kbojar's blog http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=blog/kbojar en February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014 http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=february_4_nonpartisan_training_how_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014 <p>Because the response to our workshop on January 14 exceeded our expectations, we are doing it again!</p> <p>Making A Difference!<br /> How You Can Strengthen Democracy in Philadelphia</p> <p>Come to this non-partisan training; learn how you can win one of these positions. Help strengthen women’s voices in our political process and protect the right to vote!</p> <p>HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013<br /> HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014</p> <p>When: Monday, February 4, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm<br /> Where: Community College of Philadelphia<br /> Winnet Student Life Building<br /> Lecture Hall S2-3<br /> 17th Street b/w Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets<br /> Philadelphia Pa 19130</p> <p>Speaker:<br /> Stephanie Singer, City Commissioner</p> <p>Running for committeeperson is a very easy entry point into electoral politics. You don’t need to raise money; you just need the time and willingness to talk to your neighbors. Running for committeeperson is a way to learn grassroots organizing skills, gain leadership experience, and learn how the political system works.</p> <p>Running for Election board is an opportunity to ensure that we have fair elections. The Voter ID law, which is slated to be implemented in 2013, has drawn attention to what has been a very low profile position—the Judge of Elections. In each division, the Judge of Elections resolves disputes and makes determinations about voter eligibility in areas where the law is ambiguous. With the enactment of the Voter ID law, the position of Judge of Elections has become much more important. The Majority and Minority inspectors also play an important role in ensuring fair, well-run elections.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhoods and Businesses. </p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=february_4_nonpartisan_training_how_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=february_4_nonpartisan_training_how_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014#comments http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8567 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:36:11 +0000 kbojar 8567 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014 http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=jan_14_workshophow_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014 <p>The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women(NOW) and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women(CLUW) will hold a non-partisan workshop on:</p> <p>HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013</p> <p>HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014</p> <p>When: Monday, January 14, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm<br /> Where: 1606 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA</p> <p>Speakers:</p> <p>Stephanie Singer, City Commissioner</p> <p>Norman Matlock, Esq., Judge of Elections, 9th ward, 2nd division</p> <p>Nan Myers, Majority Inspector, 9th ward, 2nd division</p> <p>Although NOW and CLUW are focusing on recruiting their members, the workshop is open to any woman or man interested in running for any of these positions. Both NOW and CLUW have male members who are committed to gender equality and share our outrage that women make up only 17% of the PA legislature, one of the lowest rates in the country. </p> <p>Running for committeeperson is a very easy entry point into electoral politics. You don’t need to raise money; you just need the time and willingness to talk to your neighbors. Running for committeeperson is a way to learn grassroots organizing skills, gain leadership experience, and learn how the political system works.</p> <p>The Voter ID law (slated to be implemented in 2013) has drawn attention to what has been a very low profile position—-the Judge of Elections. In each division, the Judge of Elections resolves disputes and makes determinations about voter eligibility in areas where the law is ambiguous. This has been an under the radar position with very few citizens actually running for the job. The Majority and Minority Inspectors also play an important role in ensuring fair, well-run elections. With the enactment of the Voter ID law, having a fair, knowledgeable Election Board matters more than ever.</p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=jan_14_workshophow_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=jan_14_workshophow_run_election_board_2013_how_run_committeeperson_2014#comments COMMITTEEPERSON races Election Board http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8562 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:22:20 +0000 kbojar 8562 at http://youngphillypolitics.com When you go to the polls on Tuesday, check to see if there is a well-functioning election board. http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=when_you_go_polls_tuesday_check_see_if_there_wellfunctioning_election_board <p>When you go to the polls on Tuesday,check to see if there is a well-functioning election board with a Judge of Elections and Majority and Minority inspectors running the election. This is also an opportunity to find out if the incumbents intend to run again. There will no doubt quite a few openings for new election board members in 2013!</p> <p> The Voter ID law has drawn attention to what has been a very low profile position—the Judge of Elections. In each division, the Judge of Elections resolves disputes and makes determinations about voter eligibility in areas where the law is ambiguous. For example, if the name on a voter’s photo ID (Mary Jane Smith) doesn’t match the voter’s name as recorded in the voter rolls (e.g., M. Jane Smith), the Judge of Elections determines whether the names are “substantially the same;” if so, Ms. Smith can vote. Some cases as to what is “substantially the same” are clear-cut; others are not. What is clear is that with that the Voter ID law, the position of Judge of Elections has become much more important.</p> <p>Fortunately, the new Voter ID law will not be implemented for the November election. However, it will be back for the 2013 primary and, absent a change in the state legislature, this law is unlikely to go away. The Voter ID law makes it more important than ever that we have fair-minded, well qualified judges of election at every polling place.</p> <p>Phila NOW and Phila CLUW will hold a workshop on January 14 2013 from 5:30-7:00 at 1606 Walnut to educate members about running for Judge of Elections and Majority and Minority inspectors in 2013,and for committeeperson in 2014. The principal speaker will be City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, who will present information about the 2013 Judge of Elections election. </p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=when_you_go_polls_tuesday_check_see_if_there_wellfunctioning_election_board">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=when_you_go_polls_tuesday_check_see_if_there_wellfunctioning_election_board#comments Election Board Judge of Elections http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8545 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:03:10 +0000 kbojar 8545 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Another victory for democracy, transparency in the Democratic Party—this time in the Pennsylvania Democratic party! http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=another_victory_democracy_transparency_democratic_party%E2%80%94_time_pennsylvania_democratic_party <p>Some friends of mine who are very disillusioned with the Democratic Party and see little hope for improvement ask me why I bother working within the Democratic Party. Every once in awhile something happens which makes me think it might be worth it after all.</p> <p>Progress shouldn’t be this painfully slow, but the determination and persistence of Tracey Gordon and Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus has finally paid off. The Philadelphia Democratic Party finally acknowledged that Tracey Gordon won election as committeeperson in 2010 and seated her. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania Democratic Progressive Caucus, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is becoming more democratic, more transparent.</p> <p> <i> <p>On June 9 a resolution initiated by the PA Democratic Progressive Caucus was passed unanimously by Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. The resolution stated:</p> <p> <i>Whereas, that in all 67 counties in the State of Pennsylvania there is<br /> only one process in effect for the election of Democratic Committee<br /> people and that the Committee person election process has guidelines<br /> set forth by the Pa. Dept. of State and State election laws; and</i></p> <p>Whereas, we recognize that that all 67 Democratic County Committees<br /> are obligated to have rules and by-laws that are consistent with our<br /> State Party by-laws; and</p> <p>Whereas, it should only be practical, that in all 67 counties that<br /> there is only one process in effect to remove an elected county<br /> committee person from office within the Pennsylvania Democratic Party;</p> </i></p><p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=another_victory_democracy_transparency_democratic_party%E2%80%94_time_pennsylvania_democratic_party">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=another_victory_democracy_transparency_democratic_party%E2%80%94_time_pennsylvania_democratic_party#comments Democratic party http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8498 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:01:50 +0000 kbojar 8498 at http://youngphillypolitics.com After two years, the will of the voters is upheld in the Tracey Gordon case. http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=after_two_years_will_voters_upheld_tracey_gordon_case <p>After two years, Tracey Gordon and the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus (PDPC) won Round 1! In 2010, Tracey Gordon was elected to be a committee member of the 40th Ward in the Philadelphia Democratic Party, but despite that election, she was denied her seat by the vote of the Ward. See <a href="http://citypaper.net/articles/2010/07/08/philadelphia-democratic-city-committee-new-politicians">“When Elections Don't Matter: The city Democratic Party doesn't always care what voters think” </a> The Philadelphia Democratic Party and its chair, Bob Brady, refused to fix the problem. </p> <p>Despite repeated attempts to resolve the matter by Tracey, her supporters, her attorney Irv Acklesberg, and the PDPC, it wasn’t resolved until Irv Acklesberg filed a lawsuit seeking not only to reinstate Tracey, but to permanently enjoin future election nullifications by the Philadelphia Democratic Party. See the chronology of the case <a href=" http://www.youngphillypolitics.com/it’s_getting_harder_answer_friends_who_ask_me_“why_do_you_bother_working_within_democratic_party">posted at YPP. </a> </p> <p>No doubt realizing that it would lose the court fight, the Philadelphia Democratic Party reinstated Tracey Gordon. On May 17, 2012, under the direction of the Party, the 40th Ward voted to rescind the illegal resolution it passed almost two years ago. Because Tracy is now serving as a Deputy City Commissioner—a job in which she is continuing to protect the right to vote—she had to resign from her elected position. (City ethics rules do not permit employees to hold party office.)</p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=after_two_years_will_voters_upheld_tracey_gordon_case">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=after_two_years_will_voters_upheld_tracey_gordon_case#comments Philadelphia Democratic Party http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8410 Wed, 30 May 2012 21:13:36 +0000 kbojar 8410 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Philadelphia NOW 2012 Primary Election Newsletter http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=philadelphia_now_2012_primary_election_newsletter <p>Please see Philadelphia NOW 2012 Primary Election Newsletter with profiles of candidates and articles re urgent issues.</p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=philadelphia_now_2012_primary_election_newsletter#comments http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8374 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 01:35:10 +0000 kbojar 8374 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Philadelphia NOW Celebrates Local Women Leaders Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:30-7:30 pm Philadelphia Ethical Society http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=philadelphia_now_celebrates_local_women_leaders_thursday_april_19_2012_530730_pm_philadelphia_ethical_society <p>Philadelphia NOW Celebrates Local Women Leaders</p> <p>Thursday, April 19, 2012<br /> 5:30-7:30 pm<br /> Philadelphia Ethical Society<br /> 1906 Rittenhouse Square</p> <p>Please join us as we honor:</p> <p>Gloria Gilman<br /> for<br /> LEADERSHIP FOSTERING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AS CHAIR OF THE PHILADELPHIA DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS</p> <p>Tracey Gordon<br /> for<br /> LEADERSHIP FOSTERING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VOTER PARTICIPATION</p> <p>Sue and Hal Rosenthal<br /> for<br /> A LIFETIME OF ADVOCACY FOR PROGRESSIVE AND FEMINIST CAUSES AND SUE, IN PARTICULAR, FOR HER WORK IN THE MATERNITY CARE COALITION</p> <p>Jocelyn Morris<br /> for<br /> FOUNDING GERMANTOW NOW IN 1980 TO COMBAT SEXISM AND RACISM AND FOR<br /> HER CONTINUING WORK LINKING SEXISM AND RACISM</p> <p>$35 at the door. Sponsors donate a minimum of $100. This includes two event tickets and a listing in our event program. Click on the Donate button at <a href="http://www.phillynow.org" title="www.phillynow.org">www.phillynow.org</a>. Or send your contribution by check payable to Philadelphia NOW to 1211 Chestnut St., Ste. 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Please contact us at <a href="mailto:info.phillynow@gmail.com">info.phillynow@gmail.com</a> for further information or call Kathy Black at 215-893-3770</p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=philadelphia_now_celebrates_local_women_leaders_thursday_april_19_2012_530730_pm_philadelphia_ethical_society#comments Philadelphia NOW http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8368 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:14:50 +0000 kbojar 8368 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Should Judges be Elected? PA House Judiciary Public Hearing on Merit Selection http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=should_judges_be_elected_pa_house_judiciary_public_hearing_merit_selection <p>On March 1, I attended the PA House Judiciary Public Hearing on merit selection on behalf of the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus. This is something I would never have squeezed into my schedule if I were not retired. Merit selection (an appointive system of choosing judges) is not one of those hot button issues that grab the attention of the public. I probably would not have taken any interest in this issue were it not for my almost three decades as a Democratic committeeperson—a job I enjoy EXCEPT for the task of recommending judicial candidates to my neighbors. It is extraordinarily difficult to get reliable information about judicial candidates and I’m uncomfortable making endorsements when I don’t feel I can personally vouch for these candidates.</p> <p>Last January, Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus Chair Gloria Gilman organized a meeting of a group of civic/advocacy organizations with representatives of the Philadelphia Bar Association to express our dismay at their recommendation of recently elected Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nocella, who has <a href="http://www.the-next-stage.com/2011/11/i-thought-bar-association-could-be.html">a well-documented history of ethics violations and other dubious practices.</a> The officers of the Bar assured us they were making changes to their process which should prevent another such occurrence. But given the serious problems with our system of electing judges, an improvement in the Bar Association’s internal process for recommending judicial candidates is not enough. </p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=should_judges_be_elected_pa_house_judiciary_public_hearing_merit_selection">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=should_judges_be_elected_pa_house_judiciary_public_hearing_merit_selection#comments Merit Selection http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8339 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:03:45 +0000 kbojar 8339 at http://youngphillypolitics.com Citizen groups meet with Bar Association to discuss judicial elections http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=citizen_groups_meet_bar_association_discuss_judicial_elections <p>I have been a committeeperson for almost three decades—a job I enjoy EXCEPT for the job of recommending judicial candidates to my neighbors. It is extraordinarily difficult to get reliable information about judicial candidates and I’m uncomfortable making recommendations when I don’t feel I can personally vouch for these endorsements.</p> <p>Last week a group of civic/advocacy organizations which endorse candidates met with representatives of the Bar Association to express our dismay at their endorsement of recently elected Common Please Judge Thomas Nocella, who has a <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/133784758.html?viewAll=y">well-documented history of ethics violations and other dubious practices.</a> The officers of the Bar assured us they were making changes to their process which should prevent another such occurrence. </p> <p>The Nocella appointment was unusual due to the last-minute resignation by a sitting judge, which allowed the Democratic Party to make an election eve appointment. Because the Bar Association recommendation is good for three years, Nocella could make his last-minute entrance into the race as a recommended candidate. Well, a lot happened in those three years, including citations by the Ethics Commission. Also, the last minute appointment of Nocella was particularly egregious as he had been previously rejected by the voters three times. </p> <p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=citizen_groups_meet_bar_association_discuss_judicial_elections">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=citizen_groups_meet_bar_association_discuss_judicial_elections#comments Nocella Philadelphia Judicial Elections http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8300 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:38:49 +0000 kbojar 8300 at http://youngphillypolitics.com 1st congressional district has the most dramatic change in racial composition of any of the state's 19 congressional districts http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=1st_congressional_district_has_most_dramatic_change_racial_composition_any_state039s_19_congressional_districts <p>Thanks to Azavea, the web-based software design firm that developed the Redistricting the Nation project, we now have <a href="http://www.azavea.com/blogs/atlas/2011/12/pennsylvania-congressional-redistricting-we-have-a-plan/"> the demographics of the old and new Pennsylvania congressional districts. </a></p> <p>The first congressional district, represented by Bob Brady, has the most dramatic change in racial composition of any of the state's 19 congressional districts. Brady's district is currently 31.8% White and 48.0% black. His new district will be 46.9% white and 35.5% black. (The Asian and Latino percentages have changed very little.) </p> <p>Across the state, most of the changes in racial composition were relatively small—generally no more than a few percentage points. The only other district which had significant change was the 14th congressional district, which contains the entire city of Pittsburgh. In the 14th, the percentage of white voters was 69.4% % in the old district, 77.37% in the new; the percentage of black voters was 24.5% in the old district, 16.53% in the new. The shift in racial composition in the 14th is not as dramatic as in the first congressional district and it does not change the racial dynamics of the race. The 14th district was and remains a district which favors the election of a white candidate. The first district has gone from a district which was very favorable terrain for a black candidate to one in which a black candidate would be significantly less competitive. </p> <p>News reports suggested that Brady may have had something to do with this. <a href=" http://articles.philly.com/2011-08-20/news/29909425_1_rumor-special-election-bob-brady">Cris Brennan reported in the Daily News on 8/20/11: </a> </p> <blockquote><p>U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Democratic City Committee in Philadelphia, says that one hot rumor circulating in Harrisburg about his 1st Congressional District is way off the mark.</p> </blockquote><p><a href="http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=1st_congressional_district_has_most_dramatic_change_racial_composition_any_state039s_19_congressional_districts">read more</a></p> http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=1st_congressional_district_has_most_dramatic_change_racial_composition_any_state039s_19_congressional_districts#comments Bob Brady first congressional district redistricting http://youngphillypolitics.com/?q=crss/node/8273 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:03:08 +0000 kbojar 8273 at http://youngphillypolitics.com