Activist Training in State College, PA on 11/9/2013

Activist Training State College PA
November 9, 2013

Attending a protest or a rally does not effect actual political change. Sign waving is a great way to increase awareness, but lobbying, letter writing, and a good ground game are necessary to change the outcome of elections, change legislation and help make a better tomorrow. It’s not enough to be active we must be effective. We must learn to …organize and communicate our message at a grassroots level, an area where conservatives have traditionally been weak. American Majority’s goal is to provide the necessary tools and resources to help conservatives become successful, and to equip them with the powerful knowledge of how to use those resources effectively.

American Majority Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that we will be holding an Activist Training in State College, Pennsylvania. American Majority’s Activist Training will teach you everything from organizational structure to advanced new media training to make substantial changes in your community.

When: Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Registration will open at 8:30 AM.

Where: The Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center
(1450 S Atherton Street) in State College, Pennsylvania.

Cost: Registration is $20 and includes lunch and all training materials.

Training Topics*:

Why Bad Policies Hurt Real People: How policies that call for more spending, borrowing, taxation, and government are causing difficulty for real people in Pennsylvania. Learn about the “Big Government Party” and how unions are hurting our state.
Social Media, Your Secret Weapon: Learn how to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets to your advantage. Present your message to the masses and amplify your voice!
Effectivism: Big protests and lofty ideals are not the stepping blocks to success. Change your focus from the federal government to your own local government and learn how to become an effective voice in your community. Real change starts with you at the local level.

Political Training Registration

Event Contact: Cecilia Houser at Cecilia@AmericanMajority.org or Jamie Cox at Jamie@AmericanMajority.org or by calling 540-338-1251.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.
* Topics are subject to change.

. . . “never again” turns into “yet again.”

Can this really be happening? In the 21st century?” exclaimed the Israeli columnist Ari Shavit as news broke last week of the latest chemical-weapons attack in Syria. “No decent person can ignore what’s happening.”

That’s what we always tell ourselves when “never again” turns into “yet again.” But man’s inhumanity to man is no more unthinkable in the 21st century than it was in the 20th. Decent people can and usually will ignore what’s happening, and the indecent count on their apathy.

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Why does it seems after we elect a judge he’s always there? What does it mean when the judge appears on the ballot for “retention?”

How Pennsylvania Judicial Elections Work

Currently in Pennsylvania, elections to fill vacancies on the courts are held in odd-numbered years. Appellate court and common pleas court candidates run in partisan elections (i.e., under a party label) for terms of ten years; minor court candidates also run in partisan elections, but for six year terms. Typically, the major political parties endorse candidates to run. For trial judges only, a candidate may receive the endorsement of both parties. Following completion of a term, a judge can stand for successive ten-year terms in retention elections (non-partisan, uncontested yes/no votes) up until mandatory retirement at the age of seventy.

Like other candidates who run for office in contested elections, judicial candidates must raise money to finance their campaigns. Typically, contributors to such campaigns are the very parties, litigants and lawyers who ultimately appear before the courts on which the candidates are seeking to serve.  Additionally, third party special interest groups have become increasingly active in judicial elections, funding advertising campaigns and making contributions to candidates. Rules of conduct do not require judges to recuse themselves in cases involving campaign contributors.

Historically, judicial elections in Pennsylvania have not generated nearly as much media coverage, citizen interest or participation as elections for representative office, such as governor, senator, or representative. Voters, in fact, have complained that they have not had much information available to them in making decisions between candidates. This perceived lack of information in large part resulted from codes of conduct prohibiting judicial candidates from announcing their views on disputed issues likely to come before them on the courts.

Who may run for judicial office in Pennsylvania?

Under the current system, the only requirements for an individual to run for judicial office are:

  • United States citizenship;
  • Residency of at least one year in Pennsylvania (or, for local elections, in the county);
  • Membership in the bar of the Supreme Court; and
  • At least 21 years old.

Judicial candidates are not required to have tried any cases or even actually practiced law at all, let alone for any minimum number of years.

How long are judges elected for?

Most judges are elected for ten year terms. This is true for elections to fill judicial vacancies, as well as for subsequent retention elections.  However, municipal court and traffic judges in Philadelphia serve six year terms.

What is a retention election?

Retention elections are non-partisan, uncontested yes-no votes. This differs from an election to fill a judicial vacancy where candidates run in partisan elections (i.e. under a party label.) Following completion of an initial term, a judge can stand for successive ten-year terms in retention elections until he or she reaches age 70, the mandatory retirement age.

What happens if there is a vacancy created mid-term?

In the event a vacancy is created by the retirement, resignation, death or election of a judge to a higher court, an interim vacancy is created. The vacancy is filled by nomination by the Governor and confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the state Senate. Typically, for appellate court interim vacancies, the nominee’s confirmation is conditioned on a promise that he or she will not run in the succeeding election to fill the vacancy.

Who are current judges and justices on the Pennsylvania courts?

To view PMC’s charts on the current composition of the Supreme Court, click here, and on the Superior and Commenwealth Courts, click here.

http://www.pmconline.org/node/31

They’ve Crossed the Line – A Patriot’s Guide to Religious Freedom

I recently read PA State Representative Stephen Bloom’s book They’ve Crossed the Line A Patriot’s Guide to Religious Freedom.  What a great book!  The forward is written by Senator Rick Santorum.  It is a quick read and I encourage you do take the time and read it.  So often we as Americans are told we do not have our freedoms and so many people throw their hands up and walk away.  We do have religious freedoms, no matter if we are at school, work, or in a public place.  It’s time more Christians stood up and fought.

They crossed the line