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Uwchlan woman announces candidacy for 155th House District seat

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 1/10/18

Uwchlan Township >> A Uwchlan Township woman who said not enough is being done to boost education, health care and protect the environment has announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania’s 155th Legislative District seat currently held by Republican state Rep. Becky Corbin.

“Harrisburg needs to start getting things done,” said Danielle Friel Otten, a lifelong Democrat who filed campaign paperwork this week. “The state government is not fully funding education and we need to make more progress on health care needs. We need someone to roll up their sleeves and become part of the solution for the challenges we face.”

Friel-0tten, 40, a mother of two children, ages 2 and 4, works in the marketing and hospitality business. She is founder of both Uwchlan Safety Coalition and Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety, and has been a leading voice in the fight for transparency, accountability, and corporate responsibility….

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Nelms throws his hat in the ring for the 158th Legislative District

By Chris Barber, Daily Local News, 1/9/18

NEW GARDEN >> Former Kennett High School teacher and coach Rick Nelms is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2018 Democratic primary election. He is seeking the state House of Representatives seat for the 158th District, which is now occupied by Republican Eric Roe, who has said publicly that he intends to run as well.

The 158th District covers the municipalities of Avondale, East Bradford, East Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin, West Bradford, West Marlborough and sections of West Goshen.

“Given the national (political) climate, I felt there was something I needed to do. A thin veneer has been pulled back on civilization,” said Nelms, 65, a Democrat.

He said he has received encouragement to run not only from Democrats, but from moderate Republicans as well.

“A Republican supervisor called and said I would get things done in Harrisburg, and they wouldn’t walk all over me. … The moderate Republicans are not happy,” he said.

In the past few months, he has already made preparations for the coming primary on May 15….

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Pennsylvania plaintiffs seek speedy replacement in congressional map case

Mark Scolforo (AP), The Morning Call (Allentown PA), 1/8/18

HARRISBURG — Registered Democratic voters suing to overturn Pennsylvania’s Republican-crafted map of congressional districts asked the state Supreme Court in a new filing to redraw the district borders if the Legislature and governor can’t do it within a two-week window.

The plaintiffs outlined their arguments in a 76-page brief filed Friday with the state Supreme Court, ahead of oral argument s planned for Jan. 17.

They suggested the court give lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to redraw lines using nonpartisan criteria, then review the map with the help of a court-appointed special master to make additional changes. If that process does not work, they suggest the justices and the special master adopt their own map.

Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf face a Wednesday deadline to respond.

At stake in the case is whether the high court, with a 5-2 Democratic majority, will follow a recommendation made by a lower court judge about a week ago and reject the challengers’ argument that the map violates existing law by unfairly favoring Republicans.

The challengers argued that the state’s map of 18 congressional districts is among the most partisan in American history, saying it has proven to be “impervious to the will of voters.”

They said legislative Republicans “sought to predetermine the outcome of congressional elections for a decade” with the map, accusing them of retaliating against constitutionally protected political expression and association….

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Coal for Costello

Letter from Martin McElroy, East Whiteland, in Daily Local News, 1/8/18

Congressman Ryan Costello has a miserly way of wishing a Merry Christmas to middle-class Americans. The Republicans delivered a 1.5 trillion dollar lump of coal to the middle class and Republicans like Costello are doing their best to put the prettiest bow on it as they try to sell it to their skeptical constituents.

Costello wanted an even larger lump of coal for us this Christmas when he voted for the House version of the tax bill. The Senate bill only softened the imminent body blow to the middle class. Either way, Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud.

Wealthy donors have been investing tens of millions in Republican candidates for years. Unlike Costello, a few honest GOP members of Congress even admitted their wealthy donors were demanding a tax windfall under their Christmas trees this year – or else! Without massive paybacks, their big donors will cut off the cash flow and give their Republican minions lumps of coal to fund next year’s election cycle.

The most scandalous example of donor payback is the reduction in the estate tax that lavishes the richest of the rich with a tax dodge worth billions $. Worse, the bill Costello originally supported would have repealed the tax in a few years. Again and again, the PA-6 Republican proves to be a high-yield investment for the elite at the expense of ordinary citizens….

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