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Scientists prepare to march on Trump

By Devin Henry, The Hill, 4/21/17

Scientists and climate activists opposed to the Trump administration are bringing their message to the streets of Washington.

Two marches in D.C. this month will bring out scientists and other protesters who say the Trump administration’s policies sideline science’s role in public policy, undermining the science on climate change and other issues.

Organizers will host the March for Science on the National Mall on Saturday, followed by the People’s Climate March the week after.

President Trump is the unifying factor for both marches, both in how they came together and what messages they’ll promote.

“I think it’s fair to say that this administration catalyzed the happening of this march, there’s no doubt about that,” said Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a national co-chairwoman of the March for Science who will speak at the Saturday event….

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Bob Casey holds a townhall, but this one is civil and friendly

By Ivey DeJesus, pennlive, April 19, 2017

Outraged voters shouting in disagreement or “do your job” were nowhere in sight; neither were the protesters or the posters with messages of disapproval. No armed security guards were posted at the rear, and really everyone was civil, courteous and friendly.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, on Wednesday evening held a townhall – but this was a friendly one.

The live audiences – one in the ABC27 Harrisburg studio and others at three other TV news stations – were a far cry from the contentious townhall events that other Congressional lawmakers have been facing in recent months….

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4 Democrats so far running for US House PA-7 in 2018

“Two Democrats to vie for right to take on Congressman Meehan” by Rick Kauffman, Daily Local News, 4/11/17

Two Democratic candidates announced their intention to run against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford, Tuesday in a bid to upset the fourth-term Republican incumbent in the 2018 election.

Dan Muroff, 49, of Mt. Airy, and Molly Sheehan, 31, of Philadelphia, will vie for the Democratic nomination riding on the wave of criticism sent Meehan’s way in the aftermath of the failed Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Muroff, the former president of the anti-gun violence group CeaseFirePA and former chief of staff of U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., said his roots are in Delaware County and if elected to Congress would represent its views in Washington….

Sheehan, a biomedical engineer at the University of Pennsylvania, who “wears the term ‘progressive’ proudly,” criticized Meehan’s stance as a “moderate” Republican.

“He used to sell himself as a moderate, but his voting record is antithetical to that,” Sheehan said. “People are worried about losing their health insurance, this is right here, people depend on it right now.”….


“Third Dem joins fight to take down Meehan in the 7th” by Kathleen E. Carey, Daily Local News, 4/15/17

A Philadelphia IT consultant has joined two other Democrats hoping to gain his party’s nod to challenge U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford, in the fall.

John Andrew “Drew” McGinty, 54, will vie with fellow Philadelphia residents Dan Muroff, 49, and Molly Sheehan, 31, to win the chance to face the three-term incumbent. No comment was available from Meehan Friday.

With a three-decade career in information technology, McGinty said he was compelled to enter politics after the 2016 election….


“Kennett area woman enters race to challenge Pat Meehan in 7th” by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 4/21/17

KENNETT SQUARE >> The owner of a small business is the latest in what is becoming a crowded field of Democrats looking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7. Elizabeth Moro 44, announced her candidacy this week in a bid to capture the Democratic nomination to take on the four-term incumbent whose district covers the bulk of Delaware County, and parts of Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties.

Elizabeth Moro said she decided to run after President Trump used his very first executive order on the day after his inauguration to mandate higher mortgage insurance premiums, making it more difficult for hard-working Americans to own a home.

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This Cancer Survivor’s Story Shows What Gutting the EPA Would Mean for Public Health


Donald Trump wants to slash the EPA’s budget and defund public health programs — which could cost people like Heather Von St. James their lives. This is her story.

Heather Von St. James has a friendly, Midwestern quality to her voice. Speaking to her over the phone, she comes off relaxed and assured, passionate yet polished.

But when you ask her about Donald Trump, something in her voice starts to change. There’s an exasperation, a sense of controlled but forceful frustration just under the surface of her jovial tone.

“It just makes me so angry,” was the first thing she said when I asked her what she thought of Trump’s decision to place Scott Pruitt at the head of the EPA.
That’s because Heather knows firsthand the devastation that could happen if Trump and Pruitt’s attempts to gut the EPA are successful.

At 36 years old, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She’s one of about 7 to 9 percent of mesothelioma patients who has lived more than five years after diagnosis, and one of even fewer who have actually defeated the disease. Since recovering 11 years ago, Heather has poured her time into fighting for regulations that limit Americans’ exposure to asbestos and championing protections for environmental health.

And she was seeing important progress in regulating pollutants and carcinogens like asbestos through the EPA — until Trump entered office. …

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