Welcome to the Coatesville Dems Blog

Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Monday, September 26, 2016

White supremacy was in the shadows of U.S. politics. Donald Trump brought it into the sunlight.

White supremacy has been an intrinsic part of the GOP since President Nixon and was expanded by President Reagan. Reagan announced his run for president in Neshoba County, Mississippi where civil rights activist were murdered by the KKK:

The Chester County Republican Committee (CCRC) has mounted efforts at the polls to limit black voters several times in the past in Coatesville and Lower Oxford Township, white supremacy hiding behind lawyers.

Terence Farrell was used by the Republican Party as the means to move the Lower Oxford Polling Place from Lincoln University to a tiny room in a building between a major highway and operating railroad to stop black students voting for Barack Obama.  
Republicans use black men to promote their racist policies. They used Terence Farrell in 2008. Is Harry Lewis next?

Coatesville's Fifth Ward is 78.22 Democratic and 11.19 Republican. So why did about 8 Republican Attorneys and Skipp Brion Chairman of the Chester County Republican Party spend so much time at Coatesville's Fifth Ward on Election Day in November of 2004?

I can still see and hear an elderly black woman walking away from Coatesville’s 5th Ward saying “They won't let me vote."

"On the other hand maybe Republicans WANT to induce violence at some of Pennsylvania's polling places. Case in point: 
Early on the General Election Day of 2004 several Republican attorneys from Spring City showed up outside of Coatesville's Fifth Ward (precinct 120). When the polls opened they went inside and I saw elderly black women coming out of the polls saying, "They won't let me vote."  
When the Democratic attorney was inside the polling place everything was peaceful. When the Democratic attorney took a break, again people were walking out saying they won't let me vote.  
The effect of all that Republican muscle in Coatesville's Fifth Ward was stopping long time voters from voting.  
I can't understand why they brought in lawyers from Spring City and why CCRC Chairman Skippy Brion was screaming at a Democratic poll watcher inside the polling place in front of voters but I don't have the mind of a Republican.  
But I do think that if the Republicans persisted in stopping long time voters from voting there would have been violent incidents at the Fifth Ward." 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 
Do Republicans want to create violent polling places with the "Voter ID Law" ?

Jonathan Chait compared Hillary to W. Bush-Hillary’s friends need to be quiet. They’re not helping.

Since Hillary Clinton lost to Barack Obama the foundation of Hillary Clinton's campaign strategy assumed her opponent would be Jeb Bush. A political outsider especially a con-man like Trump wasn't a possibility.

Jonathan Chait is arguing that Hillary Clinton’s corruption is nil compared to the George W. Bush regime. That's abundantly true but Clinton isn't running against Jeb Bush. Mr. Chait seems stuck in Clinton's 2015 campaign strategy. 

Clinton is not running against Jeb Bush. Trump stomped Jeb! in the primaries, 

The Bush family might be more corrupt than the Clintons but the Bush family members are voting for Hillary Clinton. 

Notice that Mr. Chait wrote about the public corruption of the G.W. Bush Administration. Mr. Chait can't write about Trump's public corruption. Trump doesn't have a record of public corruption. He has never held any public office, not yet.

Mr. Chait made an argument in favor of electing Donald Trump. 

As November 8 nears Trump seems more likely to win. After Trump is president Mr. Chait can write about Trump's public corruption.

Clinton's friends need to be quiet, so she has a chance to win.

New York Magazine
Daily Intelligencer
Jonathan Chait •September 22, 2016 11:14 a.m.

Friday, September 23, 2016

LIke coal mining in West Virginia, Coatesville's drug dealer glory days are never coming back.

The drug business, in particular cocaine, is waning here (and heroin is expanding in rural areas). West Chester slumlords and their stash houses are being replaced by planned new condos and apartments. But change is resisted in Coatesville. 

The article below is from 2011. The business model of motorcycle clubs bringing cocaine packages into Coatesville and retail distributed out of Coatesville to the surrounding area is gone. 

"Coatesville has long been the primary coke supplier for Philly’s western suburbs. Local teens who move the crack bags and act as corner lookouts call their hometown “Cook Cokeville.” The town was once a major supplier of steel under the Lukens and later Bethlehem Steel banners; its mill even produced girders for the World Trade Center. The mill remains operational, owned now by Luxemburg conglomerate ArcelorMittal, and while its sprawling campus still dominates the landscape, it no longer drives the local economy as it once did. Crack cocaine replaced the steel."

By Jeff Deeney 11/08/11 

This was the Chester County drug business model for the City of Coatesville:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Coatesville as a drug distribution center is on the way out:

West Chester slumlord/stash house/drug business that was allegedly nurtured for such a long time by former Chester County Republican Committee Area 14 Chairman Richard Legree is being replaced by a system that doesn't need Coatesville to distribute drugs. 

Just like the coal mining business in West Virginia, Coatesville's drug dealer glory days are never coming back. 

Heroin has replaced cocaine. And most importantly heroin that is sold directly from Mexico. Mexican cartels adopted Walmart's business model. Or maybe Amazon's business model. High quality Mexican heroin is delivered directly to you door. 

Coatesville drug dealers business model is collapsing. 

t began to collapse when marijuana was legalized. The Mexican cartels lost their marijuana business. They had a spectacular rebound with a much more profitable heroin business. 

Mexican drug cartels created a new business model. They market high quality white heroin and they don't need Coatesville anymore to distribute their product. It comes direct to your door. It comes direct to the doors of white kids, in cities, in suburban and rural areas and so we have a Heroin Epidemic

I'm reading Narconomics - How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright:

Republicans who call the shots in Chester County understand that Coatesville's drug business is on the way out. So Republicans are now on board with revitalization

Coatesville is near to coming back as a center for commerce in Western Chester County. As the commercial business and residential area between Lancaster and Philadelphia. But I think we are still in a dangerous place, in part because Trump could win. And If Clinton wins Trump supporters might dig up their AR-15s & ammo. Even the election itself could be bloody. But that's another story. 

The circle of West Chester slumlord owned stash houses, drug business, paid off officials, West Chester attorneys paid by drug money and West Chester Courthouse growth paid for by the “War on Drugs” is broken. Broken by Mexican heroin.

It works the same way in West Chester as it does on "The Wire"

Maurice Levy the fictional attorney in “The Wire”,:
“You’re feeding off the violence and the despair of the drug trade…"

Omar Little, fictional drug dealer stick up man in “The Wire”:
"I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It’s all in the game though, right?"

Is PA Rep. Harry Lewis a black face fronting for PA Rep. Tim Hennessey?

At every event in Coatesville I see Coatesville's former State Representative Tim Hennessey. He seems to be in Coatesville more than present day Pennsylvania State Representative Harry Lewis.

Tim Hennessey moves if I sit with hearing distance of him. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 
Just like they did for Tim Hennessey, Coatesville’s drug dealers are supporting Harry Lewis. 

This isn't just political. I supported Tom Hogan for Chester County District Attorney partly because I saw that Coatesville’s drug dealers were campaigning for Sam Stretton.  The very same drug dealers are now campaigning for Harry Lewis.

Friday, October 1, 2010
StateRep.Tim Hennessey's Office Manager Lisa Johnson pleas GUILTY in crack trial.

I once called Tim Hennessey's Coatesville Office "City Hall East" because former Coatesville City Council President Patsy Ray spent every weekday afternoon at Tim Hennessey's Coatesville Office. 

Linda Lavender and Lisa Johnson were incensed about this. I got a phone call at a city council meeting and went into the vestibule so I didn't interrupt the meeting. Linda Lavender and Lisa Johnson followed me, I suppose they thought I was leaving the building. They harassed me so much I went into the men's room to get away from them

I witnessed Linda Lavender and Michael Whitlow putting file boxes from Hennessey's Coatesville Office into Whitlow's car parked on Lincoln Highway. 

The high level of vitriol from Patsy Ray, Lisa Johnson and Linda Lavender didn't make sense to me. I had no knowledge of an alleged affair between Linda Lavender & Michael T Whitlow. I had zero interest in Whitlows alleged extramarital affairs with Linda Lavender.  I was only interested in Tim Hennessey meddling in the City of Coatesville's affairs. 

I saw Linda Lavender (then) Hennessey's Coatesville Office Manager, (then) Coatesville City Councilperson, Patsy Ray, (then) Coatesville City Councilperson Kareem Johnson and (then) Coatesville City Solicitor Andrew Lehr go in and out of the back door of Whitlow's office on 1st Avenue in Coatesville. At the time Mosaic Development Partners had a proposal for the "flats" in Coatesville. 

Disbarred Attorney Leslie Smallwood of Mosaic Development Partners, LLC allegedly has long time connections to several people in the Coatesville area and possibly to several politically connected to Coatesville through now deceased attorney Michael T Whitlow. Whitlow was her partner in the court action for “knowingly misappropriating clients’ trust funds in the amount of at least $139,500” for which she was disbarred. See http://coatesvilledems.blogspot.com/2009/05/smallwood-disbarred-attorney-smallwood.html

Tim Hennessey's former Coatesville office manager is now Representative Tim Hennessey's Pottstown employee. Linda Lavender Norris is also President of Coatesville City Council. 

Because of Tim Hennessey's legacy in Coatesville, I'm wary of his appearances in the City of Coatesville. 

Harry Lewis might be the black face up front but I think Tim Hennessey is still pulling at least some of the strings behind the scenes.