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by Brittany Foster, Politics PA, 3/6/14
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery) introduced her alternative energy plan today which includes an increase in clean energy, land conservation and incentives for smart, green growth.
“Investing in clean and renewable energy sources will create new wealth and job opportunities for Pennsylvanians, and responsible stewardship will ensure that Pennsylvania’s environment is preserved for generations to come,” Schwartz said. “Leading the way on clean energy doesn’t just make economic sense – it is our moral obligation. But Governor Corbett is failing us with a lack of vision and a refusal to harness Pennsylvania’s potential to create jobs while safeguarding the environment.”
The following is the summary of her sustainability plan as provided by the Schwartz campaign:
Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Standard to Require “30 by 30.” Schwartz will enhance Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to require that Pennsylvania obtain 30 percent of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2030. This ambitious but achievable goal will expand job opportunities, reduce carbon emissions, and make Pennsylvania a national leader in renewable energy….
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letter by Dr. B. Gerard Bricks, Daily Local News, 2/27/14
Mr. Anthony J Oleck (letter posted on-line, 2-17-2013) posits several straw-man arguments regarding global warming and climate change, which have no scientific basis and are specifically designed to mislead and confuse the public.
Simply stated, global warming is the symptom (just as your temperature is); climate change is the disease (just as your flu is).
Physics first. The physics of radiative heat transfer in the atmosphere and the trapping of heat due to CO2 has been understood since the 1800s; it is textbook physics.
The Earth’s energy balance is out-of-balance; this is measured by satellites. More energy is coming in from the sun than is being radiated back into space by the Earth, because of the heat-trapping blanket of increased CO2 in the atmosphere from human activities. This excess energy is accumulating at the rate of the energy in four (4) Hirsoshima bombs every second; that’s 2.06 trillion bomb’s worth just since 1998. All this excess energy is absorbed by the land, ice, atmosphere, and oceans (over 90 percent into the oceans) and drives climate change.
Therefore, whether we like it or not, whether the ‘skeptics’ deny it or not, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen, and is going to continue to rise, until such time in the future that the amount radiated out is equal to the amount coming in, and equilibrium is reached. Glaciers will continue to melt, arctic sea ice will continue to decline, sea levels will continue to rise, and global average temperatures will continue to increase.
That’s fundamental physics. Debating that is like debating gravity.
The consequences: record snowfall in the Northeast, record cold and storms in the Southeast, record high temperatures in Alaska, record drought in California, record floods in the UK, record high temperatures and wildfires in Australia….
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from Tom Houghton for Congress (CD-16)
Check out our new short video to learn more about Tom Houghton, Candidate for Congress in the 16th District of PA. Please forward to your friends family and neighbors and share the video on Facebook and Twitter. You can help us get out the message!
I’m Tom Houghton
I’m running for Congress because I believe that we deserve a representative in Congress who will work hard to get real results for our community and our families.
As your Congressman, I want to go to bed every night knowing that I did everything possible to make life better for the people I represent and for all American Families.
I’m happy to tell you that our campaign is going well. In recent weeks, I’ve been taking my message of common sense good government and legislation that benefits everyone, directly to the voters. I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received.
This isn’t my campaign, IT’S OUR CAMPAIGN. I’m asking for your help to get the word out. Please share our new video with your friends, family and neighbors.
I’m excited about this election because I know that I have the support of good people like you. Thank you for all you do!
Letter, The Times of Chester County, February 27, 2014
To The Editor,
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected Tom Corbett’s request to reverse the Act 13 decision, which struck down key provisions in the natural gas drilling laws as unconstitutional.
Locally, Newlin Township, the little township that could, stood up, fought back and won in 2012 when these provisions of Act 13 were first struck down. Now all of Pennsylvania has won because of the decision not to reverse the previous decision.
Under Tom Corbett and the Majority Leadership, Act 13 would have undermined local democracy and taken away local government’s zoning authority. Communities would have been mandated to allow drilling in all sections of a town; near schools, playgrounds and hospitals. Unfortunately we’re not done yet with Act 13. Although this ruling means this decision is final, the matter will return to the Commonwealth court as they try to hash out what will happen with other controversial provisions, including the physician’s gag rule regarding fracking chemicals.
Under Act 13’s provisions, doctors would be prohibited from disclosing information they may have regarding chemical exposure to their patients or other doctors. Additionally Act 13 gives gas companies eminent domain authority, something that should be used sparingly, by government with oversight by the people, and never for profit. Finally Act 13 gives different rules when it comes to providing notice to gas well neighbors who have public water vs. private water.
How many billable hours of outside attorney and state employed attorneys have spent on this unconstitutional law? What has the cost in taxpayer dollars been? Not only has Tom Corbett’s administration basically given away our natural gas by not imposing a sensible severance fee, but they have also attempted give unprecedented power to an industry while limiting accountability and transparency to the people.
The Pennsylvania Legislature majority leadership wrote and passed this bill knowing it stripped away Pennsylvanians constitutional rights. Above all else, Legislators should put the people’s rights above corporate greed. The people deserve better!
Candidate for the 158th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
TREDYFFRIN BUSINESSWOMAN, MARIAN MOSKOWITZ, TO CHALLENGE FOR PA.’S 157TH HOUSE SEAT
Marian Moskowitz, a 30-year resident of Tredyffrin, today announced her candidacy for the 157th Legislative District seat currently held by Warren Kampf. A successful businesswoman, community leader and a Democrat who calls herself a “consensus builder,” Moskowitz seeks to bring a fresh voice to Harrisburg. “It is critical that we have people in office who know how to create jobs, understand the importance of education funding and are sensitive to the issues that women face every day,” Moskowitz said.
Moskowitz, 58, has two children who attended Tredyffrin-Easttown schools, three stepchildren and five grandchildren. She has been married to Malvern attorney David Moskowitz for 29 years.
Moskowitz has been a principal in multiple real estate projects and many small businesses. Her most notable real estate development work has been the adaptive re-use of an abandoned Phoenixville factory into Franklin Commons. Started in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed use complex and was named “Best Mixed-Use Project of 2011” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Moskowitz said her business ventures have created numerous jobs. She has been directly involved in day-to-day management and administration in both for-profit and non-profit sectors with leading roles in budgeting, finance, sales and human resources. She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and has been honored by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
A member of the board of directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council for five years, Moskowitz was appointed to the Board of Trustees of West Chester University by Gov. Rendell in 2006 and re-appointed by Gov. Corbett in 2013. She also serves on the board of trustees of Neumann University and the board of directors of the Colonial Theatre and is the co-chair of the fundraising committee for its expansion.
“I have worked very hard over the years to help foster economic development in this community and in Chester County,” Moskowitz said. “I know I could do so much more in the state legislature to encourage growth in this District.”
She scoffed at the increase in school funding in Governor Corbett’s recently released budget. “He has not even given us back what he took from us in the first year of his administration,” she said. “As a trustee of West Chester University, I see firsthand how these cuts have affected our students. We must do everything possible to make our educational institutions our first priority.”
Moskowitz also believes women need better representation in Harrisburg. “Of 253 members of the Pa. House and Senate, only 45 are women. Yet there are so many issues up for vote that are important to women,” she said. “We need to give women more support in business. I have owned and run numerous companies and know firsthand the problems women encounter in business.”
Moskowitz was born and raised in Philadelphia and, unable to afford college, became a switchboard operator at age 17. She took community college classes when she could pay for them and at age 34, became an adult college student at Neumann University. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in real estate in 1991, taking classes at night so that she could continue to work and raise her family. Moskowitz believes Franklin Commons is a testament to her belief in the value of education. “I’ve very proud of Franklin Commons,” she said. “It’s the only building I know of where you can begin your educational career at 3 months old and continue to get an Associate’s and, in some instances, a four-year degree.”
The 157th Legislative District includes Tredyffrin and Schuylkill townships, most of Phoenixville in Chester County, and parts of Upper Providence in Montgomery County.
This is Moskowitz’s first foray into politics. “I look forward to the challenge,” she said. “I have a wide network of colleagues from both parties. I like to think of myself as someone who brings people together and gets things done.”
Chart from Fanklin & Marshall College poll on the 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, 2/26/14:
By Donald Gilliland, PennLive, March 01, 2014 at 7:35 PM, updated March 01, 2014 at 7:39 PM
John Hanger has repeatedly said he’s “the progressive candidate” for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Saturday proved him right. A straw poll of 267 attendees at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit at the Hilton in Harrisburg put Hanger at the top of the Democratic pack.
After the self-styled progressives heard the candidates for governor debate Friday night, the majority lined up behind just three candidates: Hanger, State Treasurer Rob McCord and millionaire businessman and former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf.
Hanger was well ahead of the rest of the candidates with 31.5 percent of the vote.
McCord followed with 24 percent.
Wolf was third with 22.8 percent.
Former White House advisor and state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty was fourth with 10.9 percent, followed closely by Philly-area U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz with 9.4 percent.
An indication of how Hanger’s ill-funded but deeply passionate “people’s campaign” has upended conventional wisdom is the fact Schwartz won the same straw poll a year ago.
JoEllen Litz, who attended the event, and Jack Wagner, who didn’t, both polled less than 1 percent.
“This is a very important victory,” Hanger said, calling the people gathered at the summit “the conscience of the Democratic party and the heart of its activist community.”…
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Posted: March 2nd, 2014 under PA Governor & candidates.
Tags: Allyson Schwartz, Democrats, John Hanger, Katie McGinty, PA Governor & candidates, Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, progressives, Rob McCord, Tom Wolf
PA State House 157 Democratic Candidate Jed Grobstein withdraws, Marian Moskowitz (D) to challenge incumbent Warren Kampf (R) in November
by Pattye Benson, Community Matters, 2/24/14
The Chester County Democratic Nominating Committee held their convention this past Saturday. Prior to the election, Democrat Jed Grobstein withdrew his name from the PA State House 157 race and Democrat candidate Marian Moskowitz was endorsed by acclamation. Grobstein provided the following press release explaining his withdrawal from the race:
Jed Grobstein stepped back in the interests of party unity today to throw his support behind long-time Tredyffrin Township resident and Phoenixville developer Marian Moskowitz in the race for the Pennsylvania State House, 157th district. In a statement posted on his campaign facebook page and website, Jed said,
“I regret to announce that I am withdrawing my name from contention for the State House in the PA 157th. Over the last several weeks it has become clear that the Democratic Party has rallied around the campaign of Marian Moskowitz. With her endorsement at the County Convention she deserves all of our support. I believe that Marian’s achievements as an entrepreneur and as a prime architect in Phoenixville’s redevelopment make her exactly the sort of leader we need in Harrisburg.”
Further, he urged his supporters to focus on November, saying, “I look forward to supporting [Marian] as we all focus on defeating Warren Kampf, Tom Corbett and their ‘governance by crisis’ in November.”
keep reading at Community Matters
from Emily Atkin, “New Poll: Red State Voters Support EPA Climate Change Plan,” ClimateProgress, 2/28/14
graphic from NRDC
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, February 24, 2014
Here’s an interesting map from “Democrats are from cities, Republicans are from exurbs” by David Jarman, Daily Kos, 2/9/14:
The map shows net change in the number of votes for Democratic and Republican candidates for president in 2012 compared to 1988. It does not show voter registration; so Independents and party-crossing presidential voters are attributed to the party whose candidate they voted for. And it does not take the relative strength of D and R candidates into account: no doubt, Dukakis and Romney would have done better had they been more appealing candidates.
And we know presidential years aren’t typical years. Some blue areas on the map could be white or red in off-year elections. It would be instructive to compare this year’s future results to prior gubernatorial election years. But then, you’d have to add that if the Dem gubernatorial candidate gains over the 2010 candidate, which seems highly likely given the R incumbent’s tanking in the polls, that the D gains could come only from the nature of the candidates, not the voters. Corbett isn’t popular even among R’s.
Still, the map does bear some relation to registration shifts over the past generation. The map shows Chester County as blue, and indeed D’s have closed the registration gap here, though R’s remain in the plurality (not the majority: D’s and I’s outnumber R’s here).
Note the PA trend from the map: relative R gains in the West, relative Dem gains in the East, mixed in the middle. SE Pennsylvania is taking part in Dem growth along the East Coast Metropolitan Corridor, from New England to the Washington DC area….
keep reading at Politics: A View from West Chester