Monthly Archives: July 2008

Valley Day

Valley Day: Saturday, August 9

Westwood Fire Company
1403 Valley Road, Coatesville, PA 19320 Valley Township

Political Hour 1:00-2:00

If you are candidate for in the upcoming election you might want to say a few words. Activities are free with the exception of food and vendor tables.

Baseball with Bob – Phillies August 20th

Come out for Team Roggio’s second ballgame of the summer! On Wednesday, August 20th, the Phillies will take on the Washington Nationals, and Bob wants to see you there. Come to our pre-game tailgate party and then cheer on the Phillies. Added bonus: Go home with your very own Chase Utley Bobblehead Figurine.

* Drinks & snacks will be provided. *

Reserve your spot today.

What: Baseball with Bob
Phillies vs. Nationals
Chase Utley Bobblehead Figurine Night
Where: Citizens Bank Park
When: Wednesday, August 20th

5 pm: Pre-Game Tailgate with Bob
7:05 pm: First Pitch

Tickets: $50

Meet the Candidates in Honey Brook

Meet Democrat and Republican candidates at the Honey Brook Community Library on Wednesday, August 20. This event is organized by Democrat and Republican Committee Persons and will be an opportunity for conversation with candidates for Congress and for the State House. For more information, download the flyer.

Help Safe Harbour

Zone 7 is organizing a a fundraising and donation collection for Safe Harbour of West Chester. This organization provides shelter and encouragement for the homeless. Join Zone 7 at he ACME market at the Caln Village Shopping Center this Saturday (July 26) from 9-3 and again on Saturday August 16.

Here are some of the items Safe Harbour can use:
Men’s & Women’s Clothing: Seasonal Clothing, Underwear, T-shirts, Shower Shoes

Personal Care Items: Deodorant, Foot Powder, Toothpaste, Shave Cream

Dry Goods: Foam Plates & Cups, Napkins, Plastic Ware, Bleach, Cleaning Supplies

Food: Powdered Drink Mix, Sugar, Ketchup & Mustard, Oil, Snacks, Canned Goods

Over-The-Counter Medicines: Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Cold & Allergy Medication, Antacids

Other: Laundry Soap, Bedding, Towels, Wash Cloths

For more information on this and other Zone 7 activities, download the the information sheet.

We need to Defeat Joe Pitts

Joe Pitts has defined his constituency: big oil, pharmaceuticals, health insurance companies and the moneyed-elite friends of the the Bush Administration.

Bruce Slater has defined his constituency: working American families, senior citizens, children, and young Americans trying to get a start in life.

To defeat Joe Pitts, we need to get Bruce’s name and positions in front of 490,000 voters. That means we must purchase television advertising and we need your contributions to do that. Below are several ways you can help us reach our goal. Now is the time to contribute to Bruce’s campaign.

1 You can contribute on-line through ActBlue

2 Thursday, July 31st from 6:30 to 9:00 PM
You Are Invited To An Evening Featuring Wines, Chocolates, and Conscience in support of Bruce Slater
Selina Mann, is the Founder and Chief Chocolate Officer of Café Chocolate in Lititz where she specializes in organic and fair trade chocolates. Selina will present both sweet and savory creations, featuring her milk and sugar free chocolate, along with selections of wines to pair with each flavor. A donation of $50.00 per person is requested

Reservations are required: to make a reservation and pay online, contact us at 717-569-6605, email Hope to see you at Wenger Gallery, 2811 Lincoln Hwy East, Ronks, PA on Thursday, July 31st from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

3 You too can sponsor a Friend Raiser or Fund Raiser for Bruce. Email:
Events can be very casual and simple. All it takes is a list of friends and the desire to spread the word that the same old Washington-style politics is on the way out… Help send Bruce Slater to Congress! Learn more about hosting a Fund Raiser or Friend Raiser.

Learn more about all of these opportunities at

Get behind absentee voting bill

By Barbara McIlvaine Smith 07/22/2008
Daily Local News

On June 11, I sent a memo to my colleagues asking them to “Please join me in ensuring that voters who cast their absentee ballots in good faith are not kept from participating in the electoral process.” This is a key issue, one I am very familiar with since my race in 2006 for the 156th Legislative District seat was decided by the tallying of absentee ballots. I won by 28 votes.

Current law allows a select group of absentee ballots, such as those of military and overseas absentee ballots, to be received by the county board of elections after 5 o’clock p.m. on the Friday preceding the election and no later than 5 o’clock p.m. on the seventh day following the election, to be included in the final vote count, if the ballot is postmarked no later than the day immediately preceding the election.

My legislation would provide for the canvassing of all absentee ballots on the eighth day following the election, as long as they are postmarked no later than the day immediately proceeding Election Day.

On July 7 while I was still in Harrisburg working on the budget, my district office received a letter from the county commissioners addressing this same issue. I applaud their efforts and their ability to work together in a nonpartisan way. We at the state level were also able to come together on this issue. In a show of bipartisan support, 24 co-sponsors have signed onto my bill (HB 2721).

I am happy to report that HB 2721 has been introduced and will be assigned to the State Government Committee for a vote. If it is reported out of committee, it will then go to the Appropriations Committee to be reviewed and given a fiscal note. After that, it will go to the Rules Committee which will make the decision whether to bring it to the floor of the House for a full vote.

If HB 2721 is voted affirmatively off the House floor, it will then go to the Senate for the same review. If the Senate votes in favor of it, it then goes to the governor for his signature and will become law.

Will all of this get done in time for the November election? If, and only if, the electorate allows their legislators to know how important this is. Write, call or e-mail them.

When I ran for state representative, I promised to make reform of state government a top priority.

When we return for our fall legislative session, I will be asking my fellow legislators to vote for HB 2721 in order to make certain that every vote counts.

(Barbara McIlvaine Smith of West Chester is the state representative for the 156th Legislative District.)


Signs Pledge to Revive Ethics in Harrisburg

July 21, 2008 – Tom Houghton has joined 21 other State Rep candidates in signing the PennCPR (Pennsylvania Candidate Platform for Reform) intended to “revive ethics” in Harrisburg. The platform seeks reform under three general categories: cutting politicians’ perks, cracking down on lobbyist influence and bringing transparency to campaign funding.    

     Among the many specific measures under the categories are: reducing representatives’ monthly expense allowances; eliminating state-funded vehicle insurance and state reimbursement for rental cars for representatives; reducing representatives’ travel allowances by half; banning all bonuses for state government employees; requiring professional lobbyists to register with a public database, as well as report all expenses online; requiring that all representative office expense reports and budgets be posted online; and requiring that transfers of money between political committees be reported within 24 hours.    

     Harrisburg politicians, on both sides of the aisle, are making a mockery of the trust placed in them by the people of Pennsylvania. Enough is enough. While it is a shame that legislators need to be told how to behave, Harrisburg needs reform now, so we can get down to the business of serving our constituents.

Obama West Chester Office Opening

Grand Opening: Chester County Headquarters of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Change
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 6 – 9pm
Where: 543 E Gay Street, West Chester PA

Please bring food & drinks to share, BYOB

We still are in need of office furniture, supplies, chairs, etc. the office will be open from 9-9 daily
Now through Monday. Please bring a tables, chairs, supplies, so that we are prepared for our opening on Tuesday

For more information, contact: Dan Gabor, Campaign For Change – PA, Field Organizer