Rappahannock Blue hosting Michael Signer, author of “Becoming Madison”

Rappahannock Blue will hold its monthly breakfast meeting 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road (Spotsylvania County), Fredericksbuirg, VA 22407. The Honorable Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottsville and author of “Becoming Madison” is our guest speaker. Mayor Signer is and has been active in Virginia politics. He was a candidate for Lt. Governor. After his discussion of his book, he will answer questions. He will also respond to questions relative to politics. Dick Toye will act as Facilitator. For more information on Mayor Signer, please open the attachment. Mayor Signer appears to be a potential for Governor at some point. For more information, please open the attachment.  Coffee and danish will be available. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact me at anytime.

NOTE; The Library Manager, Lena G.Berrios was so impressed with Mayor Signer she arranged to have him remain at the library, following Rappahannock Blue, and be available for a book signing. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library has also prepared publicity materials and posted the event on the online calendar of LibraryPoint.org

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“Presidential Lessons from a Founding Father,” MSNBC

Meeting the Real James Madison,” WVTF, National Public Radio

Michael Signer, “Donald Trump Wasn’t a Textbook Demagogue. Until Now,” Washington Post

Peter Wehner, “Conservatism and the Channeling of Popular Passions,” Commentary  (extensive discussion of Becoming Madison)

Michael Signer, “Madison’s Method: Confronting Political Extremism through Debate Itself,” Richmond Times-Dispatch

Michael Signer, “Donald Trump and the Dangers of Passionate Politics,” The Atlantic

“Democratic Activist Says Trump Fits Demagogue Model,” Morning Edition, NPR (Interviewer: David Greene)

“So You’ve Got a Demagogue,On the Media, WNYC (Interviewer: Brooke Gladstone)

A Conversation with Michael Signer: The Making of an Indispensable Founding Father,” Richmond Times-Dispatch (front page with author illustration, Sunday Commentary section)

Michael Signer, “Honor Our Flawed Founding Fathers,” New York Daily News

“Author: Donald Trump is a Demagogue,” On Target, Al Jazeera (interviewer: Ali Velshi)

Is Donald Trump a Demagogue? CNN (Interviewer: Stephen Collinson)

City Council Candidate Pushes for Monument to Madison,” NBC-29

New Biography Adds to Madison’s Reputation,” Richmond Times-Dispatch

Becoming Madison,” WINA, Virginia (Interviewer: Coy Barefoot)

Michael Signer, “It’s the Complexity, Stupid!Salon

Michael Signer, “What Religious Freedom Proponents Don’t Understand about the Constitution,” Salon

Michael Signer, “Ted Cruz and Our Cynical ‘Walking Dead’ Politics,” Salon

Michael Signer, “The Case for Finally Building a Memorial to James Madison,” Yahoo News

Matt Rowe for Congress

Democrats Nominate Matt Rowe for Congress in Virginia’s First Congressional District 

First Congressional District Democratic Chairman Marc Broklawski announced today that Bowling Green Town Councilman Matt Rowe will be the Democratic nominee for Congress. The filing deadline was today, May 7th at 5:00 p.m.; Councilman Rowe entered the race on March 31, 2016.

Chairman Broklawski released the following statement:

“Matt understands the challenges communities and people face in our diverse district and as a councilman, he has a proven record of leadership and knows how to fight for working families.

The contrast between Councilman Rowe and Congressman Wittman couldn’t be clearer. Congressman Wittman is running for Governor while receiving a taxpayer-funded salary, and he endorsed Donald Trump, the most dangerously unfit nominee in modern history. He has the chutzpah and poor judgement to force taxpayers to pay him while he runs for Governor and ignores his duties. The Trump-Wittman ticket is dangerously out-of-touch with our district.

Virginia’s First Congressional District has challenges that deserve attention from a full-time Congressman. Matt Rowe knows our infrastructure needs more investment. We have the worst traffic of anywhere in the Commonwealth. Matt knows the issues district residents care about and is committed to rolling up his sleeves and working for us full-time.”

For more information about Matt Rowe for Congress, please visit www.mattrowe.org.

Matt Rowe was the only candidate to meet the filing requirements and the Congressional nomination portion of the upcoming convention on May 21, 2016 is hereby cancelled. The convention to nominate delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention will continue as planned.

General Meeting in May New Date & Location!

Alert:  May meeting is on a different DAY and WEEK of the month!

There are a couple of IMPORTANT pieces of information in this post.

First, we are changing our meeting this month.  It will be MONDAY, May 16, at J Brian’s Tap Room, starting at 6:30 PM for meet and greet, and then a couple of speakers starting at 7:00 PM.  (more about that farther down in the post).

More importantly we are starting to ramp up for the oncoming National Election Cycle.

Second, now that we are into May of this very important Election year it is important that we get more of our members attending our meetings.  We are hoping that by changing the date it will be more convenient for you to come talk and plan with us.  We have well over 200 members on our membership, but get well under 25 people attending our meetings.  If we want to help Virginia stay Blue in November we need to start planning now, and we need your help.  In addition our State candidates need our help.

Third, we have 3 speakers for this night.  Our first speaker will be Matt Rowe who is our New Congressional Candidate.  Jason and I think he has real potential.  But you need to hear him and decide if you think so too.  Second is Lille Catlin.  She is from the Democratic Party of Virginia or DPVA and will be introducing herself and working in town for the duration of the election cycle.  Third is Mary Bassis who will talk briefly about the 2 other groups in Fredericksburg  with which we will be coordinating campaign efforts after the Democratic Convention is over, or the Democratic Presidential Candidate has been declared.  We have all become clear that we want to maximize our energies, and minimize our overlap.

See you Monday, May 16th at 6:30 PM

J Brian’s Tap Room

Locally owned Irish Pub and Restaurant

​Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401

200 Hanover Street, Downtown