It’s Monday 4/23/2023

IT’S MONDAY! and there is so much happening that I cannot pick a subject to concentrate on. There is a story circulating that a major Republican contributor has told the beneficiaries of his largess that they should be passing more voter suppression legislation. Tennessee just passed a bill protecting gun and ammunition makers and sellers from civil suits. Although Mifepristone was temporarily saved by the Supreme Court, we can see the same procedural line being drawn around this issue that we saw building around the abortion fight before Dobbs. The choice of courts for this suit was not accidental! Republicans cry foul and blame Democrats for immigration problems but refuse to work on legislation to correct the problem. Is anyone willing to bet on the resurgence of migrant caravans just in time for the 2024 election?

The list of absurd things the GOP is promoting is as endless as the list of things that need attention and don’t get it. Republicans at all levels of Government; Federal, State, County, and Local, have abandoned the principles of equality and inclusion and instead promote exclusion and discrimination.

In a significant way, the voters in the Punxsutawney Area School District can counteract the craziness that is seeming to be infiltrating the discourse there. Three candidates have come forward to bring some sanity to decision-making on the School Board. We had our regular JeffDems Executive Board Meeting last Thursday, in person for the first time in a while. I want to thank Tim and Laurie Spence for their hospitality as we met at Winslow House, their B&B. School Board Candidates Cindy Taylor, Sally E. Villella, and Lisa Gourley attended the meeting and spoke with us about their candidacy. Cindy is a retired teacher, Sally has a background in dealing with mental health, and Lisa is a registered nurse. As a group, they believe our schools should be a safe space where our children (of any age) should be able to discuss items of concern to them with a teacher. They do not believe in requirements that would exclude or discriminate against any student, and that they should not be tolerated. Book banning will not be tolerated. We can help our schools and these candidates by getting out and voting on Primary Election Day (May 16) or by voting by mail. Cindy will be on the ballot, while Sally and Lisa are write-in candidates. Spread the word in the Punxsutawney School District Precincts to vote for these people. It is important.

John Huot, JeffDems Chairperson


May 1 – Last day to REGISTER to vote before the Primary.
May 9 – Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot.
May 16 – Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (by 8pm).
May 16 – Primary Election Day (polls open 7am – 8pm)


Our treasurer tells us, “We have 22 donors, up from 19 at the end of 2022.” As of 4/22/2023, there are 5,971 registered Democrats in Jefferson County. Do the division, folks, and you will see that less than 1% of registered Democrats contribute. GREEN IS THE COLOR OF MONEY! SEND YOURS TODAY!
Thank you!

Jefferson County Democratic Committee
c/o Jane Halin, Treasurer
PO Box 266
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
or use ActBlue I just gave to Jefferson County Democratic Committee (PA)!