Winter State Committee Meeting: Huge Success!
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party held its winter meeting this past weekend at the Hotel Hershey.
Despite an impending major snowstorm, 87% of the membership attended this meeting. On Friday evening, there was a reception for the Latino Caucus which is currently in formation in addition to a reception for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party's Second Star Society. Many of the Judicial candidates also hosted receptions Friday evening and breakfasts on Saturday morning.
On Saturday, the Party convened as required by charter to endorse candidates for Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party requires a 2/3 majority in order for any candidate to receive the Party's endorsement.
After balloting, Judges David Wecht of Pittsburgh and Kevin Dougherty of Philadelphia received the Party endorsement for Supreme Court and Todd Eagen of Scranton received the Party endorsement for Commonwealth Court. There were no endorsements for Superior Court, making this an open primary.
"Receiving a 2/3 majority for endorsement is always a difficult threshold to achieve," said Party Chairman Jim Burn. "When you have the quality and caliber of candidates that we have in this current cycle, the threshold becomes even more difficult to attain. All of the candidates seeking the Party Endorsement are exceptional Jurists and will serve this Commonwealth in an outstanding fashion if elected. We thank all of them for their professionalism and participation in this weekend's process. We especially want to congratulate our endorsed candidates David Wecht, Kevin Dougherty and Todd Eagen on their great work and their Party endorsements this past weekend."
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IT'S PETITION SEASON AGAIN! Stop by ACDC Headquarters between now and March 6 to pick up, circulate and sign petitions for the candidates YOU want to see on the ballot for the May 19 Pennsylvania Primary. We also have candidate information. Stop by ACDC Headquarters, Noon to 2PM, 5 to 7PM Weekdays and 1 to 3PM Weekends.
The DNC is Coming to Philadelphia in 2016! Words for Jim Burn, PA Democratic Party Chairman
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party applauds Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Democratic National Committee in choosing Philadelphia to host the 2016 Democratic Convention, the first Democratic National Convention in our Commonwealth since 1948.
Pennsylvania Democrats are deeply appreciative of the efforts of Congressman Brady, former Governor Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter, former State Party Director Kevin Washo and their leadership team for the hard work and diligence that went into making this a reality.
Philadelphia's rich history and historic significance to our Country make it the perfect backdrop for this Convention. The Democratic Presidential Nominee has won in Pennsylvania continuously since 1988. As the Host State for this event, we plan on maintaining that winning tradition in 2016.
My thanks also go out to all of you who believe in this Party and the integrity of this institution. We will all stand united and show the nation what a remarkable State we live in as together we elect another Democrat to the White House in 2016!
Jim Burn, Chair,
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
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With the exception of 5 Statewide Judgeships, every name on the Adams County ballot will be for a local race. Countywide races include all 3 County Commissioners, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Controller, Coroner, and Recorder of Deeds/Registrar of Wills. This year we will also be voting for two County Judges. Across Adams County there will be races in all Boroughs and Townships for supervisors and council members, and ALL School boards.
At this point in time three Democrats have stepped up to run, Marty Qually and Paul Kellett for County Commissioners and Matt Teeter for County Judge. We hear others are planning to announce. Every election we ask you to help out and, of course, to vote. This year we need you to think about running for office or helping us identify candidates. All Adams County Democrats complain about how the Republicans run (and often run into the ground) our local governments and school districts. The only way that is going to change is if we get people on the ballot and demonstrate to the voters that our candidates share their interests and concerns.
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Bring the DNC To Philadelphia! By Chris Matthews
I will never forget the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. Working as a busboy in nearby Ocean City, I managed to worm my way into a big fundraiser at the Shelburne Hotel. There I shook hands with some of the political stars of the day: Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson and the Minnesota senator who would become my anti-Vietnam War hero, Eugene McCarthy.
Even as a teenager I was heavily into politics, and getting to meet these people, even for a minute, was huge. Besides, they just don't stage political conventions like they did back then.
Rhode Island Sen. John Pastore's keynote address was pure Cold War rock-'em-sock-'em. President Lyndon B. Johnson milked his selection of running mate Humphrey for all it was worth. When Bobby Kennedy went up on the podium to salute his dead brother, the delegates applauded for 22 minutes without stopping. On the convention's final night, LBJ stood in glory high above the famed boardwalk with fireworks lighting up the sky. It was a true celebration of a president who weeks before had pushed through and signed the historic Civil Rights Act.
How can the Democrats, a half-century later, match such great conventions of the past? More to the point, how can they juice this thing up, given that we are likely to know the presidential nominee's name long beforehand, just as we did in '64?
One word: Philadelphia.
When I was growing up in that city, my mother took my brothers and me to see the Liberty Bell, then still in Independence Hall. She also took us to Carpenter's Hall, colonial Elfreth's Alley and, of course, Betsy Ross's house. She wanted her children to know the history of our city, which was so vital to the beginnings of our country.
These historic sites are within quick walking distance of Philadelphia's convention center. When Democratic delegates from all over the country arrive in July 2016 they could visit much of their country's revolutionary history without leaving Market Street.
But the greater opportunity is what a 2016 Philadelphia convention could do on television. Consider the themes at the heart of the current national debate over voting rights, marriage equality and pay equity.
Now consider the opening words of our founding document.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The four nights of the Democratic convention could highlight these powerful words and phrases of the Declaration of Independence.
An African American could speak proudly of the election of Barack Obama and of the continued struggle against voter suppression.
A gay couple could talk about marriage equality and their right to the pursuit of happiness.
A female delegate could make the case for equal treatment - and pay - in the workplace.
By gathering in iconic Philadelphia, Democrats could lay claim to not just the flag but what it stands for. A week there, sparkling with American values, could produce the kind of inspiring national convention we've missed in recent years.
Let's admit the role of stagecraft in these quadrennial conventions. Am I the only one who realizes the Republican advantage here? Why is it that the GOP is so much better at the simple mechanics? Time after time, their balloons drop from the ceiling right on time, all at once. With the Democrats, most of them get caught in the rigging. I suppose it's one competition the Democrats will never win.
So if the D's can't match the R's with the balloon drop, why not try beating them this time with the message?
Tidings of Comfort Paul Krugman, Dec. 25, New York Times
Maybe I'm just projecting, but Christmas seemed unusually subdued this year. The malls seemed less crowded than usual, the people glummer. There was even less Muzak in the air. And, in a way, that's not surprising: All year Americans have been bombarded with dire news reports portraying a world out of control and a clueless government with no idea what to do.
Yet if you look back at what actually happened over the past year, you see something completely different. Amid all the derision, a number of major government policies worked just fine - and the biggest successes involved the most derided policies. You'll never hear this on Fox News, but 2014 was a year in which the federal government, in particular, showed that it can do some important things very well if it wants to.
Start with Ebola, a subject that has vanished from the headlines so fast it's hard to remember how pervasive the panic was just a few weeks ago. Judging from news media coverage, especially but not only on cable TV, America was on the verge of turning into a real-life version of "The Walking Dead." And many politicians dismissed the efforts of public health officials to deal with the disease using conventional methods. Instead, they insisted, we needed to ban all travel to and from West Africa, imprison anyone who arrived from the wrong place, and close the border with Mexico. No, I have no idea why anyone thought that last item made sense.
As it turned out, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite some early missteps, knew what they were doing, which shouldn't be surprising: The Centers have a lot of experience in, well, controlling disease, epidemics in particular. And while the Ebola virus continues to kill many people in parts of Africa, there was no outbreak here.
Consider next the state of the economy. There's no question that recovery from the 2008 crisis has been painfully slow and should have been much faster. In particular, the economy has been held back by unprecedented cuts in public spending and employment.
But the story you hear all the time portrays economic policy as an unmitigated disaster, with President Obama's alleged hostility to business holding back investment and job creation. So it comes as something of a shock when you look at the actual record and discover that growth and job creation have been substantially faster during the Obama recovery than they were during the Bush recovery last decade (even ignoring the crisis at the end), and that while housing is still depressed, business investment has been quite strong.
What's more, recent data suggest that the economy is gathering strength - 5 percent growth in the last quarter! Oh, and not that it matters very much, but there are some people who like to claim that economic success should be judged by the performance of the stock market. And stock prices, which hit a low point in March 2009, accompanied by declarations from prominent Republican economists that Mr. Obama was killing the market economy, have tripled since then. Maybe economic management hasn't been that bad, after all.
Finally, there's the hidden-in-plain-sight triumph of Obamacare, which is just finishing up its first year of full implementation. It's a tribute to the effectiveness of the propaganda campaign against health reform - which has played up every glitch, without ever mentioning that the problem has been solved, and invented failures that never happened - that I fairly often encounter people, some of them liberals, who ask me whether the administration will ever be able to get the program to work. Apparently nobody told them that it is working, and very well.
In fact, Year 1 surpassed expectations on every front. Remember claims that more people would lose insurance than gained it? Well, the number of Americans without insurance fell by around 10 million; members of the elite who have never been uninsured have no idea just how much positive difference that makes to people's lives. Remember claims that reform would break the budget? In reality, premiums were far less than predicted, overall health spending is moderating, and specific cost-control measures are doing very well. And all indications suggest that year two will be marked by further success.
And there's more. For example, at the end of 2014, the Obama administration's foreign policy, which tries to contain threats like Vladimir Putin's Russia or the Islamic State rather than rushing into military confrontation, is looking pretty good.
The common theme here is that, over the past year, a U.S. government subjected to constant bad-mouthing, constantly accused of being ineffectual or worse, has, in fact, managed to accomplish a lot. On multiple fronts, government wasn't the problem; it was the solution. Nobody knows it, but 2014 was the year of "Yes, we can".
Democratic Club Hosts a Christmas Get Together
December 5th was our turn to celebrate with great food, music and company at the Democratic Club's Holiday Dinner.
It was great to see Harry Stokes, former Adams County Commissioner; the College Democrats, and the whole rest of the gang getting together for some holiday cheer.
The music was provided by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band. Though the students represented High School grades 7-12, their music was professional quality! Their program of jazzed up Christmas tunes was fabulous and turned a good evening into a great evening. To show our appreciation, ACDC has become a booster of the Biglerville High Jazz Band with a $250.00 donation.
ACDC Provides Hot Cocoa at Small Business Saturday
With the 2014 Election over, all members of the Adams County Democratic Committee are celebrating the landslide election of our new Governor Tom Wolf, talk about a Christmas Present, and enjoying the holiday season. This does not mean we are all sitting home making cookies and watching a Charlie Brown Christmas. We are out in our community.
Our first Holiday event was giving away hot chocolate on the Gettysburg Square to support the Gettysburg Retail Merchants Association's (GARMA) Small Business Saturday. We also collected almost $60.00 in donations to brighten the holidays of Veterans in Pennsylvania VA facilities.
ACDC Celebrates November's "Support Our Troops" First Friday A Reflection by PA Democratic Party Veterans Caucus Vice-Chairman, Moriah Adams
November is the month of Veterans Day and of the holiday of Thanksgiving, which is why this month's First Friday was so appropriately dedicated as "Support Our Troops" and why we as the Adams County Democrats went all out to collect thank you messages, money, and other items needed for those we are honoring, doing all we can with recognition that no one can ever do enough to adequately thank those who have made and are still making such sacrifices for our country.
Democrats of Adams County made it very clear that we support and appreciate those whose lives have involved military service. This is why we had people write personal messages of gratitude and captured them to share with Adams County veterans. This is why we are participating with the Goin' Postal project, collecting money and items to have sent to troops. This is why we are collecting items specific for veterans of all genders who need them to be sent to VA facilities in Pennsylvania. This is why we celebrated this First Friday and will be humbly celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th.
To read more about the ways we have supported service members and veterans as a party and for contact information for party leadership directing our platform of support for them, visit the sites below.
Here's a wholehearted thank you! - To our military service members, veterans, and families.
Tom Wolf Elected Governor A message from our State Party Chairman, Jim Burn
Tonight, Pennsylvania made the historic decision to change the direction of this Commonwealth.
For the past 4 years, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and many across the State worked tirelessly to call attention to the direction that Governor Corbett was taking the Commonwealth.
Tonight's victory for Tom Wolf is a culmination of those efforts and a testimonial to Mr. Wolf's message, leadership and ability to move our State in a direction that is beneficial to all Pennsylvanians.
Congratulations to all of you for your work and to our next Governor, Tom Wolf.
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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.