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Gov. pushes back petition challenge deadline

Posted by DPOYC on March 14, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Candidates will have to sweat for a little bit longer.


In light of the incoming weather, Gov. Tom Wolf this evening signed an executive order pushing back Tuesday's 5pm deadline for challenges to nominating petitions.


"Tuesday's potentially severe snowstorm has caused the closure of the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, PA, including the Department of State's Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, and is likely to cause the closure of courts and county election offices across the commonwealth," his office wrote Monday evening.


Read the full story here.

Another corporate lobbyist head of Fed Agency

Posted by DPOYC on February 17, 2017 at 1:15 AM

"In a choice between corporate polluters and people who want to breath air and drink water, Scott Pruitt sides wth the Corporate polluters."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Renee Nelson, councilwoman, seeking third term

Posted by DPOYC on February 10, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Jason Addy , 505-5437/@JasonAddyYD Published 1:46 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017 | Updated 16 hours ago


York City Councilwoman Renee Nelson is looking to keep her seat in the upcoming election, saying she wants to continue standing up for city taxpayers.


Nelson, who is seeking her third term on the council, is motivated to secure another four years in office “to continue to hold the city accountable for expenditures and provide continued assurance of fiscal responsibility,” according to her campaign announcement.


Judge Ellen Ceisler Announces For PA Commonwealth Court

Posted by DPOYC on January 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

University City Review

Wed, Jan 11, 2017

After being elected to Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas in 2007, the highly respected judge will take her message statewide.


Judge Ellen Ceisler of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas just announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Having served on the bench since 2007, Judge Ceisler believes her proven record as a dedicated public servant, a fair and respected judge, and active community member will resonate with voters across the Commonwealth.


The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is responsible for handling all appeals from county and state governmental agencies. “I’m running because the Commonwealth Court profoundly impacts all citizens of this state on a wide range of important social, economic, and governmental issues” Judge Ceisler said.


In 2007, Judge Ceisler was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. After spending her first six years in the Criminal Division presiding over major felony trials she was assigned to the Civil Motions Court in February 2013, where she presided over hundreds of appeals from city government agencies.


From 1997-2005, Judge Ceisler served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In that capacity she audited the operations, policies, and practices of the Police Department to minimize misconduct, improve the effectiveness of the Department’s operations, and enhance public confidence in the Department. Judge Ceisler has also served as a prosecutor, litigator, investigative producer for CBS News, consultant to the Philadelphia School District on student disciplinary procedures, and Director of Special Investigations for the City Controller’s Office.


“My background has uniquely prepared me to serve on this important Court,” Judge Ceisler said. “I regard a seat on the Commonwealth Court as the culmination of all the knowledge and skills that I have gained in government and law over the past thirty years. I believe I have the experience, integrity, independence, and passion to effectively serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.”


Alan Kessler, a partner at Duane Morris in Philadelphia, and Steven Irwin, a partner at Leech Tishman in Pittsburgh, are co-chairs of Judge Ceisler’s campaign.


Judge Ceisler is running statewide as a Democrat in the Pennsylvania Primary Election to become the party’s nominee for one of two open seats on Commonwealth Court. The election will be held on May 16, 2017 and if successful, she will run in the General Election to be held on November 7, 2017.


To learn more about Judge Ceisler’s campaign, visit

Eagen Announces Commonwealth Court Candidacy

Posted by DPOYC on December 12, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor

Todd Eagen is giving it anot

her try.

In 2015, the attorney ran for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. He won the endorsement of the party and the support of Senator Bob Casey but he was upset by Allegheny City Solicitor Michael Wojcik in the Democratic primary.

Wojcik later went on to win that seat in November.

“Pennsylvania families deserve a judge who will serve them with integrity and dedication,” Eagen stated in his official release. “I’ll strive to protect our commonwealth’s strong tradition of hard work and family values. My experience gives me the perspective to properly serve working families throughout the entire state, along with advocating for public safety.”

The Commonwealth Court currently cntains six Republicans, one Democrat and two temporary appointees


Who Do You Think Would Win Casey-Meehan?

Posted by DPOYC on December 6, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor

2018 is set to see several high-profile elections, chief among them the Governor’s contest.

That race, however, has somewhat obscured another major race.

Bob Casey will be seeking his third term in the Senate while the GOP is looking for their nominee. Speaking of which, we recently learned that Congressman Pat Meehan is weighing a bid.

Rep. Meehan has done a solid job winning four terms in a competitive Congressional seat in the Southeastern part of the commonwealth. As a result, he could be a formidable opponent for the incumbent.

We leave the question up to you readers.

Kim Bracey, Michael Helfrich vying to be York's mayor

Posted by DPOYC on December 1, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Teresa Boeckel and Gary Haber , York Daily Record 10:36 p.m. EST December 1, 2016


It will be a contested race for York City mayor in the spring with incumbent Kim Bracey seeking a third term and council president Michael Helfrich running against her.


Bracey, a Democrat, hosted a fundraiser Thursday evening and issued a news release that she will run again to serve the nearly 44,000 city residents.


In a phone interview, Bracey said she feels good about the city's direction and she's leading a great team that she has in place. She wants to build on her accomplishments, including righting the city's financial ship, building strong neighborhoods, and reducing overall crime.



Judy Ritter-Dickson replaces Hill-Evans on city council

Posted by DPOYC on November 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Rick Lee , 9:25 p.m. EST November 21, 2016

Needing three out of four votes to take the vacant seat on York City Council, Judy Ritter-Dickson was a unanimous first-round selection for the spot Monday evening.


Following the resignation of council president Carol Hill-Evans, who was elected as state representative for the 95th District, the City Council needed someone to fill out the 13-month remainder of Hill-Evans' term.

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Complete List of 2017-2018 Legislative Leadership

Posted by DPOYC on November 18, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Complete List of 2017-2018 Legislative Leadership

Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor

pa-state-capitol-b175d9a07740ecf3Despite the results earlier this month, not much has changed in terms of the leadership in Harrisburg.

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WOLF: Safe Schools plan developed

Posted by DPOYC on November 18, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wolf: Safe Schools plan developed after racist incidents

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the development of a response plan after several racially charged incidents have occurred at schools throughout the state and county.

State Sen. Wagner intends to run for governor

Posted by DPOYC on November 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Ed Mahon , 7:50 a.m. EST November 11, 2016

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, intends to run for governor of Pennsylvania, he said Thursday.


He intends to write "a significant seven figure check" to his campaign, from $1 million to just shy of $10 million. He said he has not yet decided whether that money will be a loan to a committee that could be paid back to him or a direct gift. He said that contribution will not require him to sell part of Penn Waste, a waste and recycling company he owns.


Wagner, who has been publicly considering a run for months, plans to make a formal announcement in January.

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York seeks applicants for City Council vacancy

Posted by DPOYC on November 10, 2016 at 3:45 PM

The opening resulted from Carol Hill-Evans' resignation after being elected to the state House of Representatives


Want to serve on the York City Council?


If so, you have until noon on Wednesday to apply. The annual salary for the position is $10,000.



Posted by DPOYC on August 4, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

YORK, PA – Chad Baker, Chairperson of the Democratic Party of York County, released the following statement today on behalf of the party:

I wish to thank Representative Kevin Schreiber for his many years of service in the Pennsylvania State House. His leadership, work ethic and continued efforts to help not only the residents of his district, but all of York County are to be commended and are a model not soon to be replaced.

As a result of Representative Schreiber’s announcement, the Democratic Party of York County is now tasked with finding a new candidate to place on the November ballot. In the past, the party has taken a democratic approach to the selection process, by opening the candidate interview process up to the district in which the vacancy arises. This instance will be no different. The Democratic Party will abide by the following timeline for selecting a candidate:

  • Thursday, August 4 – Any registered Democrat who will have resided in the 95th PA Legislative District for one year prior to November 8, 2016 and who is at least 21 years old who is interested in running in November must submit a resume and letter of interest to the Democratic Party of York County no later than the close of business on Friday, August 12. Letters/resumes can be mailed to 135 South Duke Street, York, PA 17401 or can be emailed to Letters and resumes received will be not distributed or reviewed until Saturday, August 13, 2016, at which time they will be distributed to members of the Democratic County Committee from the 95th district, as well as to all members of the Democratic Party of York County’s Executive Committee.

  • Wednesday, August 17 – The Democratic Party of York County will hold a public question and answer session at THE BOND located at 134 E. King Street, York, PA 17401 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This forum will serve as the interview for candidates seeking the nomination. Questions will be asked of each candidate. Those wishing to ask candidates questions must submit their questions in writing prior to the start of the forum. Questions will be collected at the registration table or by email at

    Following the forum, the County Committee from the 95th and the Executive Committee will decide on the nominee.

  • Wednesday, August 17 – The Democratic Party of York County will announce the candidate to be placed on the ballot at a press conference. Time and location to be announced at a later date.


It is with the utmost confidence of the Party that we will find a strong candidate to seek and win this seat in November.


Please direct all media inquiries to Chad Baker at Media passes will be provided for those who wish to have them for the Public Forum, as well as for the Announcement Press Conference.

The Growing Epidemic

Posted by DPOYC on June 6, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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Growing up I lived in a home where I was literally surrounded by guns. My dad is a hunter and had gun cases in the hallway leading to our bedrooms, in our living room and in the basement. He had an extensive collection of guns which he used for hunting. While I never took up hunting, many people I am friends with did and also have a collection of firearms for this sport.

All that said, the President's explanation here is one of the most common sense and straightforward dialogues I have heard about gun reform. Never has a president implemented any rules to take away guns from responsible, safe gun owners such as my dad and my friends. Never has any Democrat prevented responsible owners from purchasing guns. Yet there is a huge sector of this country which does not agree with this. Their minds have been filled with such propaganda and rhetoric they simply can't see past what they have been told. The fact of the matter is plain and simple...if you are a responsible gun owner, you can have guns and can purchase guns. If you are a violent offender, have a past history of gun violence or are seen as a threat to our national security, which includes going in to our schools, colleges and workplaces and opening fire, you should not be able to easily access a gun.

While we are at it, national reform of our mental health care system needs to occur as well. Patients who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and other mind altering conditions need to be treated effectively. Too often when we hear of someone shooting up a school or workplace, they suffered from some form of mental health disability. We need to be better educated on the warning signs, how to get people treatment and, once they are diagnosed, how to maintain a regimented treatment.

As the President says in this clip, reform needs to be studied and evaluated. Reform needs to be implemented incrementally, but with a sense of urgency for the sake of public safety. While the 2nd amendment can be interpreted however you see fit, one thing remains...gun violence is an epidemic in this country. Typically, when we see something as deadly and widespread as this epidemic, we treat it swiftly, we treat efficiently and we eradicate the threat. This doesn't mean it completely goes away, it simply means if treated, its manageable. Guns can be managed. Guns can be owned by responsible Americans without infringing on the owners rights. As a nation though, we need to be able to study and treat this epidemic before it gets worse.


The preceding entry was written by Chad Baker, Chair of the Democratic Party of York County. The view reflected in this article are those of Chad's and are not necessarily the views of the Democratic Party of York County. Contact Chairman Baker at




York Dispatch: Gov.signs DUI bill into law

Posted by DPOYC on May 30, 2016 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

John Joyce, 505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD 9:18 a.m. EDT May 26, 2016

PA-Sen: Koch Super PAC Attacks McGinty In New TV Ad

Posted by DPOYC on May 30, 2016 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kerry Rugenstein, Contributing Writer

The third party group accuses the Democratic nominee of putting her own interests above the people of Pennsylvania.

PA GOP Picks Fight with Shapiro over Fracking

Posted by DPOYC on May 30, 2016 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor

After much attention on the Senate contest, the PA GOP has now momentarily shifted their focus to the Attorney General race


Specifically, the Republicans are attacking Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro for comments he made in his speech to the PA Press Club.

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PA-Sen: Dem PAC Accuses Toomey of Being Wall Street Fat Cat in New TV Ad

Posted by DPOYC on May 20, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Jules Struck, Contributing Writer

The Democratic group Senate Majority PAC has released a new attack ad targeting Senator Pat Toomey, featuring two amusing co-stars.

Judicial retirement age

Posted by DPOYC on April 14, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Senate clears way to delay vote on judicial retirement age.

The Associated Press 3:19 p.m. EDT April 14, 2016

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says it’ll pull a question from the primary election ballot that asks voters whether to change the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.


The Senate passed a non-binding resolution Monday by a 32 to 17 vote to put it on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, rather than the April 26 primary election ballot.


The resolution also directs the question to be phrased so it doesn’t mention the current retirement age is 70.


The House approved the resolution last week. Moving the retirement age for about 1,000 judges requires changing the Pennsylvania Constitution.


Opponents say the move wastes more than $1 million in advertising and printing costs. Some counties already printed primary ballots with the question on it.


Supporters argue more people will be voting in November.


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