Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving Day.

On behalf of everyone at the Chester County Democratic Committee, we hope you enjoyed a day of thanks with your family and friends.

CCDC is thankful for all you do to elect Democrats here in Chester County. We’ve achieved a lot in 2014, including electing a new Governor in Tom Wolf. In 2015, we hope to take the committee to new heights.

Thanks again, and enjoy the rest of your night.

Sincerely,

Chester County Democratic Committee

Brian J McGinnis, Chair
Robin Greene-Toler, Vice Chair
Bill Schoell, Treasurer
Joey Samuel, Secretary

Happy Thanksgiving!

email from Senator Bob Casey, 11/27/14

As we move into the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I’m thankful for. I am thankful first and foremost for my family; they are in good health, and that’s what matters.

Let me know what are you thankful for this year on Twitter.

However not all families are so lucky; all around Pennsylvania, there are children and families who don’t have enough to eat this Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Non-expert’s observations of the elections

Letter in Daily Local News, 11/19/14 (not online there)

Along with the appointed experts on the election last week, I thought I might add my non-expert observations of last week’s elections. It seems that except in the case of our wonderful new Governor, voters rejected the Democratic party almost across the board. That is, we rejected the party responsible for 65 straight months of economic growth, a record 56 months of consecutive private sector job growth, unemployment falling from 10.1% to 5.8%, (after losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month when Bush left office, the country is now adding a minimum of 200,000 jobs per month) the budget deficit reduced by two-thirds, and almost daily records in the stock market. Corporate profits are at record highs and the U.S. gross national product growth is now among the best in the world. Continue reading

Democrats, Republican team for school board Region C ‘fusion’ ticket

By Mike McGann, Unionville Times, November 18, 2014

Brookes to run with Do, Lindner for UCF Board of Education in 2015

CHADDS FORD — In a bid to create a non-partisan, “fusion” ticket, two incumbent Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education members, both Democrats, announced Tuesday they would run as a team with long-time former local GOP party leader Bev Brookes in the 2015 Region C race.

Kathleen Do and Gregg Lindner, elected to the board in 2011, said they would seek reelection and wanted to maintain the current “balanced” approach that they say the board enjoys currently….

keep reading at Unionville Times

Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here’s Why and How to Fix It

By George Lakoff, 11/13/14

It is time to shine a light on the perpetually losing strategies used by Democrats, and particularly on the Democratic infrastructure that promotes those strategies.

I am asking whether the old strategies can be separated from the community of strategists, so that new strategies can be adopted by that community that are authentic, moral, and fully general.

The strategists form an infrastructure that all Democrats have come to depend on—candidates, elected officials, Democrats in government, and citizens who align, or might align, either morally or practically with progressive policies. This well-funded, and well-connected strategic infrastructure includes public relations firms, pollsters, consultants, researchers, trainers, communication specialists, speechwriters, and their funders.

Democrats depend on this expensive infrastructure. The strategists seem to assume that their strategies are natural and obvious, the best that can be done. It is time to look closely at these strategies and question them. The same mistakes, if they are mistakes, should not be repeated….

keep reading at George Lakoff

Muncipalities are fighting against gun lawsuit act

editorial, Daily Local News, 11/14/14

National Rifle Association officials and other lobbyists for the gun industry are fond of crying foul of their Second Amendment Rights whenever the least suggestion is made of any kind of gun control.

Their deep pockets have enabled them to ensure that even common-sense gun laws such as the bipartisan, universal background check bill that failed to achieve a super-majority in the U.S. Senate last year, are not enacted.

One of the most outrageous examples of this occurred recently in Harrisburg when state legislators passed Act 192, special standing/preemption legislation that allows the NRA and other gun advocates to sue Pennsylvania cities that enact their own gun control ordinances….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Fixing the System: President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration

The White House, 11/20/14

America’s immigration system is broken. The President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants…..

keep reading at The White House, including a video of the president’s address and a graphic that sets forth his plan as well as the basics of the bipartisan plan passed by the Senate almost a year and a half ago.