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These 8th graders solved gerrymandering

from Christina Hartman, a Dem candidate in CD-16, Feb 11, 2018

In West Chester, PA, teacher Jon Kimmel introduced his 8th-grade math students to the concept of gerrymandering. I want you to read their response:

“My students, getting their first taste (of the subject), were amazed at the audacity, flabbergasted at what this meant about democracy, and more than a little amused at the stupidity of adults,” Kimmel wrote in an essay recently.

“In a little over two weeks of class time,” the teacher wrote, “indeed, the group of eighth graders did do a better job than the Legislature.”

Now, compare that to the reaction of Republicans to our Supreme Court striking down their rigged maps:

— Republican members of Congress, including my opponent Lloyd Smucker, signed a letter saying the decision to draw fair maps was “unfortunate” and “misguided.”

— Smucker then went on TV and said the current rigged district maps are just “the process is essentially working as intended.”

— PA legislator Cris Dush accused Supreme Court members of “misbehavior” and called for their impeachment! (It’s like Tom Brady wanting the referee fired for calling the Super Bowl for the Eagles.)

Our campaign is about more than flipping one district or replacing one congressman. It’s about getting back to the kind of common sense that exists in that 8th-grade classroom — but not in Congress.

It’s about honestly making your case to voters instead of rigging the process in your favor. It’s about being 100% transparent, and meeting constituents face-to-face, even if they disagree with you.

I’m hopeful that the new maps will ensure a level playing field, and not favor either party. In the meantime, we need to prepare for every possibility.

[n.b. at this point in the election cycle we post occasional items by or from candidates that inform our readers about important issues; we will give space to all candidates from whom we receive such information, without intending to imply endorsement or favoritism.]

These latest comments feel personal

email from Christina Hartman, candidate for US House PA-16, 1/14/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps publicize, for readers’ reflection, any important thoughts and issues raised by Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)

You’ve probably seen the news about President Trump’s shameful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa this past week. I’ll be honest: I’ve been fuming.

While Trump has said many awful things, these words feel particularly personal.

I’ve spent much of my career working around the globe — including in Africa, where I made lifelong friends. On a recent trip to Liberia, I met with a group of incredible women who were running for political office — turns out we’d had lot of the same experiences!

I know that many people in our community who have done mission work overseas have had similar positive experiences. Trump’s view of those places and people who live there couldn’t be further from the truth.

But, perhaps most importantly, Trump doesn’t understand who WE are as a country — nor what makes us great.

Right now, America receives the best and brightest immigrants from all over the world — I see this in my hometown of Lancaster every day. Immigrants have brought new ideas, new businesses, and new energy to Southeast Pennsylvania, just as they have across the country.

We need every elected official — on both sides of the aisle — to condemn Trump’s comments. Remaining silent at this time speaks volumes.

We haven’t heard a peep about any of this from our opponent Lloyd Smucker. We can’t afford to be represented by someone who ignores us. We can’t afford someone who’s forgotten what makes America truly great.

Our campaign to kick Smucker out of Congress is picking up steam. With your help, we can restore true representation to this district, and finally hold Trump accountable for his words and actions.

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Trump Score updates

Data from FiveThirtyEight.com

Congratulations to Rep. Costello (R-06), whose Trump Score has declined from 94% to 90.6%, since he voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (which passed the House; it would allow anyone in the country who has a concealed gun permit to carry a gun anywhere, obviously an invitation for mayhem and anathema to those who believe states still have some rights). He is now 24.5% more Trump-friendly than his district.

Rep. Meehan (R-07) has sunk to a Trump Score of 85.7%, based on the same vote. His voting record is now 25.2% more “Trumpish” than his district.

Rep. Smucker (R-16), meanwhile, has boosted his Trump Score to 96.4% by voting for H.R.38, but his ‘Trump plus-minus” score is only 16.6% since his is a much more conservative district.

Sen. Toomey has achieved a 90.4% Trump Score, about 3 times Sen, Casey’s 29.6%. Naturally there are some votes where the parties actually still agree, like confirming an FBI director or keeping the US government open for business.

The Trump Score measures how often a legislator votes as Number 45 wishes.