Working Class Millennial candidate for PA Senate Katie Muth setting a record for hard work!
Pennsylvania Democrats have gotten a lot of good news lately after a very dark November 2016. Conor Lamb has won in a very red district for Congress. The State Supreme Court threw out the incredibly gerrymandered maps for Congress, and the new maps are much more fair for Democrats. A number of Republican Congressional incumbents have retired due to scandal (Meehan) or the fact that they can’t win in a non-gerrymandered seat (Costello). And Democratic incumbents Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey are facing absolute clowns in the the general election like Scott Wagner and Lou Barletta.
It is down ballot where the Democrats need to build up again. The state house and senate are still gerrymandered in favor of the Republicans. Republicans even hold a veto-proof majority in the PA State Senate. Well this can change in 2018.
A race to watch in the state senate is PA-44. It has been rated in the top three for seats to flip blue. The seat is held by John Rafferty who unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General of PA in 2016 as a Trumper. His southeast PA seat means he is now forgetting all this and running as a “moderate.” The reason it is likely to flip is the Democratic candidate, Katie Muth.
Muth is a ball of energy. She comes from a working class western PA background and is close to those roots and connects well with working class voters. She and her volunteers are out every weekend knocking doors and canvassing. Every weekend…rain, snow, nor’easter, whatever…
Remember if we are going to win it is going to take shoe leather. We need these young, progressive, and dedicated candidates to win. Too often we see candidates wait to canvass to the last minute. Muth has committed to do the hard work every weekend until November.
Remember if we want to have change in November we need to support the people working in the trenches. Why not support her with a contribution?
Democratic PA Senate District 16 Candidate Mark Pinsley Receives the Endorsement of Fellow Progressive and PA Lt. Governor Candidate John Fetterman ALLENTOWN, PA— On Friday John Fetterman endorsed PA State Senate District 16 Candidate and progressive activist, South Whitehall Commissioner Mark Pinsley. Pinsley is running for the PA Senate 16th District seat currently held … Continue reading For Immediate Release: Democratic PA Senate District 16 Candidate Mark Pinsley Receives the Endorsement of Fellow Progressive and PA Lt. Governor Candidate John Fetterman →
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As Democrats look to increase their numbers in the state Senate and House, 98 Democratic women have filed petitions to be on the ballot in the May primary with the help of groups like Emily’s List and Emerge Pennsylvania.
Currently there are 9 women in the 50 member state Senate, and 40 women of the 200 seated members in the state House.
Update: According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University Pennsylvania ranks 39th for women in the state legislature.
Emily’s List has been on the ground in Pennsylvania since last year when they ran a training session in Philadelphia to help women become more engaged and connect with resources to help them navigate the process.
Part of the work Emily’s List has done includes helping women who have been working in politics, including women in elected office, help those considering learn about the process. They have been working with groups in the state including Emerge Pennsylvania.
According to their website, Emerge Pennsylvania works towards “identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office.”
“Since November of 2016, we’ve seen a movement sweep the country and women have stepped up to lead the resistance. Women have decided that they are no longer accepting the status quo and have set out to make the government reflect their values and ideals,” Emerge Pennsylvania Executive Director Anne Wakabayashi said.
Emerge Pennsylvania has 18 alumni of their training program running for the state legislature, including five for the state Senate and 13 for the state House.
“After 100 percent of our alumnae on the ballot in 2017 won their elections, we are excited about the group of Emerge women who have stepped forward in 2018, ready to make a difference in their communities, Harrisburg and Washington,” Wakabayashi said.
Emerge Pennsylvania also has three alumni running for Congress.
The increase in Democratic women is part of an increase of Democratic candidates running for state legislative seats. 56% of the candidates who filed petitions to be on the primary ballot are Democrats, according to the Morning Call.
Many of the readers on this site will have had the experience of taking on the local GOP hacks in county government. My experience has been that they try to bully you by acting condescending as if you have no idea what you are talking about. What I have found is effective is when one has done one’s homework and reciting back to them what their actual voting record is. They generally start to look like a deer in the headlights and usually quickly run for cover. read more… https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/10/1697491/-Local-PA-activist-Katie-Muth-takes-on-anti-women-s-health-commissioner-publicly-and-wins
Many of the readers on this site will have had the experience of taking on the local GOP hacks in county government. My experience has been that they try to bully you by acting condescending as if you have no idea what you are talking about. What I have found is effective is when one has done one’s homework and reciting back to them what their actual voting record is. They generally start to look like a deer in the headlights and usually quickly run for cover.
I recently saw a great example of fighting back by a local activist in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Montgomery County is the third largest county in the state and is just northwest of Philadelphia. Democrats took over the county in 2011 and now control ever line seat. There is one Republican commissioner on the board still because of minority representation. But he is a doozy. He is avid Trump supporter Joe Gale.
Gale specializes in wild accusations. The county government has gotten so much better since 2011. Infrastructure fixes that were long neglected by the GOP are finally happening. However, Gale likes to throw out wild accusations like his hero Trump about corruption of the Democrats but of course provides no support for his wild claims whatsoever. I have to believe his childish antics are even an embarrassment to the local GOP. He has also made the supposed persecution of people of faith in Montgomery County (?!) an issue to scream about. It is like the grown ups govern, while he rants and raves.
Gale’s bigger ambitions led to his latest attack on Planned Parenthood, in which no lie was too outrageous to tell. He traveled to another county and helped shut down a Reproductive Health Center in a local high school that Planned Parenthood was involved in, by claiming they are pushing “abortion” even though the center has nothing to do with that.
This was too much for Katie Muth. Muth has been a big leader in the resistance in Montgomery County. She leads an Indivisible Chapter that meets monthly in a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and also does everything from knocking doors to canvassing in the county and fundraising for Democrats. She went to question Gale publicly about his lies at a meeting of the Montco commissioners. She brought other members of Indivisible and the fireworks started:
This is how it should be done. If there is one thing that Trump’s election did I hope is wake up a sleeping giant. I feel like a lot of people are tired of being pushed around by misogynists and ignorant fools.
Muth is also going to run for the State Senate in 2018. The PA State Senate was hit hard because Democrats, like they did in so many places, didn’t show up in 2014. She is running for the 44th Senate District. Not only is she a great candidate, but PA ties with Alabama and Mississippi for lack of female representation, so it is time to change that.
ACT BLUE – KATIE MUTH