by Alan Yuhas, The Guardian, 2/1/18
Dozens of Republicans are rushing for the exits on Capitol Hill in an exodus which has dramatically raised Democratic hopes of shifting the balance of power in Washington DC.
Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Republican who made headlines with a crusade to investigate Hillary Clinton, announced his retirement on Wednesday, becoming the 38th Republican to announce they would be giving up their seat in Congress since Donald Trump’s inauguration last year.
Gowdy and other Republicans cheered the president on during his state of the union address, chanting “USA” and standing to applaud his agenda.
But many of the same lawmakers have said they have had enough of Washington and the chaos in the White House, gridlock at work and angry voters back home.
Midterm elections in November give Democrats a strong chance of winning the 24 seats they need to seize back the House and jeopardizing the president’s agenda….
keep reading at The Guardian. on a local one of the 38, see “Meehan is out after this year.”
By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN (read full article there), December 20, 2017; excerpt from chart:
Letter from Wayne Braffman, Daily Local News, 12/16/17
You don’t have to be a Democrat to know that the Republican tax bill is wrong for America:
It gives most of the tax breaks to the wealthiest among us…those who need it the least.
The working poor will actually pay more!
Corporations that receive most of the tax cuts have said they will NOT use the money to invest in job creating projects.
It adds between $1-$1.5 trillion to the deficit…something Republicans used to care about.
It will strip health insurance coverage from 13 million…something nearly all of us in Chester County oppose.
Ask yourself this: Why are Republicans so hell-bent on rushing passage—without hearings or testimony—and even though poll after poll show that it is one of the most unpopular tax bills in history? You’ll find your answer if you follow the money trail to the corporate and individual benefactors who all but own them….
keep reading at Daily Local News
Letter from Jamie McVickar, Daily Local News, 12/16/17,
As President Trump continues as the spokesman and figurehead of elected Republican politicians and candidates, supporting a child molester, defending treason, taking away healthcare from millions, paying off his billionaire friends with jobs in the White House and billions of dollars in massive tax cuts, proving the Democrats right on how they’ve characterized Republican politicians over the years, releasing millions of acres of National Parks to the oil companies for drilling, bullying anyone who doesn’t look or think like him, getting away with sexual assault himself, one can understand why moderate Chester County Republicans are running away from the new (but very old) Republican party.
And one might think a Progressive-leaning Dem such as myself might be upset.
But as we Dems tend to do, I am seeing a bright side. In the same way this past year was disastrous for the Republicans both in Chester County and across the country, with each tweet, each historically outrageous tax giveaway to the corporate elite and donor class, so will disappear not just far-right extremist Republican politicians, but any right the Republicans have to any sense of a claim to moral superiority (after aligning itself with a child molester) or fiscal responsibility (increasing the national debt by trillions). …
keep reading at Daily Local News