Newsletter #1

JANUARY 16, 2022

The inauguration of a Republican governor seems like an event worthy of the restart of the Smith Mountain Lake Dems Newsletter. If one thinks that we don’t have a big job ahead of us, the news of Governor Youngkin’s first actions should be an eye-opener.

“Glenn Youngkin ran on the principles of rolling back [Democratic] accomplishments.”

DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker

In addition to the inauguration there is the news of the final redistricting maps. On the Congressional level, we are no longer residents of the 5th district. Most of our members will find themselves in the 9th Congressional District which is currently represented by Morgan Griffith. This change will not take effect until after the upcoming November election. Griffith announced his plans to run again in what will be our new district.

As a reminder, the Virginia Congressional representatives who voted against certifying the 2020 election were:

  • Rob Wittman (R-1st)
  • Bob Good (R-5th)
  • Ben Cline (R-6th)
  • Morgan Griffith (R-9th)

DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Glenn Youngkin’s inauguration:

“A booming economy, record low unemployment, the best state for business two years running, historic investments in public education, expanding health care to more than 600,000 Virginians, raising the minimum wage, and a host of progressive reforms and investments have elevated Virginia as a leader in the South and across the nation. The progress we’ve made through Democratic leadership, combined with our economic track record, has moved Virginia forward over the past eight years. 

“Glenn Youngkin ran on the principles of rolling back these accomplishments, and he has made it clear that he fully intends to take us backwards. But not on our watch. The Democratic Party of Virginia, along with our Democratic partners in the House and Senate, will stand firm in our commitment to ensuring that the progress we have made over the past two administrations is not erased by Glenn or his extreme, right-wing administration. We will hold Glenn and his administration accountable every step of the way, and we will remind Virginians that the ‘moderate from Northern Virginia’ is nothing more than a political puppet for the far right.”

Save the Dates

Mon.   Jan 24    7:00pm    General Membership Meeting (Zoom)
Tue.    Feb 8     10:00am    Book Club – Unthinkable by Jamie Raskin (Zoom/Office)
Tue.    Feb 8      1:00pm    Steering Committee Meeting (Zoom)
Mon.   Feb 28     2:00pm    General Membership Meeting

Articles & Sites of Possible Interest

Youngkin sworn in as governor, scraps mandates on masks in schools, COVID vaccinations for state workers
By Mel Leonor, Richmond Times-Dispatch 

Youngkin’s nine “Day One” executive orders
By Andrew Cain, Richmond Times-Dispatch 

Virginia’s new AG Jason Miyares announces major investigations within hours of taking office
By Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News

Youngkin pick for medical adviser bucks trends on Covid
By Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post 

Miyares fires 30 in AG’s office
By Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Cabinet pick to ‘change the trajectory of the commonwealth’
By Allison Winter, Virginia Mercury

Youngkin taps critical race theory opponents to lead public education in Virginia
By Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

Youngkin-backed bill could give charter schools an easier path to opening
By Mel Leonor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Trump EPA head, coal lobbyist tapped as Virginia’s environmental chief
By Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver will step down Jan. 14, at Youngkin’s urging
By Mel Leonor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

‘I never really had a sense of fear:’ Rep. Morgan Griffith on January 6 riot
By Mark Spain, WSET-TV

Good to run for re-election in 2022
Smith Mountain Eagle

Big Stone Gap woman seeks Dem nod to challenge Griffith for Congress
By Mike Still, Kingsport Times News

State flood fund has sent millions to Hampton Roads — but Youngkin plan would cut it off
By Katherine Hafner, Virginian-Pilot

Ward: Gov.-elect Youngkin’s proposed CRT executive order opposes the spirit of the Virginia Constitution
OP-ED By Catherine Ward, published in The Washington Post

Virginia’s Youngkin, Miyares say they plan to challenge Biden’s coronavirus mandates
By Laura Vozzella AND Jenna Portnoy, The Washington Post

First Look: VA General Assembly to tackle absentee ballots and elections.

Senate panel clears first school construction measure.

Weed, taxes and schools: How the 2022 General Assembly could affect you

Republican school bill mocked for claim Frederick Douglass debated Lincoln

Pipelines Should Not Be Part Of Virginia’s Energy Future

These 24 States Improved Access to Voting This Year

Off the Subject

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

What are rapid tests and how do they differ from other tests?

All The Science You Need To Make Your COVID-19 Decisions

Armchair Activist

Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin recently announced his intention to appoint coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as Virginia’s next Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. The person serving as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources must have a demonstrated commitment to conserving our precious natural heritage, reducing toxic and climate-warming pollutants, and promoting environmental justice. Wheeler, former President Trump’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, fails to meet any of these qualifications.

Ask your state senator to reject Wheeler’s nomination! TAKE ACTION NOW 
(See for contact information for your state senator.)

On Behalf of the Election Support Committee
Joanne Bebel and Cindy Connine