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Democrats serve People over Profits
"Opportunity, Security and Equality through Good Government"
fight not just for ourselves, but for the
We work for a government that
defends everyone against abuse
by concentrated wealth
and runaway corporate power, that provides ladders
out of poverty,
that resists bigots and bullies, and that stands up for your right
to drink pure water,
breathe clean air and leave our children a safe, liveable
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candidates who share these ideals.
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-Rejected Republicans’ gerrymandered map --
and supported a new, fair one in its place.
-Oversaw historic increases in
Pennsylvania education at all levels,
as well as a fair funding formula, the legalization of medical
and historic reforms to our liquor system.
700,000 Pennsylvanians access to affordable
healthcare by signing Medicaid expansion into law.
time Republicans come after Social Security & Medicare, Casey fights back.
SIDES WITH WORKING FAMILIES: Senator Casey voted against
the new Republican tax law that favors the 1% and corporations over
FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE:
Casey introduced a bill to
bring down prescription drug costs by allowing the importation of drugs
from Canada. Casey
also co-sponsored the Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee up to seven paid sick days.
PROTECTS OUR AIR: Casey is a
leader in resisting attacks on the methane waste prevention rule.
(Leaking, venting and flaring methane from
natural gas operations releases dangerous pollutants and wastes $33o
million in taxpayer-owned resources.)
FIGHTS DARK MONEY IN POLITICS: Senator Casey has
co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act, commonsense legislation that would
require Super PACs to reveal the names of donors who give $10,000 or
more, and prohibit the use of shell corporations that mask the true
source of political donations.
MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS WORKS.
Corporations are making record profits and
have not created jobs. Giving them more money will not make them
create jobs. DEMAND CREATES JOBS—money coming in at the bottom
always gets spent and floats up—money at the top does not trickle down.
Kay Ertel Scholarship Fund Established
by the Williamsport Area Democratic Women's
for a Female
High School Student
underestimate the position of SCHOOL BOARD member.
Franklin Graham is advocating a Republican takeover of all the school
boards in the country. Betsy DeVos is sowing the seeds of a dominionist
takeover of our schools and changing curricula to reflect distrust of
science, homophobia, and other attitudes which match their regressive
SCHOOL BOARDS are the first place where the line must be
A Better Deal from Democratic Policies:
Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future
(For example: the Democrats’
Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would take
the minimum wage up to $15 by 2024. Republicans have refused to raise
the minimun wage since 2009.)
Redistricting Reform Bills SB22 and
HB722 in PA NOW !
Sign the petition
HERE to end gerrymandering in PA
Democrats believe in moving forward, not
We trust scientists when they tell us climate
change is real; and we believe we must do something
about it. We believe in raising the minimum wage, and
that women should be paid the same as
men for doing the same job. We trust women to
make their own health care
decisions. We believe
that our laws should reflect our heritage as a nation
of immigrants. We believe that all people
should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter their
race or religion, gender or sexual
orientation. We're the party
that fights injustice, and that stands up and speaks out
for every voice, no matter how small.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino
voted to block standards that protect us from the dangerous
climate pollution that the oil & gas industry is leaking,
venting, and flaring on public lands.
THREE BUSES from Williamsport
traveled to the Women's March on
The Washington Post profiles a Cogan Station marcher
After a Presidential election that shocked
the world, Elizabeth Warren
with her first official response -- and a diagnosis for moving forward.
Watch Elizabeth Warren's 11/10/2016 speech
THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA
In eight years the Obama administration has made our country
better and stronger.
It pulled our economy from the brink of
resurgence and working for the middle class,
adding 15.5 million new
private sector jobs.
Twenty million Americans now
have affordable health care,
and our country has the lowest uninsured
rate in American history.
The federal deficit is down by 70%, and
millions of Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
High School graduation rates are
at a record high and more young people are graduating
than ever before.
Marriage equality is the law of the land.
More land and water
has been set aside for the future than during any administration in
We’re leading the world in the fight against climate change.
strengthened alliances and brought Osama Bin Laden and other terrorist
killers to justice.
Petition for Transparency in the use of Lycoming County's Hotel Tax!
for 2018 Affordable Health Care
(DEADLINE December 15, 2017)
- or -
Get free, in-person enrollment help at
Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Clinic
471 Hepburn St. (Hepburn Plaza), Williamsport
Call JanAnn Todd 570-560-3035
change plans in the
Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018
if you qualify for "Health Choices"
(PA Medicaid) you
can enroll all year round.
or make a one-on-one appointment
Get Help from PHAN
Email for PHAN help
Call for PHAN help:
8 in 10 people in PA who get coverage on
HealthCare.gov can find a plan for less than $75 a month, if qualified for
financial assistance with monthly premiums.
find plans with $0 monthly premiums.
Sun-Gazette letter from your local neighbor
FRAUD STRIKE TEAM: The
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) implemented a Strike Team, and
created more aggressive tools to detect medical fraud. The
Medical Fraud Strike Force has indicted
doctors, patient recruiters, home health care
providers, pharmacy owners, and others who billed for equipment
that wasn’t provided, for care that wasn’t needed,
services that weren’t rendered.
Using its suspension authority as provided in
the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services have suspended a number of medical professionals for
their alleged participation in Medicare billing fraud schemes.
Climate Change Emergency
Requires International Action
Global temperatures continue
to shatter records
this year, rising to within
less than one degree of the level that scientists say
would be catastrophic, according to the United Nations.
During the first nine months of the year, temperatures
were 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.16 degrees Fahrenheit) above
those recorded at the end of the 1800s, the UN’s
World Meteorological Organization said in a report
Monday. If the Earth warms more than 2 degrees beyond
those pre-industrial levels, scientists have warned that
climate change could hit an irreversible tipping point,
unleashing a torrent of floods, droughts and storms. -
children get a quality education that prepares them to be
women will have the right to choose what they do or do not do
with their own bodies. Vote
can earn the same pay as a man who does the same job, and have
that pay be an actual living wage. Vote
someone will protect the air we breathe
and the water that we drink. Vote
so that we
have access to affordable healthcare.
In other words, vote
protect all the things that every single one of us here believes
should be a fundamental right, things that our
candidates will fight to protect,
and things that the Republicans are actively opposed to."-
from Mikehadwin in Daily Kos March 7, 2016
PA GOV. WOLF AND THE MINIMUM WAGE (March 8, 2016)
"I signed an executive order
yesterday that ensures employees under my jurisdiction will be
no less than $10.15 an hour. If the politicians in Harrisburg
would join me, and raise the wage statewide,
it would help 1.2 million Pennsylvanians, put $1.8 billion into
workers' pockets, and create more than 6,000 jobs."
Let's #RaiseTheWage and create jobs that pay -- sign the
WHY WE NEED ACTION ON CLIMATE
Watch this short EPA video
"The Department of Defense sees climate
change as a present security threat, not strictly a long-term
- U.S. Department of Defense July 25, 2015 report to Congress
solar is the future: it is good for the environment and good for
consumers. However, in February 2016
the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) put limits
on rooftop solar -- potentially preventing new
installations and making it harder for homeowners to reap the
full benefits of investing in this clean energy.
Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation
— behind California and Texas — for carbon pollution.
Yet, those states have employed renewables and efficiency
measures to address climate challenges
in a much greater way than Pennsylvania has. We have the
potential to be a national model in energy efficiency and clean
energy, but we must push policy makers to act. -
Larry Schweiger, PennFuture Feb.11, 2016
Clean Power Plan is our nation’s biggest step ever to
reduce dangerous carbon pollution that is driving
10, 2016, the
stated it will continue developing its plan so that Pennsylvania
won’t fall behind in cutting carbon pollution. The Clean Power
Plan has overwhelming public support
and is critical to reducing skyrocketing asthma rates and severe
Josh McNeil, Conservation Voters of PA
Climate change doesn't stop for politics, and neither
should climate action. We are thankful to have a governor who
appreciates the urgency of acting to reduce carbon pollution,
and the important role Pennsylvania has to play in mitigating
climate change. - Clean Air Council Feb
pushed for two common-sense federal gun safety measures --
one to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns, another to
end a ban on federal funding of gun violence research.
rejected both of them.
85% of Americans - including
large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) -
favor expanded background checks. (Source:
Pew Research Center September 2015)
Gov. Wolf: "It's not about politics, it's about math"
Gov. TOM WOLF
inherited a $2 billion budget
deficit from his predecessor Gov. Corbett and the previous
Gov. Wolf is declining
a salary and benefits as governor, and
also will not let his staff members
accept even tiny gifts.
Governor Wolf's priorities:
* Fix the fiscal mess Harrisburg has ignored for years with
"kick the can down the road" gimmicks
* Increase the state's
share of education funding from 35 to 50 percent,
to prepare Pennsylvania’s children
and workers for the 21st century
and to reduce school districts’ reliance
on property taxes.
* Ensure that Pennsylvania workers can count on a secure
* Reform our tax system,
which asks too much of middle-class and low-income working
and too little of the wealthiest.
rate currently taxes the income of the
at the same rate as the poorest wage
* Cut property taxes in half for the average homeowner and
eliminate them altogether for many seniors.
* Close the Delaware business-tax
loophole and end tax credits that do not
* Establish a 5
percent extraction tax on natural gas. [PA
is the only major gas-producing state
in the country without
a tax on natural gas. Even Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia
have a severance tax
fund education and other key priorities.
While these states currently have lower corporate income tax
rates than Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf's proposal would
also cut that rate in half to make our tax system both competitive and fair.
Note that natural gas taxes are often paid by out-of-state consumers. PA
consumers pay severance taxes imposed by other states; but we
fail to collect revenue when our Marcellus Shale gas is
* Protect a woman's right to make her own personal health
* Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity and expression, which is not only wrong on a human
level, but also ill-advised for attracting businesses and
creating jobs in today's global economy.
Read Sep. 2, 2014 Philadelphia
Magazine Tom Wolf profile by
Read Jan. 23,
2015 New York Times article
-by Sen. Bernie
Sanders, I-VT, V
If we are
serious about rebuilding the
disappearing middle class and
reducing income and wealth
inequality, we need a budget that
creates decent-paying jobs, raises
wages, makes college more affordable
and demands that the wealthiest pay
their fair share...
At a time when
our roads and bridges are crumbling,
funding for infrastructure would make
our country more productive and
safer. It would also create millions
of good jobs.
At a time
when we need a well-educated
workforce for a highly competitive
making the first two years of
community college free would be an
important step forward in making
college accessible for working class
At a time when
almost all of the new income gains
in recent years have gone to the top
1% and when corporate profits are at
an all-time high, efforts to end egregious corporate
tax loopholes while providing tax
breaks for working families would be
movement in the right direction.
And at a time
when senior poverty is increasing,
we must expand, not cut, Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid
benefits. As most Americans know,
billionaire campaign contributors
and corporate lobbyists exercise
enormous influence in Washington,
which is why the rich get richer
while almost everyone else gets
poorer. Enough is enough! Let's join
together and fight for a government that
helps working families, and not just
the top 1%.
January 6, 2015
Moment for Democratic Women
65 Democratic women were sworn in to the U.S. House of
the most women in a single
caucus of any party in the history of our nation.
"... that the power of government should be used to give the common man
more protection and a chance to make a living."
President Harry S. Truman
"There is not a single solitary successful nation on earth today that does not have both an
effective government and a good economy. And in the world we live in, you can't
have them unless you have both."
"Do we keep tax loopholes for oil companies, or do we put teachers back to work?...
Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires - or should we invest in
education and technology and infrastructure, all the things that are going to help us
out-innovate and out-educate and out-build other countries in the future?"
|We Democrats offer
America the opportunity to move our country forward by
creating an economy built to last and built from the middle
...Reclaiming the economic
security of the middle class is the challenge we must
overcome today. That begins by restoring the basic values
that made our country great, and restoring for everyone who
works hard and plays by the rules the opportunity to find a
job that pays the bills, turn an idea into a profitable
business, care for your family, afford a home you call your
own and health care you can count on, retire with dignity
and respect, and, most of all, give your children the kind
of education that allows them to dream even bigger and go
even further than you ever imagined.
This has to be our
North Star – an economy that’s built not from the top down,
but from a growing middle class, and that provides ladders
of opportunity for those working hard to join the middle
not another trivial political argument. It’s the defining
issue of our time and at the core of the American Dream.
Excerpted from the 2012 Democratic National Platform
Committee Person: David C. Raker
|Verna Caruso, Chair
|Steve Muthler, Treasurer
|Tom Praster, Vice Chair
|Alison Rupert, Secretary