WHY WE WON

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Well, it was one great night- probably the best night for Lehigh Valley Democrats since the 2005 County Executive sweep. Now that the dust has settled, we realize that Lamont McClure won a historic blowout of the incumbent County Executive, an eight point win. We now see that Phil Armstrong won a surprisingly easy 5% win against a better funded candidate who started with a substantial name recognition advantage. The wins didn't stop there though. Northampton County Council went from 7-2 Republican to 6-3 Democrat in one night. Democrats won races in Upper Milford, North Whitehall, Palmer, Bethlehem Township, South Whitehall, Bangor, Lower Saucon, and all sorts of other communities that Donald Trump won last year, some substantially. County wide Democrats regularly rolled up numbers in excess of 20,000 in…
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GOT GOOD GOVERNMENT?

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By Barbara Diamond Recent cases of corruption in Allentown and Philadelphia had some Bethlehem residents wondering if our city’s ethics code was sufficient to protect us. The answer, as we discovered, was NO. Bethlehem’s current code of ethics was passed by resolution in 1991. It is simply a one page document with bullet points recommending proper behavior such as avoiding conflicts of interest, the appearance of impropriety, and treating the public with respect. Cities large and small have moved beyond this simple code to embrace a much more robust “ethics program” passed by ordinance that includes requirements of conduct such as prohibiting gifts, hiring relatives, “the revolving door”, etc.; training and ongoing advising for officials, enhanced financial disclosures and oversight by an independent, volunteer, non-partisan board of ethics. These are the…
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Uncertainty in Climate Science Cuts Both Ways

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By Thomas H. Pritchett Recently, the argument is being made that the U.S. should take no action on climate change because of the uncertainty in the science.  Although, multiple lobbyists and politicians have been heard to make this argument, it was probably best articulated by Bret Stephens in his April 28 opinion in the New York Times.  .   I would like to address that argument here.   Yes, there is indeed still considerable uncertainty in science on climate change, particularly in terms of the prediction of ultimate impacts.  But here is what is not uncertain: 1) the Earth is absorbing more heat from the Sun than it radiating back into space; 2) the primary cause of this energy imbalance is the increased levels of greenhouse gasses with the primary source…
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Getting Real about Creating Decent Jobs

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By Kim Shively At his rally in Harrisburg on April 29, President Trump promised to restore manufacturing jobs and reinvigorate the coal industry—promises met with cheers and chants from his supporters. Many Pennsylvanians crave jobs that pay a livable wage and offer real benefits, jobs where a single wage-earner can support a family in reasonable comfort. But Trump’s promises are empty. The manufacturing and mining jobs that formed the backbone of employment in Pennsylvania decades ago are not coming back. The reason for this is not that “foreigners” stole the jobs or immigrants drove down wages, though Trump has made a career out of blaming poor, often brown, people for the loss of manufacturing jobs. The primary reason manufacturing jobs are not coming back to America is mechanization. That is,…
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Trump’s Executive Order to Establish Religious Bias, or Simply Breed Animosity?

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By Courtney Tobin This Thursday, the National Day of Prayer, Donald Trump is reportedly going to sign an executive order to protect so-called religious freedom, according to Politico. Because executive orders are at the sole discretion of the president (within certain constitutional boundaries), the administration need not report on the exact language of the order ahead of time, and we will not be able to read a definitive copy of what he signs until it is entered into the Federal Register, possibly early next week. And yet, news organization of varying levels of credibility have been writing about this all day, with headlines ranging from the detached (“Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order,” – USA Today) to the terrifying (“Trump Reportedly Will Issue 'License to Discriminate' Order…
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In Syria, Trump Needs to Learn Impulse Control

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By Kim Shively Many people have supported Trump's bombing of the airfield in Syria in response to President Bashar Al-Assad’s use chemical weapons against his own population. Even people I consider to be my political “heroes”—people such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—failed to oppose Trump’s action. I can certainly understand the desire to respond forcefully to the suffering that Assad has inflicted on his own people. The images of dying men, women, and children were terrible to bear and stirred our deepest sympathies. However, Trump’s approach to the problem of Syria is reckless and impulsive and may make things worse for the very people he claims to care so much about. What I would like to do here is lay out why Trump’s actions were useless at best, destructive at…
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March For Science 4/22/17: Press Release

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-April 12, 2017- Lehigh Valley 4 All, a progressive political organization representing the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, will be sponsoring the Lehigh Valley March for Science Rally on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017. The rally runs from 1PM-3PM and will be held at Payrow Plaza in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Drawing together a broad coalition of nonpartisan organizations and corporations, the March for Science is the start of a global movement to shine a light on the vital role science plays in all aspects of modern life. Organizers want the march to highlight the existence of extensive national support for climate change acceptance, evidenced-based legal policy, more research funding, and inclusive and accessible science education for all.  The Lehigh Valley March for Science is a recognized satellite march of the…
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3/7/17 Meeting Lehigh Valley For All Minutes

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Download As PDF March 7, 2017 Call to Order: 6:38 PM Executive Committee Report Vice President: The committee met 2 weeks ago for formation-type discussions. This included dividing duties, what issues will be covered by who, and planning future executive-level communications Treasurer: Current Income: $0 Current Expenses: $0 $10 annual dues were decided upon. The Treasurer will collect dues from members at meetings, will provide receipts and keep records. Revenue from dues will go toward supplies for LV4All activities. Announcement: Meeting Space will be moved to the United Steelworkers building starting with the April meeting. Please bring $1 per person to rent the space Committee Reports Communications: Social Media is now active, so please interact with us. If you have any relevant content you think should be on the Facebook…
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Tuesday 1/31/17 General Meeting

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Tuesday 1/31/17 General Meeting Lehigh Valley For All will host it's 2nd meeting in  late January. Date: Tuesday January 31, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM Location: ReMax Office 2910 Easton Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18017
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