Message from the Chair
Electing Democrats from the Ground Up
Every Virginian has a Stake in Wall St Reforms
Update from Moran for Congress Campaign
Update from Barnett for Congress Campaign
Report from Rep. Gerry Connolly
Update from Delegate Plum
Congressional District Reports
8th Congressional District Report
Standing Committee Reports
Finance Committee Report
A Time for Democrats to Act
Diversity Committee Report
District Committee Reports
Hunter Mill Report
Mt. Vernon Report
State Issues and Reports
Cuccinelli vs. Academic Freedom
Rex Simmons, FCDC Chair
Most of us travel in multiple social circles. In a lot of our circles, especially in Virginia, it is not unusual to hear someone rail about “guvment,” taxes, deficits, Obamacare, socialized medicine, conspiracies, and waste. Reflexively we pounce back, retreat to the safety of spousal conversation, or just jump into our cars for a quick getaway. There is a better alternative.
Throughout Northern Virginia and Fairfax County there are regular opportunities to socialize with other FCDC members and fellow Democrats as well as help to do fun things to elect even more Democrats. Our districts and candidates have picnics and feasts often disguised as fundraisers (some are in fact free). And candidates host office parties disguised as campaign work. As members of FCDC you are welcome to attend all of these events. Do it.
You will find many kind, generous, hard working, and like-minded people. You will be so energized that friends in the other crazy circles will wonder what got into you.
So show up at the Dranesville Fall Festival, the Mason Crabfeast, and the Springfield Fall Event. Go to the Connolly, Barnett, and Moran fundraisers. Try the Democrats Dine Out nights at area restaurants. Stop by the candidates’ campaign offices and ask what you can do for a couple of hours. It will be refreshing just like air conditioning in this steamy, hot summer. And the company will be pretty darn good.
Thank you, Rachel Rifkind for volunteering to again edit The Democrat. Rachel previously edited The Democrat in its paper format for many years. As many of you know she is also the Mason District Chair, the DPVA Women’s Caucus Chair, and a volunteer for many, many Democratic causes.
We published some incorrect contact information last month for 10th Congressional District candidate Jeff Barnett. The correct information follows.
Office: 344 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170
Phone: (703) 657-2664
Mail: Jeff Barnett for Congress, P.O. Box 941, McLean, Virginia 22101
Glenda C. Booth, Precinct Chair, Hollin Hall Precinct, Mount Vernon District
This is the second of several articles on basic precinct work: how Democrats working in their precincts at the grassroots level can help fulfill our fundamental mission to elect Democrats.
How to Recruit and Retain Precinct Workers
By Glenda C. Booth, Precinct Captain, Hollin Hall Precinct
Mount Vernon District Democratic committee
May 19, 2007
Building and expanding our core base of workers is critical to electing Democrats. A precinct captain’s ideal is to have an enthusiastic, reliable cadre of volunteers willing to do whatever needs to be done.
HOW TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS
Always be on the lookout. As you move about your community, go to school events, church events and do your shopping, keep in mind that everyone you encounter could be a volunteer.
Attend civic events. Often, when an issue or controversy surfaces (e.g., widening a road, speeding through a neighborhood, closing a facility), people become active and vocal. This is a great opportunity to move those civic-minded people into the more political arena of electing Democratic candidates.
Talk politics. Ask people about current events and people in the news to gauge their interest in working for the Democratic Party.
Promote Democrats. Wear Democratic t-shirts, hats, and insignia. This often provokes questions and conversation.
Take people along. When there is a Democratic event or a candidate appearance, invite several people to go with you. Offer to drive them, especially people who can’t or don’t want to drive (many of our older voters won’t drive at night). Introduce them to the candidates and to party officials. Bring them into the fold.
Host an event. Most of our office holders and candidates would welcome a coffee or informal event for them. It does not have to be elaborate (simple beverages and snacks are fine). It can be for 10 people or 100. Don’t wait to be asked. It is your job to help our candidates meet people. The candidates and party officials can help you organize it. Invite your neighbors, children’s friends’ parents, church friends, and neighbors. Explain that they will not have to make a donation at this event. If they come, they are most likely Democrats.
Send a letter or call. Using our “good guys” and primary voters’ lists, send a letter inviting people to get involved. Give some examples of ways they can help
HOW TO USE AND RETAIN VOLUNTEERS
Utilize their strengths. Each person brings his or her strengths and talents to precinct operations. Some people like to telephone; some hate it. Some can make deliveries; some cannot. Some only like to stuff envelopes.
Have a meeting. Have a precinct meeting to talk through the tasks needed to be done. Explain how tasks are done. Allay fears.
Respect workers’ wishes, while emphasizing all the work that needs to be done and value every contribution in whatever form.
Take workers to candidate and party events. The September Mt. Vernon District Ice Cream Social is a great event because it is free, fun, and near the election, or the Hunter Mill District Summer Picnic, and post-election Thank You Parties.
Provide materials, “security blankets” and information. Arm your workers with election issues, candidate information, websites, precinct handbooks, telephone numbers, all the materials they need to be comfortable.
Don’t overwhelm them and “tell it like it is.” It’s easy to give someone too much to do. Try to sense what they can realistically and comfortably do. Also, make clear that most precinct work is not “glamorous,” it can be quite tedious and mundane, but very necessary.
Be sensitive. Some people have anxieties (e.g., knocking on doors) or disabilities (walking, hearing). They may be embarrassed to fully disclose the disabilities. Try to sense what they are comfortable doing and be responsive, without making them uncomfortable.
Express appreciation, over and over. After an election, give our candidates a list of the workers so the candidates can send a thank you note. Hearing from our candidates and elected officials goes a long way toward keeping spirits up. Have a thank-you party. Invite the candidates and elected and party officials.
Be realistic. You have to realize that people do come and go. More volunteers surface in presidential election years than other years. Unfortunately, they are less interested in helping in local and state elections. Some try a task and get “turned off.” Don’t let the defections discourage you.
A few examples of precinct operations work: identify unregistered Democrats by visiting them and urging them to register; identify unidentified Democrats by visiting or calling; deliver material door-to-door; invite people to party and candidate events; help with candidate and party events, e.g., prepare food; work at candidates’ headquarters, e.g., answer the telephone; persuade people to vote for Democrats; write letters to the editor; telephone non-voting Democrats on election day; raise money; work inside and outside the polls on election day.
Michelle Obama, First Lady
When you hear about the new health reform law these days, too much talk is focused on the political.
What I’ve found is that most Americans just want to know how this new law helps their families stay healthy — and how it reduces their costs.
The first thing I tell people who ask about the Affordable Care Act is that, for moms like me, it makes our lives easier. It gives families control over their own care. And it gives us the comfort of knowing that our insurance will be there when we need it most — especially if we get sick. Then I tell them that it gets better, but there’s a lot to know. To help, this administration has set up HealthCare.gov, where folks can see customized information about how care will improve for their families.
So much of what makes this law great is its emphasis on preventive care — right now, too many people aren’t getting the check-ups or the screenings they need to stay healthy. Twelve percent of kids haven’t seen a doctor in the past year. And 59 million adults — and 11 million children — depend on an insurance plan that does not cover basic immunizations.
Health reform is changing that. Under this new law, all new private plans will provide basic preventive services — things like childhood immunizations and checkups, mammograms, colonoscopies, cervical screenings, and treatment for high blood pressure — absolutely free of charge. No copay. No deductible. No co-insurance needed.
And, on HealthCare.gov, you can not only learn what preventive steps will help keep your family healthy, but also what insurance coverage options are available based on your needs.
A focus on prevention will help us to combat diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure — chronic illnesses that right now lead to seven of ten deaths in the United States and 75 percent of our national health care costs.
And it will help us tackle an issue that is dear to my heart — childhood obesity. As some of you know one of my top priorities as First Lady is the Let’s Move! campaign, where we have made it our goal to put a stop to the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so children who are born today grow up at a healthy weight.
Each of us needs to take responsibility for our own health and the health of our families, and the new health reform law can help. That’s why I’m writing today — to make sure you and Americans across the country know how their health plans are getting better day by day under reform.
Please visit HealthCare.gov and find out more about your care:
We will also be in Providence District in September and then in October, your Finance Committee will host the Dine Out in Fairfax. We will move around to each district giving us an opportunity to invite democrats to enjoy some of your favorite restaurants, or find a new one, and visit with Democrats across the county. Watch your e-mail for information about these fun times.
You can look forward to a special event this fall – stay turned! On Jan. 2, we will send off our Democratic legislators at the Road to Richmond brunch, once again at Springfield Country Club. Something new and exciting is coming in late January to honor the 50th anniversary Kennedy Johnson Inaugural. If you would like to help with any of these events, just contact one of the Finance Committee members. We work hard and have a lot of fun!
Do you know who is on the FCDC Finance Committee? Here they are:
2010 FCDC Finance Committee
FCDC Vice Chair Finance: Mary Ann Hovis
FCDC Chair: Rex Simmons
FCDC Treasurer: Nadja Golding
FCDC Executive Director: Mike Burns
Braddock: Bruce Neilson
Dranesville: Leslie Mason
Hunter Mill: Ed Robichaud
Lee District: Barb Slinker
Mason: Virginia Field
Mt. Vernon: Rob Peters
Providence: Susan Weltz & Ryan Phair
Springfield: Francisco Apodaca
Sully: Alen Krishnan
Please check the FCDC calendar regularly to find all the interesting and important things going on at FCDC.
by The National Affairs Standing Committee (NAC)
Sandra Klassen, Co- Chair National Affairs Committee
It is our time again. Our previous time was in 2008 when a young upstart named Barack Obama was nominated to be our party’s presidential candidate. This time it is in the form of the various mid-term and special elections in 2010. So-called experts are telling us that it is a foregone conclusion that by the time all the 2010 election dust has settled, Democrats will have lost seats in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. After all, they reason, historically, the party that holds The White House always loses congressional seats in mid-term elections. Plus, there are the vocal and energetic Tea Party groups that are working to toss out of office any and all incumbents, particularly Democrats, as quickly as possible. And if all that wasn’t enough, there is the vulnerability of the President himself, whose approval ratings have dropped since his first months in office. Given all that, Democrats are being told they need to hold on tight, hope for the best and brace themselves for an inevitable drubbing in 2010 that they will be lucky to survive and be left anything that even resembles an influential voice in the legislative and governing process.
All this, of course, is one perspective that is being thrust upon us. But if one takes a moment or two to dig beneath the surface of those dire forebodings, then it becomes quickly obvious that these predictions weigh little more than the air on which they travel. Here are a couple of reasons why: As of this writing, President Obama’s approval ratings are higher than those that either Presidents Reagan or Clinton had at the same time period in their presidencies. Plus, all indicators are it is on the upswing. This will make the president’s voice and message even more effective when he hits the campaign trial on behalf of his fellow Democrats. Another reason is the preference voters are showing for Democrats over Republicans. Several national polls show that voters prefer that Democrats remain in the majority of both our party and, most importantly, our country. Finally, the issues are on our side. The economy, for instance, is getting better and more people are going back to work.
But in order to ensure these predictions do not come to pass, then Democrats need to mobilize much in the same way we did in 2008. It is our time to continue our efforts to keep our country on-track in ways that best reflect the values of our nation.
Rose Chu and Lina Orr, Co-Chairs Diversity Committee
Democrats need higher voter turnout among minorities and young voters in a non-Presidential year. Contact Rose Chu if you can volunteer at the Asian Festival in Reston Sat July 31- Sunday Aug 1and the Reston Multicultural Festival on Sat Sept 25.
Ruy Teixeira is a political scientist at the Center for American Progress who writes about campaigns and polling. He summarized the demographic changes in voters in this recent paper: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/voter_demographics.pdf. Minority voters (who voted 80% for Obama) increased their share of presidential votes by 11% between 1988 and 2008 and the share of votes by white college graduates increased by 4%. White voters without college degrees dropped their share of presidential votes by 15%. These trends have been seen in every state and will continue.
According to the CNN 2008 exit polls African Americans who were 9% of the total votes voted 95% for Obama (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/polls/#USP00p1). Latino Americans who were 13% of the total votes voted 67% for Obama. Asian Americans who were 2% of the total votes voted 62% for Obama. 47% of white college graduates voted for Obama and they comprised 35% of the total vote. 75% of non-white voters with college degrees voted for Obama and they comprised 9% of the total vote. 54% of whites aged 18-29 voted for Obama. The Latino vote is helping Democrats in competitive races. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/evidence-arizona-immigrat_b_623790.html.
President Obama has kept more than 100 of his promises and is working on 245 promises. We need to get the word out – http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/.
Bettina Lawton and Robert Haley, Hunter Mill Co-Chairs
The Hunter Mill Democratic Committee holds its meetings on the 3rd Thursday every month at 7:30 pm, alternating between locations in Reston and Vienna. Recent events in which the Hunter Mill Committee participated include the Vienna July 4 Celebration, and the July 10/11 Reston Festival. Upcoming is the July 24 Hunter Mill Picnic. A great thank you to Bettina Lawton for coordinating the Vienna July 4 HM Dem booth effort and to Ed Hahn for the Reston Festival Hunter Mill Democratic booth. Contact Ed Robichaud firstname.lastname@example.org, chair of the annual Hunter Mill picnic, to volunteer and help. Back to School Nights begin on Tuesday September 14 with Madison High School.
The next HMDDC meeting will be held on Thursday August 19 at Flint Hill Elementary School in Vienna. Please refer to the Hunter Mill web site calendar at www.huntermilldemocrats.org for other local area political events, and to the FCDC web site calendar at www.fairfaxdemocrats.org for Fairfax County-wide events.
Ron Bleeker, Dranesville Chair
Following our successful Spring Social, the DDDC has been getting ready for the fall campaign. In addition to preparing for Back to School Nights, we met with Jeff Barnett and his team to plan for his race for Congress in the 10th Congressional District
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 26 at 7:30 pm at the McLean Government Center.
Also, watch your e-mail for an upcoming announcement about the date of our Fall Festival fundraiser in September at the home of Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe.
Jan Hedetniemi, Braddock Chair
Lynn and Dave Miller opened their home on June 22 for a wonderful social and business meeting of the Committee.
The event was noteworthy for the opportunity to honor three precinct captains who have retired. Bob Donargo was thanked for his many hours organizing mailings for candidates, FCDC, and for Braddock and for his leadership of the Guinea Road cleanup program. Genevieve Thiem of Olley precinct received warm thanks for her steadfast performance as a precinct captain and for hosting the Guinea Road cleanup crew for a crepe breakfast every year. Martina Leinz of Signal Hill received kudos for her advocacy and for consistent winning margins in her precinct.
Additionally, we welcomed Tom and Susan Johnson as new members to the committee.
The Millers and all of the members who brought dessert and wine are to be thanked.
In preparation for the Connolly campaign, the BDDC Executive Committee will meet at Co-Chair Jan Hedetniemi’s house on Wednesday, September 8. The full committee will have meetings in both September and October—on Tuesday, September 21 and on Tuesday, October 19th.
Hugh Robertson and Steve Bunn, Co-Chairs Lee District
Dig through your closets for your Hawaiian shirts, dresses, and swimwear as it’s time for our annual Lee District Luau! This Saturday, July 24, from 6:00-10:00 pm we will be holding our “funtastic” fundraiser at the home of Susie Warner at 6229 Edison Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310. The cost is just $35.00 per person and includes Hawaiian food and music, elected officials, silent auction, plenty of drinks, and a sampling of the new vintages from Democracy Vineyards. The pool will be open so bring the whole family for fun and games. To reserve a ticket go to our website at www.leedems.org and sign up.
Our next Lee District Democratic Committee meeting will be on Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 pm at the home of Susie Warner. Join us as we do last minute planning for the Luau and decide on a location for our FCDC Dems Dine Out night and Calling Night. We hope to see you there.
Rachel Rifkind, Mason Chair
The Mason District Committee decided not to meet in July. It was felt that many of us needed a break! However, we still have things to do – the first being the 43rd Annual MDDC Crab Feast which is right around the corner. The Crab Feast is our big event leading to the election and we will need all of you and more to make this a big financial success. So please sell your tickets and volunteer with Judy White (703-354-7053 or email@example.com) or go to the google doc and sign up.
Remember that we are not issuing printed tickets for the Crab Feast this year. But we still ask you to sell 10 ‘virtual’ tickets to help us meet our obligations (including paying Crab Feast expenses, paying for our precinct letter, and paying our dues to FCDC). You can purchase tickets on line at MasonDems — or you can click Mason District Crab Feast Tickets to be taken directly to the online purchase form. Purchasing online makes sure that we get names for check-in purposes and it also ensures we get the information we need for campaign finance reporting purposes — plus It is Easy!!!!
The 2010 campaign is ramping up and we need all of you to be involved as the stakes could not be greater – we have to re-elect Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly. Voter turnout is critical – we will win and return Jim and Gerry to Congress only when we get our voters to the polls. We need the entire committee to be involved in this effort. Call the campaigns, go canvassing, phone bank or offer to host a canvass or a phone bank in your business or home, talk to your neighbors about our candidate (both of their websites have abundant information; avail yourself of it), write letters to the editor, or find people who will put a yard sign in the yard or in Gerry’s words “do you have a bumper sticker yet?” Whatever you do will help to show the rest of the country that Virginia IS turning blue and that 2008 was not an anomaly and that 2009 was.
Thanks to Bruce Waxman (Ridgelea Precinct) and Sean Barnett (Hummer Precinct) who have agreed to be liaisons with Precinct Ops and the campaigns. Important contacts in the Connolly Campaign: Brian Ponton is the Field Director through the Democratic Party of Virginia for the 11th Congressional District. He can be reached at (703) 375-9374 (office) or (615) 319-0882 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael Gleeson is the DPVA Field Organizer for Mason District and he can be reached at cell: (206) 915-3797 or by email at email@example.com. Amina to volunteer for the Connolly campaign, call (703) 375-9374 or go online at www.gerryconnolly.com. The field director for the Moran campaign is Atima Omara-Alwala and she can be reached at work 703-528-8588 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Moran Campaign office directly at (703) 299-0064 or go online at www.jimmoran.org.
Back to school nights will begin in mid-September. You can volunteer by going to the google document. If you need the link again call or email Rachel.
Fairfax City Parade – Smitty and Caitlin
Connolly and Mason Member Sean Barnett
Mason Member Bruce Waxman at
the Fairfax City Parade
Janet Myhre, Chair
Mt. Vernon Democrats are planning our 33rd Annual Ice Cream Social, the kick off for the fall campaign season for 2-5 pm Sunday, September 12, at 8146 Wellington Rd., Alexandria, VA (near the GW Parkway at Collingwood Road). Enjoy food, drink, music, Democratic companionship, games for kids, and the return of the Blue Donkey Boutique! Families are welcome and admission is free.
All candidates and local Democratic elected officials usually attend the annual event where we whip up enthusiasm for the fall campaigns. This year, we will give special recognition of past MVDDC chairs and super volunteers. We are also soliciting sponsorships from individuals and businesses to help MVDDC meet its financial goals in 2010. See the flyer in this issue of the Democrat for more information on the event and to RSVP or donate a sponsorship.
Outreach VC Mark Cannady led a contingent of about 40 Democrats in spirited chants at the Lorton Independence Day Parade on July 3 in Lorton. Mt.Vernon Democrats marched ahead of cars bearing Senators Toddy Puller and George Barker and Delegate Mark Sickles. Representative Gerry Connolly arrived (after being in two other parades) in time to present some door prizes from the Lorton Town Center gazebo and meet with supporters at the Mt. Vernon tent. Thanks to Mark, Patti Dinkelmeyer, and the Young Democrats for their hard work.
At our June 16 meeting we elected three new officers, Jack Dobbyn, VC Fundraising; David Mendes, VC Communications; and Robert Veltkamp, VC Info tech. Sadly, we said so long to Doug Reimel, former VC Info tech and tireless precinct worker and hub coordinator, who is moving to Maryland. He was presented with a poem by Laura Sonnenmark and a Mt. Vernon pin by Mary Paden. He is always welcome back and will remain on our mailing list forever.
There will be no general meeting in July. Instead there will be a meeting of hub coordinators and a training meeting for members on Wednesday July 28, at the Lorton Library. The next general meeting will be Tuesday August 17, at 7 p.m. at the South County Center.
Carrie Nixon, Chair
Providence’s “Progressive and Proud” Dems held the first in a new event series, called Dinner and Discussion, on July 15 at Marco Polo restaurant in Vienna. Our newest Committee member, Paul Jameson, facilitated a lively discussion on “How to Talk About the Economy to a Disgruntled Obama Independent.” The idea for this new series was hatched at our last PDDC meeting, and we thank Paul for kicking the series off with enthusiasm. Please look forward to our announcement of PDDC’s next Dinner and Discussion, which will be open to all who are interested.
PDDC has asked Committee member extraordinaire Linda Byrne to serve as our precinct operations liaison to the Gerry Connolly for Congress campaign in the 11th Congressional District. We are pleased to introduce Providence’s new field organizer for the 11th CD, John Hambleton, who will be working through the Democratic Party of Virginia to help us hold this important seat. John can be reached at email@example.com.
In the 8th Congressional District, Providence’s Vice Chair of Precinct Operations, Gil Conrad, will serve as the liaison to the Moran campaign. Gil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDDC still has its “Progressive & Proud” stainless steel water bottles available in exchange for a minimum contribution of $20. Please ask for the bottles and designated contribution form in the FCDC Headquarters office, or contact Susan Weltz at email@example.com.
The next PDDC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, 7:30 pm, with place to be determined. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Ruth Miller, Chair
Springfield District Democrats are busy with summer activities! In July, we had a very successful Ice Cream Social for Democrats in our Newgate North and Newgate South precincts. Democratic neighbors in those minority-Democratic precincts were very pleased to meet each other and make new connections. Senator George Barker and James Walkinshaw headlined the event, bringing messages of Democratic pride from the elected officials who represent the Newgates at the federal and state levels. Springfield is hosting more Ice Cream Socials in other precincts as the summer continues, helping connect like-minded neighbors with each other and with their Democratic leaders. Springfield also is planning a major fundraising event for the fall, tentatively scheduled for September 25. Watch this space for more information!
Dana Cimino, Chair
Sully had a well attended meeting in July. Our members had a viewing of 9500 Liberty and then a thoughtful discussion of the current situation regarding the Centreville Square Day Laborer Center led by Sully members Alice and Jerry Foltz. Alice and Jerry are leaders/members of the Centreville Immigration Forum – the group that has been working with the shopping center owner, Albert Dwoskin, to establish the center. The center’s creation is still a go and will hopefully be in place in the fall.
We were also joined by James Walkinshaw and Adam Harsha from the Connolly campaign. They gave us an update on the 11th CD campaign and are looking forward to our continued support to get Gerry elected in November.
David Mills, Executive Director Democratic Party of Virginia
In an Albemarle court this week, the University of Virginia filed a brief asking a circuit court judge to set aside Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request for information relating to research conducted by Professor Michael Mann. Cuccinelli is investigating whether Mann committed “fraud” in his use of grant money for research on climate change.
The University’s brief states that Cuccinelli’s investigation “threatens bedrock principles of limited government and academic freedom upon which this nation has rested for more than two centuries.” The University further argues that this investigation will “infringe academic freedom and chill scientific debate.”
“The Attorney General has done serious harm to the integrity of our system of higher education through this indefensible persecution of academic freedom,” said DPVA Chairman C. Richard Cranwell. Cranwell continued “I am grateful that the leadership of the University of Virginia has decided to take a strong stand against the Civil Investigative Demands issued by the Attorney General’s office. All citizens of the Commonwealth who believe in the importance of free thought stand with UVA, its faculty, students and administrators as they defend their rights.”
Based on these new developments, the Democratic Party of Virginia has released the following video:
Rachel Rifkind, Chair Women’s Caucus
Pick your favorite recipe and help support the Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus. We are publishing a cookbook in time for the Christmas Holidays and would love to include you favorite recipe in it. Whether it be appetizer, condiment, main course, vegetable, or dessert it can be used in our cookbook. We need your recipe by August 31. Please email them to Julie Turner at email@example.com.
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