Toomey’s travels

excerpt from Hope Yen, AP, “Pennsylvania lawmakers take more free, legal trips,” philly.com, 7/20/14

…In the Senate, where ethics rules are generally the same, Sen. Pat Toomey’s office had taken 14 trips in 2013 and 2014 worth roughly $12,000 while Bob Casey’s office had taken two. Two of the trips were taken by Toomey himself – one to the Club for Growth conference in Palm Beach in 2013 at a cost of $1,819, and the other a trip that he and wife took to Sea Island, Georgia, this year paid for by the American Enterprise Institute, valued at $1,327. Both of Casey’s trips were taken by his staff to Philadelphia and Warrenton, Virginia, at a cost of $1,100.

Women and Politics

by Whitney Hoiffman, Dem candidate PA House 160, July 24, 2014

Today, I had the great pleasure of getting to meet and speak with Governor Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire. She told us about how she got into politics at the local level, and how it has propelled her to be the only female sitting Democratic Governor in the country. Gov. Hassan started to get involved because her son has special needs, which reminded me very much of my story and the story of Susan Rzucidlo, my friend and mentor, who is also running for the PA State House, in the neighboring 158th District. It also reminded me of the time I got to meet Sally Smith and interview her for the LD Podcast, about how she came to start The Lab School in DC and helped transform education of children with learning disabilities along the way, while advocating for her own son.

All of these women are forces of nature, and all of our stories have the same theme. We have children who have had special needs, and we have had to become advocates for them. We’ve navigated complicated medical and education systems, and we’ve looked under every rock and unlocked every door possible to help our kids. We also know how hard this process can be. We know bureaucracies can be soul-crushing, and time always seems short, but our kids can’t wait for someone to finish up the paperwork somewhere- we need help now….

keep reading at Whitney Hoiffman

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….

    keep reading at Freshstartpa.org

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