Pa. Dems Fall Meeting Recap

183D45B0-D0D5-4F12-9DD0-549FA789385DThe 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.

September 9th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Pa. Dems Fall Meeting Recap”

  1. Lancaster GOP says:

    Did anyone ask Rogette Harris about the ebay business she was running out of Mike Sturla’s office?

  2. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Chrissy Houlahan, the trash candidate that she is, announced that she will NOT BE TAKING A HEALTHCARE POSITION??!?!? She is a single player advocate who is afraid to stand up for what she believes in. In politics, there ain’t nothing worse than that.

    1. Captain Insaino says:

      But wait, didn’t the Dem’s pass a resolution in favor of single-payer?

  3. Toodles says:

    All of the Philly ‘burbs Dem leadership AKA perpetual losers sat quietly and thought highly of themselves.

  4. Les Stark says:

    Please, try to get the reporting right. The resolution for cannabis was for FULL LEGALIZATION, not medical cannabis. Think about it. Why would the Democratic Committee pass a resolution for medical cannabis when that is already the law of the land?

    My good friend Derek Rosenzweig wrote the resolution and got the whole ball rolling. I went in support and it was supported unanimously.

    Let it be know, the Democratic Party has now officially endorse the FULL LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS!

    Don’t lie or water it down by saying it was a medical cannabis resolution. It’s not anything to be ashamed of. This is what the party wants and has agreed to.

    1. JOANNE TOSTI-VASEY says:

      FYI, the co-author of the Cannabis resolution was Cynthia Purvis.

      1. Les Stark says:

        Yes, I realize that. I met her on Friday and friend requested her on Facebook. Great person. She did an awesome job. Since I just met her I couldn’t remember the name until Derek tagged her in his post. Now that I know her name I will never forget her. She is a hero. I didn’t mean to not give her proper credit. Derek got the ball rolling and he got help from a cooperative and sympathetic party. Makes me proud to be a Democrat. All I did was show up the last day and try to win Yes votes. Everyone I talked to though was already onboard.

        I see that this article has been corrected to properly say that the resolution was for full legalization and not just medical cannabis. The main reason I was worried about it is because often first reports become the standard that everyone quotes and then nobody even knows we passed the resolution, thus defeating the whole purpose of introducing and passing it in the first place.

        Now that the party rank and file have passed this resolution we need to hold elected Democrats and candidates feet to the fire a bit.

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