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CHAIRMAN GROEN, COMMISSIONER ELLIS-MARSEGLIA SAY HOUSE GOP BUDGET PUTS PA IN DANGER; HURTS VETERANS, FAMILIES, SENIORS

press release, Pennsylvania Democratic Party, 5/12/17

BUCKS COUNTY — Today, Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen and Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia held a press conference to outline how the House Republican budget would put Pennsylvanians in danger, hurt our veterans and seniors, hamper the state’s ability to root out welfare fraud, and make it harder to fight the heroin crisis ravaging our communities.

“The House Republican budget will take Pennsylvania backwards by cutting services that keep Pennsylvanians safe,” said Chairman Groen. “These cuts are not just careless, they are dangerous.”

The House Republican budget would:

– Put more sexual predators on our streets

– Gut law enforcement programs that keep our citizens safe.

– Prevent people from receiving help after being raped or sexually assaulted.

– Slash funding for programs that protect our seniors.

– Cuts important services and programs for veterans.

– Prevent the state’s ability to root out fraud and waste in our welfare system.

– Strip resources from first responders and law enforcement’s ability to respond to the heroin and opioid crisis.

– Slash personnel that would slow the state’s ability to grant permits to oil and gas companies

“The Republican budget would be devastating to Bucks county,” said Commissioner Marseglia. “If these cuts go into effect, we would have to lay off dozens of staff, our courts would have to discontinue special programs, and we would lose capacity to help people who are suffering from the disease of addiction. These cuts are wrong and would be an absolute blow to our county.”

The final straw

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times of Chester County, May 6th, 2017

Maybe it was when the U.S. House Representatives voted Thursday to blow up the increasingly popular Affordable Health Act and replace it with a non-vetted, closely-held replacement supported by less than 20 percent of voters (the cheering and beer party at the White House didn’t help, either).

Or maybe it was when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents swooped in and arrested about a dozen alleged illegal immigrants working in local mushroom farms, sending shockwaves through the small, yet powerful agriculture community that wields a surprising amount of political clout in Chester County. Enemies — serious enemies — were made that day.

Or maybe it was when the party nominated a handsy reality TV star billionaire for president, only to see him rejected locally in favor an unpopular Democrat in Chester County.

Or maybe it was just a slow death, caused by infighting, greed or a lack of a moral compass or some combination of all of the above. Either way, it appears that the Republican Party in Chester County — one of the party’s actual cradles in the 1850s — is terminally ill….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

PA Lawmaker Flips Out When He Realizes He’s Being Filmed

[N.b. The gubernatorial election will be in 2018. Sen. Wagner is generally considered an extremist even within today’s R party.]

By Alana Horowitz Satlin, Huffington Post, 5/3/17

A Pennsylvania lawmaker got into a heated confrontation with an activist who was filming him during a speech on Tuesday.

State Sen. Scott Wagner (R), who is running for governor, had been addressing constituents at a country club in York, Pennsylvania, when he realized he was being filmed.

“Who are you with?” he asked the videographer, who said he was from the liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century….

Keep reading and see video at Huffington Post

Republicans avoid town halls after health care votes

by Heidi M Przybyla, USA TODAY, April 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania appear to be the only swing-district Republicans who voted for their party’s bill to replace Obamacare who will directly face constituents over the April recess, according to a USA TODAY analysis of scheduled town halls compiled by Townhallproject.com.

Fourteen Republicans from competitive congressional districts sit on the three congressional committees that voted last month for their party’s controversial health care plan before GOP leaders pulled the bill from the House floor because it lacked support to pass. The lack of town hall meetings in key swing districts during a spring break that lasts until April 23 underscores the party’s precarious political position on health care and peaking civic activism by progressives.

Costello and Lance had both voted for the bill in committee but opposed the final bill, saying changes made by House leaders made it more likely the bill would raise costs and reduce coverage for their constituents.

The migration away from public forums has been going on for months, despite complaints from constituents and local media. There have been roughly 30 recent newspaper editorials slamming lawmakers for avoiding town halls and calling on members to face their voters, not only in bluer portions of the country like New York but also in critical battlegrounds like Pennsylvania’s 6th and 7th districts, represented by Reps. Pat Meehan and Costello.

Costello’s office screened participants for his Saturday town hall through the online reservation site Eventbrite and forbid videotaping, leading the local Democratic Party chair to call the event “staged.” …

keep reading at USA TODAY