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CCDC’s True Blue Society to Hear from Healthcare Industry Expert on June 14th (Public Welcome)

                   Kim Slocum

Our True Blue Speaker Series is pleased to announce that Kim Slocum, a nationally recognized healthcare policy and strategy consultant, will speak to us about Health Care Reform – “Mission Impossible or Merely Paused”. RSVP for this informative event to be held June 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Barnaby’s, 15 S High St, in West Chester. Please join us to hear from an expert in the field, and learn how to plot our path forward.

True Blue Society is a fundraising vehicle for Chester County Democrats. Join for only $20 a month, knowing that your contribution will be used to promote Freedom, Fairness & Opportunity in Chester County!

Governor Tom Wolf asks Chester County Democrats to “Take back our state”

[Below is the CCDC press release; see also Michael P. Rellahan, “Gov. Wolf addresses packed Chesco Dems fundraiser,” Daily Local News, 4/3/17]

Coatesville, PA / April 2, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addressed a packed Coatesville Country Club Sunday night, asking the 325 Chester County Democrats in attendance to do more than just resist the current Republican attacks on human rights related to healthcare, the environment, workers and unions, and immigration.

The Governor provided clear insight into “The Path Forward”, the theme of the event:

Photos courtesy Jim Salvas

“…we have to show the world that there actually is a better way, a relevance to what we do, the values that we hold dear. We need to talk about and deliver on that promise to Pennsylvania and America. The state budget has to ask more of our government rather than asking more of our fellow citizens.”

Governor Wolf asked for support for every Democrat running for local, county and statewide judicial offices this year. He singled out former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff, who would be the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in the history of the state.

Governor Wolf also asked for the crowd’s support for his own upcoming 2018 re-election race as well as Senator Bob Casey, to loud applause.

Governor Wolf concluded by calling on all Democrats to “stand together to defend the America, the Pennsylvania, and the Chester County we know and love”, and “…to protect the values and priorities that have made our commonwealth truly great.”

Before welcoming Governor Wolf for his keynote address, Chester County Democratic Committee Chairman Brian J. McGinnis spoke on the 2017 races and the excitement generated this year. The audience also heard from judicial candidates for Commonwealth and Superior Court and ended with introductions and brief speeches by the four women Democrats running for Chester County row offices: Margaret Reif for Controller, Patricia Maisano for Treasurer, Dr. Christina VandePol for Coroner, and Maria Crossan for Clerk of Courts.

State budget must address safety concerns and environmental effects of pipeline infrastructure and natural gas drilling

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156), March 9, 2017

HARRISBURG, March 9 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today urged members of the House Appropriations Committee to include in its ongoing state budget negotiations a strong funding plan to address the consequences of natural-gas drilling on the environment and public safety.

Comitta made those remarks before members of the House Appropriations Committee, which today concluded three weeks of public hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 state budget.

Comitta said while there are myriad concerns to address in the annual state budget, including adequate investments in schools and job training initiatives, a great concern in her Chester County legislative district is the natural-gas pipeline infrastructure and its effect on environmental and public safety. She encouraged the committee to ensure adequate funding for the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and for the legislature to remain focused on it.

“Right now, pipelines are coming through our state, passing by our homes, our businesses and our schools,” Comitta told the committee….

keep reading and view video of Rep. Comitta’s remarks to the committee at Rep. Carolyn Comitta