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It was an honor to be part of Marc Friedenberg's campaign
for U.S. Congress as we talked to our neighbors about his
outstanding platform, credentials, and personal ethics. We
thank Marc for moving the arc of the moral universe forward in our
beloved Lycoming County and PA-12.
We did not win the May 21
election; but we will not give up. We
- consumer protection lawyer; healthcare activist;
graduate of Penn State
(Masters Degree in Information Sciences &
Columbia Law School (pursued legal cases against Wall Street banks that
caused the U.S. recession), life-long PA resident currently teaching Cyber Law and Global
Economy at Penn State University.
Your (unpaid) Lycoming
County Democratic Committee Officers, Precinct Committee-members
volunteers work tirelessly to help elect candidates who share your ideals.
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PADems Plan for Rural PA
2018, Democrats gained the most U.S. House seats
in a mid-term
election since Watergate.
"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
Trump's Broken Promise to Keep American Factories Running:
the speaker ON)
MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS WORKS.
The number of profitable companies that paid
NO corporate taxes doubled in 2018, thanks to the Republican tax law.
Corporations are making record profits and have not created jobs.
Giving them more money does 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.
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
Allowing politicians to draw the the electoral district lines is
like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.
contorted boundaries to put their own party at an unfair
advantage in elections ("gerrymandering"),
The first, best step toward fairer redistricting is an
impartial, independent redistricting commission.
States that have put CITIZEN COMMISSIONS in place have seen
improvements in representation,
competitiveness and voter trust in the electoral process.
Let's do this in PA! Join the grasssroots reform movement at
to see video "We are Democrats"
The current Republican
administration is filled with corporate elites who profited from
foreclosure of American homes and the offshoring of American businesses.
and "Repeal of Obamacare" is Republican code for stealing health care from at
least 22 million in order to give a huge tax cut to millionaires.
regulations" is corporate code for taking
away your protections.
are their codewords for taking away
your government services and guaranteed benefits.
reform" breaks for so-called "job-creators"
is their code for
ripping off everyday workers to line the
pockets of the wealthiest Americans.
is their code for
making cuts to critical programs that
families rely on.
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.
THREE BUSES from Williamsport
traveled to the Women's March on
The Washington Post profiles a Cogan Station marcher
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
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)
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
Democratic Committee-person: David C. Raker
|Steve Muthler, Treasurer
|Morgan Allyn, Vice Chair
|Alison Rupert, Secretary