Thursday, January 3, 2013
Constituents waste no time weighing in on Congress.
U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan (R-PA7) is now officially a second-term Congressman. Meehan, who lives in Drexel Hill and who represents parts of Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties, took the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon. Meehan posted a fairly genetic statement on Facebook shortly after taking the oath. "It is my honor to serve the people of the 7th congressional district for a second term," the Facebook posting reads. "Every day, I appreciate the great privilege that it is to represent the voice of our district in Congress. Our country is facing many great challenges indeed, and there is much work ahead for the 113th Congress." Meehan, a GOP moderate, voted in favor of the so-…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Newt Gingrich says Hillary Clinton will be a formidable candidate if she decides to run for president next time around. What do you think?
Buzz about Hillary Clinton's future is building as she prepares to leave her post as secretary of state. Newt Gingrich says she'll make a formidable presidential candidate if she decided to run. What do you think? Vote in our poll and add your comments below.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Check this article for all the updated local information you need for Election Day.
With 225 of 226 polling places in Chester County reporting: U.S. Representative, District 6 U.S. Representative, District 7 PA Senate District 19 PA Representative, District 156 PA Representative, District 157 PA Representative, District 167 7:50 p.m.: East Whiteland Fire Company—More than a handful of people were in line as the final minutes ticked down before the doors closed. More than 1224 ballots had been cast in the large East Whiteland precinct. Judge of Elections Sue Drummond called it an "exhausting day" that nonetheless went more smoothly than she expected. 7 p.m.: Good Samaritan Church (Paoli)— Traffic slowed to a trickle in the final hour of voting—at 674 ballots cast out of 908 registered voters in the precinct. "It was a …
The incumbent candidate for the 19th District defeated his challenger, Chris Amentas.
State Sen. Andrew Dinniman was reelected Tuesday night to serve a second full term as a Pennsylvania state senator representing the 19th district. Dinniman defeated Republican challenger Chris Amentas, an East Fallowfield Township Supervisor, by about 16 percentage points. He celebrated the victory at his Exton campaign headquarters with more than a dozen supporters—family, staff and volunteers, and his dog Henry. Dinniman was a Chester County Commissioner when he was elected to state senate in 2006 to serve out the term of the late state Sen. Robert Thompson. He was re-elected to a full term in 2008. Looking to the six years ahead, Dinniman said he hopes to improve the state's education system, avoiding a "one-size-fits-all" approach to …
President Obama defeats Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from …
Republican incumbent Dan Truitt holds off Democratic challenger Bret Binder in the race for the 156th District in the state house.
After months of campaigning, Republican incumbent Dan Truitt defeated Democratic challenger Bret Binder in the battle to represent the 156th district in the Pennsylvania house of representatives. According to the unofficial results late Tuesday night, Truitt earned 52 percent of the vote to Binder's 48 percent. In terms of votes, Truitt received 16,493 votes to Binder's 15,276. Throughout the campaign, both candidates ran on a platform of education and the economy. Truitt won the election by carrying West Goshen, East Goshen and parts of East Bradford Township. Binder carried the overwhelmingly Democratic voting West Chester Borough.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Several sources have confirmed Gerlach's victory over Manan Trivedi.
Jim Gerlach will represent the U.S. District in Congress for a fifth term, according to several news outlets. Currently, with just under 85 percent of the state reporting, Gerlach is up 32,000 votes - 15 points - over challenger Manan Trivedi. This is the second time the two battled for the spot - in 2010, Gerlach won by 14 points. Going into the 2012 election, Trivedi was considered a promising Democratic challenger, due in part to his early fundraising numbers. During last year's congressional redistricting, Trivedi was drawn out of the new 6th District, which is considered a more Republican district than it was during the 2010 election. This election cycle, Trivedi linked Gerlach's policies to the conservative agendas of Romney and …
Voters in Pennsylvania on Tuesday cast their ballots for Barack Obama, giving the president the state's 20 electoral votes.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Mutliple media outlets are calling President Barack Obama the projected winner of Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for Barack Obama, and since the 1990s, has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times. Former Gov. Mitt Romney and Obama campaigned aggressively in Pennsylvania. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. Romney spent part of Election Day in Pittsburgh and visited Bucks County on Sunday, drawing 25,000 supporters. On Monday, former President Bill Clinton was in the Philadelphia suburbs and Romney surrogates, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, swept through eastern Pennsylvania, …
A challenge to an "inactive" voter incited an allegation of voter intimidation from an observer.
An allegation of voter intimidation brought police to Phoenixville Area High School Tuesday morning. According to Judge of Elections Charlie Dewey, a man attempted to vote at the Phoenixville East 3 polling station this morning not long after polls opened who had an “inactive” voter registration status, meaning he hadn’t cast a ballot in over five years. A Republican poll watcher challenged the man’s eligibility, at which point he went home to get ID, returned to the polling place, and cast a ballot. A fellow voter witnessed this exchange and cried foul, but by the time Phoenixville Police arrived to file a report, both the reporting party and the challenged voter were gone, according to Dewey. Read the full story at Phoenixville Patch.
Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania
EASTERN PA — Several reports of voting irregularities in Eastern Pennsylvania emerged on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election. In Easton, signs appeared offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions. A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs. ID Requests Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law. Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the …