Candidates in 167th differ on opinions, issues

By BRENT GLASGOW, Daily Local News, 10/16/12

After nearly three full terms as State Representative of the 167th District, Republican Duane Milne believes he has shown voters what he’s about.

“My record legislatively reflects the priorities and policies most of the voters in this district would like to see,” Milne said. “I’ve tried to advance the kind of issues I hear people in this area talk about when I’m out in the community. I pay very close attention to the responsibility that I am their representative.”

Milne’s challenger, Democrat Robert Broderick, has a different view of Milne’s record.

“Tom Corbett has been a terrible governor, and Duane Milne has voted with him up and down the line,” Broderick said. “Basically, Duane says that he’s one thing, but his votes say that he’s something else, and that’s why I’m running.”

The two candidates both list education as a top priority….

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DFA endorses Rob Broderick (PA House 167)

from “Local Candidates Receive Valued Progressive Endorsement,” DFA, 10/10/12

Burlington, VT – Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed local candidates who are seeking office throughout the country. DFA invests in local candidates to strengthen the Democratic Party. By electing stronger progressives at every level of government, real valued change can happen. Earning an endorsement from DFA can greatly enhance a candidate’s campaign.

“These candidates exemplify what we value at DFA,” said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. “The belief that grassroots activism and organizing can still elect the strong, courageous, and progressive Democrats who are willing to move the party and their communities forward.”…

The Pennsylvania slate of endorsed candidates include:

Rob Broderick running for Pennsylvania State House District 167,
Joe Frederick running for Pennsylvania State House District 143,
Rob Teplitz running for Pennsylvania State Senate District 15,
Tom O’Brien running for Pennsylvania State Senate District 13, and
Luana Cleveland running for Pennsylvania State Senate District 23.

Previously endorsed federal candidates from Pennsylvania include Kathy Boockvar and Manan Trivedi both of which earned the distinguished title of Dean Dozen candidate. The Dean Dozen is DFA’s highest tier of federal endorsement. It is limited to 12 total candidates running for either US House or US Senate and represents the races that DFA will expend the greatest amount of resources on during the 2012 cycle….

Another view on college vouchers

Letter by Rob Broderick, Daily Local News, 6/20/12

I have to give Gov. Corbett some credit. In his meeting with Journal Register editors, he said, according to the DLN on June 11: “I don’t have an answer on it one way or the other right now.” I find this refreshing, when the state’s chief executive admits he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Corbett was floating the idea of college vouchers — giving money to students directly, instead of adequately funding state college and universities and community colleges….

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Rebuilding Pennsylvania / The Right To Vote

from Rob Broderick (Dem candidate, PA House district 167):

Rebuilding Pennsylvania

Recently, I heard former Gov. Ed Rendell deliver a talk in Philadelphia called “America – Falling Apart, Falling Behind.” His major point was that our basic infrastructure – our roads, bridges, water treatment plants, and airports – is decaying at a rate faster than we are fixing and maintaining it.

Because of this, Rendell has partnered with former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a campaign to rebuild America.

I say all this because I agree with these men, and there is no better time to do this than now. Since interest rates are at a historic low and will be for at least two more years, according to the Federal Reserve chairman, we can finance vital improvements to Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. This accomplishes several things:

We Can:

– create good-paying jobs for people in the trades, many of whom have been left out of the modest recovery we’ve seen over the last four years;

–make desperately needed improvements to our airports and transportation systems, which are vital not only to us as Pennsylvanians but vital for the role they play in our tourism industry;

–create clean energy jobs such as wind and solar power;

–generate more tax revenue from people brought back to work to fund vital services such as public education and environmental protection.

As far as I can tell, this is a win-win proposition. Pennsylvania has weathered the recession better than many other states because of our vibrant private higher education and health care sectors. But we can do even better by putting more of our people to work while re-building, modernizing and beautifying our state.

The Right To Vote

My mom’s youngest brother spent four years in the Pacific during World War 2. My first cousin was career Air Force; my brother is a Navy veteran. What they were all fighting for was democracy — the core of which is the right to vote. Tom Corbett and Duane Milne want to take the right to vote away from millions of individuals. Let me repeat that. Tom Corbett and Duane Milne have conspired to take away the rights of millions of people to vote.

Earlier this year, Milne voted for, and Corbett signed into law a bill to require a government-issued photo ID at the voting booth. This law is being challenged by civil liberties groups and others, and the League of Women Voters — a nonpartisan group — severely criticized the legislation as completely unnecessary.

Is there voter fraud in elections? Probably — on both sides. After all, this is a system devised by human beings. But is there widespread fraud necessitating this new law?

Let’s say “yes” for the sake of argument. From 2003-2011, Tom Corbett was Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer. In those eight years, he did not prosecute a single major vote fraud case. Where’s the beef, Governor Corbett? Where’s the beef, Rep. Milne?

The fact is this: Republican Governors all over the country are trying their best to take away the right of (mostly) Democrats to vote, so they can further consolidate their power. They know that many poor and working-class people don’t have passports or drivers licenses. And that’s why Corbett and Milne passed a law requiring them to produce them in order to vote.

In fact, if I were a lawyer, I would volunteer to represent people who were prohibited from voting in personal lawsuits against governors and legislators who supported their efforts to strip voter rights. Make no mistake about it — this is a return to the days of poll taxes in the Deep South, except that we’re talking about the birthplace of liberty — Pennsylvania. It’s a crying shame and a disgrace. Implementing this bill will cost $11 million, while at the same time the governor is cutting education funding.

West Whiteland man wins write-in, will challenge Duane Milne

By ERIC S. SMITH, Daily Local News, 05/12/12

A retired communications specialist for the Pennsylvania State Educators Association has officially won the Democratic primary via a write-in campaign in the 167th District for the state House.

Rob Broderick, 60, waged a write-in campaign after the Democratic party failed to get a candidate officially on the ballot in time for the primary on April 24. Now he will face three-term incumbent Republican Duane Milne, who was successful in a primary challenge of his own.

Broderick said the Chester County Democrats had an initial candidate for the 167th District, who had to drop out at the last minute before filing for the ballot. He said he did not have time to collect signatures and officially file to be on the ballot, so he waged an organized write-in campaign. He won 1,232 of the 1,405 total Democratic write-in votes cast in that primary.

Broderick previously criticized Milne for attempting to get Democratic voters to write him on the ballot, so he could win both nominations. Milne said he did send out some mailers and made calls to Democrats, but never truly expected to win the primary and it was “just a way to start the fall campaign.” Milne added he had planned to reach out to Democrats before he had any idea who the write-in candidate was going to be.

Broderick, who spent 35 years working for education associations in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, said he is running to help restore funding to public education. He said that Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget from last year and the one he has proposed for this year both make serious cuts to public education that could hurt test scores in the state….

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Rob Broderick for 167th PA House district

NEWS RELEASE Contact Rob Broderick 610-692-2162

Tom Corbett and Duane Milne are taking Pennsylvania down the wrong path, and Rob Broderick wants to put a roadblock in their way. Broderick, of West Whiteland, announced today he is asking Democrats to write him in for PA House of Representatives District 167 in the April 24 primary. The Chester County Democratic Party did not slate a candidate in that district this year, prompting Broderick to begin a write-in campaign.

“Gov. Corbett’s education budget cuts have devastated poor and middle class districts all over Pennsylvania, and Rep. Milne voted for those cuts,” Broderick said. “The Corbett higher education budget cuts, also approved by Milne, have made it much harder for families to afford to send their children to state colleges and universities. This is a dramatic reversal of Gov. Rendell’s budget priorities, which raised funding for education ever year. That’s why Pennsylvania was the only state in the nation whose federal test scores went up eight years in a row while Rendell was Governor.”

Broderick also said the Corbett/Milne bill to deny the right to vote to people who couldn’t produce a government-issued photo ID is a transparent attempt to keep poor and working class individuals from voting. “Who doesn’t have drivers licenses and passports? The poor and working class folks who take the bus or the subway to work and can’t afford to travel abroad,” Broderick pointed out. “It’s a blatant attempt to suppress traditional Democratic Party turnout, and it’s sickening.”

Broderick is a University of Pennsylvania graduate with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He called Gov. Corbett’s recent remark that women should “close their eyes” if they don’t want a government-required ultrasound exam if they are considering an abortion “a gross insult to women.” He said: “Women are smarter than Corbett apparently thinks,” Broderick said. “They can make decisions on their own; if something should be closed, it’s Corbett’s mouth.”

Broderick said he voted for Republicans when he lived in New Jersey if he felt they were better candidates. “I think Tom Kean was the greatest New Jersey Governor of the last 50 years,” Broderick said. “He was a true education Governor, because he backed up his talk about the importance of strong public schools with increased funding every year. But there aren’t many Tom Keans in today’s extreme Republican Party.”

Broderick, 60, retired March 1 after a 35-year career with the education associations of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He said Pennsylvania should have the strongest public schools possible, since 90% of the state’s children attend public schools. “An educated work force is the best job force,” Broderick declared.

Broderick was twice elected to the Town Council of Delran, NJ, where he served from 1978-1984. In Delran, elections are held in April on a non-partisan basis. “We had a Democratic council and a Republican mayor, and we put partisanship aside and worked for the best interests of the townspeople. That’s what we need in Harrisburg.”

Broderick is asking Democrats to vote on April 24 and write his name in the space provided for candidates for the PA House of Representatives District 167. He said Democratic Party County Chairperson Michele Vaughn and other local party leaders support his effort.

Democrat mulls run for 167th District

By ERIC S. SMITH, Daily Local News, 1/22/12

A former candidate for West Whiteland Township supervisor is considering a run for state representative in the 167th District.

Democrat Joe Denham, who lost his bid for supervisor in 2009, has yet to make his candidacy official, but said he is “seriously considering” a run. Denham would be the lone Democrat in the race to unseat Republican incumbent Duane Milne. Republican P. Joseph Corrigan is challenging Milne for the party nomination.

Denham said he would like to focus on education if elected. He said Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget, which Milne voted for, made severe cuts to education that could ultimately damage the quality of instruction children receive.

“The severe budget cuts in education undermine a student’s ability to obtain an education,” Denham said. “It needs to be addressed, and we need to fight hard to restore those monetary assets.”

Denham said he fears that the cuts in education funding from the state will lead local school boards to continue to increase property taxes on middle-class families. He said restored increases to public school funding could be accomplished through a natural gas severance tax. He said the tax should be similar to what other states have imposed. Pennsylvania is the only state that extracts natural gas and does not have a severance tax.

Beyond education funding, Denham said real fiscal responsibility needs to be brought to Harrisburg. …

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PENNSYLVANIA BUDGET

by Adam Thomas, 5/25/11

Forget New York – Did you hear what Pennsylvania Republicans did last night? 

Lawrence, Hennessey, Schroder, Truitt, Kampf, Ross, Barrar, Milne and Killion [districts 13, 26, 155, 156, 157, 158, 160, 167, 168, respectively] voted in lock-step with his right-wing leaders for a budget that cuts education funding by nearly $1 billion, and slashes funding for vital social services by $470 million.

Republican’s drastic budget cuts will be devastating to middle class families, and will lead to job losses in these tough economic times.

It’s also a cowardly vote that passes the buck on tax increases, forcing our local school districts to raise our property taxes to continue to provide a strong public education for our kids.

And the worst part?

Lawrence, Hennessey, Schroder, Truitt, Kampf, Ross, Barrar, Milne and Killion and their GOP colleagues chose NOT to restore vital funding to education and social services by using the $1 billion legislative surplus. They also sided with the gas drillers by refusing to pass a reasonable severance fee that would have restored some of the severe education and social service cuts.

Lawrence, Hennessey, Schroder, Truitt, Kampf, Ross, Barrar, Milne and Killion had a chance to limit the pain for PA taxpayers, and they chose NOT to.

It’s an outrage.

Make your voice heard! Call your Representative TODAY at (717) 787-1295 and tell him that you won’t stand for this.

We must send a message to Lawrence, Hennessey, Schroder, Truitt, Kampf, Ross, Barrar, Milne and Killion that we deserve better, and that we won’t forget how their votes have hurt our families when we head to the polls next November.

Incumbent picks Oct. 30 for debate with opponents

Daily Local News, October 13, 2010

By ANNE PICKERING, Staff Writer

EASTTOWN — State Rep. Duane Milne, R-167th of Willistown, will have a second opportunity to participate in a Meet the Candidates night Thursday, but it’s uncertain whether he will attend.

In his bid for re-election on Nov. 2, Milne is facing two opponents: Democrat Bill Holmes, a supervisor in East Whiteland; and independent Joe Corrigan, a former supervisor from East Whiteland.

At a Meet the Candidates forum Oct. 6 in Malvern, Corrigan and Holmes attended but Milne said he never received an invitation.

The second forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Easttown Public Library.

According Holmes, the League of Women Voters has been trying to set up a date for a debate among the three candidates.,,,

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CeaseFirePA Approves 4 ChesCo Candidates for the General Assembly

from CeaseFirePA

[n.b. the 4 ChesCo candidates "approved," all Democrats, are:
155 - Barbara Bergeron (Chester)
156 - Mark Stevens (Chester)
157 - Rep. Paul Drucker (Chester)
167 - William Holmes (Chester)]

CeaseFirePA Issues List of Approved Candidates for PA Legislative Primaries

Large group of candidates supports reforms to prevent gun violence

PENNSYLVANIA – May 6, 2010 – In the second phase of its 2010 program to educate Pennsylvania voters about where the candidates stand on gun violence prevention, CeaseFirePA today released a list of candidates running in primaries for the PA General Assembly that the organization approves, based on the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire on gun policy issues. Continue reading