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

To view Week or Agenda (list) format, click at top right. To see details, click on event; to close details, click on the x or (Agenda view) click again on event. Submit events or changes here. Plans can change; check before attending. These are events organized by CCDC and its zones, campaigns and elected officials. (See separate progressive calendar here.)

Parents need a helping hand: H.B. 2035

Statement on H.B. 2035 from Melissa Shusterman, candidate for PA House 157

Rep. Carolyn T. Comitta, along with several bipartisan cosponsors, has recently introduced H.B. 2035. H.B. 2035 would provide a tax deduction of up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of childcare for Pennsylvania families. Childcare is a necessity for many Pennsylvanians but is a cost that is rising quickly and burdening families.

For many years, I had to raise my son as a single mother while also starting my own business. I know how hard it is to balance raising a family and the demands of a career. I know the stress of having to make hard choices on a tight budget. I also know that this bill will go a long way to easing the strain on Pennsylvania’s hard-working families. Childcare should not be an impossibility for so many of them. I wholeheartedly support this bill.

If elected State Representative, I will vote for this bill and continue to work towards making life easier for the families of our state and our district.

CCDC nominating convention Tue. Feb. 20

The CCDC nominating convention is set for Tuesday February 20th at Stetson Middle School at 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester 19382.

Doors open at 5:30 pm for check-in, petition signing, etc. Allow at least 15 minutes for checking in! The convention proper starts at 6:30 pm.

During this event, the County Committee will endorse candidates for the various offices for which elections will be held this year:

US Senator
PA Governor
PA Lt. Governor
US House of Representatives (3 seats now, probably 2 with new districts)
PA Senate (SD 26, 44)
PA House (9 House districts)

See info on known Dem candidates here.

Candidates and their representatives will be present asking for signatures on their petitions.

All Democratic committeepersons or their proxies are expected to attend.

State Dem Committee (8) and committeeperson seats (2 per precinct) will also be on the ballot but the convention does not endorse for them.

Stetson Middle School is about 0.5 miles south of where the Rt 202 bypass starts south of West Chester. It is about 2.5 miles south of West Chester, on the west side of route 202. a mile north of route 926. From the south you need to be in the right lane of 202 and take the Skiles Blvd exit to the right, then cross 202 to go west to the school parking lot. Entrance to parking is to the right.

Local attorney challenging Barrar for 160th state House seat

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/7/18

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Anton Andrew, a Kennett Township attorney, on Wednesday announced his intention to seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 160th district. Andrew, a Democrat, seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar, who has held the seat for the past 21 years.

Andrew said his decision to run was largely spurred by gerrymandering, the manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency to benefit a political party.

“When I fully understood the gerrymandering issue, that’s when I decided I could not sit on the fence any longer,” Andrew said. “I have spent my whole life trying to give people a voice, and I just got upset by the way (Barrar) and the (Republican) party in general have systematically disenfranchised me, whether by gerrymandering or anything else.”

Andrew said education funding and infrastructure are his top priorities….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Parkland

Yesterday afternoon, a 19-year-old with a weapon of war walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring many others.

We have seen this happen too many times. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. This is not inevitable. It’s long past time for our leaders to stop pretending we are helpless in the face of such tragedy.

Let’s be very clear about something. The vast majority of Americans support common-sense solutions to prevent this type of gun violence. But the special interests that stand against measures like universal background checks are ruthless — and they’re also better organized.

Each election cycle, the NRA spends tens of millions of dollars to defeat candidates who will stand against their extreme agenda — and as a result, many Republican elected officials owe their election in part to support from the gun lobby. So it’s no surprise why gun violence prevention legislation never makes any progress in Congress.

Enough is enough. What we’re letting happen right now in America is madness. Our children and our country deserve better.

We deserve a Congress that is willing to take up this debate. We deserve more than thoughts and prayers when these tragedies happen. We deserve leaders who understand the urgent need to take action on this issue.

Changing our gun laws won’t stop every mass shooting — but it will stop some of them. And we have to try.

There are solutions that can address our nation’s epidemic of gun violence — such as expanding background checks and closing the gun-show loophole. Now we just need to elect a Congress with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.

We must not become numb to these horrendous mass shootings. We must keep fighting.

Tom Perez
Chair, Democratic National Committee

P.S. It is up to all of us to demand action on this issue. Add your name to tell Congress it’s past time to take action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic.