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Don’t Take the May 18th Primary for Granted – Vote!

Don't Take the May 18th Primary for Granted - Vote!
What's at Stake.

 
 As Upper St. Clair Democrats, we have a lot of which to be proud. With 93% of the township’s registered Democrats voting in the 2020 presidential election, Upper St. Clair went blue for the first time in its history. Other success stories among Democrat voters across the country also made news, but the Republicans are now fighting back by, among other actions, doubling down on their efforts to restrict voting rights and limiting the power of Democratic governors.
 
In 43 states, Republican lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting with such constraints as stricter ID requirements, limited hours or narrower eligibility to vote by absentee ballot, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.
 
In addition, there is a move among the state’s Republican controlled legislatures to strip a governor’s emergency powers and place it in the hands of state legislators. Regardless of your thoughts on Governor Wolf’s handling of the Covid 19 response, it would be extremely unlikely that a consensus could be reached among our 253 legislators, thus politicizing and paralyzing our state’s response to an emergency and any requests for federal aid to deal with the emergency.
 
Governor Wolf has said that prematurely ending his disaster declaration would have itself been “disastrous” for the state and that requiring repeated legislative approval “could slow down or halt emergency response when aid is most needed.”
 
On the May 18 primary, Pennsylvania voters will vote on three amendments to the state’s constitution, two of which would strip the Governor from having any veto power over any Disaster Emergency Declaration and Management actions agreed upon by a majority of state legislators, which Republicans currently possess.
 
For more information on these amendments: go to: https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/Pages/Joint-Resolution-2021-1.aspx
What Can I Do?
Vote no on Proposed Constitutional Amendment – Article III, Section 9
Vote no on Proposed Constitutional Amendment – Article IV
 
In addition:
  • Forward this newsletter to anyone who you think will be planning to vote on May 18;
  • Encourage your family and friends to vote no on these amendments; and most importantly
  • Vote and encourage everyone you know to vote.
 
Voting on these amendments matters.  Our lives literally could depend on it.

 
Next USC Democratic Committee Meeting: Wednesday, April 28th at 7 pm via Zoom. Please contact maryfmcintyre56@gmail.com for an invitation to the meeting. 

Vote for Jennifer Schnore for USC School Board
on May 18, 2021

As we all know, all politics is local and as Democrats we are very fortunate to have a USC Democrat running to maintain her seat on the Upper St. Clair School Board. Jennifer Schnore was unanimously approved in January 2020 to serve the remaining two years of the term of Dante Plutko, who resigned January 13, 2020.

As the sole Democrat on either the School Board or the Township’s Board of Commissioners, let’s give Mrs. Schnore our overwhelming support on May 18.

Jen has been an Upper St. Clair resident since 2003.  She and her husband, Peter, have two boys who attend Boyce and Ft. Couch Middle Schools.  After practicing as a litigation attorney at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, Jen became a full time stay at home parent when her first son was born.  As her children moved through preschool and Eisenhower Elementary, she became heavily involved in community volunteer work.  Among other things, she took leadership positions in the Eisenhower Parent Teacher Organization (“PTO”) and eventually served as PTO Vice President, President and Board Advisor at Boyce Middle School.  Jen founded the USCSD district-wide SHIM food drive in 2018.  In January of 2020, she was unanimously appointed to the Upper St. Clair School Board.  Jen currently performs part time legal work from home as an independent contractor.  On Tuesdays, you can find her volunteering at the USCSD free food distribution in the high school parking lot.  She also weekly helps at a UPMC vaccination clinic to do her part in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
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