Calendar for October

October is here, and we know that November is coming! We need to be ready for Election Day on November 7th. If you cannot be present to vote in your precinct on Election Day, be sure to vote absentee at the office of the General Registrar of Voters, 300 Lee Street in Bristol, Virginia. In-person absentee voting is in progress during the regular business office hours at the Registrar’s office.

If you will be in town on Election Day, we count on you to VOTE. Also, we hope that you will be involved in our activities at the polls. We need poll workers to hand out literature and sample ballots, and as usual we will be providing rides to the polls. Join us to support our candidates in this important election! Reply to this e-mail and let us know you want to volunteer on Election Day, and we will put you in touch with our organizer for poll workers and rides to the polls.

Remember to pay attention to our candidates, look at their positions on the issues, and contribute even a small amount to let them know that you are here. The state candidates, Northam, Fairfax, and Herring, are important to keeping our health care and protecting education and workers in Virginia. Our local candidates, Cloe Eva and Joe, are talented individuals with the skills and knowledge for the tasks of the offices they seek, and are the folks we need in these important Bristol positions.

State and Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol, Virginia:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor of Virginia
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General of Virginia
  • Cloe Eva Barker for Bristol Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Bristol Sheriff

Our scheduled meetings in October:

  • Monday, October 9:The Committee will meet at 6:00 for dinner, with meeting to follow at 7:00, at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 711 State Street in Bristol VA. The menu will be limited, as the Shang Hai is opening on Monday just for us! So please put this on your calendar and attend. This is the last meeting before the election, so we will be taking care of last minute details.
  • Thursday, October 12: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. atThe Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. More information is on their website at www:WashCoVADems.org
  • Monday, October 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. Attendees order and pay for food and drinks individually, but the conversation is free.
  • Thursday, October 19: Bristol Virginia voters are invited to a Meet & Greet with Cloe Eva Barker, candidate for Bristol Virginia Commissioner of Revenue, and Joe R. Mink, candidate for Bristol Virginia Sheriff, Thursday October 19th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia. These candidates will be on the ballot in the General Election November 7th in Bristol. Both candidates will present short introductions, and afterward voters may speak with them personally. Light refreshments and voter information will be available.
  • Saturday, October 21: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.

Virginia State Candidates:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General

Bristol Virginia Local Candidates – Be sure to attend our Meet & Greet for these local candidates, October 19th, listed above!

  • Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Sheriff

Hope to see many of you in October, at the Meet & Greet, and on Election Day November 7th.

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Absentee Voting Underway in Virginia for the November General Election

RICHMOND, VA – Absentee voting for the November 7, 2017 General Election is successfully underway in the Commonwealth. Qualified Virginia voters may now vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.  To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.

“Absentee voting is a great option that allows Virginians to participate in the upcoming election even if they are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. Virginia voters can find everything they need to know about the upcoming election at vote.virginia.gov,” said Edgardo Cortés, Virginia’s Commissioner of Elections.  Voters can request an absentee ballot online using the Department’s secure online Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.

Voters who want to vote an absentee ballot by mail must apply before 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 31st.  If you need to request a ballot by mail, the Department of Elections advises applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery.  Absentee ballots by mail must be returned by 7:00pm on Election Day.

In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday through Friday during regular office hours and on Saturday, October 28th and Saturday, November 4th. The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Office hours and locations for in-person absentee voting may vary by locality and are available atvote.virginia.gov.

Also remember that Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person.  For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit vote.virginia.gov.  Voters can also find information about the upcoming election and check their registration status on the site.

Eligible Virginians may register to vote online at vote.virginia.gov or by submitting a completed voter registration form to their local general registrar’s office.  The last day to register to vote for the November General Election is October 16, 2017.  Registrations must be received or postmarked by this date. For more information, call the Department of Elections’ toll free number at1-800-552-9745 or email info@elections.virginia.gov.

(From Andrea M. Gaines, andrea.gaines@elections.virginia.gov)

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Calendar for September

Happy September!
 
Note on Absentee voting: Absentee voting in Virginia for the November 7th General Election will begin September 22. Check your calendar, and if you will be unable to get to the polls on November 7th for any reason, contact the Registrar’s Office about absentee voting. If you have questions about absentee voting, reply to this e-mail and I will help you find answers.
 
Note on health care: Now is a good time to be looking carefully at U.S. healthcare, from economic and humanitarian viewpoints. Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare because it is the best health insurance program we have seen — but there is growing awareness of problems that exist with Obamacare, particularly its inability to stem the rising cost of private health insurance and prescription drugs. Currently a much larger percentage of people have health insurance, but many remain in the gap produced by the failure of states to expand Medicaid, as in Virginia and Tennessee. Keep yourself informed on health care, and see how details of the proposed bills would affect you and your friends and family. Here are suggestions for places to start informing yourself on the health care issue:
  • In August NPR reported that Senator Bernie Sanders plans to introduce a bill for Medicare for All in the Senate in September. Senator Kamala Harris, D-California, has joined as a co-sponsor.
  • In the House of Representatives, a well-defined bill for Medicare for All (HR676) was introduced January 24th by Rep. John Conyers, Jr, D-MI, and referred to House committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources. On February 10th, the bill was also referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. This bill currently has 117 cosponsors in the House.
  • More facts and statistics in support of single payer are visible on Facebook and Twitter, and the topic is in the news. Search for Medicare for All, Single Payer Health Insurance, etc. on line to find articles in major and trusted sources.
  • Look for local presentations on the topic.

State Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Virginia:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General

Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA: 

  • Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Sheriff  

Our scheduled meetings in September, with a December reminder:

  • Monday, September 11: BVDC Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • Thursday, September 14: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. Links to FB and contact information is on their website at www:WashCoVADems.org
  • Friday, September 15: time and location to be announced, Tim Kaine Breakfast in Abingdon. This is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity to meet Senator Kaine.
  • Saturday, September 16:  at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.
  • Monday, September 18: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. Due to the Rhythm & Roots Reunion in town Friday-Sunday, a lot of Bristol’s restaurants, including the State Line, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 18. MACADO’ S will be open. and we will meet there. Hope to see Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, etc., at this informal monthly gathering. Whether you are a member of any party or none, drop in sometime around 5. It’s okay to come late, but we are usually heading for home around 7.
  • Coming in December, time and date to be announced: We will be electing new members and new officers in the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee. Bristol VA voters who are Democrats, along with like-minded Bristol VA voters, are invited to apply for membership. Come to any of our meetings to socialize and/or get information about membership, committee activities, or issues of the day. Remember that the committee represents you, and the committee is composed of those willing to join together to seek and support candidates for public office.
Hope to see many of you in September!
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Calendar for August

Hello, everyone!
 
We have lots of activity this month, including Acres of Democrats in Abingdon at the Higher Ed Center! 
 
Reorganization in December, 2017:
 
The Bristol Virginia reorganization takes place this December, and we will be electing new members and new officers into the committee. Our committee sends delegates to the regional, state, and national conventions and events, gathers for social events and a monthly business meeting, organizes special events, and cooperates with other organizations in support of our candidates and issues. Bristol Virginia voters are invited to attend one or two of the meetings listed below, meet local Democrats, and apply for membership in December. 
 

Statewide Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA:

We are hoping to get yard signs for our candidates for State offices, and will let you know when we have them. In the meantime, our candidates are:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General

Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA: 

  • Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Sheriff

Our Tennessee Friends are moving:

The Democrat Resource Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, sent the following note on their new location:

      Our new digs [Democrat Resource Center] will be located at 2700 South Roan St., Suite 440, Johnson City, TN 37601. The complex is called Executive Park South and is located right next to Tipton-Haynes Historic Site. Our phone number will remain the same. 423-282-2081. Operations will begin at that address on Tuesday, August 1st.
      After we are settled into our new office space we will begin the planning of a Grand Opening Celebration. Stay tuned for updates.

Our scheduled meetings in August:

  • Friday, August 4th: Border Bash, Piedmont Avenue and State Street, in downtown Bristol, Setup at 5:30, open from 6:30 to around 8:00. Stop by and chat! This event is subject to cancellation due to weather, so check our Facebook page for last-minute information.
  • Thursday, August 10th: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting Thu, August 10, 6pm – 7pm at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210 (map) The committee has a standing meeting the second Thursday each month at 6:00 P.M. We meet at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center (25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210).  Links to FB and contact information is on the website. www:WashCoVADems.org
  • Monday, August 14th: Committee Meeting, Monday August 14th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • Saturday, August 19th: Breakfast is Saturday, August  19th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.
  • Monday, August 21st: TN-VA Democratic Social is at the State Line Bar and Grille in downtown Bristol Monday, August 21st, at around 5:00 p.m. This is a social event for Democrats and friends in the surrounding area. It is a good way to meet Democrats!
  • Sunday, August 27th: Acres of Democrats. Acres of Democrats 2017 will be Sunday, August 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. This event is hosted by the Virginia Ninth Congressional District Democrats. From their event page on Facebook: “annual gathering of Democrats, progressives, and liberals from all across Virginia’s 9th Congressional District and beyond. Meet friends, make new friends, get connected with candidates, find out how to elect our Democrats this year. Event page and details: http://www.va9thcddems.com/acres-of-democrats/. Flyer: http://bit.ly/2017acresofdems-flyer.” Catering will be by Bonefire Smokehouse BBQ, and there will be a dessert contest. Check out the links for informaiton and tickets! You don’t want to miss this one!
If I have missed anything on the Calendar, let me know! Don’t forget the reorganization in December, and take a moment to send any questions you have about membership.
 
Hope to see many of you in August!
 
          – Sarah
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Calendar for July

Here it is July already! Hope everyone has plans for a safe and happy 4th of July!
The primary is over, and we are looking forward to the November election. Democrats will be at the Border Bash events listed below, so come out and support us. Volunteer at the table or stop and chat.
Our social events at Golden Corral and The State Line are opportunities to catch up and talk with Democrats about the issues. Guests,folks interested in membership, candidates or their representatives, and people who want to volunteer for the campaigns are welcome. Each of us buys our own food and drinks, but the networking and conversation are free.
Here are our events inJuly:
 
Border Bash, Cumberland Park

WhenTue, July 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereDowntown Bristol, Cumberland Street (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
 
BVDC Regular Meeting

WhenMon, July 10, 7pm – 8pm
WhereBristol VA Courthouse (map)
DescriptionGuests and Visitors welcome. For more information email to BVDCCalendar@gmail.com
Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting

WhenThu, July 13, 6pm – 7pm
WhereThe Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210 (map)
DescriptionThe committee has a standing meeting the second Thursday each month at 6:00 P.M. We meet at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center (25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210). Links to FB and contact information is on the website: www:WashCoVADems.org.
BVDC Monthly Breakfast

WhenSat, July 15, 9am – 10am
WhereGolden Corral, Exit 7, Bristol, VA (map)
DescriptionInformal gathering. Guests and Visitors welcome.
TN-VA Democrats Social

WhenMon, July 17, 5pm – 7pm
WhereState Line Bar & Grille, 644 State Street, Bristol, TN (map)
DescriptionMonthly 3rd Monday of each month, social gathering of Sullivan County Tennessee and Bristol Virginia Democrats and friends.
 
Border Bash, The Downtown Center

WhenFri, July 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereThe Downtown Center, downtown Bristol (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
 
Border Bash, downtown Bristol

WhenFri, August 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereDowntown Bristol, Piedmont Ave. (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
​Hope to see you at our events in July!​
        – Sarah
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Our Calendar for June 2017

The Primary Election: 
  • Mark your calendar to vote in the Democratic primary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017! That is next week, so don’t forget! 
  • If you can’t be here to vote on the 13th, you can vote absentee during regular business hours this week, M-F, 8:00 – 5:00, or on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00, at the Registrar’s Office at City Hall on Lee Street in Bristol. Thank you to General Registrar Penny Limburg for staying open so folks can vote on Saturday the 10th!
  • For Governor: Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Tom S. Perriello are  both seeking nomination for Governor. Both are excellent candidates! Take a look at their information in advance of the voting on Tuesday, June 13th to make your decision.
  • For Lt. Governor: Justin E. Fairfax, Gene J. Rossi, and Susan S. Platt, again all good candidates. Their platforms are a bit different, so take a few minutes to look at them and make your decision.
  • Attorney General Mark Herring, who’s record of success for Virginia citizens is excellent, is running for re-election. He is unopposed in the Primary, so he will not be on the Primary ballot, but will need your vote in the General Election later!
 
Border Bash is under way in downtown Bristol
  • Check our on-line calendar at http://www.bristolvademocrats.org/calendar to see the dates and locations. These occur on Friday evenings in the summer, and you can come downtown in Bristol to enjoy the vendors, food, and free music! The Bristol Virginia Democrats will be present from 6:30 to about 8:30 – we will talk with visitors and distribute information until it gets dark, and then we will close up and go listen to the band!
Our regular meetings this month:
  • June 12th: Our Committee Meeting, Monday June 12th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • June 17th: Our breakfast is Saturday, June 17th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Join us in the reserved meeting room. Tell the cashier that you are with the Democrats for directions to the meeting space.
  • June 19th: The TN-VA Democratic Social is at the State Line Bar and Grille in downtown Bristol Monday, June 19th, at around 5:00 p.m. This is a social event for Democrats and friends in the surrounding area. It is a good way to meet Democrats on the Committee and talk about the issues.
Remember! June 13 is Primary Day! 
Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Vote!
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Caucus cancelled, nominees announced

The Nominating Caucus scheduled for May 18th at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. Our candidates for nomination at the deadline for filing with us at 4:00 today have been named our Nominees. We are happy to announce the nomination of Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of the Revenue, and Joe R. Mink for Sheriff. Our candidates will be on the ballot November 7, 2017, and we encourage Bristol residents to come out and vote for them! We will have more information about them posted soon!

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