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Van de Krol looks to modernization, cost savings

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 5/15/18

WEST CHESTER >> Before Yolanda Van de Krol was elected Chester County Clerk of Courts in 2017, she was like most of her neighbors — slightly mystified about what, exactly, the clerk of courts did?

Since taking office, Van De Krol has taken it upon herself and her office not only to inform the public about what the office functions are, but to make it easier for people who come in contact with the court system to navigate its various passages and byways.

Within the past several weeks, Van de Krol’s and her staff have upgraded the office’s web site on, making forms and steps available for people who need to access the system, and preparing the way for a switch to an internet based, e-filing system that she foresees saving not only time but money.

“We have a nice long list of things we want to do to make the office more efficient and to save tax dollars,” Van de Krol said in an interview last week. “There is a lot of misconception about what we do, so we want to go about helping people who have to use the system.”

For those who don’t know, the Clerk of Courts manages all paperwork for all criminal cases in the county Court of Common Pleas, unlike the county Prothonotary, which handles those filing associated with civil cases. If you are appealing a speeding ticket from a District Court hearing, want to erase the records of that pesky drunk driving charge you got seven years ago, or — heaven forbid — are facing felony charges, the Clerk of Courts is where all records come and go….

keep reading at Daily Local News, 5/15/18

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf gets to know imposing new ticket mate Fetterman

By Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, The Associated Press, Daily Local News, 5/16/18

MANCHESTER, Pa. >> Pennsylvania’s governor spent some time Wednesday getting to know his new running mate, a day after Democrats voted to replace the incumbent lieutenant governor on the fall ticket with a mayor who sports arm tattoos with the dates of murders in his economically struggling steel town.

Gov. Tom Wolf had lunch at a cafe near his home with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who beat four others for the nomination. …

keep reading at Daily Local News

Keep The Momentum!

Dear Democrats:

I am very happy with Tuesday’s election results. I challenged the Committee to beat last year’s Primary numbers and we did! We even beat the Republicans in turnout, which shows the momentum we are continuing from last November’s historic election.

I am very proud of the race Kathi Cozzone ran. She received over 142,000 votes in her first statewide race and finished ahead of the incumbent Lt. Governor Mike Stack. I believe that says a lot about her campaign.

We now have a great opportunity to elect Chrissy Houlahan as our next Congresswoman this Fall. She will give Chester County voters the representation that we need in Congress. We are 100% committed to sending her to Washington, DC.

We have a strong and diverse slate of state House candidates led by Representative Carolyn Comitta. This list includes Dan Williams, Pam Hacker, Melissa Schusterman, Danielle Otten, Kristine Howard, Christina Sappey, Sue Walker, and Anton Andrew. We also have two great candidates for State Senate in Katie Muth and Tim Kearney. We need all of these candidates to give Governor Tom Wolf the legislature he needs to advance his agenda of “Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and a Government that Works”.

We will are fully dedicated and determined to re-electing Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Casey. If both of these candidates carry Chester County in the Fall, they will likely win re-election. We are a true battleground and we are going to fight for every vote!

Finally, I want to congratulate Khadijah Al-Amin on winning the at-large position on Coatesville City Council in Tuesday’s Special Election. I would also like to congratulate Donald Folks on winning the Ward 2 seat on City Council.

Thank you for all that you do! All of your hard work has led to our tremendous success!


Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

The Supermajority: Why Dems don’t have a voice in Harrisburg

from Willistown-Malvern Dems

November 2016, Republicans took 34 seats in our Pennsylvania Senate, giving them a SUPERMAJORITY.

Why is this important?

It means that Pennsylvania Republican Senators can pass laws without needing a single Democrat’s vote.

If that doesn’t scare you, it should. Here are some recent bills that have passed:

SB383: Allows Pennsylvania public school workers to bring guns onto school grounds.
SB3: Bans abortion after 20 weeks leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies.

We are fortunate to have a Democratic Governor in Tom Wolf because he has veto power. BUT…guess what?

A supermajority can overturn a governor’s veto.

You heard me right. The GOP has 34 of 50 Senate seats, which represents more than two-thirds,… and a two-thirds vote from the Senate and House is required to overturn a governor’s veto.

Every election matters. We need your VOTE. We need your HELP.