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True Blue talk Jan. 16: “Effects of Trump’s Tax Cuts”

January 16, 2018, 6 pm, at Barnaby’s of West Chester, 15 S. High St., West Chester

Free to CCDC True Blue and Chair’s Club members. Others may join True Blue (a great way to support Chesco Dems in 2018!) in advance or pay $75 for this one event.

Join us for a timely and lively discussion on the effects of the promised tax cuts on our economy and our personal circumstances: hear Sara Crane Moody’s Economist, present the U.S. economy’s fundamentals, and describe the prospects for fiscal policy, with a special emphasis on the ramifications of the tax overhaul. Bring your questions.

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“Democracy: it’s not what we have, it’s what we do”

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Doing well by doing good: MLK and the Kennedys, 1960

This is a political feel-good story for the day, as least for Democrats.

“How JFK Saved MLK’s Life And So Won The Presidency” by Greg Palast, 1/15/18, shows that a few days before the 1960 election that gave JFK a narrow victory over Richard Nixon, MLK was arrested and sentenced to hard labor in Georgia, a sure death sentence for him given the conditions and racial strife of the time. MLK Sr. called then Vice President Richard Nixon, whom he had endorsed, but got no reply. MLK’s wife Coretta King, however, called Harris Wofford, who was a member of JFK’s campaign staff; Wofford called Bobby Kennedy, who with JFK’s approval proceeded to get MLK out of jail.

The Kings then endorsed JFK and may well have determined the result of the whole election. Wofford went on to be JFK’s Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights, founder of the Peace Corps, President of Bryn Mawr College, US Senator from PA from 1991-94, and much more. In 2006, Rick Santorum, who had defeated Wofford in 1994, was in turn defeated by current Senator Bob Casey.

Read more at Greg Palast and Wikipedia.

These latest comments feel personal

email from Christina Hartman, candidate for US House PA-16, 1/14/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps publicize, for readers’ reflection, any important thoughts and issues raised by Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)

You’ve probably seen the news about President Trump’s shameful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa this past week. I’ll be honest: I’ve been fuming.

While Trump has said many awful things, these words feel particularly personal.

I’ve spent much of my career working around the globe — including in Africa, where I made lifelong friends. On a recent trip to Liberia, I met with a group of incredible women who were running for political office — turns out we’d had lot of the same experiences!

I know that many people in our community who have done mission work overseas have had similar positive experiences. Trump’s view of those places and people who live there couldn’t be further from the truth.

But, perhaps most importantly, Trump doesn’t understand who WE are as a country — nor what makes us great.

Right now, America receives the best and brightest immigrants from all over the world — I see this in my hometown of Lancaster every day. Immigrants have brought new ideas, new businesses, and new energy to Southeast Pennsylvania, just as they have across the country.

We need every elected official — on both sides of the aisle — to condemn Trump’s comments. Remaining silent at this time speaks volumes.

We haven’t heard a peep about any of this from our opponent Lloyd Smucker. We can’t afford to be represented by someone who ignores us. We can’t afford someone who’s forgotten what makes America truly great.

Our campaign to kick Smucker out of Congress is picking up steam. With your help, we can restore true representation to this district, and finally hold Trump accountable for his words and actions.

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Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana

email from John Fetterman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, 1/10/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps bring to readers’ attention thoughts and issues raised by varied Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)

I’ll never fully understand why we’re so hung up on marijuana in this country.

Last week, Jeff Sessions chose to revive the decades-old war on drugs by encouraging attorneys in the Department of Justice to freely prosecute buyers, sellers, and users of cannabis under federal law.

It’s hard for me to imagine that in a time when the opioid epidemic is ravaging entire communities across Pennsylvania, we would need to spend our limited resources on prosecuting adults who choose to use cannabis in their spare time. It’s equally as hard for me to imagine how we could ignore the deeply negative impact that this nation’s drug policy has had on African Americans and people of color over the past few decades.

Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana, and his drug-war agenda needs to be stopped now.

If you agree, sign my petition to show your support for legalizing marijuana and putting an end to this administration’s radical war on drugs. Continue reading