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Democratic Party of Virginia

Democratic Party of Virginia
Chairman Susan Swecker
House leader David Toscano Minority leader, Mark Sickles Caucus leader
Senate leader Richard L. Saslaw Minority Leader, Donald McEachin Caucus Leader
Founded 1924 (1924)
Headquarters 1710 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Ideology Liberalism
Progressivism
Social liberalism
Political position Center-left
National affiliation Democratic Party
Unofficial colors Blue
Seats in the US Senate
2 / 2
Seats in the US House
3 / 11
Seats in the VA Senate
19 / 40
Seats in the VA House
32 / 100
VA statewide offices held
3 / 3
Website
www.vademocrats.org

The Democratic Party of Virginia is based in

  • Democratic Party of Virginia Party Website
  • Virginia Young Democrats
  • Arlington Democrats
  • Senate Caucus
  • House Caucus

External links

  1. ^ "Contact." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Democratic Party of Virginia | Party Rules
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  4. ^ http://www.vademocrats.org/pages/2008_convention_platform/ Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  5. ^ http://www.vpap.org/pacs/raised.cfm Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  6. ^ B. Lewis "GOP Plan: Moderate Abusive Driving Fees" Associated Press http://www.wtopnews.com/?sid=1195457&nid=25 Retrieved 2007-09-04
  7. ^ T. Craig, "Democratic Gains Predicted in Va. Assembly" Washington Post p. A1 2007-09-02.
  8. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/07/AR2007110700553_2.html Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  9. ^ Big news coming out of Senate: Twitter by Frederick
  10. ^ Not Larry Sabato: Social Media Saves Senate For Democrats
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  14. ^ , May 22, 2009.Lynchburg News-AdvanceReed, Ray. "Kaine calls on LU to reconsider Democratic club ban."
  15. ^ , May 25, 2009.Fight for Change"http://www.fightforchange.org/liberty-university-bans-democrat-club-because-of-gay-rights/"
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  17. ^ http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/05/mcauliffe_jumps.php Skalka, Jennifer. McAuliffe Jumps Into Liberty U/Young Dems Battle, National Journal, Hotline OnCall, May 22, 2009
  18. ^ http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Initiatives/Legislation2008/ Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  19. ^ a b Tim Craig, "Va. Lawmakers Seek End to Budget Clash", Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/13/AR2008031301766.html?sub=AR Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  20. ^ https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/Election/Data/2009/B19D959E-A4DD-4C27-BC08-30C8F2FF2F92/Unofficial/2_s.shtml Retrieved 2009-06-12.
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  22. ^ https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/Election/Data/2009/B19D959E-A4DD-4C27-BC08-30C8F2FF2F92/Unofficial/3_s.shtml Retrieved 2009-06-09.
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function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '

function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end

function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end


-- Helper functions


local p = {}

local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno


return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --

end

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function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end

function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end


-- Helper functions


local p = {}

local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno


-- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


References

See also

On March 2, 2010, Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn defeated Republican Kerry D. Bolognese in a special election for the 41st House of Delegates district in Fairfax County to fill Marsden's seat,[26] by 37 votes, out of 11,528 cast.[27][28] She was sworn in on March 3, 2010 after her opponent dropped his plans to request a recount.[29]

On January 12, 2010, in a special election for the 37th State Senate district, Democrat Dave W. Marsden beat Republican Steve M. Hunt by a 327-vote margin.[24] In the 8th State Senate district, Republican Jeff L. McWaters beat Democrat William W. "Bill" Fleming by a vote of 78-21%.[25]

2010 special elections

Both parties are focusing on which party will control the House of Delegates — following the Democrats taking back the Senate in 2007. All 100 House seats are elected in 2009 for a two-year term, and the Republicans currently have a majority of 6 seats, and there are 15 Republican districts that President Obama carried in the 2008 election. Two of the most visible are Del. David B. Albo (R) who faces a second challenge from Democrat Greg Werkheiser, and Del. Ward Armstrong.[23] In a special election held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Brian Moran, Democrat Charniele Herring defeated Repbulcian Joe Murray by 16 votes. However, the Republicans blocked seating Herring at the start of the session pending a recount of the vote.[23]

Control of House of Delegates

Del. Stephen C. Shannon is the only announced candidate. State Sen. John S. Edwards is considering the race,[21] although he may be seeking a federal judge appointment instead.

Attorney General

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jody M. Wagner 838,288 43.41%
William T. Bolling 1,092,810 56.59%

General election

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jody M. Wagner 212,363 74.21%
A. Michael Signer 60,958 21.30%
Jon I. Bowerbank 12,824 4.48%

Democratic primary

The following candidates announced for the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nomination:Jody M. Wagner, Jon Bowerbank, Michael Signer and Pat Edmondson.[21] Bowerbank and Edmondson subsequently withdrew. Wagner won the primary:[22]

Lieutenant Governor

Candidate Vote Percentage
R. Creigh Deeds 877,533 41.27%
Robert F. McDonnell 1,149,091 58.73%

General election

Candidate Vote Percentage
R. Creigh Deeds 158,854 49.76%
Terry McAuliffe 84,387 26.43%
Brian J. Moran 75,936 23.79%

Democratic primary

On June 9, 2009, Creigh Deeds defeated former Delegate Brian Moran and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in the primary, and became the Democratic candidate for Governor. He was defeated by Republican Robert F. McDonnell the following November.[20]

Governor

2009 statewide elections

As of January 2009, Democrats hold both of Virginia's two seats in the U.S. Senate, 6 of 11 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, a majority in the State Senate and a minority in the Virginia House of Delegates. Additionally, a Democrat serves as Virginia's Governor.

Reportedly, the final budget is set at $77 billion with $296 million to be withdrawn from the state's reserve fund to make up a revenue shortfall in the current year. Democratic leaders from the Senate persuaded House Republicans to drop a prohibition on funding Planned Parenthood of Virginia, which performs abortions, and groups that conduct stem cell research.[19]

For the first time in the Kaine Administration, the Governor's 2008-10 budget faced a legislature with each chamber controlled by a different party. The priority items in the budget were: a Pre-Kindergarten initiative, improvements to child services, an expansion of health care access, investments in higher education, and improvements for mental health.[18] The Republicans fought the new spending, instead emphasizing the need to confine spending to "core" programs. By the time the regular session ended on March 8, no agreement had been reached. However, the parties had reached a compromise on March 12, with a final budget expected to be adopted on March 13.[19]

2008 budget battle

On May 15, 2009, vice president of student affairs, Mark Hine, sent an e-mail to the president of Liberty University's College Democrats, Brian O'Nill Diaz, revoking the university's recognition of the club. "The Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University and to Christian doctrine," Hine's e-mail stated, citing the party's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, hate crimes, "the LGBT agenda," and "socialism" as justification for the dissolution. While the club can still meet on campus, it cannot use the university's name or receive reserve university facilities.[12] Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Governor Tim Kaine and gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds called on the college to rescind the ban.[13][14] Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell stated that he "personally disagrees" with Liberty's decision, but that because it is a private school, its leaders can make their own decisions.[13] When the club formed in 2008, Republicans on campus were generally supportive.[15] Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., subsequently stated that it was not the position of the University nor officials that Democrats could not be Christians.[16] The head of the College Democrats, Brian O'nill Diaz, was quoted as saying he was baffled by the administration's decision, "I want to be able to share the love of Christ, but I guess I can't do that on campus because I'm a Democrat as well."[17]

Derecognition of College Democrats

In a special session of the legislature held on April 8, 2009 to consider extending unemployment insurance benefits in order to implement the federal stimulus package, the Republicans voted along party lines, 53 to 46 in the House of Delegates to defeat the proposal.[11] Two Republican delegates from high unemployment districts voted in favor of Kaine's proposal.

In February 2009, the Republicans sought to exploit an internal dispute within the Senate Democratic caucus over the appointment of judges in Norfork to regain control of certain Senate committee chairmanships. The Republicans filed a report to change these chairmanships to Republican hands expecting one Democratic Senator to support them, thereby creating a 20-20 tie and allowing Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, a Republican to break the tie. However, Republican Party Chair Jeffrey Frederick reported via Twitter that Republicans were close to luring a Democrat in the Virginia Senate into entering a power sharing agreement.[9] Because the Democrats were tipped off to the potential defection, they were able to prevent this from taking place.[10]

[8] As a result, Democrats in 2007 regained control of the State Senate and narrowed the Republican majority in the House of Delegates to 7 or 8 seats.[7] and unveiled a proposal to prohibit illegal immigrants from attending public colleges and requiring sheriffs to check people's immingation status before releasing them from jail.illegal immigration, where all of the House of Delegates and Senate seats were up for reelection, Democrats highlighted the Republicans' inability to lead the legislature. In response, the Republicans focused on November 2007 electionsLeading up to the
Historic Partisan Makeup of the Virginia State Senate

In 2007, the need to fund $1 billion per year for pressing transportation projects resulted in another impasse between the House of Delegates and Senate. Rather than approve additional tax increases, the final Republican plan, which was enacted into law, resulted in new abusive driving fees of up to $3,000 which are assessed against Virginia residents in addition to the historic fines assessed on out-of-state drivers convicted of the same driving law violations. The Republican plan also called for issuing general obligation bonds which Democrats claim will reduce funding of non-transportation needs in future years. In general, the Democrats opposed the abusive driving fees. On 2007-08-23, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate responded to public opposition of the new fees by promising to moderate them in the 2008 legislative session.[6]

In 2006, a budget deadlock between the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and the Republican-controlled Senate resulted in the legislative session extending far beyond its normal term as well as a special session. In general, the Democrats favored a progressive income tax and sought to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.

Historic Partisan Makeup of the Virginia House of Delegates

Although it is difficult to measure total fundraising contributions because money is donated to political action committees as well as directly to the parties, public records show that in 2007, the Virginia Republican Party received $3,376,215 compared with $8,245,806 for the Democrats.[5]

Current events

  • Restoring Economic Security for Virginia's Families
    • Protecting Homeowners
    • Protecting Workers
    • Support for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
    • Improving Trade Policies
    • Support for Training and Re-training
  • Ensuring Affordable, Quality Health Care for All
    • Support for Expanding Help to the Poor and Uninsured
    • Protecting Social Security
  • Preserving Virginia's World-Class Public Education System
    • Fulfilling the Promise of No Child Left Behind
    • Support for Job Training and Continuing Education
    • Support for Teachers
    • Meeting Funding Responsibilities
    • Support for a Well-Rounded Curriculum
    • Support for Early Childhood Education
    • Support Full Funding for Higher Education
  • Preserving Virginia's Natural Resources
    • Support for Tackling the Threats of Climate Change
    • Support for a New Energy Policy
    • Support for Access to Safe Drinking Water
    • Support for Clean Rivers, Streams, and the Chesapeake Bay
    • Support for Preserving Open Space
    • Support for Outdoor Activities
  • Celebrating Diversity & Community
    • Affirmation of Equal Rights for Women, Civil Rights for All
    • Faith in Action
    • Support for People with Disabilities
    • Opposition to Discrimination
    • Support for Domestic Partnership Benefits
  • Ensuring Fair Elections
    • Support for Redistricting Reform
    • Support for Restoring Felons' Rights to Vote
    • Support for Consecutive Gubernatorial Terms
  • Keeping Citizens Safe and Secure
    • Support for Our Troops
    • Support the Right to Bear Arms
    • Support Fighting Terrorism
  • Finding Solutions to Transportation Needs
    • Encourage Use of Alternative Modes of Transit
    • Support Responsible Growth

The 2008 State Party Platform was adopted at the June 14, 2008 State Convention.[4] The key topics covered by the Platform are:

Legislative initiatives

Susan Swecker was elected as Party Chair on March 27, 2015.[3] Robert Dempsey serves as Executive Director.

Leading Virginia democrats Douglas Wilder, Jim Webb, Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner with Barack Obama

Current leadership

Statewide offices

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Members of Congress

The Virginia Democratic Party holds minorities in the Virginia Senate and House, controls all three statewide offices, controls both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and holds three of the state's 11 U.S. House seats.

Current elected officials

Contents

  • Current elected officials 1
    • Members of Congress 1.1
      • U.S. Senate 1.1.1
      • U.S. House of Representatives 1.1.2
    • Statewide offices 1.2
  • Current leadership 2
  • Legislative initiatives 3
  • Current events 4
    • Derecognition of College Democrats 4.1
    • 2008 budget battle 4.2
  • 2009 statewide elections 5
    • Governor 5.1
      • Democratic primary 5.1.1
      • General election 5.1.2
      • Lieutenant Governor 5.1.3
    • Democratic primary 5.2
    • General election 5.3
      • Attorney General 5.3.1
    • Control of House of Delegates 5.4
  • 2010 special elections 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Historically, the Democratic Party has dominated Virginia politics. Of the 39 governors directly elected by Virginia voters, 34 have been Democrats and five have been Republicans. However, in the 1990s the Republican Party made gains.

Washington, D.C. area, Metropolitan Richmond, and suburban Tidewater which guarantees an open and fair candidate selection process. Although the party has members and elected officials throughout the state, it draws its highest number of votes from the [2]

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