News round-up, Feb 16

This is important!!

The next federal census is in 2020 followed by 2021 in which all states — including Virginia — will redraw voting district lines for all legislative districts — federal (Senate and House) and state (Senate and House of Delegates).

Redistricting is done by the General Assembly and approved by the Governor.  This practice results in the party — Democratic or Republican — that controls the General Assembly drawing district lines to favor their candidates — a practice known as “gerrymandering.”

OneVirginia2021 is a non-partisan organization that proposes to amend the Virginia constitution to establish an independent commission to conduct redistricting, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.

Liz White, Deputy Director of OneVirginia2021, will speak:

  • Northumberland Indivisible meeting
  • 6:00 PM,  December 6
  • Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy,  Heathsville.

She will present the proposal for a constitutional amendment to remove the redistricting of legislative districts from the General Assembly, and assign the job to an independent commission.

This is an important matter; we urge EVERYONE to attend — invite a friend.  This is a non-partisan matter that should be supported by Republicans, Democrats, Independents and anyone else concerned about fair elections.

IMPORTANT: Virginia Gerrymandering presentation

As we all know, gerrymandering — the practice of shaping electoral districts to favor or dis-favor one political party over another — is a real threat to our democracy.  Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the Union.

OneVirginia2021 is a group of concerned citizens, former and present elected officials and other individuals who want to change the way Virginia electoral districts are drawn.  Currently, the General Assembly draws district lines.  OneVirginia2021 plans to introduce an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will establish an independent commission to draw district lines.

This is critical because — the 2020 federal census will result in re-drawing of district lines in 2021 — both state General Assembly districts and federal Congressional districts.

On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, Liz White from OneVirginia2021 will describe their plans for the 2019 General Assembly session and their strategy to move Virginia to using an independent commission for redistricting.


  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy
Visit the OneVirginia2021  website for more information including:  latest redistricting news; upcoming events; and details about gerrymandering and redistricting.

Northern Neck Indivisible groups being slandered on Republican websites

An anonymous individual is posting comments to a popular Republican blog accusing “Indivisable” (sic) groups of being behind the distribution of KKK recruiting flyers at a few locations in Northern Virginia and on the Northern Neck.

One of the more popular Virginia Republican blogs is “Bearing Drift.”  Recently, on of the BD authors posted an article titled “The Virginia GOP’s Post-Stewart Future.”

Bearing Drift allows comments on their articles.  In the comments on the “Post-Stewart” article, the issue was raised of KKK recruiting flyers being distributed in some neighborhoods.

An individual using the anonymous screen name “SJane” posted two comments accusing “Indivisable”  (sic) groups of being behind the KKK flyers.  “SJane’s” two comments are quoted below.

— quote, first comment

IF Republicans sit on their thoughts and hands and DO NOT Vote in Nov. 2018 Election for the Republican candidate vs Tim Kaine, then Virginia deserves what they get.
Oct. 1, 2018 KKK Pamphlets were left by LEFT leaning group, in driveways in Tappahannock, Essex County to create fear, anger, and outrage by neighbors. Review this on GOOGLE… KKK leaves invitation packets for one Tappahannock neighbor – FOX 61 came out an interviewed neighbors.
IF the Liberal/Democrats are allowed to dissolve a process for fairness, decency, and the right of US Citizens to Vote for a candidate of their choice…Everyone loses, especially the US Citizen..

— end quote, first comment

— quote, second comment

Those in the area Essex/Northumberland are suspecting a group called “Indivisables” …this is an apparent stunt they have pulled previously…can’t prove it at this date…

— end quote, second comment

Of course, it is impossible to stop lies like these, especially in this political atmosphere in which Republicans use The Big Lie to promote themselves and to demonize their opponents.

We are posting this here for your information.

Vangie Williams for Congress

Northumberland Indivisible is in Virginia’s First Congressional District which now is “represented” by do-nothing Republican Rob Wittman.

We must dump Wittman in November 2016.  To dump Wittman, we need to vote for Vangie Williams for Congress on November 6, 2018.  Here is information you need.

2018 Election Dates:

  • October 12 (Monday): Deadline to register to vote in general election.
  • October 30, 5:00 PM (Tuesday): Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 3, 5:00 PM (Saturday): Deadline to request absentee ballot in person.
  • November 66:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Tuesday): General Election

Important Resources:

Analysis shows 2/3 of tax cuts benefit richest 1/5 of Americans

At Common Dreams, Jake Johnson writes—Rigged: New Report Details How Combined $5.1 Trillion in Tax Cuts by Bush, Obama, and Trump Went Mostly to Nation’s Richest: The report was released on Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy:

Titled “Federal Tax Changes in the Bush, Obama, and Trump Years,” the new analysis (pdf) finds that tax cuts enacted since 2000 have cost the U.S. government $5.1 trillion in revenue, “with nearly two-thirds of that flowing to the richest fifth of Americans.”

Thanks in large part to President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package that was signed into law last December—which will send 83 percent of its benefits to the top one percent—”the tally of tax cuts will grow to $10.6 trillion” by 2025 and “nearly $2 trillion of this amount will have gone to the richest one percent,” the report estimates.

At a time when tens of millions of Americans are suffering from “massive levels of deprivation” and “appalling rates” of poverty, the tax cuts rammed through by George W. Bush, extended in part by Barack Obama, and built upon by Trump “have mostly benefited those who are least in need of help,” Steve Wamhoff, director of federal policy at ITEP and the lead author of the new analysis, argued in a statement on Wednesday.

“For example, the richest 1 percent received more benefits than the bottom 60 percent,” Wamhoff added. “It’s worth asking whether this is the result most Americans wanted from their lawmakers.” […]

Tax cut beneficiaries


Ballot order for November 6, 2018 general election

On November 6, 2018 we in Virginia will vote for all eleven of our members of the House of Representatives and for one of our Senators.    Below you will see the order that names appear on the ballot.

This may be a bit confusing as this list shows the candidates in all eleven Congressional districts.  On your ballot, you will see ONLY the race for your district.  For example, in Congressional District 1, you will see the names of Wittman (R; incumbent) and Williams (D) in the House race, and, Stewart (R),  Kaine (D; incumbent) and Waters (L) in the Senate race.


Here are some important deadlines.

  • Registration.  If you are not registered to vote, the last date you can register for the November election is OCTOBER 15, 2018.
  • Absentee voting.  Absentee voting for the Nov 6 election starts on September 28, 2018.

Congratulations Vangie Williams !!!

Vangie Williams of King George County is the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia’s First Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives.  She will face incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman (Republican) in the November 6, 2018, general election.

Here is a link to Vangie’s website.

And a link to her Facebook page.

Rob Wittman has been in Congress since 2010, during which time his personal net worth has increased 15 times.  How many of us have seen our personal wealth increase X 15?

Vangie will listen to and work for the people of the First District, not for special interests.

Let’s go all in for Vangie!!