County Democrats hit Corbett on economic record

By Mike McGann, The Times of Chester County, July 24, 2014

Republicans say Democrats not being honest about governor’s record

WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s top two elected Democrats joined with the leader of the statewide campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf to denounce Gov. Tom Corbett’s handling of the state economy, Thursday on the steps of the old historic courthouse.

Former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary — and gubernatorial candidate in her own right — Katie McGinty, who now leads Wolf’s Fresh Start Campaign, was joined by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, who is challenging state Sen. John Raffery for the 44th District seat, and Marian Moskowitz, the Democrat running in the 157th District for State Representative against Warren Kampf — all of whom decried Corbett’s poor handling of the state and its economy….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

Corbett’s failed leadership puts Pennsylvania’s economic future in danger

    By Mike Mikus, Freshstartpa.org, July 23, 2014 |

    Earlier this week, Moody’s Investment Service downgraded Pennsylvania’s $11.1 billion general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 as a result of Governor Corbett’s failed leadership and gimmick-ridden budget based on one-time revenues.

    This bond downgrade — the third in two years — will not only make it more expensive for the state to borrow money, but it will also make it more expensive for public borrowers in the commonwealth, such as school districts, to borrow. This recent Aa3 rating makes Pennsylvania one of the top-six worst states out of the 47 states with general obligation debt in Moody’s ratings.

    Instead of following through on his promise to restore fiscal responsibility, Corbett’s governing has been a complete failure….

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Auditor General DePasquale Says Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP…

from the PA Auditor General

Auditor General DePasquale Says Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP’s Ability to Oversee Industry, Protect Water Quality

DEP unprepared in 2009; now understaffed, underfunded and inconsistent

DEP Performance Report

HARRISBURG (July 22, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that a recent audit shows that the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints. Continue reading

Winicov elected as new leader of Easttown Democrats

The Times of Chester County, July 22, 2014

DEVON — The Easttown Township Democratic Committee (ETDC) announced changes to its leadership team this week, following a 2014 re-organizing meeting, with Chester County attorney John Winicov elected as the group’s new chair.

Winicov practices law in West Chester, representing clients in personal injury and criminal matters in the greater Philadelphia region. Winicov was elected to lead the Easttown Democrats to greater success supporting candidates at the local, state and national levels through energized campaigning and 21st-century strategy, organization, and outreach.

“I look forward to working with Chester County Democratic Committee Chair Brian McGinnis and CCDC Vice Chair Robin Greene-Toler, as well as the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, to lead the Easttown Democrats to victory,” Winicov said. “State Rep candidate Anne Crowley is running a particularly strong ground operation. As past Tredyffrin-Easttown school board member, she is well-positioned to win this fall and well-qualified to represent us in Harrisburg.”

Outgoing ETDC chair Craig Lewis was elected Vice Chair, and will work closely with Winicov to ensure a smooth transition. Lewis works as marketing director of Berwyn Systems. Lewis said “Pennsylvania badly needs the experience and dedication of Anne Crowley and gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf to correct the mistakes of Governor Corbett. The environment, the economy, and our public education system can’t survive another Corbett administration.”…

continue reading at The Times of Chester County

Candidate Spotlight: John Kane (PA Senate 26)

[n.b. The 26th PA Senate district lies mostly in Delco but includes Easttown and Willistown in Chesco. For the full district description, see here]

email, 7/21/14

I’m proud to call John Kane my friend and even prouder that he is our nominee for Senate District 26. 

A job protector and creator, John is a proven advocate for the residents of Senate District 26. His passion for working-class families will inform his decisions in Harrisburg and he will bring his years of experience as a leader to the capitol.

A plumber and business manager, John has fought for and won thousands of jobs across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, he has provided skills necessary to men and women so they can succeed and live a better life. John is not running to be a career politician, he’s running because he wants to improve the lives of the residents of Senate District 26.

Join us and support John’s campaign.

A native of Delaware County, John grew up in a working-class family and understands the importance of a living wage – that’s why he is committed to raising the minimum wage to $11. Along with his wife, a public school teacher, he knows the value of a good education and would fight to reverse Governor Corbett’s $1 billion cuts to education and begin to re-invest in our children’s future.

Will you help us elect John and send a fair voice for all of Pennsylvania’s families to Harrisburg?

Sincerely,

David Landau
Chairman
Delaware County Democratic Party

Victory in Washington. Next up: Pennsylvania

From: Robert Reich via Democracy for America
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014

If you’ve seen my film “Inequality for All” you know that raising the minimum wage is one of the most important steps we can take to reduce income inequality in America — and it’s one of the most tangible organizing opportunities we have locally and electorally.

That’s why I’m so excited that DFA members have started hundreds of YouPower petitions to raise the minimum wage in their communities, inspired by my film at 746 “Inequality for All” Watch Parties organized by DFA a few months ago.

Thanks to your hard work and organizing, our movement is picking up momentum. A few weeks ago the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour and the Massachusetts State House recently increased their minimum wage to the highest state level in the country.

City by city, state by state, progressives are organizing and winning major campaigns to raise the minimum wage this year. Will Pennsylvania be next? 

Will you join DFA member Lyra Talarico and call on Governor Tom Corbett to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $10.10 ?

Sign the YouPower petition from DFA member Lyra Talarico to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

Many American families depend on one, two or even more minimum wage jobs to survive, but many still struggle to make ends meet. And most minimum wage workers aren’t teenagers these days. They’re major breadwinners who need a higher minimum wage in order to keep their families out of poverty. Continue reading

Pennsylvania lawmakers find a way to hinder so-called ‘open meetings’

editorial, Daily Local News, 7/17/14

Talk about decisions being made in smoke-filled back rooms.

A report by PAIndependent states that in this year’s state budget process, the Pennsylvania Legislature “routinely hosted key committee meetings in hot, cramped rooms that couldn’t accommodate all those interested in watching.”

“While crowds of observers and lobbyists were left in the hallway, craning to hear the action inside, those lucky enough to find a spot sweated it out or battled claustrophobia,” reported Andrew Staub.

Leave it to Pennsylvania lawmakers to find a way to keep taxpayers out of an “open meeting.”

According to the report, the Republican leadership, especially in appropriations, routinely uses for meetings conference rooms that are both too small for observers and also lack the camera feeds found in larger meeting rooms.

Without the camera feeds, folks at home, i.e. taxpayers, miss out on budget proceedings that could be broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

In some cases, the rooms become so hot and crowded with lobbyists and legislators that some have complained of possible fire code violations and the danger of people passing out — “or worse” — in the words of Bill Patton, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, PAIndependent reported.

Melissa Melewsky, an attorney with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, told Staub that while the Sunshine Act does not address the size of the meeting rooms, it might be something for the General Assembly to consider.

“As much public access as possible is ideal, whether that’s through a bigger room or televised access or both,” Melewsky said. “The important thing is that anyone who’s interested needs to have a method of access to that decision because once it’s over, it’s over, and the public has lost the opportunity to see what’s going on.”…

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Win Phillies Tickets While Supporting Ann Schott for State Rep!

Want to win tickets to a Phillies game, while also helping to get Democrats elected to Harrisburg? This is your chance. (And these aren’t just any tickets.)

The highest donation by July 20th to the Ann Schott for PA State House campaign (district 13) wins the tickets to the July 23rd game vs the San Francisco Giants – four field level tickets inside 1st Base (Section 116, Row 30, Seats 11-14 – that’s the first row under cover). The face value of the tickets is $260.00.

Bids should be emailed to vonschott@verizon.net, and Eric and Ann Schott will make arrangements for delivery.