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Will 2018 be the year of woman in Chester County politics?

By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, May 18th, 2018

In the Chester County Democratic primary election, the winners for U.S. Senator and Governor were (unopposed) men, but women for US House PA-06 (also unopposed) and Lt. Governor (Kathi Cozzone carried Chesco but not PA), so that’s half men and half women Dem winners in Chesco.

For PA Senate and House, 3 men and 8 women won Democratic races in districts that include Chesco (some were contested, most not). These candidates worked their way through the primary season, may have been endorsed, and may have had enough support to induce potential rivals not to file in the primary.

For Dem State Committee, Dems also preferred women candidates. Their ballot had 9 men and 9 women, and voters could choose up to 4 of each. One would expect votes cast for men and women to be about equal; but In fact, women totaled 14,835 more votes (unofficial figures; not including write-ins). To judge the scale, if a 10th man had been in the race and received all those undervotes, he would have been the top male vote-getter.

Did voters know the women better as individuals? Did voters prefer to vote for women and consciously undervote for men? Did more women than men vote? We can’t tell right now. But the results for state legislature and Democratic State Committee certainly support the Year of the Woman hypothesis.

How about on the Republican side? …

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

CCDC urges state and federal lawmakers to enact stronger protections against gun violence

[reposted 5/19/18: still waiting for legislators to act]

At its February 28, 2018, meeting, the CCDC Executive Committee enacted a resolution urging lawmakers to rise to the challenge of the gun violence epidemic in our country.

The measures requested include:

Preventing known and suspected terrorists, those convicted of violent hate crimes, and those with a history of domestic abuse from illegally buying guns.

Ensuring that background checks are required on all sales, including online and at gun shows.

Preserving the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), which provides instant access to background records.

Requiring trigger locks on all firearms in houses where children are present.

Banning access to assault-style weapons.

Reducing the number of permissible cartridges in a clip or magazine.

View or download the full document including the underlying “whereases,” here: Gun Resolution CCDC 2-28-18

Van de Krol looks to modernization, cost savings

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 5/15/18

WEST CHESTER >> Before Yolanda Van de Krol was elected Chester County Clerk of Courts in 2017, she was like most of her neighbors — slightly mystified about what, exactly, the clerk of courts did?

Since taking office, Van De Krol has taken it upon herself and her office not only to inform the public about what the office functions are, but to make it easier for people who come in contact with the court system to navigate its various passages and byways.

Within the past several weeks, Van de Krol’s and her staff have upgraded the office’s web site on www.chesco.org, making forms and steps available for people who need to access the system, and preparing the way for a switch to an internet based, e-filing system that she foresees saving not only time but money.

“We have a nice long list of things we want to do to make the office more efficient and to save tax dollars,” Van de Krol said in an interview last week. “There is a lot of misconception about what we do, so we want to go about helping people who have to use the system.”

For those who don’t know, the Clerk of Courts manages all paperwork for all criminal cases in the county Court of Common Pleas, unlike the county Prothonotary, which handles those filing associated with civil cases. If you are appealing a speeding ticket from a District Court hearing, want to erase the records of that pesky drunk driving charge you got seven years ago, or — heaven forbid — are facing felony charges, the Clerk of Courts is where all records come and go….

keep reading at Daily Local News, 5/15/18

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf gets to know imposing new ticket mate Fetterman

By Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, The Associated Press, Daily Local News, 5/16/18

MANCHESTER, Pa. >> Pennsylvania’s governor spent some time Wednesday getting to know his new running mate, a day after Democrats voted to replace the incumbent lieutenant governor on the fall ticket with a mayor who sports arm tattoos with the dates of murders in his economically struggling steel town.

Gov. Tom Wolf had lunch at a cafe near his home with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who beat four others for the nomination. …

keep reading at Daily Local News