Balloons and Bingo at the Final Debate Watch Party!

It is now exactly three weeks before Election Day – it’s been a long and winding road, but we are finally nearing the end of this very strange trip. The third and final Presidential Debate is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, 2016!

We’ll be celebrating with balloons and bingo at our final UPDC Debate Watch Party for 2016, along with some refreshments, and running commentary, cheers, and boos from those gathered around the TV.

We’ll also be doing some local phone banking before the debate, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; primarily calling up local democrats and reminding them to get out to vote on election day.

Then we’ll fill our glasses, each choose a debate bingo card (there are prizes!), and settle in for the start of the debate at 9 p.m., followed by our own analysis, live Daily Show, and live Late Night with Colbert debate coverage. Come when you can, stay as long as you like. All democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters are welcome – 124 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA.

Three Weeks left to Get Out the Vote!

Voter Registration has closed in Pennsylvania, and the primary focus of volunteer effort now is on Getting Out the Vote on Election Day – Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – for Hillary Clinton, and all the democratic candidates on the ballot.

Volunteers are phone banking at the Lansdale campaign office (14 E. Sixth Street, Lansdale PA 19446) every day and most evenings; contact Patrick Eddis for more information (215-359-5773).

This Wednesday, October 19, 2016, is the third and final Presidential Debate! We’ll be celebrating with balloons and bingo at our final UPDC Debate Watch Party for 2016, along with the usual refreshments (though there may be a few surprises…). We’ll also be phone banking from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; primarily calling up local democrats and reminding them to get out to vote on election day. Then we’ll fill our glasses, each choose a debate bingo card (there are prizes!), and settle in for the start of the debate at 9 p.m., followed by our own analysis, live Daily Show and live Late Night with Colbert debate coverage. Come when you can, stay as long as you like. All democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters are welcome – 124 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA.

Finally, now is the time to commit to volunteering at some point over the next three weekends here in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. Staging area for phone banking and local door to door canvassing (again, of Democrats and Hillary supporters), will be in Pennsburg on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct 22-23, 29-30, and Nov 5-6, 2016. There are three shifts a day, 9 a.m. – noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 6p.m. Contact Ann Tiefenthaler ( for more information; her house is that staging ground for two of those weekends, which means that is where you will go to pick up the canvassing packets, and phone banking information.

PA Victory Campaign organizer Patrick Eddis will be holding a volunteer organizing meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 7 p.m. at the Upper Perkiomen Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill. Learn about, and volunteer for, the final GOTV push and election day volunteer opportunities.


Presidential Debates

We are only a few days away from the first Presidential Debate of 2016, scheduled for this Monday, September 26, 2016. The first, and only, Vice-Presidential Debate is on Tuesday, October 4th. Sunday, October 9th will be the next Presidential Debate (town hall format, with questions from the audience, as well as the moderator). The final Presidential Debate of this election season is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

UPDC is hosting Debate Watch Parties each night in East Greenville. Before each debate, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., we will be making phone calls to Get Out the Vote for our candidates, using call lists and scripts from the Clinton campaign (on presidential debate nights) and using call lists and script from Joanne Jackson for State Representative on the evening of the vice-presidential debate (October 4th). The debates all begin at 9 p.m. Join us at 124 Washington Street, East Greenville for all or part of the evening, whether it is to make phone calls or to watch the debate with like-minded democrats.

And if you prefer to stay home, or have other obligations that keep you from joining us, here’s what you need to know to watch the debates:

Live Streaming – All the major news networks will offer a free live stream as will YouTube and Twitter. Live stream links will be posted the day of the debate.

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

Full Videos – Click the “Watch Full Video Link” below on each debate to watch the entire debate video.

Time – The debates will air from 9pm to 10:30pm ET (8pm – 9:30pm CT, 7pm – 8:30pm MT, 6pm – 7:30pm PT)

Local Volunteer Opportunities!

With just a little over 50 days left until Election Day, volunteers are needed now more than ever.  The UPDC has a few campaign activities planned, as has the Democratic Party’s PA Victory Fund, Upper Perk Area 2 Democrats, and local candidates. Check below to see some of what is happening in September, and how and where you can help.

Here is what has been organized by the PA Victory Fund Field Organizer for our area:

Volunteer Recruitment Phone Calls from our Lansdale Office
Our Lansdale office is open every day until 9 pm
14 E. Sixth Street
Lansdale PA 19446
Saturday September 17th
Voter Registration Drive
2 hour shifts available at locations in Upper Perkiomen and Indian Valley 9/17
(our most effective outreach)  In the Upper Perkiomen Valley 9/17
Contact Patrick Eddis, Field Organizer for your area to talk or to sign up to help
And the Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats annual Fall Picnic is this Sunday (did you know that some outstanding local musicians, who just happen to be strong Democrats, will be providing some of the entertainment?)
Sunday September 18th
The Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats Ox Roast
at Macoby Run Golf Course Pavillion from 12 pm – 4 pm  9/18
Meet local and state candidates for office, as well as elected Democratic County Officials at the Ox Roast, an old-fashioned barbecue with food, beverages and entertainment included in the price of the ticket:  $30 Contact Elaine Hannock for more information and/or tickets; 610-805-5399 OR – there will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate. Macoby Run Golf Course Pavilion, 5275 McLean Station Road, Green Lane, PA 
Joanne Jackson, Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 131st District (this district includes Upper Hanover, East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill), hosts phone banks for her campaign every Monday evening, beginning at 6 p.m – 4195 Estates Dr, Center Valley, PA. If you can spare an hour or two thisMonday evening (and/or any other Monday evening in the next few weeks) your help would be greatly appreciated – you’ll get a script, a page or two of names and phone numbers, and, I am told, some tasty refreshments! UPDC will be hosting a phone banking session for Joanne Jackson in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) on Tuesday, October 4th, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., before the Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party; come early to make some phone calls and then stay for the Debate!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Monday, September 26th – the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!. The UPDC is hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) that night. The debate starts at 9 p.m., but we’ll be starting the evening off with phone banking for Hillary Clinton from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; bring your cell phone to make calls. The PA Victory Campaign will be providing the script, names and phone numbers, and a few cellphones for those who don’t have, or prefer not to use, their own phone.

September UPDC Events

The first big event for the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) is our Voter Registration table at East Greenville Community Day on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We will have forms for new voter registration and absentee ballot application forms (if you know of any college students who will be out of town on November 8th, or if you will be out of town when the polls are open in PA, be sure to pick up, fill out, and mail in an absentee ballot application!) We also have campaign literature and signs; and will be handing out balloons, stickers, pens, and more. Community Day is held on Main Street, between Pennsburg Square and 4th Street, East Greenville, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our first club meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. Our meetings are open to all Democrats and are held in the Upper Perkiomen Public Library (lower level), 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA. (There is street parking as well as parking in the lot in the back of the building.) Items on the agenda for September’s meeting include local phone banking, Debate Watch Parties, GOTV activities, and our participation in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade.

The first Presidential Debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 26th, 2016. The UPDC will be hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville that night. Before the debate begins, we invite folks to come by early to do some phone banking (we’ll provide the cell phones if you prefer not to use your own phone) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and then stay to watch the debate with a friendly Democratic group. (Oh, and did I mention there will be snacks and beverages?)

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Getting ready for tonight’s Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Debate

Five (did you know there were five?) candidates will take the stage in Las Vegas tonight, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, for the first in a series of Democratic Party Presidential Debates; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and James Webb. The debate was originally scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but some news reports have it starting at 8:30 p.m., so be prepared (CNN says coverage begins at 8:30 p.m.) CNN is hosting this week’s debate, and is offering free live streaming of the event (no registration or password required).

There was a Debate Watch Party scheduled to take place at East Greenville Fire House, 4th and Water Streets, hosted by the Bernie Sanders Campaign. Doors were expected to open at 7:30 p.m. (although I am no longer finding that event listed online, it may still be happening).

Just for fun, or if you are watching the debate alone, consider going on twitter; #DemDebate and #Election2016. WARNING – Donald Trump plans on tweeting, for at least the first ten minutes at #demdebate – that may be very amusing or very depressing, depending on one’s perspective.

Presidential Debates and Volunteering for the Democratic National Convention

After watching the 2nd Republican Presidential Candidate Debate last night, I am more motivated than ever to work to elect a Democratic President in 2016, and to volunteer for the Democratic National Convention, being held in Philadelphia, July 25–July 28, 2016.

And for those who have been waiting, and waiting, for the first Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate for the 2016 race, mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (on CNN). You might also stop by the Upper Perk Library (350 Main Street, Red Hill)  before the debate, for the next Upper Perk Democratic Club meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Because local races and local politics matter – and every vote counts in every election.

And because we’ll be making more plans for our participation in the Upper Perkiomen Halloween Parade (Sunday, October 25th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) – and we’re always looking for more volunteers; to work on the float, to donate candy, and to walk in the parade that night.