Thursday, August 13, 2009

Health Care Reform Hits the Airwaves

The AARP has released a new ad on television news networks supporting health care reform now. Very good ad in support of the plan President Obama is working to get his Congress to push through.

YouTube Video (AARP Ambulance Ad):

Friday, July 24, 2009

President Obama Coming To Southwest Virginia

President Obama will come to Southwest Virginia next Wednesday, July 29th, as part of his push for health care reform.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted to reporters this morning in an off-camera briefing, "I don’t know if there’s any TV plans," Gibbs said. "We travel again on Wednesday. We’ll go through this in the (discussion of the) week ahead this afternoon but we have stops in Raleigh, North Carolina, and southwestern Virginia . . . It’s health care."

No further details have been released as of yet.

Stay tuned for more!

UPDATE 7/25 1:50AM : President Obama is scheduled to visit Bristol, VA for a townhall meeting on Wednesday, part of his push for health care reform.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Email from Deeds Camp Notes McD's Weaknesses

Deeds for Virginia
Justin --

I wanted you to be the first to know: I just learned that Bob McDonnell will begin running ads across Virginia starting in the next 48 hours.

McDonnell and the RNC are worried. Instead of a lead, he finds himself behind in the polls, and struggling in all areas of the state.

His back is against the wall and now he's got to remake his record to try and convince voters he's a moderate. But his record shows otherwise, and we need to set the record straight to Virginia voters.

That's why we've set a goal of raising $100,000 online by the June 30 fundraising deadline. I know it’s an ambitious goal, but we need to make sure we expose Bob McDonnell for who he really is.

Contribute today to help Creigh raise $100,000 by June 30 to set the record straight on Bob McDonnell.

Who is Bob McDonnell? Well, we know he's charismatic. We know he's a capable fundraiser and candidate. But most importantly, we know that Bob McDonnell is wrong on almost every issue that’s important to working-class Virginians.

Bob McDonnell opposes a forward-thinking energy policy.
He opposes an additional $125 million of unemployment benefits for laid off Virginia workers. He opposes stem cell research to find cures that will help Virginia families. And he opposes a woman's right to choose – even in cases of rape and incest.

Bob McDonnell has an extreme social and economic agenda. You and I know that. But Creigh needs your help to make sure voters all across the Commonwealth know, too.

I guarantee you that these new ads will not expose any of these facts.

Donate to our campaign today to make sure we have the resources we need to take on Bob McDonnell.

These ads, and McDonnell's whole campaign, will be well-funded by out-of-state interests and the national Republican party. These are the same people who led the fight for the agendas of Gilmore, Bush and McCain.

Our primary was crucial. Creigh emerged out of the primary a stronger candidate, and we built a powerful grassroots campaign to support him.

But we had to spend every penny we had to win, while Bob McDonnell stockpiled more than $4.9 million in his campaign coffers.

That financial advantage is allowing him to go up on the air this week. We must respond.

Help us show Virginians the real Bob McDonnell. Contribute to our $100,000 end of quarter goal today!

Thank you for all your help. Together, we can ensure Virginians make an informed decision in November.


Joe Abbey
Campaign Manager
Deeds for Virginia

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Insiders in McAuliffe Camp Hinted At "Major Endorsement" Same Day as WashPost Endorsed Deeds

After a crazy primary season, we finally ended up with a winner Tuesday night, with Deeds crushing Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, even in their own hometowns and precincts. The Washington Post endorsement of Deeds on May 22nd catapulted him above McAuliffe and Moran in the polls, far above any margin of error.

Insiders on the McAuliffe campaign say that emails and conference calls throughout May hinted at a "major endorsement" coming soon for the campaign. And they spoke very highly every day about a major endorsement that would put them over the top up until the day of the Washington Post endorsement, May 22nd, with the last round of hinting. After the endorsement was released by the Washington Post as an online story before the print edition went into circulation, all talk was hushed from the top down about any major endorsement.

The McAuliffe campaign was counting on the Washington Post endorsement since, as we all watched, it would probably put someone above the rest in the polls. Internal polling throughout May leading up to the WashPo endorsement in the McAuliffe camp showed his numbers dropping while Deeds and Moran both rose, Deeds with a slightly higher clip. This was also proven in public polls before the endorsement.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Raising A Governor's Debate

It's hard enough sitting down months in advance planning a debate for the Democratic candidates for governor of Virginia. It's even harder when, one month before said debate is supposed to be happening, you start to find out about numerous other debates around the same time.

We are looking for a few good.....gubernatorial candidates. As we find out about other gubernatorial debates in April, we would like to push for our own.

The Southwest Virginia Young Democrats,, are planning a gubernatorial debate for Saturday, April 25th at 7pm in the John S. Battle High School Auditorium in Bristol, VA. We've asked all the campaigns to attend our debate, and we're still waiting on all the okays. Let's make it a bit more enticing, shall we?

Statewide television media have been invited and some have already agreed that they will be present, and C-SPAN has been invited to cover the event live. Two other stations that cover Southwest VA have also agreed to tape the debate and show it numerous times on local channels in its entirety. The questions have been submitted by citizens, or homefolk, of Southwest VA, so you(the candidates) know you're able to respond directly to the public's questions. On-site attendance for the debate, which will be publicized immensely, is expected to top 700. This number does not include the 300, 000+ people in the Tri-Cities television market, which includes Southwest Virginia.

The SWVA Young Democrats have been working for months to ensure a successful Democratic gubernatorial debate, and we would greatly appreciate if all three candidates running for the Democratic nomination would agree to participate in our debate. This debate will also be used to generate more interest in the Young Democrats, as our charter covers the entire 9th Congressional District.

Monday, February 09, 2009

I'm Back!

Finally, after months of contracts and NDA's, I'm able to write in my blog again. Let's start it right off:

President Obama is doing something that President Bush never did except on the campaign trail: conducting town hall meetings to hear regular Americans' thoughts on the economy and the problems facing American families. So in this way, the president can do his work in Washington, but also make sure that the work he's doing is favored by the American public. If it's not, he wants to hear from the people to see what he would need to improve upon.

Obama looks as fired up as he did on the campaign trail, and in many ways, it's like he never left it to begin with. Let's hope it works as Congress tries to pass the stimulus bill.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Town Hall Meeting with Governor Tim Kaine

A Town Hall Meeting with Governor Tim Kaine will be held at Virginia Highlands Community College tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, in the Theatre, which is in the LRC Building, Room 605. Doors will open at 9:30am; the event will start at 10am. No tickets are required. From there we will go to Representative Rick Boucher's campaign office, where Governor Kaine will launch our canvassing event, where we'll go door-to-door to see how people are voting. This is a first-come, first-served event, so be sure to get in early to get a seat.


Friday, August 01, 2008

Economic Town Hall Meeting At The SWVA Higher Education Center

Top economic advisors with Obama For America, the Campaign For Change, will hold a town hall meeting at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA on Monday, August 4th, showcasing how Senator Obama’s economic plan will bring jobs into Southwest Virginia.

Details of the event:

Town Hall Meeting
August 4, 2008
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
2nd Floor West
Suite 240
12pm - 1pm

For more information:

Jon Ginter, Field Organizer, Obama For America
(276) 494-4144

Friday, July 18, 2008

Barack Obama Bristol Campaign Office Open House

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 19th, the Barack Obama campaign will open the Bristol, VA office to the general public with an open house. The office is also doubling as an regional headquarters for the Mark Warner campaign. The open house will run from 10am to 4pm, so feel free to drop by at any point. There will also be a breakfast at Shoney's on Exit 5 with the Bristol, VA Democratic Committee at 9am if you would like to attend that as well.


Barack Obama Campaign Office Open House
1009 W. State St.
Bristol, VA 24201

Breakfast @ Shoney's
2066 Lee Hwy.
Bristol, VA 24201

For those of you not in Bristol, there will also be an office opening up in Castlewood, VA on Saturday. From 10am-2pm at the UMWA Building, right near Pizza Hut.


If you would like to help with voter registration on Saturday, please come by the Kroger's or the K-Mart in Abingdon at any point during the day. We will have tables set up at each location, registering voters and recruiting volunteers. We definitely need help with this part of the campaign. Voter Registration is key to winning over votes.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Obama For America Organizational Meeting And Training In Bristol

Being newly appointed Southwest Virginia Grassroots Field Organizer for Obama For America :), the news sometimes has to come through me if not by any other channels.

Tomorrow will be the Obama For America Organizational Meeting for Bristol, VA and surrounding towns and locations. Basically, we're going to discuss and train for volunteer opportunities in the Obama campaign in and around Bristol - setting up voter registration drives, GOTV events, organizing rallies and house parties, and much more.

Anyone that wants to volunteer for the Obama campaign should be at the Bristol Public Library at 11:00AM. Other slots are open for you to come at 3:00PM, and also Sunday at 2PM, but we'd like to populate the first as much as possible.


Obama For America Organizational Meeting & Training
Bristol Public Library
701 Goode St.
Bristol, VA 24201

Saturday, June 21st
11:00AM & 3:00PM

Sunday, June 22nd
2:00 PM

We're expecting a turnout of over 300 volunteers, so it looks to be a fruitful meeting.

Hope to see you there!


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