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ACDC Fall Dinner
An Appeal from Chairman Roger Lund

This year is set to be an historic year and your friends at the Adams County Democratic Committee are ready to do all they can to make sure it is. We have a very good shot at electing two Democratic County Commissioners for the first time in 12 years and three Supreme Court Justices in Pennsylvania. Our headquarters in downtown Gettysburg has been displaying signs and making materials available for our local candidates as well as our statewide candidates. It serves as a meeting place and a focal point for Democrats from all around the nation. This headquarters is open due to the support of donors like you, helping to pay rent, keep the lights on, and provide Internet service to our volunteers. We could use a little help right now.

We ask for help in the name of three longtime volunteers to the County Committee: Warren & Evelyn Steen and Susan Knight, who are stepping down this year in their roles of Political Action Committee Chair, web site administrator and Ways & Means Chair respectively. Over the years, we all have benefitted greatly from their tireless and selfless efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates and the County Committee, and we have chosen to recognize them as our 2015 “Heroes Among Us” this fall.

The awards will be presented on October 16th at our annual fundraiser, which this year is being held at the Refectory at Lutheran Theological Seminary, catered by Biggerstaff's, and featuring a more informal setting with wonderful entertainment.

Would you be able to honor Warren, Evelyn and Susan and help us continue our work by making a donation of $100 per person? If you make this contribution by October 5th, your tribute to them will be recognized during the program. These special tribute contributions will be in addition to your ticket cost for the event on October 16th.

We thank you for your past contributions and for your continued support as we develop our Democratic community into a force to be dealt with. We can only do what we do through your support. Thank you very much. Chairman Roger Lund

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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.

The General Election is on November 3rd!
Learn more about our candidates in the Voters Guide

Want to learn more about who is running for what in the November's election? Check out the new ACDC voters guide!

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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