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Senator Warner speaks at W&L on April 13

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., will speak to students from Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute in Lexington on Thursday, April 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Washington and Lee’s Stackhouse Theater.

Warner will be introduced by Rossella Gabriele, a sophomore at W&L who will be interning for the senator this summer. Warner will speak briefly, then will take questions from the audience. The talk and following question-and-answer session are open to public.

Notice of City of Lexington Democratic Caucus

The Lexington Democratic Committee will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday April 27, 2017, in the meeting room of Lexington City Police Headquarters, 11 Fuller Street, Lexington, for the purpose of electing three delegates to the 6th Congressional District Democratic Convention to be held at 10 a.m., May 20, 2017, at Rockbridge County High School (143 Greenhouse Road, Lexington, VA 24450).

The purposes of the convention shall be:

a. To elect twenty Democratic State Central Committee members.

b. To conduct other business as may properly come before the convention

Any person wishing to seek election as a delegate or alternate must file with Gene Zitver at or 540-319-1649 no later than 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Doors to the caucuses will open at 6:00 p.m. for check-in.  Any person attending a caucus, before participating in that caucus, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and is a registered voter in the City of Lexington. Caucus Participation Forms must be filled out at the caucus prior to participating in the caucus. At 7:00 p.m. the doors to the caucuses will be closed and no person may complete a form and participate in the caucus after that time with the exception of those persons in line at 7:00 p.m.

If only one person files for each delegate position, the caucus will be cancelled.  In this event the Chair will publicly announce the cancellation, proclaim the individuals properly filed as the duly nominated delegates, and so advise those individuals.

For further information, please contact Gene Zitver of the Lexington Democratic Committee at or 540-319-1649.

Justin Fairfax will speak at April 17 LDC meeting

Justin Fairfax, candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the June 13 Democratic primary, will speak and take questions at the beginning of the meeting of the Lexington Democratic Committee on Monday April 17, 5:15 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room of Lexington City Hall, 300 East Washington Street.

Non-members as well as members of the Lexington Democratic Committee are welcome to attend for Justin’s appearance.

A brief business meeting will follow.

Meet Sam Rasoul March 23

Virginia Del. Sam Rasoul, Democrat from Roanoke, will discuss using the science of trust to win elections at the next meeting of the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee on Thursday March 23 at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road.

All are invited.

The cash bar for beer and wine will open at 5:30 pm; Dinner is at 6:15.  Please RSVP by March 21 for dinner to Jay Clarke at  The price for dinner is $20; pay at the door.  Vegetarian meals available on request.  You may attend Sam’s talk without eating dinner, if you wish, starting about 6:45 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Jay Clarke at or 540-261-8861.

Tax-deductible contributions are welcome to the Jackie Pleasants Scholarship Fund awarded yearly to a deserving RCHS student based on scholarship and need.

Democrats are motivated, but motivation is not enough. Even being “right” is not enough.  We need to win in November 2017. Sam will center his workshop activity around strategic planning and communications based on the science of trust. The goal is to win elections. For more, go to

Goodlatte’s committee set to block disclosure of Trump’s conflicts of interest, Russia ties

Politico reported last week:

House Republicans… plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump’s potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.

Seeking to avoid a full House vote on the so-called “resolution of inquiry” — a roll call that would be particularly embarrassing and divisive for the right — Republicans will send proposal by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday, two Democratic sources said. The GOP-controlled committee is expected to kill the resolution.

Without committee action, obscure parliamentary procedures would allow Democrats to call the resolution to the floor for a vote by the full House. But rejection by the Judiciary panel all but assures the measure will never see a floor vote.

“Unless the resolution is reported by the committee within 14 legislative days, either favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation, then it can be brought up on the House floor immediately thereafter, so the committee plans to address this resolution next week,” said one House Judiciary Committee aide in a statement.

Resolutions of inquiry are rare in Congress and privileged, meaning lawmakers can circumvent leadership and force action on the floor if they’re ignored for 14 legislative days.

The resolutions can force presidents and agencies to give Congress private records. Nadler’s, for example, demands that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hand over to the Hill “any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication” pertaining to “criminal or counterintelligence investigations” related to Trump, White House staff or his business.

Democrats have blasted Trump for failing to make a clean break from his real estate empire, accusing him of being vulnerable to conflicts of interest. They also are suspicious of his campaign’s relationship with Russia. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that top Russian officials orchestrated interference into the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf.

The House Judiciary Committee is chaired by Bob Goodlatte, who has ignored requests by committee Democrats to schedule hearings on Trump’s conflicts of interest. If Goodlatte and the other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee vote on Tuesday February 28 to block the disclosure to Congress of information on Trump’s conflicts of interest and his campaign’s connections with Russian officials, all their claims to be interested in getting to the truth about these matters will be exposed for the shams they are.

Call Congressman Goodlatte’s office at (202) 225-5431 before 10 a.m. Tuesday and let him know you support Congressman Nadler’s resolution of inquiry.

Lexington Democrats meet February 27

The Lexington Democratic Committee will meet Monday February 27 at 5:15 p.m. in the meeting room at City Hall, 300 East Washington Street.

Those wishing to join the committee as well as current members are invited.

Meet Tom Perriello in Lexington

Former Congressman Tom Perriello, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Virginia, will be in Lexington on Friday February 17 at 9 a.m. for a meet-and-greet at the Nelson Gallery, 27 West Washington Street. All are welcome.

More information from his campaign here.

(Note: The Lexington Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates in Democratic primaries. We will extend the same courtesy to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the other candidate for the Democratic nomination, if he requests it.)

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