Monday, we went to the NoVA Labor picnic. So much fun, and so many friends! Talking with Dan Duncan was particularly nice. And this morning was the DemBiz breafast with Norm Ornstein! What a great event! Plus door-knocking and phone banking!
Final score, I beat John by one donor! But since I was raising money for him, he didn’t seem to mind!
There’s nothing like friendly competition. John Foust and I got together today to see who would win big stakes: Fundraising Bragging Rights!!
We got our beverages, I put on my headset, and we were off!
I rounded the turn first, getting a donation on my very first call.
John met the challenge and soon we were neck-and-neck.
Call after call after call, John pulled ahead in connections and donors.
Then! A surprise turn! I got a donation FOR JOHN!
Final results: I made more calls. John raised more money. We both win!!
By now you know that the Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby can refuse to give women health-care required by the Affordable Care Act. What not everyone knows, however, is that it was the legislature that made this decision possible when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (the “RFRA”). Now, this is important, for the following reason: The Hobby Lobby case was not decided on the grounds of anyone’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Here’s the last paragraph of the court’s written opinion:
The contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA. Our decision on that statutory question makes it unnecessary to reach the First Amendment claim…
That’s right. It wasn’t the constitution that gave Hobby Lobby the right to use its religious beliefs to deny care to women, it was a statute. Statutes, as you know, are written by legislators. They can be written by them, and they can be repealed by them. That’s why it is so very important to our personal liberties, including our freedom of choice, to elect legislators who will write statutes our courts can enforce to preserve our freedoms, not take them away.
Our freedom of religion is one of the bedrock principles of American liberty. So is our freedom to make our own choices in the privacy of our own lives, not having them made instead by corporations or our employers. As a legislator, I will find the path that protects those freedoms together, drafting and supporting laws that leave our most personal freedoms intact, alongside laws that will continue to leave it up to us how, or even if, we will worship the Creator.
Hobby Lobby was not a victory for the constitution. As the court said itself, the constitution did not decide the case. A statute did, which means a legislature did.
Please help me do what we almost did last time. Please help me become a voice in the Virginia legislature for the defense of your personal liberty, the very same liberty that has been and continues to be under attack by an anti-person, anti-healthcare majority. We can fight back. Please help me in that fight by donating to my campaign. The next election is just over a year away, but the fight for our freedom needs us now, today, more than ever.
Thirty women calling over 1000 women, while eating brownies and cake. And thoroughly enjoying ourselves.
The best part was seeing some of my favorite people including Dr. Marilyn Foust (bottom center of the picture below), Jennifer Wexton, Jennifer Boysko, and Kathleen Murphy (next to me in the magenta jacket).
We’re going to be calling women around the district, connecting with each other, and having an uproariously good time. If you’ve never been to a phone-bank party, you don’t know what you’re missing!!!
When: Tomorrow, Monday May 19 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: 10 Pidgeon Hill, Suite 120 Sterling, VA 20165
Come and join us! RSVP on FaceBook or email to Kathy Shupe at email@example.com
Over 150 enthusiastic supporters came out to celebrate the start of John Foust’s campaign for Congress and to sign up to canvass!
Featured speakers were two of my favorite people, Attorney General Mark Herring and State Senator Jennifer Wexton.
I’m going to be knocking doors for John in the 32nd, and I can’t wait. I’ve got my walking shoes ready!
This is going to press right now!
Ashburn, VA- Elizabeth Miller is announcing her intention to once again challenge Delegate Tag Greason. Recent comments and actions from Delegate Greason have moved her make this decision early in the process.
“Recent actions from Delegate Greason have shown disrespect to his constituents. From his outrageous letter to a senior citizen in the district who supports Medicaid expansion (telling her ‘you are the problem’), to his childish stunts in Richmond (like refusing to shave and posting signs on the Senate chamber doors), to his insults aimed at colleagues and voters at his public appearances, he has made it clear that he is more interested in acting like a typical Washington-style politician, than trying to solve problems for Loudoun County,” Miller said today. “Ashburn, Broadlands, and Lansdowne deserve a delegate who will be responsive to their needs, respectful of their input, and representative of their interests. Instead, we have a man who is driven entirely by politics, voting with the Tea Party, utterly uninterested in what his people want.”
Miller first challenged Greason in 2013, winning just under 49% of the vote, despite being heavily outspentand making a late entry into the race. “Voters of the 32nd district have been asking me, ‘Will you run again in 2015?’” she said. “After what we’ve seen from Mr. Greason this year, I don’t think I can wait that long. I am running as of today.”
Miller runs a small business with her husband, has a twelve-year-old son in the Loudoun public schools, and is active within the community.
All of you who worked on this campaign have my thanks forever. The same goes for those who voted for me, even though I’ll never know who all of you are. It was very, very close, much closer than a lot of people thought it would be. While we didn’t finish first, I hope our close second showing will send a message about the kind of representation our district and our region really want. If it does, that’s a victory for all of us.
I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to have the support of so many people in this effort. No one runs a race alone, and I couldn’t have made a run of this one without each and every canvasser, donor, friend, and other helping hand I had. This has been a wonderful experience. I hope you think so too.
Earlier today, I called Del. Greason to congratulate him on his re-election. He replied with some gracious words, and no hard feelings. I respect that and ask all who voted for me to be as respectful in their turn.
I ran this time for a lot of reasons, but a big one was simply to provide a choice. Democracy cannot work if there are no choices on the ballot. We all must insure that there is always a choice, because American democracy cannot be a spectator sport
The future is wide open. Let’s all stay in touch and, more importantly, stay involved in the process of our government. Each of us, today, holds what is truly the highest office in the land: citizen. I look forward to serving with you in that office, as we continue the process of building a better world for ourselves, our children, and each other.
Very best wishes,