LOBBY DAY at the Virginia Capitol
Monday, January 21, 2013
What: Lobby Representatives at the General Assembly Building,
Where:910 Capitol Square, Richmond VA 23219 (9th & Broad).
General Assembly Committee Meetings: The Monday, General Assembly standing committee meeting schedule will be available in all Patriot Hospitality rooms.
Shuttle Service: FREE “Grassroots Taxi” between 12th & Cary St. and 9th & Grace St. - 9am to 3pm. (Tips appreciated to defray expenses. Our thanks to Central Virginia Tea Party (CVTP)
On Street Parking: Martin Luther King Day is a Federal holiday. Parking meters are FREE!
Important Points: You will be required to go through a security check to enter the building. Pick up a “Capitol Connections” 2013 guide to Legislator’s room numbers at the information desk in the main lobby.
Lobbying: Advance appointments are recommended. CoLA Lobbying Materials will be available in conference room 3 EAST at 9:30am.
Coffee and Food: 6th floor cafeteria)
VCDL: VCDL will NOT be having a rally at the Bell Tower on Lobby Day 2013.
AGENDA for the day!
Meet up and “Relax by the Fireplace” at theTobacco Co Restaurant, 1201 East Cary St, Richmond VA 23219 (12th & Cary St) ‘Victorian Lounge’ in historic Shockoe Slip. Connect with friends and have complimentary coffee by the fireplace then hop the “Grassroots Taxi” to the Capitol. CoLA lobbying materials will be available. (Sponsored by Central Virginia Tea Party and 912 Richmond).
9:30 – 10:30
The Patriot Hospitality Conference Room is located in Room 3 EAST (3rd Floor) in the General Assembly Building (GAB). 910 Capitol Square (9th & Broad). This will be your base for operations and CoLA Lobbying materials. Legislators who are sponsoring CoLA legislation will be dropping by. (Sponsored by Senator Tom Garrett).
9:30 – 10:00
The CoLA 2013 legislation review / Q & A. will be held in the GAB Conference room 3 EAST. Carol Stopps
11:00am or 12:00 noon (TBD)
The General Assembly session begins. You can watch live from the Capitol galleries or on closed circuit TV in the General Assembly Building, Senate: GAB, Senate room B, 1st floor (West end of the building) or in the House: GAB, House room D, 1st floor (East end of the building)
11:30 - 2:00 Patriot Lunch
The Patriot Lunch will be held at Sam Miller’s Restaurant 1210 East Cary St (12th & Cary). The lunch special is $9.50 including tax and tip. Please select 2: Soup, ½ sandwich, ½ salad. Nonalcoholic beverage and small desert are included. Going back to the Capitol after lunch? Take the “Grassroots Taxi” between the restaurant and 9th and Grace St. (Available until 3pm).
11:30 - 2:30 CoLA WORKSHOP (includes LUNCH BUFFET)
“GRASSROOTS LOBBYING” and “The Real Nature of Politics”
Presentation by Christopher Doss
Buffet Lunch included. There is limited seating. Check in begins 11:30. Buffet served 11:45 to 12:10. Seminar begins promptly at 12:10. Because of the logistics of the venue, no late arrivals will be admitted.
The CoLA Workshop will be held at Sam Miller’s Restaurant, 1210 E. Cary. (12th & Cary St). It is sponsored by The Leadership Institute. There's more to being a Tea Party than just being heard. By honing our skills, we will be heeded. The more knowledgeable and sophisticated we are in our political work, the more likely we are to influence the political process. Each year hundreds of citizen activists spend thousands of hours on political causes; and, yet, they often see little in the way of real results. Your time is valuable. You need to be sure that your activism will be optimally effective. Christopher has prepared a tailored version of The Real Nature of Politics for us and a presentation called Grassroots Lobbying. We'll learn the difference between gaining access to politicians versus wielding power with them. Hear about holding elected officials accountable throughout the year through local organizing and activities. Chris will provide us some homework assignments to keep us at the top of our game.
3:00 - 5:00 Meet and Greet
Legislators Meet & Greet Reception will be held at Sam Miller’s Restaurant, 1210 E. Cary St (12th & Cary). Legislators are invited to stop by to chat with constituents. Please, personally invite your Delegate and Senator to join us. Ask them to RSVP to Carol Stopps at: firstname.lastname@example.org Complimentary car service to and from the Capitol is available for Legislators. (Details can found in their invitation) Light hors d’ oeuvres. Cash Bar. Happy hour begins at 2:00.
When & Where
Prince William County Tea Party Patriots
The Prince William County Tea Party Patriots are a local non-profit, non-partisan corporation (501c4) established to advance and strengthen constitutionally based education and promote ideas of good governance. We are not affiliated with any political party.
Our mission is to encourage peaceful citizen participation in the political system and empower people with a burning desire to make freedom, liberty and responsible government work.