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.
Who knew that you could end up on the cover of Time Magazine as a result of your anger toward the one man — President Trump — who’s most notoriously obsessed with the prestige publication?
by Maria Panaritis
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!)
Tom Wolf (incumbent)
Lt. Governor (candidates running in alphabetical order)
Mike Stack (incumbent)
PA House District 167
US Congress 6th District
Bob Casey (incumbent)
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 (!).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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