Mark Dodel, BSN, MBA, RN (retired)

Blogs are the opinions of the bloggers only, and do not necessarily represent every Democrat or the Monroe County Democrats However, the MCD sponsors this blog to express and share the many ideas within our party.

Don't think off year elections are important? This year's is for sure!

Folks, there is an election this year and we need people to VOTE. Yes it is not a Presidential year, but this election is important because it elects our local leaders and more importantly 3 State Supreme Court Justices. Ever wonder why the Democratic party out votes Republicans across PA in Congressional elections, yet there are only 5 Democrats of the 18 Congressional districts? It is because of Gerrymandering of Congressional and State legislative districts to keep them Republican. And re-districting, which is based on the decennial census, is by a committee made up by the leaders of the state legislature and someone appointed by the State Supreme Court. For at least the past 2 redistricting that has always been controlled by Republicans. It is critical that Democrats win the three Supreme Court seats this November or else in 2020 the Republicans will again make sure they control the state for the next decade. So don't wait until 2016, get involved this year and make sure you vote. We can't take back our state and our country unless we vote.

Remember Photo Voter ID?  The Republicans in the legislature certainly haven't forgotten and will do their best to suppress minority votes again next year.  President Trump or President Cruz sound good to you?  We need a Supreme Court that will uphold our right to vote.

The current state budget debacle shows that Republicans haven't forgotten their fealty to the frackers here.  They refuse to impose a tax on the natural gas drillers who are destroying our water and environment and taking our natural resources for a pittance.  We need to know that our Supreme Court will continue to defend our natural resources as enshrined in our Commonwealth's Constitution

27. Natural resources and the public estate.
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

So yes this year's General Election on November 3rd is important.  Vote for David Wecht, Christine Donohue, Kevin M. Dougherty for PA State Supreme Court; Alice Beck Dubow for Judge of the Superior Court; and Michael Wojcik for Judge of the Commonwealth Court. Vote on November 3rd. Your vote is important!



And if you can commit to help get all our fine Democrats elected, we can use your help with canvassing or phone banking for a couple of hours or more.  Get an early start on next years exciting Presidential race and get some experience in local politics.  Contact the MCDC at (570) 421-2400 or email us at INFO@MONROEPADEMS.COM.

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