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?)

Keep an eye on this blog and/or click to follow the blog and receive notifications of new posts, to learn about more events, candidate rallies, volunteer opportunities, and other election news.


Community Day in East Greenville on Saturday

Once again, the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club will have tables with voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms at East Greenville Community Day – this year on Saturday, September 10, 2016, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We will be giving out “Stronger Together” helium balloons, UPDC pens, Clinton stickers, candidate information, signs, and maybe a few other goodies. And some Democratic candidates are expected to drop in, and walk around Main Street – so be on the lookout and wish them well!

Stop by, say hello, and pick up some swag – we’d love to see you!



Ted Cruz is right!

Last night, Ted Cruz spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and said,

That’s really what elections should be about. That’s why you and millions like you devoted so much time and sacrifice to this campaign. We’re fighting not for one particular candidate, or one campaign, but because each of wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids, our own Caroline’s, that we did our best for their future and our country….

We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect from everybody. And, to those listening, please don’t stay home in November.

If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.

– See more at:

I don’t know who Ted Cruz will choose to vote for in November, but I think our choice is clear, especially after this week’s Republican National Convention – we must vote up and down the ticket for the Democratic candidates. We must turn the Senate blue, and change the PA state government before the Congressional lines are once more redrawn, in order to give the Democrats a chance at taking back the House of Representatives and more accurately reflect the voters in this state and this country. And, of course, we must elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald J. Trump.

Remember, every political race matters, from local government to county to state to national. You can make a difference, with your time (volunteering to make phone calls, register voters, deliver yard signs, etc), with your money (to candidates directly, or to groups like UPDC who are working on voter registration, voter information efforts, Get Out The Vote activities, and supporting local candidates), and most important of all, your vote in November.

If you’d like to donate to the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club, or become a member for the low donation of $10, just send your check, made out to UPDC, to:
Box 283
Red Hill, PA 18076

Watch Parties for the Conventions, and other ways you can keep up with the RNC and DNC this month.

The Republican National Convention starts tonight, Monday, July 18th and ends with Donald J. Trump’s Acceptance Speech on Thursday night, July 21, 2016. The Democratic National Convention starts in Philadelphia next Monday, July 25th and ends with Hillary R. Clinton’s Acceptance Speech on Thursday night, July 28, 2016. The Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club will be hosting local Watch Parties each night of the acceptance speeches (more info further down).

If you don’t want to miss a minute of the Conventions, turn on C-SPAN which is broadcasting from 1 p.m. – midnight (unless it runs longer, in which case they will keep the cameras rolling); C-SPAN turns on the cameras and the microphones and skips the commentary, so this is the place to watch it all, unfiltered. If you don’t have the time, or interest, to sit in front of the TV or computer screen all day and night for eight days, all speeches will be archived at

PBS and NPR will be devotion three hours of prime-time coverage each night (more than the networks, and without commercial interruption), from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

MSNBC and CNN will also have extensive coverage, of course.

If it all gets too intense, Jon Stewart will be back with Stephen Colbert, live Monday through Thursday, this week (and next?), on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, 11:30 p.m. on CBS, to help with Colbert’s “2016 Trumpublican Donational Conventrump Starring Donald Trump as the Republican Party* (*May Contain Traces of Republican).”  The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11 p.m. on Comedy Central, originates from Cleveland Tuesday through Friday this week, and Philadelphia Tuesday through Friday next week. And non-subscribers of HBO can still catch the two live half-hours ( 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays) this week and next of Real Time with Bill Maher at YouTube or on Maher’s Facebook page.

And Stephen Colbert is once more keeping things interesting with GOP Convention Bingo Cards – multiple cards are available, here is one to get you started.


Wondering about those Watch Parties I mentioned earlier? This Thursday’s Trump Acceptance Speech Watch Party, on July 21, 2016, begins at 8:30 p.m. in East Greenville – when the speech actually begins is anyone’s guess (we suspect 9 p.m. at the earliest). There will be refreshments and beverages of all types on hand. All partisan types; Democrats and non-Trump supporters, are welcome.

Next Thursday’s Hillary Clinton Acceptance Speech Watch Party also begins at 8:30 p.m., on July 28, 2o16, in Marlborough Township (just outside of Red Hill). Once again, this is a partisan event sponsored by the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club, with refreshments and beverages to celebrate through the night.

If you aren’t on the UPDC email list and would like to attend one, or both, of the two Watch Parties, email us and we’ll be happy to let you know the address of the events.


UPDC Meeting Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PA Democratic Party field organizer Marlou Taenzer will be stopping by Tuesday night to meet our members during our meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the lower level of Upper Perkiomen Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA. There is a small parking lot behind the  library, as well as street parking.

We will hold one more meeting on June 14th before breaking for the summer – although we have some fun social and election related events planned for this summer!

Joanne Jackson on Ballot in November for State Rep in 131st

Good news! It seems the Joanne Jackson garnered more than enough write-in votes on Tuesday to make it on to the ballot in November as the Democratic candidate running for state representative in District 131 against incumbent Republican Representative Justin Simmons.

We knew election night that she had over 100 write-ins in the Upper Perkiomen Valley alone (300 total in the district are needed to secure one’s place on the ballot), thanks to local democrat volunteers standing at the polls handing out write-in information for Jackson’s candidacy. According to this morning’s edition of the Morning Call;

Joanne Jackson, a former Allentown School Board director, received 571 write-in votes for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 131st District, an unofficial tally Friday of Lehigh County machine ballots showed.

Republican Simmons had the second most write-in votes on the Lehigh Democratic ballot with 52. Simmons easily defeated Bill Coyle on the Republican ballot.

Small portions of the state House seat spill into Northampton and Montgomery counties.

While the vote count has yet to be certified officially, there is every reason to believe that Democratic primary voters got the job done.

Joanne Jackson has already reached out to thank the people in the Upper Perkiomen Valley who supported her, and has expressed interest in attending future UPDC meetings and events in the months leading up to the election.


Volunteer on Election Day – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As you all know, primary election day in Pennsylvania is only a few weeks away – Tuesday, April 26th. The leadership at Area 2 Upper Perkiomen Democratic Committee let us know that there are some volunteer positions, and one paid position, still open at polling places in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. Anyone able and interested in helping out should contact Elaine Hannock directly –

At the polling sites, we have 2 types of help – paid and volunteer. Paid positions are at least a 14 hour commitment – from about 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m. (an hour before the polls are open to after the voting count in done). Volunteers can volunteer to help anytime the polls are open (between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

We currently have one paid position open; the Minority Inspector at Pennsburg (the Pennsburg polling place is now at the the Pennsburg Borough Hall, 76 W. Sixth Street).

As always, volunteers are needed to work outside the polls.

Let’s Go to the Movies!

Every now and again UPDC members and friends have gone out to the movies as a group, and more times than not it has been to a Michael Moore film. Well, here we go again.

Michael Moore’s latest release Where to Invade Next? opens at the 19th Street Civic Theater in Allentown this Friday. We are inviting UPDC folks and friends to carpool or meet us at the theater on Saturday evening, March 5, 2016. Those interested in carpooling should meet up at 124 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA – we’ll be leaving for Allentown at 7 p.m. If you’d rather meet us at the movie theater, be at the 514 Theater (19th Street, Allentown – behind the Fairgrounds) by 7:45 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.

General admission tickets are $10, seniors and students are $8.