How to Shake Down an Entire State

In Pennsylvania, politicians are salivating over the possibility of opening slot parlors. For the state legislature, it means possibly balancing the budget without having to make tough choices. For my District - which has been chosen to house one or even two of the casinos - it means complete altering the character of unique neighborhoods, increased traffic and crime, and disrupting communities that have existed since the formation of the country.

Politicians in Harrisburg refuse to listen to the neighbors' concerns. The state's Gaming Commission time and time again stifled efforts to get true neighborhood input and has rejected the call from neighbors for studies of the casinos' impact on the community.

My opponents, the owner of a window company and a real estate developer, are both telling the community that casinos are coming no matter what. Neither of them bothered to show up at Gaming Commission Hearing to hear the concerns of District residents. Neither has canvassed District and spoken directly to the voters. Instead, my opponents are content to have the support of the City's party machine.

If citizens want their government to respond to their concerns, they need to elect people who are willing to listen. In my District, I am the only candidate listening to neighbors, utilizing the power of volunteers and direct democracy rather than fundraisers and party endorsements.

Running for office without the party machine poses unique challenges. To win an election without organized labor or committee members, a candidate needs to devote thousands of hours efficiently spreading the message directly to the voters. In my case, I have been fortunate to have the support of hundreds of volunteers who have contributed their time going door-to-door to educate voters and bring them into the process.

After a month of campaigning, my volunteers and I will have met twice as many people as usually vote in the primary. On May 16, my opponents have the support of the party machine, but I will have support of the voters.
After all of our hard work, our reward will be that we will go to Harrisburg without owing favors to anyone. I will make decisions shaped only by my principals and by the needs of the people of my District.

If you'd like to help take on the party machine and help bring the political power back to the people, e-mail Josh at volunteers@annedicker.com.

Anne Dicker
Democrat for State Representative in PA
www.annedicker.com

Tags: 2006, Anne Dicker, Casino, development, Pennsylvania, state representative (all tags)

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Re: How to Shake Down an Entire State

Dem State Rep who just happened to have supported the slots law taking cash from a fraudster; Rendell stopping riverfront development because

riverfront land had become more valuable during the last few years, particularly since slots gambling was legalized and casinos had been competing to open parlors along the river.

and
We are just trying to get taxpayers their money's worth.

Oh yes...

That works both ways, it seems:

some riparian rights along the Delaware River have been transferred for as little as $1.

Have they really?

Gaming = tons of nonconsecutive greenbacks = organized crime = crooked pols. Not inevitably, of course. But that's the danger.

The ones PA is planning for are, it seems, estimated to generate $3 billion a year.

That's plenty of moolah to spread around...

by skeptic06 2006-04-25 12:17PM | 0 recs
Good Luck!

Although I do not live in your district/state, I'm thrilled to send you a donation. You are one of the brave few willing to work full time to take back our country.

by misscee 2006-04-26 05:28AM | 0 recs

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