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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called on officials to send a strong message to Central America in response to an influx of children crossing into the United States, but cautioned against detaining the children in locations across the country. Toomey visited The Morning Call Thursday, July 3, 2014.       /////&xC5;&xC5;\                  ALLENTOWN       DONNA FISHER/THE MORNING CALL          Pic made WEDNESDAY,  JULY 3, 2014 ORG XMIT: TMC1407011924430850
Received this e-mail today from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign:
Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look.

On the left, below, we have what Sen. Toomey says in Pennsylvania, from his May 29 newsletter. On the right is what he does when he gets to Washington, D.C.

By the way, Sestak pointed out today that local press is slamming Toomey on this:
Erie Times-News Calls Out Sen. Toomey’s Reckless Actions Against Small Businesses and Manufacturers
Newspaper Chastises Toomey’s “Position of Tea Party Politicians and the Club for Growth”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2015

In a Sunday column, the editorial board at the Erie Times-News criticized Sen. Toomey’s actions against the U.S. Export-Import Bank – a little known federal agency that helps small businesses expand into export markets. The Times-News noted Toomey’s misguided view on this issue is “the same position of tea party politicians and the Club for Growth.”

The editorial commended a bipartisan group of legislators in Washington, D.C., who have been working together to support reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank because it helps Erie County small businesses, like Industrial Sales & Manufacturing Inc. and Eriez Manufacturing.

The editorial also noted that former Admiral Joe Sestak “got it right recently when he said the Ex-Im Bank enables ‘American entrepreneurs to turn an export opportunity into an actual sale.’” Toomey, however, gets it wrong when he refers to the Ex-Im Bank’s programs that help small businesses and manufacturers export their goods as “welfare.”

Joe supports the Ex-Im Bank of the United States because, even though it is relatively unknown to most people, its goal is crucial: providing American exporters with insurance against losses, direct loans to buyers of U.S. products, loan guarantees for banks that make working capital loans and loan guarantees to banks that lend to foreign buyers.

FACTS:

In Pennsylvania alone, the Ex-Im Bank supported over 250 businesses that conducted  a total of $6 billion in transactions since 2007, directly supporting 35,000 jobs in the process.1

Nationwide, 5,691 of the 8,811 exporting companies that used the bank from 2007 to 2014 were small businesses.2

In 2013, small companies accounted for more than 90 percent of the bank’s insurance, and 95 percent of all working capital loan guarantees went to small companies.​3

The Ex-Im bank turned a profit in 2013 and paid $1.1 billion to the Treasury.4

​For many export-driven small businesses, this support is crucial. That’s why support for the Ex-Im Bank is one of the rare issues where the White House, the National Association of Manufacturers, Republicans and Democrats alike agree.5 Toomey’s opposition to the Ex-Im Bank is yet another example of his saying that he supports job creation by small business, but does the exact opposite in D.C.

Increasing our export economy is critical for our continued economic recovery and for further job creation. In fact, every $1 billion of additional exports produces about 7,000 good American jobs6  and it is estimated that trade supported jobs pay 13 to 18 percent higher than the national average wage.7

Instead of letting ideology get in the way of prosperity, Toomey should think about the people of Pennsylvania. Since Toomey took office, 232 Pennsylvania companies have used the Ex-Im Bank to increase sales and create jobs.8  If Toomey had his way, those businesses would have been on their own.

For more information, contact:
Danielle Lynch
610-505-5861
danielle.lynch@joesestak.com

1. http://www.delcochamber.org/...

2. http://www.exim.gov//customcf/congressionalmap/us_map.cfm

3. http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/...

4. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

5. http://www.cnbc.com/...

6. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

7. https://ustr.gov/...

8. http://www.exim.gov/...

Here's what Sestak has been up to:


If you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign, you can do so here:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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Two days ago I shared news of a local paper in Pennsylvania that had printed a Memorial Day letter to the Editor calling for "regime change" with possible executions of President Obama and members of his administration. The response was awesome, with many Kossacks writing their own letters to the paper and sharing them in the discussion thread. Seems like you probably helped bring about a great end to this story! I'll supply some links below, but be aware that the paper's site allows you only five free page views per month, so choose which pages you want to view.

The local community responded as well, and the Sunbury Daily Item has printed six letters objecting strongly to the "regime change" letter. In addition, yesterday, the paper did two things - take down the offending letter from the website, and post this note:

   Reader response
    Updated: May 27, 2015 - 11:29 am

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily Item received more than 100 Letters to the Editor in response to a Monday Letter to the Editor. Here is a sampling of the letters received from around the nation.

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They posted a selection of the letters they received - see if yours is there!

Today, the Daily Item published an editorial apologizing for printing the crucial paragraphs of the "regime change" letter. The editorial includes some attempts at face-saving, understandably enough, but on the whole I think it is a good response::

WE BUNGLED THE OBAMA ATTACK LETTER

There is no excuse for the letter The Daily Item published on Memorial Day. We did something we shouldn’t have and the readers who called us on it deserve accountability.

. . .

Nearly a decade of provocative and divisive rhetoric may have inured us to language that calls the president of the United States “the coward-in-chief” and the disrespectful use of the president’s first name. Both those elements are common to corners of the mediascape, having been uttered by commentators and candidates for president.

But we should have recognized that the final two metaphorical paragraphs of the Ramadi letter were inescapably an incitement to have the chief executive of our government executed. They should have been deleted.

. . .

Our readers and critics have reacted in force, as they should have. We accept their judgment and embrace the calls for heightened awareness and a higher standard for civil discourse.

The Daily Item apologizes for our failure to catch and remove the inappropriate paragraphs in the letter directed at President Obama. We will strive to do better in the future.

If you feel moved to let the Daily Item know what you think about its handling of this mistake, you can do it here.
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Pennsylvania Republican senatorial candidate Pat Toomey (L) shakes hands with Democratic senatorial candidate Congressman Joe Sestak before their debate at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaff
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (left) faces a rematch with Democrat Joe Sestak
In the last few months, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has looked like the favorite in light-blue Pennsylvania. Two polls gave him a strong job approval rating, and national Democrats aren't happy to see their 2010 nominee, ex-Rep. Joe Sestak, making another run. However, a new survey from Public Policy Polling paints a very different picture of next year's Keystone State contest and finds that while Toomey starts with a lead, he's far from secure in a race that could decide control of the Senate.
• 44-35 vs. ex-Rep. Chris Carney

• 44-35 vs. state Sen. Vincent Hughes

• 44-34 vs. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

• 46-41 vs. ex-Gov. Ed Rendell

• 42-38 vs. 2010 nominee Joe Sestak

• 44-33 vs. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams

Against all comers, Toomey takes between 42 and 46 percent of the vote, a bit far from the 50 percent mark he'd like to be at. PPP finds Toomey's approval rating underwater at 30-37, not a great place for an incumbent in a hostile state to be. A March Quinnipiac poll and May survey from Harper Polling gave Toomey a 49-24 and 54-32 approval rating respectively, and there's no easy explanation for why PPP finds something so different.

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Received this e-mail today from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign:
Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look.

On the left, below, we have what Sen. Toomey says in Pennsylvania, from his May 22 newsletter. On the right is what he does when he gets to Washington, D.C.

If you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign, you can do so here:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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Received this e-mail today from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign:
Sen. Pat Toomey said, “You don’t have to look just at what I say, you can look at what I did.” We need to, because Pennsylvanians were harmed by what Toomey did with his votes in Washington, D.C., last week.

1.  Toomey’s Harmful Votes Against Pennsylvanian Seniors:

    Cut Medicare by $700 million

Voted to take $700 million out of Medicare, which the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare called “a terrible precedent.”

    Dismantle Operation Chokepoint, the Justice Department’s anti-fraud Task Force established two years ago to protect Pennsylvanian seniors from bank-abetted scam artists.

After accepting campaign contributions from one of his top 10 donors -- the American Bankers Association -- and $52,250 from payday lenders that prey on senior citizens, Toomey was one of just three Senators last year to co-sponsor a bill to defund Operation Chokepoint. Unsuccessful, Toomey voted last week to deny financial regulators from participating in Operation Chokepoint – even though the initiative has forced banks to report fraudsters who prey on senior citizens’ bank accounts and has already returned millions to our seniors.

2. Toomey’s Harmful Votes Against Pennsylvanian Jobs

    Allowed China and other nations to manipulate their currency to sell cheap, manufactured goods to America

Toomey voted against a bipartisan amendment that made currency manipulation by foreign countries a principal element of the ongoing trade negotiations. Foreign countries like China use currency manipulation to artificially decrease the cost of their manufactured goods, hurting PA workers.

Earlier this month, Toomey was one of just 20 Senators who voted against a bipartisan bill to penalize imports from countries that manipulate their currency.

3. Toomey’s Harmful Failure to Protect Pennsylvanian Workers

    Did nothing to help workers laid off due to trade agreements

Toomey abstained from voting for an amendment which would have reversed the $125 million cut in Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funding to help retrain workers laid off by unfair foreign trade practices.

4. Toomey’s Harmful Vote Against Pennsylvanian Consumers…and For His Wall Street Friends

    Voted for his own amendment increasing the threshold for institutions subject to examination by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from $10 billion to $50 billion.

If Toomey's amendment becomes law, 99 percent of all banks in the nation would have no federal regulator ensuring the bank follows consumer financial protection laws. For example, IndyMac, one of the worst violators of consumer protections in the lead-up to the financial crisis, had $32 billion in total assets.

Toomey, who used to be a currency-related derivatives trader on Wall Street, was willing to extend a helping hand to the banking industry that supports him by voting for his own amendment for banking deregulation that drove us into financial crisis – while voting against Pennsylvanian consumers who would have been protected from fraud and harmful practices by some banks.

5. Toomey’s Harmful Hypocrisy on “Support” for Victims of Human Trafficking

    Toomey mentioned on social media his vote to increase fines against convicted human traffickers by $5,000. However, he failed to mention his votes to defund the programs that help victims of human trafficking, including:
    Ending the U.S. Attorney Led Task Force on Human Trafficking.
    Defunding the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, which investigates and prosecutes human trafficking cases in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security.
    Stopping the program that provides services to victims of human trafficking such as crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy and emergency transportation.
    Toomey also failed to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act of 2014, which would have permitted U.S. leadership to have regional cooperative arrangements with other countries to help prevent human trafficking.

6. Toomey’s Harmful Hypocrisy on “Support” for First Responders

    Toomey mentioned his vote for establishing a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice but the bill does not provide any funding for it. Furthermore, Toomey failed to mention he has voted to:
    End $1 billion in state and local law enforcement grants, contracts and cooperative agreements that help our first responders through training programs and new equipment.
    Cut off funding that goes toward law enforcement armor vests.
    Defund evidence-based programs that help police officers reduce gun crime and gang violence.
    Stop funding the Interoperable Communications Grants, which help local police, firefighters and emergency responders talk to each other during a crisis.

    Similarly, Toomey wrote a letter this week that he cares about our police having “defensive equipment like riot helmets and riot shields” when he has voted three times against funding for law enforcement equipment, including riot helmets, riot shields and armored vests.

SUMMARY

People are taking notice of how Toomey’s tactics of saying one thing in Pennsylvania and the voting and acting a different way in Washington, D.C., are becoming increasingly evident in their harm to Pennsylvanians.

    The Center for American Progress found that Toomey “has been slow in delivering nominee suggestions to the White House” and noted that since 2014 when one of Toomey’s desired judicial candidates was not nominated by the President, judicial nominations “became stalled” and the situation has since gotten worse.
    In fact, Pennsylvania now has the second most federal judicial vacancies in the nation, creating a backlog of justice denied to law-abiding Pennsylvanian citizens.

    And after the recent Amtrak train tragedy – which a Transportation Board member said would have been prevented if the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems had not been delayed – an article noted Toomey’s actions in Washington, D.C, observing that, “Over the years, he’s written letters to regulators, complaining about the system’s high costs, sponsored legislation to delay it and testified at committee hearings that it’s a misplaced priority.”

Pennsylvanians need a new Senator who supports them here in our state and in D.C.

For more information, contact:
Danielle Lynch
610-505-5861
danielle.lynch@joesestak.com

If you would like to donate or get involved with Sestak's campaign, you can do so here:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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This is my first diary. I had always imagined that my first DK diary would be something substantial, carefully-crafted, and focused on the kind of special issues that I have particular knowledge of. But something local and immediate has come up that has provoked me to shelve all that and get this one up.

The local newspaper of a town in Pennsylvania that I know well, the Sunbury Daily Item, chose to recognize Memorial Day by publishing a letter to the editor that appears to call for violent "regime change" and the summary execution of the president and members of his administration.

To the families of those fallen heros whose blood lies on the sands of Iraq; don’t you think it might be time to rise up against an administration who has adequately demonstrated their gross incompetence?

I think the appropriate, and politically correct, term is regime change. Forgive me for being blunt, but throughout history this has previously been accompanied by execution by guillotine, firing squad, public hanging.

I have absolutely no reason to expect that current practice should be any different. The end result is elimination of the problem, the method is superfluous. When society dictates, the end always justifies the means, otherwise the action would not be taken.

This sort of promulgation of hatred, violence, and the overthrow of democracy is painfully commonplace online, but its appearance in print in a regular newspaper is something else, and printing it as in recognition of Memorial Day is really disgusting. If you are a resident of the Sunbury area and subscribe to the Daily Item (or advertise in it), you might like to reconsider that. Wherever you live, you can easily share your views about this with the Daily Item here:  submit an online letter to the editor.

UPDATE: May 26th's issue of the Daily Item contains five letters to the editor, all offering strong objections to the publication of yesterday's misguided letter. You can see them here. FURTHER UPDATE: The hateful letter has been taken down - you can note its absence at that same web address. YET ANOTHER UPDATE: The Daily Item has apologized for "bungling" the troubling letter to the editor. See new diary here for more info.

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For awhile now, I have been looking for a way to become more active politically outside blogging here. Dailykos is such an amazing and wonderful community, though, that I find it hard to get motivated around anything not centered on this community.

However, this diary about what DocDawg is doing in North Carolina got me really excited.

Last week, when I started issuing the call for North Carolina activist Kossacks to KosMail me their first names, ZIP codes, and email addresses, I figured the resulting list would take quite some time to grow to useful size, and that sooner or later the result would come in handy...although I really wasn't quite sure how.

Organizing Kossacks locally is an important and powerful tool...especially here in reddish-purple North Carolina, where we are struggling to take back our state.

I want someone to do this for my state: no, that's not quite right.

I want to do this for my state.

I think that with 2016 looming, organizing in this way can somehow be useful.

In 2016, there are quite a few challenges, but at the same time, these challenges represent opportunities.

If I had to put them into words, I would focus on the following:

Unseating Pat Toomey.
Retaking one or both houses of the General Assembly.

Any or all of these may safely be called long shots. However, I also think that if Democrats throughout the state mount a strong campaign, and some top-notch strategy, these could all be in play.

Pennsylvania represents one of the largest entrenchments of political obstacles. Namely, gerrymandering and incumbency.

Though the effects of gerrymandering can sometimes be hard to quantify, its role can still be hinted at in the results of the 2012 Presidential election. Even though Obama won the state's popular vote 52-47 in 2012, Republicans still ended the year with 55% of the PA House seats.

Meanwhile, the power of incumbency is alive and strong in the state's General Assembly. Out of the 203 House seats in 2012, only two switched parties, and of the 25 Senate seats up for election in 2012 (the same ones that will be up in 2016), only three switched parties. Incumbency, perhaps in tandem with the party politics, then, makes any sort of substantial shifts very tough to accomplish.

However, in these disadvantages, there are still openings.

For one thing, many of these Republican wins in the House came with very slim victories. Out of the seats where Republicans won in 2012, five were within 1000 votes of losing to the Democrat, 16 were less than 3000. Now, it may not be entirely useful, demographics-wise, to focus solely on raw numbers. Still, I think such numbers demonstrate the possibility of stealing some of these so-called longshots, often perceived as far more improbable than reason would suggest.

Furthermore, probably also due to the power of incumbency, of those House seats that were won by Republicans, 50 had no Democrat challenger in the general. For offices so high, even with so many red districts, this represents a glaring free pass for Republicans that Democrats should make more challenging this time around. While the thought of running as a Democrat in some of these deep red districts may prove too unappetizing to many of the usual suspects - who knows? Maybe someone in our midst would heed the call. At the very least, they represent thousands of wasted Dem votes.

Of course, Democrats would need to pick up 19 seats in the House to regain control; realistically, never more than a long shot, even under the best circumstances. However, what this hopefully shows, is that the path to victory is out there. Even if the pick up number is small this time, it could potentially build momentum through future cycles.

In the PA Senate, Democrats would need to pick up five seats to regain control. But considering they managed to pick up three in 2012, five is not too unrealistic, albeit ambitious.

Let us also not forget that the DNC will be held in Philadelphia. This provides an amazingly rare opportunity to further energize local Democrats, get more people involved, and mount a serious campaign to retake PA offices.

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Upon testimony from doctors and patients, Pennsylvania considers common sense approach to marijuana.
It has taken decades to get this point in our society, but key politicians are getting on the decriminalization bandwagon. This week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made a strong statement:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida on Tuesday that he thinks marijuana should be decriminalized.

Wolf said the drug is ripping families apart.

“If you have a small amount of marijuana, it affects the rest of your life,” he said.

The governor's comments come as the Pennsylvania legislature weighs legalizing medical marijuana:
Both doctors support the legislation that flew through the state Senate and now sits before the House Health and Human Services Committee. Folmer is optimistic that the bill will pass the House if it makes it to the floor. The committee needs to pass it first, and that's where a similar bill died last session.

Springettsbury Township's Angela Ferro, whose son Michael suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome — a disorder that causes him to have multiple and different kinds of seizures — hopes cases like her son's will help the House members support for the bill. After all, she herself doubted the medical benefits of cannabis until she really looked into it after hearing how it worked for others.

"I think personal stories are very important to share," she said after the roundtable. "I think for all of us there's been that journey."

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Received this e-mail today from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign:
For close to a year, we have pointed out how Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania in his newsletter, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. by our response to it, side-by-side.

This week, we still put Toomey’s newsletter on the left, but on the right, we offer a comprehensive explanation of the harm his policies are having on all of us — most recently illustrated by the tragedy of the Amtrak derailment.

Click here if you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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And so the ridiculous saga of the Tea Party U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the judicial nominee he recommended that he's delaying a vote for continues:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21:  U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions current and former IRS employees while the testify before the Senate Finance Committee May 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of on "A Review of Criteria Used by the IRS to Identify 501(c)(4) Applications for Greater Scrutiny."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) insisted Wednesday that he's not blocking one of his own judicial nominees for political reasons -- even as he is still refusing to give the Senate Judiciary Committee the green light to give that nominee a hearing.

Toomey has been getting pummeled back home for the Senate's delay in confirming Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated Restrepo in November with Toomey's strong support, but the nomination hasn't moved since. In the meantime, the vacancy he would fill has been deemed a "judicial emergency," which means the court is drowning in cases.

The Republican senator is being blamed because he hasn't turned in his "blue slip," an indicator to the Judiciary Committee chairman that Toomey is ready to move forward with the nominee. The committee won't move forward on any nominee until it has the blessing of both home-state senators. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) turned in his blue slip for Restrepo in November.

That leaves Toomey as the holdout. - Huffington Post, 5/13/15

Toomey struck back by writing an op-ed piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette claiming he's not holding up his own nominee:

http://www.post-gazette.com/...

As a senator, I have become accustomed to being criticized for things I have done. But it is a little harder to hear criticism for things that I have not done — specifically, your editorial board’s false assertion that I am somehow delaying the nomination of Judge L. Felipe Restrepo to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (“Unjust Delay: Toomey Is to Blame for a Stalled Nomination,” May 10 editorial). Even worse, your board then ascribed a false motive for the actions that I never took.

I fully support the president’s proposal to elevate Judge Restrepo to the 3rd Circuit, just as I supported his confirmation to the federal district court. In 2012, I joined Sen. Bob Casey in asking the White House to nominate Judge Restrepo to the district court, I urged my colleagues to vote for Judge Restrepo and I happily voted for his confirmation.

The first step to Judge Restrepo’s confirmation to the 3rd Circuit is a thorough background investigation. No hearing or vote goes forward until that investigation is completed. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet completed that investigation.

That is the reason the committee has not yet held a hearing on Judge Restrepo’s nomination — a fact that could have been easily learned with a call to the committee. I have made it clear to the committee that I plan to turn in my “blue slip” — the formal manifestation of my support for Judge Restrepo — the day that investigation is completed, provided no issues of concern are discovered. - Pittsburgh Post-gazette, 5/13/15

But Paul Gordon, Senior Legislative Counsel, People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation, called out Toomey's B.S. on the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

But that convenient explanation raises more questions than it answers and, in fact, doesn't pass the laugh test.

Since Judge Restrepo already had a thorough background investigation for his confirmation to the district court in 2013, why does it take half a year to complete one that covers only the short interval since then? It took less time to do background checks and proceed to hearings for people nominated at the same time, but who had not already been thoroughly vetted by the Judiciary Committee.

And why didn't Toomey make this simple and quick explanation when asked by the Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery earlier this month? Instead, he took the time to say that he didn't have time to explain, then he ducked into a senators-only elevator.

And why didn't Sen. Grassley mention this when asked by Bendery on the same day, before the crush of bad press that Toomey is now responding to? When asked when the hearing would be, Grassley cited only the blue slip and said nothing about an ongoing background investigation. (After the media scrutiny of Toomey began to mount, Grassley cited the background investigation rather than the lack of a blue slip as the cause of the delay.)

And even if we accept the background investigation story, why hasn't Toomey been pushing the committee to hurry it up, considering this is to fill a judicial emergency on a court where a second vacancy will be opening in just a few weeks? - Huffington Post, 5/13/15

Yeah, nice try pal. Toomey just doesn't want to be hit by his fringe right-wing base for getting a Obama approved judge confirmed. This is all about appealing to his right-wing base who he's angered in the past for supporting ENDA and background checks while also trying to dupe voters that's a center-right Republican and not a crazy Tea Partier (which he is). While Democrats in my home state figure out who their nominee is, I for one back Joe Sestak's (D. PA) comeback bid. Click here to donate and get involves with Sestak's campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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Giancarlos Rodriguez, a high school student from Philadelphia's Penn Treaty High School in the city's Fishtown neighborhood, organized a walkout against Pennsylvania's Keystone Exams.  The walkout occurred yesterday, where he and a handful of students joined more students from neighboring public high schools.  In order to receive your high school diploma from a public school in Pennsylvania, seniors must pass the Keystone Exams, which have high failure rates in inner-cities throughout the state.  

During the interview, Giancarlos stated that these exams are a part of the school to prison pipeline and that his student ID number might as well be a prison ID number.  To listen to the full interview, please click HERE.    

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 24: Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., arrives for the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on
Received this e-mail from former Rep. Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign:
Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look.

On the left, below, we have what Sen. Toomey says in Pennsylvania, from his May 8 newsletter. On the right is what he does when he gets to Washington, D.C.

Click here if you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
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