ForVirginia.org Podcast Episode 4

Thank you everyone for your continued support! This week we provide our usual news roundup, talk about Virginia's budget crisis, Syrian refugees in the state, and interview Democratic challenger for Virginia's 50th House of Delegate district, Lee Carter. Tune on in!

ForVirginia.org Podcast Episode 3

Week 3 is up and live. This week we have news updates, an interview with Appalachian coal-country activist Matt Skeens, and talk about state and city finances. There are lots of show notes below the fold as well. Thanks for your support!

 

FVA Podcast E02 and show notes

We'd like to thank everyone that tuned in for last week's inaugaral podcast. 

The Four Pillars of Progressive Values

The four "basic" pillars of progressive values are freedom, opportunity, responsibility, and cooperation. It seems pretty simple, but what exactly does it mean when it comes to "being a Progressive"? 

Announcing our new weekly podcast

We've been planning it for some time, and last night we finally sat down and put together our first podcast! We'd like to present the first of what we plan on being a weekly series of half hour news programs on progressive politics in Virginia. In this week's episode, we talk about why we started ForVirgina and what we hope to accomplish; why this November's elections are crucial beyond just the Presidential race, and give a bit of history of corporate cronyism in the Commonwealth with our review of coal tax subsidies in the state. 

Adventures in PAC-ing II: Campaign Finance Reports

Running a PAC isn't just all guts and glory. No, apparently it involves paperwork. Lots of paperwork. I just finished our first quarterly campaign finance report for the Virginia State Board of Elections, and man, it wasn't fun. My main gripe with the process is with the website, for which end-user experience must have been an afterthought. The workflow design must have been performed by a sadist, as most basic data entry tasks involved multiple steps through prerequisite click just to perform an entry.

Progressive Revolution For Virginia Pins

We have an additional box of Progressive Revolution buttons that we created for the 2016 DPVA convention. These 2.5" pin-backed buttons are available by making a donation to For Virginia on ActBLUE. A single button can be yours for $5, each additional button is only $1 more.

Victory in Virginia - A Revolutionary Debriefing

On Saturday, June 18th, the Democratic Party of Virginia held its State Convention in the heart of Richmond. On paper, the conditions of the Convention were daunting to the Sanders Delegation: Clinton defeated Sanders in the March 1st primary 64% to 35% and, as a result, was allotted 1295 Delegates to the State Convention; Sanders was allotted 705. Even more, our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and both Senators all openly support Hillary Clinton.

State Senate District 5 Primary Endorsement for Joe Lindsey

Voters in Virginia Senate District 5 need to take notice of a special election on July 9, 2016, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Two Democratic State Delegates, Lionell Spruill, Sr. and Joe Lindsey, will be vying for a spot on the State Senate vacated by Kenny Alexander, Mayor-elect of Norfolk. Both candidates have endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, but Joe Lindsey is by far the more transparent and progressive candidate.

DPVA convention recap

Sanders DNC Delegate Nic McCarthy addresses the DPVA Sanders caucus[editor's note: The 2016 DPVA convention was a resounding success for the minority delegation, which achieveved all of their primary aims coming into Saturday, including the defeat of incumbent DNC member Lionell Spruill, who had been accused of continuously frustrating the efforts of Sanders organizers in CD5 during the delegation allocation process. The statewide delegation had been also been reeling from a purge of active at-large Sanders candidates to the DNC convention just days previous, a move by the campaign that the delegation condemned as undemocratic and untransparent. We asked Tom to repost a message that he posted to the Delegation on Facebook. -- MBWade]

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