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As Republicans wring their hands, Chester County Democrats ring in spring season with successful fundraiser

 The Chester County Democratic Committee Kicked off its ‘Liftoff to Victory’ with endorsed Congressional Candidate Chrissy Houlahan at the American Helicopter Museum

West Chester, PA (March 20, 18) – Will local Republicans continue to back Trump, or move to save their own political careers? There was no ambiguity on the Democrats side as the Chester County Democratic Committee celebrated the end of its successful petition filing Sunday night at the American Helicopter Museum.

Candidate Chrissy Houlahan from the US 6th (Chester County and parts of Berks County in the new redistricting map) meets with attendees at the CCDC Spring Fundraiser

Titled Liftoff To Victory, US Congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan and a dozen PA Legislature candidates mingled with more than 250 guests. Highly supportive sponsors toured the museum and noted the enthusiasm among the crowd as talk of midterms permeated every conversation. News of Vice President Joe Biden’s endorsement of Houlahan was contrasted with the media stories of Ryan Costello’s possible retirement.


“We have a 17,000 voter disadvantage in Chester County,” noted Brian McGinnis, Chair of Chester County Democrats, to the museum crowd. “Yet we elected nearly 200 Dems across the county in November 2017. Let’s give PA Senator Dinniman more Democratic Senators in 2018 to help him get key legislation passed.”

McGinnis went on to note the historic accomplishments of his party in just the last year from purchasing a headquarters in West Chester to four row office wins plus record fundraising.

A Philly food-themed feast and Durning String Band ensured everyone was fed and entertained.

Spring Fundraiser Chairs Diane Van Mol of Paoli and Charlotte Valyo of Schuylkill Township created a Philly themed night with regional foods and festive sounds from the Durning String Band. The turnout at the museum was more than double the original goal. Money raised from ticket sales, silent auction baskets and sponsorships will be poured into Primary campaigns at all levels.


Local residents eager to canvass, phone bank or “get out the vote” for their favorite candidate can contact the Chester County Democratic Office at 610-692-5811. Primary Day is Tuesday, May 15 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. For details on all candidates, visit

“I tip my hat to my GOP neighbors,” McGinnis mused. “Thanks to their state and national party platform on everything from fair districts to gun control, Chester County Democrats have never been stronger in membership, in donations and in enthusiasm county-wide!”



Next History Stop: November 6, 2018

Last night, Conor Lamb, a Democrat and military veteran in western PA, (apparently) took down the Republican candidate in a Congressional district Trump won by close to 20 points in 2016! Outside GOP groups had poured in nearly $10M to win this race, while many small grass roots donations funded Conor Lamb’s campaign.

WE CAN DO THAT HERE in Chester County’s new 6th District and in the PA Legislature on November 6 – with your help. A $20.18 donation to the Chester County Democratic Committee will help our efforts to take back Washington and the PA Legislature. As you saw last night, every vote counts!

Thank you!

Brian J. McGinnis
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee

PSBA position on HB 1213: Oppose

Pennsylvania School Boards Association. See pertinent statement by sponsor Warren Kampf’s (PA House 157) Dem candidate Melissa Shusterman here

HB 1213: Greatly restricts the rights of school districts and municipalities to conduct appeals of under-assessed property

On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the commonwealth’s public school districts, we request your opposition to House Bill 1213, sponsored by Representative Warren Kampf. This legislation would greatly restrict the rights of school districts and municipalities to conduct appeals of under-assessed property.

By limiting the right to initiate appeals, particularly with large commercial properties, school districts in your district could experience losses in revenue that will be very significant. This restriction in the ability to generate future local revenues will harm schools that are already grappling with overall declining state aid and unfairly shift the property tax burden to homeowners. We urge you to contact your districts today and discuss this issue.

Our members are very much aware that all other property owners in a school district have to bear the tax burden of under-assessed properties. Any property that is simply under-assessed for whatever reason inherently shifts the tax burden over to those property owners who are properly assessed in the form of increased millage rates. House Bill 1213 would take away the only voice on behalf of other homeowners and businesses being forced to subsidize under-assessed properties – school districts. This legislation will restrict school districts’ rights of uniform review of commercial properties. Those commercial properties that are undervalued will not be billed for their fair share of school property taxes….

keep reading at Pennsylvania School Boards Association

What We Found in Trump’s Drained Swamp: Hundreds of Ex-Lobbyists and D.C. Insiders

by Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw and Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, March 7

For the first time, political appointee and federal financial disclosure information is publicly searchable.

When the Trump administration took office early last year, hundreds of staffers from lobbying firms, conservative think tanks and Trump campaign groups began pouring into the very agencies they once lobbied or whose work they once opposed.

Today we’re making available, for the first time, an authoritative searchable database of 2,475 political appointees, including Trump’s Cabinet, staffers in the White House and senior officials within the government, along with their federal lobbying and financial records….

keep reading at ProPublica. Use the searchable database to find individual appointees. Bottom line:

of 2,475 Appointees:
187 Are Former Lobbyists
125 Worked at Conservative Think Tanks
254 Worked for Trump Campaign Groups