GOP Still Rules Pa In 2012 — Despite the disaster of Tuesday, the Republicans will still control the State House possibly even picking up a seat.
Republican Thomas Sankey beat Mark McCracken to win the 74th District seat vacated by long-time incumbent Democrat Bud George in Clearfield County; and Sheamus Bonner conceded last night, Nov. 8, to long-time Republican incumbent Nick Micozzie in the 163rd District after a close election; leaving just the 39th District race between GOP incumbent Rick Saccone and David Levdansky and the 146th District race between Republican incumbent Tom Quigley undecided.
Incumbent parties won all other races. The party breakdown last year was 111-92 in favor of the Republicans.
The Democrats picked up three state senate seats being vacated by incumbent Republicans Sens. Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County, Jane Earll of Erie County and John Pippy of Allegheny County, still leaving that body with a 27-23 Republican majority. Note Piccola was not what you would call a Tea Party favorite.
Hopefully, these Republicans have the courage to start going after the Democrat tax-funded infrastructure in this state notably in our public schools — why should teachers get paid for union activity? and the newspapers — why should we subsidize propaganda through legal advertising?
It should also be noted that the Republicans finally exorcised the ghost of John Murtha with Keith Rothfus’ victory over Mark Critz in the 12th Congressional District meaning that 13 of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressmen will be Republicans.
Don Adams of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, which endorsed Rothfus, notes that all of its endorsed incumbent congressional candidates won in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as did Pennsylvania State Senator Dave Argall who won his first full term in the 29th District.
Tagg Romney with a Springfield resident in Springfield, Pa., this morning at the GOP Delaware County Victory Center, 1001 Baltimore Pike, 19064.
The appearance of the possible first son this late in the campaign showed that the Republicans see a good chance to take Pennsylvania for the first time since 1988 in a presidential race.
Tagg, by the way, is a heck of a nice guy. The only complaint about his visit might be that he actually showed up on time. Many hoping to see him missed him as they expected the usual campaign whimsy of a start time being set significantly before the arrival of the person they hope to see.
Mitt, the man himself, will be appearing tomorrow evening at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley.
Get Out The Vet, a voting oversight program formed by veterans, is educating our troops as to how to register, request ballots and vote online, or request federal write-in absentee ballots, in light of Department of Defense stonewalling mandates to provide easier access to the franchise.
Members of the group will also be monitoring polling places to reduce voter intimidation and be poll watchers.
Obama Cuts Price On Campaign Stuff — With presidential election 64 days away and on the eve of the Democratic Party National Convention, what does the Obama campaign do?
They announce a “summer sale” of campaign merchandise!!
That’s right! Those who sent a donation to the campaign sometime in the last year or so have gotten an email from BarackObama.Com saying “Summer’s Almost Over/ 25% Off Storewide on all purchases of $10 or more with the code summersale”
What’s with the capitalist ploy Mr. President? You didn’t build that.
Daylin Leach In His Own Words — State Sen. Daylin Leach has taken issue with our claim that he implied the Republican Party was the party of anti-Semites during a July 16 Democratic Party rally for Barack Obama at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pa.
I want to say a word or two about domestic policy because Israel is extremely important but it’s not the only issue, and again because of my name and because I don’t think I necessarily look particularly Jewish people don’t know I’m Jewish often and so I hear things that I would not hear if I was more obviously Jewish. And I’m keenly aware that while we have made great progress, anti-Semitism is still alive and well in parts of America.
And it’s important that we have a president of the United States who understands the importance of protecting religious minorities and the importance of fighting for the separation of church and state.
And it’s particularly important these days because I’m going to be honest the modern Republican Party has become something that it was not when I was a young man growing up which is a largely theocratic party.
Here is some advice Senator: Apologize, move on and, in the future, refrain from smearing groups of people for political gain.
Btw, if you were to propose that the Shema be recited to start the day in public schools very likely most Republicans — at least those you accuse of anti-Semitism — would support you. It’s the denial of God and the 10 Commandments that upset them, not the Old Testament.
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA13) tries to buck up Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz after heckling at a Jewish Americans for Obama rally in Elkins Park, Pa.
A thousand-plus packed the auditorium, last night, July 16, at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pa. for a rally sponsored by Jewish Americans for Obama. While the crowd may have been almost all Jewish not all of them were for Obama and things at times got contentious with shouting matches breaking out in the audience.
The headline speaker was Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who represents Florida’s 20th District in Congress. Unexpected heckling to her claims that the President was a strong supporter of Israel visibly upset and flustered her.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz made her appearance quite late and this appeared to force the other speakers to go on longer than they had expected.
Daylin Leach, who represents the 17th District in the state senate, told the crowd that the Republican Party was full of anti-Semitism. He said, without irony in front of the synagogue’s podium that the Republicans are theocrats who don’t believe in separation of church and state, all the while describing the importance of his Jewish values. He, as did most of the speakers, reiterated the GOP’s opposition to abortion as a reason they must not be allowed to have the presidency back. When he spoke dismissively that Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia would be opposed by those with Jewish family values, he was rebutted from the audience with a cry of “not true” stopping him cold.
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro followed Leach and described his personal experiences with President Obama starting in 2006 when he was tasked with organizing a last minute rally for Democrats in the state which featured Obama as the speaker. He brought his family. While warming up the crowd he was told to extend his remarks as the then senator was not ready. He later found that the reason for the delay was that Obama had to take Shapiro’s one daughter to the potty as his wife was tied up nursing their newborn.
An experience to remember.
State Treasurer Rob McCord followed. McCord grew up in Lower Merion. He noted that he too is Jewish despite the name and shared some anecdotes regarding it. He described the anti-semitism that his family faced in Arizona, where he lived as a young boy before moving to Pennsylvania, when it became known that they were Jewish.
Congresswomen Allyson Schwartz (D-PA13) introduced Ms. Wasserman Schultz. Much of the crowd did not stay for the questions which was just as well as all the answers were either Mitt Romney is bad or Obama loves Israel.
Also taking the podium was Montgomery County Democrat Committee Chair Marcel Groen.
Buttons saying “Stop the Abington Hospital Merger” concerning the proposed merger with Holy Redeemer Hospital, a Catholic institution, were distributed before the event and worn by many in the audience. A merger would require Abington to stop performing abortions.
Rabbi Lance Sussman said the Congregation will offer the Republican Party an equal opportunity to hold a rally featuring nationally known speakers.