Victory Prayer — Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his chosen king; he answers him from his holy heaven and by his power gives him great victories. 7 Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses, but we trust in the power of the Lord our God. 8 Such people will stumble and fall, but we will rise and stand firm.
9 Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer[b] us when we call.
The people of Pennsylvania have elected the brother of a notorious union boss to the top court along with two other Democrats.
As of 11:08 p.m., Nov. 3, with 77. 7 percent of the vote counted Kevin Dougherty, the brother of John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, was the top votegetter with 956,119 followed by David Wecht with 951,658 votes and Christine Donohue with 936,016 votes.
Three seats were up for election.
The Republican tallies were Judith Olson, 762,113; Michael George, 683,043 and Anne Covey, 680,607.
Independent Paul Panepinto had 126,976 votes.
The ideologue Democrats will have a 5-2 majority on the bench. Terms are for 10 years.
The Democrat ticket overwhelmed the Republicans in Philly. Their tallies in the city as of this writing were Dougherty, 198,410; Donohue, 161,267 and Wecht, 158,392 verses the Republican totals of Olson, 27,454; Clovey, 19,423; George, 19,343.
Also winning were Democrats Alice Dubow who beat Emil Giordano for Superior Court judge and Micahel Wojcik who beat Paul Lalley for Commonwealth Court judge.
Closer to home the news was better. Republicans Dominic Pileggi, Anthony Scanlon and Margaret Amoroso easily won election to Delaware County Common Pleas Court over Larry Abel and G. Lawrence Demarco. Scanlon was on both ballots.
And just as easily, Colleen P. Morrone, John P. McBlain and Michael Culp all won re-election to Delaware County Council over Richard R. Womack, Christine A. Reuther and Sharon J. Booker.
Jack Whelan was not opposed for re-election as District Attorney.
Lisa Esler, who ran a write-in campaign last summer for the vacant 161st District seat was easily re-elected to her Penn Delco School Board.
And Joe Gale, who tweaked party bosses for an unexpected Republican Primary win last May, appears to have repeated the trick winning the minority county commissioner seat. Montgomery County guarantees one seat on the board to the minority party. Democrats Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh easily won control of the board getting 96,838 and 88,608 votes respectively. Gale finished third with 65,428 votes while party-endorsed Steve Tolbert Jr. had 62,326.
While I still have my doubts about Republican Anne Covey they are just not worth making me take a chance and help cause what I am convinced would be a markedly corrupt Democrat takeover.
And it should be noted that Republicans Judith Olson and Michael George seem to be very good.
The other race of import is the Montgomery County Commissioner battle in which the party bosses are trying to do everything they can to keep Joe Gale from taking office because Joe beat one of the party’s endorsed candidates — a Planned Parenthood-supporting, well-connected businessman — in the primary.
Party leaders are spreading a bizarre tale that Joe asked to be kept off the sample ballot. Right. He wins the Republican primary and doesn’t want to be on the sample ballot. Only a leader who thinks his followers are fools would dream of making such a laughable claim.
If you are a Montgomery County voter and are given a sample ballot with the complete Republican slate, hit the party button. If, however, the sample ballot omits Joe’s name, hit the party button so you make sure you get all the judges, then uncheck the name of Steve Tolbert — the other Republican commissioner candidate — while leaving Joe’s name active.
One minority party member is guaranteed a spot on the county’s three-person Board of Commissioners. Montco GOP Chairman Mike Vereb is apparently not trying to win but merely get his apparatchik as the minority member.
He should hang his head in disgrace for that and for endangering the judicial race.
UPDATE: OK, I will confess and come clean. I ended up voting for Panepinto in lieu of Covey. I just like the guy.
Turnout was fairly high for an off-year election in my Springfield polling place and tilted to the GOP even more than usual.
I worked the polls this morning for Montco Commissioner candidate Joe Gale at the Plymouth Fire House. Joe was on the Republican sample ballot and the morning Republican poll workers were nice and as supportive of him as they were of Steve Tolbert Jr., who was the party-endorsed candidate that won in the primary.
Turnout was very heavy at the polling place for an off year election, I was told , and evenly split between the parties. Plymouth has been trending Democrat, the GOP people said.
The precinct is the site of a hot town council race as unions are spending heavily to unseat incumbent Lenore Bruno who has been opposing regulations that would restrict township work to firms using union labor. If these regulations were imposed the average resident would feel an unnecessary tax bite.
Gov. Tom Wolf this Halloween afternoon came to Media, Pa. to try to get a Philly union boss’ brother elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court but was instead met with a crowd demanding he “sign the budget” and “give us books.”
The Democrat rally held on Veterans Square was probably more than half Wolf opponents. At least 100 persons attended.
One protester from Saint Dorthy’s School in Drexel Hill noted that the children have no textbooks and teachers are mimeographing lessons.
Penn Delco School Director Lisa Esler expressed anger and disgust with the governor’s political actions.
“I don’t think it’s fair or even ethical for state law to require a school district to pass a budget on time, collect our money and then hold the money hostage,” she said.
That’s what your ego has wrought Governor.
The state legislature passed $30.179 billion budget on June 30 that was a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year and would have increased education spending by $100 million.
Is the Montgomery County GOP opposing its own endorsed candidate for county commissioner?
The Montco commissioners are a three-person board with the minority party being guaranteed one seat. On the ballot are Democrat incumbents Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh, and Republicans Steve Tolbert, Jr. and Joe Gale. The GOP incumbent, Bruce Castor, has stepped down to run for District Attorney.
Gale beat party-endorsed Scott Zelov in the May primary to the expressed displeasure of the party bosses. Apparently, the party bosses are holding a grudge.
Gale has sent out a press release saying the Republican establishment is actively opposing his race. If true, shame on them and it explains why the party brand is really starting to be an anchor among the voters upon whom they depend.
Here is Gale’s statement.
The Montgomery County Republican Committee (MCRC) has been working against Joe Gale, their own party’s nominee for Montgomery County Commissioner, since he won the May Republican Primary without the GOP establishment’s endorsement.
The Republican Committee has not contributed financial support to Gale’s campaign. However, the other Republican Commissioner candidate, Steve Tolbert, received an in-kind contribution of over $2 thousand from the Montgomery County Republican Committee.
In June, MCRC’s political director, Catie Scott, contacted one of Joe Gale’s campaign vendors under false identity to covertly and secretly extract information about Gale’s campaign. In a meeting with Republican candidates and area leaders on September 30th at the County Republican’s Headquarters, Joe Gale’s campaign chairman, Sean Gale, raised the issue of campaign supporters and potential donors being contacted with instructions not to support Gale’s candidacy. MCRC Chairman, Mike Vereb, admitted to contacting supporters yet still wanted Gale’s campaign to contribute $7,500 in exchange for Gale’s name to appear on the Republican Party’s green colored sample ballots (“Green Ballots”). At the Montgomery County Republican Committee’s Fall Dinner held on October 1st, in the presence of party leaders at the VIP reception, Gale was verbally assaulted by the Whitemarsh Republican Committee Secretary, who shouted: “I’d like to slice your throat open and rip your esophagus out.” A subsequent email sent by the same insider to committeepeople and a party municipal leader references and confirms the confrontation: “THEN it got personal and I ripped into him. I must admit, it REALLY felt good.”(sic) The same email, ends with instructions to solicit “every voter you know to ‘cut’ Joe Gale on Election Day and ‘bullet vote’…Steve Tolbert. Traditionally, the “green ballot” issued by the Montgomery County Republican Committee lists all the party’s candidates, is mailed to voters prior to the November election, and is handed out by committeepeople at the polls. However, green colored Republican sample ballots were recently mailed out to Republican voters listing every GOP candidate except for Gale in an obvious effort to stop Joe Gale from winning a position on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Although Tolbert has his own campaign account, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania pays for and distributes his campaign mailers. Gale has received no support, financial or otherwise from the State GOP.
Three seats on the Supreme Court are up for election and it is extremely critical for the Republican Party to maintain control.
I highlighted on Oct. 7 how important this race is and now I will show you why.
Union contributions to the three Democratic candidates ($2.1 million of their $5.9 million total) equal about $500,000 more than all contributions to Republican candidates.
It is important to note: The “Committee for a Better Tomorrow” – which is the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s political action committee contributed $375,000 to the Democratic candidates in comparison to the $10,000 they gave to the Republican candidates.**
I have been reporting over the last two years that the public sector unions are choking off any meaningful reforms in Harrisburg.
It is imperative for everyone to understand that even if we have a Republican majority in the Senate, House, and a Republican governor, any meaningful reforms we pass over the next 20 years could be challenged and overturned.
Do not expect pension reform or property tax reform to be passed if the Supreme Court has a Democratic majority because someone could file a legal action and challenge the reforms.
A similar situation recently happened in Illinois – the Governor of Illinois signed pension reform legislation in 2013 which was overturned this year by the Illinois Supreme Court.
The union influence in Harrisburg is staggering and it is the number one reason why we cannot get financial reforms passed.
I cannot reinforce enough how critical it is for you to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
While there are other important races on the ballot, this is the most important race we will see in our lifetime.
Judges on the Supreme Court serve for 10 years and then they can run for retention – another 10 year term – which is a simple vote and judges rarely lose retention.
We must rally around our Republican candidates and get them over the finish line on Tuesday, November 3rd!
The Democrat Delaware County Council candidates are ducking a long-scheduled debate.
The debate, moderated by the League of Women Voters, was scheduled for 5:30 this afternoon (Oct. 20) at Neumann University.
The Dems had negotiated terms and confirmed their attendance, says Delco GOP Boss Andy Reilly said.
At no point during the month long planning process did the Democratic candidates raise any concerns about the issues that prompted their abrupt withdrawal from the forum, Reilly said.
“Voters will not get to hear Sharon Booker try to spin her tax hike on working families — her first act as a Sharon Hill councilwoman. Voters won’t hear Christine Reuther’s excuses for why she raised taxes nearly 25% in Nether Providence. And they won’t hear Richard Womack try to justify his support for tax increases on the middle class as a commissioner in Darby,” Reilly said.
This is the second straight County Council election where Democrats refused to participate in a League of Women Voters debate with the Republican candidates, having refused to participate in 2013 as well.
“The Delco Dems owe an apology to the League of Women Voters who worked to put together tonight’s debate, and they owe an apology to Delaware County voters for their refusal to come clean about their own records,” said Reilly.
Great point, Andy. The Dems ducking this debate should disqualify any thinking person from voting for them.