It’s Caucus Season!

It’s Caucus and Convention season, and this year we have quite a few.

April

Updated April 25: The 12th District Caucus has been canceled; Chris Hurst ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, so he will challenge Joseph Yost in November.

Updated April 28: The Montgomery County Caucus to Elect Delegates for Central Reorganization is canceled because we had fewer than twenty delegates pre-filing.

May

The 9th Congressional District Nomination Convention will select twenty members to the Democratic State Central Committee. These members will be chosen from delegates throughout the ninth district; up to twenty of those will have come the Montgomery County Caucus in April.

June

The Democratic Primary is June 13. You can vote at your usual voting location.

Finally, in June we have three concurrent unassembled caucuses (“firehouse primaries”) to select candidates for the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors in districts A, C, and D. You can only participate in the caucus for the district in which you reside.

Unassembled caucuses are structured like primaries or elections; you show up, cast a ballot, then leave.

Hillary and the Coal Miners

The fate of coal and coal miners is important in our part of Virginia. Sometimes we here in Montgomery County forget that coal miners are our neighbors. About 15 million short tons of coal were mined in Virginia in 2015, most of it here in Southwest Virginia in counties like Buchanan, Dickenson, Wise, and Tazewell, all of which are in the Virginia Ninth Congressional District like Montgomery County. The value of the coal mined in Virginia was about $1.5 billion in 2015.

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“Rewriting the Rules”: A Sane Framework for Economic Reform

If you’ve been listening to Hillary Clinton’s speeches lately, you’ve heard her say that we need to “rewrite the rules” of our economic system. Her point is that our financial laws now favor the already wealthy and don’t much help the rest of us. Wealth inequality is growing, with most of the nation’s recent economic gains going to the wealthiest 20% of Americans. The wealthiest 1% of Americans are reaping the rewards of our improving economy at an even more disproportionate rate, while those of us in the 99% find our incomes lagging by comparison.

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