Monday, November 21, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Hero For Senate

In Loudoun, and the southern part of the Town of Leesburg, there's a choice for Senator on November 8th. On the one hand, you have a right-wing ideologue who believes that married men should be allowed to rape their wives.

On the other hand, you have an actual American hero.


The above is from a letter of commendation that Shawn Mitchell received from his commanding officer in Iraq. If you cannot quite read it, it explains how Shawn drove an unarmored vehicle through hostile fire while operating the radio, keeping his cool the entire time.

The entire letter is worth reading. Shawn is worth voting for next Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vote Today!

Did you know that you can actually go vote today! You don't have to wait for November 8th if you're at risk of not making it to the polls next Tuesday.
Extended Absentee Voting Hours Offered in Loudoun through November 5

Extended hours for absentee voting in Loudoun County in advance of the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, are being offered through Saturday, November 5, 2011.

Absentee voting is available at the Office of the General Registrar, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., through Friday, November 4, 2011. Absentee voters may also cast ballots at that location on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Absentee voting is also offered at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 20165. Monday through Friday hours at Cascades are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5, 2011, is the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person.

More information about voting in Loudoun County and the upcoming election is available on the Loudoun County website at

Monday, October 31, 2011

One More for Shawn Mitchell

A friend who lives in the southern part of Town has decided to support Shawn Mitchell in this year's election for state Senate there. She wrote a letter to the editor of the papers explaining her support, but they have declined to publish it. I've taken the liberty of doing so below, for everyone's consideration.
On November 8, I will be voting for Democrat Shawn Mitchell to represent me in the State Senate and I urge all residents of the 13th Senate District to join me. Mr. Mitchell is a Loudoun small businessman who is focused on jobs and the economy. He has been endorsed by organizations as varied as firefighters and realtors and has the support of Senator Mark Warner.

In contrast, Mr. Mitchell's opponent, Dick Black spent his years in the General Assembly promoting divisive and extreme social issues. He attracted negative attention when he passed out plastic fetuses to his fellow legislators to demonstrate his uncompromising opposition to a woman’s right to choose in all instances, even when the woman has been raped or is a victim of incest. He even voted to inhibit women’s access to birth control.

Education is another issue important to me and my neighbors. Dick Black opposed decreasing class sizes in public schools and voted to cut more than $250 million from Virginia’s colleges and universities. Mr. Mitchell, however, strongly supports investing in our schools, at all levels. He has pledged to fight for lower class sizes and is committed to retaining the best teachers to ensure that Loudoun's students are prepared for the jobs of the future.

Every vote this year will be very important. You can make a difference by joining with me to vote for Shawn Mitchell. The 13th Senate District needs Mr. Mitchell's vision for jobs and the economy.

Patti Maslinoff
Leesburg, VA
I, too, consider schools to be a critical issue this year, and that is among the reasons I also strongly support Shawn's election.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Real Moral Majority

An Interlude: Mom!

Go mom! (Who is among the singers.)

New Jersey: We're everywhere.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Joy Maloney for School Board

For those of you who live in Broad Run District, you might have heard about the domestic violence arrest of the sole candidate officially on the ballot for School Board. Needless to say, someone arrested for domestic violence should not be eligible to run for school board.

Thankfully, an amazing, long-time community member and parent has stepped up to offer her services to her neighbors in Broad Run: Joy Maloney.

Joy is a friend. We've worked together on Democratic campaigns, and talked about Loudoun schools. But more importantly than that, she's a mom and a neighbor. She is completely focused on her family much to her (and their) credit. But her commitment to her community is undeniable, which is why when no one else would, Joy stepped-up.

So, if you see "Kevin Kuesters" on your ballot on November 8th, be sure to go down to the write-in line, fill in the circle there, and write in "Joy Maloney" (as illustrated above).