September 14, 2014
September 14, 2014
September 9, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came to our September meeting. The Senator Ted Kennedy Memorial Scholarship application has been updated. Click the previous link to download the application. If you’re interested in the scholarship or know someone who would be, contact Kathy Muller (email@example.com). The scholarship is worth $1000 and any student, 18 or older, who is a registered Democrat and a Blair County resident is eligible.
August 6, 2014
Last night was our August meeting and here are some updates on what we discussed.
Whatever you can give helps us work toward electing Democrats in Blair County and Pennsylvania at large.
The Fall Banquet is scheduled for October 19 and will be at the Lakemont Casino & Resort again this year. We have lots of new and exciting options this year. For starters, you can buy tickets online. This year you can buy either individual tickets or purchase a whole table. We’re also looking into doing a room for kids, with kids tickets for only $10 (way less than a babysitter for the evening).
We are also offering the opportunity for campaigns or businesses to sponsor drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, or even a chocolate fountain. The same form contains the sign-up for donating baskets or items for our annual silent auction. Click here for the sponsorship form.
We are currently in the process of deciding on speakers for the event and we’ll update you as soon as we confirm speakers.
As always, the Fall Banquet is our biggest event of the year and planning it is a huge job. Liz Barr has volunteered to lead the banquet planning committee, but she’s going to need help. If you’re interesting in being a part of the banquet planning committee, email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re still lining up speakers, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have confirmed our line up.
The Blair Democrats will be participating in this year’s Labor Day parade in Altoona. The parade is Saturday, August 30 at 10am in downtown Altoona. We’ll be meeting at 9:30am at 9th and Green. We want to encourage everyone to join us in the parade to show our support for labor. If you’re interested in walking with us email email@example.com.
Finally, if you haven’t already, please fill out our Getting to Know You form to let us know what kind of volunteer opportunities you’re interested in. We’re going to need a lot help making phone calls, knocking on doors, and more for both the Wolf and Hartzok campaigns starting very soon.
Thanks so much to everyone who came to our most recent meeting. Our meetings are open to all registered Democrats. Our next meeting will be September 8 at 7pm at the AFSCME building in Duncansville. Children are welcome, we will have a babysitter available.
August 2, 2014
Join us for the annual fall banquet to celebrate Democrats and democracy in Blair County! Democrats from across the county will gather on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Casino at Lakemont Park in anticipation of a Tom Wolf victory in November.
Doors will open at 5:30, with a cash bar at 6:00 and dinner served at 6:30. This will be followed by a slate of guest speakers, TBA.
Individual tickets are available for $30 or you may reserve a table for 8. We are currently exploring options for children’s meals and activities based on demand.
You may also purchase ads for our fall banquet booklet, which is distributed to all attendees at the banquet. A member of the banquet committee will be in touch to confirm the details for your ad, or you can email your ad information right away to Liz.
Contact Liz Barr, banquet coordinator, with any questions about the event: firstname.lastname@example.org, 814.934.4137.
July 27, 2014
Are you ready for Demfest? If you haven’t heard of it, Demfest is an event held every other year at Knoebels Amusement Park. Parking is free, admission to the park is free, there is an optional $10 classic picnic lunch and a full day of fun, music, speakers, and getting to know Democrats from across Pennsylvania. If you’d like to buy tickets to the picnic lunch, you can buy them HERE.
If you’re interested in carpooling or just leaving along with us, email email@example.com.
July 10, 2014
In an effort to help our local Democrats get connected with the campaigns that they’re most interested in being involved with doing the things they’re interested in doing, we’ve created this short questionnaire. You may have received it in your email. If you did and filled it out, you’re good to go. If you didn’t receive it, make sure to fill it out and add your email address so that we can make sure you’re on our list for future emails.
Thanks so much for your help!
July 8, 2014
In case you missed our July meeting, here’s a quick recap of what you need to know:
Our final business of the evening was to discuss student voting. In Blair County, our solicitor is of the opinion that students have to go home to vote. This is is clearly stated by Pennsylvania’s voter website.
If you’re a student in Pennsylvania who has moved to a new county or a new state to attend college, you can still vote. As a college student, you have two choices on where you register to vote. You have the right to register and vote where you live now, whether that is an on-campus or off-campus address. Or, you may choose to register or remain registered and vote at your prior home address.
We are working on forming a team to address the issue of maintaining students’ full voting rights. Students are a group that are often discriminated against when it comes to voting. If you are interested in working with us to protect student voting rights, please contact Gillian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 18, 2014
What can you do to make a difference in the 2014 Election? Or any election for that matter? We’re here to tell you how.
What have you done today to help win in November?
What will you do tomorrow? Check all that apply:
___ Donated to a Democratic candidate
___ Knocked on doors/canvassed
___ Phone banked
___ Talked to a voter
___ Registered a new voter
___ Shared a political post
___ Attended a meeting/rally/event
___ Wrote a letter-to-the-editor
___ Wore Democratic/progressive gear
___ Commented on a post or newspaper article
One a day is good.
Two a day earns you a berth on our All-Star Team.
Doing all 10 in a month gets you into progressive heaven!
Who are our candidates?
Governor: Tom Wolf
Representative, 9th Congressional District: Alanna Hartzok
Memes and Posters
Submit a Letter to the Editor
If you’d like to submit a letter to the editor, but feel that you’d like help writing it, or want someone to look it over to send it in, I am always (and I do mean always) happy to help. All you have to do to get a helping hand with a Letter to the Editor is email it to me at email@example.com and I’ll look it over for you.
Altoona Mirror – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Altoona Mirror Letters
P.O. Box 2008
Altoona, PA 16603
Fax: (814) 946-7540
In person: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Collected by: Gillian Kratzer
Many thanks to the Kennett Area Dems!
June 13, 2014
Within the last year, the Blair County area – especially close to Altoona – has experience the huge shake up of having our local hospital taken over by UPMC. As community members, some of us fought to slow down the process and encouraged hospital executives to really think about the deal they were making. Altoona Regional Hospital executives plowed ahead and now our local hospital is UPMC Altoona. UPMC tried to play hardball with our local nurses, but the nurses, supported by local union members and members of the community at large fought back for a fair deal.
All along, our biggest fear has been UPMC’s seemingly endless battle for supremacy with Highmark and if UPMC gets its way in Pittsburgh, the consequences will be felt here in Blair County.
As you may have heard, UPMC—our region’s largest healthcare provider and “charity”– is refusing to renew its longterm contract with Highmark. That means more than three million patients could lose affordable in network access to UPMC at the end of this year.
It is unconscionable that UPMC executives are using patients as pawns in their business plan to build a monopoly on care in our region. Patients with the “wrong” insurance card are being turned away from hospitals, cut off from care mid-treatment, and forced to leave long-term family doctors. And Highmark subscribers with serious illnesses or chronic conditions are scared they won’t be able to see their UPMC caregivers in 2015.
We can’t let UPMC get away with these scare tactics.
Our partners from Make It Our UPMC are looking for patients who have been, or will be, impacted by UPMC’s refusal to negotiate a new contract with Highmark. If you have been impacted, or know of someone that has – share your story here to add your voice to the growing number ofpatients who are refusing to be bullied by UPMC.
Please share this with as many people as you can. Individually UPMC will not listen, but together we can make a noise that cannot be ignored.