Category Archives: Republicans

Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Report from Pew Research Center, 7/10/17

Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on U.S.

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations – and in some cases, the gap in these views is significantly wider today than it was just a year ago….

keep reading at Pew Research Center

Here are 2 charts from the report. The recent rapid decline in support for public education among Republicans is particularly alarming: now only half as many R’s or leaning R as D’s or leaning D say colleges and universities “have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country.”

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