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This diary is about how progressives in PA are moving to blunt the impact of the 2010 elections in Pennsylvania.

Specifically, it focuses on strategies to fight any implementation of "Arizona" type immigration laws in the Keystone state - a probable major focus of Tea-Partier Daryl Metcalfe.

It quotes mainly from a e-mail I received from my sister.  After reading it, I asked her if I could post it, with a few relevant YouTubes inserted.  She cautioned me not to watch some of these on a full stomach.  So if you're reading this at breakfast time, you may want to skip the videos.

Dear Progressive Dems,

As the new legislative session is not yet underway I thought it best to hold off on a discussion of state legislation until our February meeting, but then I took a look at the website of leading PA tea-party boy Daryl Metcalfe and thought an advance warning might be in order.

Rep. Metcalfe (Rep. Butler County) was a candidate for Lt. Governor last year.  There are a lot of wacko Republicans in Harrisburg but Daryl has some national breakout potential.  There are basically four points to his political philosophy:

  1. He hates immigrants:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/...

http://abovethelaw.com/...

http://www.nytimes.com/...

  1. And gays:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/...

http://gayrights.change.org/...

Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has led a continuous campaign against the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people in Pennsylvania for ten years. He has called LGBT people sinful and not normal, and recently refused to honor the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness month, because he thought doing so would cater to what he calls "the homosexual agenda."

  1. He loves guns:

http://www.repmetcalfe.com/...

  1. and Ronald Reagan too!

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/...

The item he got the most traction on in the last legislative session was his Arizona-style anti-immigration bill.  It passed in the Republican Senate but the Democratically controlled house never let it out of committee and Ed Rendell promised that he would veto it if it ever passed.  That was then.  Now both houses are controlled by the Repubs and we have a Republican in the Governor's mansion.  I think immigration will be his big play this session.  It's the perfect wedge issue that hits a sore spot among independents and conservative Dems.

So as we get ready for the new legislative session, we might want to consider how best to organize to deal with the Repubs next move.

Amen!

Originally posted to PoconoPCDoctor on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 05:58 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

    by PoconoPCDoctor on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 05:58:19 AM PST

  •  This PA atheist is praying that (3+ / 0-)
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    DWG, Nona D Above, Dirtandiron

    Pennsylvania doesn't turn into a freaking nightmare place to live in the next four years.

    "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

    by Pandoras Box on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 06:32:27 AM PST

    •  Brace yourself. (3+ / 0-)
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      Pandoras Box, DWG, Nona D Above

      I think we may be headed to a period which will make us look at Rick Santorum with the thought that he wasn't so bad after all.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 06:37:54 AM PST

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      •  Rick! Yikes! (2+ / 0-)
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        newfie, Pandoras Box

        Not so bad at all???

        But I get your point.

        This is the time to work hard to make sure that these fringe-elected officials get a LOT of pushback from those who feel their "policies" are thinly-veiled racism.

        "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

        by PoconoPCDoctor on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 07:44:50 AM PST

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        •  Indeed. (0+ / 0-)

          Although I think that some down here (Chester Co) may not be too affected by pressure.  They're on a mission from God.  That said my rep is more the I'll say anything to get in power so that I can feed money to places that help my friends and makes my life better versus the true wing nut type. And I guess I should be glad about that (once again being relative to how bad it COULD be).

          "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

          by newfie on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 09:00:50 AM PST

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      •  dear freaking god! (1+ / 0-)
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        "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

        by Pandoras Box on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 07:59:44 AM PST

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    •  Amen to that! oops! (2+ / 0-)
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      newfie, Pandoras Box

      Well, I affirm your sentiments anyway.  Me and my sister with a  few others are helping to repair a house in PA on Monday as a MLK day of service.  The owner was a worker for the MTA after 9/11 - helping to clean up the debris that was in the subways from the collapsed towers.  

      He was an athlete all his life, and now has serious breathing issues as a result of his work.

      He is not considered one of the first responders and so (at this point in time anyway) is not eligible for any assistance.

      My sister took his case (she's an attorney) pro-bono to see if she can get him some medical benefits at least.

      "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

      by PoconoPCDoctor on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 07:42:44 AM PST

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  •  PA a rightist hellhole flanked by NJ with (0+ / 0-)

    delusional but combative Christie and OH with clueless yet overconfident Kasich and a marvelous time for all. All three are gung-ho for farcking for natural gas. As more and more water reserves are polluted by fracking chemicals with only a few land owners and Big Energy taking the profits, this is an issue that will (if publicized) turn these villins out of office. And the Republicans in the legislatures will be complicit by refusing to reign the catastrophe in before the shit storm.

    There is never a good time to end a bad war.

    by OHdog on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 11:27:17 AM PST

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