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Finally

from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [read more at his site]

Today, in a 56 to 43 vote, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the first African-American woman attorney general in our nation’s history.

It’s because of the commitment of thousands of supporters across the country that we made history today by confirming Loretta Lynch.

I’m eager to put this confirmation process — 166 days in its entirety — behind us. But first, let’s remember a few things. Continue reading

Sen. Toomey Continues Obstructionism in Washington, D.C., Despite What He Says in Pennsylvania

Press release from Sestak for Senate, 4/23/15

Again, Sen. Toomey says he wants to work in a bipartisan way in Pennsylvania, but then continues his partisan obstructionism in Washington, D.C.

In this case, Toomey said he is “impressed with Lynch’s credentials,”1 but then voted in Washington, D.C., to filibuster Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General – even though 20 Republicans voted with Democrats to end the obstructionism. Toomey then voted against Attorney General Lynch’s bipartisan nomination, even though 10 Republicans joined Democrats in approving Lynch.

That Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania about Presidential nominations and then votes another way, against them, in Washington, D.C., should come as no surprise. Continue reading

Consistently Toomey

North Chesco Dems, April 20, 2015

Joe Sestak’s email is right to point out inconsistencies between what Pat Toomey(R-PA) says in Pennsylvania; and what he does in Washington. Also troubling are the consistencies evident in Sen Toomey’s recent weekly newsletter (see below fold).

From Toomey: Preventing A Nuclear Armed Iran

Toomey says “Congress has a constitutional obligation in matters of war, peace, and national security,” Yet the GOP congress has neglected any obligation to vote on the ongoing wars….

keep reading and see links and downloads at North Chesco Dems

Martin O’Malley vs. trickle-down economics

excerpt from Steve Inskeep’s interview With Martin O’Malley, NPR, 4/20/15

…The Republican Party is doubling down on this trickle-down theory that says thou shalt concentrate wealth at the very top of our society. Thou shalt remove regulation from wherever you find it, even on Wall Street. And thou shalt keep wages low for American workers so that we can be more competitive. We have a different theory. Our theory as Democrats and as the longer arc of our story as Americans is that we believe that a stronger middle class is actually the cause of economic growth. And that in order to make our economy grow, what is good for business is that workers earn more so that they can be part of, not only the innovation that goes on in our country, but also part of the increase consumer demand that we have to generate. What ails our economy right now is 12 years of stagnant or declining wages, and we need to fix this….

read the full interview at NPR

Casey Explains: GOP Serves Wall Street

North Chesco Dems, April 19, 2015
Sen Casey’s email explains how GOP congress services Wall Street.

After the 2008 crunch, a Democratic congress required banks to gamble with their own money, not funds backed up by government bailouts. No more would Wall Street scoop up the profits, while we cover their losses.

In 1974, another Democratic congress created the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, PBGC. (Introduced by a Democrat from Jeanette, Pennsylvania, John Dent). The PBGC has protected thousands of workers from numerous pension defaults.

In 2014 a GOP congress slid two last-minute provisions into their must-pass, avoid-shutdown, bill….

keep reading and see links and download at North Chesco Dems

Coatesville area candidates share their views

By Lucas Rodgers, Daily Local News, 4/21/15

Coatesville >> Candidates for local offices met the public at New Life in Christ Fellowship Church Monday night to give the public a chance to get to know their positions on the issues.

Held in collaboration with “The Movement” with Pastor Dan Williams presiding, candidates running for Coatesville City Council, South Coatesville Borough Council, Coatesville Area School School Board, Magisterial District Judge and County Sheriff were present.

Here is a look at what they had to say….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Obama and Hillary Foreign Policy Accomplishments

letter from Tom Buglio, Daily Local News, 4/11/15

In response to Thomas Sowell’s column concerning the lack of any accomplishments during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state for President Obama, I have to challenge the talking points of people like Thomas who, along with other commentators, press the idea that Hillary did nothing but fly from country to country for photo ops, accomplishing nothing in particular as secretary. While it is true she visited more countries (112) than any other secretary, she was an integral player in foreign policy successes of the first Obama administration. Let’s do a short list:

1. Killing Osama bin Laden and decimating al-Qaida. Obama revived the hunt for bin Laden, and Hillary was an early proponent of using Navy Seals to do the job. She and Obama both are strong proponents of the drone program, used to kill hundreds of terrorists, like Anwar Al Awlaki.

2. Bringing Iran to the negotiating table. Obama and Hillary deserve credit for corralling the members of the UN Security Council, including China and Russia, to impose punishing sanctions on Iran, which has resulted in a real chance to get a nuclear deal….

keep reading at letter from Tom Buglio, Daily Local News