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  • Rep. Lawrence Nixes Pension, Per Diems

    12/18/2010 2:08:03 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 11 replies
    John Lawrence, the Tea Party Republican who beat incumbent Democrat Tim Houghton in November to represent the 13th District in the Pennsylvania House has declared that he will accept neither per diems nor pension. “The citizens of Chester County are tired of rhetoric and are looking for action,” he said. “If we are truly going to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers and get a handle on excessive state spending, then it is incumbent upon me as a lawmaker to lead by example.” Lawrence advocates replacing the current defined benefit plans for government workers with a defined contribution plan akin...
  • Corbett Taps 2 Tea Partyers For Transition Team (Pa)

    12/04/2010 10:34:30 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    Gov.-elect Tom Corbett has tapped Diana Reimer, a co-founder of the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots and statewide coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots organization, as a member of the Budget, Pensions and Revenue Committee of his transition team. He also picked Ana Puig, who co-chairs the Kitchen Table Patriots of Bucks County, for a spot on the teams' Education Committee.
  • Pileggi Stays To End In The Lions Den (Pa)

    12/02/2010 9:47:35 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Domenic Pileggi (R-9) entered the den that was Avondale Presbyterian Church, Dec. 2, to face about 130 lions associated with Chester County Tea Party groups. He answered generally unfriendly questions without getting flustered then stayed long after the event ended to field more. The event was sponsored by Coalition for Advancing Freedom . That's not to say the questions were always answered completely or clearly. Pileggi began with a description of what to expect in the next legislative session in which the Republicans will control the state house, senate and governor's office. He touched on redistricting...
  • Bobby Casey Aye On Porkmarks

    12/01/2010 8:17:43 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Little Bobby Casey, who is Pennsylvania's other Democrat senator, voted no yesterday, Nov. 30, on an attempt to place a three-year moratorium on earmarks. Earmarks are a legislative provisions that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects, or that directs specific exemptions from taxes or mandated fees. They are also known as pork, which makes it puzzling why Little Bobby would vote for such an unpopular thing as he is not known for being able to bring home the bacon. Of course, he is known for being able to take orders so it's probably not that puzzling. Bobby...
  • Pa. Impoverishment Act Could Be In Tea Party's Sights

    11/29/2010 4:52:39 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    The Pennsylvania Legislature jumped on the big green bandwagon in 2008 and overwhelmingly passed the Pennsylvania Impoverishment Act otherwise known as Act 129. The law mandates a 3 percent reduction in the retail consumption of electricity -- 4.5 percent for peak demand -- by May 31, 2013 and creates an unelected commission that is empowered to make further demands as it sees fit. The baseline is the electric power consumed between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.
  • Tea Party Ponders Opposing Expected Pa. Speaker

    11/22/2010 12:50:40 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 21 replies
    Rep. Sam Smith of the 66th District got the nod to be Speaker of the Pennsylvania House at a closed door meeting of the soon-to-be-in-control Republican caucus on Nov. 9 but the official vote comes Jan. 4 and it will be done in the open. Bob Guzzardi of LibertyIndex.Com notes that if all Democrats and 11 Republicans vote against Smith, he will not get the job. Smith was the man who submitted the infamous 2005 legislative pay-raise bill. To his credit, though, he voted against the recently passed Gen Theft Pension Bailout Bill. (snip) The state's Tea Party movement is...
  • 39 Ayes For Unconstitutional Law

    11/20/2010 1:25:35 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 2 replies
    HB 2497 aka Gen Theft was sent to the governor's desk for a signature Nov. 15 after a 165 to 31 vote in the Pennsylvania House. The sick thing is that 32 minutes earlier a vote to declare the bill unconstitutional passed the House on a 128-68 vote. This means that 39 legislators ended up voting for a bill they had voted to be unconstitutional.
  • Outlaw Teacher Strikes (Pa)

    11/17/2010 7:36:25 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Today's Delaware County Daily Times had a tough editorial calling for the abolition of teacher strikes. The Times points out that teachers in Moon Area School District across the state in Allegheny County went on strike after being offered a 2.88 percent raise. The Times points out that teachers in the Bethel Park School District, also in Allegheny County, who get salaries of between $45,700 and $92,548 are striking, offended by the district's request that they pay 2 percent of their individual health plans and 4 percent of their family ones. They now pay 0.5 percent and 0.9 percent respectively....
  • Pa. Gen Theft Bill Passes

    11/15/2010 2:49:55 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 13 replies
    The Pennsylvanian Generation Theft Bill -- termed by its supporters "needed pension reform" -- was approved by the State House this afternoon 165-31. It goes on to Gov. Ed Rendell for his certain signature. It was strongly supported by government unions such as the PSEA. The first time the House passed HB 2497 on June 16 the vote was 192-6. The Senate passed it Oct. 16 by a 41-8 vote, however, it tacked on amendments which required a new vote in the House. On Nov. 5, lame duck Speaker Keith McCall announced that his assembly would be quitting for the...
  • Delco Tea Partyers (Pa) Take Stand Against Gen Theft Bill

    11/12/2010 4:29:58 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 3 replies
    The Delaware County (Pa) Patriots, the county's tea party group, has taken a stand against HB 2497 , which state House Finance Committee Minority Chairman Sam Rohrer has called "generational theft " . The bill attempts to resolve the severe funding shortfalls of Pennsylvania's largest pension plans -- Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and State Employees Retirement System (SERS) -- by deferring pension payments and increasing the unfunded liability by tens of billions of dollars. Rohrer of the 128th District was only one of six to vote against HB 2497 when it passed the Democrat-controlled House on June 16....
  • Early A.M. Tea Party Was SRO

    11/11/2010 11:20:50 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    A standing-room-only crowd of 50 attended this morning's post-election meeting of Philadelphia-area tea party groups for a panel discussion moderated by journalist Chris Freind at a conference room at The Union League of Philadelphia. The panel was Diana Reimer of the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots, Jennifer Turner Stefano of the Conservative Leadership Coalition, Lisa Esler of Delaware County Patriots, Diane Canney of Valley Forge Patriots, Teri Adams of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, and Kevin Kelly of The Loyal Opposition, which hosted the event. Before the discussion started the group was given a bit of good news from the...
  • If Palin runs for presidency, it will be 'to win it'

    11/09/2010 9:36:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | November 9, 2010
    PLUMSTEADVILLE, Pennsylvania — Sarah Palin teased yet another audience about whether she will seek the presidency in 2012, but the US conservative powerhouse insisted that if she did run, she would be "in it to win it." Palin, the Republican 2008 vice presidential candidate, told several hundred people at a fundraiser for a Christian school in Pennsylvania that she would need to take "prayerful consideration" of a White House bid and acknowledged such a move would require "great sacrifices" from her family. "I wouldn't do it just to shake it up," she said when asked whether she was considering a...
  • It's Always Groundhog Day In Pa.

    11/09/2010 10:40:07 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Punxsutawney Samuel H. Smith of the 66th District was elected Speaker of the Pennsylvania House by his fellow Republicans this morning. He assumes the role when the new legislative session starts Jan. 4 in which the Republicans will hold a 21-seat majority in the 203-member House. Smith's name is the first among the submitters of the infamous 2005 pay raise.
  • The Battle Against Altmire

    10/28/2010 12:26:03 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 3 replies
    The pundits say Jason "Glory Grabber" Altmire will be among the few Dem congressional incumbents who won't be sweating on Tuesday but there those in his Pennsylvania 4th District who still have hopes to change that. (snip) And those pundits? The most recent Susquehanna poll showed Altmire ahead of Rothfus 47 percent to 35 percent. It seems any well-known incumbent under 50 percent ought to sweat a little.
  • Sestak Opponents Drown Out Admiral Joe At Delco Rally

    10/24/2010 5:25:58 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 11 replies
    Seeking to pick up some steam for the last stretch of his senate bid, Congressman Joe Sestak held a rally at 5 o'clock today in the heart of his 7th District in Media Borough which is the Democrat-sympathetic Delaware County seat. He was greeted by 25 Republicans and tea party protesters which was not all that much smaller than the pro-Sestak contingent estimated to be about 100 at the time of the speech but included several supporters of other candidates. Since the Sestak rally was in the parking lot of a vacant car dealership -- an unwise and poorly planned...
  • Burns Has Money Edge In Homestretch

    10/18/2010 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 5 replies
    GOP Challenger Tim Burns has the edge in dollars for the final sprint in Pennsylvania's 12 District congressional race. As of Sept. 30, he had $409,735 in the bank compared to $263,182 for incumbent Democrat Mark Critz.
  • Ed Rendell: Help me beat Sarah Palin in Iowa

    10/07/2010 7:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 7, 2010 | David Catanese
    DUBUQUE, IOWA — Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is throwing down the gauntlet in the first-in-the-nation state of Iowa. The former Philadelphia mayor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee is calling on Democrats to help him match the political star power of Sarah Palin. In an e-mail to Iowa Democrats, the tough-talking Rendell is promising to draw a bigger crowd at the state party's upcoming Jefferson-Jackson dinner than Palin was able to muster at the GOP's annual Ronald Reagan dinner last month. "Sarah Palin was able to get 1,300 people to show up at the Republican Party of Iowa’s dinner...
  • Pa FOP Gives Nod To Toomey

    09/08/2010 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, today, endorsed Republican and former Congressman Pat Toomey, who represented the 15th District, for U.S. Senate over Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak who represents the 7th District.
  • Grim Signs for Democrats in OH and PA

    09/01/2010 10:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Politics 365 ^ | September 1, 2010 | Charles Ellison
    Distressing signals for Democrats keep streaming in as key polls in two major electoral bellwether states show the prospect of major gains for Republicans in November. Long considered two critical and accurate measures of the electorate’s mood in Presidential and other federal races, recent polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania are showing signs of voter disappointment with Democrats, particularly in hard fought Senate and Gubernatorial races gaining national attention. In a soon-to-be-released survey by Raleigh, NC-based Public Policy Polling, a majority of Ohio-based respondents surveyed claim they’d prefer former President George W. Bush in the White House than current President Barack...
  • Lingenfelter Off Ballot In Pa-8

    08/21/2010 4:31:54 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies
    The Republican's road to returning as the party representing Pennsylvania's 8th District in Congress got a little easier after a successful petition challenge knocked conservative independent Tom Lingenfelter off the ballot, Thursday. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled that 769 signatures on the petition were invalid because they were obtained by circulators who lived outside the district. snip Among those circulating the petitions for Lingenfelter were two interns working for Democrat incumbent Patrick Murphy. The Republican in the race is former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, who Murphy beat by 1,518 votes in 2006.
  • Judge Told To Unseal Orie Info

    08/19/2010 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies
    The state Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered the trial judge to unseal documents relating to the cases of state Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R-40) and her sister, Janine Orie. The Ories have been charged in Allegheny County with theft of service and other crimes relating to the allegation that they improperly assigned state employees to work on the successful election campaign of their sister Joan Orie Melvin to the state Supreme Court last fall. The 40th District includes part of Allegheny County. The District Attorney is Stephen Zappala, a Democrat and a political enemy of the Ories.
  • Site Flunks Delco (Pa) GOP On Liberty

    08/17/2010 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 2 replies run by Bob Guzzardi of Bryn Mawr is a fascinating site full of useful information where each bill passed by the Pennsylvania legislature since 2003 is analyzed with regard as to how it effects the liberty of the residents of the Commonwealth. The legislators are then graded on their support for liberty based on their votes. The site defines The Liberty Index rating as an "assessment of whether a piece of legislation advances or restrains individual liberty, particularly, economic freedom to spend your money the way you think best." The highest grade for a Delaware County legislator is the...
  • The 3rd-Party Candidates In Pa. Races

    08/03/2010 7:29:33 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    Pennsylvania's filing deadline for minor and independent candidates for state-wide races was yesterday. Among those who appear to have acquired the needed number of signatures are John Krupa, who is running for governor under the "Tea Party" banner; engineer Douglas Jaimson who is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian; and York County homosexual activist Marakay Rogers who will be the Libertarian candidate for governor. Ms. Rogers running mate will be Kat Valleley.
  • Pa. Republicans stumble in cash race

    08/01/2010 9:53:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 4+ views
    The Politicio ^ | July 19, 2010 | Alex Isenstadt
    Republican House candidates in Pennsylvania, a state expected to be rich with electoral prizes for the GOP this fall, have fallen almost uniformly short in the competition for cash, imperiling their party's prospects in a knot of crucial congressional battlegrounds. In five districts, Republican challengers ended the second quarter of 2010 vastly outgunned in the fundraising department. Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, who represents the 3rd District, reported having $1 million in the bank at the end of June, compared with $104,000 for challenger Mike Kelly, who raised a meager $79,000. In Rep. Jason Altmire's 4th District, the incumbent had $1.5...
  • Pa. In Top 4 In Legislative Pay

    07/28/2010 8:43:04 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Pennsylvania's state legislators are the fourth best paid in the nation, according to The Pew Center of the States. At $78,314, it puts the wonders of Harrisburg just behind third place New York ($79,500) and second place Michigan ($79,650) but with a ways to go to catch the champ which is California at $95,291. What's interesting about the rankings is that it correlates nicely with the listing of states with the greatest fiscal problems.
  • Joe, Give Back The Dough

    07/23/2010 9:13:01 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 7 replies · 2+ views
    GOP senate nominee Pat Toomey has sent a letter to Dem opponent Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa7) asking he return $119,650 in campaign contributions. Why? The donor has received federal earmarks through Sestak's office and Sestak says "If an organization or individual has made a request for an appropriations project, and has made a contribution to his campaign, he returns that contribution"
  • Blood From Stones In Springfield (Pa)

    06/29/2010 12:56:31 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Here are two of the four homes for sale in the 100 block of West Springfield Road, Springfield, Pa. Note, that's just in the 100 block. The tax pain suffered by the people of this state can be laid solely at the feet of government corruption; mostly by Democrats but the Republicans are far from innocent bystanders. It's only going to get worse and, no, the pending reform is not going to help.Enshrine this in gold: it is every bit as decent and moral to cut a public employee's pension as it is to force someone to sell their home...
  • Pennsylvania: Palin 24, Gingrich 23, Huckabee 20

    06/28/2010 8:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 28, 2010 | AllahPundit
    That’s actually not the most intriguing data point from this poll, but I know the Palinistas will whine forever if I don’t highlight the fact that she’s leading somewhere, so there you go. Don’t get me wrong: It is interesting that she’d do well in a northeastern state, which traditionally aren’t thought of as “Palin country.” But of course these are primary voters we’re talking about, and Pennsylvania Republicans are sufficiently red-meat that Specter abandoned ship before having to face them in a primary. No shocker, really, that a “true conservative” would fare well with them. So what’s the intriguing...
  • Proposed Pa Pension Fix Just Another Scam

    06/10/2010 8:43:30 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 1 replies · 41+ views
    A bill being considered by the state House to ease the pain of Pennsylvania taxpayers about to take an unforeseen hit to fund the pension plans of public employees is just going to postpone the pain until those who vote for it are themselves collecting pensions and probably residing in another state. HB 2497 would limit taxpayer contributions in the near term only to jack them up in later years , according to the always excellent Commonwealth Foundation. This plan would ultimately put Pennsylvanians on the hook for another $52 billion over 30 years according to CF.
  • Progressive Pa. Dem Praises Political Hackery

    06/09/2010 5:44:11 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 2 replies · 27+ views
    State Sen. Daylin Leach whose 17th District includes Haverford and Radnor appears to be just peachy with the practices that caused Bonusgate. In a column on his website he takes issue with the report of the Grand Jury that investigated the crimes implying the Grand Jury could be just as easily called "The Doofus Patrol" and dismissing the anger expressed by those who after sitting through months of testimony indicted several lawmakers and staff members for taking taxpayer money to finance political campaigns. The indictments, btw, have already led to several convictions. Among the objections in the report that...
  • Pennsylvanians Are Right Wing Fanatics

    05/26/2010 7:12:17 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 20 replies · 524+ views
    A Rasmussen poll this month shows that by the definitions of some most Pennsylvanians are right-wing extremists.
  • Corbett Quits Scheduled GOP Debate

    05/06/2010 5:40:51 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 10 replies · 257+ views
    PCN, the non-profit cable network covering Pennsylvania government and culture, has announced that it is canceling the debate scheduled for tomorrow between State Rep. Sam Rohrer and Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbet after Corbett announced he would not attend. Rohrer and Corbett are the candidates in the GOP gubernatorial primary which is May 18. Rohrer said both teams had confirmed participation and that he remains willing to debate.
  • Live Free Pa Is A Week Away

    05/01/2010 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 1 replies · 80+ views
    The Commonwealth Foundation's celebration of "freedoms we enjoy but are under attack by Harrisburg and Washington" is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 8, at the Elstonville Sportsman’s Associaton in Manheim. Live Free Pa. comes with breakfast, lunch, beer, shooting activities, cigars and live rock ‘n’ roll by Jump the Gun and features a chance to shoot up a car.
  • A Million Pa. Independent Voters To Miss A Primary Choice

    04/14/2010 10:22:33 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 14 replies · 296+ views
    Pennsylvania's primary election is May 18 and, third-party romantics aside, from it will be chosen the candidates who will be the people who lead this state. A little over a million of Pennsylvania's 8.4 million registered voters will not participate in this choice because they have registered as something other than a Republican or Democrat. Pennsylvania is one of 14 closed primary states. The actual breakdown of labels is 36,473 Libertarians; 484,597 "no affiliation" and 490,526 "other voters.
  • Admiral Joe Knocks Regular Joe Off Dem Ballot (Pa Senate)

    04/13/2010 8:10:17 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 15 replies · 477+ views
    Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled today that Joe Vod Varka failed to get the 2,000 valid signatures required to be on the May 18 ballot for the Democrat Party senate primary election. Vod Varka, a small business owner from Allegheny County, shocked the political establishment by appearing to get the signatures last March. He describes himself as a conservative Democrat. He is against ObamaCare and has been an NRA member for 36 years.
  • Rohrer Gets Bachmann Endorsement (Pa Gov Primary)

    04/02/2010 10:59:04 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 1 replies · 220+ views
    GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer has gained the endorsement of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN6) who has been called the second most dangerous woman in American. . . . . .Mrs. Bachmann met Rohrer in 1998 when Rohrer went to Minnesota to discuss federal mandates regarding schools. She says it was he who inspired her to run for office as a state senator.
  • Bill Would Make Election Franking A Crime (Pa)

    03/25/2010 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 8 replies · 183+ views
    The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee, March 23, unanimously gave its OK to House Bill 2271 that would make it a criminal offense for a legislator to mail tax-funded pieces within 60 days of an election in which the legislator is a candidate for public office. State House and Senate rules now prohibit the practice and they are generally followed but the act is not yet criminal. The bill would subject a transgressor to "a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than one year or both".
  • Clear Road For Lou Barletta (Pa primary)

    03/23/2010 12:06:58 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 2 replies · 178+ views
    Chris Paige has withdrawn from the Pennsylvania 11th Congressional District Republican Primary leaving Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta the last man standing to face the Democrat candidate this November.
  • Proven Cost-Cutter Seeks To Fill Rohrer Seat (Pa)

    03/13/2010 9:05:23 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Mark M. Gillen, the man who won an election in 2001 for Berks County Jury Commissioner to eliminate the $18,000 part-time job, is seeking the 128th District seat in the State House being vacated by Samuel E. Rohrer to pursue the Republican nomination for governor.
  • Tenacious Rohrer Marches On (Pa)

    03/04/2010 8:33:49 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 151+ views
    Most observers figure the GOP nomination for this year's governor's race has been wrapped up with a pretty bow on top for party-endorsed Attorney General Tom Corbett but by the slew of stops he has slated for for March last-challenger-left Sam Rohrer seems determined to see them surprised.
  • African-American Republican To Seek (Pa) Gov. As Independent

    03/03/2010 7:35:39 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 12 replies · 421+ views
    Robert Allen Mansfield, a sergeant in the National Guard with service in Iraq, has announced he is dropping out of the May 18 Republican primary election to run for governor as an independent. The state Republican committee voted overwhelmingly, last month, to endorse Attorney General Tom Corbett for the spot. Still in the primary race is state Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-128) Mansfield is an African-American from Philadelphia, born in 1971, whose heroine addicted mother put him up for adoption. He spent two years in foster care before being adopted by the Mansfield family.
  • Singel Backs Critz For Murtha Seat (PA)

    02/27/2010 8:36:50 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel, who ended his bid Thursday to replace fellow Democrat John Murtha as Pennsylvania 12th District's representative in Congress, has endorsed Mark Critz for the seat. Critz is Murtha's former district director.
  • Pastor Watkins Ends (Pa) Lt. Gov. Bid

    02/24/2010 6:39:59 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 220+ views
    Joe Watkins, the pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church which is the oldest African American Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, has announced he is ending his bid to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor making the road for party-endorsed Joe Cawley, a Bucks County Commissioner, that much smoother. Watkins was expected to Cawley's biggest threat. Those saying they are still in the race are: Chet Beiler -- former Lancaster County GOP chairman Steve Johnson-- York County businessman Russ Diamond, founder of PaCleanSweep Candidates who still have their campaign websites up include: Billy McCue, a businessman John Kennedy, a former state...
  • More Seek Murtha Seat

    02/23/2010 12:50:35 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 169+ views
    The ballot to replace Democrat John Murtha as the representative for Pa-12 in Congress has gotten longer with announcements by Murtha's former district director Mark Critz and Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr. that they will seek the seat. They join fellow Democrats former Lt. Gov Mark Singel and former State Treasurer Barbera Hafer in the race along with Ron Mackell Jr. and 34-year-old Ryan Bucchianeri who had begun primary challenges before Murtha's Feb. 8 death. Meanwhile, Murtha's widow, Joyce, has announced she will not run.
  • Welch Quits (Pa) 6th District Race

    02/20/2010 1:52:11 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Chester County businessman Steven Welch announced this morning that he is ending his quest to represent Pennsylvania's 6th District in Congress preventing what could have been a costly primary battle with incumbent Jim Gerlach.
  • Singel Seeks Murtha Seat

    02/20/2010 7:28:41 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies · 365+ views
    Former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel has announced that he will seek the 12th District Pennsylvania congressional seat left vacant by the Feb. 8 death of fellow Democrat John Murtha. A special election will be held, May 18, the same day as the primary election, to fill the remaining months of Murtha's term. An election for a fresh term will occur in November.
  • Should We Cut The Size Of The Pa. Legislature?

    02/17/2010 2:50:23 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 6 replies · 218+ views
    It seems a crusade is trying to be started to cut the size of the Pennsylvania state legislature to make it more like California, a significantly larger state in terms of geography and population which has 120 legislators compared to Pennsylvania's 253 and which spends less on legislative salaries than Pa. Of course, as poorly as Pennsylvania is run I'm not so sure we would want to trade places with the not-so-anymore Golden State. And why would we want to give up representation? It sounds more like a ploy to increase the influence of city machines, such as that of...
  • 4 Staffers Leave Sestak

    02/16/2010 9:44:16 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 9 replies · 563+ views
    Important cogs of Congressman Joe Sestak’s (D-7) Senate campaign have come off the wheel. . . Political Director Rich Culbert and press operative Garry Ritterstein left soon after the Democratic State Committee, Feb. 7, endorsed Specter over Admiral Joe. Others who left were Jason Henry, who was effectively the campaign’s political director for western Pennsylvania who took his leave in mid-January and Andrew Blum of volunteer operations who left in late January.
  • The GOP's Post-Murtha Challenge

    02/13/2010 8:14:19 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 484+ views
    CBS News ^ | February 10, 2010 | Jim Geraghty
    The winner will proceed to face a Democrat in the special election; since the special election and the primary will take place on the same day, it is possible that two different Republicans could win - the special-election winner would serve out the remainder of Murtha’s term, and the primary winner would run in the general election in November. Barley notes that this has happened in lower-ticket races in the past, and the Hoffman experience opens the door for any Republican who’s passed over for the special-election ticket to denounce a "backroom deal." Sources close to the Russell campaign are...
  • Barletta Endorses Corbett

    02/01/2010 2:22:41 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 10 replies · 164+ views
    Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta who is seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent Paul Kanjorski to represent the 11th District of Pennsylvania in Congress has endorsed Tom Corbett for governor. Corbett is getting a tenacious battle in the GOP primary from underdog Sam Rohrer, who represents the 128th District in the State House.