Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If your phone rings Thursday at 7 p.m., it's likely State Rep. Madeleine Dean.
Correction: The town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, which is April 18. State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, will hold a “town hall” meeting this week … via telephone. On Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., everyone’s phone in the 153rd district will ring. If you answer and stay on the line, you’ll be able to participate in a teleconference with Dean. Constituents can listen in, ask questions and take part in polls via their phones. "This is a great way to bring thousands of district residents into one community discussion," Dean said in a press release. "If you have a question about any state or local issue affecting the 153rd Legislative District, I encourage you to just pick up the phone when it rings at 7 p.m. Thursday." Dean held a …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Many Montco politicians are pushing for measures that seem to fall flat in state legislature.
Thursday, April 4
As Connecticut passes its laws to restrict gun purchases with stricter policies, similar bills in Pennsylvania's legislature are falling flat. Local rallies have been hosted in Montgomery County, and its representatives are voicing the concerns. State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-153) of Montgomery County, has worked with state Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-31) and state Rep. Ron Waters (D-191) on a series of bills, including the banning of assault weapons called House Bill 517, according to a report in PhillyBurbs.com. Restrictions are not just being called for one one side. Todd Stephens (R-151), a former Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, has introduced House Bill 931, to "require the Pennsylvania State Police to send all existing …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meanwhile, a Republican-sponsored bill named for a popular caliber of handgun would seek to prevent any federal gun control legislation from being enforceable inside Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, February 19
Citing the December shooting deaths of a classroom full of Connecticut first graders as a last straw, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-153) of Montgomery County has entered the the national gun control debate by co-sponsoring legislation that would "ban the possession, use, control, sale, transfer, or manufacture of an assault weapon within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The bill, H.B. 517, defines as assault weapon as any "selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semi automatic or burst fire at the option of the user." It also lists a roster of specific semi automatic gun models that would be prohibited. Republican state legislators have vowed to stall the bill, which Dean sponsored along with Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D) of Delaware …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, begins her first full term.
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Thursday, January 3
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, was sworn in to the House of Representatives yesterday, beginning her first full term as a legislator. Yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2013-14 legislative session and the 197th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Dean won a special election during the 2011-12 session to replace Josh Shapiro, who left the General Assembly for a seat on the Montgomery County Commissioners board. Dean’s re-election in November secured her first full term. "As we enter a new year and session, I feel honored and invigorated," Dean said in a press release. "This session will no doubt bring new challenges and opportunities. I look forward to building on the successes that we worked for last year." …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Southeast Delegation of the state House Democratic Caucus elected its new leadership team today during a reorganizational meeting in King of Prussia.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, was elected chairman of the delegation. Reps. Tina Davis, D-Bucks; Margo Davidson, D-Delaware; Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery; and Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia; were elected vice chairmen. Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, was elected treasurer, and Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Philadelphia, was elected secretary. “As the largest delegation within our Democratic Caucus, we have an opportunity to make real progress with a focus on good government and our region’s shared values,” Dean said. “I look forward to the leadership of Representative Santarsiero as our chairman and I am humbled to serve as a vice chair of the delegation. I will work hard with all our members. As a lifelong …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Challenger Nick Mattiacci spoke to a crowd of Republicans at the North Penn VFW last night
Republican challenger Nick Mattiacci lost his bid for the 153rd district last night. Mattiacci, an attorney from Elkins Park, lost to Democratic State Representative and former Abington Commissioner Madeleine Dean by about 10,000 votes. The total vote count according to the county website: Mattiacci spoke to the Republican crowd at the North Penn VFW on Jenkintown Road in Glenside at about 9:45 p.m.; he received an ovation when he walked in the door at 9 p.m. Mattiacci thanked his family, his volunteers, several Abington Commissioners and longtime Abington Republican Jon Fox for helping him get his foot in the door … politically speaking. “We worked hard [but] the numbers don’t show it,” Mattiacci said. He went on to congratulate Dean…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
State Rep. Madeleine Dean: ‘I don’t buy into the horse race.’
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, hit the polls early to cast her vote. Dean voted this morning at Abington Library, along with throngs of other voters at polling place 11-1. The line to vote was just about out the door. It was something of a different feeling for Dean; the last time she voted for herself she was involved in a special election to fill the unexpired term of then-State Rep. Josh Shapiro. “There’s a whole lot of people running with me this time,” Dean said. “In the special election it was very much unknown. But now we have such a wave of people running … I don’t know, I feel very enthusiastic.” She also said felt excited about the chances of the Democrats today. “I feel really strongly about [the Democrats’ chances],” …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
If your phone rings Thursday at 7 p.m., it's likely State Rep. Madeleine Dean
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, will hold a town hall tonight. The venue? Your couch. Tonight at 7 p.m. everyone’s phone in the 153rd district will ring. If you answer and stay on the line, you’ll be able to participate in a teleconference with Dean. It’s the first time the State Representative’s office has done something like this, according to Jim Strine, media specialist with the House Democratic Caucus. “What happens is basically we contract with a company that generates thousands of calls into the 153rd and it tells people to hold the line and they’ll be patched into the meeting,” Strine said. “Everyone can hear [Dean] speak live.” Strine said residents, via their phones, can press a number to “raise their hand” to have an …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Dean said the law could affect 4,200 voters in her district.
Moments ago, State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, reacted to the recent ruling that upheld Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. Pennsylvania passed the law in March requiring all registered voters to show a valid and "acceptable" photo ID before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation. “I’m disappointed with Judge [Robert] Simpson’s ruling,” Dean said. “It is a law that’s aimed to combat voter fraud, and there’s no evidence of in-person voter fraud. It’s a little incredulous, and it’s a little costly.” According to Dean, the law is estimated to cost between $5 million and $12 million to implement. “This happened at a time when we just went through budget season — programs were cut from needy citizens, and now …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
State Rep. and Abington Commissioner Madeleine Dean said she will leave her post as Commissioner for Ward 7; she will address the issue at tonight's board of commissioners meeting
One of the newer members of the Abington Board of Commissioners is stepping down later this month. Abington Commissioner and State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, announced last week in a letter that she is stepping down as commissioner of Ward 7 as of Aug. 15. Dean, in an interview yesterday, said that she sent the letter to each of her constituents, and also notified all of the members of the Abington Board of Commissioners in person. The reason for Dean stepping down? Too many titles. An excerpt from the Aug. 1 letter to her constituents: “From the beginning, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve you on dual levels, both as township commissioner and state representative. In fact, working with your day-to-day concerns and …