Pennlive: This Is What You Stand For When You Stand With Pa. Democrats | Opinion

* This is one of the most important elections of our lives because this is the year we can stop the disastrous and downright evil policies that the Republicans have been pushing for the past two years.

* When you stand with the Democratic Party, you stand with the Party of the people. You stand with the working men and women of Pennsylvania. You stand for good-paying jobs. You stand for raising the minimum wage.

* You stand for access to quality health care. You stand for welcoming immigrants. You stand for protecting our seniors. You stand for justice and civil rights for all Americans. You stand for children having the education they need to be successful. These are our values, and we have fantastic candidates up and down the ballot who are going to fight for them.

* We will build upon our momentum, elect Democrats up and down the ticket in on Nov. 6, continue to expand our bench in 2019, take back our White House in 2020, and set ourselves up for victory beyond. This year is the year we can prove to the country and to the world that we are a blue state. Let’s get to work.


Pennlive: This is what you stand for when you stand with Pa. Democrats | Opinion

By Nancy Patton Mills

In only five months, Pennsylvanians will go to the polls to vote in one of the most important elections in history, and Pennsylvania Democrats are ready. 2018 presents a remarkable opportunity for us to move Pennsylvania forward and prove that we are indeed a blue state.

This is one of the most important elections of our lives because this is the year we can stop the disastrous and downright evil policies that the Republicans have been pushing for the past two years.

Policies that attempt to take health care away from millions or tax plans that take money from working Pennsylvanians and put more money in the pockets of the top 1 percent. Policies that rip children from their mothers and fathers and deny immigrants the opportunity to participate in the American dream.  

And the Republicans’ standard bearers this year are extremists who will always put themselves and special interests ahead of Pennsylvanians. They represent some of the worst that this commonwealth has to offer and they are absolutely unfit to serve in higher office.

If they win, they will continue to push their wrong-headed policies and values while hurting Pennsylvanians in the process. Democrats cannot and will not allow that to happen.

When you stand with the Democratic Party, you stand with the Party of the people. You stand with the working men and women of Pennsylvania. You stand for good-paying jobs. You stand for raising the minimum wage.

You stand for access to quality health care. You stand for welcoming immigrants. You stand for protecting our seniors. You stand for justice and civil rights for all Americans. You stand for children having the education they need to be successful. These are our values, and we have fantastic candidates up and down the ballot who are going to fight for them.

Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey defend us every single day in Harrisburg and in Washington, and we are going to work for them every day until November 6 to get them re-elected.

But we’ve learned as a Party that success at the top of the ticket is not good enough. We are proud that we have a Democratic candidate in every single congressional district and a record number of candidates for State House and State Senate. We are going work hard to get them elected and send more Democrats to break the Republican grasp on our government.

We have the momentum and the enthusiasm on our side to do just that. Historic wins in 2017 and Conor Lamb’s remarkable victory earlier this year provided our blueprint for success.

When the party comes together with labor and grassroots groups, we have shown we overcome even the most daunting of odds. But we still have a lot of work to do — the rumored Blue Wave is not going to happen simply by hoping it into existence.

As 2016 taught us, our Democratic victories lay within the margins.

We cannot make the mistake of ignoring certain voters ever again. For too long our Party relied on communities and constituencies to stand with us at rallies but failed to invite them to sit with us at the table.

That changes now. I come from Pittsburgh, the city of bridges. My promise to you as the chairwoman of the Democratic Party is to build bridges to communities in all corners of the commonwealth because we are the Party of all of the people.

Our Party is built from the grassroots up, so we are going to include new members in our ranks alongside our standard bearers in every county. This is the way we will move Pennsylvania forward, and that’s why we commit, right now, to building bridges and showing up – ready to roll up our sleeves and get going.

Together we are going to coordinate through the summer and fall to organize; to knock on doors, make phone calls, recruit volunteers, and encourage Pennsylvanians to vote for Democrats.

We will build upon our momentum, elect Democrats up and down the ticket in on Nov. 6, continue to expand our bench in 2019, take back our White House in 2020, and set ourselves up for victory beyond.

This year is the year we can prove to the country and to the world that we are a blue state. Let’s get to work.

Nancy Patton Mills is chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. She writes from Allegheny County.

Read the chairwoman’s column here.