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PA Democratic Party plan

Email sent to me by the PA Dems outlining their plans as an opposition party.

In the past month, we’ve been receiving an almost endless supply of emails from Democrats across the Commonwealth - many asking what the party plans to do to oppose President-elect Trump’s inflammatory hate speech, ill-informed agenda, and extreme cabinet nominations.
To answer our supporters…we do have a plan. It’s quite simple:

We will oppose any policy that works against the values for which Democrats stand; and we will oppose any policy that excludes Americans based on traits like ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

Contribute today to send a clear message that you expect our elected officials to be accountable to the people, not to Trump’s corporate interests.

And we don’t stop there. We will knock on doors - taking issues off the television where the media controls the spin and bringing them directly into the living rooms of our neighbors where they hit home the most. We will use all the tools at our disposal to make sure your voice is heard.

Above all else, we will listen to you and other Democratic supporters throughout the Commonwealth, and engage you on important issues every step of the way.

Those who have already offered help have gotten plugged-in to our volunteer corps, which is currently making phone calls, writing letters, and holding events in opposition to Trump’s hateful rhetoric and his cabinet nominations. That group will continue to expand as we move into 2017 and work to support candidates in municipalities across the Commonwealth - even at the most local levels where Republicans have previously run unopposed.

But for all that to happen we need your help.

Contribute now, and help us mobilize supporters ahead of the broad sweeping changes we know Trump plans to make within days of taking office.


Thank you for all that you do for the Democratic Party and for Pennsylvania. We’ll see you in 2017!

/s/Marcel Groen
PA Democratic Party Chairman

Posted by DeminPennswoods | Fri Dec 30, 2016, 08:11 AM (1 replies)

Betsy DeVos and Pennsylvania charter schools

This is from The Notebook, a newspaper and website addressing issues facing Philadelphia Public Schools,


No one illustrates that relationship better than DeVos, who established Students First PA and who still runs its national parent organization, American Federation for Children. Jeffrey Yass, one of the local millionaires who donates to Students First PA, is also on the board of the Cato Institute – a think tank whose studies have been cited to explain votes on charter expansion by Pennsylvania legislators who received donations from Students First.

Since its inception in 2010, Students First has given more than $200,000 to PACS supporting seven state senators on the 11-member education committee alone, plus more than $5 million to support Democratic State Senate Whip Anthony Williams in his failed gubernatorial primary campaign.

The most cash given to a member of the committee other than Williams was $111,500, to PACs supporting Republican Joseph Scarnati. Although most of the recipients were Republicans, $45,000 from Students First went to the minority chairman of the committee, Democrat Andy Dinniman.
The super PAC also contributed to the PAC supporting the campaign of former Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican.

Students First has donated nearly $300,000 to support the campaigns of seven state representatives on the House education committee, with Jim Christiana, a Republican, receiving the most, and $26,500 going to the majority chairman, Republican Stan Saylor. The super PAC also contributed $76,000 to the failed primary opponent of Minority Chairman Jim Roebuck, a Democrat who has never received money from Students First.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Tue Dec 20, 2016, 06:12 AM (3 replies)

Car registration license plate stickers no more

Starting Jan 2017, PA drivers will no longer get a registration sticker for their license plate. I'm a little surprise because local law enforcement complained loudly about this making it harder for them to stop unregistered vehicles. They could get plate scanners, but can't afford them.

Probably the easiest way to solve the problem is to go back to matching a car's inspection date with its registration renewal date. That way cops need only look at the inspection sticker inside the windshield to know if the car's registered since you need both a valid registration and insurance for the yearly inspection.

On the plus side, it's one less money-making tool local cops will have in their toolbox. They'll probably just set up more speed traps to fill the coffers.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Sun Dec 18, 2016, 01:00 AM (9 replies)

PA Unemployment Call Center layoffs

Flying under the political radar have been the layoffs of about 500 state civil servants working at state unemployment claims call centers. The issue centers around an upgrade to a broken and out-dated computer system. The GOP-led state legislature passed a bill to fund the upgrades and the dept did its due diligence going out for bids and selecting a vendor, IBM, to do the work. In my experience bidders often over-estimate their ability to do the job or downplay the difficulty of the task. Most people would think of IBM as a safe experienced choice. They did produce some upgrades, but overall they failed. The project funding is lapsing at the end of 2016, so everyone thought there was an agreement for a 1 year extension of project funding while a new contract was put out for bid. The GOP asked for a bunch of info on the tech project with Gov Wolf and staff provided, but, now, naturally, that's not enough detail for the state Rs.

Enter ambitious Trumpkin R state senator Scott Wagner. He managed to blow up the entire deal. Since there's now not enough money in the budget to continue the tech upgrade and pay salaries, the department is closing 3 call centers. The delicious part is the call centers being closed are in the districts of 3 Republican senators. They don't like that at all. It got so bad that state sen Pat Browne (R) told Wagner to get lost when Wagner came to visit one of the closing call centers.

More background and links here: https://twitter.com/PA_Spotlight
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Mon Dec 12, 2016, 03:51 AM (3 replies)

Ta Ta Tribune-Review

Yesterday was the last print edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It's now an online newspaper only for Pittsburgh although Trib Total Media will continue to publish printed editions of the Greensburg Tribune and Valley News Dispatch plus a few other small papers.

They've been downsizing and contracting since their owner Richard Mellon Scaife died in 2014 and the trust he was using to prop up the paper was emptied. One less right wing rag.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Thu Dec 1, 2016, 08:21 AM (5 replies)
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