighbors” for event details and more information.

Here is our Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee (BVDC) Regular Calendar for June 2019: 

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, June 10th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. City Councilman Neal Osborne will be with us, and we look forward to hearing from him. Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are represented by the committee, and are encouraged to attend and become involved in committee activities.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, June 15th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees pay individually for breakfast. Come and join us for coffee and conversation!
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, June 17th, at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting. Attendees order and pay individually. Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area are invited.

Hope to see you in June! 

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Senator Tim Kaine states his support for James Mackler

I am sharing this statement of Senator Tim Kaine’s support for James Mackler, received today on e-mail. Bristol is famously a “twin city,” Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee and Democrats frequently extend a hand across the state line to help with a campaign, participate in activities related to important issues, share resources, and enjoy the company of fellow Democrats. Tim requests a contribution to Mackler’s campaign, an early investment to get the campaign off to a good start. Please read and donate!

Friends,

When I go to work each day, I’m focused on securing wider access to high quality, affordable health care, lowering prescription drug prices, fixing our campaign finance system, and supporting our farmers and rural communities.

It’s an honor to do this work — but it’s hard going sometimes. Right now, there’s a lot of important legislation we’re having trouble getting through because of who controls the U.S. Senate. The fact is, we need more Democrats in the Senate if we want to make forward progress. So I’m writing today to tell you about someone I hope to serve with in 2021 — a Black Hawk pilot and JAG attorney named James Mackler.

James joined the U.S. Army after September 11th, 2001 because he felt like he had to do more in a time of crisis. As a 30-year-old lawyer, James closed his practice, earned an age waiver, learned to fly a Black Hawk, and became a Screaming Eagle serving in the 101st Airborne Division.

James is no stranger to tough fights — so it’s no surprise to me that now he’s running to continue serving his country, and all Tennesseans, in the U.S. Senate.

Can you make an early investment to help this veteran join me and serve our country in the U.S. Senate?

Let me tell you a quick story about James: Wanting to reconnect with his Jewish faith following his deployment, he visited the closest synagogue to his military base. It was there that he found his future wife, Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler. They met and fell in love — and James seldom misses Shabbat services anymore! James knows there are things more important than politics — like family, duty, and faith — and in today’s polarized environment, we need more people like him in the U.S. Senate.

Help James grow his grassroots team with an early investment today.

The more people like you who can help out now, the better our chances will be to win in Tennessee next November. Strong, early investments are what really make change happen — so I’m asking you to step up today and be a part of that change.

Thanks so much,

-Tim

 

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May 2019 News and Notes

We hope that all of you who are interested in political action this month will take a  break from theTV news and come out to be with Democrats and help us make news in 2019-2020! Our calendar appears below, with date and location for three scheduled meetings and a couple of other interesting events. The business meeting for members and visitors seeking membership is Monday May 13, our Breakfast with Democrats at Golden Corral is Saturday May 18, and our TN-VA Social with Tennessee, Virginia, and regional Democrats.

News from our April meeting:

  • Chairman Carl Williams distributed information on current officeholders and a calendar of upcoming elections
  • Carl also provided an updated 2020 Democratic candidate bracket
  • Circuit Court Clerk Kelly Duffy described her work, which requires over 800 statutory duties. Recently she worked with an archivist from the Library of VA to preserve documents from before 1913 (pre-Bristol) into a digital format. Much of her work involves issuing deeds and handgun permits, in addition to court proceedings. Kelly informed us that the circuit court is now capable of receiving online payments.
  • The committee welcomed one new visitor. Visitors are welcome, and we hope to build membership to support candidates in the upcoming elections in 2019 and 2020.
  • As usual, we attended to ordinary business and treasurers report information. For those unable to attend who wish to contribute, we receive mail at  Bristol VA Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 17452, Bristol, VA 24209-7452 or you can contribute on line through Act Blue using the link on the top right.

Events to remember:

  • Historic District Preservation Awards ceremony for the City of Bristol, VAThursday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Thank you to Catherine Brillhart for reminding us of this important Bristol event.
  • GOP Primary Tuesday, June 11. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Absentee voting for the Primary is now in progress 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the office of Penny Limburg, Director of Elections and General Registrar of Voters, at City Hall, 300 Lee Street, Bristol Virginia.

Here is our Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee (BVDC) Regular Calendar for May 2019: 

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, May 13th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are represented by the committee, and are encouraged to attend and become involved in committee activities.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, May 18th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees pay individually for breakfast. Come and join us for coffee and conversation!
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, May 20th, at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Attendees order and pay individually. Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area are invited.

Hope to see you in May!

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November 2018 Calendar and Notes

November 6th is past, and many thanks to all who participated, made phone calls, installed signs for the campaign and picked them up after the election, read and shared events and comments on social media, planned and attended events and debates, voted, and helped with all of the tasks that go into a campaign. Thanks most of all to our candidates, Tim Kaine and Anthony Flaccavento, and to Anne and Laurel.

 

Congratulations to Senator Tim Kaine on his win, and we are happy to see him return for another term to join Democratic Senator Mark Warner representing Virginia in the Senate.

 

Anthony Flaccavento lost after waging an incredible campaign, holding his promised 100 Town Hall events, keeping the campaign positive, winning all of the debates, and making real suggestions to address the needs and hopes of people in the Ninth Congressional District. Keep talking about the issues with your neighbors, and remember that there is another election in two years!

 

We are grateful to Anthony for his work in this campaign, and each of us should commit to keeping the ideas and momentum going. In the Ninth we are fighting the most intractable of foes, including poverty and its related lack of access to health care, information, education, jobs, vacation and leisure time, time for civic involvement — in short, all of the things that make up full participation in democracy and the American dream. Information technology, loss of jobs in critical areas including coal, and low wages continue to present complex problems for workers and families. The ideas that Anthony proposed to address these problems won him the hearts of thoughtful and involved people, and we need to continue to focus on them. I hope that each of you who voted for Anthony will take a moment to send an e-mail or a message of gratitude on social media and let him know how much we appreciate him and value his work for us here in the Ninth.

 

I am sure that Anthony is enjoying his neglected farm and working hard on that, but we welcome him any time to visit with us at any of our events and will send a note to this list if we know that he is planning to stop by.

 

Here is our BVDC Regular Calendar for November 2018:
    • Committee Meeting NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE  Thursday, November 15th: Our regular Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VAThe change of date is due to the Courthouse being closed on Monday 12th for Veterans Day.

 

    • Breakfast Saturday, November 17Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast!

 

    • State Line Social Monday, November 19: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. Informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually.

 

Hope to see you in November
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Calendar and Notes for August 2018

Lots of activity in August! Come out and enjoy the excitement at our regular events, plus four opportunities to meet with Virginia Democrats and Candidates! Rick Boucher will be back for three events in the Ninth in August! Events are listed below.

Tennessee has early voting now in progress. Mary Mancini of the Tennessee Democratic Party reported in her e-mail that “Democraticearly voting turnouthas increased 28%in Tennessee! Williamson County saw an increase of Democratic turnout of 350%. Blount County, a 260% increase. Sumner, 182%. Henderson, 57%.”

Families and workers, as well as businesses in Tennessee and in Virginia are being hurt by GOP policies, and voters are responding. Check your calendar, check your voter registration, and make sure your vote counts in the November General Election 2018. Election Day is November 6th, 2018.

Virginia does not have early voting, but in Virginia you can vote absentee if you will be out of town on Election Day, or if you are for some reason unable to get to the polls. Please respond to this newsletter if you need information about voting absentee in Bristol Virginia.

Bristol Virginia has two strong Democrats on the ballot, Tim Kaine for Senate and Anthony Flaccavento for Congress. Anthony will hold a Town Hall meeting in Bristol on Monday, August 6th, at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Warehouse 817 Event Space, 817 State Street. Don’t miss this important opportunity, included in the event listing below. Be sure to check in on both candidate web pages, linked above, and let them know you are behind them by adding your name to the volunteer list and making a contribution.

If you need a yard sign for the candidates,request one by reply to this e-mail. We have a few signs for Anthony, and we will be getting signs for Tim soon. You can also pick up signs at the Highlands Democratic Resource Center. The Resource Center is an initiative to help surrounding County Committees and Candidates with organizing and is located at 407 E. Main St., Abingdon.

Our Calendar for August  2018, Special events highlighted:

  • Saturday, August 4: Boucher + Flacc, Swing #2. Former Congressman Rick Boucher will join Anthony Flaccavento for a swing visit through Russell, Wise, and Dickenson Counties.“Come out and join in the excitement, hear Rick and Anthony speak, and put your two cents in.” Locations:
    • RUSSELL: Lebanon High School, 105 Charles C. Long Dr., Lebanon VA; 9:00-10:30 am
    • WISE: EconoLodge Inn & Suites Norton, 551 Hwy. 58 East, Norton VA; noon-1:30 pm
    • DICKENSON: Dickenson Center for Education, 818 Happy Valley Dr., Clintwood, VA; 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Monday, August 6: Bristol Town Hall with Anthony Flaccavento, Candidate for Virginia Ninth District Congressional Representative, at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Warehouse 817 Event Space, 817 State Street, Bristol, VA. Come and get to know Anthony and his vision for Southwest Virginia. Share your concerns and ideas for your community. Make your voice heard. I have attended two of Anthony’s Town Hall events, and he provides plenty of time for interaction, questions and comments from folks who attend.Don’t miss this opportunity in Bristol!
  • Monday, August13:Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are welcome and are invited to attend even if you are not a member of the committee.  (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the second Monday of the month, so you can set a recurring calendar reminder!)
  • Saturday Morning, August18: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m.at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of the month.)
  • Saturday Evening, August18: Kingsolver + McCutcheon Fundraiserat 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382. Join Barbara Kingsolver and John McCutcheon for a night of reading and music in support of Anthony Flaccavento for Congress! “Barbara Kingsolver is the author of 15 books and recipient of multiple awards, including The Orange Prize for Fiction and the National Humanities Medal. John McCutcheon is a Grammy nominated folk musician and producer with a demonstrated commitment to grassroots. Kingsolver will read from her unpublished novel, Unsheltered! Attendees will also have the chance to bid on two advance copies of Unsheltered!”
  • Monday, August20: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m.at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually. Come out and meet Democrats! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Monday of the month.)
  • Sunday, August 26: Acres of Democrats at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382.

See you somewhere in August!

 

 

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BVDC Calendar for July

Congratulations to Neal Osborne, who was sworn in on Monday July 2nd as Bristol Virginia City Council Member! We are proud of Neal and of his successful campaign, and want to thank all of the folks who came out to vote for him.  Check out the photo on the Bristol Virginia website!
 
The June Primary: We are happy to have Anthony Flaccavento as our candidate for Congress in November. That election is November 6th, so mark your calendar now. We need representation for the 9th District in Congress, and we need to elect Democrats. Anthony is traveling around the district, and holding town halls and meet-and-greet opportunities for you. He has provided an excellent calendar of events, so find an event near you. Anthony needs your financial support, your participation, and your vote to defeat a well-funded incumbent in November. Bristol VA and local folks on this newsletter, please attend Anthony’s Town Hall, Abingdon event on Monday, July 16th, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. We look forward to a Bristol event to be scheduled soon. Some of you already have yard signs out in Bristol — let us know if you need one!
 
Regular Calendar for July  2018:
  • Monday, July 9: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are welcome, and you are invited to attend even if you are not a member of the committee.  (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the second Monday of the month, so you can set a recurring calendar reminder!)
  • Monday, July 16: Anthony’s Town Hall,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. Please attend if you possibly can.
  • Monday, July 16: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually. Virginia voters, our Tennessee folk can hold the fort at the State Line, as we hope you will be in Abingdon for Anthony’s Town Hall! 
  • Saturday, July 21: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of the month.)
Hope to see you in July! The photo below a screen shot from the calendar on Flaccavento for Congress and has information about the Abingdon Town Hall on July 16th.
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Ninth District Congressional Primary Candidates Certified

I was happy to be one of several Democrats from around the Ninth District who met at the Highlands Democratic Resource Center in Abingdon to count petition signatures for Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro, who will be on the ballot in the June 12th Democratic Primary in the Ninth District, which includes Bristol Virginia, and most of Southwest Virginia. This is the first Democratic Congressional Primary in the Ninth District in my long memory!

The news release on the Ninth District website says, and I can personally verify, that both candidates have been reaching out to voters across the district for months, and that it is apparent that people are recognizing the genuine care they have for folks in the district and the serious issues we face.

Democrats across the Ninth are energized and excited about these candidates! I hope that you can come out and meet them and get to know them if you have not already. Check out our April calendar newsletter that will be posted tomorrow for opportunities to meet the candidates. If you want to be included in notifications on the calendar, meetings and candidate visits, send e-mail to BVDCCalendar@gmail.com

 

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