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Poll: only 28 percent of young voters say they will certainly vote in the 2018 midterms

[And sad to say, 28% would be good news, compared to past midterm elections. Voters under the age of 30 should reflect that elected officials know which demographics vote. Why does Pennsylvania underfund state universities while not taxing retirement income? Because students vote a lot less than retirees. If there is ever a time, this is the year for younger voters to show they know and care what their government does. As the article goes on to show, “young voter turnout could make the difference in 2018.”]

By Tara Golshan, Vox, Jul 18, 2018

Millennials are pretty reliable Democrats, but unreliable voters.

Democrats are winning over younger voters by huge numbers, but as a highly contentious, voter turnout-dependent midterm election inches closer, there’s a serious question of whether these young Democrats will come to the polls.

A recently released poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic conducted in June showed only 28 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in midterms, compared to 74 percent of seniors.

In a year when Democrats are hoping an energized base can deliver them massive gains in Congress — and possibly the majority in one or both chambers — this poll, on its face, should give Democrats some pause.

Of course, this is only one poll. There are other surveys with varied results; a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and University of Chicago’s NORC found that 32 percent of young voters would certainly vote and 56 percent were likely to. Another poll by Cosmopolitan magazine and SurveyMonkey found that 48 percent of young voters were “absolutely certain” they’d vote in the midterms.

And it’s actually a big improvement for Democrats compared to past midterms….

keep reading and see links at Vox

June 30 Families Belong Together rally on video

If you missed that memorable rally, or even if you were there, your time will be well spent listening to the video of the rally, courtesy of Chester County Community TV Live, on YouTube.

For three other posts on the rally, search “Families” in the Search box in the right sidebar of this site or click here.

Support LGBT community

letter to Daily Local News, 6/02/18

I am writing today to bring attention to Representative Eric Roe’s (PA-158) dismal record regarding our LGBT community.

In June 2017, the PA House of Representatives voted 182-11 in favor of a resolution designating June as LGBT Pride month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This bipartisan, overwhelming show of support was a testimony to how far Pennsylvania has come in recognizing that all members of our community deserve respect and acceptance.

However, as a constituent of Rep. Roe’s 158th district, I found it shocking and disappointing that Rep. Roe was one of those 11 votes against this resolution. PA’s 158th is a moderate district full of compassionate citizens of all parties. Rep. Roe’s conservative vote, far to the extreme right even of House Speaker Turzai, who voted in favor of the resolution, suggests that Rep. Roe does not understand that he has a responsibility to represent his constituents, not himself.

Apparently Rep. Roe, himself, does not support his LGBT constituents.

During the month of June, as members of my family celebrate LGBT Pride month, we will also be urging constituents of PA-158 to understand they have a choice this fall. In November, instead of voting for Rep. Roe and reaffirming his disappointing views on LGBT rights, we can vote for moderate Christina Sappey, who will represent all the people of PA-158.

I plan to vote my values and urge PA-158 constituents (Avondale, East Bradford, East Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin, West Bradford, West Goshen (part) and West Marlborough) to do the same.

Lucy J. Oblonsky
Kennett Square

About a Chester County family separated by ICE (and Families Belong Together)

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, July 6, 2018

It’s not all in Texas! Over 600 people gathered at the June 30 Families Belong Together rally in West Chester. They heard, among many other speakers, Dida Gazoli of Kennett Square speak about the separation of a Kennett area family whose father and husband was taken in May by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) at his immigration interview for permanent resident status. Jaime Aguilera Valencia now sits in a cell in a federal prison in Philadelphia, awaiting sentencing for re-entering the U.S. from Mexico to care for his American wife and children, who were and are facing urgent medical and financial circumstances.

As the family’s friends and now advocates, Dida Gazoli and her husband created a public group on Facebook for emotional support and the Statement of Communal Support page where community members can use their voice and supporting statements to work against the separation of this family.

Quoting the latter site:

“Jaime was taken into ICE custody on May 9 at his Immigration interview for the I-130 Petition (for “Alien Relative” to establish permanent resident status aka Green Card). According to ICE officials, Jaime was scheduled for deportation on May 14, even though he’d been actively seeking legalization for well over a year. Five days after he was apprehended and incarcerated by ICE, his I-130 Petition was approved by Immigration. Then, on June 5, his immigration attorney’s request for an “emergency stay” was denied. In other words, the same government agency (U.S. Immigration) that approved the first step in legalization, after over a year’s time, abruptly took it away because they do not consider the family’s extreme medical hardship to be an ‘urgent humanitarian reason’ for Jaime to remain with his American wife and children….”…

keep reading at Politics: A View from West Chester

PS Most of Dida Gazoli talk is at 1:18:15 of video of the rally by Chester County Community TV Live, here, and Sofia Soto speaks about her father at 1:23:05.