Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

by Jonathan Lai & Liz Navratil, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19/18 [Good! All Chester County is definitively within one district, PA-06, in line with the anti-gerrymandering principle.]

HARRISBURG — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the new congressional map imposed by the state high court, assuring that the redrawn lines would be used in the 2018 elections.

The action came hours after a federal-judge panel dismissed a similar suit, saying Republican lawmakers who brought it had not legal standing. With the back-to-back rejections — both coming on the eve of the petition-filing deadline for congressional candidates — no legal challenges to the map remained.

The new map lines could have an impact on the makeup of the 2019 Congress, with Democrats hopeful that they could pick up at least a few more seats in Pennsylvania….

keep reading at Philadelphia Inquirer

Monitoring Congressman Ryan Costello, 6th District of PA, Sunday 11 Mar 2018 Edition

A week in the political life of congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA 06). One of his dedicated constituents is doing the massive research needed to record speeches, mentions in the press and social media, and votes.

Actual votes are particularly important, as they are on the record. In fact, they are the record.

What is the PA-06 incumbent saying and doing? What is Congress voting on?

See it all by downloading this week’s report here: Costello 11 March 2018.

CNN poll: Democratic advantages grow ahead of 2018 midterms

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, 2/26/18

Washington (CNN)Democrats once again hold a wide advantage in a generic congressional matchup, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, backed by a base of supporters who are more enthusiastic than Republican partisans and more motivated by core issues.

The poll finds 54% of registered voters say they back a Democrat in their congressional district, 38% say they back a Republican. That’s a shift in favor of the Democrats since January, bringing their advantage in a hypothetical generic matchup to about the same level as early 2006, a year in which the party won control of both the House and the Senate….

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents remain more enthusiastic about voting this fall than Republicans and Republican-leaners. Overall, 51% of that Democratic base say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in November compared with 41% of the Republican base. …

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Help Chrissy by tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night is our first major fundraising deadline of 2018. Here is why it is important:

In the coming weeks we’ll need to make critical budgeting decisions as we head into petitioning season and get Chrissy’s name on the ballot. If we miss tomorrow’s fundraising deadline, we may have to scale back our plans.

Speaker Paul Ryan knows the fate of his House majority lies in our district — that is why his super PAC already set up a field office here and why he’s gearing up to spend whatever it takes to defeat us.

It can sound intimidating, but Nathaniel, they’re panicked for a reason. We have a real shot of flipping this critical battleground district and electing Chrissy, not just because she’s a strong candidate, but also because of all of you.

We can’t control the dark money that’s sure to funnel in to back Costello. What we can control is whether we have the resources we need to run a first-rate campaign, and that starts by hitting tomorrow night’s fundraising goal. We’re still $3,883 behind.

Make a donation of any amount to move us toward our critical goal.

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Our race has been named a tipping point district for the House majority. What happens here will either spell victory or defeat for Democrats across the country. Let’s make sure we come out on top.

Thanks,

Rahul
Campaign Manager
Chrissy Houlahan for Congress

Here’s a comprehensive agenda for Congress!

Calling on Costello (R-PA 6), 21 W. Market Street, West Chester PA
Friday, Jan. 22, 11:30am to 1pm

THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER; DO YOUR JOBS!

Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law. Good governance is responsive to the present and future needs of our country, exercises prudence in policy-setting and decision-making, and that the best interests of all citizens are taken into account. We expect our representatives to follow these simple rules.

1. Rule of Law
This does not include bribing mistresses, using the government as an ATM machine or making false allegations against opponents.

2. Transparency
Transparency means that information should be provided in easily understandable forms and media; it does not mean remaining silent and complicit when your party’s leader approves of the KKK.

3. Responsiveness
Good governance requires that our elected officials serve the best interests of their constituents and LISTEN to them.

4. Consensus Oriented
Good governance requires consultation with experts and constituents, NOT blocking them on Social Media.

5. Equity and Inclusiveness
Government that works for all people, not just certain races.

6. Effectiveness and Efficiency
Good governance means that the representatives don’t shut down the government because they are anti immigrant.

7. Accountability
Accountability is a key tenet of good governance. Our elected representatives will be held to account for their actions.

8. Participation
Participation needs to be informed and organized, including freedom of expression and assiduous concern for the best interests of society in general.

If you cannot attend but would like to submit a letter, email it to us at contact@ccag-d6.com and we will deliver it for you.

Host: Concerned Constituent Action Group
Location: 21 W. Market Street, West Chester

Calling on Costello: Pass a Clean Dream Act! Jan. 19

Friday, Jan. 19, 11:30am to 1pm

Host: Concerned Constituent Action Group
Location: outside 21 W. Market Street, West Chester

On-street parking or the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 South High Street, West Chester.

DACA stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” and was an Obama executive order to protect undocumented people who arrived in the US as children. There was a bipartisan solution for these people called the DREAM Act but it never got out of congress.

In September, Trump refused to honor DACA and threatened to deport these innocent people who have not known any other home in their lives but the United States.

There continues to be bipartisan support for a DREAM act but it remains a political football that both parties have been using as leverage, meanwhile the lives of 800,000 people who consider themselves American remain in limbo.

Trump says that he will not sign any solution to DACA that doesn’t include funding for his border wall with Mexico (that he famously said Mexico would pay for). We already have 654 miles of border wall with Mexico and it’s an environmental disaster, disrupting critical ecosystems and exacerbating flooding where the wall acts as a dam. Even worse, many experts don’t think expanding the existing border wall will have any effect on illegal immigration. The last thing we want is to make things worse.

The continuing resolution that is keeping the government open expires January 19th and the Democrats are calling for a clean DREAM act while Donald Trump is muddying the water with his “sh*thole country” comments.

Rep. Ryan Costello has expressed his support for the DREAM Act in the past but we need him to speak up for a clean DREAM Act that doesn’t include funding for the wall.

West Chester council unanimously urges Costello to vote no on tax bill

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 12/16/17

“It’s nice to see that your colleagues on council are paying attention to the same things you are and everyone else is,” Galey said. “We’re all watching the news.

“It’s great to have a collaborative team that feels very strongly about these issues.”

All seven borough council members are Democrats.

Councilman Michael Stefano, W4, said that issues on the federal level are more often decided by partisan politics.

“At the local level we don’t make decisions Democrat or Republican,” Stefano said. “We’re thinking more locally with our constituents in mind because we’re not thinking along party lines.”

Galey noted in the letter that Costello has voted against the party in the past with votes favoring the ACA and to preserve CHIP….

read more at Daily Local News

Sit-in Dec. 7 at Rep. Costello’s office

A few of the 15 protesters this morning sitting in Rep. Costello’s (R-PA 06) West Chester office demanding that he vote against the GOP tax bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy while hurting students, the sick, and the elderly. They have pledged not to leave until Costello commits to a No vote. For more on the GOP tax scheme, see Molly Sheehan, “Open Letter to Rep. Pat Meehan on the GOP Tax Plan.”

Trump’s Tax Scam: rally and background

CALLING ON COSTELLO: Trump’s Tax Scam, Part Deux

Date: Oct 27, 2017, 11:30am to 1pm
Host: Concerned Constituent Action Group
Location: 21 W. Market Street, West Chester

Despite all the other news coming from the current administration and our own representative, the Republican tax plan is so heinous that we need to continue to protest against Trump’s tax scheme yet again this week. Bring your top hats, Monopoly money, monocles, and handlebar mustaches.

TRUMP TAX SCHEME FAQs:

1) The top tax rate will come down, the bottom rate will go up. Tax deductions used by the middle class will be eliminated. The national debt is projected to increase by $1 Trillion. Some estimate POTUS will save $1 Billion. What a great plan… if you are mega wealthy!

2) Do you save for your retirement with a 401K plan? They want to tax the money you pay into your retirement fund UP FRONT, and not when you withdraw it when you are retired and have a lower taxable income. See here.

We are going to call this by its real name: more wealth for the wealthy. And we want to declare “not one penny”!! Not one penny in cuts to rich people taxes! Not one penny stolen from our Treasury. We need every penny for health care, social security, hurricane relief and diplomacy around the world. Come join us in a rally and send letters, faxes, emails and phone calls to say ” not one penny!”

SEEKING ANSWERS: Leaders call on Costello to explain his vote to cut EPA’s budget

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News [online only in e-paper], 9/30/17

“Without the EPA’s protection, communities would be unable to argue that our constitutional rights to a clean environment should be protected. We need to set the example and demand that our legislators stand up for the environmental rights that our laws allow.” — Carol Armstrong, The Way Forward

WEST CHESTER » In a rally at the old courthouse Friday afternoon, community leaders called on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R6th Dist.) to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks to a crowd in West Chester on Friday, calling on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

“As a former county commissioner, I am sure Congressman Costello knows Chester County has a strong record supporting environmental protection,” said Diane LeBold, West Chester council president. “But with his vote to cut the EPA budget, it is clear Congressman Costello has fallen in line with those who are answering to a different constituency – the powerful corporations who are jumping at the chance to take apart the EPA and block enforcement of existing regulations. This is very disturbing. I am here to tell Mr. Costello and his colleagues in Congress that they are fighting a losing battle.”

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta told the crowd they can take action by writing to their local lawmakers, and to join her in the fight to protect the environment.

“Our DEP has seen funding and staff cuts over the last several years that seriously hinders their ability to do their job,” Comitta said. “The potential harm to our streams, groundwater and air from lack of consistent enforcement pose serious public health hazards.”

Dianne Herrin, chair of the West Chester’s sustainability advisory committee, said climate change is real, evidenced by recent natural disasters.

“We are facing complete federal inaction on climate change,” she said. “The reality is at the federal level we are going backwards and yet we are in a time of environmental crisis. Think about what has happened in the past few months….

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