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Bucks County Teens Gather to Talk Hate Incidents & What Comes Next- Levittown Now

A large group of Bucks County middle and high school students traveled to Washington D.C. in December to testify about hate incidents in Bucks County schools. On Saturday evening, the African-American Museum of Bucks County hosted a follow up forum in Langhorne Borough.

The forum was attended by students from across the county who traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and some who did not make the trek. The event gave students a chance to make their voices heard and air the experiences that caused them to want to journey to the Capitol.

“You’re all brave, young people, and I am very proud of you,” said Linda Salley, the board president of the AAMBC.

“I thought it was a really empowering experience for me to share my experiences with a member of the actual government,” said one of the student attendees.

For the student attendee, it was important for Fitzpatrick to listen to the experiences and concerns of young people in his district.

Other attendees recounted stories of being profiled by police, having racial slurs directed at them, swastikas being drawn on folders and problems in their schools.

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What The Congressional Redistricting Ruling Means- Levittown Now

Pennsylvania’s congressional districts will be redrawn following a ruling issued Monday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters on behalf of 18 voters spread among the Keystone state’s 18 congressional districts. The lawsuit challenged the congressional districts as being gerrymandered – drawn to unfairly benefit one party -across the state.

“The Court finds as matter of law that the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, on that sole basis,we hereby strike it as unconstitutional,” the court order reads.

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Women in uniform emerge on suburban Philly ballots- WHYY

As Democratic candidates line up to run for the three congressional seats held by Republicans in Philadelphia’s suburbs this year, a trend has emerged.

The Democratic field for each of those races includes a woman with a military or national security background.

Rachel Reddick (above), who’s running in the 8th District in Bucks County is a Navy veteran.

In the 6th District in the western suburbs, Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan is a candidate the national Democratic Party is excited about.

And the newest candidate for the 7th District in Delaware County, Shelly Chauncey, spent 15 years in the CIA.

“It’s a profile that I think voters find comforting,” said Mark Nevins, a Democratic strategist and veteran of many congressional campaigns. “Voters appreciate candidates who have a record of service, especially service to the country.”

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Tax bill must be defeated- Bucks County Courier Times

Our congressman urged us not to get “bogged down in numbers” when we review the massive tax overhaul that he and other Republicans have passed. But when it comes to our tax code, Pennsylvanians know that the devil is often in the details.

The largest detail is this: More than three-fourths of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

This astonishing statistic comes from the study by the Tax Foundation that Congressman Fitzpatrick himself cited when trying to sell the House bill as a middle-class tax cut. With all these cuts for millionaires and billionaires, where will revenue be made up? Actually, it won’t; this bill will increase our deficit by over $1.5 trillion.

Is this the fiscal responsibility Republicans champion?

Attempting to make this bill seem fiscally sound, Republicans are gutting countless deductions middle-class families have relied on to stay afloat. To name a few, they include deductions for medical expenses; moving expenses; student loan interest; even deductions for financial losses caused by theft. Seventy percent of the families who use these deductions make less than $75,000 a year.

 

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RELEASE: PA-8 Congressional Candidate Rachel Reddick’s Statement on President Trump’s Naming Mick Mulvaney as Acting Head of the CFPB

Doylestown, PA– In response to President Trump’s installment of Budget Secretary Mulvaney as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rachel Reddick, Democratic Candidate for Congress in PA-8, released the following statement:

“In naming Mick Mulvaney acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), President Trump has once again thrown everyday Americans under the bus to promote big banks, credit card companies, and large donors. This move is in direct defiance of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was put in place to stop the kinds of fraudulent business practices that led to the financial collapse.

Mulvaney’s goal is to significantly weaken the CFPB, which will negatively affect every American with a bank account, student or home loan, or credit card. Trump’s move will especially harm our nation’s veterans and their families, who are often the target of predatory lenders the CFPB is charged with overseeing.

This is just the latest attack by Donald Trump on the independence of Financial Regulators. And Republicans in Congress have egged him on – including Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick who voted in June to revoke CFPB rules which held banks and corporations accountable for wrongdoing.

Middle and working class people need representatives in Washington who will stand up to this administration and make sure independent government agencies are allowed to do their jobs – like keeping Wall Street from playing the lottery with people’s life-savings and 401k’s and protecting our nation’s veterans and seniors. Congress must act to restore independence and legitimacy to the CFPB which was set up to stand between consumers and deceptive lenders.

I will fight every day against policies that harm Pennsylvanians and be a backstop against the dangerous decisions coming from this Administration. Unfortunately, Congressman Fitzpatrick remains silent while Donald Trump ensures the hard working families of Bucks and Montgomery Counties are left unprotected against big banks and credit companies.”

RELEASE: PA-8 Congressional Candidate Rachel Reddick’s Statement on the GOP Tax Plan

Doylestown, PA– In response to GOP Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s vote in favor of the Republican tax scam, Democratic candidate in the 8th District Rachel Reddick issued the following statement:

“Brian Fitzpatrick voted today to raise taxes on thousands of families in his own district and millions more across the country. This bill is not “reform” in any sense of the word, but a massive windfall to corporations and the wealthiest Americans paid for by gutting deductions that everyday hard working families rely on — deductions for everything from property taxes to job training programs. This bill will blow up the deficit, weaken our economy, and increase taxes on middle class families. Brian Fitzpatrick has failed the hard-working families and small business owners of Bucks and Montgomery Counties who will suffer financially as a result of this bill.”

Rachel Reddick is a former anti-domestic abuse advocate and Naval Officer who served six years on active duty in the JAG Corps. Rachel is currently a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and lives in Fountainville with her husband and son. Rachel is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. Learn more at www.rachelreddick.com.

Breaking down the key House, U.S. Senate races looming in Pa., N.J. – The Inquirer

After Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, much of the political world is turning to the fight for Congress — and the Philadelphia region is already in both parties’ battle plans.

Several races in the area are shaping up as among the most competitive in the country. Here is an early rundown of the key contests and candidates in the mix for 2018, when for the first time a national electorate will weigh in on the Trump administration:

New Jersey 2d Congressional District (based in Atlantic County)
Republican Frank LoBiondo’s retirement Tuesday suddenly turned this district from an afterthought into one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities.

The district, which roams across South Jersey from the Shore to the Delaware River, backed Trump last year, but also went for Barack Obama twice.

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, long rumored to covet the seat, is interested in running and already has the backing of South Jersey political power George Norcross. Two other Democrats, Tanzie Youngblood and Sean Thom, are already in the race.The Republican field is still taking shape, though Assemblyman Chris Brown has been mentioned as one potential candidate.

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Veteran Enters Race to Challenge Fitzpatrick – PoliticsPA

Navy veteran Rachel Reddick released a video announcing her campaign to challenge Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks).

“Washington isn’t delivering for Bucks County families, and with so much at stake, I had to step up. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has voted with Donald Trump 80% of the time, and has done nothing to lower healthcare costs or create jobs,” Reddick said in a release.

Reddick served as a Judge Advocate General in the Navy after graduating from from Rutgers Law School. Prior to that, Reddick was legal advocate for victims of domestic abuse at the Bucks County Domestic Violence Agency.

Reddick is currently an officer in the Naval reserves.

Fitzpatrick’s campaign responded to the announcement, welcoming Reddick to Bucks county and to the race.
“We welcome her to Pennsylvania and wish her well in her new residence. As Brian is less than nine months into his first term in office, he will remain focused on working closely with our hometown community to represent all of us in Washington, and will not be engaging in campaign discussions until the campaign season begins next year,” Fitzpatrick spokesman Mike Barley said.

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Chalfont native seeks Democratic nomination for 2018 congressional election – The Intelligence

A sense of patriotism and duty inspired a Chalfont-born naval officer to join the armed services after graduating law school. That same feeling brought Rachel Reddick back to her home state to make a run for the 8th Congressional District seat in the 2018 elections.

Reddick announced this weekend her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 2018 primary, looking to be the one who can flip the 8th district after what would be eight years of Republican control.

“I’ve always been interested in serving my community,” Reddick said. “Toward the end of the summer, my husband and I moved back home. I was looking for the best way to become involved, and this avenue stuck out. A Democrat needed to step up in this district, and I was willing to do it.”

Reddick talked about her upbringing and jumping into the political world over a pot of coffee at the Eagle Diner in Warminster, the same diner where she waitressed during her college years at Temple University. Born and raised in the borough by her parents, Jonathan and Donna Weidemann, Reddick graduated from Christopher Dock High School in Towamencin in the early 2000s and later earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Temple in 2006.

She started her career in earnest as a legal aide for A Woman’s Place, a Doylestown-based organization that advocates for women suffering from domestic abuse. After witnessing the power of the law to help people, Reddick went to law school at Rutgers University’s Camden campus. She interned with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office family violence and sexual assault unit, but then took a different path after earning her law degree.

Her grandfather and father both served in the Navy, and her brother was an active Marine during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reddick could not resist the urge to follow their footsteps.

“I’m incredibly proud of my family’s service,” said Reddick. “They instilled in me a deep sense of patriotism and also the need to serve. I wanted to go on this grand adventure and help out sailors and marines across the world.”

After completing officer training in 2011, Reddick deployed to Hawaii for the next two years, serving with the Navy’s Judge Advocate General and working her way up to lieutenant. She was then sent back east to clerk at the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C., until her recent move to the Fountainville section of Bedminster with her husband, Nick, a federal prosecutor, and their 13-month-old son, Sawyer. She is now an officer in the Naval reserves as she ramps up her first political campaign.

“At the end of the day, you can only complain so much if you haven’t put in the work to serve your community,” Reddick said. “I see a lot of disarray in Washington, a lot of folks refusing to work together and a lot of people not accomplishing what they said they would do.”

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