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CCDC fall fundraiser

Come enjoy a cocktail with your favorite Chester County Democrat!
Thursday, September 17th, 6 to 9pm
Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville
More info here

A once in 311-year opportunity

I know you might think this is a little different that I’m asking you to contribute to someone else, but we have here in Pennsylvania a once in 311-year opportunity:

For the first time since 1704, there are three vacancies on Pennsylvania’s highest court – and all three vacancies will be filled on November 3rd election by “We the People” through our vote.

When William Penn established Pennsylvania’s court system, he did so with the promise that justice would not be “sold, denied, nor delayed” and that people “of all persuasions” would have access to “open” courts. Today, we must continue that legacy. Continue reading

Chesco D’s and R’s and the Issues

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, August 27, 2015

It seems the Chester County Republican party is starting to worry about Donald Trump.

Whatever resonances the leading R presidential candidate might find in certain other parts of the country, it’s pretty clear that his peculiar combination of the cult of personality and anti-immigrant prejudice won’t play well in Chester County.

A recent email from the Chesco R party is imaginatively entitled “Chester County Republicans! Stop the Out of Touch, Local Democrat Party!” Let’s just see who is out of touch (besides Mr. Trump, of course).

First, let’s note that the email does not reproduce any document as circulated by Chester County Democrats. It actually includes, for unknown reasons, an automatic English translation of a Spanish-language ad plus the original English-language graphic. Not good scholarship; but of course, this is politics.

The “President Trump?” motif, which obviously strikes a local R nerve, has been used in several forms. Here are the text and image as they actually appeared on the CCDC Facebook page, July 30:
keep reading at Politics: A View from West Chester

Pennsylvania Launches Online Voter Registration to Increase Efficiency and Offer Convenience

Governor Tom Wolf, August 27, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés today announced that Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote.

The online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, is now available for use by eligible citizens at register.votesPA.com.

“Online Voter Registration is about making the voting experience more convenient and more accessible,” Governor Wolf said. “It is about giving citizens an easier way to exercise their right to vote and establishing a clearer connection between the political system and the citizens. Continue reading

Chester County Leadership: Senator Andy Dinniman

by Ken Knickerbocker, Vista.Today, August 27, 2015

From the time he was elected a member of Downingtown School District’s Board of Director in 1975 and through his three terms as

By all measures, he won more than his fair share of the fights he picked. His confrontational, self-serving style however, frustrated his fellow commissioners as well as political leaders and activists on both sides of the isle.

Since winning a special election to the State Senate in 2006, and then reelection to the same seat in 2008 and again in 2012, a kinder, more conciliatory Andy Dinniman has emerged. The “new and improved” Dinniman reaches across wide political divides….

keep reading at Vista.Today

Wolf to announce online voter registration for Pennsylvania: report

By Peter Jackson, The Associated Press, Pennlive, August 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians will soon be able to register online to vote.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration plans to launch the system Thursday, making Pennsylvania the 23rd state to offer Internet-based registration, officials told The Associated Press. The National Conference of State Legislatures says five other states have approved online systems but not yet implemented them.

Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, the state’s top election official, plan to discuss the details at a news conference at the Harrisburg headquarters of the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association….

keep reading at Pennlive