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TPM/Bloomberg following the money from Russia to Trump

Link: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/follow-the-money--4

The Bloomberg story is embedded in TPM's story. The bottom line is a series of Russians/Ukrainians, etc first buying units in Trump buildings, then moving to financing them.

I personally agree with Josh Marshall that this is the story rather than looking for something more, but I think it's more than just a symbiotic business relationship in that Trump is so beholden to Russian interests that he is subject to being manipulated because he's so in debt to Putin's oligarch friends. I believe Trump understands Putin could pull the rug out from under his finances if he wants.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 03:55 PM (3 replies)

Casey to fight Trumpcare; Rothfus wants input

Link: http://www.timesonline.com/timestoday/casey-leads-charge-against-house-gop-health-care-plan-as/article_27c4fe70-0386-11e7-84d0-ebbb962aeadb.html (goes behind paywall after 24 hours)

As for southwest Pennsylvania House Republicans, they were also digesting the ACHA before commenting. “I am already reading and reviewing the legislation to determine it addresses the concerns I have had for seven years, and I welcome feedback from constituents on the proposal,” said U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12, Sewickley, in an emailed statement.

Rothfus has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act a chief part of his congressional agenda since being elected in 2012. Rothfus is a former member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, which had some members criticize the GOP plan on Tuesday for not abolishing all aspects of Obamacare and promise to introduce their own plan.

Toomey, however, did discuss overhauling the healthcare law during a stop Monday at a Philadelphia television station for a question-and-answer session.

The Associated Press reported that he said addressing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, as Pennsylvania and other states have done, should be a “negotiated agreement” and that Americans with pre-existing conditions and serious health issues should obtain coverage in a high-risk pool subsidized by the government.

Shuster and Murphy:
Casey Contres, the spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9, Bedford County, said Shuster was also reviewing the legislation. ... Tim Murphy said, “Despite the promises we were told seven years ago, with nearly 5 million Americans who were kicked off their insurance, $1 trillion in new taxes and an average increase of 25 percent in premiums this year, the Affordable Care Act has failed
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Wed Mar 8, 2017, 05:33 AM (4 replies)

Sen Casey townhall in Phila, time and venue set

Sen Casey will be holding a townhall meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, Mar 12th, but site and time haven't yet been announced.

Tweet: https://twitter.com/SenBobCasey/status/836659284276436992
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 07:15 AM (2 replies)

Even Republicans like clean water

Trump won Beaver borough handily, but even those residents want clean water.
Link: http://www.timesonline.com/news/environment/residents-turn-out-to-hear-dep-response-to-vanport-water/article_6d48c250-fdf6-11e6-8d4d-0fd39d4868e4.html (goes to paywall after 24 hrs)

About 50 people came to the Vanport Volunteer Fire Department hall Tuesday evening to listen to representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection talk about the agency’s response to elevated levels of a chemical being found near Vanport’s water supply.

That chemical, an industrial solvent called trichloroethylene or TCE, was first found in 1988 in test wells about 1,500 feet from Vanport’s drinking supply. The incident prompted a boil water advisory that lasted more than 20 months, and routine testing in the area has been in place since.

Mike Keeliher said there is a hospital, an elementary school and two senior citizen centers in Brighton that rely on clean drinking water from Vanport’s system.

“This isn’t just a Vanport issue,” he said.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:32 AM (2 replies)

Toomey can't move his office locations fast enough

I'm sure this has been in the works for awhile, but the timing couldn't look worse for Toomey. He just moved his Pgh office from the south side to the federal building on Grant Street and now he's moving his Philly office to the federally-owned Customs House. All this in the midst of the "Tuesdays with Toomey" protestors showing up every Tuesday.

Sort of like whack-a-mole!
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Tue Feb 28, 2017, 06:01 PM (5 replies)

Fighting gerrymandering in PA

Yes, there is a group fighting to reverse the ridiculous gerry-mandering in our state.

Story: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20170226_The_gerrymander_slayer__Meet_PA_s_grandma_on_a_mission.html

Website Fair Districts PA: https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Tue Feb 28, 2017, 05:36 PM (7 replies)

Rothfus sighting!

At the townhall tonight, one of the attendees stood up and announced Rothfus would be speaking at a church or christian group on Friday 2/25 near Murraysville and Delmont on Rt 22, iirc. I'm not on social media, so perhaps someone who is can find out more details. As I understand it, Rothfus is the featured speaker and the event is open to the public.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Tue Feb 21, 2017, 09:52 PM (8 replies)

Now we know why Flynn didn't care if his call was taped

From dkos live blog:

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 · 1:37:44 PM EST · Laura Clawson

Denies having directed Mike Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador … but “it certainly would have been okay with me” and “I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn’t doing it.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Thu Feb 16, 2017, 02:57 PM (2 replies)

Beaver County elects new head of Dem Party

Stephen Dupree was elected the new head of the Democratic Party here. He's looking to fill 52 vacant committee seats in the county with young members.

Link: http://www.timesonline.com/news/governmentandpolitics/beaver-county-democratic-party-elects-stephen-dupree-chairman/article_d4a0f8ea-ee20-11e6-bd69-eb2fd72e494b.html (goes to paywall after 24 hrs)

A lifelong Beaver County resident, Dupree works for McKesson Pharmacy and Automation Services. He's been a committee member for about seven years and previously was president of the county's young Democrat group.

"I think the party needed a reformation," Dupree said Wednesday. "It needed to get back to its identity of being the workingman's party and not just a party that cared about social issues. Obviously, I care about social issues, but that's not our sole focus."

He said he hopes to reinvigorate the party with an infusion of young members, he said.

There are 52 vacant committee seats in the county, and he'd like to see those filled with younger members who can then tap into the experience of the party's older hands, he said.

"I see us working together to build a better Democratic Party," Dupree said.
Posted by DeminPennswoods | Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:38 PM (3 replies)

Protests come to Greensburg, Westmoreland Co

Link: http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11885532-74/refugees-trump-week

Westmoreland County is Trump country in spades, so it's good to see even folks there are protesting and gaining numbers.

Posted by DeminPennswoods | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 06:37 PM (4 replies)
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