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Join the Chester County Democrats and Governor Tom Wolf on April 2 for our Spring Fundraiser at beautiful Coatesville Country Club

DEMOCRACY: THE PATH FORWARD, with Guest of Honor: Governor Tom Wolf

Download pdf invitation here: CCDC Spring Fundraiser Invitation 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6-8 pm
Coatesville Country Club
143 Reservoir Rd, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320

Register for this exciting event as we take “The Path Forward”; Tickets, $75

You may also mail a check to CCDC, 37 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382, with memo ‘Spring Fundraiser’.

6pm Doors open, Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres
Attend earlier VIP Cocktail Hour 5-6 pm by joining Chairs Club or True Blue Society.  For information or to join, call the office at 610-692-5811 or email:

March 10, 2017

Trump supporter thought president would only deport ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.

By Peter Holley, Washington Post, 3/25/17

When Helen Beristain told her husband she was voting for Donald Trump last year, he warned her that the Republican nominee planned to “get rid of the Mexicans.”

Defending her vote, Helen quoted Trump directly, noting that the tough-talking Republican said he would only kick the “bad hombres” out of the country, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Months later, Roberto Beristain — a successful businessman, respected member of his Indiana town and father of three American-born children — languishes in a detention facility with hardened criminals as he awaits his deportation back to Mexico, the country he left in 1998 when he entered the United States illegally….

keep reading at Washington Post

March 26, 2017

Casey Announces “No” Vote On Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Senator Bob Casey, 3/23/17

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced his decision to vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of The United States. Casey has used the weeks since the nomination was announced to thoroughly review of Judge Gorsuch’s record, meet with Gorsuch and judicial experts, and most recently reviewed his hours of testimony from his hearing. Below is a statement laying out Casey’s rationale on this decision:

“In order to properly discharge the constitutional duty to provide “advice and consent” on judicial nominees, I believe it is my duty as a U.S. Senator to evaluate the nominee based on several key criteria: character, temperament, professional and personal experience, judicial philosophy and, of course, prior judicial rulings. With respect to the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I took this process seriously. I spent hours studying his decisions as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. I consulted a variety of legal scholars and practitioners to understand the nuances and implications of his approach to the law. I met him personally to discuss his work and his nomination. And I watched closely his testimony before the Judiciary Committee this week.

I have serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy, manifest in a number of opinions he has written on the 10th Circuit….

keep reading at Senator Bob Casey

March 25, 2017

More than 100 rally at Costello’s office urging no vote on ACA repeal

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 3/23/17

WEST CHESTER >> With chants like “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, we need to see Costello,” and “Keep it, keep it, people really need it,” more than 100 people gathered outside the office of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, Thursday at noon to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“We are asking Ryan Costello to be a stand-up guy and vote no to TrumpCare,” said Paula Terrell of North Coventry Township. “It will affect my (insurance) premiums and the premiums of our senior citizens.”…

keep reading at Daily Local News

n.b. A Quinnipiac University Poll released yesterday shows that 56% of US voters disapprove of the “TrumpCare” plan with only 17% in favor and 26% undecided. 46% say they would be less likely to vote for a US Senator or representative who votes for the current Republican plan, 19% more likely, and 29% say it wouldn’t matter.

March 24, 2017

GOP health care proposal fails us

letter from Jamie McVickar, Daily Local News, 3/22/17

At some level, one can understand why Chester County voters hold their noses and occasionally vote for Republicans. Smaller government can seem attractive to some.

But we are also primarily, I like to think, a compassionate country. So we needed only to wait until the Republicans were finally in power for them to show us their true stripes, completely at odds with what made this country great.

This is most recently laid bare with the unveiling of TrumpCare: Massive tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporate elite, at the expense of the rest of us in the middle and lower income brackets, particularly our seniors.

As the Daily Local News’ elder care columnist wrote this week, if you wanted to draft a bill that caused as many Americans as possible to lose their health care coverage, you need only look at the TrumpCare plan:24 million losing coverage, largely by cutting Medicaid recipients. Continue reading

March 23, 2017