When I’m wrong, I have to say I’m wrong. Over the last 6 months, I’ve been under the impression that in PA, registered voters could vote online. That is absolutely incorrect. Thanks to Rev. Maxcine Collier, an elected Democratic committeewoman in Upper Dublin Township in PA. She set me straight. She let me know that I shared some incorrect information with our SCOOP readers. Please accept my apology.
Here are the facts: In Pennsylvania, we cannot yet vote online. We can request our mail-in ballots online and for those who choose to do so, we can register to vote online. That’s it. To be clear, while you can request a mail-in ballot online, you cannot fill out that mail-in ballot online. You still need to physically mail it in or drop it off at the City Commissioner’s office at City Hall, (for those who live in Philadelphia). Thank you, Rev. Maxcine Collier, for setting me straight. Rev. Maxcine Collier is a very active member of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and she is the Assistant Pastor at Galilee Baptist Church, in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - September 25, 2020 - page 9
The clock is ticking and with each passing day, we’re coming closer to the November 3rd General Election when everything is at stake. While everyone certainly should know by now that this is a presidential election year, there’s also a number of other elected seats up for grabs.
In last week’s Civics 101 column I wrote about the Congressional seats that are available. In Pennsylvania, all State House of Representative seats are available. In the Pennsylvania State Senate, all odd district senate seats are available. Also the State Auditor General, the State Attorney General and the State Treasurer positions are available.
But what else is at stake?
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - September 18, 2020 - page 8
Here it is. We are now into the second week of September and we have a general election coming up on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Yes, it is a presidential election year and that is very critical. However, each and every elected position on the ballot is important. As we come closer to November 3rd, we at the SCOOP USA Media community newspaper will do our best to inform and educate about all the key races where elected political seats are up for grabs. Today, we want to remind readers about choices they can make, in a nonpartisan way.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - September 11, 2020 - page 14
Did you know that only 538 people actually vote directly for President of the United States? Say what? How can that be? Well, it’s a thing called the Electoral College. The other terminology for the Electoral College is 'Presidential Electors.'
Before the election, each state’s political party chooses a slate of people to act as presidential electors if its candidate wins. So, when voters go to the polls, they're actually choosing between different slates of electors. Some states even print their names on the ballot along with the candidates.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - September 4, 2020 - page 14
Do you understand the perks of U.S. Congresspersons and U.S. Senators? No wonder so many of them like to get to the Federal level and stay there, as long as possible. Here’s the present situation: There’s a false story circulating on the internet right now: Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans. Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans. This is simply not true. There is no law that automatically exempts children of congress members or their staffers from having to pay back student loans. The claim that all such persons are so exempted is based upon a misunderstanding of one particular federal employment program which provides some federal employees assistance in paying back student loans up to a certain amount, depending upon income level.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - August 28, 2020 - page 17
In America, many celebrated the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. However to me, as an African American woman, much like the 4th of July Celebration, the national “day of Independence,” on July 4, 1776, was not for all people. It was not for my people, Africans stolen from the motherland and forced to America on slave ships to do free labor for over 200 plus years. I’ll go so far as to say congratulations to the daring and bold white women who banned together over a hundred years ago to fight for their right to vote. Black women were in that fight too. But it was many more years later before Black women were actually given the privilege or the right, to actually vote. In fact, although Black women were right there in the struggle with white women fighting for the right to vote and participated in many of the marches, Black women were mandated to march at the back of the throng of women because mainly women from Southern states didn’t want to be seen marching with Black women. How’s that for some real history?
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - August 21, 2020 - page 17
Two weeks ago, I wrote about what kind of power the President of the United States has, to order Federal troops into a city? I found so much information on this subject that I felt it warranted a Part II, so as not to leave anything out. Often for this column, I find myself referring directly to the United States Constitution which has many articles and amendments. Also I find that if you are not up on legal terminologies in some instances, one can find the U.S. Constitution a bit daunting to read and understand fully. To the best of my ability, I make every effort to break the information down in such a way that all of our SCOOP readers will get the point.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - August 14, 2020 - page 16
Part II of my Civics 101 Column on what rights does the President have to call in Federal troops to various states will be published in next week’s edition of the SCOOP. Today, I thought it urgent to remind our readers, and quell any concerns that voters may have about the upcoming November 3rd General Election possibly being postponed.
Once again SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper Readers, do not be lulled to sleep by TV news reports that indicate that Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden is up ahead in the polls by 15 points or 16 points or whatever. Watch Donald Trump and his cronies and that includes Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Keep an eye on them.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - August 7, 2020 - page 16
Right now, it appears that President Donald Trump is doing everything and anything he can to try and ”look good” to his would-be voters in the upcoming Tuesday, November 3rd General Election. To that end, he wants to appear to be a tough, no nonsense President. He deployed Federal troops to Portland, Oregon, where ongoing social unrest was used as the excuse.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - July 31, 2020 - page 16
The whole point of this weekly Civics column is to make sure that our SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper readers understand what their rights are, as American citizens. In my head, at the center of those “rights,” is the right to vote and participate in the political process. This is a presidential election year and yet, we still don’t see enough work going on, (in my humble opinion), to get people revved up and ready to vote.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - July 24, 2020 - page 16
In today’s Civics column, I’m taking a look at the rights of convicted felons, in an effort to understand which states allows felons to participate in the political process by voting. It would be nice to think that in all 50 states a convicted felon who has done their time, could have the right vote, but that’s not true. It depends on where a convicted felon lives.
In Pennsylvania people like the late J. Wyatt Mondesire, a past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, community activist and radio D.J. Joey Temple and a group of other people fought hard for convicted felons to have the right to vote in Pennsylvania.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - July 17, 2020 - page 16
Everyone may not want to encourage people to vote, or participate in the political process by voting, but it seems like to me it’s a good thing to do if you care about this country called America, Once you turn 18, you have the right to vote. Some would say, you have the civic responsibility to vote. There ARE people and organizations outside of government agencies that take it upon themselves, to provide voter education and voter registration. There are groups and organizations out here who take it upon themselves to host candidate forums and candidate debates, all in an effort to give would-be voters an idea about the men and women who are asking for their votes on election day.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - July 10, 2020 - page 14
In last week’s Civics 101 column, I wrote about the job of a PA State Senator and their responsibilities once they are elected to that office. Today we’ll take a look at the responsibilities of a PA State Representative.
During the Tuesday, June 2nd Primary Election, a couple of the elected positions that were up for reelection or election for the first time, were the position of State Senators in odd-numbered districts. All of the PA State Representatives seats are up for grabs in the upcoming Tuesday, November 3rd General Election. During the Primary Election, the Democratic nominees were voted on, as well as Republican nominees in districts where Republican candidates chose to run. In many instances in Philadelphia, what we saw was that incumbent State Representatives ran unopposed during the primary.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - June 23, 2020 - page 7
In today’s Civics 101 column I’m sharing information about what a PA State Senator does and what their job description is. In the primary election just passed on Tuesday June 2, 2020, voters made choices for who the nominees would be for State Senators in odd-numbered districts. We should know what their jobs entail.
The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election. Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate becomes the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the event of the sitting Lieutenant Governor's removal, resignation or death. In this case the President Pro Tempore and Lieutenant Governor would be the same person.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - June 19, 2020 - page 8
One thing I’ll give Donald Trump credit for. He keeps me on my toes. That #45 is always saying something or doing something to make me have to fact check him.
As I share this Civics 101 column with you today, I decided to do the homework on Martial Law and what it means because #45 has threatened to call for martial law in the wake of the rioting and violent protests that happened across America, and in some foreign nations too, in the last almost two weeks since Memorial Day, the day that George Floyd was murdered.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - June 12, 2020 - page 8
Those of you who have voted by mail or online, already know this, however for those who vote in person at a polling place, what a surprise you'll find come June 2nd. Aside from the political offices that are up for grabs every presidential election year, you get to decide on whom you want to give your vote to, as Delegates.
There are delegates who attend the Democratic National Convention and there are delegates who attend the Republican National Convention. These people are actually voted into these temporary non-paid positions if you will. And they are people who have to love politics because all expenses in terms of attending the political conventions are on them.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 29, 2020 - page 8
The sense of urgency to get voters in PA ready to cast their ballots has risen one hundred-fold, in my humble opinion. The deadline to register to vote if you wanted to vote in the Tuesday, June 2nd Primary election just passed. That date was Monday, May 18th. So now, only those who have already registered or who did not miss the May 18th deadline can have their voices heard and their votes counted on election day. The polls in PA open at 7 am and remain open until 8 pm. As long as you are in line before the 8 pm deadline, on June 2nd, you will still be allowed to vote.
But the huge question of the hour is, why would you want to stand in line to vote when we are still in the midst of a horrific pandemic across America and around the world? It will be so much safer to vote from the comfort of your home. Simply vote by mail.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 22, 2020 - page 8
Ok all Philadelphia registered Voters. It's time to get busy. Even though we are still living amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, there are a lot of things we still must pay close attention to and one of those things is voting. We have a primary election that was moved from Tuesday, April 28, 2020, to Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Now is not the time to choke. It is not the time to sit on the fence. It is not the time to act disinterested in the political process. If you are age 18 or over, it is your Civic Duty to participate in the political process. Too many people fought, and some died, for us to have the right to vote. Please don't squander it now.
For the first time in the history of Pennsylvania, voters can vote by mail, so you can't use the pandemic as an excuse to not cast your vote for the candidates of your choice.
Because of all the very close attention we've all been paying to the health crisis in our nation, perhaps a lot of people haven't been paying attention to the fact that in less than a month, we'll have a primary election in Pennsylvania. Some of us don't even know what offices are up for grabs come June 2nd. I'd like to think that most voters know that during the primary we'll be deciding on the candidates to face off in November for the White House. Everybody should know that. But what other seats are up for grabs?
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 15, 2020 - page 8
Let’s be clear everybody. It is our civic right and responsibility to vote.
In PA we have less than four weeks to get prepared to participate in the Tuesday, June 2nd Primary Election. Right now, however, you can turn in your votes by mail. How do you do that? You can contact the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office and have a Vote by Mail application sent to you. Start by calling City Commissioner Omar Sabir’s office at 215-686-3462. If you are computer savvy, log on at www.VotesPa.com/ApplyMailBallot. When you log on at this official Pennsylvania website, you can go ahead and fill out the application online, to vote by mail and handle everything online. To vote, using your computer, you must have a PA Driver’s Licenses or PennDot non-driver’s license. You will be required to input your license number into the application when you do it online. The good thing about voting online is that you can be assigned a number, like a receipt when you purchase something on Amazon, that can be used as your tracking number,” if for some reason, you become concerned about your vote being counted.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 8, 2020 - page 8
Here's another civics lesson for you, and it's in real-time. Problem is, the plans of the founding Fathers of the United States are not working out properly. The man currently holding the office of president flouts the law and ignores what the United States Constitution says.
Donald Trump has gotten rid of a key person on a panel of Federal watchdogs, who was put in place to oversee implementation of the $2 trillion Coronavirus law. Trump hand-picked, instead, a replacement of the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead that effort. A panel of inspector generals had named Glenn Fine, the acting Pentagon watchdog, to oversee the group put in charge of watching over the coronavirus relief aid. Number 45 removed Mr. Fine from his position and chose someone who is believed will be a "yes man" to Trump, the EPA inspector general, to serve as a temporary Pentagon watchdog, while still handling all his other duties. This decision by the president started going public on Tuesday of this week. It effectively removes Fine from his role overseeing Coronavirus relief, since the new law permits only current inspector generals to fill the position.
Fine's removal is number 45's latest effort of trying to act like a dictator, dipping into the business of the community of independent Federal watchdogs and it looks like he'll get away with this too.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 1, 2020 - page 8
Did you know that part of your right as a citizen is the right to vote? As long as you are of the age of 18 on election day, and you have registered to vote before the deadline, you can vote. As part of the United States Constitution, voting was initiated to give Americans the right to choose, with the majority winning on who could represent them at the Federal, state and local levels. In the case of African Americans and women, getting the right to vote took much longer than it did for white men.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the voting process has gotten very tricky in a crazy time in our nation’s history. From the month of March, until now, there have been states that decided to postpone their primary elections, even in this critical presidential election year, for fear, some would be voters might come in contact the coronavirus, while out innocently voting. There’s also the fear that because of COVID-19, some would be voters will just stay home and not exercise their right to vote, again for fear they might come in contact with the virus. Equally people who work at polling places are concerned for their health and it was reported in locations such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin that in some instances, poll workers scheduled to work at certain polling places just never showed up.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 24, 2020 - page 8
We are doing our best to share what we as American citizens need to know about our government and how it works via the SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper. It's called Civics. To have knowledge about civics can certainly help one to understand what your rights are, as an American citizen and what powers our government officials have, through its three branches, Legislative, Judicial and Executive. Three cheers for SCOOP Publisher and Owner Sherri Darden for coming up with this great idea for this column.
In real-time, I can certainly share information with our SCOOP Readers about what's unfolding in our nation right now, related to our U.S. Constitution and what Donald Trump is trying to pull off. Trump is thinking more and more each day that he is a Dictator, all-powerful, and whatever he says goes. However, that is not true. That's exactly why the founding fathers of America put in place three arms of government, so they can check each other.
When the harsh realities of the Coronavirus pandemic really started hitting home in America, Trump first told Governors, 'You are on your own. It's not up to the Federal government to help you get supplies for your hospitals,' etc. Number 45 further declared, 'I'm leaving it up to individual Governors to decide what's best for their states, in terms of closing businesses, closing schools, and telling citizens to stay home. I trust the governors to make their own decisions.'
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 17, 2020 - page 8
What is my civic duty? My civic duty is to vote once I am of voting age. It’s to pay attention to what our elected officials are doing and when they’re not doing a good job to work hard to get them out of office. My civic duty is to care about the place and community where I live, to help keep it clean and to look out for neighbors.
My civic duty is to educate my children and grandchildren or other youngsters in my life about the importance of caring about our nation and yes, again, voting when they are of the voting age.
My civic duty is to teach the younger ones in our families and neighborhoods about our government and the fact that there are three arms of our government, because these days, most school systems don’t teach this subject anymore. To tell the truth, sometimes, us “old heads” need a refresher course on Civics. I know I did and that’s why I thank my Publisher Sherri Darden for giving me this assignment to write a weekly installment about Civics 101. It’s helping me to remember what I learned years ago in grade school and junior high school. Everybody needs a refresher course once in a while. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking at the role of the Executive Branch of Government and what it does. A key part of the Executive branch is the President’s Cabinet members.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 10, 2020 - page 6
The SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper continues in its mission this week, to shine the spotlight on Civics, as it is laid out in the United States Constitution for this nation of ours. Each week we’re looking at a different arm if you will, of “Civics” and what it means.
Let me give a brief recap, so those of you who missed last week’s column can catch up. Last week we delved into the Executive Branch of our government which is supposed to carry out and enforce laws. It includes the president, vice president, the cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies and other boards, commissions and committees. The president of the United States is the head of the executive branch and he gets assistance from the vice president, department heads (which are the president’s cabinet members) and heads of independent agencies.
My focus this time is on the Vice President, who is the second highest official in rank of the federal government. I’ll also explore more about the cabinet and what they do, in today’s column.
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 3, 2020 - page 7