FABULOUS FEBRUARY

East Whiteland and Charlestown Dems traveled to Harrisburg and to West Chester for two party gatherings as we await the final list of candidates for our May 15’s Primary.
Over the weekend of February 9-10, several of us took the train to the state capitol for the Winter PA Dems Meeting. We voted on new interim PA Dems leadership and heard from seven Lt. Governor candidates. State Committee Representative Vicki Damiani was joined by Zone Leader Marsha Peltz and EW 3 Committee Person Michele Vaughn. They met up with about a dozen fellow Dems from Chester County. Hundreds of Dems from across the state gathered at a series of Deminars, lunches, dinners and forums.
This past Tuesday, February 20, the focus was just on Chester County. All of your Committee Persons sat as a group in the large auditorium at Stetson Middle School in West Chester. We endorsed candidates from the Governor’s Office to the 167th State House race.
Special thanks to all who attended from our zone:
Marsha Peltz, Zone Leader
Jerry Pyne, Assistant Zone Leader
Vicki Damiani, State Committee Rep
Charlestown Committee Person Irene Banionis
EW 1 Committee Persons Chris Demas & Steve Rhoades
EW 2 Committee Person Dave Hesson
EW 3 Committee Persons Amanda Snyder & Michele Vaughn
EW 5 Committee Person Brian Taylor
EW 6 Committee Persons Bill Shipley & Tom Parker
Also joining us was Martin and Aleen McElroy and Zone 13 Secretary Bob Rodini

Women’s March 2018

In January 2017 many East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems hopped a bus to Washington, DC to march and show our displeasure at the new White House administration.

This year we hopped the Paoli/Thorndale train to Center City. We were well represented by neighbors here and at every stop along the mainline. We marched from the Franklin Institute to the Art Museum. The sun was strong and so were the messages! Here’s a few photos from Saturday, January 20th.

Gearing Up for Election 2018

A year from now we hope to post many more swearing-in photos of Democrats!
Here’s the list of races for 2018 in which East Whiteland and Charlestown registered Dems will have their say.

FYI — the last date to register for the May Primaries is April 16 (in case you know of any soon-to-be 18 year olds!)

Governor
Tom Wolf (incumbent)

Lt. Governor  (candidates running in alphabetical order)
Aryanna Berringer
Kathi Cozzone
Madeleine Dean
John Fetterman
Craig Lehman
Mike Stack (incumbent)

PA House District 167
Kristine Howard
Jeff McFall

US Congress 6th District
Chrissy Houlahan

US Senate
Bob Casey (incumbent)

 

New Year, New Leadership

The first two weeks of January 2018 have been joyous as many newly-elected leaders were sworn in to begin their terms. In our own town, the East Whiteland Supervisors have expanded to three elected Democrats (!).

Scott Lambert, taking the oath of office from Judge Analisa Sondergaard. Scott’s wife, Nancy, holds the Bible.

At the swearing-in ceremony on January 2, another Supervisor made news. Our own Sue Drummond was elected Chair of the three-person panel. Bill Holmes was named Vice-Chair. Best of luck to our hometown leaders!

(Pictured L to R) Sue Drummond, Chair, Bill Holmes, Vice Chair, and Scott Lambert.

 

Fixing PA’s Gerrymandered Congressional Map

The Public Interest Law Center
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The trial phase in our gerrymandering lawsuit is over! We are proud of the strong case we presented to the Court on behalf of the petitioners and all Pennsylvania voters.
 
We spent the past week in Courtroom 3001 of the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, proving that Pennsylvania’s U.S. Congressional Map was carefully crafted and gerrymandered to dilute the fundamental right of Pennsylvania’s voters to participate in democracy, have a voice in who represents them, and influence the policies and laws that affect them and their families. 
 
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PA Judicial Center

Today the Court heard from the legislative respondents’ final expert witness, Dr. Nolan McCarty, a political science professor at Princeton. Dr. McCarty was hired to refute the claims of petitioners’ expert witnesses Dr. Jowei Chen and Dr. Christopher Warshaw. Dr. McCarty walked the Court through his methodology for analyzing partisanship in the current map. His predictions repeatedly resulted in Republicans winning 9 or 10 congressional seats under the 2011 map, not 13 seats. According to Dr. McCarty, had the outcome of 13 seats been due to an intentional partisan gerrymander one would expect that 13 seats would be a more frequent outcome in his simulations.

 
During cross examination, David Gersch of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP effectively challenged Dr. McCarty’s methods and criticisms, demonstrating that Dr. McCarty’s method actually only correctly predicted the correct number of Republican seats 3% of the time and that perhaps the flaw was in Dr. McCarty’s method, not in Dr. Chen’s.
 
We then put on our final rebuttal witness, Dr. Chen. Through the rebuttal, Dr. Chen debunked Dr. Cho’s testimony yesterday, as well as Dr. McCarty’s testimony today. Dr. Chen again reinforced his overall findings that Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map could not have been the product of something other than the intentional pursuit of partisan advantage. 

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Dr. Jowei Chen

 

Our amazing pro bono counsel from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and our team from the Law Center are now all heading back to our homes in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to get started drafting our proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, which are due to Judge Kevin Brobson by Monday at 9 a.m. 


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Members of our legal team.


It has been an honor and a privilege to fight this battle in court on behalf of Pennsylvania voters. We look forward to receiving Judge Brobson’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law by the end of the year at the latest. Then it is on to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for a final decision in the new year.


You can read a more detailed update from today on our website. Thank you for following along throughout the week and for your ongoing support and solidarity. We will keep you posted as the case develops. 
Sincerely,
Mimi McKenzie
Legal Director

Mimi McKenzie

 
 
 

Holiday Party

fa-la-la-la-la …
tis the season to celebrate

with fellow Dems!

TUESDAY • DECEMBER 5 at 6:00 PM

Join us as we look back to a bountiful year of activism and friendship and look ahead to 2018.

McKenzie’s Brew House
240 Lancaster Avenue • Malvern
$25 per person

Kindly RSVP by email then mail check or cash to:
Mrs. Sue Habgood
14 Anthony Drive, Malvern, PA • 19355
email Sue at ahlt@verizon.net

Holiday menu to include:

  •       Bruschetta Bar with crusty Italian bread and toppings
  •        Caesar Salad or Garden Fresh Salad Bowl
  •        Wood oven cheese & herb pizza wedges
  •        Ribollita Soup: Traditional bean, tomato and vegetable soup
  •        Highlighted by a Chef pasta station where you create your own feast!

Choose from assorted pastas (one gluten free) and sauces as well as a variety of toppings – grilled chicken breast, pan seared Italian sausages, gulf coast baby shrimp grilled salmon morsels, Bambino meatballs, broccoli rabe, mushrooms, roasted peppers & more!

RSVPs and payments due by Friday, December 1

EAST WHITELAND/CHARLESTOWN DEMOCRATS