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Op/Ed: We need leadership on gun violence

By Mike Parrish, Candidate, U.S. Representative, 6th District

Mike Parrish

Mike Parrish

I am a gun owner and proud supporter of our Second Amendment. As an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, I have extensive training on how to responsibly use, care for, and safely store firearms. I have also seen first hand the damage that guns can do.

In the aftermath of the shocking Orlando shooting by a radical domestic terrorist, the political discourse has been sadly predictable. I believe we are well past the time for thoughts and prayers or moments of silence offered by elected representatives who refuse to take action on the gun crisis because they are hostages to the NRA. Their actions, or lack thereof, are not leadership.

As a result of this failure of leadership, there have been 19,479 gun deaths and another 29,402 gun-related injuries in the United States since the current congress, including my opponent, took office at the beginning of 2015.

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Meet Marsha Peltz, New Zone Leader

A resident of East Whiteland since 1998, Marsha has seen the slow but steady shift from Red to Blue among her neighbors. After witnessing a township election where the candidate’s win was a mere 7 votes, she firmly believes that every vote is precious.

The East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems serve as the first line of contact between local Democrats and the county, state and national Democratic Party. We welcome your help and appreciate your vote. We are a “party” so join the fun! Along the way you will enjoy lively discussions and meet your neighbors.

Zone-Leader-Marsha-Peltz

Ready to get involved in an upcoming election?

We offer logistical support to local candidates from township supervisor and board of education to Harrisburg offices, U.S. Congress and the White House. In 2016 we have a strong chance of electing the first woman U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the first woman President.

Becoming part of the political process is easy – volunteer to phone bank, canvass, register neighbors to vote. Put up a lawn sign or donate to a candidate. Work a shift on Election Day or help out-of-town college students obtain an absentee ballot. Every person has something to contribute.

As the newly elected zone leader, Marsha’s goal (and that of her Committee People) is to get every registered Dem to vote twice a year, every year. Along the way our group will happily share candidates’ information to our neighbors who are registered Independents, Republicans, Libertarians or are new to voting.

It’s been said that Pennsylvania and particularly Chester County will be a key battleground in November 2016. Join us and be a part of history!

Vote for the candidate or the delegate? What’s the difference?

Now that it is clear the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday April 26th is likely to have an impact on the Presidential campaign, folks are beginning to wonder how the delegate vote actually works. That is a very good question. The answer is certainly not obvious from looking at a sample ballot, going to the internet, or watching cable TV. So, if you don’t know, you have a lot of company. Here is an attempt to clarify how things are done for the Democratic Presidential candidates:

Each voter votes for a presidential candidate. That is the vote that matters with regard to the delegate count. Because Pennsylvania is not a winner take all state, delegates will be apportioned based on the vote for the candidate. Each voter will also vote for not more than 7 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, 3 males and 4 females. Each of those delegates is pledged to one of the candidates. There you are voting for which delegates will get to go to the convention, NOT for the candidate. You have already voted for the candidate of your choice. For example, if Hillary gets 60% of the delegates, not all of her delegates will get to vote at the convention. Which delegates get to go will be determined by the vote for delegates. The delegates with the most votes will get to go.

For example, let’s say I vote for Bernie Sanders. Then I move to the right side of the ballot, where the delegates are listed. I know 4 women who are running for delegate, 3 committed to Bernie, and 1 for Hillary. I can vote for all 4. I am not limited just to Bernie delegates because I voted for Bernie. Then, I need to select 3 male delegates.

Would you like to volunteer at the Democratic National Convention?

Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Engages
the Philadelphia Community
Since the start of the new year, the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention has ramped up its efforts to engage the local community in preparation for the DNC this July. The organization has been committed to keeping residents informed about what to expect during the Convention as well as all the fun surrounding the event in Philadelphia this summer.

Launch of Upgraded Volunteer Portal

To learn more about the volunteer portal and to register, click here.

Op-Ed: Here’s why Pat Toomey will lose in November

Author: Marcel L. Groen, Chairman, Pennsylvania Democratic Party

In politics today, it’s rare that we find agreement on anything. But when it comes to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race this year, everyone recognizes that Pat Toomey faces a stiff challenge.

There are two general reasons why: the facts and the fundamentals.

Republican operative Charlie Gerow tried to make the case in this publication last week that despite the headwinds, Toomey will be reelected in November.

It’s true, as Gerow noted, “voters make their decisions based on the records of the candidates.” What’s not true is, “that’s where Pat Toomey gains his advantage.”

The facts of Toomey’s time in Washington tell a different story.  Continue reading…