Our Union became just a little more perfect on Friday when the Supreme Court of the United States declared that all Americans can be married. This is no small decision to the millions of LGBT Americans who have found love and want only to have the same financial security and ability to plan for their futures as any other loving couple who is able to marry. It's no small point for our nation as a whole.
We have crossed a bridge now and together, as Americans, we can begin to celebrate the love of our children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends who happen to be in the LGBT community. May we embrace our differences as well as our similarities. Let's use this as an opportunity to open our arms to those different from us and become, as a nation, the more perfect union our founding fathers envisioned.
What a great day for our LGBT friends, their families and their friends. Indeed, what a great day for all Americans.
Judge Kevin Dougherty, Candidate for PA Supreme Court,
Addresses Adams Democrats
PA Supreme Court Candidate Kevin Dougherty spoke to a packed house at Adams County Democratic Committee (ACDC) headquarters Saturday afternoon. He spoke of his firm belief in "equal access to justice" for all residents of Pennsylvania, especially its most vulnerable citizens.
He gave examples from his career on the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia of using the justice system turn around the lives of troubled and at risk families and children. A firm believer in restorative justice, his primary focus as Family Court judge was to discern the difference between the good kid who got caught up in a bad system from the bad kid who needed placement and the court’s intercession to receive proper rehabilitation.
He emphasized the importance of judicial elections and why people should vote for judges who share their values. Since these judges serve 10 year terms they impact the lives of Pennsylvanians for a long time. A case in point is the subject of redistricting and Pennsylvania gerrymandered legislative districts. "People should choose politicians, politicians should not choose the people" he said.
Along with asking for votes for himself, Judge Dougherty, told the group to support the rest of the Democratic Judicial candidates, "To protect the rights of workers, voters and our most vulnerable citizens." Those candidates are for Supreme Court; Judge Christine Donohue and Judge David Wecht, for Superior Court Judge Alice Dubow and for Commonwealth Court Michael Wojcik.
Post Primary Observations from the Chair of the Adams County Democratic Committee By Roger Lund
Dear Democratic Friends,
Whenever there is a primary election, it often feels like a feud within a family. In truth, it is an opportunity to forge new directions and/or reinforce the course we were on. Unfortunately, some folks lose, as they do in every election, but that does not diminish what they brought to the table. We thank all seeking the Democratic nomination.
So here we are, with that praise in mind, ready to move on. It is time, as Democrats, to accept that the voters have spoken and we now have a slate to get behind for November.
This effort begins with statewide races for all important judicial races. We have a chance to win 3 Supreme Court seats and we are poised to do so with Three outstanding candidates: Judges David Wecht, Christine Donahue and Kevin Dougherty. For Superior Court we went with Judge Alice Debow and for Commonwealth Court we went with Michael Wojcik. All these candidates are outstanding and if we want fair treatment on issues from redistricting to workers comp to voter rights, we need to elect these judges.
On the county level Matt Teeter will go on in the fall as the only Democrat on the ticket. We will continue to work hard for Matt to get him over the line in November.
A current and a former County Commissioner will take us into the fall hoping to reprise the situation when we had two Democratic County commissioners in the Court House. Both Marty Karsteter Qually and Harry Stokes will continue to work for our support for the rest of the year and we must join that effort.
All contentious School Board Elections have been determined in Fairfield and Gettysburg, so this is not something we will need to deal with as the summer proceeds.
There are, of course, many local races to win in the fall as well. Because of all the write in votes, we don't know exactly how those have shaken out yet.
So, let's shake off any lingering doubt as to if the Democratic voters made any mistakes and let's move forward to elect as many Democrats as possible in November.
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Sometimes people ask: "What has President
Here is a small list of
President Obama's accomplishments:
Signed into law an economic plan that saved
America from a depression, restored growth, and created or saved as many as 3.6 million
Signed into law landmark health insurance reform that holds insurance companies
accountable, gives people and small businessess greater control of health care, and
improves the quality of health care for all Americans.
Fought against Wall Street
lobbyists to sign into law historic consumer protections and financial reforms that shield
American families from unfair lending practices from credit card and mortgage companies,
rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and work to prevent future financial crises.
Reformed the college loan system by ending subsidies to banks and using the money to
make college more affordable. He also invested in community colleges that are providing
Americans with the skills they need to succeed in today's economy.
American auto industry, which saved millions of American jobs and helped GM and Chrysler
become profitable again while repaying taxpayers.
Repealed �Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell,�
which makes it possible for individuals to serve in the military regardless of their
Helped women get the equal pay they deserve by signing into law
the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
Supported the Returning Heroes Tax Credit and the Wounded
Warriors Tax Credit.
As a result of the Heathcare Act over 500,000 veterans previously
denied care will now be eligible for VA Health Care by 2013.
Increased funding for the
VA every year of his administration.
Ended the war in Iraq, initiated a responsible
drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, and ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.