Congress’ failure to act on gun violence is shameful

from US Cngresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D IL-08) and candidate for US Senate

Earlier this week, Tammy Duckworth got out of her wheelchair to sit on the House floor and demand action on gun violence.

Tammy comes from a family of outdoorsmen and marksmen. But as a combat Veteran, she knows that assault rifles like the AR-15 are weapons of war designed to rip through human beings.

Add your name to support Tammy’s effort to push forward legislation to end gun violence.

90% of Americans support background checks on gun purchases, but instead of listening to the Democratic effort to vote on important gun legislation, Republican congressional leaders turned off the cameras. Then, they tried to interrupt the Democratic sit-in in order to undermine retirement savings for our seniors. Their priorities are completely out of order

Congress’ failure to act is shameful. In the face of inaction, our best hope for progress on gun violence is to elect a congressional majority that is ready to pass meaningful gun legislation. That’s why Tammy is running for U.S. Senate.

Thank you for taking action,

Team Duckworth

June 27, 2016

Costello to sit out GOP convention

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 6/26/16

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, will not be attending the Republican Party’s national convention next month in Cleveland, it was announced last week, drawing criticism from his Democratic opponent in the race.

Costello, who is running for re-election in November, was chosen as one of the party’s delegates representing the 6th Congressional District in the primary in April. But he will give up that position, a campaign spokesman said, in order to focus on his work as a congressman.

Costello will join the ranks of other Republicans who have decided to skip the convention, such as former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and the 2012 Republican nominee, former Gov. Mitt Romney. Unlike those, however, Costello has not indicated that his decision is in opposition to the presumptive GOP nominee, businessman Donald Trump.

“Congressman Costello has decided not to attend the convention and will instead use this time to work for his constituents in the district,” said Vincent Galko, a senior adviser to Costello’s re-election campaign. “He also looks forward to spending time with his family.”…

Keep reading at Daily Local News. Read Dem challenger Mike Parrish’s 6/23 press release “Parrish Calls on Costello to Take a Stand” here.

June 26, 2016

It’s straight-up fraud (Shapiro on Trump)

You probably heard about the racist comments Donald Trump made about California State Judge Gonzalo Curiel (who was born in Indiana) because of his Mexican heritage.

But have you seen the recently unsealed documents from the New York lawsuit against Trump University? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman summarized the case by saying, “It’s straight-up fraud.”

And there’s a Pennsylvania connection.

A Pittsburgh woman named Melissa Norris spent $17,000 for a Trump University seminar that included a coach who was supposed to help her find real-estate investments. This “coach” was a convicted criminal and the investment “opportunity” he directed her to turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. She lost $230,000, and had no way to recoup her loss.

The Trump University case is a reminder of why we need an attorney general who is tough, independent and who will fight for all Pennsylvanians. Continue reading

June 23, 2016