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13 Faces That Tell the Story of 2018

By Frank Bruni and Liriel Higa, New York Times, 8/31/18

They’re remarkable first-timers, spurred by Donald Trump to help Democrats retake the House.

Usually you only get to dream about a candidate like Chrissy Houlahan. People in the Philadelphia suburbs actually get to vote for her.

She’s brainy: a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford, a master’s in technology and policy from M.I.T. She’s bold: service in the U.S. Air Force. She has entrepreneurial bona fides from her years as the chief operating officer of an athletic wear company but also had a top job for a group promoting childhood literacy. She’s a wife and mother, with two grown daughters.

So why, at 51, has she set her sights on the House of Representatives, when she never ran for any office before?

The answer is Nov. 8, 2016. To vote for Hillary Clinton, she put on a pantsuit. Her gay daughter wore all white, honoring suffragists. That night they broke out the Champagne. “I thought that history would be made,” Houlahan recalled….

keep reading at New York Times. More about Chrissy, our candidate in PA-06, here.

FDR and Labor Day


Image from email from Progressive Democrats of America. Our added comments:

FDR proposed this “economic bill of rights” in his January 11, 1944, State of the Union message to Congress. Some but not all of these rights have been embedded in American life since the New Deal and even those have been imperfectly implemented and subject to erosion, especially in today’s political climate.

From FDR’s speech:

“It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth- is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill housed, and insecure…. We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence…. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”

There was a real leader! FDR, your country needs you today, on Labor Day, every day!

Thought for Labor Day

from Katie Muth, Dem candidate for PA SeNate 44:

In 1894, the United States began to celebrate Labor Day as a way to recognize the social and economic achievements of the labor movement. This year, organized labor is under attack in Pennsylvania by a gubernatorial candidate in Scott Wagner who wants to make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state and leadership in Harrisburg who will stand behind him if we do not break through the supermajority in the State Senate and State House.

Comitta finds pipeline concerns trump all others

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 8/31/18

WEST CHESTER — Right now, pipeline safety is more important to residents in state Rep. Carolyn Comitta’s 156th Legislative District than any other issue.

In a telephone town hall Wednesday night, 57 percent of those polled cited the most pressing safety concern in the district to be Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, with gun violence coming in at 27 percent, and crime at 12 percent.

“We have the Mariner East pipeline traversing our district, going through West Goshen, East Goshen and Westtown, and these are volatile liquid pipelines,” Comitta said. “They are in the most densely populated area than any liquid pipeline which traverses the county.”

Comitta told those who attended the meeting by phone that the pipeline is closely located to three schools in the district, along with the highly populated Wellington Nursing Home.

“I am not surprised that 57 percent said pipeline is the greatest concern for safety,” Comitta said. “I am working on doing everything I can to put public safety over corporate profits.”

Comitta said she has communicated her pipeline safety concerns with the Public Utility Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and other appropriate agencies.

“Sunoco has a bad record for accidents and violations,” Comitta said. “This creates an even greater concern.”…

keep reading, including other issues, at Daily Local News. See also “Dinniman: Nearly a Dozen Chester County Schools Near Pipeline “Blast Zone,” Daily Local News, 8/22/18, and “Lack of Pipeline Safety Info Puts Schools, Students at Risk,” Daily Local News, 8/27/18 (download here: Guest-Column-Pipeline-School-FINAL-8-23-2018