“With the presidential debates in full swing, WPSU is shifting focus to one contest that hits closer to home. Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson and Democratic challenger Charles Dumas face off in the race for the Fifth Congressional District.”
We are asking WPSU about getting a recording of the debate, and we will post one if we get it.
Candidate Access: Charles Dumas (D)
Waiting at the back of the volunteer firefighter’s parade, three firefighters approached us. They noticed our Democratic Party posters.
“Why are you trying to take away my shotgun?” one said.
“Look brother,” I responded, “ the second Amendment gives you the right to keep and bear arms. If elected I will take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Besides lots of folks in our district hunt in order to supplement their meat supply. But if you want to own a military bazooka with an atomic warhead or a three hundred round clip that is a different story.”
“ If you take away my bazooka, you’ll take away my shotgun,” he retorted. The other guy said, “ I am not sure I want you to have a bazooka. But, why are you Democrats killing babies?’
“Remember that Constitution which protects your rights? The Supreme Court says that women have the right to choose what happens to their bodies.”
“What about the father’s rights?”
“The court has not found a Constitutional right for fathers. It’s about a woman’s right to control her own health”
“That’s not right,” he argued. His wife, also a volunteer didn’t seem totally convinced by her husband’s argument.
“Look”, I said, “ we can continue to argue hot button issues but tell me, what is the most important issue affecting your life right now.”
Without hesitation the three of them pointed to their ancient fire engine.
“ That engine is so old we can’t even give it to another company. They can’t use it because it is out of code. We haven’t been able to get a new one because we haven’t gotten a FEMA grant in twelve years.”
“You should contact your Congressman and have him write a letter to FEMA on your behalf. When I worked as a legislative aid in Washington, I did that all the time. It may not get you the grant but at the very least FEMA will have to tell you why you didn’t get the grant”
“Do you think he will write us a letter?”
“ It’s what your Congressional representative does.”
Pulling up a crate to sit on, the first guy said, “How do you feel about EMTs carrying defensive devices?”
They continued to talk: I listened about their real issues of the campaign Read more…
Saturday, Oct. 20th, 11am-1:00pm
PLEASE JOIN US for a Rally to promote the WPSU Debate with Charles Dumas and Glenn Thompson!
The Debate Rally will be on Saturday, 10/20/2012 11am-1:00pm at Atherton and Vairo Blvd (near McDonalds & Walmart) & wear you Charles Dumas for Congress shirts and buttons!
The Debate itself will be at WPSU Innovation Park Outreach Bldg 8pm on 10/22/2012.
President Obama’s performance during the first debate was not very good. He did not seem fully engaged. Compared to Governor Romney, his presentation was mediocre. On the other hand, his performance for the last three and a half years as President of the United States and leader of the free world has been exemplary. Read more…
The AFSCME Chaper 13, sub-chapter 8304, Retiree Union, voted Monday October 8, 2012, to endorse Charles Dumas for U.S. Congress, to represent Pennsylvania 5th congressional district. The sub chapter meets monthly in State College and has just over 200 members. Mr. Dumas has also been endorsed by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Read more…
I strongly support President Obama’s actions in Libya and North Africa. As the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District of PA., I believe that all Americans, particularly those in the public sector must stand shoulder to shoulder with the President in defense of our citizens abroad, particularly when they are there serving at the request and in the interests of the host country.
Years ago I spent some time in Egypt and somewhat less in Libya. I was recently back in Cairo at an international conference. I am familiar with the people and though I did not know him personally, I am familiar with statesmen like Ambassador Chris Stevens. They commit their lives to the service of their country, community and humanity. Unlike others they do not amass fortunes from the exploitation of the people and resources of the developing world. Rather they prefer being on the ground in the true Peace Corp tradition working with the indigenous people to build democracy, to construct community, to develop meaningful and beneficial projects. Ambassador Stevens had been instrumental in the overthrow of the former totalitarian regime. He helped convince the powers-that-be it would be in our nation’s interest to protect the insurgents against massive retaliation planned by Khadify. After the rebels won, Ambassador Stevens tried to help them build a governmental structure which would promote representative democracy in their newly formed nation. He was also busy developing linkages to help get the new government of Libya a foothold in international affairs. He understood that for democracy to have a chance, let alone thrive, its proponents must remain vigilant and continue to struggle. Victory is in the process not the destination. Now he and the others are dead. They were dedicated public servants committed to the pursuit of justice and freedom. We mourn their loss but celebrate their lives. Charles Dumas for Congress firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors at the Warren County Fair on Wednesday afternoon had the chance to meet the man challenging Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more…