Pennsylvania Observer

A blog for progressive people in Pennsylvania. Greens, Democrats and others who want to comment on current news items in the Keystone State.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Observations

Observations. .. Last week’s Observer pointed out that MoveOn.org had posted a video of Republicans chanting “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Social Security has got to go.” We were not aware at the time that US Senate Candidate Chuck Pennacchio’s campaign was responsible for the video…

Pennacchio has been the subject of rumors in Green Party circles. The Greens see a real opportunity with two anti-choice candidates running for US Senate under the two old party banners, so they are seeking a high profile candidate to lead their 2006 campaign. The Greens constantly posit themselves as the only pro-choice party and some see this race as their opportunity to solidify that position with the PA electorate. In a dream scenario, Pennacchio would get so frustrated with the DLC-dominated state Dems that he will bolt and join the Greens. Ideologically (check out Pennacchio’s issue website) it’s a great fit, but as we said, it’s only a dream…

A more likely scenario for the Greens is Philadelphia’s White Dog Café owner Judy Wicks, who expressed interest in taking on Santorum in the past. Wicks is a long-time progressive activist and would be hard-pressed to support an anti-choice, DLC-backed Democrat. Remember, you heard it here first…

Tim Stevens, former president of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP, has resurrected the Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP). B-PEP was a major political player in Pittsburgh during its heyday of the late eighties and early nineties, focusing on candidate recruitment and voter turnout. In announcing its rebirth, Stevens noted that when B-PEP was active, the voter turnout in Pittsburgh was at near-record highs for Blacks. In 1987, 88% of Blacks in Pittsburgh voted, while in recent years the turnout has been as low as 30%.In announcing the reformation of B-PEP, Stevens was quoted by the New Pittsburgh Courier as saying, "“We must utilize the concept of political mathematics. The more we vote, the more we get. The African-American community has never fully realized, nor utilized, the potential of our collective political power. Now is the time to wake the sleeping giant.”Call B-PEP at 412-758-7898 to get involved…

The Food Research and Action Center released its annual State of the States Report and found that Federal nutrition programs really make a difference in the health of low-income people. This is despite serious cuts in programs such as Food stamps, which saw funding fall by 17% from 1993 to 2003 (adjusted for inflation). Download the report by clicking here.

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