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“Yes, We Can!”

A Newsletter for Liberals, Progressives and Democrats of Lebanon County

October 2015 Issue

“You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time--not only with the votes we cast, but with the voice we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring Ideals.  “

---BARACK H. OBAMA, 2nd Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013

 

Information Update links:

www.lebanondemocrats.com for facts and reference material https://www.facebook.com/LebanonCountyDemocraticParty for all the latest news

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lebdems to DONATE

www.lebanondemocrats.com/volunteer to VOLUNTEER

 

CALENDAR

(It goes without saying that calendar info may change without notice.)

Events in the calendar are of interest to Lebanon County Democrats, but are not necessarily sponsored by the LCDC or even the Democratic Party.

LCDC=Lebanon County Democratic Committee, 23 S. 6th St, Lebanon

 

LCDC Office Schedule for October:

TUESDAYS:  1:00pm -4:00pm

WEDNESDAYS 3:00pm - 6:00pm

THURSDAYS  4:00pm - 7:00pm (+ phone bank 6-8pm)

FRIDAYS        1:00pm -4:00pm

SATURDAYS  10:00am - 2:00pm

 

Mon OCTOBER 5

Last day to register before November election

Tue, Oct 6 5:30-6:30 pm

Raise the Wage PA meeting, Heisey’s Diner, 1740 PA 72, Lebanon

Wed, Oct 7, 6 PM

Movie showing: “The End of the Line” in Miller Chapel 101 at Lebanon Valley College, Annville. Film is about community resistance to the Williams' Bluegrass NGL pipeline in Kentucky. The award-winning filmmaker, Sellus Wilder will be there. This event is sponsored by LVC, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness and CCLC, among others.

Wed, Oct 7, 7 PM

LCDC Executive Committee, LCDC. If you are an officer, district leader, or committee head you are expected to attend.  If you are a committee person, we hope you will come, too.  Registered Democrats in Lebanon County are also welcome..

Wed, Oct 7, 5-9 PM

Hispanic Gala, HACC, 735 Cumberland St. Lebanon, HACC.Not an LCDC event, but an opportunity to learn about Latino issues and enjoy Latino culture.

Hispanic Gala-page-001.jpg

Thu, Oct 8, 5-7 PM

Meet Rich Raiders, candidate for the open Magisterial District Judge seat in Cleona, Pennsylvania.  : On October 8, we are having a meet greet at the home of Karen Feather, 124 Woodside Court, Annville from 5-7pm.  The invite is on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annville-meet-and-greet-tickets-18759487131

RSVP: Raidersforjudge@gmail.com or call Campaign HQ at 717 679-0022.

Rich Raiders event.jpg

Thu, Oct 8, 6-8 PM

Phone Bank for Victory! Every Thursday 6-8 phone bank at LCDC Office. Please Help!! Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Fri, Oct 9, 7-11 PM

PA Democratic Latino Caucus First Hispanic Heritage Month Fundraiser, Jetset Restaurant, 118 South 9th St, Reading, PA 19602. Sponsors $250, Friends $100, Guest $40. Pennsylvania State Democratic Latino Caucus, PO Box 407, Allentown, PA 18101

PA Latino caucus FR.jpg

Sat, Oct 10, 10 AM - 8 PM

Stand for the Silent 5K Fall Fling, This is an anti-bullying event. Campbelltown Fire Hall Grounds, 2616 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra. Contact Laura Quick to volunteer.

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Sat, Oct 10, 11 AM

Chili cook off, Jonestown Park Rotary Pavilion. Candidates representing Northern Lebanon School District are invited to bring a pot of chili for the public to taste.  Public admission is $5 per person.  All are welcome.

Tues, Oct 13, 5-8 PM

Candidate Debate with LV Chamber (tentative) HACC Multipurpose Room 735 Cumberland St, This debate will be hosted by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Thu, Oct 15, Noon

LEAD Meeting. Sinkhole Saloon, Palmyra

LEAD is Lebanon County’s premier liberal/progressive discussion group. Meets 3rd Thursday every month, exc. Aug

Thu, Oct 15, 6-8 PM

Phone Bank for Victory! Every Thursday 6-8 phone bank at LCDC Office.Please Help!! Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Sat, Oct 17, 9 AM- 12 noon

Latino Health Fair, Middle School.

Sat, Oct 17, 11 AM

Campaign with Cornell and Cesar. Call Cornell if you can help.

Tue, Oct 20, 3:30 PM

Visibility events starting at 3:30pm - we have signs or you can bring your candidate's sign

Tuesday, October 20 -  Route 934 and 422 at Annville Square

Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Wed, Oct 21, 7 PM

All-County Committee Meeting, Heisey’s Diner, 1740 PA 72, Lebanon. All committee members are expected to attend and all Democrats are welcome!

Thu, Oct 22, 6-8 PM

Phone Bank for Victory! Every Thursday 6-8 phone bank at LCDC Office. Please Help!! Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Thu, Oct 22, 7-9 PM

Annville-Cleona Dem Meeting, Annville Town Hall, 36 N Lancaster St. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

Contact Pat Stephens, 867-1275 for more details.

Mon, Oct 26, 7-9 PM

WLBR Candidates Night, William Star Auditorium, Lebanon High School, 1000 S. 8th St, Lebanon

Thu, Oct 29, 6-8 PM

Phone Bank for Victory! Every Thursday 6-8 phone bank at LCDC Office. Please Help!! Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Thu, Oct 29, 6-8 PM

Halloween Party with Rich Raiders for Magisterial District Judge. On October 29, from 6-8pm, we are hosting a Halloween party at the Ono Fire Company.  Free to the public (no alcohol), all ages invited.  Flyer on the campaign Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/raidersforjudge

Ono Halloween for Raiders.jpg

Fri, Oct 30

Last day for county board of elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots

Fri, Oct 30, 3:30 PM

Visibility events starting at 3:30pm - we have signs or you can bring your candidate's sign

Friday, October 30 - Route 322 and Palmyra Road at light in Campbelltown near Turkey Hill

Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Sat, Oct 31

GOTV Begins! -

Sun, NOVEMBER 1, 5-8 PM

¡Salsa the Vote!  Eagle Hall, 116 N. 8th St, Lebanon. This is another fun event for meeting with Latino voters, encouraging voter turnout and learning to Salsa.

09-29-15 -- SALSA THE VOTE 6 -- REVISED (2)-page-002.jpg

Mon, Nov 2

Visibility events starting at 3:30pm - we have signs or you can bring your candidate's sign

Monday, November 2 - Cumberland and 9th in Lebanon City

Any questions call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

Tue, Nov 3

Municipal Election GET OUT AND VOTE! (and bring a friend!)

Wed, Nov 4

First day to register after the election

Wed, Nov 4, 7 PM

LCDC Executive Committee, LCDC. If you are an officer, district leader, or committee head you are expected to attend.  If you are a committee person, we hope you will come, too.  Registered Democrats in Lebanon County are also welcome.

Tue, Nov 10

Last day for county board of elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots

Wed, Nov 18, 7 PM

LCDC Executive Committee, LCDC. If you are an officer, district leader, or committee head you are expected to attend.  If you are a committee person you are particularly invited to attend.  Registered Democrats in Lebanon County are also welcome.

Thu, Nov 19, Noon

LEAD Meeting. Sinkhole Saloon, Palmyra

LEAD is Lebanon County’s premier liberal/progressive discussion group. Meets 3rd Thursday every month, exc. Aug

Thu, Nov 26, 7-9 PM

Annville-Cleona Dem Meeting, Annville Town Hall, 36 N Lancaster St. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

Contact Pat Stephens, 867-1275 for more details.

Wed, DECEMBER 2, 7 PM

LCDC Executive Committee, LCDC. If you are an officer, district leader, or committee head you are expected to attend.  If you are a committee person, we hope you will come, too.  Registered Democrats in Lebanon County are also welcome.

Sat, Dec 5, 12 Noon

PA Dems Delegate Selection Workshop, Lebanon Community Library, 125 N. 7th St, Lebanon. RSVP here: http://www.padems.com/webform/2016-delegate-selection-workshops

Wed,  Dec 16

LCDC Holiday Gathering

Thu, Dec 17, Noon

LEAD Holiday Party!. Sinkhole Saloon, Palmyra

LEAD is Lebanon County’s premier liberal/progressive discussion group. Meets 3rd Thursday every month, exc. Aug

 

I.                    Local News

 

a.    J&J Dinner -- The dinner appears to have been a big success! A number of judicial candidates showed up along with candidate for US Senate Joe Sestak and special guest, Marcus Groen, newly elected chair of the PA Democratic Party. Pat Stephens is the 2015 Democrat of the Year - a special honor for those like Pat who have worked hard to build the party and get Democrats elected. Congratulate her if you see her! Volunteer hard and maybe next year will be YOUR year!!

 

b.    Pipeline(s)! An update from Pam Bishop and Doug Lorenzen:

To Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County and friends:

 

As many of you already know, the West Cornwall Township (WCT) Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) voted unanimously at a public hearing to stop our appeal of the zoning permit issued for Sunoco's Mariner East Pipeline's Cornwall Pump Station. We are disappointed but not defeated.

 

Sunoco challenged our citizens group CCLC on "standing." Unfortunately, this is a common tactic used by big corporations against citizens' suits. The ZHB decided, after a 2+ hour public hearing, but without any discussion or explanation, that CCLC did not have the requisite "standing" or status to proceed with the appeal.

 

The ZHB did NOT reach the "merits" of our appeal. The real issues we raised -- (1) that Sunoco is not a public utility entitled to exemption from local zoning (or eminent domain) and (2) that the permit issued did not comply with the WCT Zoning Ordinance or the PA Constitution -- were NOT decided. The ZHB's solicitor has up to 45 days to issue a written decision, with findings of fact and conclusions of law, to explain the ZHB's decision. Then we will review our options, including an appeal to the Lebanon County Common Pleas Court.

 

The Lebanon Daily News story about the public hearing can be found here:

 

http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_28820962/west-cornwall-dismisses-second-appeal-over-sunoco-permits

 

On Wednesday, October 7, at 6 pm in Miller Chapel 101 at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, ATTEND the movie "The End of the Line" about community resistance to the Williams' Bluegrass NGL pipeline in Kentucky. The award-winning filmmaker, Sellus Wilder will be there. This event is sponsored by LVC, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness and CCLC, among others.

 

Pam Bishop and Doug Lorenzen for

Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County

concernedcitizenslebco@gmail.com

 

c.    The 2016 Democratic National Convention is on the horizon!.  If you want to get advance information about the delegate selection process, you can get a preview on the state party website:

http://www.padems.com/content/pa-delegate-selection-plan

 

Check Dec 5 on the calendar above for info about the course in delegate selection to be held at the Lebanon Public Library.

 

As for volunteering at the convention, all we know now is that there is a site on the web where you can indicate your interest in volunteering: http://www.phldnc.com/help-make-history/

 

    d.    RaisetheWagePA is having a meeting on Tue, Oct 6 5:30-6:30 pm at Heisey’s Diner, 1740 PA 72, Lebanon. We’re looking to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, still pretty low, but there’s a major roadblock to even getting it on the floor of the PA legislature and her name is our very own Rep. Mauree Gingrich, who is chair of the committee that is sitting on the proposals. We want her to bring them to the floor so they have a chance of happening. Believe it or not, a substantial number of legislators and their owner/supporters around the country do not believe there should be ANY minimum wage! Workers and rational human beings differ and those of us who are one or the other (or both) need to flood Rep. Gingrich’s office and tell her that raising the minimum wage helps all of PA, not just the people at the bottom of the pay chain. Another good place to express your feelings on this subject is her Facebook page.!

 

(By the way, did you know that there are a number of exemptions to the minimum wage that these bills won’t help even if they get through, including farm laborers, some amusement park workers, some seasonal employees, etc.? Neither did I! Ain’t it great to have a lobbyist on your side?)

 

II.    News outside of Lebanon County

 

a.    The Pope - came to visit the US and was an inspiration to so many of us by cutting through the BS and reminding us why we keep fighting for all Americans and not just the pre-privileged. Hope you got to hear his words, but also that you got to see him caring for prisoners, homeless, disabled persons and victims of abuse by his own church. He gives us all hope.

 

Update: I realize he met with Kim Davis, but hey, no one’s infallible!

 

b.         White House scorecard for colleges- For those whose kids are looking at college in the next few years, this scorecard will be a big help!

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_09/president_obama_announces_the057562.php

 

c.    Citizenship and voting--  

Here’s a great story about the White House effort to get new citizens to vote:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/us/white-house-campaign-legal-immigrants-citizenship.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

And here’s another great initiative to register Latino voters.  The video is great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMDxZAfl178


III.          Volunteers and Events

 

a.      Campaign Volunteers!

EVERYONE!!!  Please go to www.lebanondemocrats.com.  We are updating our volunteer information to ensure everyone who wants to help is notified of the opportunities.  Even if you have filled out a form in the past, PLEASE fill it out again.  There will be paper forms at meetings, in the LCDC Office, etc. for those without computer access.  

 

The November 3rd election is extremely important.  This election will have a long term impact on our Democratic Party.  We encourage everyone to work for a candidate.  Let's get our Democratic candidates elected.

 

The office can be opened at other times by appointment:

call Doug Lorenzen at 717-574-6454 or email douglorenzen503@gmail.com

 

b.    Candidates

All the candidates can use your help and we encourage you to go here and find one you can commit to, click on their links and contact them. Or mention your support for a particular candidate when you fill out the form referenced just above.

 

c.         Volunteer to help out at the LCDC Office

If you like all the candidates and want an easy way to help out, try “manning” the office.

The Democratic office will be open through October and the schedule is listed below. We need YOUR help! Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. We will have information on the various candidates that we have running for local offices.

 

Schedule:

TUESDAYS:  1:00pm -4:00pm

WEDNESDAYS 3:00pm - 6:00pm

THURSDAYS  4:00pm - 7:00pm

FRIDAYS        1:00pm -4:00pm

SATURDAYS  10:00am - 2:00pm

 

Please let Barb Lauver know if you can do any of this.

 

d.    Contact Voters!

If you like connecting with voters, you can make phone calls or knock on doors at the headquarters during the above hours.   Call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com when coming so we have materials and information available.

 

There is a phone bank every Thursday 6-8 phone bank at LCDC Office and virtual phone banking, everyday 9am-9pm from your phone and computer.

 

You can also go Door to Door Canvassing

 

Visibility events starting at 3:30pm - we have signs or you can bring your candidate's sign

 

    Tuesday, October 20 -  Route 934 and 422 at Annville Square

 

    Friday, October 30 - Route 322 and Palmyra Road at light in Campbelltown near Turkey Hill

 

    Monday, November 2 - Cumberland and 9th in Lebanon City

 

If you want to volunteer for any of these, or have any questions, call 717-873-7680 or email campaign@lebanondemocrats.com

 

 

IV.    Election 2015!

  1. Candidates for General Election, Tues, Nov 3       

Get involved!  We have sixteen great local candidates and five statewide judicial candidates who deserve your support.  Let the Campaign Committee know you’ll help us win in November.  Contact Campaign Committee Chair Bea Brown at 717-873-7680 or email her at gretnabrowns@comcast.net.  The Committee meets at our headquarters regularly at 7 pm on the third Thursday of the month.  (click on names for more information - candidates who wish to have a contact link, let me know.)

            1.         Statewide

                   a.         Supreme Court

                       Christine Donohue

                               Kevin Dougherty

                       David Wecht

                   b.         Superior Court

                       Alice Beck Dubow

                   c.         Commonwealth Court

                       Michael Wojcik           

           

2.         Lebanon County-wide

           a.         County Commissioners

                               Jo Ellen Litz (incumbent)

                       Chris Tarsa

b.         Recorder of Deeds

                       Michael Deitz

           c.         Prothonotary

                               Laurie Quick (write-in)

 

3.         Lebanon CIty

           a.         City Council

                               Cesar F. Liriano

                       Wiley Parker (incumbent)

                               Cornell Wilson

           b.         Lebanon School Board

                               Ashley Cessna

                       Cesar B. Liriano

 

4.         Boros and School Boards  

a.         Annville-Cleona School District

                       Patricia Stephens (incumbent)

           b.         Cleona Boro Council

                               Elizabeth Lindsay

           c.         Cornwall Boro Council

                               Dick Charles

           d.         West Cornwall Township Supervisor

                               David Lloyd

           e.         Mt. Gretna Boro Council

                               Lois Herr (incumbent)

 

5.         Magisterial District Judges

           a.         Magisterial District Judge 52-3-04

                               Rich Raiders

b.         Magisterial DIstrict Judge 52-2-01 (portion of city)

Aurelis Garcia, write-in, garciaaurelis@gmail.com

 

V.       CONTACTS

For the overall best source of government and media contacts, see this link:

http://www.whatisworking.com/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter-html/

Most representatives do not expect people to be paying attention.  That’s why the more people call and express their opinions, the more likely we will be listened to. Even if you know they will never vote your way on an issue, they do keep records of how many constituents disagree with them and it might help if they hear push back from their colleagues.

United States Senate:

Sen. Bob Casey (Dem)                      (866) 802 - 2833 (toll free) or (202) 224 - 6324

http://www.casey.senate.gov/

Sen. Pat Toomey (Rep)                      (814) 453 - 3010

http://www.toomey.senate.gov/

 

US House of Representatives:

Dist. 15, Rep. Charles Dent (Rep)      (717) 867-1026  http://dent.house.gov/

342 W. Main St, Annville, PA 17003

Dist. 6, Rep. Ryan Costello (Rep)     (610) 376-7630 in Wyomissing https://costello.house.gov/

840 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

 

State Senate:

District 48, Sen.  Mike Folmer            (717) 787 - 5700 http://senatorfolmer.com/

           101 Municipal Bldg, 400 S. 8th St, Lebanon, PA 17046

 

State Assembly:

District 101, Mauree Gingrich     (717) 838-3823 http://www.repgingrich.com/

    1044 E. Main Street,  Palmyra, PA  17078

District 102,  Russ Diamond              (717) 277-2101 http://www.repdiamond.com/            

2230 Lebanon Valley Mall, Lebanon, PA 17042

District 104, Sue Helm                        (717) 651-0100 http://www.rephelm.com/

2090 Linglestown Rd., Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110

 

PA House Democratic Caucus

http://www.pahouse.com/

 

County Democratic Commissioner:

Jo Ellen Litz                                                     (717) 644 - 4698

http://www.joellenlitz.com/

 

PA State Democratic Party:

http://www.padems.com/

 

Lebanon County Democratic Headquarters  

http://lebanondemocrats.com/

PO Box 1128 or 23 S. 6th St.,

Lebanon, PA 17046                                        (717) 273-8761 (answering machine)

 

Chairman, Lebanon County Democratic Committee

Lois Herr                                                         (717) 964-5029

herrlk@me.com

County Vice Chair

Cornell Wilson                                                            (717) 679-1509          

wilsoncornell@yahoo.com

City Vice Chair

Lee Cessna                                                    (717) 507-2751

leecessna@hotmail.com

Lists of the districts and their constituencies can be found at our website: http://lebanondemocrats.com/lebanon-county-democratic-committee/lebanon-county-democratic-committee-2/

To contact the White House go to: www.White House.gov

V.         RESOURCES

    a.         LCDC Website:  lebanondemocrats.com

We now have a Community News section on the website for community events or news not directly related to LCDC, but of interest to some of our members. http://lebanondemocrats.com/community-news/

Joel Smith is seeking photographs of local democrats at democratic functions or with democratic candidates. He’d like to compile a photo album for our website. If anyone has photos email them to lebanoncountydemocrats@gmail.com and please try to include the names of the individuals in the photo, date of the event, and event name if applicable.

If anyone has content suggestions for the website please send an email to lebanoncountydemocrats@gmail.com. The committee is open to any suggestions that will help maintain a successful web and social media presence.”

Blog: http://lebanondemocrats.com/blog/ (for a list of posts by our members)

    b.         Facebook pages Check out these sites for more information from the Lebanon County Democratic Party on local events. If you haven’t joined this Facebook page, now’s the time!!

 

Lebanon County Democratic Party on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LebanonCountyDemocraticParty

“Like” us at this site!

 

Lebanon County Democratic Committee:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/lebanondemocrats/?fref=ts

 

Lebanon County Young Democrats FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lebanon-County-Young-Democrats/126279714230948?fref=ts

 

Women’s Democratic Club of Lebanon Valley

https://www.facebook.com/WomensDemocraticClubOfLebanonValley

c.         And we’re tweeting, too!

Twitter @LebDems https://twitter.com/LebDems/

d.         This newsletter

http://www.leadlebanon.net/

e.         Lebanon County Events and Fundraisers FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/358050654287490/?fref=ts

f.          Southeastern PA Progressives

This website http://progressivenetwork.wordpress.com/ is a great source for information on activities in the region.

Their calendar is here:

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=shai1h1t8njlst6u25on6ula60@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

 

g.         Latest Election Results (2015 Primary Election)

Complete Official Lebanon County Results: http://www.lebcounty.org/Voter_Registration/Documents/Official%202015%20Primary%20Results.pdf

 

h.         Calendar of Events

LCDC is now using Google Calendar for all of our events. The direct link to our public calendar is https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lebanoncountydemocrats%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York you can also search for our calendar by using our Google Calendar ID:lebanoncountydemocrats@gmail.com.

Our public calendar can be added to your already existing private Google Calendar. For instructions on how to do this you can visit https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/37100?hl=en.

Don't use Google Calendar? Not a problem! You can still view all of our events at http://lebanondemocrats.com/eventcalendar/.

To add, cancel, or correct event listings please email webmaster@lebanondemocrats.com.

i.          Political Statistics of interest

John Harvey has found an interesting website that has all types of statistical and demographic information related to politics. For example, here is a graph comparing the change in family income for each president since Kennedy.

http://politicsthatwork.com/graphs/median-income-president

j.          True Blue News

The PA Democratic Committee puts out a regular bulletin with news about Democrats state-wide. There is news about the Governor, legislature, county and general news. Not sure how to subscribe to it, but it looked pretty good. You can try writing to pressoffice@padems.com if you’re interested.

VI.        NEWSLETTER

If there’s anything you want to share with this newsletter audience, please let us know.

Please feel free to share it with like-minded Democrats or progressive Independents.

This newsletter is also available at www.leadlebanon.net.

Take care.

Steve & Jackie Grumbacher, stevegru@comcast.net, (717) 838-8485

(The monthly Editorial and snarky asides are strictly our opinion and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Lebanon County Democratic Committee or even both editors! All content of the newsletter is exclusively the responsibility of the editors, so if you would like to contribute or correct, please contact us directly.)

 

 

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