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  • Veterans: Thinking of Running for Office?

    11/24/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 8 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/24/2012 | William Russell
    If you are thinking of running for office, this page is for you. This is where I share some of my experiences in a congressional campaign which drew national attention. I will be as informative as possible for those who are weighing a political run, especially those coming from military service. I will add topics as I craft them. For now, KNOW WHY YOU ARE RUNNING If you are thinking of running for office, the most important part of that decision is the “why” of what you are doing. Make sure your reasons are clear and unambiguous. It is hard...
  • Major work begins on Murtha ship

    06/24/2012 5:51:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 6-16-2012 | staff report
    June 16, 2012 Major work begins on Murtha ship The Tribune-Democrat PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Major construction has started on the John P. Murtha, another in a series of amphibious transport vessels that includes the USS Somerset. The Navy held a “keel authentication” ceremony June 7 for the LPD 26 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The Navy tradition signifies that the boat’s keel has been “truly and fairly laid.” The authenticator – Mobile, Ala., resident Wilfred Bolds – marked his initials on a keel plate, which will be affixed to the vessel. The USS John P. Murtha – named for the late...
  • Murtha Airport, brought to you by American taxpayers

    04/04/2012 8:48:25 AM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Apr 3, 2012 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham
    The Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., is a prime example of taxpayer spending that refuses to die. Representative John Murtha steered some 150 million of taxpayer dollars to this eponymous airport over the last decade and despite the fact he died more than a year ago, the money keeps on coming. Three years ago, we first visited the tiny airport, and found a monument to pork barrel spending: An airport with a $7 million air traffic control tower, $14 million hanger, and $18 million runway big enough to land any airplane in North America. For most of the day, the...
  • Navy ship-naming by Secretary mired in controversy The USS John Murtha?

    02/15/2012 7:54:31 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    Am Thinker ^ | 2/15/12 | Rick Moran
    The USS Medgar Evers? The USS John Murtha? The USS Cesar Chavez? Our Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, has this diversity thing down cold. Each one of those ships was in a class that previous names of their sister ships had nothing to do with civil rights, or corrupt Democratic politicians. Ships are usually named after states, cities, even famous explorers and war heroes. But Mabus has injected partisanship into this tradition, naming another ship for Democrat Gabriel Giffords, who has shown courage in her recovery from an assassination attempt but had expressed little interest in the military during her career...
  • The trial of the last Haditha Marine: SSgt Wuterich takes plea deal

    01/23/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 10 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Today, the plea deal was reached. SSgt Wuterich’s defense team at Puckett Faraj says this afternoon: Press Release, Aexandria VA January 23, 2012/12:45PM: “No one denies that the consequences of November 19, 2005 were tragic, least of all SSgt Frank Wuterich. But the fact of the matter is that he has now been totally exonerated of the homicide charges brought against him by the government and the media. For six years, he’s had his name dragged through the mud. Today, we hope, is the beginning of his redemption. He has always publicly taken responsibility for the lawful actions of his...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: POSSIBLE DEAL IN WORKS

    01/18/2012 7:08:39 PM PST · by RedRover · 50 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | 18 January 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Defend Our MarinesA source close to the trial said a lack of money on the defense side, a lack of evidence on the prosecution side, and the likelihood that the eight-member panel will find SSgt Frank Wuterich not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and related charges have all combined to bring the case to a possible conclusion. Wuterich was charged in December 2006 with murder stemming from the multi-million dollar, worldwide investigation triggered by a specious Time magazine story in March 2006. Wuterich is also charged with Dereliction of Duty and Assault with a Deadly Weapon after...
  • Haditha: Where Are They (the Accusers) Now?

    01/18/2012 6:16:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Andrew Breitbart-Big Peace ^ | 1-18-2012 | Diana West
    Haditha: Where Are They (the Accusers) Now? Diana West January 18, 2012 Eight charged; seven cleared; one, please, let’s hope, to go.Finally, the last “Haditha” trial is in progress, and, thanks to Nat Helms at Defend Our Marines, everything you need or want to know about the proceedings, the witnesses, the facts about the case of SSGT Frank D. Wuterich, the last of the Marine Mohicans, is here. Tim McGirk, source of the Haditha myth-acre. Of course, I still have a few questions — the exact same questions I had when I first looked at the case back in late...
  • Don’t rewrite Murtha’s legacy (Haditha Marines)

    12/27/2011 9:25:28 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 12-27-2011 | William Russell
    The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PADecember 27, 2011William Russell | Don’t rewrite Murtha’s legacy William Russell — On Dec. 18, Tribune-Democrat Editor Chip Minemyer called for someone in our military to step forward and acknowledge that “Murtha got it right” on Haditha. He cites a New York Times report that classified documents found on an abandoned base in Iraq “support assertions by the late congressman that Marines – stressed to the breaking point by the nature of that conflict  – killed 24 people, including women and children, on Nov. 19, 2005.” Mr. Minemyer is dead wrong. The only fact in his...
  • FBI Files Detail Murtha Corruption

    10/27/2011 8:47:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 27, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    Accusations of corruption directed against the late Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) look like they were true. Recently released files seem to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected that Murtha schemed to route federal dollars to bogus companies and other operations that would benefit his friends and former employees and ultimately his own campaigns. As reported by Paul Singer in Roll Call, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice on Mr. Murtha (who passed away in February of 2010) and other Members...
  • Murtha tribute unveiled in Johnstown (BARF)

    10/11/2011 11:26:56 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 34 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/11/2011 | Richard Robbins
    A statue unveiled on Monday in Johnstown of the late John P. Murtha evoked vivid memories of the longtime congressman who in his lifetime encountered both criticism and praise for his twin devotions, national security and domestic economic development projects for his sprawling Western Pennsylvania constituency. Rep. Mark Critz, the man who took Murtha's place in Congress, said in the wake of the devastating Johnstown flood of 1977, his former boss "picked up the (Johnstown) economy and stuck it on his shoulders." One of his achievements, Critz said, were new water and sewer lines and other district-wide infrastructure improvements that...
  • Flashback: Presideo Partners (Eminent Domain Corruption between Pelosi, Gorbachev...)

    04/02/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 15, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    "Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep, into Pelosi's role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair - in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment called PRESIDIO PARTNERS. Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted - Hunter Point is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco. Roll Call stated that in early 2004, Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence...
  • Navy to name warship for Murtha despite protests

    03/01/2011 12:00:18 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2011 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says it is forging ahead with its decision to name a warship for the late Rep. John Murtha, despite protests the decorated Vietnam War veteran was disloyal in his 2006 accusation that Marines had murdered Iraqi civilians. Three Facebook sites opposing the Navy's April 2010 decision bristle with thousands of angry postings.
  • The USS John Murtha? How about the USS Robert Miller?

    01/15/2011 10:49:30 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/15/2010 | Caroline May
    Former sailors, soldiers and Marines are expressing outrage at Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s decision to name a naval warship after recently deceased Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha. The opposition is largely a function of Murtha’s actions and comments during his final years. Murtha became known as one of the most vocal opponents of the war in Iraq — despite voting in 2002 for the resolution that authorized the use of force against Saddam Hussein. In 2005 he declared the war unwinnable, and pushed a resolution to get the troops out of the country. “The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in...
  • Magliocchetti sentenced for illegal campaign contributions (ex Murtha aide gets 27 mo. for 'GREED')

    01/12/2011 10:07:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/07/11 | Chuck Neubauer
    Magliocchetti sentenced for illegal campaign contributionsBy Chuck Neubauer The Washington Times 5:34 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2011 Former superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, once the master of getting defense earmarks for his clients from members of Congress, was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions. U.S. District Court Judge T. S. Ellis III sentenced the 64-year-old Magliocchetti in federal court in Alexandria for devising what prosecutors called "one of the most extensive and long-running campaign finance schemes ever." "You made this choice for one reason: greed," said Judge Ellis, who also...
  • The U.S. Navy's Name Game (a new ship named after Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha?)

    01/12/2011 9:44:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 1/09/11 | Mark Thompson
    The U.S. Navy's Name GamePosted by Mark Thompson Sunday January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Prospective parents battling over the names of their unborn kids have nothing on the U.S. Navy, which is in the middle of a spat over the wisdom of naming a new ship for the late Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha. In fact, it has kicked off a bigger battle over just who, or what, should be honored with their names on the great gray hulls of the nation's warships. "It comes down to two points," says military historian James Caiella. "Who and what we are as...
  • Lobbyist to serve 27 months for campaign contributions scheme (Paul Magliochetti)

    01/07/2011 4:37:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2011 | Susan Crabtree
    Once powerful lobbyist Paul Magliochetti was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations and lying to the Federal Election Commission. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III also sentenced Magliochetti to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $75,000 fine. Magliochetti, a former staffer on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee who had close ties to the late Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.), in September pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to one count each of making false statements, illegal conduit political contributions and...
  • Superlobbyist Magliocchetti to be sentenced

    12/13/2010 6:26:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2010 | Chuck Neubauer
    Violated U.S. campaign funding laws, recruited family members The Justice Department is seeking a maximum prison sentence of 57 months for superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, accusing him of "devising one of the largest criminal schemes in U.S. history to violate federal campaign finance laws," according to a sentencing memo filed last week in federal court.Magliocchetti, who pleaded guilty in September to making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations through "straw donors" to favored members of Congress, is seeking home confinement, probation and a $10,000 fine, saying he is physically and medically ill and a more lenient sentence would...
  • Freedom Radio Sunday 11/14 8 PM ET: Lt Col Bill Russell, Dr Zuhdi Jasser, and a KSM trial update

    11/14/2010 3:04:38 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 9 replies
    Freedom Radio ^ | November 14, 2010 | Honest Conservative
    Tonight, Freedom Radio welcomes Lt Col Bill Russell, US Army retired and 2008 Republican nominee to the House of Representatives to discuss the Pennsylvania Republican Committee Chair Robert Gleason who may seek the national RNC chairmanship. Dr. M. Zhudi Jasser will join us from the American Muslim Forum for Democracy and discuss reported decision to indefinitely detained the 9/11 conspirators without trial. Pat and Tim will also discuss the KSM trial during our national security update. That's Freedom Radio, tonight at 8 PM Eastern. Our call-in-number is 646-478-5613.
  • Bennet "Its of no interest to me" on Murtha airport boondoggle

    09/16/2010 6:41:49 AM PDT · by TexasGunRunner · 1 replies
    Red State ^ | 15 Sep 2010 | Erik Erickson
    Ken Buck and Michael Bennet had a debate the other day. Ken Buck posed a simple question to Bennet: Did you vote for $1.5 million for an airport named after Jack Murtha that serves no more than 20 passengers a day? Bennet’s answer? Yes, “but it certainly was not of interest to me.” Buck replies, “I think $1.5 million is certainly of interest to all of us.” Link to YouTube of 40 second clip:Ken Buck Gets the Truth From Michael Bennet on His Concern for Earmarking Link to YouTube video of ABC expose of Murtha airport boondoggleABC News: Murtha Airport...
  • JoFeds eye $10M for Murtha Center

    08/08/2010 4:37:52 PM PDT · by JoycesBadDo · 12 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Denicrat ^ | August 8, 2010 | Mike Faher
    Feds eye $10M for Murtha Center Mike Faher The Tribune-Democrat — Less than four months after plans were disclosed for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service in Richland Township, the proposed facility may be getting another big financial boost. A group of five federal lawmakers has earmarked $10 million for the center in an early version of the House of Representatives’ defense-appropriations bill. If that cash makes it through the legislative process, the federal money would match $10 million in state funds already earmarked by Gov. Ed Rendell...
  • Murtha Airport losing money for district

    07/25/2010 7:13:52 AM PDT · by eCSMaster · 6 replies
    Although the late Rep. John Murtha was able to steer tens of millions to build infrastructure and bring military units to the facility, few of the earmarks went into the authority’s operating budget.
  • A Sad Day for America and the Marine Corps—LtCol Chessani Retires

    07/19/2010 8:07:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies · 5+ views
    thomasmoore.org ^ | 7-19-10 | Thomas Moore center
    ANN ARBOR, MI – He defended our Nation for over twenty-three years . . . often away from his wife and children . . . so that we could be home safely with ours. All patriotic Americans owe a debt of gratitude to this American hero. After a protracted four and a half year legal ordeal over the “Haditha massacre” - a massacre that never happened - LtCol Jeffrey Chessani completed his final day of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps last Friday, July 16, 2010. Thus ended the promising career of one of America’s most effective...
  • America? It's Become a Silly Little Place

    07/09/2010 9:35:34 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/09/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The United States of America used to be a fearsome power but one with a soft touch. Peoples of the world looked to this great nation as that "shining city on a hill" and came here by the millions to become the next new American citizen. Producing its greatness were great men and in memory of those great men landmarks, and worthy institutions were named after them by a proud and thankful people. We had Washington City named for the father of our country. We had schools and libraries named after the first man of the people, Andrew Jackson. We...
  • Pennsylvania To Benefit Economically If U.S. Invests In Public Transit

    06/25/2010 3:33:50 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 74 replies
    Logistics Online ^ | June 25, 2010
    Duke University analysis of U.S. rail manufacturing shows that Pennsylvania has 26 rail manufacturing facilities, from Pittsburgh to PhiladelphiaThe U.S. rail manufacturing industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years, as Amtrak upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains, and as lawmakers consider a transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared for the Apollo Alliance. Pennsylvania, which is home to 26 rail-manufacturing facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major benefits from such a bill. "Our research found that...
  • Ethics office asks for investigation of lobby firm PMA Group's clients

    05/27/2010 1:51:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies · 146+ views
    WaPo ^ | May 27, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    A congressional ethics office asked the Justice Department on Thursday to review evidence it found suggesting that companies are providing campaign cash to lawmakers for no-bid contracts, and consider a criminal probe. The Office of Congressional Ethics investigation focused on companies that were clients of the once powerful lobby firm the PMA Group and sought earmarked contracts from lawmakers who sat on the House Appropriations committee. The referral was an end-run around the House ethics committee, which earlier this year declined to investigate the matter as the OCE recommended and said it found no substantiation that lawmakers were engaged...
  • FBI releases Murtha records (Only a few)

    05/25/2010 9:05:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 405+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jim McElhatton
    The FBI on Tuesday released hundreds of pages of records concerning late Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha, but declined to make public any information about an ongoing investigation into allegations of kickbacks involving defense contractors. The FBI released 24 pages of news articles involving the investigation into defense contractors that received millions of dollars in "earmarks", but said the "bulk" of the materials on the probe must remain sealed. "As this investigative file is still in 'pending status', the bulk of the file's FBI documents are not releasable until the conclusion of the investigation" the FBI said in releasing the...
  • A Single Democratic Victory in a Single Pennsylvania Race Doesn’t Change Anything

    05/23/2010 6:44:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 981+ views
    The New Republic ^ | May 21, 2010 | William Galston
    Conventional wisdom: it is a fickle, fickle thing. The latest example of the incredible lightness of opinion in today’s media and political climate is the reaction to the results of the race in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district. Politicians and pundits, right- as well as left-leaning, are taking it as evidence that Republican hopes of retaking the House this November are too optimistic. That may turn out to be the case, but PA-12 is hardly enough evidence to warrant the conclusion. First, let’s place that district in context. Yes, it was one of Obama’s ten worst Appalachian congressional district’s during his...
  • Ann Coulter: REPUBLICANS ON TRACK TO SNATCH DEFEAT FROM JAWS OF VICTORY (S.O.P. G.O.P)

    05/19/2010 3:49:36 PM PDT · by Syncro · 100 replies · 4,207+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ann Couter
    REPUBLICANS ON TRACK TO SNATCH DEFEAT FROM JAWS OF VICTORYMay 19, 2010 Republican consultants are doing a wonderful job raising expectations sky-high for the November elections, so that now, even if Republicans do smashingly well, it will look like a defeat (and an across-the-board endorsement of Obama's agenda). Thanks, Republicans! That's what happened in the 1998 congressional elections, nearly foiling Clinton's impeachment. It's what happened to the Conservative Party in Britain a week ago. And that's what happened this week in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, formerly represented by Rep. John Murtha. Note to Republicans: Whenever possible, victory parties...
  • Recapping Pennsylvania’s 12th

    05/19/2010 12:17:09 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies · 1,102+ views
    National Review ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jim Geraghty
    On Tuesday morning, Republicans who were closely watching the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District — once represented by John Murtha — did not offer ironclad, take-it-to-the-bank guarantees that their man Tim Burns was going to win. But they liked his chances, and expected him to at least run close to Democrat Mark Critz. The final tally wasn’t close: Critz won 53.4 percent to Burns’s 44.3 percent, with all precincts but one reporting. Critz won a bit more than 71,000 votes, Burns a bit more than 59,000. So what happened? Among the arguments emerging late Tuesday night: Critz ran...
  • Dem Beats Gleason's Choice To Keep Murtha Seat

    05/18/2010 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 71 replies · 2,201+ views
    Mark Critz, the aide to the late Congressman John Murtha, won a special election Tuesday to fill the remainder of his term which ends Jan. 3. Critz, a Democrat, easily beat Republican Tim Burns, who state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason had tapped over Bill Russell, the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who ran against Murtha in 2008.
  • Washington Post: Good news, bad news for Democrats, Obama in Murtha district

    05/19/2010 8:37:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,195+ views
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 05/19/2010 | Jonathan Capehart
    The special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district was supposed to be the harbinger of things to come in Nov. It didn't turn out the way Republicans had hoped. But it didn't exactly turn out the way the Democrats had hoped, either. In fact, if I were the Obama White House, I'd be a little alarmed. The 12th district held promise for both parties. Because it was a special election to replace the late Rep. Jack Murtha (D), it was viewed as a exhibition match before November's main event. That it went for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 and...
  • Mark Critz Defeats Tim Burns

    05/18/2010 7:47:53 PM PDT · by csd · 29 replies · 1,210+ views
    Liberty and Pride ^ | May 18, 2010 | Conservative American
    Democrat Mark Critz has defeated Republican challenger Tim Burns in the special election for the House seat formerly held by the late John Murtha in Pennsylvania's 12th district
  • Predicting A Tim Burns Win In The 12th

    05/18/2010 5:02:02 PM PDT · by csd · 10 replies · 1,036+ views
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | No Spin Zone
    The polls are not yet closed in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District. Yet some astute observers are seeing a Tim Burns win in the cards. Why predict a Burns win in a district that is 2 to 1 Democrat? Let's go through the reasons: 1-This years big political theme: The theme of 2010 is change. The 12th district has been Democrat since 1974.It 's hard for Critz to argue he is an agent for change when he is of the same party as Obama and worked for Murtha. Indeed, he campaigns that he can bring home pork like Murtha. This is...
  • Tim Burns Can Take Murthas Seat

    05/17/2010 5:56:19 PM PDT · by csd · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | St. Louis Tea Pary
    The final poll before Tuesday’s special election to fill Jack Murtha’s unexpired seat in the U.S. House shows that Republican Tim Burns is neck and neck with Democrat and pork barrel specialist Mark Critz. (Yes, Critz’s campaign is funded by lobbyists and special interests.)
  • Very Tight Race to Replace Murtha

    05/16/2010 8:18:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies · 1,071+ views
    Political Wire ^ | May 16, 2010
    A final Public Policy Polling survey in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district finds the special election to replace the late John Murtha (D) looks to be headed for a photo finish with Tim Burns (R) barely edging Mark Critz (D), 48% to 47%. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday.
  • Bill Clinton Says Voters Are Disoriented

    05/16/2010 7:58:18 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 18 replies · 806+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/16/10 | CaroleL
    In the race to replace the late Congressman John Murtha, businessman Tim Burns (R) leads former Murtha aide Mark Critz (D) by just one point (48% to 47%) in what will probably be the last major poll of the campaign. Leaping into the spotlight of this special election is former President Bill Clinton who stopped by to tell all those bitter Pennsylvanians clinging to their guns and religion that the reason the race is close is that "times are tough and things are all up in the air and people are disoriented."
  • Pennsylvania Race May Show Democrats Which Way Midterm Winds Blow (MSM worried alert)

    05/15/2010 5:40:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies · 1,711+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 15, 2010 | Michael Luo
    Sam Boyd has been a Democrat his entire adult life, just like many here in this mostly rural, economically impoverished southwestern corner of the state, where the party’s roots run as deep as the coal underfoot. But in Tuesday’s closely watched special election to succeed the late Representative John P. Murtha in the state’s 12th Congressional District, Mr. Boyd, 65, is leaning toward casting his vote for the Republican candidate, Tim Burns, a millionaire former software entrepreneur who got involved in politics through the Tea Party movement. “I’m for Burns for the reason I was for Obama,” said Mr. Boyd,...
  • Without John Murtha, Johnstown faces a choice

    05/12/2010 12:56:23 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 366+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 12, 2010 | Dennis B. Roddy
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Almost four decades after John Murtha stood at the Rod & Wire Division gate and shook enough hands to loosen his arm, Mark Critz's stayed firmly in its socket, a testament to the possibility the 12th Congressional District could soon be in very different hands. "Mr. Murtha told me once, when they're coming out, shake their hand and let them go, because they want to go home. When they're coming in, they'll want to stop and talk," said Mr. Critz, who was awarded the Democratic nomination to Congress after Mr. Murtha, his boss, died three months ago....
  • Murtha aide pulls ahead in special election race

    05/12/2010 8:14:43 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 42 replies · 1,603+ views
    Tribune-Review (suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | 12 May 2010 | Mike Wereschagin
    A close primary race has divided Republicans in the late Rep. John Murtha's district and has helped Democrat Mark Critz take the lead in the special election to replace him, according to a Susquehanna Polling & Research survey. Critz leads GOP nominee Tim Burns 44 percent to 38 percent with one week to go. Voters on Tuesday will pick between the two to fill Murtha's unexpired term and will choose their parties' nominees for the general election in November. A majority of Democrats back Critz in the primary over challengers Ryan Bucchianeri and Ron Mackell Jr. Burns is locked in...
  • PA-12 Poll: Critz (D) pulls ahead (GOP likely losing yet another special election)

    05/12/2010 6:41:00 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 94 replies · 2,159+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 12, 2010 | Kyle Trygstad
    Mark Critz, a former aide to the late John Murtha and the Democratic nominee to replace him, has pulled out to a 6-point lead in the special election for Pennsylvania's 12th district, according to a new Susquehanna poll. Critz leads Republican Tim Burns 44%-38% with less than a week to go. The Johnstown-based district in southwestern Pennsylvania has swing potential, despite the overwhelming Democratic registration advantage and Murtha's dominance in the district for the last 36 years. It's the only district that voted for both John Kerry and John McCain. Critz is running as a continuation of Murtha -- a...
  • Filling the void in 12th District (PA-12 major local paper endorses Bill Russell in Repub Primary)

    05/10/2010 9:59:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 574+ views
    Washington Observer-Observer ^ | 5-10-2010 | Editorial
    Filling the void in 12th District Observer-Reporter May 10, 2010 The unexpected death in February of U.S. Rep. John Murtha left a void in the U.S. Congress and, more specifically, in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, that seems unlikely to be filled anytime soon. Murtha not only brought a wealth of expertise on defense issues to the U.S. House of Representatives, but also pulled a bounty of federal projects into his district. Some may have condemned it as pork-barrel spending, but it brought the region a much-needed economic lift as the steel industry withered. Voters in the 12th Congressional District will...
  • Special election for John Murtha's House seat is a high-stakes affair

    05/09/2010 9:48:46 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 715+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2010 | Lois Romano
    The ghost of John P. Murtha looms large over this congressional district: from the hundreds of millions of dollars the late Democratic legislator famously funneled to western Pennsylvania to the many eponymous buildings, highways and even an airport that memorialize him. And now he is the elephant in the room in an increasingly contentious congressional race to succeed him. This once safely Democratic district where Murtha reigned for 35 years is now a toss-up. Longtime Murtha aide Mark Critz, 48, vows to carry on his former boss's legacy, while Republican businessman Tim Burns, 42, tries to leverage anti-Washington passion by...
  • ANTI-TROOP ACTIVISTS TRY TO RAISE MONEY ON JOHN MURTHA’S ANTI-WAR LEGACY

    05/07/2010 11:43:00 AM PDT · by Syncro · 11 replies · 485+ views
    ANTI-TROOP ACTIVISTS TRY TO RAISE MONEY ON JOHN MURTHA’S ANTI-WAR LEGACY Move America Forward   The liberals bankrolling Mark Critz’s campaign to succeed John Murtha in Pennsylvania’s 12th district are shamelessly using John Murtha’s liberal anti-war, anti-military legacy to desperately raise last-minute cash. In a fundraising email sent out last night, also posted on the Nancy Pelosi controlled DCCC website, Joyce Murtha pleads for donations and recall’s her husband’s shameful l conduct. In 2005, my husband, Congressman Jack Murtha, courageously spoke out against the war in Iraq and you stood with him when he was outrageously accused of cutting...
  • PA-12: Revenge Of The Clingers

    05/07/2010 10:15:56 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 5 replies · 584+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/07/10 | CaroleL
    Remember Candidate Barack Obama's opinion of people in small town Pennsylvania? He made it very clear at a 2008 San Fransisco fundraiser when he said, "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania...they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion." (source) Call it revenge of the clingers - in eleven days the Obama machine is about to be seriously jammed by those small town Pennsylvanians and one native son who wants to bring real hope and change to the area.
  • Dems fear losing four-decade grip on Pa. seat

    05/06/2010 5:19:02 PM PDT · by no dems · 30 replies · 708+ views
    AllAroundPhilly.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | Genaro C. Armas
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- In what was the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha's western Pennsylvania district - reachable through John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport or John P. Murtha Highway - Democrats watch nervously, hoping his former top aide can hold on to the House seat. Mark Critz, who worked for Murtha for more than a decade in Pennsylvania, including the past three as district director, is in a fierce fight with Republican businessman Tim Burns in the May 18 special election. The national GOP has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to push Burns' candidacy, sensing a legitimate shot of...
  • Dems starting to panic in PA-12? (Previously held by Murtha)

    05/06/2010 4:23:40 PM PDT · by coaltrain · 11 replies · 754+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 05/04/10 | Ed Morrissey
    At first blush, Democrats should have nothing to fear in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District special election. John Murtha held this seat for decades. Democrats have a 2-1 registration advantage over Republicans. Their candidate was a Murtha aide for over ten years, while their opponent has had little political experience. And yet, the AP has gotten a big whiff of panic from Pennsylvania Democrats... The polling shows a very close race — with Burns in the lead. That has Democrats worried about how other normally-safe districts might turn out in November. That fear has come out in Critz’ campaigning, where he...
  • Marine Vets Denounce Naming Battleship for John Murtha

    05/01/2010 8:01:20 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 69 replies · 1,394+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 30 April 2010 | John Grizzi
    No sooner had Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced plans to name the latest San Antonio Class LPD battleship in honor of the late Rep. John P. Murtha (D. Pa.) than the firefight began. The most vocal opposition to naming a warship in honor of the first Vietnam veteran elected to Congress came from some of Murtha’s own fellow U.S. Marines. “Outrage” is a mild word to describe the reaction to the possible naming by least two well-known, distinguished Marine Corps veterans who, like Murtha, served in Vietnam. “You are kidding!” retired Marine Col. Jack Brennan fired back to...
  • Poll: GOPer Leads Race For Murtha Seat

    04/30/2010 12:06:39 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 17 replies · 514+ views
    TPMDC ^ | April 30, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld
    The new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of the PA-12 special election gives Republican businessman Tim Burns the edge in the race for the House seat formerly held by the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha. The numbers: Burns 46%, with Democratic candidate and former Murtha aide Mark Critz at 40%. The sample of likely voters has a ±4% margin of error. The Democrats have held this seat since 1974, when Murtha picked it up from the Republicans in a special election held in the midst of the Watergate scandals. The special election will be held on May 18. The TPM Poll...
  • Dems Tell A Whopper In PA-12 Campaign Ad

    04/30/2010 11:22:32 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 9 replies · 609+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 04/30/10 | CaroleL
    While some try to rehabilitate the corruption laden reputation of the late Congressman John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) by naming a Navy ship in his honor, voters in his district are poised to rehabilitate their representation in Washington. The latest poll shows Republican businessman Tim Burns leading his Democratic challenger in the May 18 special election former Murtha aide Mark Critz 46% to 40%. And in typical 'Desperate Democrat' fashion, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has responded with one of the most misleading political ads you'll ever see.
  • KDH closing plant--More than 100 workers affected (PA)

    04/30/2010 10:30:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 588+ views
    The Tribune-Democrat ^ | April 29, 2010 | Mike Faher
    JOHNSTOWN — Just seven months after announcing that a big contract would bring up to 100 new jobs to Johnstown, KDH Defense Systems administrators are leaving town. Employees, who number an estimated 100 or more, were informed this week that the Broad Street manufacturer of military vests is “permanently closing” no later than July 1. The letter from John Hornick, KDH human resource manager, also says most of the company’s local workers had been laid off “on a temporary basis” in January and February. “Unfortunately, the business environment has not improved and therefore we are unable to call back any...