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!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Blogging The Town Hall Meeting With Barack Obama: Pictures

An exciting event for a first-time press member, the Town Hall Meeting with Barack Obama was a spectacle even without the candidate. All the pictures are clickable, link to Photobucket, where you can view a larger version of each picture, email them, and more.

Let's start:

The press check-in line:

Me, my press pass, and my voice recorder ready to conquer the day(I was sweating profusely, that's why my hair's all messed up):

Interviewing Rick Boucher beforehand:

The crowd:

Rep. Rick Boucher talking at the podium:

Mark Warner speaking while Obama and Boucher look on:

The traveling Bus Press, all 18 that were sitting up here, were on their laptops:

Barack Obama speaking at the podium:

Barack Obama shaking hands afterwards:

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Barack Obama Coming To Bristol, VA!

I would've posted this HOURS ago, but sadly, I was called into work on my day off, and was not able to post about this.

Barack Obama will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at Virginia High School on Thursday, June 5th at 11:45am. Now, while I have applied for my press credentials, if I am turned down, I already have my ticket for the event, which is required, and I signed up to volunteer at the event. But I'm definitely hoping I can get my press credentials so I can get pictures and video for Virginia Left Wing and Raising Kaine.

So once again, the event will be Thursday, June 5th at 11:45am at Virginia High School in Bristol, VA.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Barack Obama Slams John McCain For Voting Against GI Bill

Just like they say in this video clip, John McCain totally blows off Barack Obama's inquiry into why he voted alongside President Bush's view on the GI Bill, introduced by Virginia senator Jim Webb in January 2007 and cosponsored by 57 senators, including Virginia Republican senator John Warner.

The bill provides for educational assistance for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, and any other person serving in the Armed Forces after 9/11/01.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thank God for John Edwards!

John Edwards, my original choice for president, has officially endorsed Barack Obama's candidacy. So finally, we have Edwards, Richardson, and Dodd as the former presidential candidates that have endorsed Obama. Edwards and Obama were both noted as the "Change" candidates during the primaries, which made them both stand out. As soon as it was announced that the endorsement would be made, the news networks started the hype again about a possible VP spot for Edwards. I, for one, would love John Edwards as the VP, but I'd be more interested to see Jim Webb in that spot, but that's a story for another post.

What's interesting to note is that John Edwards garnered 7% of the vote in the West Virginia primary yesterday, which means that there's still quite a few citizens that Barack Obama needs to appeal to in order to secure a majority in November.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The SD's Flock To Obama

As Hillary Clinton continues her campaign with her strategy of "It's all about the general election", Barack Obama worries none about the apparent coming victories in Kentucky and West Virginia, saying that she will "most likely" carry those states. And he has no reason to worry, picking up more and more superdelegates, including one previous Clinton backer.

It remains to be seen if the Obama camp will slowly roll these SD's out, or they'll start speeding up the pickups.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hillary Fords The River

I'm wondering when Hillary Clinton will drop out. After a long night Tuesday waiting in frustration for Lake County's results to come in, the state suddenly became closer than what anyone had thought. It didn't help that Mayor Rudy Clay from Gary, Indiana apparently didn't understand anything about the election process. More so, it didn't help when I woke up this morning and listened to commentary saying Clinton is still pressing on. We've had enough. I'm sure West Virginia and the rest of the states still want to vote for their candidate, but this primary cycle is becoming too tiring.

Listening to her speech today in Indianapolis, she still thinks it's all about the general election against John McCain. I think she needs to focus on her primary election, considering Barack Obama just picked up 4 more all-imporatant superdelegates, including Virginia House of Delegates member Rep. Jennifer McClellan, who switched her support from Clinton.

Monday, May 05, 2008

This Is What I Believe

My name is Justin, and this is what I believe. I believe we need to vote our values and beliefs, rather than vote for the issue/candidate that looks like it could win. I believe in Howard Zinn's quote, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." I believe that friends come and go, but the best ones seem to always stay near to your heart, no matter the distance. I believe that worrying is about as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.

I also believe that I was gone from blogging for WAY too long. Last post being in January...of last year. So after I was introduced to Lowell Feld, of RaisingKaine fame, by Brian Patton at a Mark Warner For Senate Campaign Kickoff on Sunday, he proceeded to tell me and Neal Osborne, of Neal2028 fame, that there was no reason why we shouldn't be blogging anymore. This guy basically told us what we needed to hear; that we've been gone for too long and we need to get in the game.

So I'm back. Look for a few changes to come around on the blog finally. No WordPress for least at this point in time. I want my viewership back, but most importantly, I want my ideas heard and discussed.


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