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CCDC Petitions Notarizing Party

Notarize your petitions for all Chesco candidates at CCDC’s Notary Party!

Sunday, February 14
2:00pm to 6:00pm
West Chester Borough Hall
401 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19382

This is your opportunity to get petitions notarized at no charge before they are due on Tuesday, February 16th.

Candidates, please send someone to pick up the notarized petitions at the end of the session.

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CCDC newsletter, Jan./Feb. 2016

The CCDC Communications Committee has created a one-page, two-sided newsletter that should be a very useful document for handing out to Democrats during this time of requesting signatures for nominating petitions. It was designed to 1) provide the PA online voter registration link for people changing addresses or parties, 2) help explain the primary election process including the petitions, and 3) offer volunteer opportunities.

We have provided lists of the offices and candidates and also CCDC contact information. The “For more information, please contact” box on the front is for distributors to put their or their zone’s name and contact information or attach a business card.

We would suggest printing a handful for each precinct (the zone may elect to do this collectively) to have with you when you go out. You will need to print just page 1 and then reinsert the printed pages (following your printer directions) to print page 2 on the back if you want to distribute it on just one page.

Thank you and please download the PDF File here: CCDC Newsletter-Vol-I-Issue-1.FINAL 1

–Bill Phifer for the CCDC Communications Committee

Nearly Everything Ted Cruz Said At Saturday’s Debate Was A Lie

by Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch, 2/8/2016

Marco Rubio’s robotic recitation of anti-Obama talking points may have been the biggest story coming out of Saturday’s GOP presidential debate, but at least one candidate stood out with his unrelenting dishonesty: Ted Cruz.

Following his opening statement, almost every remark from Cruz was either completely misleading or flat-out wrong.

1) Dirty Tricks

Cruz kicked things off by flatly lying about his campaign’s role in propagating a rumor about one of his rivals leaving the race during last week’s Iowa caucuses.

Shortly before Iowans started casting votes, the Cruz campaign urged its supporters to tell caucus-goers that Ben Carson was likely dropping out of the race and that his supporters should back Cruz instead.

At the debate, Cruz blamed a CNN report for suggesting that Carson was withdrawing from the race, claiming that it was an honest mistake from his campaign and blaming the network for only having “corrected” its reporting several hours later in the evening.

Cruz’s claim is bogus, and seeing that the dirty tricks story has been in the news for days, he must know by now that it is not true.

CNN never reported that Carson was quitting the presidential campaign. Its first report on Carson’s plan to fly to his Florida home after the caucuses, apparently so he could get a fresh set of clothes, stated that the neurosurgeon planned “to stay in the race beyond Iowa no matter what the results are tonight.”

“CNN never reported that Carson was suspending his campaign and never issued a correction, because there was no need to do so,” Dylan Byers notes. CNN itself strongly rebutted Cruz’s claim….

keep reading at Right Wing Watch

Here’s why Pat Toomey will lose in November: Marcel Groen

By Marcel L. Groen, PennLive, 2/9/16

In politics today, it’s rare that we find agreement on anything. But when it comes to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race this year, everyone recognizes that Pat Toomey faces a stiff challenge.

There are two general reasons why: the facts and the fundamentals.

Republican operative Charlie Gerow tried to make the case in this publication last week that despite the headwinds, Toomey will be reelected in November.

It’s true, as Gerow noted, “voters make their decisions based on the records of the candidates.” What’s not true is, “that’s where Pat Toomey gains his advantage.”

The facts of Toomey’s time in Washington tell a different story.

He’s voted with the Republican Party 94 percent of his time in congress. That number cripples the claim that Toomey works “across the aisle to get things done,” as Gerow put it.

Far from being an outlier who deserves special consideration, Toomey’s record shows he is a part of the gridlock and partisanship voters detest.

Most illustrative of Toomey’s partisanship was 2013’s devastating government shutdown, which was led by Ted Cruz and cheered-on by Toomey….

keep reading at PennLive

DEP recommits to September deadline for Clean Power Plan

By Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2016

John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, wants Pennsylvanians to know that “until otherwise convinced,” his agency will strive to submit a plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan in September.

On Wednesday, the department had said it would wait for the courts to decide the fate of the carbon limiting rule before submitting its compliance plan to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. This followed Monday’s Supreme Court decision to stay the regulation while opponents try to strike it down in court.

But today, Mr. Quigley said, “The rule’s in effect, the rule hasn’t gone away.”

“We, at least currently, see a path to submitting on Sept. 6. Obviously, the landscape can change.”

Mr. Quigley said he couldn’t speculate what kind of changes would prompt a delay. It’s hard to guess these things, he said, given how surprising the Supreme Court decision was.

“But we want folks to understand that we’re not taking our foot off the gas pedal,” he said.

“Looking at the future of energy in this country, we know low-price natural gas is going to be around for a long time. We know that the price of renewable energy is coming down in many states. It’s clear that renewables are the future. What the Clean Power Plan is calling for is really good business.”…

keep reading at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Children will have 23,000 fewer educators in the classroom

email from Governor Tom Wolf, 2/9/16

Just a few moments ago, I gave my budget address to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Usually, this is an opportunity to lay out an ambitious agenda for the year ahead.

But I couldn’t give that kind of a speech. Not under these circumstances.

Pennsylvania now faces a $2 billion budget deficit.

That’s not a Democratic fact or a Republican fact. It’s just a fact.

It’s a fact supported by Standard and Poor’s — an independent rating agency. They have done the math. And they agree: Pennsylvania faces a massive structural deficit that will only continue to grow if we fail to address it responsibly.

And today, I wanted to be clear about the actions we must take to resolve this crisis, and the consequences we will all face if we don’t. Continue reading

Watch Bernie Sanders React When Stephen Colbert Compares Him to Donald Trump

By Grace Wilson, Mother Jones, 2/11/16

It was one of the best exchanges from last night’s “Late Show” appearance.

Grinning and upbeat from his recent landslide victory in the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night to a cheering, feel-the-Bern crowd, but not without getting grilled by Colbert, who challenged the Vermont senator on how he plans to deliver radical change to a polarized country.

In one of the best exchanges, Colbert asked Sanders about the perception that he was simply riding a wave of angry populism among voters, a kind of Donald Trump with different hair. “Yes, people have a right to be angry,” Sanders admitted. “But what we need to be is rational in figuring out how we address the problems, and not simply scapegoating minorities,” he said, referring to Trump’s controversial call to ban all Muslim immigration.

“I think what people are saying is enough is enough,” Sanders said. “We need fundamental changes in our political system and our economic system.”

Colbert also offered up a few pointers for Sanders’ next stop, the South Carolina primary: “If you need the vote down there, you have to eat boiled peanuts,” said Colbert, a South Carolina native.

He then offered him peanuts and a cold beer.

see the 7-minute video at Mother Jones

Graham On CNN New Day: “You Know How You Make America Great Again? Tell Donald Trump To Go To Hell”

[It isn’t often we feature a (former) Republican presidential candidate, but in case you missed it, this is so well said….(bold, italics, and capitals as in the oridinal)]

Graham President, from New Day on CNN, 12/8/15

Graham: “Trump’s A Race-Baiting, Xenophobic, Religious Bigot. He Doesn’t Represent My Party. He Doesn’t Represent The Values That The Men And Women Who Wear The Uniform Are Fighting For.”

Camerota: “What Is Your Reaction To Hearing What Donald Trump Says?”

Graham: “Disgusted”

“He’s Putting Our Soldiers And Diplomats At Risk, He’s Empowering The Enemy And This Ban…Would Take People… Who Came To Our Side In Iraq And Afghanistan And Who Are Under Siege In Their Own Countries, It Basically Becomes A Death Sentence For Them.”
“I’ve been in the Air Force for 33 years, retired this June. He’s the ISIL man of year by the way. I just got back from Iraq a week ago this Monday… Now we have young men and women in harm’s way all over the world, particularly in the Middle East. They were concerned about this rhetoric because the enemy will use it against us. Continue reading

American Muslim Voters Overwhelmingly Support Democrats

by Saif Alnuweiri, The National Memo, February 9, 2016

An overwhelming majority of American Muslims support Democratic presidential candidates, according to a poll completed by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last week. This isn’t exactly a surprise, given the blatant Islamophobia coming from nearly every Republican presidential candidate, but the poll gave some insight into how the Muslim electorate has shifted, politically, over the past two decades.

The survey reported that a majority of American Muslims, 52 percent, supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. “As an immigrant community, there’s a long memory of the work she has done abroad,” said Robert McCaw, Department Manager of Government Affairs at CAIR. “So, you essentially have two generations of Muslim immigrants who have been exposed to Clinton before they have even heard of Sanders.”

Strong support for Clinton also revealed that American Muslims are not opposed to female leadership, despite familiar tropes by the American right that Islam promotes a rigid, undemocratic and patriarchal social order. “When you look at Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, even Kosovo, these are Muslim oriented countries that have already had female leaders, presidents, and prime ministers,” said McCaw. “So this is nothing new, for Muslims to elect a female leader. This may be something new for America.”

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders placed second in the survey, earning the support of 22 percent of respondents. Sanders was one of the most vocal opponents of the Islamophobic atmosphere many Muslims have been forced to confront since the start of this election cycle. …

keep reading at The National Memo

Chart from the CAIR poll:

CAIR poll