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Margolies celebrates vote that cost her 13th’s seat

Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in next year’s 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict race, last week re­leased a video on the 20th an­niversary of her vote for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan.

Mar­gol­ies served in Con­gress in 1993-94. On Aug. 5, 1993, she cast the de­cid­ing vote for a Clin­ton plan that Re­pub­lic­ans op­posed be­cause of its tax hikes. Forty-one Demo­crats voted against the plan.

The fol­low­ing year, Mar­gol­ies was de­feated for re-elec­tion.

“I told Pres­id­ent Clin­ton that night when he asked me for my vote that it had to be the vote that put the bill over the top,” she said.

“The Re­pub­lic­an right wing and those Demo­crats vot­ing with them must see that it is pos­sible for a mem­ber of Con­gress to sac­ri­fice her polit­ic­al ca­reer for something great­er — to give the newly elec­ted Clin­ton pres­id­ency a chance to change the eco­nom­ic tra­ject­ory of our coun­try. And change it we did in a way that al­lowed for the largest sus­tained ex­pan­sion of jobs in Amer­ica in the last 60 years. I was not sent to Wash­ing­ton to back down from the tough is­sues then, and I don’t in­tend to back down from them now.”

Mar­gol­ies is in a four-way Demo­crat­ic primary that also in­cludes state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and Dr. Val Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate.

The seat will be open be­cause in­cum­bent Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz is run­ning for gov­ernor.

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Pennsylvani­ans for Allyson hos­ted 38 house parties in 15 counties across Pennsylvania on Aug. 4.

The parties were for grass­roots vo­lun­teers sup­port­ing Allyson Schwartz’s 2014 cam­paign for gov­ernor.

Schwartz spoke from the home of a Lans­dale wo­man, and her re­marks were web­cast to all the parties.

“Allyson has been in­cred­ibly ef­fect­ive be­cause of her de­term­in­a­tion, lead­er­ship and her abil­ity to work across the aisle,” said sup­port­er Alex Re­ber, from a party in Har­ris­burg. “She knows how to get things done, and that’s why so many grass­roots sup­port­ers are ex­cited about her can­did­acy to take back Pennsylvania from Gov­ernor Corbett.”

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Katie Mc­Ginty, an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, has ad­ded a former West­ern Pennsylvania uni­on boss as a seni­or ad­viser on labor is­sues.

New to her cam­paign is J.J. John­ston, former pres­id­ent of the AFL-CIO’s Great­er West­mo­re­land Labor Coun­cil and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tion­al Uni­on Pennsylvania State Coun­cil.

“I am proud to join Katie Mc­Ginty’s team be­cause she is the strongest can­did­ate to take on Tom Corbett,” said John­ston, who has more re­cently been act­ive in Cali­for­nia labor battles. “As gov­ernor, Katie will stand up for work­ing men and wo­men and will fight for policies that re­build the middle class and cre­ate jobs for Pennsylvani­ans.”

Mc­Ginty is a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive whose gov­ern­ment ex­per­i­ence in­cludes serving as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Al Gore Jr. and as chair­wo­man of the White House Coun­cil on En­vir­on­ment­al Qual­ity in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion. She was an ad­viser on Gore’s 2000 pres­id­en­tial cam­paign and spent six years as sec­ret­ary of the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion. She lives with her hus­band and three chil­dren in Wayne, Chester County.

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The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee has re­lo­cated its of­fices to 3525-27 Cottman Ave. in May­fair.

The former of­fice was in The Wind­sor, at 17th Street and the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way.

“This move has giv­en us the op­por­tun­ity to have a more fully func­tion­al of­fice that will in­clude sev­er­al of­fices, meet­ing loc­a­tions and con­fer­ence areas as well as ac­cess­ible on-street park­ing that our pre­vi­ous loc­a­tion lacked,” said state Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.), who re­cently suc­ceeded Vito Canuso as party chair­man. “We are ex­cited about start­ing the new chapter in the stor­ied his­tory of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee in a new loc­a­tion.”

The Phil­adelphia of­fice of the Re­pub­lic­an Party of Pennsylvania has also moved to the Cottman Av­en­ue loc­a­tion. It had been at 529 S. 4th St.

In ad­di­tion, Taylor will house his reelec­tion cam­paign of­fice in the space, which is loc­ated in the 64th Ward, 11th Di­vi­sion.

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The 23rd an­nu­al Stu Bykof­sky Can­did­ates’ Com­edy Night is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor ban­quet room of Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets.

The per­formers will be Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams and his Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger, Danny Al­varez, along with City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz and his GOP op­pon­ent, Terry Tracy.

The event is a fun­draiser for Vari­ety: The Chil­dren’s Char­ity. Since the first show dur­ing the 1991 may­or­al race, some $475,000 has been raised for Vari­ety.

Tick­ets cost $75. Call 215-735-0803, Ext. 11.

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The 29th an­nu­al Billy Mee­han Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee Clam­bake will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cannstat­ter’s, at 9130 Academy Road.

Tick­ets cost $100 and in­clude an open bar and an all-you-can-eat feast. ••

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