Tag Archives: 2018 election

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

from Paul Perry (Dem candidate for 7th CD, 2018)

School closures. Highways in disrepair. Reduced aid to families.

That’s what happened in Kansas after politicians there decided to try out trickle-down economics with the state’s tax system. Spoiler alert: It failed miserably. Always does.

Now, the Trump Administration and their pals in Congress are proposing similar tax breaks for the wealthy while middle class families continue to get the short end of the stick.

And guess what: Pat Meehan is leading the charge. He’s certainly not a moderate when it comes to lining the pockets of his rich campaign donors.

We, the middle class, count on our leaders to ensure we have good schools, modern roads, and the investments that make our communities flourish. Let’s say no to this wrongheaded plan that steals those resources from our families.


From PA Democratic Committee, 9/24/17

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen today echoed the statement from PA Supreme Court Candidate and former Pittsburgh Steeler Judge Dwayne Woodruff on President Trump’s disparagement of NFL players’ peaceful protests. Trump’s words ignited a firestorm of news headlines, comments from current NBA athletes, NFL league, celebrities and many more. On social media, these trending topics led to hashtags, such as #TakeAKneeNFL.

Judge Woodruff said:

“This past Friday, the leader of our country made disparaging comments, which only serve to push our country to become more divided and ultimately penalizes our First Amendment rights under the Constitution. The history of our country records the courageous efforts by people we now consider heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks; they endeavored against great opposition, to gain and preserve rights and freedom for current and future generations. We must continue to be a country united in justice and equality for all.”

Chairman Groen added:

“I completely agree with Judge Woodruff, who, as a former Steeler, pro-bowler, and Super Bowl champion, knows exactly how to speak to this issue. The president’s remarks were totally uncalled for. He is not our tweeter-in-chief, he is supposed to be our commander-in-chief, but that would require a degree of class. I urge each and every person in the commonwealth to vote for Judge Woodruff and the entire Democratic Slate of Eight on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.”

About Dwayne Woodruff (partial CV):

The Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff is a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, presiding primarily in the Family Court Division since 2005. Woodruff earned a degree from the University of Louisville (1979) and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law (1988), which he attended, full time at night during his professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Woodruff has the unprecedented, dual career distinction in professional sports; simultaneously practicing law with the Meyer Darragh firm and playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years from 1988 to 1990. Judge Woodruff currently serves on the board of the National Commission of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board, co-chairs Pittsburgh SAFE Workgroup (Shared Accountability for Education) and serves on Educational Success & Truancy Prevention Committee (ESTP). Woodruff resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Joy.

September 24, 2017
CONTACT Brandon Cwalina, brandon@padems.com / Teresa Lundy, Teresa@Woodruff2017.com

Shusterman announces bid for state rep in 157th House District

By Digital First Media, The Mercury, 9/13/17

Melissa Shusterman, a fourth-generation Phoenixville-area resident, Conestoga High School graduate, business owner and mother wants to unseat incumbent state Rep. Warren Kampf in the 157th House District.

Shusterman, who has never held elected office before, is running on a “common sense before politics” platform and hopes to utilize recent Democratic Party energy by activists to flip the 157th District.

Shusterman said she is not a career politician, rather she’s a passionate citizen who loves her community and is fed up with the political gridlock in Harrisburg. As state representative, Shusterman said she will fight to protect seniors, put Pennsylvania on the path to fiscal responsibility, and put an end to the Keystone Exams.

She started her career in the media after receiving her master’s degree in media studies from American University. She worked in the field for 20 years at several different startup and national media companies including: The Food Network, VH1, FX, HGTV, MTV, QVC and Fuse network. …

keep reading at The Mercury

Do the math for 2018

From “A midterm preference for Democrats, but without anti-Trump motivation (POLL)” by SOFI SINOZICH, ABC News, 7/19/17, the good news is that 52% of Americans would like Democrats to gain control of Congress next year “to check Trump”:

But what is bizarre is that only 51% consider Trump to be a factor, when Democrats certainly consider that R incumbents’ continuing support of Trump should be an absolutely major factor in upcoming elections.

And here’s the bad news, from “Ahead of midterms, voters prefer Democrats even as Republicans appear more motivated to vote,” by Mike DeBonis and Emily Guskin, Washington Post, 7/19/17:

The moral is clear: Unless more Dems and Dem-leaning I’s than usual vote next year (and of course this year too), they will once again be turning control of the country over to the right wing and the Trump admirers.