Feb 15

Thank you, Jennifer Wexton. Thank you, Mark Herring.

Thank you both. Thank you for making a difference. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for standing out.

I am so proud to know you both.

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Jan 11

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors appointed to the LIBRARY BOARD a guy who publicly destroys holy books.

You can read all about it in the Post. And at Loudoun Progress. And in the Post again. But here’s the crux of the matter: the all-Republican Board of Supervisors, who has reinstated Delgaudio onto the Transportation and Land Use committee, took his recommendation for an appointment to an irrevocable 4-year term on the Library Board and did not so much as Google his recommendation. Or perhaps they did, and hoped we wouldn’t notice that the guy they just appointed to the LIBRARY BOARD publicly destroys holy books.

Now, the folks on the Board of Supervisors say they’re going to vote to reconsider, and I hope that they do reverse their vote. But, please, Supervisors, think about what this whole episode says about your board. Particularly think about what it says about your relationship with the Sterling Supervisor. You’re taking him at his word, reappointing him to committees, what next? Giving him his funding back? What did he do to regain your trust? And will you trust him with anything else?

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Aug 07

Elsewhere

I’m on hiatus here because I’m being as noisy as all get out over on my campaign website. Come on over! Look around and maybe contribute! Also follow me over on Twitter and Facebook.

I’ll be back after the election! Don’t forget to vote November 5!

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May 29

SAVE THE DATE!

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation presents
LUNAFEST® 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia
LUNAFEST logo
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Johnson Center Bistro (Room G38) (building is #30 on campus map)
on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
 
LUNAFEST®, sponsored by LUNA, is a national traveling festival of short films by, for, and about women. It was established in 2000 to promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support the Breast Cancer Fund and other worthy nonprofit organizations working on women’s issues throughout the country.
 
By hosting LUNAFEST, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation brings together our supporters to enjoy great films, learn more about our work on reproductive rights and health care in Virginia, and raise funds to support both our organization and the national LUNAFEST beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund!
 

Join us for this great evening to celebrate female filmmakers and support our efforts to protect and advance reproductive freedom and health care access!

 
  • “Choice Guardian” Sponsor: $250 — Includes 4 tickets; name listed on invitation and program, recognition at event
  • “Choice Advocate” Sponsor: $125 (or $75 for GEM for Choice members) — Includes 2 tickets; name listed on invitation and program, recognition at event and reserved seating
  • General Admission: $40 — 1 ticket
  • Discounted General Admission: $25 — 1 ticket, for people under 35 years of age, students, or current GEM for Choice members
 
Please contact caroline@naralva.org or 202-973-3085 with any questions or to purchase your tickets over the phone.
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Check out the trailer for this year’s collection of short films!

LUNAFEST – 2012/2013 Season Trailer
from Clif Bar & Company on Vimeo.

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May 23

DOORS!!!

Boy, I love doing doors.

I hadn’t realized how much I miss knocking on doors. I love meeting people again, and talking about Virginia politics.

Just this past week, I’ve knocked hundreds of doors, gotten signatures from almost everybody who was at home, even Republicans. Women are excited to have a woman on the ballot. Last night, we met a neighbor who invited me to come speak to her Girl Scout troop as a role model! SQUEEE!

And you know what? EVERYBODY has heard about the transvaginal ultra-sound bill and that Tag Greason voted for it.

I’ve been especially thrilled by the number of people who know who I am, have read my blog, are following my twitter and facebook, and have been doing so for years. I hadn’t realized how many of my online friends live in the 32nd district!

Those who haven’t been online, know me through my husband and recognize me at the door.

I’m hearing that people care about toll fees, commute lengths, the economy, the environment, and how much they want government to stay out of their private lives. I’m hearing that they’re concerned about the balance between gun rights and gun safety. And I’m hearing that they’re interested in more transparency in government, and are frustrated with the two-party system.

I’m looking forward to this evening’s set of doors.

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May 21

I’m running against Tag Greason

Read all about it:
Leesburg Today

Loudoun Times

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Apr 13

New job, new schedule, overwhelming amounts of info…

Okay, I’ve got a new job that’s been quite the time-suck and so I’ve been neglecting you folks.

Here’s what I’ve missed talking about:

  • I’m mad as hell that President Obama is negotiating away Social Security and other social safety net measures. The congressional republicans will a) never think it’s enough and b) will use it to say that he’s attacking seniors.
  • I’m mad as hell that 13 states, including Virginia, have moved to make abortion harder to obtain while, at the same time, moved to eliminate the programs that a) reduce unwanted pregnancies and b) make responsible parenting possible.
  • I’m mad as hell that even after Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, Virginia Tech, etc., we are still having to argue about asking that people get flipping background checks before they are able to buy, sell, or trade for a flipping gun. Seriously, you’re going to make me get an internal ultrasound and wait seventy-two flipping hours before I can get an abortion if I need one and it’s too much to flipping ask that you put up with one flipping second of delay before you can buy a gun?  Well-regulated militia! The words have meaning! Look it up!!
  • I’m mad as hell that two more girls who were gang-raped by people who flipping filmed the rapes and then distributed those films ended up being so harassed by people in their communities that they killed themselves. My friend Andrea talks about this much more eloquently than I ever could.
  • I’m mad as hell that Exxon seems to be able to just dump oil anywhere they damned well please and that they get to keep being one of the most profitable companies on the planet. Take all their money, and use it to clean up their mess.

What are you mad as hell about today?

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Jan 22

I do not regret my abortion

bfcd-2013I lived in Pittsburgh for a few years, did I tell you?

I lived in Pittsburgh, and went to Pitt for two years, then I dropped out to work full-time. I worked three jobs, and volunteered at the local radio station, and I had an apartment that I shared with my boyfriend.

He was ex-army, kicked out for abusing Percocet that he’d gotten for a knee injury (training, not combat — this is before Desert Storm). A terrific writer, but no follow-through. He’d get 10 pages into a story and then….stop. He wasn’t really able to hold down a job. I supported the two of us. I was really kind of an idiot about him. But not so much of an idiot that I would have unprotected sex with him. No, I was not so much of an idiot as that.

We spent some holidays with his parents (he lived locally), and I loved his mom and sister.

We got a dog, and we both adored that puppy. And then, one day, my boyfriend got pissed about something that the dog chewed on, and kicked him.

He kicked our dog.

I packed up everything I owned, called my friend Steve Mahofsky (he had a car, a credit card, and a somewhat flexible schedule), and he rented a U-haul, filled it with my stuff, and drove me and my dog home to Brooklyn the very next day.

The Very. Next. Day.

Two weeks later, in Brooklyn, I didn’t get my period. I thought it might be stress, you know. But I took a pregnancy test anyway when it still wasn’t there five days after that.

It was positive.

I made an appointment with Planned Parenthood. There was no doubt in my mind about what I was going to do. I was NOT going to tie myself forever to a man who had kicked. my. dog. If he could kick the dog, he could hit me. Or a baby. No. Flipping. Way. I was NOT going to bring a child into the world to have that man as a father. I was NOT.

Being with him in the first place was the stupidest choice I’ve ever made. Having an abortion after I left him, was the best choice I’ve ever made.

And it’s important to me that other women, that ALL women, be able to be free to make their own choices.

NARAL

The second button down is for the tax deductible foundation

If it’s important to you, too. You know what to do.

 

 

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Jan 08

First sentences

It’s way past the end of December when I normally do a “first sentences” post about the first sentence of the first post of each month for the year. But! Better late than never!

This post contained just one sentence. Here it is.

“Why is it that the folks who fought against the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance on the basis of property rights (Delgaudio, York), now all in favor of imposing county rules on folks without HOAs if they aren’t mowing their lawns, and are parking too many cars on their grass?”

The past few days, there’s been a really excellent conversation about abortion over at Too Conservative.

I’m not reading or commenting over there anymore, because my New Year’s resolution was to reduce stress in my life. But I am grateful to them for giving me the impetus to create this list of links. I update it periodically.

That’s right, Rush is having trouble giving time away on his show.

Includes bonus Roy Zimmerman video.

Report here.

Please note that the headline of that article says, “Explosive device found at Planned Parenthood”, while the story specifies that the device actually exploded.

Okay, that’s the first TWO sentences. But I maintain that the first one didn’t really count.

Did you listen to this song when you were a kid?

With TWO bonus videos.

From my inbox:

Homes for Our Troops will be building at NO COST to the veteran a specially designed brand new home for a disabled veteran.

That ended up being the weekend of the Derecho, and I am thoroughly ashamed that I did not follow up afterwards.

Thinking of everybody who is still without power after the storm, and thinking especially of those with storm damage.

Turns out, that picture of him in front of Chick-Fil-A is a still from a video.

Bigot (ˈbɪɡət): -n

a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race

This post was written by my friend, Marc Lieberman, a person with whom I’ve had many a profound political discussion.

In an interview with KTVN Channel 2 Nevada, Ann Romney said she was concerned about Mitt,

With bonus videos featuring both those sterling individuals.

9 AM until the polls close y’all.

And that’s all I’m going to say about it today.

In fact, that’s all I said here at all last month. But I wrote a ton on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Dec 14

My thoughts are in Connecticut

And that’s all I’m going to say about it today.

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