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Join us on December 4th!

Friday, December 4th United Hook & Ladder Co. #33, 21 North Bolton Street, New Oxford (Bolton Street crosses Lincoln Way West. From the east, take the 3rd right after exiting the center circle. From the west, take the first left after the Christmas Haus. Parking lot is accessed from West Golden Lane, around the corner of the building).

Dinner 6:30 PM Biglerville High School Jazz Band 7:30 PM

Buffet Meal Prepared by Skip & Penny Messinger of the Fire Company: Shrimp! Kettle Fried Chicken, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Salad, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Iced Tea Bring your own wine or beer and an appetizer or dessert to share.

We'll BRIEFLY celebrate the sweep of statewide judicial races and the re-election of County Commissioner Marty Karsteter Qually, plus express appreciation to our other candidates who ran outstanding campaigns. But this is an evening to enjoy the company of other Democrats!

The event is $30 per person for non-members, and $25 per person for members, with children under 12 at $12. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Invite a former member or a new friend!

RSVP by December 1st to: Steve Harris, Treas. 717-398-2200 (You may leave a voice message.) 1138 Boyd’s School Road, Gettysburg PA 17325-8578 Checks payable to Adams County Democratic Club may be mailed to the above address or paid at the door after your RSVP. **Annual membership dues of $20 per person are now due. ** If you pay dues now, you qualify for the Member Rate for dinner.

Statewide Judicial Candidates Sweep

14 for 2014

Thanks to your hard work, Pennsylvania Democrats swept all five statewide judicial races. Congratulations to Supreme Court Justices-elect Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht, Superior Court Judge-elect Alice Beck Dubow, and Commonwealth Court Judge-elect Michael Wojcik!

We did it. It's a sweep!

Election Summary
A Message from Our Chair, Roger Lund

What an election! Congratulations to Commissioner Qually on his reelection. Portia Bosch was elected Mayor in New Oxford and John Gormont won a highly contested race in Mt. Joy against the Rick Klein big money interests trying to take over that board. We also had many races ACDC worked on in the primary that allowed us to go uncontested this fall.

Two races we lost show how much each vote counts. Charles Strauss lost his 3rd Ward Gettysburg race by only 16 votes and Mike Strausbaugh lost his race against a longtime incumbent by only 7 votes. They both worked their tails off and I congratulate them on their positive efforts.

A bright future is ahead for Matthew Teeter who ran a great campaign for county judge. He is young and talented and we will be hearing more from him in the future.

Finally, the sweep of the statewide judicial races by the Democrats comes as a huge victory.

Thanks to all who worked on this election season. It was a lot of work and now, hopefully, we will work together for a positive result in 2016 as well.

State Committee Visits Gettysburg

14 for 2014

At the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee meeting we elected a new State Chairman, Marcel Groen of Montgomery County. He was elected after current Chairman Jim Burn resigned. Our own Roger Lund was also nominated but he chose to decline. At the party business meeting Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually and Roger addressed the group. Part of the program included members of the Brownie Troupe from Fairfield, including Sara Murphy Laird's daughter Maddie with her new cast. We kept up the period costume at ACDC's Reception Table with Chris and Michelle Gorski, Tim Diehl, Marcia Wilson, and Kristin Rice as well. Visitors from all over the state enjoyed Some of Adams County's best Rice apples too! For more informaton about the meeting, and for pictures about what went on, visit our facebook page here.

Democratic Club Picnic

14 for 2014

What could be better? A beautiful day, lots of good food, and great company young and old. That's what we had at today's annual Adams County Democratic Club Picnic. We heard from Candidates Matthew Teeter, Marty Karsteter Qually, Harry Stokes, Charles Strauss and former County Commissioner Tom Weaver. The best part was it was very casual and there was lots of time to talk to the Candidates and our friends. Thanks to Marcia Wilson for putting this all together.

Lake Heritage Meet the Candidates Picnic
Come out and meet our candidates!

On Sunday September 20, 2-4 PM, meet us at the Picnic Pavilion by the Dam. This is a new event for ACDC, and we are inviting all the registered Democrats at Lake Heritage to meet the candidates, meet some of us, and meet each other. We will be grilling hot dogs and hopefully the weather will cooperate. The organizer, Pete Vogel, will need some help with grilling and other things, if you can help out get in touch with him here.

Show Your Support for Our Candidates!
New Merchandise at the Headquarters
14 for 2014

Starting at First Friday (July 3) we will have, by popular demand, Hillary and Bernie buttons and bumper stickers. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 for each one.Come visit out headquarters and begin to support the candidate of your choice to be the next President of the United States.

A Great Day for All Americans
By Roger Lund
14 for 2014

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

14 for 2014

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 Obama Accomplished?"

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 jobs.
  • 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.
  • Rescued the 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 sexual orientation.
  • 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.
Read more about the President's Record:

A Short List of Democratic Accomplishments

  • 8-Hour Workday
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • G.I. Bill of Rights
  • Marshall Plan
  • NATO
  • Peace Corps
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Operation Head Start
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Water Quality Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • First Man on the Moon
  • Women's Suffrage Amendment
  • Workers Compensation Act
  • Unemployment Compensation Act
  • Rural Electrification Act
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Home Loan Program
  • Securities & Exchange Act
  • Guaranteed Student Loan Program � Family and Medical Leave Act
  • School Lunch Program
  • Motor Voter Act
  • 100,000 New police on U.S. streets
  • Balanced budget in 1998 as a result of the Balanced Act 1993
  • Davis-Bacon Act

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