April 12, 2017

Wolf, Casey slam Medicaid cuts in Trump budget

by Laura Olson, The Morning Call, 5/23/17, excerpt:

…Gov. Tom Wolf criticized the Trump administration’s approach, which is similar to a bill approved by House Republicans earlier this month, as one that would “force seniors to pay more for health care.”

“Medicaid is a lifeline for seniors across Pennsylvania that helps pay the costs of nursing home care,” Wolf said in a statement. “The Trump budget proposes deep and devastating funding cuts over the next ten years, which would force many seniors out of nursing homes.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said the proposed Medicaid changes would “devastate Pennsylvanians living in rural communities.”

The administration’s budget proposal also lists $250 billion in savings from undoing the Affordable Care Act, which expanded who is eligible for Medicaid. Trump “supports a repeal and replace approach that improves Medicaid’s sustainability and targets resources to those most in need,” the budget document states….

read the full post at The Morning Call

May 24, 2017

Is a wave election forming for Democrats?

By Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, The Hill, 05/23/17

Democrats are increasingly bullish about the prospect of a wave election in 2018 amid backlash against the passage of the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill and the snowballing revelations coming out of the White House.

Nonpartisan election handicappers have begun to shift the House further away from the Republican majority, in part due to President Trump’s tepid approval ratings and the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

While Republicans and ballot forecasters stress that there’s still 18 months to go until the midterm elections, most concede that the trend lines are ominous.

“Anyone who thinks the House isn’t in play is kidding themselves,” a former GOP aide told The Hill.

“The House healthcare bill is full of landmines and the constant White House drama Republicans have to defend is destroying any ability we have to be on offense or talk about a positive message.”…

keep reading at The Hill

May 23, 2017

Good Results on Primary Election Day

Kathleen Keohane, TTDem Committee, May 20, 2017

A sincere Thank You to all the volunteers and voters who helped make this year’s Primary a successful election day. And an historic one too. For the first time ever, more Tredyffrin Democrats came out to vote than their Republican counterparts in every single one of our seventeen precincts. A total of 628 more Democrats, to be exact.

There is no disputing the fact that Tredyffrin is changing. The number of registered Democrats has increased by almost 10% in the last two years. At this point, the two major parties are separated by only 210 voters, while the number of Independents has remained stable at about 18%. We feel confident that our well-qualified candidates can win this year if voters have a chance to meet them and consider their credentials and positions on the issues that matter most: maintaining our quality of life by providing excellent services, the careful management of growth, and responsible use of our tax dollars.

Thank you for your interest and support of our candidates.

Click at TTDem Committee to read the full statement from Kathleen Keohane, chair of Tredyffrin Democrats.

May 22, 2017

Turnout is the Story on Tuesday

by Adam Swope, chair, Willistown-Malvern Dems

Wow! Thank you to everyone who voted on Tuesday. In our area, and around the County, we saw shocking turnout numbers – clear evidence that Democrats are energized and Republicans are demoralized. With the scandal-a-day Republican Administration in Washington, we saw motivated Democrats turn out in droves to express their displeasure while Republicans may have been so embarrassed by their party’s leadership that they stayed home in record numbers.

Countywide, Democratic turnout in the primary exceeded Republican turnout for the first time in recent memory. It wasn’t a big spread – only about 18% to 17%. But put into context, Republican turnout was about 5% higher than our turnout each of the previous 4 years. So to actually win the turnout battle is a sea change.

Let’s look at the results from our own precincts and how 2017 turnout compared to 2015, the last municipal primary:

Malvern Borough – Dem turnout was up 5.4% and GOP turnout was down 4.2%.
N-1 (Phelps) – Dems up 6.6%, GOP down 9.6%
N-2 (Sugartown) – Dems up 6.6%, GOP down 11.2%
N-3 (Gen. Wayne) – Dems up 4.4%, GOP down 9.3%
N-4 (Good Sam.) – Dems up 5.6%, GOP down 3.1%
N-5 (Gen. Wayne) – Dems up 10.5%, GOP down 5.2% **Overall Dem turnout was over 33%, almost twice the countywide average!**
N-6 (Chester Valley Rehab) – Dems up 0.1%, GOP up 1.4% **This was the only precinct that saw higher GOP turnout overall in 2017**
S-1 (Sugartown) – Dems up 6.5%, GOP down 22.4%
S-2 (Willistown Friends) – Dems up 10.1%, GOP down 14.4%
S-3 (Willistown Methodist) – Dems up 6%, GOP down 6.5%

If we see turnout like this in the fall, Democrats are going to win a lot of elections we’ve never won before!

May 20, 2017