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from Andrew Prokop, “President Obama: I’d love a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United,” Vox, 3/1/15

The quote from the president in part I of the lengthy interview is: “…I would love to see some constitutional process that would allow us to actually regulate campaign spending the way we used to, and maybe even improve it. I’d love to see changes at the state level that reduce political gerrymandering.”

I’ll believe it when I see it

By Elizabeth Warren, February 26, 2015

So far in this new Congress, Republicans have spent weeks debating a pipeline that will mostly benefit a giant foreign oil company – and weeks more threatening a government shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Meanwhile, millions of people who work hard and play by the rules are still getting squeezed to the breaking point.

The Republicans prove once again how Washington works just fine for giant corporations, but not so much for working people.

It’s time to make different choices – to stand up to the armies of lobbyists and lawyers to begin to make the government work for the middle class once again. That’s why this week, Rep. Elijah Cummings and I have launched the new Middle Class Prosperity Project: to push this new Congress to take action to help working people….

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Message from newly elected Vice Chair Lani Frank

At the February 25, 2015, meeting of the CCDC Executive Committee, Lani Frank was unanimously elected by acclamation to the position of Vice Chair. The following is a message from her after her election:

Dear Fellow Executive Committee Members, 

I want to thank you for supporting my candidacy for Vice Chair of the Chester County Democrats and for your unanimous vote last night. I am humbled by your support and I feel so thankful that I have earned your trust. 

As many of you know, I have been engaged with our Party efforts since 2002, and have always put the good of our Party before other concerns. I will continue to do so, and I hope that my presence in leadership will help reinforce the positive and productive direction we have begun to take. We have a lot of work to do, and we have so many talented people in our midst. Continue reading

For Tens of Millions, Obamacare Is Working

By STEVEN RATTNER, New York Times FEB. 21, 2015

Ever since President Obama unveiled his health care plan in 2009, critics have questioned its lofty promise to bring affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.

Now statistics for the second year are largely in hand and the verdict is indisputable: Its disastrous 2013 rollout notwithstanding, the Affordable Care Act has achieved nearly all of its ambitious goals.

Most important, just three key provisions — creation of exchanges with subsidies for those who qualify, expansion of Medicaid and minimum standards for insurance plans — have benefited at least 31 million Americans.

Millions more have taken advantage of other features, such as the inability of insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and the ability to include children up to age 26 in a parent’s plan….

keep reading and see charts at New York Times

Fuel for schools

editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/16/15

With Pennsylvania’s support for schools submerged at a disgraceful 45th in the nation, the commonwealth has no choice but to increase education funding.

Voters said as much in November. Teacher layoffs and local tax hikes that did not make up for losses in educational services motivated many Pennsylvanians to vote for Tom Wolf, who promised to adequately fund schools, over Gov. Tom Corbett….

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Act 192 is Pa.’s shameful gift to gun lobby

editorial, Delco Times, 1/18/15

It seems there is no limit to the shamelessness of legislators on all levels of government, Republicans and Democrats, when it comes to acquiescing to the deep pockets of the National Rifle Association and other lobbyists for the firearms industry.

On a national level, it was proven in April 2013 when the U.S. Senate failed to achieve a super-majority in passing the bipartisan legislation that would require background checks on the purchase of all firearms….

keep reading at Delco Times

2015 Elections: Primary, May 19: General election, Nov. 3

by Dick Bingham, Zone 8 Chair, in Kennett Area Democrats Monthly Newsletter, Feb. 2015

Odd year elections in Pennsylvania are frequently referred to as Municipal elections.  This is because these elections tend to focus on county, township and school district offices.  Despite the immediate impact all of these choices have on our lives, voters tend to ignore them.  Typically, only 25% of eligible voters turn out for these elections.

I hope the pattern is different this year.   Continue reading