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Jack Trammell wants to meet you!

Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell, our candidate for Congress from Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District, who is stirring up excitement all across America, will attend the Orange County Democratic Committee meeting on Saturday, July 12.

Please plan to attend the meeting at the Orange Community Room at 235 Warren Street in Orange. There will be refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Let’s show Jack that we intend to help him do the job that Eric Cantor refused to do for so long.

In the past, we felt as if Eric Cantor could not be defeated. Now we know that’s not true, and it’s time to work harder than we ever have. It’s time to elect a Democrat to represent Orange County and the rest of the Seventh District.

Haven’t been active for a while? Now is the time to come back and get involved! And while you’re at it, invite a friend!


Help close the health insurance coverage gap in Virginia

The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill to close the coverage gap, but the bill is stalled in the House of Delegates. It’s important to encourage our delegate, Ed Scott, to support this legislation in the House. Sen. Donald McEachin, chair of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, has suggested the talking points below to help in framing conversations with Del. Scott. Del. Scott can be reached by phone (540-825-6400) or email (

Marketplace Virginia Talking Points

Marketplace Virginia is a bipartisan compromise, and it has broad support across the state.

Many outside groups are in favor, including:

  • The Fairfax, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke Chambers of Commerce
  • The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA)
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The state Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the “private option” approach in principle, and similar initiatives have won bipartisan support in states like Arkansas and Iowa.

In the face of such broad agreement, House Republicans can’t just keep saying ‘no’ and hoping that the issue goes away. As long as hundreds of thousands of Virginians are trapped in a coverage gap, that’s not going to happen.

Marketplace Virginia would help hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.

One in eight Virginians—about a million of us—lacks health insurance.  70% belong to families where someone is working, and many more would work if they could.

Up to 400,000 fall into a coverage gap, meaning that they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy coverage out-of-pocket through the insurance exchange.

Without Marketplace Virginia, most families and individuals in the coverage gap have no other hope of gaining access to insurance. As a result, many won’t receive the care they need when they fall sick.  At best, they’ll find help in the emergency rooms of their local hospitals—but only after delaying treatment until their illnesses become far worse than necessary.

Marketplace Virginia will help Virginians avoid hundreds of preventable deaths per year.

Marketplace Virginia would greatly enhance the state’s economy.

The plan creates 30,000 jobs across the state—many in exactly the areas that need them most.

  • Many of these would be well-paying, middle class jobs — the kind of jobs that we desperately need.

Marketplace Virginia would also keep endangered rural hospitals open for business.

  • These hospitals are often the engines that drive their local economies.
  • In many areas, they are the largest employers, supplying hundreds or thousands of much-needed (and irreplaceable) jobs.

Marketplace Virginia would also produce billions of dollars’ worth of economic impact each and every year.

  • The more than $1.7 billion that Marketplace Virginia would return to the state every year would have ripple effects throughout the economy, creating jobs and spurring growth across the Commonwealth.

Keep Virginia Blue Legislative Dinner

Sen. McEachin

Sen. McEachin

The Orange County Democratic Committee will sponsor its annual “Keep Virginia Blue” legislative dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the Orange Community Room, 235 Warren Street in Orange.

Sen. Donald McEachin, chair of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, will be guest speaker.

A special guest will be Keyanna Conner, political director for Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign.

The committee will provide a meat entrée and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.

R.S.V.P.  to:

Sandra Smith
Phone: 540-832-3118

Voting rights for parolees urged

By Gail Starling Marshall

Though Gov. McAuliffe will not appoint new members to the Parole Board until after the General Assembly has adjourned, it is not too early to write letters to him supporting appointees who are more sensitive to the needs of parolees who have done their time and deserve the right to be reintegrated back into society.

For prisoners who are eligible for parole (those convicted prior to 1995) the Board is responsible for reviewing their applications for parole and, if they determine that they are no longer at risk to society, releasing them with conditions and denying parole if they find they in face are a continuing risk to society.

I think we want to urge the governor to appoint some people who have experience and/or expertise in rehabilitation so that they can help the Board make these important decisions. Current four of the five appointees come from the prosecution side of criminal justice and no one currently has any experience in rehabilitation or re-entry.

If you would like to nominate someone, include his or her name and contact inforamtion and some of the reasons why they would make a good member. By statute one of the Board members must be a victim, so if your nominee has been a victim of crime, include that information as well.

Letters concerning appointments should be addressed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 111 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 with a copy to Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney at the same address. The secretary of the Commonwealth is by statute charged with assisting the governor in appointments to bards and commissions.

You may make a nomination or simply write and ask that parole board members be replaced by individuals with more experience in working on rehabilitation and not just prosecuting crimes or incarceration.

If you have questions, you may e-mail me at