Pa. Dems Fall Meeting Recap
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party gathered in Harrisburg for its Fall dinner and general meeting. The dinner featured speeches from former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna).
For the dinner, with over 460 people in the room, the speeches focused on pulling more voters to the Democratic party, and getting the message out to voters.
“We as Democrats have to have the courage to make our argument, and make it to everyone,” Kander said during his remarks.
“We are the party who has not stopped having townhalls. I have had 6 town halls this year alone,” Cartwright said.
“People in Pennsylvania voted for Trump because they are hurting. We need to take our message to them that we will create the jobs, and fight for organized labor,” Cartwright continued.
“We are the party of jobs, we are the party of higher pay, we are the party of the middle class,” Casey noted.
The general meeting featured speeches from the slate of judicial candidates, all thanking the party members for the work they have done, and asking them to help make the final push through to election day.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack addressed the party during the general meeting. He took the chance to discuss redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. The appearance comes as Stack is facing at least two primary challengers next year.
The party passed five resolutions, on gerrymandering, marijuana legalization, increasing the number of women in government, open internet, and single payer healthcare.
The single payer resolution will likely be the one that draws the most attention from Republicans. While the resolution is not binding on candidates, but rather shows the will of the state party members on the issue the vote will likely still be used by Republicans looking for divide Democratic candidates on the issue.