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Some Good News From Pennsylvania: Republican Wins House Seat Held by Democrats Since 1969.
SOS Website ^ | 5 November 2008 | Pennsylvania Secretary of State

Posted on 11/05/2008 10:38:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman

Tim Kreiger, a first time candidate, eeked out a 864 vote victory in Westmoreland County, a seat which has been safely Democrat since it was created in 1969.

In the closing days of the campaign, Kreiger was denounced by his opponent as a tool of the Bush Administration and a mouthpiece for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: boyle; corbett; krieger; pa2008
Republicans won both the State Senate and State Representative seats which were heavilly favored to flip to Democrats. While all races are not yet decideded, I beleive the Republicans will maintain a narrow majority in the Senate whereas we don't know yet if they will overturn the one seat Democrat majority in the house.

Does anyone else know?

Another bright spot is that Tom Corbett, possible future gubenatorial candidate, posted a solid re-election win for Attorney General, the only state office won by Republicans. Tom is the guy who successfully prosecuted Mike Veon and other crooked Democrat legislators and was targeted by the enemy for engaging in a partisan witch hunt because he didn't arrest any Republicans.

1 posted on 11/05/2008 10:38:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

This is some good news. Along with a few other things like Prop 8 passing in California.


2 posted on 11/05/2008 10:40:24 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: Vigilanteman

I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.


3 posted on 11/05/2008 10:40:41 AM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: Vigilanteman

a mouthpiece for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth.

Bump! for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth... LOL


4 posted on 11/05/2008 10:42:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Vigilanteman

Can anyone explain how in the world Murtha managed to win? How could the people of his district reelect someone who calls them racist rednecks? I just don’t get it.


5 posted on 11/05/2008 10:42:56 AM PST by pgkdan ("White folks greed runs a world in need," Jeremiah Wright as quoted by Barack Obama)
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To: Vigilanteman

Pfffft!


6 posted on 11/05/2008 10:44:14 AM PST by Doug4McCain (McCain/Palin 2008 - Anyone know how to remove a bumper sticker???)
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To: Vigilanteman

right now the republicans are holding 100 seats and the dems 99 with 4 seats still too close to call. all 4 have the dems out in front so it looks it’ll be a 103-100 dem advantage in the house. the state senate will shape up to be 30-20 republican.


7 posted on 11/05/2008 10:45:30 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: Crimson Elephant
I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.

I lived there for 8 years and could never figure it out. A pro choice Republican senator with a pro life (supposedly) Democrat senator -- a matched pair!

8 posted on 11/05/2008 10:48:34 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Crimson Elephant

I can summarize my dem neighbors explanations, “Duh duh duh duh uuumm duh duh duh.”


9 posted on 11/05/2008 10:49:24 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: All

Sad from PA is that Lou Barletta, Hazelton mayor...lost in his run for US Congress. Got not support from the GOP because he was the mayor that led the way to remove illegal aliens from Hazelton.

Another sign that the GOP doesnt get it.

Barletta won re-election for Hazelton mayor with over 90% of the vote...and both the GOP AND DEMS nominated him as their candidate for mayor in the primary.

But with no national GOP support, and the GOP Leadership’s pro-illegal/anti-American agenda...Barletta didnt have much of a chance


10 posted on 11/05/2008 10:49:47 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Blaming Palin: The McCain-GOPer Exit Strategy On Losing The Election?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Is the Club for Growth the group that wants to eliminate the property tax?


11 posted on 11/05/2008 10:50:45 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: pgkdan

Can anyone explain how in the world Murtha managed to win? How could the people of his district reelect someone who calls them racist rednecks? I just don’t get it.”

It seems almost like a “Stockholm Syndrome”-like effect. In this case the voters in that part of PA have so bonded with Murtha, that no matter what he says about or does to them, they still submissively and faithfully follow him. Apparently, his comments about racists and rednecks were calculated in order to challenge his fawning flock (i.e. constituents) to prove him wrong and vote for Obama. And vote for Obama they did, also re-electing Murtha in the process. Pretty slick move on his part. He knew all along his faithful, ever-dependent, submissive flock would never stray.


12 posted on 11/05/2008 10:50:57 AM PST by ScottinVA
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To: Crimson Elephant

As a Texan living in Pa I can only tell you that the majority of voters in this state are uninformed jack asses that take their clue of who to vote for off the nightly news.

Other then that they are great people.


13 posted on 11/05/2008 10:51:54 AM PST by linn37 (Phlebotomists need love too.)
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To: pgkdan

Voter fraud?


14 posted on 11/05/2008 10:53:46 AM PST by cblue55 (Palin is Reagan in high heels)
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To: pgkdan

Murtha brings defense spending home and props up what passes for an economy in Johnstown. It’s that simple.


15 posted on 11/05/2008 10:54:00 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: ScottinVA

It could also be: I know Murtha wasn’t talking about ME, but some of my neighbors could be racists!


16 posted on 11/05/2008 10:55:38 AM PST by rom (Keep Senator Government from Spreading YOUR Wealth! McCain/Palin '08!)
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To: Crimson Elephant
I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.

German immigrants? Explain Germans. (I'm partly of German descent, for anyone who is offended and I could explain about generational iniquity, but not to lecture.)

17 posted on 11/05/2008 10:56:05 AM PST by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - investigatingobama.blogspot.com - www.etpv.org/whatsnew.html)
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To: snarkytart

‘points of light’ -


18 posted on 11/05/2008 10:56:16 AM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! T hank You ~ U..S.A. Military~)
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To: Vigilanteman

I feel better now...


19 posted on 11/05/2008 10:57:51 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: pgkdan

All they are interested in is somebody who will rob their better-off neighbors on their behalf. Call them racists or redencks. Just make sure that you deliver. Slaves cannot be too particular and will certainly submit to abusive treatment. He was never in danger. Never.


20 posted on 11/05/2008 11:01:19 AM PST by all the best
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To: Vigilanteman
RedNeck Pictures, Images and Photos

Murtha is very disappointed...

21 posted on 11/05/2008 11:02:42 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Crimson Elephant

Me too, their voting habits are akin to self-flagellation.


22 posted on 11/05/2008 11:03:35 AM PST by Cathy
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

That’s disgraceful, truly disgraceful.


23 posted on 11/05/2008 11:05:11 AM PST by Cathy
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To: Crimson Elephant

No explanation here, I look to PA threads to help me feel better about living in CA.


24 posted on 11/05/2008 11:09:29 AM PST by ER_in_OC,CA
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To: pgkdan

I had a relative say they wanted to prove him wrong, and thinks thats why he said it in the first place.


25 posted on 11/05/2008 11:10:06 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: sportutegrl
Club for Growth is arguably the most credible advocacy organization out there for economic conservatives.
26 posted on 11/05/2008 11:14:04 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Crimson Elephant
The voting habits consist of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh's coalition of minorities and union thugs voting in numbers that the rest of the state cannot overcome. Pa. is 80% red state and 20% blue but that 20% (consisting of about 6 counties out of 67)is always enough to carry the Dems in a state wide election.

Further proof of this is the Pa. senate increased its Republican majority yesterday to 7 seats and the House is almost evenly divided.

27 posted on 11/05/2008 11:17:53 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Crimson Elephant

I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.

Acorn


28 posted on 11/05/2008 11:18:28 AM PST by Know et al (Everything I know I read in the newspaper and that's the reason for my ignorance: Will Rogers)
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To: SoothingDave
Murtha brings defense spending home and props up what passes for an economy in Johnstown. It’s that simple.

Well I hope they enjoy them and I also hope that when 0 bankrupts the coal industy the pain is felt first and hardest in Murtha's distrct.

29 posted on 11/05/2008 11:20:55 AM PST by pgkdan ("White folks greed runs a world in need," Jeremiah Wright as quoted by Barack Obama)
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This reminds me of the occasional idea of secession of sections of states to join other states, or to become their own state. It of course seems like a pipe dream, but I do think there are some areas of the country where this idea should be at least thought about.

The Pennsylvania T seems stuck in a sort of permanent purgatory, but you really couldn’t carve that out of PA, and if you split PA in half you’d likely have the same issue.

If one were playing GOD you could add Philly to New Jersey and leave the rest of PA...but that is, of course, absurd in reality.

The Panhandle of Fl should eventually join Alabama and Georgia, though I realize it is almost impossible to get done. At one time there was minor talk of Escambia county (Pensacola) leaving FL and joining Alabama. The FL Panhandle and South Florida might as well be Mars and Venus.

I am sure there are plenty of examples, but hard to see any progress on this front.


30 posted on 11/05/2008 11:29:22 AM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: pgkdan
There are thousands of people in Murtha's district who are employed today only because of the Federal dollars that he drags back to PA from Washington.

It's really that simple . . . and it's a pattern you'll see repeatedly across the country in any district where a long-term Congressman sits.

Heck -- the voters in Alaska re-elected two Republicans (Don Young and Ted Stevens) who may very well be in prison before they can finish their next term in office.

31 posted on 11/05/2008 11:53:05 AM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Crimson Elephant

Western New York has it even worse. At least in PA the T can win some elections.

Throwing Philly and NYC out and combining Western PA and Western New York into one would make for an interesting combination.

Never happen, of course.


32 posted on 11/05/2008 12:08:34 PM PST by SoothingDave
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