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Spring and a young donkey’s thoughts turn to…. Which candidate will be the chosen one?

Inside this Issue 1. Meeting and Events Calendar Page 2 2. Editorial and Opinions Pages 2-6 3. Meet Your Fellow Democrats Page 6-7 4. SC Veterans Caucus Report Page 7 5. Report from Verta Looper Page 7 6. South Carolina Politics Page 8-9 7. 2020 Presidential Candidates Pages 10-12 8. Democrats Care Page 13 9. Circus without Bread Page 14 Page 15-16 10. Events Page 17 11. Tribute to Fritz Hollings 12. Political Cartoons Page 18-21 13. Candidate Visit to Rock Hill Page 22 14. Final Page 23 Click link on above contents to navigate to desired section Another article submitted by Ralph Renninghoff that is well worth reading. “How, Since Reagan, Republican Administrations Always Lead to an Economic Meltdown--in 10 Easy Steps”

Saying Goodbye to Fritz Hollings Former SC Governor and US Senator Fritz Hollings died on April 6, at the age of 97. He was one of the finest politicians and human beings ever produced by South Carolina. See page 17 for our tribute.

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You will also enjoy this really funny Jimmy Kimmel video submitted by Jennifer Jewett. “Team Trump Basking in Glow of Mueller Report”

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Meeting and Events Calendar The Lancaster County Democratic Party LCDP Executive Committee Meeting Sun City Democrats

Meets on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on May 2 at 7 PM in the Lancaster Library meeting room. www.lancasterdemocrats.com Keith Grey, Chair

Promise Neighborhoods Heath Springs Health & Wellness Fair Red Rose Festival SCDP State Convention SC Democratic Primary National Democratic Convention

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Meets on the third Tuesday of every other month. The next meeting will be on April 23 at 7 PM at the Craft Stand. nd

Meet on the 2 Wednesday of each month in the Sun City Lake House. The next meeting TBA. For information contact Jeanne Huber, President, Sun City Democrats ((jghswiss@aol.com)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (See flyer page 16)

May 17-18, 2019 June 21-22, 2019, Columbia, SC Feb. 29, 2020 July 13-16, 2020

If you know of events that would be of interest to our members, please send them to the newsletter email to be included in the next issue. For current events and meetings, also check out the Events section on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterSCDems

Editorial and Opinions Section Please consider writing an opinion article for the newsletter. Many members have also written letters to the editor in the Lancaster News, which welcomes factual, thoughtful letters. Your article does not have to be lengthy, and all opinions are welcome— even ones that are controversial. These articles serve several purposes--information, inspiration, perspective. Even when we do not all agree, we can learn from each other. Thanks so much! Martha Please submit them to Martha Robinson at lcdpscnews@gmail.com, Attn: Associate Editor, Martha Robinson.

Martha Robinson Regime Change Regime change imposed by a strong country on a weaker one is bullying and robbery on a nation-size scale. The US paints itself as the good guys, riding to the rescue of oppressed people and bringing them the sweet nectar of democracy. We may be the good guys when we give humanitarian aid to a country that has experienced a natural disaster, but even then our aid sometimes comes with strings attached. However, I do not believe we are the good guys when our government wants a regime change. We march into countries to the tune of our own government’s interests—not theirs. This is not just a current Republican thing. Democrats are and have been guilty too. Since the latter half of the 19th century, the US has been involved in both overt and covert actions with the goal of changing, replacing or preserving foreign

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governments. The US interfered in at least 81 known foreign elections between the years of 1945 and 2000. In the early th years of the 20 century, the United States either molded or completely installed governments to its liking in many countries, including Panama, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, and Haiti. If a foreign government was not considered to be friendly to the US and its interests, our government set out to change it—by covert means like using secret funds to interfere in elections, overt means like supporting a rebel faction in taking over the existing government, or directly by invading with American troops. According to listverse.com, ten of the most egregious examples of US interference in other sovereign countries are… 1898

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The US declared war on Spain because it wanted to support those territories in their struggle to obtain independence from Spain, and also because the USS Maine mysteriously blew up in the Havana harbor. There was never proof that Spain caused the explosion, but public rage, fueled by the "yellow press" of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, gave the US government support for the war. However, also fueling the US interest in the war was Cuba’s sugar market. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were ceded to the US. Puerto Rico and Guam are still territories of the US. The last queen of Hawaii assumed the throne in 1891 and tried to decrease the influence of foreign-born businessmen and landowners, many of whom were American. Dole Food Company took a lead in conspiring with the US military to bring her down. She was arrested in 1893 and the US annexed Hawaii in 1898. In 1913, General Victoriano Huerta became president of Mexico after three years of bloody conflict and overthrown governments. The US had wanted democratic elections to take place. When Mexico arrested nine American sailors for allegedly entering prohibited territory, the US Marines invaded and toppled Huerta. The First Caco War: The US, England, France, and Germany invaded because Haiti was in political turmoil and not paying the debts owed to these countries. The US invaded first and US forces stayed there until 1934. The democratically elected prime minister began an effort to gain more control over its oil fields. England and the US helped fund an opposition and the prime minister was overthrown. With the help of the CIA, a secular democracy was overthrown because an oil pipeline was in danger of not being built, thus keeping that oil from getting to the US Operation PBSUCCESS: Democratically-elected president Jacobo Arbenz, instituted some land reforms to help the poor of Guatemala. This ended the exploitative labor practices of the United Fruit Company, so it lobbied for US intervention. The US forced Arbenz’s resignation. As a result, Guatemala’s Maya population has almost been wiped out due to the four decades of civil war that followed. If you would like to see a beautiful movie about this period of history, the link is here. The title is “El Norte” and it is in Spanish with English subtitles. Operation Urgent Fury: The US invaded with 7,000 troops, purportedly to rescue American students, when the country executed its president and replaced him with a general in the People’s Revolutionary Army. The US forces brought down that government and replaced it with one favorable to the US. Operation Just Cause: Dictator Manuel Noriega has been helping the CIA with its covert military operations through Latin America for about six years when the CIA decided in 1986 he had outlived his usefulness. Noriega, apparently, did not see the handwriting on the wall. When an anti-Noriega politician won the election in 1989, Noriega declared the election void and reclaimed control of the government. The US invaded on the excuse that Noriega was soft on drug crime. They captured him and he served 17 years in jail in the US, and 7 years in France. Then, in 2011, he was returned to Panama to be incarcerated there. He never regained his freedom and died in 2017. The US invaded to topple Saddam Hussein because the US claimed he had weapons of mass destruction. He did not, and he had been increasingly cooperative with UN inspectors. As of May 2017, nearly 200,000 civilians had been killed, and by June 2016, 4,424 American military personnel had died. The US still has not won that conflict.

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Smedley D. Butler (1881–1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. He fought for this country for a large chunk of his life but came to understand there are dark motives behind the professed American crusade to make the world a better place. He said, “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China, in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” ― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier Venezuela is the most recent country in the crosshairs of our regime change rifle scope. A little history may shed some light on what is happening. In 1953, Dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez overthrew elected President Rómulo Gallegos. Marcos Pérez allowed and even encouraged the exploitation of Venezuela’s great oil resources by American oil companies since a portion of the profits went into his own pockets. This comfortable relationship, so favorable to the American oil industry, continued until 1998, when President Hugo Chavez was elected and took back control of Venezuela’s oil and raised royalties for foreign firms. He used this money to provide health benefits, education, employment, housing, technology, pensions, and access to safe drinking water to the people of Venezuela. Relations between the US and Venezuela began to deteriorate as Chavez became increasingly suspicious that the US was backing opposition elements in his country, which turned out to be true during the second George Bush administration. After Chavez died, President Maduro, facing opposition within Venezuela, continued to be convinced the US was actively working to bring down his government and began to sever ties. In 2015, the US ordered the first of the sanctions against the Venezuelan government. Many, many have followed since then. On January 23, 2019, President Trump recognized the presidency of Juan Guaidó, leader of the opposition, who declared himself to be interim president of Venezuela. Trump has also threatened to send US troops in support of Guaidó. Now, on the other side of the world, South Carolina’s own Lindsay Graham is pushing for American support of making Syria’s Golan Heights a permanent part of Israel. This territory was conquered and occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. The international community does not accept Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights, but Graham plans to speak to President Trump about recognizing the territory as belonging to Israel. Again, the interest in oil is the hidden element in this discussion. Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights, to Genie Energy and its Israeli partner Afek Oil and Gas. Genie Energy is an American energy company. Among the big names on its board and among its shareholders are Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdock, James Woolsey (former CIA Director), Larry Summers (former head of the US Treasury), and other well-known American and Israeli politicians and businessmen. It is absolutely against international law for an occupying power to drill new oil wells or engage in fracking in an occupied territory. Therefore, Israel, allegedly, needs to own the Golan Heights to exploit the oil there, although they have already begun to do so. Israel tried this twenty years ago but was blocked by the support of the US for Syria. Now Syria is weaker and not in favor with the US, so the Israelis believe this may be the time to try another end-run around international law. Acquisition of the oil-rich Golan heights could mean trillions of dollars of revenue for Israel and energy independence for 100 years. All sorts of noble-sounding reasons have been given to justify regime change to the American people. Among these justifications have been humanitarian--we ride in on a white horse to save an oppressed people from their abusive rulers; national security, we are defending our country against terrorists who mean to do us harm; and Communism--we have to save the world for democracy. The problem with the national security reason is that our government sometimes bombs places where it has no evidence to support the reason they have given for the attack. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and James Mattis has acknowledged that the US had no evidence that the Syrian government used nerve gas against its people. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are mixed in their opinions on regime change. Tulsi Gabbard, Us Representative from Hawaii, believes that America should not be the world’s police force. With this link, you can listen to her

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explain why she believes this and why the policy of regime change is so damaging to the American people and to the people in the targeted country. Think about it. How many times in our history have other countries interfered in our elections or invaded to bring down our government? We don’t put up with it. We have been outraged that the Russians meddled in our election in 2016, and we are holding our breath in the hope that President Trump will be tarred with the charge that he has colluded with Russia. We would not allow regime change in our own country instigated by a foreign government, and if they tried, we would be appalled if the rest of the world did not consider us to be justified in defending ourselves. So what gives our government the right to impose itself on the government of other countries that are not actually attacking us? Imagine what the world could be like if all nations and all peoples cooperated and supported each other instead of bickering and attacking. Working together, most of the world’s problems could be solved, and starvation and homelessness and disease would become only an item in history books. But like the powerful language barrier that caused construction to cease on the biblical Tower of Babble, it appears that the very nature of the human species is destined to forever prevent the creation of a paradise here on earth.

Judy Langston The following letter appeared in The Lancaster News on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Column: Democrats’ shift puts party in right place moving ahead I recently received an email from a life-long Democrat. He expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the current state of political affairs and stated he could no longer identify as a Democrat due to what he perceived as a shift “to the left.” While I share his concern for the political dysfunction of the last eight years, I have to question where he is placing the blame. Was it not was the Republican Party that for six years did everything to obstruct ANY initiative of an African American president – even programs originally proposed by conservatives? Whose party leader swore to do everything to make President Obama a one-term president? The Republican Party that for over a year would not even hold hearings for a Supreme Court nomination? I, too, was raised a Democrat, in a family of trade-union Democrats. But, for the first time in thirty years, I am PROUD of the Democratic Party and the direction it is heading -- back to the Party of FDR! The Democratic Party that lifted our country out of the Great Depression (caused by Republican policies), and won World War II. The Party whose policies created Social Security, Medicare, and increased worker protection! It was Democratic policy that created a society and economy in the mid-20th Century that enabled ONE parent in a household to earn enough with ONE job to support a family, buy a home, feed and clothe that family, and send the children to state colleges. I benefited from that economy and now owe it to my grandchildren and great-granddaughters to restore it. Now, a revitalized and re-energized Democratic Party proposes: • The Green New Deal to build a new domestic industry with highly paid AMERICAN employees to gradually replace the taxpayer-subsidized dirty fuel sources polluting our planet. • Medicare4All to expand healthcare for our citizens by wringing waste and profit out of a bloated, dysfunctional system. • Making post-secondary training and education affordable again. • Rebuilding our infrastructure for public benefit, not for private profit. • Reversing the social injustice and waste of locking people up in for-profit prisons for trivial offenses. We are the wealthiest nation in the world – we have the resources to do anything we have the political will to set as a goal. It is just a question of priorities. I would like to think most of us find it hard to disagree with the quote “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” So said that left-wing Republican, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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I agree that the leadership of the Democratic Party must change. But it must change to represent the 99% of our citizens whose labor built this great country, NOT the 1% whose arrogance makes them think they are actually worth 790 times YOUR wage! Please join us at the Lancaster Public Library on the first Thursday of every month and check out www.lancasterdemocrats.com or join us on Facebook at LancasterSCDems. In Solidarity, Keith T. Grey, Sr. Chairman, LCDP

Meet Your Fellow Democrats As I read stories in the Lancaster County Democratic Party Newsletter, I am struck with the commitment to support and service for our diverse community. I would like for our members to know more about the people who are united in solidarity. All of you are tremendous assets to our community.

Jennifer Jewett Martha Bayer

I grew up and spent most of my life in the Midwest: Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota. After my divorce in 1979, I obtained a BBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I have two daughters and four grandchildren who still live in Wisconsin, near my father. I spent more than 30 years working for major corporations in the food industry, including Oscar Mayer, General Foods, Kraft, and ConAgra. I started as an accountant and eventually moved to the IT department as a systems analyst. The last 15 years of my career, I led teams that went out to our manufacturing plants and transitioned all of

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their functions, from the manufacturing process through financial reporting, to a common mainframe computer system. That meant I got on a plane every Monday morning and went somewhere for a week or two. I moved to Sun City in December 2013 to escape the brutal Midwest winters. I continued to travel for work for another 10 months, then retired in September 2014. I spent the next 3 years playing cards, bowling, and working hard in the pool and gym to get healthy, undoing some of the damage the grueling work schedule had inflicted on my body. By January 2018, I was ready to add something more meaningful back to my life. I received an invitation for training as a guardian ad litem for Lancaster County and decided that was the perfect volunteer opportunity for me. In March I was sworn in by the family court judge; in April I was assigned to my first case. As a guardian, I advocate for the safety and welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of neglect, abuse, or parental drug use. I find it rewarding, challenging, and sometimes heart-wrenching. Politically I’ve always hung to the left. I remember an incident in 1966 where I was required to give a persuasive speech for a class. I opened with a statement extolling the benefits of communism. My public school teacher was on her feet like a shot, ready to stop me from going further. I was allowed to finish because before long I transitioned to my arguments about why communism doesn’t work well on a very large scale. But I certainly remember the strength of my teacher’s disapproval of the subject matter. I’ve been angry and depressed since Trump was elected, but had never been really involved in politics beyond voting, so didn’t know what to do with those feelings. I mostly kept quiet about them except when I was with the few people I knew who were like-minded. I participated in the Charlotte Women’s Marches but still stayed quiet, just as I had when I was younger and participated in demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. That “closeted liberal” attitude was really drilled in deep during my years in corporate America. . So last fall when Ralph Renninghoff saw through that thinning façade and invited me to get active with the Lancaster County Democratic Party, I jumped in with both feet. I’ve been canvassing, attending meetings, doing some data entry, and have plans to attend the South Carolina Democratic Convention in June. There are still a few activities I’m not comfortable with, but it feels great to be part of a community where I can finally put all that negative energy to work.

Meeting of the SC Veterans Caucus The South Carolina Democratic Veterans Caucus held the first meeting of 2019 in Columbia on Saturday, March 23. This meeting, the first Veterans Caucus meeting since August of 2018, was an Executive meeting to resolve organizational issues. The next meeting will be an open meeting. No date has been selected for the next meeting. From Second Vice Chair Verta Looper–LCDP Women’s Club Please join us in creating a Lancaster County Democratic Women's Club. This type of organization has been very effective in the state and nationally, as women join together to support the Democratic Party and its principles, as well as to encourage women to be actively involved in the total Democratic Party structure. We are in the exploratory phase of determining interest in this proposed club. If you would like to be a part of organizing and participating in this club, please email or text Verta W. Looper, vwlooper@aol.com, or call 404-408-4075 by May 1, 2019. We will plan to have our first organizing meeting in May. Thank you, and please join me in uniting the Democratic women of Lancaster County.

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South Carolina Politics Trav Robertson

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Trav Robertson is the current chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and has been since 2017. He is running for reelection to this position at the state convention in June.

Adam White, a political strategist and communication advisor has announced his candidacy for the office of chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party against incumbent Trav Robertson, in the June 22nd election at the state convention.

Trav is a native South Carolinian, and he has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. In his early political career, he was the spokesperson and campaign director for former SC State Treasurer, Grady Patterson. He has also worked as campaign manager for former South Carolina Representatives Brent Weaver and John Spratt. In presidential politics, he has served as the SC field director for the 2008 campaign of Bill Richardson and as the SC director for President Barack Obama’s SC campaign in that same year. He has also worked on the former campaign for SC governor of Vincent Sheheen. In 2011, Trav moved to Oklahoma and became the interim director of the Democratic Party of Oklahoma, a position he held until January of 2015. In 2013, Campaigns and Elections named Trav Robertson one of the top 10 influencers in the state of Oklahoma and commented that he “ brought modern campaign techniques to the state party and worked to promote a new generation of state-based consultants." In 2017, Trav succeeded Jamie Harrison as the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (Ballotpedia).

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Adam is a native Charlestonian who, from a young age wanted to be a force for positive change in people’s lives. He quickly realized politics was the best way to accomplish that goal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Maryland University College. Starting with the re-election campaign of President Obama, Adam has worked for and advised more than 20 campaigns all over the country. He has worked for candidates like Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor JB Pritzker, and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC). Adam states that he is committed to developing a robust fundraising operation and a 46-county strategy focused on messaging, voter registration, field work, digital organizing, building coalitions, training and communication skills. Adam believes that South Carolina is not taken seriously on the national stage, and understands that has to change immediately. “We must develop programs that not only organize all of our counties and energize our base, but also provide a clear path to victory so we can acquire the necessary resources to build a competitive party apparatus.”

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Jamie Harrison

Photo by Edward Kimmel from Takoma Park, MD

Jamie Harrison announced on February 7, 2019, that he would be forming an exploratory committee to run for the US Senate seat of Lindsey Graham in 2020. Harrison is a South Carolina politician who served as the Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017 and is currently an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is the first African American to serve as the chair of the SCDP. Harrison began his career in politics working as the floor director of operations for Jim Clyburn in the US House of Representatives. He believes Senator Graham is betraying the people of South Carolina by abandoning his values and sense of right and wrong in order to please President Trump. He says Senator Graham should be focusing instead on the emergencies South Carolinians are facing, like the closure of rural hospitals. You may read his statement by clicking on this link. James R. Harrison was born on February 5, 1976, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He received a BA from Yale University and a JD from Georgetown University. Prior to entering politics Harrison worked in the field of education as chief operations officer for the College Summit organization, and before that he taught ninth-grade social studies at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High. He and his wife, Marie Boyd Harrison, live in Columbia, SC. Despite being on opposite sides of the political divide, he is friends with Matt Moore, Chairman of the SC Republican Party (Wikipedia).

Website: https://jaimeharrison.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaimeHarrisonSC/ Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/JaimeHarrisonSC/app/116943498446376/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harrisonjaime/ Announcement video: https://www.facebook.com/JaimeHarrisonSC/videos/388349105287390/

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Cory Booker US Senator from NJ Announced Feb. 1, 2019 Age 49

Pete Buttigieg Mayor of South Bend, IN Announced Exploratory Committee Jan.23, 2019 Age 37

Julian Castro Sec. of HUD (2014-17); Mayor of San Antonio, TX (2009-14) Announced Jan.12, 2019 Age 44

John Delaney Rep. to US House from MD. (2013-19) Announced July 28, 2017 Age 55

Tulsi Gabbard Rep. to US House from HI Announced Jan. 12, 2019 Age 37

Kirsten Gillibrand US Senator from NY Announced Jan. 16, 2019 Age 52

Mike Gravel Ex-US Senator from AK Announced April 8, 2019 Age 88

Kamala Harris US Senator from CA Announced Jan. 21, 2019 Age 54

John Hickenlooper Gov. of CO (2011-2019) Announced Mar. 4, 2019 Age 67

Jay Inslee Governor of WA Announced Mar. 1, 2019 Age 68

Amy Klobuchar US Senator from MN Announced Feb. 10, 2019 Age 58

Wayne Messam Mayor of Miramar, FL Announced Mar. 28, 2019 Age 44

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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Beto O’Rourke Rep. to US House from TX (2013-2019) Announced Mar. 14, 2019 Age 46

Tim Ryan Rep. to US House from OH Announced Apr. 4, 2019 Age 45

Bernie Sanders US Senator from VT Announced Feb. 19, 2019 Age 77

Eric Swalwell Rep. to US House from CA Announced April 8, 2019 Age 39 Candidates who are not politicians: Michael E. Arth, architect Harry Braun, renewable energy consultant Alan Howe, Retired Air Force Ken Nwadike Jr., documentary filmmaker Robby Wells, former football coach. Marianne Williamson, Spiritual Teacher Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America

Elizabeth Warren US Senator from MA Announced Feb. 9, 2019 Age 69

Individuals who have publicly expressed interest The persons below have expressed an interest in running for president within the last six months. Some already have leadership PACs that function as campaign committees. (Links will take you to their Wikipedia page.) • Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives 2011–2017; State Representa-

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Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator from Colorado since 2009 Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States 2009–2017; U.S. Senator from Delaware 1973–2009; candidate for President in 1988 and in 2008.

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, New York 2002–2013[69][70] Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana since 2013.[69][70][71] Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City since 2014[59][60][61][62] Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia 2014–2018

Seth Moulton, U.S. Representative since 2003 from Massachusetts since 2015[72] Joseph Sanberg, businessman from California[79]

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US Representative from Hawaii’s 2 Congressional District Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy on January 12, 2019. Tulsi Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran and the first Hindu elected to Congress. Although some far-left Democratic opponents have accused her of being somewhat conservative on some foreign policy issues, she is considered to be a progressive by most people. She has the support of Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution, and she is a supporter of universal health care, clean renewable energy, criminal justice reform, making Wall Street pay its share, DACA, increasing the minimum wage, tuition-free postsecondary education, abortion rights, environmental protections, and medical marijuana. She originally opposed same-sex marriages but more recently has come to support them. She also has cosponsored legislation to ban assault weapons and to require background checks for all gun purchases (Wikipedia). Tulsi Gabbard was born on April 12, 1981, in Leloaloa, American Samoa, and her family moved to Hawaii when she was two years old. She has a BS in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and is a Major in the US Army. Before being elected to the US House of Representatives, she held office in the Hawaii House of Representatives and in the Honolulu City Council. Since 2015, she has been married to Abraham Williams, a cinematographer and editor (Wikipedia). For more information, go to the following media links. Website:

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Kirsten Gillibrand

US Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand announced her candidacy on January 16, 2019, and is already running into opposition from her own party. Last year when she was running for re-election to her Senate seat, she promised that she would not run for president in 2020. She told her supporters and the voters of New York that she would finish her six-year term. Breaking this promise has caused her to receive a great deal of negative publicity. Kirsten Gillibrand was born in 1966 in Albany, New York, and both of her parents are attorneys. She majored in Asian studies at Dartmouth College and studied in both Beijing and Taiwan. During college she also interned in Republican Senator D’Amato’s Albany Office. She received her law degree from UCLA School of Law and served as a defense attorney for Phillip Morris. In 1999 she worked on Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign and she and then-Senator Clinton became close. She left her position in a prominent law firm in 2005 and began work on her 2006 campaign for Congress (Wikipedia). She has been the junior US Senator from New York since 2009, when she was appointed by the New York Governor David Paterson to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. From 2007-2009, she represented New York in the US House. During her tenure in the House, her political position was relatively conservative, especially on immigration and guns, but she has since shifted a little more toward the liberal and progressive left (Wikipedia). The following media links will help you to get to know Kirsten Gillibrand on a more personal basis. Website: https://2020.kirstengillibrand.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KirstenGillibrand/ (contains interesting videos about Kirsten) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PresidentGillibrand2020/ (Campaign Facebook) © - LCDP Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand


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By Associate Editor Martha Robinson

The Pink House

Although we normally only cover charities located in Lancaster County, we are providing information on this one because of its potential benefit to you, our subscribers. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with breast cancer or are a survivor of breast cancer, the Pink House can be a very comforting resource for you. It is located in Charlotte, but anyone is welcome. You do not have to be a resident of Charlotte or of North Carolina. The Pink House is not actually pink, as you can see from the above photo. It takes its name from the association of the color pink with breast cancer. However, it is not in any way associated with the Susan G. Komen organization. This is important to know because of the firestorm of criticism the Susan G. Komen organization faced when it eliminated grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and education. They reversed course but have not managed to regain the support they lost. The Pink House was established in November of 2003 by Kristy Adams-Ebel, who at the age of 32 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She realized that, in order to cope, she needed to be able to communicate with others on the same journey in a positive and supportive environment. Since she was not able to find such a resource, she established one. Sadly, Kristy died in 2006, but the Carolina Breast Friends organization she created lives on and has brought comfort, education, support, healing, hope, and love to many, many women since then. All of the staff who work there are breast cancer survivors themselves, and truly understand the women they serve. Some are volunteers who have returned to the Pink House as survivors who want to repay the love and support they received. All of the services provided by CBF and the Pink House are totally free. It is non-profit and all of its funding comes from donations. Among the programs and services they provide are support groups; Survivor Nights with a speaker; restorative yoga; Healing Touch; myofascial release; Be You, Be Beautiful (learning about beauty options such as wigs, nail care, massage, and skin care, including a spa night; an instructional program on the lymph system and your health; instructional program on Nutritional Mix; Strength Training with Confidence (exercise program); oncology massages; scrapbooking band card making class; jewelry class; and a Healthy, Happy, and Whole quarterly workshop. They also have special events like a Thankful Feast in November. In addition to the programs, there are small but meaningful touches like the goody bags they give to those who are going through chemotherapy and/or radiation that includes comforting things like a small pillow. But the main service they provide is support, love, and an oasis and refuge of hope and comfort in a world that is otherwise filled with fear and uncertainty. The Pink House is located at 1607 East Moorehead Street. They are open and staffed Monday-Friday, 10 AM- 5 PM. For more information, check out their website at https://www.carolinabreastfriends.org/contact-us/

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President Trump’s Circus without Bread March 15, 2019—The US revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to enter the US to investigate possible war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. March 18, 2019—On Sunday, March 17, President Trump sent out 29 tweets, some of which threatened to break his record For the most absurd tweet yet. They were filled with conspiracy theories like he thinks the FEC should Investigate “Saturday Night Live” to see if they are in collusion with the Russians or the Democrats because they criticize him so often. Several well-known people like Kellyanne Conway’s husbnd, say he is deranged and getting worse. According to CNN, “If Trump's Sunday on Twitter doesn't raise some concerns for you, you aren't paying close enough attention.” This article is worth a read. March 19, 2019—Trump called Joe Biden a low-IQ individual because he made a very minor slip-up in a speech discussing his intentions on running for the presidency. Check out the political cartoon on page who may actually have the lower IQ.

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March 21, 2019—Trump can never let the smallest slight go. He is attacking John McCain again, to the dismay of Republicans, and he is trying to put a wedge in the Conway marriage because Kellyanne’s husband thinks his mental state is unstable. He has temper tantrums like a small child over any criticism and the memory of an elephant for anyone who has ever offended him. March 21, 2019—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “God may have sent President Trump to Earth to protect Israel.” Looks like Trump is not the only one in his administration who is unstable. Trump is trying to help Israel take permanent ownership of the occupied Golan Heights territory but it is more likely that he is listening to the powerful Americans who want the Golan Height’s oil than he is listening to God. March 22, 2019—Information on The Mueller report is out, and Mueller found no evidence of President Trump colluding with Russia. Mueller did not report a finding on charges of obstruction. To quote Shakespeare, the rhetoric that lead up to its publication was “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” We should have expected it. March 25, 2019---TheQAnon far-right conspiracy promoted by Trump supporters has been too weird to report, even in this section filled with ridiculous but documented behaviors. This is the theory that high-ranking members of the Democratic Party are trying to overthrow the government, aided by some liberal Hollywood celebrities, and that this group is also running a child sex trafficking ring. Additionally, Trump and Mueller are secretly working together, under the cover of alleged Russian collusion, to expose this criminal activity and prevent a coup d’etat. However, it has hit the mainstream news in South Carolina again in the person of Republican State Rep. Lin Bennet. She is the one who falsely accused Congressman Joe Cunningham of not putting his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Her posts on Facebook last year indicated she believed the conspiracy theory to be true. Now she is saying that she no longer endorses QAnon because “none of the predictions about the Mueller report are coming true.” Democrats in her district are hoping that voters will understand how unhinged she is and replace her with someone more sane—preferably a Democrat. March 26, 2019--One positive note for the Trump Administration. A federal bump stock ban went into effect on this date. March 28, 2019—Syrian’s envoy to the UN said Trump should give SC, land of Lindsey Graham, to Israel instead of Syria’s Golan Heights. It would be better if he gave us to Canada. Then we would have universal health care and a sane government. But leave Lindsey in the US. April 5, 2019------Trump backed off for one year to close the entire Mexico-US border and to shut down aid to Central American countries sending illegal immigrants to the US.

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LCDP Dinner On March 30, the Lancaster County Democratic Party held its second annual March fund-raising dinner. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal (including a wonderful pie and cake made by Kathy), interesting conversation, good company, and a raffle. The most popular items in the raffle were the bottles of wine provided by Alan Sattler, who grew the fruit, made the wine, and bottled it, with a label explaining that the wine would help with almost anything a stressed-out Democrat could suffer. Other items for the raffle were provided by Freddie Ann and Kathryn Hutchens, Kathy Baker, and Alan Sattler. To cap off the event, Mandy and Mitch dropped by just in time to win a bottle of wine. If both of them are still recovering from a strenuous year of Mandy’s campaigning, the wine will surely help. Altogether it was a fun evening and thankyou to those who made it possible.

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Fritz Hollings

Retired US Senator and former SC Governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings died on April 6, 2019, at the age of 97. South Carolinians who are old enough to have been alive during the time he was in either of those offices know how fortunate South Carolina was to have had such a fine person on their side. The LCDP Newsletter honored Fritz Hollings in May of 2018 as our Hall of Fame entry. Here is a repetition of that article: “ He requested in 2015 that Congress remove his name from a federal courthouse and replace it with the name of civil rights hero J. Waties Waring. As governor, he led SC through a peaceful integration instead of “fomenting hate and division” like other Deep South governors. He created the technical college system while governor, which brought BMW, Boeing, and others to SC. As a senator, he brought attention to the hunger and poverty in SC and co-sponsored a law that provided food to pregnant women, new moms, and children up to 5 years. This saved many lives. He was instrumental in getting the food stamp program for the poor in SC. And these are just some of the reasons he deserves this honor. In January of next year he will be 96 years old (thestate.com/news).” Hollings served as SC governor from 1959 through 1963, and as a US Senator from 1966 to 2005. Before becoming governor, he served as Lt. Governor and a member of the SC House of Representatives, and before becoming a politician, he was a lawyer by profession. At the time of his death, he was the longest-living former US Senator in the United States. In his final Senate speech in 2004, he said that politicians spend too much time raising money for the next election. He called money, “the cancer on the body politic.” He said, "We don't have time for each other, we don't have time for constituents except for the givers.... We're in real, real trouble." And his words were true, we are in real, real trouble. Another of his quotes that has proved to be a true and bloody prophecy is that “It’s a mistake to try to rebuild and destroy a nation at the same time.” It appears, however, that our country has not yet learned that lesson and is still paying the price. He is remembered for his sharp tongue and his sharp wit that sometimes got him into trouble, even during those years before political correctness in speech ruled the day and could cut off the tongue of any hapless speaker. But he suffered no fools and said whatever he thought and whatever he believed. Hollings was the last Democrat to serve in the US Senate from South Carolina, and he has been missed since the day he left office. 017 ABC News 4 © - LCDP Source:

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* Mr. President, why not give South Carolina to Israel instead of the Golan Heights? You actually own South Carolina, but the Golan Heights belongs to us.

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Close Encounters of the Presidential Candidate Kind By Erv Robinson Candidate Eric Swalwell was at McHale's on Main Street in Rock Hill SC, on April 12, 2019. That is Edee Tudor in the foreground. You can't see the lettering, but she is wearing her Mueller Time t-shirt. We also met Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP, and Christian Cano, congressional candidate in NC 9 against Pittenger in 2016.

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