Do the math for 2018

From “A midterm preference for Democrats, but without anti-Trump motivation (POLL)” by SOFI SINOZICH, ABC News, 7/19/17, the good news is that 52% of Americans would like Democrats to gain control of Congress next year “to check Trump”:

But what is bizarre is that only 51% consider Trump to be a factor, when Democrats certainly consider that R incumbents’ continuing support of Trump should be an absolutely major factor in upcoming elections.

And here’s the bad news, from “Ahead of midterms, voters prefer Democrats even as Republicans appear more motivated to vote,” by Mike DeBonis and Emily Guskin, Washington Post, 7/19/17:

The moral is clear: Unless more Dems and Dem-leaning I’s than usual vote next year (and of course this year too), they will once again be turning control of the country over to the right wing and the Trump admirers.

July 20, 2017

Leach launches uphill bid for Congress in the 7th

by Rick Kauffman, Delco Daily Times, 7/6/17

RADNOR >> Daylin Leach was off to the races Thursday night at his congressional announcement soiree at the Radnor Hotel.

The goal was to raise half a million dollars, which he’ll need to face off a busy field of five other Democrats in next year’s primary election — and, if all goes his way, eventually face incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford, who has more cash on hand than any other Pennsylvania House member.

Meehan, who has $2,052,377 in the bank, has invited all comers to vie for the seat in 2018.

It was as early as May that the rumblings for the congressional run of Leach, D-17 of Lower Merion, began to circulate. Late last week Leach had formally committed to running for a seat in Congress in the 7th District.

Thursday night was his debut, insofar as congressional campaigns are concerned, with nearly 300 people packing the banquet hall for his big night.

“I already feel the profound weight of (my children) leaving us and starting their own life journeys and I want to spend as much time as I can with them,” Leach began in an impassioned moment, his voice breaking. “But, I had to weigh this against the unique situation this country finds itself in.”…

keep reading at Delco Daily Times

July 18, 2017

Will courts strike a blow against gerrymandering?

Guest column by G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young, Daily Local News, 7/16/17

Politics!

Today it’s everywhere or often seems so.

Trump mania pervades news coverage while heated and often testy debates about health care, immigration, criminal justice and trade policy increasingly dominate the national conversation.

Turn on any news program and try to escape it. We are dominated by a growing national obsession with politics.

Nor are state governments immune to our growing national preoccupation with politics and political problems. As states struggle to find new revenues and balance annual budgets, they increasingly move into policy arenas like immigration and climate change previously monopolized by the federal government.

But one place political questions do not prevail – indeed according to legal doctrine cannot prevail – is when the courts consider the problem of reapportionment, the decennial process in which states draw the congressional and state legislative districts to conform to population shifts occurring over the past decade.

Decennial reapportionment has been the law of the land since a landmark Supreme Court case in 1964 (Reynolds v Sims) ruled that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment requires voting districts be as equal in population as possible.

Equal they may now be — but fair they are still not. The problem is “gerrymandering” – the ancient, insidious and so far insoluble practice in American politics of creating voting districts that protect incumbents and immunize the party in power from competitive elections. …

keep reading at Daily Local News

July 17, 2017

Trump turns US into rogue climate state

Letter from Dr. B. Gerard Bricks in The Times of Chester County, Jun 23rd, 2017

Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump has turned the US into a rogue climate state.Trump is lying to us and the rest of the world about Global Warming/Climate Change (GW/CC) and the supposedly negative economic consequences to the US had the US not withdrawn.

Fortunately, the US does have progressive, forward thinking, fact-based leaders at other levels in the public and private sectors to take the lead. “WeAreStillIn” is proclaimed by: 131 Cities and Counties, 9 States, 186 Colleges and Universities, and over 900 Business and Investors.

These climate leaders know and understand the facts that Trump and his administration do not.

The US has 25% of the world’s GP, spends $1 Trillion/year on our war machine, so contributing a couple $Billion to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries mitigate the effects of GW/CC is NOT too costly.

The US has only 4.3% of the world’s population, yet our cumulative emissions have created 29% of the GW/CC problem. We have created far more than our fair share of the problem, but Trump says we will not help solve the problem. In fact, he’s going to do his best to make it worse.

This is a global issue and requires a global response. CO2 emitted in the US does not stay in the US. It’s everywhere; the atmosphere is well mixed.

Earth’s atmosphere is a common good. It belongs to every human walking the face of the earth. It is NOT our exclusive greenhouse gas dump….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

July 16, 2017