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  • Here Come The Other States

    10/21/2012 9:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Dick Morris
    While all national attention is focused — indeed riveted — on the seven to nine swing or battleground states, a major shift is taking place in the rest of the country: Voters are turning off Obama and onto Romney. In the forty states where the Obama campaign has not spread toxic negative ads against Romney, the Republican is gaining by leaps and bounds and will likely carry a bunch of “non-swing” normally blue states. Specifically, Romney is now three points ahead in Pennsylvania, one point behind in Michigan, and only two points behind in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Together, these four...
  • Obama Campaign asks for Poll Watch Volunteers

    10/21/2012 1:12:57 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies
    Israpundit ^ | 10/21/12 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Obama Campaign calls for Poll Watch Volunteers Bracketed comments are ours. William – Despite Republican attempts to shift the election law landscape, there have been incredible victories this year to expand voting rights [to illegal aliens, dead people, and fictional characters like Mickey Mouse], especially in Pennsylvania. For our campaign, it’s about protecting that right to actively participate in our democratic system of electing our leaders. That’s why we’re assembling an all-star team of volunteers [such as thugs armed with billy clubs], dedicated to making sure voters across Pennsylvania get to cast their ballots on Election Day [unless they look...
  • Romney Campaign Town Hall Town Hall Event with John Bolton in Pittsburgh Tuesday (Oct 23) 8pm

    10/20/2012 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    First Paul Ryan, now Conservative hero John Bolton? Something’s happening in Pennsylvania … You’re Invited to a Town Hall Event with Ambassador John Bolton, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations When: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 Doors Open 7:00 PM | Event Begins 8:00 PM Where: Rashid Auditorium, 4th Floor, Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA 15213 To register for the event, click here. For questions, contact us at: TeamPA@mittromney.com | (717) 746-8098 For Important Campaign Updates: Text (PA) to GOMITT (466488)
  • Republicans Find New Hope in Pennsylvania (Romney, RNC move 60+ staff to PA, more on the way?)

    10/20/2012 5:27:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 108 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday, October 20, 2012 | Manu Raju
    For months, Pennsylvania was considered a cakewalk for Democrats, with Sen. Bob Casey easily cruising to reelection and its 20 electoral votes in the bag for President Barack Obama. But enter Republican Tom Smith and his personal fortune, and suddenly the Keystone State has the potential of upending the national political landscape. Buoyed by a tightening presidential race here, Smith — a no-name GOP Senate candidate and self-funding multi-millionaire — has suddenly made Republicans bullish about picking off the Keystone State to make Mitch McConnell majority leader and Mitt Romney more competitive here. “He wasn’t on any endangered list,” Rep....
  • Per Twitter: Romney moving 60 staffers to PA

    10/20/2012 6:57:36 PM PDT · by LS · 61 replies
    Twitter | 10/20/2012 | LS
    According to twitter, Romney team moving 60 more people to PA. But here are the other two interesting Twitter posts: Obama starting to release internal #s on PA---desperation firewall move? Then this: someone (apparently doing "down ticket" polling in OH reported and I quote "VERY good numbers for Romney in OH." I would guess that the only statewide (as opposed to regional) polling would be for Mandell, but that wasn't clear. At any rate, put these tidbits together and it sounds like both Romney and Obama know the real story about OH and that the battle is shifting to PA....
  • Utica shale, below the Marcellus, contains large gas, oil reserves, study shows

    10/20/2012 2:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil. Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane. The Utica lies beneath the Marcellus shale...
  • Mitt Romney pushes into battle ground states of PA and NH weeks before presidential election

    10/20/2012 1:34:49 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Saturday, October 20, 2012, 3:28 PM | Jonathan Lemire
    Anxious to find the right combination of states to win the Electoral College, Mitt Romney’s campaign pushed Saturday into battlegrounds it had largely avoided. The Republicans forged into the swing states of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, which the GOP had previously appeared resigned to ceding to President Obama. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, ripped Obama’s energy policy to a crowd at the Pittsburgh International Airport. "Gas prices are more than double what they were four years ago - who knows what they're going to be if he got four more years," Ryan said. "Not only are these policies wrong, they...cost...
  • Mitt Romney Can Win Pennsylvania Because He Is Winning The “Jobs” Argument

    10/20/2012 1:28:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Our latest Pennsylvania poll conducted 10/11-10/13 and released by the Washington Examiner October 18th shows Mitt Romney has taken the lead over President Obama by a 49-45 margin. This automated poll, conducted with 1,376 likely voters, was conducted on behalf of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, and released publicly by the Pa GOP shortly thereafter. This poll validates our last three publicly released polls showing the Keystone State as a tossup – including a pair of polls taken before the first televised presidential debate in Denver both showing the Keystone State was already in play even when other firms...
  • Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania

    10/18/2012 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Snuph · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2012 | 5:38 pm | Susan Ferrechio
    A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website. Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama. It's the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State. "The polling is very clear that the race is certainly up for grabs and Republicans have a...
  • Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania (Shock poll-Drudge)

    10/18/2012 3:59:56 PM PDT · by MiddleEarth · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2012 | Susan Ferrechio
    A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website. Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama. It's the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State.
  • Romney’s Rust Belt Surge Threatens Obama’s Firewall

    10/18/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Published October 18, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    “I hear Pittsburgh is very nice this time of year.” -- A senior Romney campaign staffer talking to Power Play about the strategy for the closing weeks of the campaign. Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney trailed in five Rust Belt battleground states by an average of 6.9 points in the Real Clear Politics Average of polls. This morning, his average deficit was just 3.2 points. While all 11 swing states have moved his direction since the Republican nominee’s boffo performance in his first debate with President Obama, Romney has seen the most significant improvement in the core column of the...
  • Summer heat brings back the stink bugs

    10/17/2012 5:51:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2012 | Shivan Sarna
    Warm weather this year has contributed to a resurgence in the mid-Atlantic region’s brown marmorated stink bug population, with researchers estimating at least a 60 percent increase this year in insects that soon will be making their way indoors to escape cooling temperatures. Record summer heat that lasted through September favored the resurgence of stink bugs, which breed twice a year — in spring and summer. Michael Raupp, entomology professor at the University of Maryland, said the favorable conditions enabled the bugs to complete their second breeding cycle in “spectacular fashion,” meaning they are poised to invade homes and businesses...
  • Ann Romney to attend rally in Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania back in the mix?)

    10/14/2012 3:07:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | October 14, 2012 | Matthew Kemeny
    ELIZABETHTOWN — Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will campaign for her husband Monday at Elizabethtown College. Ann Romney will attend a rally at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center in the 900 block of East College Avenue. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event begins at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested can register for the event at http://annromneyinpa.eventbrite.com/ All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue....
  • AP: Sen Arlen Specter Has died

    10/14/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 235 replies
    AP ^ | 10/14/12
    According to the AP ex Sen Arlen Specter has died.
  • Romney isn’t giving up on Pennsylvania

    10/14/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/11/2012 | John Gizzi
    Amid rumors in Republican circles and on the Internet that the Romney campaign had decided to write off Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes as lost to President Barack Obama, the Republican candidate’s surge in polls last week made it clear they felt the Keystone State was in play.“Pennsylvania is a state which the Romney campaign believes presents a real opportunity for a Romney victory,” Katie Packer Gage, Romney’s deputy national campaign manager, told Human Events. “If President Obama can’t win there, he can’t win at all. So we plan to fight hard there. We have seen evidence in recent...
  • Casey and Smith to Debate in Pa. Senate Race

    10/14/2012 6:58:05 AM PDT · by Tamzee · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michael Catalini
    (snip) The debate between Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and Republican challenger Tom Smith will air from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 on Philadelphia's 6ABC. Veteran Philly newsman Jim Gardner will moderate the debate between the Keystone State's junior senator and Smith with Action News' Monica Malpass and Vernon Odom as panelists, the Casey campaign announced today. (snip)
  • Police union plans party for cop fired after punching woman

    10/12/2012 7:26:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 12 replies
    Philly.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | DANA DiFILIPPO
    WHEN PHILADELPHIA police Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II punched a woman last month and a video of the incident went viral, Commissioner Charles Ramsey called it "troubling" and fired him. Mayor Nutter was "horrified" and apologized to victim Aida Guzman, and protesters rallied with "We are all Aida" signs. But Fraternal Order of Police members, apparently, are "all Josey." The police union will fete the 19-year veteran with a $30-per-person benefit Oct. 28. "Come On Out and Support ONE OF OUR OWN" reads a flier inviting officers to the five-hour, Sunday-afternoon event at the FOP Hall on Spring Garden near...
  • Romney-shirt girl gives up on Philly schools

    10/11/2012 1:08:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 11, 2012 | Regina Medina
    SAMANTHA PAWLUCY, the Port Richmond teen embroiled in a high school controversy over her T-shirt choice, will no longer attend Charles Carroll High School, her attorney and her father confirmed Wednesday. "She's totally uncomfortable. She doesn't want to go back there," said Richard Pawlucy, the student's father. He and his wife, Kristine, also pulled their two other daughters from the school. Samantha wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to Carroll High on "Dress Down Day" nearly two weeks ago. Her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, asked her to leave the class and wondered why she was wearing a Republican top at a...
  • LFR Poll: Prez, Senate Races Within Margin of Error (Pennsylvania now a toss up?)

    10/10/2012 5:40:11 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    Politics PA ^ | 10-10-2012 | Keegan Gibson
    October 10, 2012 LFR Poll: Prez, Senate Races Within Margin of Error Written by Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor A poll commissioned by conservative non-profit group Let Freedom Ring, Inc. and obtained by PoliticsPA shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 47 percent to 45. Sen. Bob Casey leads Tom Smith 44 percent to 41.The survey of 1,000 likely Pa. voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Strategies on Oct. 8 via automated dials. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.Obama holds a positive job approval rating, 51 percent to 48. His personal favorability is nearly identical, 50 percent to...
  • Poll: Romney surges in Pennsylvania

    10/09/2012 10:35:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Mitt Romney's strong performance in the first presidential debate may have put Pennsylvania back in play, and closed the gap with President Obama in other battleground states. A Siena Research Institute Poll on Tuesday showed the Republican nominee trailing Mr. Obama by only three percentage points, 43 percent to 40 percent, in the Keystone State. Other polls prior to the debate had shown Mr. Obama with as much as a 12-point lead. "Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes suddenly appear to be up for grabs," said poll director Don Levy. "Romney not only has Republican support but now leads in vote-rich areas...
  • Suddenly, Casey in a battle against Smith (Pennsylvania US Senate race tightening!)

    10/08/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 10-8-2012 | Colby Itkowitz
    Suddenly, Casey in a battle against Smith By Colby Itkowitz, Call Washington Bureau October 8, 2012 WASHINGTON — Suddenly, Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race is getting buzz. And like the snooze button on an alarm clock, the buzz reveals just how long incumbent Bob Casey's campaign team has overslept, allowing unknown Republican Tom Smith to draw closer. Until the past few days, Smith has controlled the narrative: He's the farm-boy-turned-coal-miner with a large family who mocks Casey (nicknamed Senator Zero in Smith ads) as an ineffective lawmaker. Smith's a businessman who until last week was airing two and a half...
  • A parable in a woodpile

    10/08/2012 6:31:18 PM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies
    8 October A.D. 2012 | Lightman
    Last September the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped over 6 inches of rain in the lower Susquehanna valley of Pennsylvania in a little than 12 hours. Streams and creeks swelled to levels that had not been seen since the September 1975 deluge by Tropical Storm Eloise. The rising waters were the final blow for several trees that were along my eroding stream bank. The undercutting of the flood waters toppled a couple which I knew would some day be brought down. Among the fallen was a good sized black walnut. Because it had grown in a grove with stiff...
  • Romney Surging in PA (O 47 R 45)

    10/08/2012 3:51:52 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 30 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/8/12 | American Spectator
    Just in. The Susquehanna Poll (from the Susquehanna Polling and Research folks ) have just released their post-debate poll of Pennsylvania. Bottom line: Romney is suddenly surging, with Obama leading by a mere two points -- which is to say a "virtual dead heat." Concludes the poll: There is (my emphasis) "clear evidence the debates have helped solidify the Keystone State as a tossup election in November and one well within Romney's reach."
  • Susquehanna Poll: Obama 47, Romney 45 (Pennsylvania)

    10/08/2012 12:58:03 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 53 replies
    Politics PA ^ | 10/08/2012 | Keegan Gibson
    Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by a 2 point margin, identical to his lead in late September according to Susquehanna Polling and Research. But the Republican’s debate performance contributed to a 6 point jump in his favorability rating. In a poll conducted just after the first presidential debate, from Oct. 4 to 6, 47 percent of respondents said they support Obama; 45 percent support Romney. 3 percent support Libertarian Gary Johnson. The Obama-Romney head-to-head numbers are identical the most recent Susquehanna Polling and Research survey released on Sept. 23. The margin of that poll, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review closely...
  • Legislator in Pennsylvania Refuses to Say the Pledge of Allegiance (Because "God" is in it)

    10/07/2012 7:11:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 10/05/2012 | Sara Noble
    It was just a routine House State Government Committee meeting and Chairman Daryl Metcalfe asked Pennsylvania state representative, Babette Josephs, to lead the patriotic pledge. She refused because it has the word “God” in it.This is what the dingbat said: “Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer. I don’t pray in public.” [Inquisitor] More from the Inquisitor:Josephs noted after the meeting that Congress chose to insert “under God” into the pledge when she was about 14 years old. The Democratic politician maintains that the additional wording turned the...
  • Pa. lawmaker refuses Pledge of Allegiance at House meeting

    10/04/2012 8:11:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    WHTM, ABC Channel 27, Harrisburg PA ^ | Oct 03, 2012 7:48 PM | Dennis Owens
    Politicians are often criticized for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that's taken the wrong way. But state Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is being criticized for what she refused to say. The drama unfolded at what was billed as a non-controversial House State Government Committee meeting Wednesday morning. Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) asked Josephs to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance; a rather routine request that became anything but when Josephs refused. "Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it's a prayer. I don't pray in public,"...
  • Pennsylvania Reacts Live to the Romney-Obama Debate

    10/04/2012 2:39:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Patch ^ | October 4, 2012 | James Boyle and Jason Renard
    When Wendy Larson arrived to watch Wednesday night's presidential debate at Ann's Choice in Warminster, she had already decided on voting for incumbent President Barack Obama. "I made up my mind after the conventions," said Larson. "When I saw the Republicans, I didn't think they represented me." Ninety minutes later, Larson found herself back on the fence over how she will cast her ballot on November 6. "Romney acquitted himself well," she said. "He showed he has more experience in dealing with the country's problems." Judging by the real time reactions posted by Patch users in Bucks and Montgomery counties...
  • Judge Rules Photo ID Won’t Be Required For Pennsylvania Voters This Year

    10/02/2012 7:38:15 AM PDT · by JediJones · 70 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 10/2/2012 | Cherri Gregg
    Judge Robert Simpson has effectively decided to block part of the law. Following his ruling, voters will still be asked for a valid voter ID at the poll. But if they don’t have it, they will still be able to cast their vote in the usual manner. The judge suspended the portion of the law that would have required voters without valid ID to cast what is called a “provisional” ballot, which would not be counted unless the voter could produce a valid photo ID within six days after the election. Judge Simpson says he viewed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s...
  • POLL: PRESIDENTIAL RACE TIGHT IN PENNSYLVANIA

    09/29/2012 7:42:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 09/29/2012
    Two percentage points separate President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a state poll conducted for the Tribune-Review, even though the campaigns largely are ignoring Pennsylvania and concentrating on other battlegrounds. Obama polled 47 percent to Romney’s 45 percent among likely Pennsylvania voters, with 6 percent of voters undecided and 44 days until Election Day, according to the survey by Susquehanna Polling & Research. The survey of 800 voters, conducted Sept. 18-20, has a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points. The poll showed most voters are disappointed with the country’s direction, evenly split on whether Obama deserves another...
  • Romney returns to battleground Pa., with stops in Phila. and Delaware County (PA in play?)

    09/29/2012 6:18:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/29/2012 | Jeremy Roebuck and Sean Carlin
    Mitt Romney made a bold prediction Friday during his first public campaign stop in months in a state where polls show him lagging and that GOP insiders say he has all but given up. "We're going to take Pennsylvania," he promised an animated crowd at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne. His assessment earlier in the day at a Union League fund-raiser in Philadelphia was sober, yet optimistic. "We really would shock people if early in the evening on Nov. 6, it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way," he told donors before adding that he...
  • Protesters to Romney supporters: 'How's it feel to back the loser?'

    09/28/2012 10:48:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Current TV ^ | September 28, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    Protesters mocked attendees at a fundraiser for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday morning at the swanky Union League in Philadelphia. The fundraiser was expected to raise more than $3.5 million for the candidate. As buttoned-up Romney supporters left the breakfast, protesters (who gathered prior to 8 a.m. with bagels, coffee and cheesesteaks) harangued them for wasting their money on a candidate that the polls say is losing. "How's it feel to back a loser?" one protestor yelled. The group, holding signs that said "Mitt 'Rob Me'" and "Lyin' Ryan," chanted: "Save your money, Obama's gonna win!" One Romney...
  • It's Over

    09/28/2012 6:52:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2012 | William L. Gensert
    Give up -- Barack Obama has won. With the election only weeks away, it is clear from recent swing state polling that Mitt Romney has lost this election. According to the Quinnipiac numbers, in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, the president is ahead by 10%, 9% and 12%, respectively. Romney can't win. Just ask any journalist or newscaster. He is toast -- stick a fork in him. Bull... If anything, the closer we get to Election Day, the more apparent it is that Obama is not only losing, but losing big. The Obama campaign, and by "campaign"...
  • Romney: I'm not giving up on Pennsylvania

    09/28/2012 2:38:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 28, 2012 | Sarah Huisenga
    WAYNE, Pa. With 39 days until the election, Mitt Romney on Friday spent precious time campaigning in Pennsylvania, a state he hadn't visited in more than two months and where polls show him trailing President Obama by an average of 8 percentage points. Brushing aside the numbers, the Republican nominee told a crowd of several hundred people at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College that Obama is taking the state for granted. "I've got a little secret here and that is that the Obama campaign thinks Pennsylvania is in their pocket -- they don't need to worry about it."...
  • James Zogby: Arab American Voters 'Overwhelmingly' Support Obama

    09/27/2012 3:58:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Prominent Middle East expert Dr. James Zogby tells Newsmax that President Obama is polling about 18 percent below his 2008 numbers among Arab-American voters. But those Arab-Americans who are Muslims now “overwhelmingly” support the Democratic candidate compared to four years ago, he adds. Zogby also discloses that Arab-Americans across the board consider jobs and the economy as the most important issue in this year’s elections. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based organization that serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community, and author of the book “Arab Voices: What...
  • Feds accuse Newport man of using school loans on drugs, motorcycles, games and tattoos

    09/27/2012 3:53:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 27, 2012 | MATT MILLER,
    Robert Thomas Price Jr. borrowed about $105,000 for his tuition at Harrisburg Area Community College from 2005 and 2007... ... A U.S. Middle District Court indictment alleges that Price spent much of the loan money on crack cocaine, cars, motorcycles, jewelry, tattoos and video games. U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said today that Price secured about $92,000 in private student loans and around $13,000 in federal PELL grants and Stafford loans ... Tuition for 12 credits of study at HACC currently costs $2,022 per semester ...
  • Trib Poll: Casey 46, Smith 41 (Pennsylvania Senate race tightens)

    09/25/2012 5:59:05 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    POLITICS PA ^ | 9-25-2012 | Keegan Gibson
    September 25, 2012 Trib Poll: Casey 46, Smith 41 Written by Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor Smith, left, and Casey Tom Smith is gaining on Sen. Bob Casey according a poll commissioned by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Democratic Senator leads the Republican former coal miner 46 percent to 41.The survey of 800 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 18 to 20 by Susquehanna Polling and Research, which is also a frequent pollster for Republican candidates and causes. The poll’s margin of error of 3.46 percent.The same poll showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney 47 percent to 45 percent.Pollster Jim Lee said...
  • Pennsylvania:Poll Shows Tie in 12th District Race (John Murtha's old district possible R pickup)

    09/25/2012 7:35:21 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9-25-2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    September 25, 2012 Pennsylvania: GOP Poll Shows Tie in 12th District Race Shira Toeplitz A new GOP poll shows a dead heat between Rep. Mark Critz (D) and attorney Keith Rothfus (R) in southwestern Pennsylvania.Both candidates scored 38 percent in the survey paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the GOP nominee. Twenty-four percent of respondents reported they were undecided.Party committees, candidates and outside groups have barraged the airwaves in the district. But in the past few weeks, Democratic groups accounted for more airtime.Republicans say Rothfus improved his position in the race despite the Democratic ad campaign. In...
  • Ease of getting voter IDs at the center of Commonwealth Court hearing

    09/25/2012 11:45:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 6 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | September 25, 2012 | Charles Thompson
    Pennsylvania's biggest voter-rights case in recent history ground forward in Commonwealth Court today over the minutia of how identification cards get issued in PennDOT offices around the state. Judge Robert Simpson must decide whether implementation of the controversial law requiring all voters to produce a photo ID at their polling place this fall is proceeding smoothly enough to guarantee that no one who wants to vote this fall is blocked from doing so. .... "We are in the business of issuing people IDs, not denying people IDs," Myers said as testimony began, noting PennDOT has issued about 10,800 cards to...
  • Anonymous gives Philadelphia the middle finger

    09/24/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/24/2012 | Josh Peterson
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently caught the attention of the hacktivist collective Anonymous when the city government targeted a businessman’s attempt to clean up downtown trash. The city owns a vacant lot overrun with weeds and debris, adjacent to Ori Feibush’s coffeeshop. After years of battling with the city over the eyesore, Feibush took it upon himself to clean it up. He spent at least $20,000 of his own money to remove 40 tons of trash and renovate the property — a project Anonymous claims would have cost Philadelphia taxpayers $1.5 million. The city is threatening Feibush with legal action for trespassing...
  • Poll: The presidential race is tight in Pennsylvania (Obama 47 Romney 45)

    09/23/2012 3:57:41 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 95 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribue-Review ^ | 09/22/2012 | Mike Wereschagin
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  • Report: More than 200 coal-fired generators slated for shutdown

    09/22/2012 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Sept. 21, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    Within the next three to five years, more than 200 coal-fired electric generating units will be shut down across 25 states due to EPA regulations and factors including cheap natural gas, according to a new report by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “This is further evidence that EPA is waging a war on coal, and a war on affordable electricity prices and jobs. EPA continues to ignore the damage that its new regulations are causing to the U.S. economy and to states that depend on coal for jobs and affordable electricity,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO...
  • Fake Facebook profiles could be criminalized

    09/22/2012 8:50:15 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 43 replies
    Pennsylvania Independent ^ | 9/20/2012 | Melissa Daniels
    HARRISBURG — Offending someone online isn’t a crime, but proposed legislation in Pennsylvania would penalize people who take it too far. Next week, House Judiciary Committee representatives are scheduled to discuss House Bill 2249, which makes it a misdemeanor to impersonate someone online. But the bill has stirred up free speech debates for its potential chilling effect on online communication — or on pranksters. Now, the bill’s sponsor says specific changes will ensure people who are joking with friends, or exercising First Amendment rights, won’t be prosecuted. The sponsor, state Rep. Katharine Watson, R-Bucks, said the bill is targeted toward...
  • City may sue developer who spent $20,000 to remove 40 tons of trash from vacant lot

    09/19/2012 7:22:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 63 replies
    yahoo news ^ | September 19 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A business developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash from a vacant lot neighboring his local business.As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Ori Feibush says he visited the local offices of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority four times, sent in seven written requests and made 24 phone calls to the agency asking them to take care of a major eyesore: an empty lot next to his coffee shop was home to more than 40 tons of debris. Not only did the agency...
  • Poll Finds Strong Support for New Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

    09/16/2012 4:53:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/16/2012 | Paul Stanley
    A recent poll by the Inquirer Pennsylvania regarding the state's controversial voter ID law shows that nearly two-thirds of likely voters support requiring those who show up to vote to produce a government issued photo. But perhaps the most revealing data from the poll is the deep division between the major political parties on the issue. For example, 85 percent of Republicans polled support the law versus only 51 percent of Democrats surveyed. Broken down between races, 69 percent of white voters support the measure while only 31 percent of black voters think producing a photo ID is a good...
  • Poll: Obama widens lead over Romney to 11 points in Pennsylvania

    09/15/2012 7:08:45 AM PDT · by Baynative · 101 replies
    theHill ^ | 9/15/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds President Obama opening up a commanding 11-point lead in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia Inquirer poll released on Saturday shows Obama with 50 percent support to Romney’s 39 among likely voters in the state. Obama has expanded his 8-point lead in the same poll taken last month, where he topped Romney with 51 percent to 42.
  • Pennsylvania Voter ID Debacle.Why The Concern If The State Is Leaning Obama?,Is Romney Ahead?

    09/14/2012 6:49:33 PM PDT · by Ryan_Rubio_2016 · 10 replies
    For those of you who live in Pennsylvania,can any of you decipher why the left has been so adamant over the voter ID requirements if it looks like Obama has already won the state? How come the left isn't demanding voter ID in Maryland,California and Vermont? Why Pennsylvania? Is the left learning through internal polling that Romney has an 8/9/10 point lead? Maybe it's because Pennsylvania is about 80% White. And according to most polls,at least 60% of the white vote is definitely voting for Romney?For all we know,Pennsylvania could be the the "Surprise Romney Win"!
  • School official explains embarrassing typo on ‘public’ school sports sign

    09/13/2012 2:15:06 PM PDT · by DFG · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/13/12 | Cameron Smith
    Note to school districts: If you are going to produce a field-side banner aiming at increasing sponsorship via the sales of other similar banners, make sure that your own product is spell checked before it goes to the printers, and after it comes out. In particular, avoid the mistake made by the Red Lion Area School District -- a school district in Pennsylvania -- in the banner above, as first noted by Deadspin and originally posted to Twitter by Ryan Petzar. Go ahead and read the text on that sign twice. The spelling mistake is as embarrassing as it is...
  • Pennsylvania implements law to keep motorists from harm's way

    09/12/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    ow often have you seen this? You're driving locally amidst heavy rain and over a prolonged period the potential for local flooding in low-lying areas near rivers and such creates potentially dangerous flood conditions. Local traffic enforcement, police and possibly folks from the department of public works or other emergency responders move quickly to divert traffic away from problem areas and set up necessary detours for motorists safety. In some places they may be positioning police to direct traffic or setting up signs directing traffic away from problem areas. And yet, invariably, there's always some motorists who think the directives...
  • UPenn prof calls for imprisonment of filmmaker Sam Bacile; Update: Butler locks her Twitter account

    09/12/2012 11:55:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Twitchy ^ | September 12, 2012 | Staff
    Butler@AntheaButler Good Morning. How soon is Sam Bacile going to be in jail folks? I need him to go now.When Americans die because you are stupid... 12 Sep 12 Anthea Butler is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The title of her most recent book, The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right, gives you a pretty good idea of where she stands politically. This morning, she strongly implied that Sam Bacile is responsible for yesterday’s embassy attacks and, as a result, should be tossed into jail....
  • Biden recalls own loss while marking 'bittersweet' 9/11 anniversary (What?!)

    09/11/2012 11:18:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jennifer Epstein
    Vice President Joe Biden drew on the sorrow of his own personal losses as he addressed the memorial marking 11 years since United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field. "It is a bittersweet moment for the entire nation," Biden told families, friends and dignitaries gathered at the memorial to the 40 passengers and crew who died on Sept. 11, 2001. "We wish we didn't have to be here, wish we didn't have to commemorate any of this," he said, drawing on his own sudden loss, when his first wife and young daughter just before Christmas in 1972. "I...