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How the Houlahans celebrate Earth Day

from Chrissy Houlahan, the CCDC-endorsed candidate for US House PA-06 and the only Dem on the ballot for US House in Chester County. See her site here.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is always a special time in the Houlahan house. For years we celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday this week with an Earth Day birthday party with kids planting trees and flowers.

As my daughters got older, they started a honey company called Hives for Lives and ran it for more than a decade. They and their friends raised bees, and all of the proceeds from the sale of the honey went toward basic research for curing cancer. Around Earth Day, we would also celebrate our environment by inviting people to “Bee Day” parties where we would add the bees to their newly constructed and decorated hives. In total, Hives for Lives raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research while helping endangered pollinators.

As you can see, this time of year holds special memories for me, but now I’m worried, as many of us are, that our climate is threatened. President Trump has sold out our global leadership to big polluters.

We have hope, though, because there is an election coming soon and elections matter. We can stop this administration’s anti-environment agenda by sending scientists and climate advocates like myself to Congress this November.

In Congress, I will be a champion for our environment and will work to combat the threat of climate change and the assault on truth and data, but first I need your help to get there.

In my own career, I’ve worked to follow the lead of my kids and dispel the myth that businesses can’t protect their bottom line while doing good for the world. I hope to continue making this argument in Congress, because we need the public and private sectors to work together, innovate, and find bold solutions to the threat of climate change. Our health, national security, and economy are all at stake.

This is one of the biggest issues of our time, our actions will be judged by the generations to come, and we don’t have any time to waste. We can’t sit idly by and watch climate deniers roll back the progress we’ve made.

Breaking into the boys clubs

from Chrissy Houlahan for US House PA-06. N.b. April 10 is Equal Pay Day, showing how far into the next year US women, on average, have to work in order to earn what men earn in 12 months.

I’ve spent my entire life in male-dominated environments.

In high school, I was one of just a couple of girls in my physics and calculus classes. In college, I was one of only 10 women in my engineering major.

After college, I served in the military, which is traditionally an old boys club. Then I joined friends in growing a basketball apparel and footwear company — another industry largely dominated by men.

Now, I’m running for Congress (which is 80% male) from the largest state that doesn’t have a single woman in its delegation. And I’m ready to take on this challenge on day one.

Throughout my life, I’ve seen firsthand how lower expectations are set and fewer opportunities often exist for girls, young women, and young mothers, and how that can unjustly hurt our education, pay, and career advancement.

It’s one of the reasons I’m running for Congress, but we can’t wait until the next election to rally around this issue. Tomorrow marks Equal Pay Day, but the time to take action is now:

Sign our petition now to declare your support for closing the pay gap with policies that help level the playing field, like paid family leave >> Demand Equal Pay Now.

This is a family issue as much as it’s a women’s issue. Mothers are increasingly the primary breadwinners in their families, so short changing their paychecks hurts the entire family and our economy as a whole.

The pay gap is worse for women of color, and women experience a widening pay gap as their careers progress. It feels ridiculous to be fighting this fight in 2018 — but we can’t let up, we need to put pressure on Congress to take action now.


Thanks for using your voice,


Gov. Wolf v. Rep. Costello on redistricting

in email from Gov. Wolf, 3/23/18:

As quoted in “PA Gov Blasts ‘Undemocratic’ GOP Impeachment Bid Over Gerrymandering,” TPM, 3/21/18.

Vs. (from “Rep. Costello calls for impeachment of Pa. justices for approving ‘corrupt’ map,” The Mercury, 2/20/18):

“I think that this was a politically corrupt process,” Costello said from his office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse. He called on the state Legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against those on the high court who had voted in favor of the redistricting and redrew the map, “behind closed doors.”

You be the judge which map is “rigged” (the Trumpist term used in another quote from Rep. Costello):

District PA-06 before and after the PA Supreme Court acted:

In the first image, the gerrymandered district 6 (purple), in which Rep. Costello was elected, includes computer-selected patches of 4 counties (Lebanon cCounty is off the map to the left), and Chester County is broken up among 3 districts.

The 2nd image shows the new district, in which Rep. Costello faces not only a R primary opponent but also impressively strong general election opposition from Chrissy Houlahan, now running unopposed in the Dem primary.

Joe Biden endorses Dems Chrissy Houlahan, Andy Kim in Philly-area congressional races

by Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — Continuing his push into high-profile congressional races, former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed two Democratic candidates in the Philadelphia suburbs Thursday: Chrissy Houlahan, of Chester County, and Andy Kim, from Burlington County.

Biden’s backing arrived close on the heels of his support for Democrat Conor Lamb in a nationally-watched special election in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and as Democrats attempt to build on their momentum in critical suburban battlegrounds that could determine control of the House this fall.

While his endorsements of fellow Democrats are not surprising, they also come stir speculation about Biden’s future as a possible 2020 presidential candidate. …

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