CCDC Executive Committee

According to CCDC Bylaws VII, 1,

The Executive Committee shall meet at least once per month on a regularly scheduled meeting date and time…. In addition to its responsibilities relative to Party expenditures, nomination of candidates, and disciplinary actions provided in these By-laws, the Executive Committee shall act in an advisory capacity to the officers of the County Committee and all committees and shall perform such functions as may be delegated to it by the County Committee or County Chairperson.

Current members, in the capacities specified by the Bylaws, are as follows. (The number of voting members needs to be reduced by the number of individuals occupying 2 qualifying positions at the same time.)

The officers (4)

State and county elected officials (2)

State Committee members (9)

District Leaders (9)

Zone leaders (20; asst. zone leader represents the zone in zone leader’s absence)

Others ex officio (5)
Party solicitor: Anthony Verwey.
Parliamentarian: Hans Van Mol
Women’s Group: Millie Dixon, Martha Smith
Pres. Young Dems: Joey Samuel

Members At Large (23)
Stephen Schur Zone 1
Rhett Lipscomb Zone 4
Ryan Simme Zone 5
Kevin Houghton Zone 7
David Rhoads Zone 8
Nathaniel Smith Zone 9
Chris Edwards Zone 11
Alan Yockey Zone 12
Steve Rhoades Zone 13
Alan Endy Zone 14
Joan Bergquist Zone 15
Kristine Howard Zone 16
Linda Scrivner Zone 17
Dick Cahoone Zone 18
Barbara McIlvaine Smith
Amy Gorham
Bob Graham
Marie McNicholas
Jim Bannan
Eddie Foster
Michael Parrish
Jayne Yockey
Everett Butcher (CCMC)

Marian Moskowitz Joins Delaware River Port Authority

by Alan Yockey, Tredyffrin Township Democrats, 3/4/15

Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday.

The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders.

Wolf’s appointees are:

Ryan Boyer, of Philadelphia, business manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity, which represents 5,000 workers on major construction projects. Boyer is expected to be named chairman of the DRPA board.

Marian Moskowitz, of Tredyffrin Township, a real estate developer and owner of the Franklin Commons office building in Phoenixville, as well as an active Democrat in Chester County politics….

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Dinniman tells seniors he backs property tax elimination

By Chris Barber, Daily Local News, 3/02/15

OXFORD >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland was largely “preaching to the choir” at the Oxford Senior Center on Thursday when he described his efforts to eliminate property taxes.

During a luncheon visit to honor members who had reached their 90th birthday, Dinniman said there are 26 Pennsylvania state senators who have signed on to end property taxes. That, he said, is a majority of the 50 members.

“We need to bring it up for a vote,” he said….

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A “Grand Alliance” To Save Our Public Postal Service

by Dave Johnson, Campaign For America’s Future, February 13, 2015

The Conservative/Wall Street/1 Percent/Republican anti-government strategy is to set government up to fail (usually by starving it of funding). Then they point to the resulting “crisis” they created and say it proves that government doesn’t work so we should “privatize” it – in other words, rig the system against We the People by handing our common wealth over to a few wealthy people to harvest for personal profit.

Now they’re coming for the U.S. Postal Service.

Manufacturing A Crisis

Republicans created the problems with the Postal Service. In 2006 Republicans in Congress required it to come up with $5.5 billion per year to pre-fund 75 years of retiree costs. This means the Postal Service has to set aside money now for employees who are not even born yet. No other government agency – and certainly no company – has to do this.

They also require the Postal Service to make a profit – or at least break even. But democratic government is supposed to provide services to We the People….

keep reading at Campaign For America’s Future

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from Andrew Prokop, “President Obama: I’d love a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United,” Vox, 3/1/15

The quote from the president in part I of the lengthy interview is: “…I would love to see some constitutional process that would allow us to actually regulate campaign spending the way we used to, and maybe even improve it. I’d love to see changes at the state level that reduce political gerrymandering.”

I’ll believe it when I see it

By Elizabeth Warren, February 26, 2015

So far in this new Congress, Republicans have spent weeks debating a pipeline that will mostly benefit a giant foreign oil company – and weeks more threatening a government shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Meanwhile, millions of people who work hard and play by the rules are still getting squeezed to the breaking point.

The Republicans prove once again how Washington works just fine for giant corporations, but not so much for working people.

It’s time to make different choices – to stand up to the armies of lobbyists and lawyers to begin to make the government work for the middle class once again. That’s why this week, Rep. Elijah Cummings and I have launched the new Middle Class Prosperity Project: to push this new Congress to take action to help working people….

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Message from newly elected Vice Chair Lani Frank

At the February 25, 2015, meeting of the CCDC Executive Committee, Lani Frank was unanimously elected by acclamation to the position of Vice Chair. The following is a message from her after her election:

Dear Fellow Executive Committee Members, 

I want to thank you for supporting my candidacy for Vice Chair of the Chester County Democrats and for your unanimous vote last night. I am humbled by your support and I feel so thankful that I have earned your trust. 

As many of you know, I have been engaged with our Party efforts since 2002, and have always put the good of our Party before other concerns. I will continue to do so, and I hope that my presence in leadership will help reinforce the positive and productive direction we have begun to take. We have a lot of work to do, and we have so many talented people in our midst. Continue reading