With approximately 745,000 residents, Virginia’s fifth congressional district covers all or part of Greene, Campbell, Bedford, Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Cumberland, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Madison Counties, as well as the independent cities of Bedford, Charlottesville (main site of the University of Virginia) and Danville, making it Virginia’s largest district with an area of 10,181.03 square miles, larger than New Jersey and Vermont.

VP Debate in Farmville 10/4


PEDCAs you know, the ONLY Vice Presidential Debate of 2016 is in Farmville, VA. That’s right, Longwood University will host the Vice Presidential candidates on October 4, 2016! And to make it even more exciting, Senator Kaine is our nominee!

We’re thrilled to announce an official Democratic Debate Watch Party to enjoy this historic event with fellow progressives. The Prince Edward Democratic Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia have united to host this Watch Party and see the VEEP picks debate in our backyard!

Get your tickets now and join Democrats across the Commonwealth as we cheer on our Vice Presidential candidate.

Sponsors will have a reserved table for up to eight guests and will have an opportunity to speak.

Taikein M. Cooper

Constitutional Principles

“Our government is guided by the principles laid out by our founding fathers and mothers to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

Constitutional Principles – Jane for Congress

“While we’ve come a long way since 1776, we have not completely secured the blessings of liberty for all people in our country. We need to continue to deconstruct discrimination in the criminal justice system, employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and education regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

Whatever, Donald.

That’s right, black Americans. The Republican candidate for president says you live Hobbesian lives of misery and despair, with no options, no prospects, no joy, no hope. Oh, and he wants your vote.

Trump ‘pivots’ 360 degrees, back into the mud

Donald Trump’s “pivot,” desperately hoped for by sane Republicans, was over before it began. He couldn’t pretend to be inclusive and statesmanlike for two days in a row if his life depended on it. Anyone who doubts this should only consider Trump’s idea of an appeal to African American voters: “What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?

Debate/Forum Schedule for the 5th Congressional District

Jane Dittmar Campaign Releases Debate Schedule – Jane for Congress

(Charlottesville, VA – August 19, 2016) The Dittmar campaign today released the confirmed debate and forum schedule for the 5th District congressional race. The campaigns have agreed to seven debates throughout the district, in addition to the initial forum held by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia in early August.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Process for Case-by-Case Restoration of Former-Felons’ Civil Rights

Seal of VirginiaRICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he and his team have begun restoring the civil rights of former Virginia felons in compliance with an order by the Virginia Supreme Court.

Speaking at a press conference at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond, the Governor announced that he has already restored the rights of nearly 13,000 Virginians who had previously registered to vote before the court’s ruling stripped them of their rights.

The Governor also announced the detailed process he will use to evaluate the cases of individuals who may qualify to have their rights restored based on the objective criteria he has established.

Governor – Newsroom

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016 Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he and his team have begun restoring the civil rights of former Virginia felons in compliance with an order by the Virginia Supreme Court.

The (racist) “backdrop of history”

In explicitly basing its decision on this “backdrop of history,” the court implicitly embraced the dark racial history that McAuliffe sought to overcome. By grounding its ruling on the precedent of many governors whose overt motivations were limiting African-American participation in elections, the court put itself in the position of affirming that dark history, and sending a disheartening message to the black citizens of this commonwealth.

Hill column: Va. Supreme Court decision rooted in a dark past

The Commonwealth of Virginia, like the country as a whole, has a difficult and troubling history that has been easier to ignore or sanitize than to face squarely. On July 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia struck down Governor McAuliffe’s order that restored civil rights to more than 200,000 Virginians who had completed their criminal sentences.

Led by Nazi Apologist, Hitler Youth-Type Group Emerges: ‘Trump Youth’

WATCH: In Era of Trump, Hitler Apologist Emerges to Lead ‘Trump Youth’ Group

A group for millennials supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump bears striking similarities to another youth movement – Hitler Youth. Both the group’s name, “Trump Youth,” and its rhetoric evokes the Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany’s Nazi party.

How Republican leadership sold their souls

Pieces of Silver

By now, it’s obvious to everyone with open eyes that Donald Trump is an ignorant, wildly dishonest, erratic, immature, bullying egomaniac. On the other hand, he’s a terrible person. But despite some high-profile defections, most senior figures in the Republican Party – very much including Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader – are still supporting him, threats of violence and all.