PA Primary Night Party – Reading
Drinking Liberally Reading Presents: PA Primary Night Party!!
After you vote and the polls are closed, come out to watch the results.
Canal Street Pub & Restaurant
535 Canal Street
Reading, PA 19602
Tuesday, April 22nd @ 8:00 pm
Several Candidates are likely to be in attendance and a good crowd is expected. Canal Street has a big screen TV and lots of great local food and beverage.
Drinking Liberally Reading meets regularly on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant (NO DL on Thurs. 4/24)
For more info about Drinking Liberally or DL Reading check www.drinkliberally.org or contact co-hosts Dan Sauder and Kim Stahler at reading @drinkingliberally.org or 610.736.3264 or 610.750.3289 respectively.
Cheese and rice… these endorsements are becoming non-stop… more made today.
Barack Obama responds to Wednesday night’s debate at a rally in Raleigh, NC.
I received the following email:
BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN TO MAKE OUR WORKPLACES HEALTHY AND SAFE
*Paid for by Obama for America
Background: The Continuing Danger in Pennsylvania and across the United States from Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
Too many Pennsylvanians have to choose between supporting their family and facing unnecessary danger at their jobs. In 2006, 240 Pennsylvanians died as a result of workplace injuries. And the annual number of workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania has remained stubbornly above the 200 mark over much of the last decade with a total loss of some 2,511 lives due to workplace injuries in Pennsylvania since 1996.
Barack Obama believes we can and must do better. As president, he will break the political logjams that froze efforts to improve the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the 1990s and end George W. Bush’s neglect of workplace health and safety. He understands the importance of assuring that Pennsylvanians come home to their families at the end of the work day healthy and safe.
BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN TO IMPROVE WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH
Improve Resources for Federal Workplace Safety Efforts: As president, Barack Obama will assure that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) — our long-neglected agencies charged with making workplaces healthy and safe — are led by people dedicated to their vital missions and have the staff and resources they need. He understands the necessity of breaking the political impasse between the White House and Congress that has starved those agencies of the resources they need to protect workers.
Barack Obama will assure that OSHA and MSHA have state-of-the-art tools and strategies needed to safeguard workers facing a wide range of hazards: from mine tunnel collapses to crane accidents, and from exposures to dangerous chemicals to severe back strains. Obama will assure that all workers — including state and local public employees in states like Pennsylvania where OSHA is administered by the federal government — are finally protected by those laws.
Promote Mine Safety: Coal mining is among the most dangerous professions in the United States. In January 2006, a mine explosion at the Sago mine trapped 13 miners for two days. Only one survived. Two weeks later, a fire at the Aracoma Alma Mine killed two. These accidents spurred important mine safety legislation, but Barack Obama believes we need to do more. As president, Obama will work to ensure that mine companies stockpile more supplies in the mine, providing better tracking devices for miners, and better monitoring of gas and smoke in mines. He will provide more training for rescue teams, ensuring that rescue teams can be deployed quickly. Obama will also call for more inspectors and tougher penalties for operators who run afoul of the law. Obama will ensure the person he appoints to head the federal agency that oversees mine safety has a
proven commitment to safeguarding the interests of miners. But we need to protect miners, not only from accidents, but also from coal dust that leads to black lung. Each year, 1,000 people die from black lung, far more than the number that die in mine accidents. Obama will strengthen dust control requirements and make sure that mine operators are complying with these requirements.
Modernize Federal Workplace Safety Regulations: Workplaces across Pennsylvania and the United States look far different today than they did when workplace safety and health laws were passed more than 35 years ago. Barack Obama will make sure that our nation’s workplace health and safety policies reflect the real problems facing working people now. An Obama administration will address dangers that Washington politicians have failed to address, such as exposures to a growing number of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Most important, he will work to end the partisan politics surrounding issuing new health and safety standards that play into the hands of powerful interests opposed to any change in health and safety regulation.
Create New Partnerships to Address Worker Safety and Health: Obama will provide workers, unions, responsible businesses, and the government the full array of tools they need to create proactive workplace safety policies. He will encourage health and safety committees and require companies to invest in comprehensive programs. But he will also make sure that businesses that fail to live up to their obligations face real penalties and consequences for their failures. As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama cosponsored the Protecting America’s Workers Act, legislation that would address many of the fundamental problems with our health and safety laws.
Barack Obama cares about the workers of America. Vote Barack Obama on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
Let Eileen introduce herself to you… Below is the letter which she mailed to the Democrats of Oley. Eileen is running in the 17th Congressional District which includes parts of Berks, Schuylkill, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties.
Dear Fellow Oley Democrat:
I usually write to you, as your Democratic Committeewoman, to share my thoughts on those candidates I am supporting in a general election. But today I write to you as a delegate candidate to the Democratic National Convention.
I am Co-Chair of Berks for Obama, a large group of grassroots volunteers, dedicated since February, 2007, to getting Barack Obama nominated as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We have worked hard all year to present the citizens of Berks County with the possibility of nominating a candidate who can transcend our divisions of race, and who can rise above the partisan politics of old.
I am running for Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, committed to Barack Obama, because his candidacy has inspired me. I want a president who will unite our country. I want a president who will heal the years of separation built by those politicians who use our differences to divide us and drive a wedge through our common hopes and dreams. I believe that Barack Obama is a true leader, who can inspire a nation, and our world.
I am writing to ask you to vote for me to represent you at the Democratic National Convention. I am the only delegate on the ballot in the 17th Congressional District, who is from Berks County; in fact, I am the only delegate outside of the Harrisburg area. I ask for your vote to give me the opportunity to represent you at the convention in Denver.
Your vote for delegate is separate from your vote for presidential candidate. Each of our presidential candidates will get a percentage of the four delegate slots in our district. The number of delegates for each candidate depends on the percentage of the vote he/she receives. The highest vote-getters, among each candidate’s pledged slate of delegates, will be the ones who go to the convention to represent the Democrats in the 17th Congressional District.
The four delegates on the ballot who are pledged to Barack Obama are:
- Eileen G. Prussman
- J. Alex Hartzler
- Loretta Barbee-Dare
- Dan Miller
Please consider a vote for all four of us.
As always, I have paid the cost of creating and mailing this letter, as I would pay the cost of the trip to Denver, should I win the right to represent you there.
Very truly yours,
Eileen G. Prussman
Berks County Democratic Committeewoman, Oley 1
(published with permission of the candidate)
This thread will be an opportunity for the community at large to learn a little bit about the delegate candidates for Barack Obama.
Let me introduce you to Chris Schultz… PA 18th Congressional District.
“I have been a supporter of Barack Obama’s ever since he entered the US Senate. I am a graduate of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University here in Pittsburgh, where I a work as a consultant for technology strategies and environmental and green energy issues. I happen to blog about both those topics at “Green is Good“, which is a blog that covers local, regional and national issues concerned with public transportation, clean tech, and green energy. “
Chris has created a blog, Western PA for Obama. You will find a link to this blog on the sidebar. If you have questions or want to know more about Chris… visit Western PA for Obama
This video speaks for itself… and is dedicated to our “fainting Congress”.
This is also an open thread… so speak your mind if you choose.
And for added chuckles…
Was that George W Bush scaring those Congressional goats with an umbrella?
This is the last chance to register voters in Pennsylvania. If you need some convincing to volunteer, watch this video: Students for Obama
Stop by the Obama Campaign office located at 352 Penn Street, Reading.
The Patriots at Pennsylvania for Change will be at the Obama Campaign office today, helping with voter registration.
OK, I’ve been involved as a volunteer in campaigns for some time now, local state, and federal. Everything from township supervisor to president of the United States. I know when a candidate gets support, and I can sense the level of support, from disinterest to, well, passionately absorbed. I have to tell you that the Obama campaign, which has a small cadre of paid staffers in the little town of Reading PA (pop. 75,000?) has taken the region by surprise. The story is in the numbers. As was reported in these pages a few days ago, Berks County had about 3000 new Democratic registrants since the beginning of the year, while the Republicans have had 179. Well in less than a week, those numbers will increase by several thousand. Teams of enthusiastic volunteers from Berks County, under the direction of Obama staffers, are swarming out to all high traffic areas in the city and county and registering new and cross-over voters in droves. Yesterday, thanks to my wife, I had the grunt task of adding those new registrations to the Vote Builder data base. Folks, the two of us spent over 4 hours there, and barely made a dent in the pile. This man, and this campaign are combing through the under-story of the local political landscape to find tons of new registrants (folks who never bothered to care, from their early twenties to oldsters in their eighties), and party-switchers (about 10% of the registrations I handled). The story is plain and simple. No other candidate on the political scene in my memory has tapped into voter radar like Barack Obama. And these new registrants are being entered in to the state and national Democratic databases, under the Obama tag. Don’t think party regulars (read super delegates) aren’t taking notice. Another update: The Philadelphia campaign office has already exceeded its registration goals. Bob Roggio (candidate U.S. House of Rep. 6th Cong. District) do you know where your coattails are being made? Pollsters tapping Pennsylvania’s mood, do you understand why you will be way off mark in your opinion polling for this upcoming primary? (For the under-informed, pollsters contact likely voters… those who have voted often in several previous elections, and they don’t call cell phones, which I entered a lot of yesterday.). Hey Hillary… ‘a cold wind is gonna blow.