Call to Caucus posted

I am hoping that registered Bristol Virginia voters who would like to work with us  will attend our Reorganizational Caucus on Monday, December 9th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol. The location is ADA accessible. Come out and join us as we form the new committee for 2020-2021.

You can find lots of information on the Call to Caucus tab, including downloadable copies of the rules, agenda, and participant registration form. Also, please follow us on Facebook, Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee.

 

News and Notes for October

October is here! Soon we will be trick or treating and getting that Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas ham. Meanwhile, here are a couple of items for your attention, followed as usual by our regular Committee calendar and an invitation to join us.

News:

  •  Senator Tim Kaine will be in Southwest Virginia tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 5th at at 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd Wytheville, VA, to support an exciting candidate For Virginia House of Delegates District 4, Dr. Starla Kiser.  This event is sponsored by John and Linda DiYorio. Note from the invitation: “It’s time to take back the 9th and this fierce, educated, local woman becoming our next delegate is a big first step. She is smart and compassionate, and cares deeply about the people she serves. Dr. Starla Kiser graduated Harvard Medical School and earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, then returned to her native Southwest Virginia to be of service.” Come to the event if you can, and if you cannot be present please visit Starla’s website https://www.kiserfordelegate.com follow her, and make a contribution to her campaign.
  • Thanks to David McGee, staff writer for the Bristol Herald Courier, for this post on Facebook. If you are concerned about jail overcrowding, please respond and plan to attend. Here is the post: “What questions would you ask regarding jail overcrowding in Bristol Virginia and Sullivan County? The BHC is currently soliciting questions from the public for our Critical Mass Town Hall on Wed. Oct. 9. The 7 p.m. event will be in the Sullivan County commission room and include a panel of six: Sullivan Sheriff Jeff Cassidy, Jail Administrator Lee Carswell, Mayor Richard Venable and Attorney General Barry Staubus, plus Bristol Virginia Sheriff David Maples and City Manager Randy Eads. You may submit your questions here, PM me or email me at dmcgee@bristolnews.com. Thanks in advance.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2096666957306553/

Notes:

  • The regular meeting of the BVDC for the second Tuesday has been rescheduled for the following Thursday, October 17th at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. This meeting is special because we will be announcing plans for the reorganization and acceptance of new members to be held in December. Click here to see our post on reorganization.
  • If you are registering voters, be sure you have completed the online tutorial and are following the law relative to voter registration.
  • In-person absentee voting for the upcoming November 5th election is currently open at the Director of Elections/Voter Registration office at City Hall in Bristol Virginia. Open regular business hours Monday thru Friday,  and two Saturdays, October 26th and November 2nd.
  • Sample ballot for Bristol VA November 5th election.

Calendar:

  • Tim Kaine/Starla Kiser event in Wytheville, Saturday, October 5th – News item above.
  • Change of Date: Committee Meeting, Thursday, October 17th, 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, become involved in committee activities, and help support our candidates. Reorganization announcement is on the agenda.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, October 19th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees order and pay individually. Join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation!
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, October 21st, 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 welcome.

Hope to see you in October!

News and Notes for September

Here we are in September, school has started, and we are beginning the election and holiday season! Come out and join us and help us elect Democrats. If you would like to work on Election Day as a campaigner or as an Officer of Election, be sure to let us know.

Calendar for September 2019:

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, September 9th, 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 encouraged to attend, become involved in committee activities, and help support our candidates.
  • Third Democratic Debate, September 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time. You are invited to join the closed group Bristol VA Democratic Committee on Facebook and participate in the live discussion. Turn on your TV, find the group on Facebook, and join us. Kim Willis and Sarah Williams are discussion moderators.
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, September 16th, at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. Attendees order and pay individually. Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area are welcome.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, September 21st, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees order and pay individually. Join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation!

News and notes: 

  • Some of our members were present for Mark Warner’s visit in Hiltons, VA., on Thursday August 29th. Senator Warner met with voters at the Crooked River Truffle Farm. Senator Warner talked about his work in the Senate, took questions from voters, and stayed a few minutes to shake hands and greet those who were present. It was great to see Senator Warner, and to know that he is listening to folks in our region and aware of what is going on here. Thank you to Senator Warner for an informative event, and for making time to visit with us.
  • The next Democratic Debate, and the first one in which the three front runners will be on the same stage together, will be September 12, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, in Houston, TX. The debate will be one night only, with the 10 qualifying candidates. They are:
    • Joe Biden (Former Vice President) 
    • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
    • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
    • Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
    • Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Mayor of South Bend, Ind.)
    • Andrew Yang (businessman and entrepreneur)
    • Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
    • Beto O’Rourke (Former Representative) 
    • Julian Castro (Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary)
    • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • We are saddened by the passing of Charles Spence, friend of the committee and supporter who provided space for our HQ on Lee Highway for the 2016 presidential campaign. Charles passed away on Monday, August 26th. Condolences to his many family and friends.

Hope to see you in September! 

Reply to News and Notes at bvdccalendar@gmail.com

Reorganization in December

The Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee will caucus for reorganization this December, with date and time to be announced soon. Here are a few notes about reorganization:

  • Reorganization occurs every two years, in odd numbered years.
  • New and returning members are voted into membership for the following two years. Those who are currently members, along with registered voters in Bristol, may turn in applications for membership. The application has directory information (name, address, phone, contact information, and voting precinct) along with a statement that the applicant is a Democrat, is registered to vote in Bristol Virginia, and does not intend to support any candidate who is running against a Democrat in the upcoming election.
  • All who turn in an application are members of the Caucus. Caucus members have an allotted time to introduce themselves based on the number of applicants present. The Caucus members then vote to accept members for 2020-2021.
  • The Caucus is adjourned, and newly-elected committee members (returning and new) are called to order as the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, for the purpose of electing officers.
  • The committee decides whether to elect officers or to set a date in January for the election of officers.
  • The business being completed, the committee adjourns.

A Call to Caucus will be published on this web page explaining in greater detail how the caucus is conducted, how votes are taken, etc., and providing application forms.

Any registered voter in Bristol Virginia who is a Democrat is invited to attend the Caucus and apply for membership. Watch for the publication of the Call, and come out to the Caucus.

 

 

BVDC News and Notes for August, 2019

For visitors to our web page, this monthly newsletter (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee News and Notes) is a regular e-mail notification to members and friends. You can request to be on the e-mail list or continue to read BVDC News and Notes here on the webpage each month. In addition to the News and Notes, members of the list sometimes receive two or three messages a month if we have matters of immediate interest.

  • We appreciate Bristol VA City Councilman Anthony Farnum’s attendance at our July 8th meeting. Thanks to our Secretary Kim Willis for these notes on Anthony’s visit: Anthony, 31, is a native of Bristol VA, a real estate agent, property manager, and former Planning Commission board member. He is also on the Library Board, City Housing Board, and People Incorporated Board. Combating climate change is an important issue to him. He discussed placing solar panels on government buildings, replacing government vehicles with alternative fuel models, and adding additional electric vehicle charging stations in the city. Members offered questions, comments, and suggestions regarding Recycling and Hazardous Waste Day; the disbanded Economic Development Committee needs to be active again as the city had been receiving monies from TVA/BVU which previously brought in 30 businesses; Pollinator Gardens could be utilized not only to create environments for endangered bees and butterflies, but could also eliminate a good deal of mowing for the city.
  • We are already planning for our HQ in 2020, and contributions are welcome. You can donate with Act Blue from our web page or attend one of our meetings to become involved and support the committee. Our three regular meetings a month are noted below. The regular business meeting of the committee is on the second Monday of each month at the Bristol VA courthouse.  The breakfast meeting, which frequently has lively discussions of issues and occasionally has a special guest speaker is the third Saturday of each month at the Golden Corral at Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Our Tennessee-Virginia Democratic Social is the third Monday of each month at State Line Bar and Grill on State Street in Bristol, TN. Guests are welcome. At Golden Corral and at the State Line, each person attending orders and pays independently, but the conversation is free!
  • When the next debate occurs, which I think will be in September, we will be chatting again on our Facebook Group, Bristol VA Democratic Committee! Check out the site for the date of the next debate chat. In the meantime, come in and get acquainted. We are looking forward to more Bristol Virginia Democrats joining our FB group and participating in chats and discussions. If you are on Facebook, look us up! Our committee page will continue at Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee on Facebook. Democrats are invited to like our page and join our group.

Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee (BVDC) Regular Calendar for August 2019: 

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, August 12th, 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, become involved in committee activities, and help support our candidates.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, August 17th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees order and pay individually. Join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation!
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, August 19th, 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 welcome.

Hope to see you in August!

Reply to the Notes and News post at bvdccalendar@gmail.com

Information for Bristol Virginia voters

Bristol voters can keep up to date on elections and registration in Bristol using these links:

  • Like Bristol VA Votes on Facebook to keep up with voting and election news in Bristol, Virginia!
  • Check in at the Bristol, Virginia, official web page for lots of information on how to become involved in civic activities and service to Bristol. You will find committees you can join, meetings you can attend, issues that need your comments, etc.
  • For detailed information on elections, visit  elections and voting in Bristol. There you can find information on the page or links to information you need about elections including a lot of topics you have not even thought about. Some of the ones I like include:
    • dates
    • deadlines
    • candidates
    • how to become a candidate
    • voter registration
    • restoration of rights
    • list of names cancelled/purged from the registered voter list
    • FAQ

Note: This information remains available by clicking the “Bristol Voters” tab in the menu bar. Remember to scroll down on the Bristol web page – there is a wide band of empty space on the splash page, but the information is there! Let us know in the comments what you find interesting.

Bristol VA Democratic Committee News & Notes for July 2019

It is July and summer!

We have these special announcements:

  • Bristol VA City Councilman Neal Osborne was elected Mayor in a reorganization meeting Monday July 1, 2019 at City Hall. Congratulations to Mayor Neal Osborne, and to Bristol Virginia!
  • Bristol VA City Councilman Anthony Farnum plans to visit with us at our regular committee meeting Monday July 8th at our regular committee meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse.
  • We regret the passing of our committee member and supporter Jane Sheffey, who served the committee and the Democratic Party as a member of the Bristol Virginia Electoral Board for many years. Jane has a long history of community service across the region and with many organizations, as noted in her obituary. We will all miss her, particularly those of us who serve as Officers Election and on the Electoral Board.
  • Thank you to committee Secretary Kim Willis for her construction of a Facebook Group, Bristol VA Democratic Committee! Several of us enjoyed watching the debates last week “together” in the chat session she set up for us. We are looking forward to more Bristol VA Democrats joining our group and participating in chats and discussions. If you are on Facebook, look us up! Our committee page will continue at Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee on Facebook. Democrats are invited to like our page and join our group.
  • The July 4th parade in Bristol Virginia will be at 5:00 p.m. on July 4th.

News from our June meeting: 

  • Our guest speaker, Councilman Neal Osborne,  informed the Committee regarding city issues, reporting that the City Budget passed with most city employees receiving a pay raise; the Fire and Sheriff’s Departments are fully staffed. Building a new school was dismissed, but renovation was discussed. Councilman Osborne responded to suggestions and questions from members and guests present at the meeting on these and other topics of interest in Bristol.
  • Chairman Carl Williams updated his bracket of Democratic Presidential hopefuls.
  • We attended to ordinary business and reports. For those unable to attend who wish to contribute, our postal mailing address is:  Bristol VA Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 17452, Bristol, VA 24209-7452. You can contribute on line at Http://www.bristolvademocrats.org through Act Blue.

Events to remember:

  • 4th of July Parade, Thursday, July 4, 5:00 p.m., State Street, in Downtown Bristol VA-TN

Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee (BVDC) Regular Calendar for July 2019: 

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, July 8th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. City Councilman Anthony Farnum plans to be with us if he can, 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.
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, July 15th, 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 welcome.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, July 20th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees pay individually for breakfast. Join us for coffee and conversation!

Hope to see you in July!

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! 

October calendar reminders and additions

Thank you to the folks who came out to Shanghai Restaurant in Bristol for our October meeting, and to the wonderful friends at Shanghai ( www.shanghaibristol.com ) who took such great care of us in October!

 

Be sure to remember the TN-VA Social this evening, Oct. 16, at 5:00 at the State Line, and Breakfast with Democrats at Golden Corral this Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9:00 a.m. The Newsletter with more information is on the web page, through the link in the signature below.

Please attend the Meet and Greet for our local candidates, Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue, and Joe Mink for Bristol Sheriff. This will be Thursday the 19th at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. There will be cookies and tea, and an opportunity to hear from and speak with the candidates about the needs of Bristol that they want to serve.

The Fish Fry – Advance tickets are required for this Sullivan County Democratic Committee fundraiser, and funds will go to elect Tennessee Democrats. The Fish Fry will take place at Warriors’ Path State Park, Saturday, Oct. 28th  at 4:00 p.m., and will be catered by PRATT’S BAR-B-QUE. Ticket price is $25.00. To get your tickets, call Jean Lusardi, 423-989-3953 by Thursday, Oct. 19.  Warriors’ Path State Park is located at 490 Hemlock Rd., Kingsport TN.

Thank you for all that you do for Democrats and for the community, and for being interested in our newsletter!

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!