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Registering Voters in Virginia


Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 06:58 AM EDT

( - promoted by Isaac Smith)

The MD Obama campaign has focused on helping out in Virginia and I have spent two days canvassing in Virginia lately and one day registering voters.  I fully support those efforts and will do it as often as I can.  I will also phone bank, as well.  I did notice that there were some voter registration activities taking place at some of the Red Line Metro stations, so I volunteered to help out at the Takoma station, which is very close to my house.

Everyone knows of Takoma Park as pretty politically active and aware, so I figured that trying to register voters there would not be very productive.  Also, the station is physically in DC, so many DC residents use it.

I have spent two evenings at the Takoma Metro and have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have registered.  Last night I was there for about an hour and a half and I got a dozen registrants, plus a few who took forms for their children.  I also got one volunteer.  Some were people who had recently moved and one had even downloaded the form at work and filled it and and just left it with me to take to the Board of Elections.  My efforts won't make much difference in the outcome in Maryland, but it's easy and better than staying home and fretting or watching television.

If you live in Montgomery County or nearby and want to volunteer, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 240-396-6739.   You can also work in your neighborhood on the Neighbor-to-neighbor program.

Maryland is not in play, but everyone can help in some way.  We cannot let this opportunity slip away!

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Obama's Gloves are Definitely Off

by: Eric Luedtke

Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 08:17 PM EDT

This new as is playing in a number of battlegrounds, including Virginia. It echoes some of the themes Obama was hitting during his swing through southern Virginia today.

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Assorted Links

by: Isaac Smith

Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM EST

  • The General Assembly is considering repealing a provision in the special session tax package that required homeowners to apply for a tax credit they had previously gotten automatically.
  • Prince George's County Council Chair David Harrington narrowly beats Rushern Baker to succeed the late Gwendolyn Britt in the state Senate. Harrington, you'll recall, was one of the handful of Prince George's Democrats who endorsed Michael Steele back in 2006.
  • Gov. O'Malley is backing a bill to require all new and renovated state buildings meet green building standards.
  • The 'beg-a-thon' for school construction money from the Board of Public Works begins.
  • Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are supporting a bill that would effectively boot state schools superintendent Nancy Grasmick from her job.
  • Why is Del. Sandy Rosenberg going to baseball spring training in Florida in the middle of the legislative session?
  • The Sun editorial page backs transit-oriented development.
  • Maryland, the District, and Virginia are forming a new partnership to promote sustainable economic devleopment.
  • Sen. Lisa Gladden gets caught promoting a 'red-headed Eskimo twin' bill. Read the post to see what I mean.
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Raising Kaine on the Virginia Tech Shootings

by: Isaac Smith

Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 01:03 PM EDT

Our sister blog Raising Kaine has, as one might expect, been doing an excellent job covering the aftermath of the Virgina Tech shootings. They've provided a lot of statements by politicians, in-depth analysis of the shootings themselves, and some personal commentary on the how this tragedy has affected the some of the people of Virginia. Go check it out.
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On the Virginia Tech Shootings

by: Isaac Smith

Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 08:59 PM EDT

To our neighbors across the Potomac, my sincerest condolences. I'm just astounded that something like this could happen. It happens all the time in some parts of the world, yes, but it doesn't make what happened today any less horrifying.

UPDATE: What Megan said.

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DC Area Upcoming Events

by: Isaac Smith

Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 02:30 PM EDT

For some reason, I can't get the Upcoming Events box on this blog to work. Until then, check out these affairs (from dKos):

  1.  Tuesday Night, March 13, Metro-Area Young Dem "Commonwealth Meets Capitol Hill" Networking Night

6:00-9:00pm Tuesday, March 13th, Top of the Hill (Pour House upstairs bar), 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Capitol South Metro) Sponsored by the Arlington Young Democrats, join young Dems (and the young-at-heart) from VA, DC and MD at Top of the Hill for our second annual happy hour to get local progressives to socialize and build relationships for working together in 2007 and 2008. Over 150 attendees are expected.

  Webb Brigades Alumni / DEM PAC
  Virginia Young Democrats
  DC Young Democrats
  Maryland Young Democrats
  Alexandria Young Democrats
  DC College Democrats
  DC Irish Democrats
  Montgomery County Young Democrats
  Prince Georges County Young Democrats
  Young Voter PAC

  For more information visit

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