by Paul Engelkemier, PoliticsPA, 2/7/18
In a poll conducted by Independence Communications & Campaigns 55% of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided on who they will vote for in the Lieutenant Governor’s primary.
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman leads the candidates with 20%, Chester County commissioner, Kathi Cozzone has 10%, current Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack has 8%, state Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) has 4%, Aryanna Berringer has 2%, and Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman has 1%….
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from Aryanna Berringer, candidate for Lieutenant Governor
If you watched President Trump’s speech last night, you probably heard a lot of things that made you want to leave the room. One in particular that grabbed my attention was his use of this phrase:
“good moral character”
That was one of his criteria for allowing immigrants to stay in America. Imagine that? President Trump is now going to be the arbiter for “good moral character.”
Well as a woman who has not forgotten about the dozens of women who have now gone public with their accounts of sexual harassment by President Trump, I have my own phrase that I think he needs to pay attention to:
Look, the only way we are ever going to change the culture of moral bankruptcy in politics today, especially in Pennsylvania, is if we start changing the kind of people we elect as our leaders. And you can start helping to achieve that today.
We currently have no women in any of our executive offices in PA, but if you make a donation to my campaign today, we have a good shot at changing that.
Donald Trump and good moral character makes no sense.
You and me, we can really shake things up and right now, that makes a lot of sense.
Learn more or donate at Join Aryanna. [n.b. at this point in the election cycle we post occasional items by or from candidates that inform our readers about important issues; we will give space to all candidates for whom we receive such information, without intending to imply endorsement or favoritism.]
email from John Fetterman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, 1/10/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps bring to readers’ attention thoughts and issues raised by varied Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)
I’ll never fully understand why we’re so hung up on marijuana in this country.
Last week, Jeff Sessions chose to revive the decades-old war on drugs by encouraging attorneys in the Department of Justice to freely prosecute buyers, sellers, and users of cannabis under federal law.
It’s hard for me to imagine that in a time when the opioid epidemic is ravaging entire communities across Pennsylvania, we would need to spend our limited resources on prosecuting adults who choose to use cannabis in their spare time. It’s equally as hard for me to imagine how we could ignore the deeply negative impact that this nation’s drug policy has had on African Americans and people of color over the past few decades.
Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana, and his drug-war agenda needs to be stopped now.
If you agree, sign my petition to show your support for legalizing marijuana and putting an end to this administration’s radical war on drugs. Continue reading
excerpt from article of the above title in Raging Chicken Press, 12/15/17 (Fetterman is one of several candidates announced as running in the Dem primary for PA Lieutenant Governor):
…Fetterman said he hopes to use the platform to advocate for working-class citizens to protect them from heavily-financed special interests and predatory corporations. Out of everything he learned from his first run for Senate, he said the destructive nature of money in politics is what struck him the most.
“Citizens United, that has equated speech with money, that corporations are people, is probably the single most corrosive threat to American democracy that I’ve seen,” he said. “If you’re worth $10 billion, you effectively have the ability to purchase a presidential candidate.”
“I always say, ‘Relax, it’s much worse than you think,’ and it really is. That’s the biggest single thing I learned there, and I don’t mean that in a good way,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman says the money ingrained in the American political system has a chokehold on much of the progress that Americans want to see, and that changes in how campaigns are financed are necessary in order for voters to see results from their elected lawmakers….
read the full article and see video at Raging Chicken Press.