Dasha Pruett To Launch Indy Congressional Campaign

Dasha Pruett To Launch Indy Congressional Campaign — Dasha Pruett is off the ballot for tomorrow’s (April 23) primary ballot and will launch an independent campaign for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, according to her husband, Rich.

This gives clear sailing for party-endorsed Alfe Goodwin to be the Republican nominee but might make things harder to unseat Democrat incumbent Mary Gay Scanlon in November.

Dasha needs 4,200 signatures by Aug. 1 to get on November’s ballot, said Rich.

Meanwhile, Mary Gay is getting some unfortunate publicity on X. Story here.

Dasha Pruett To Launch Indy Congressional Campaign

Pennsylvania Auditor General Primary 2024

Pennsylvania Auditor General Primary 2024

By Bob Small

The Pennsylvania Auditor General “monitors how public dollars are spent.” This is done by “conducting financial audits” and other reviews.

The primary election Tuesday, April 23, includes two running in the Democrat primary and the Republican incumbent running unopposed.

Republican Incumbent, Tim Defoor, is the first person of color to win a statewide office in Pennsylvania, as a Republican. The first, Austin Davis (Democrat) is the current lieutenant governor.

Defoor, from Dauphin County, is a graduate of Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He has served as Dauphin County controller, a special agent for the State Attorney General, and fraud investigator for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Defoor says that a dozen school districts had raised local taxes, while holding millions of dollars in their general funds.

During his first term he created the first (DEI) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office among many other initiatives.

See also Timothy DeFoor

Malcolm Kenyatta, of Philadelphia, graduated from Drexel and Temple. He represents the 181st District in the Pennsylvania House and is the first openly Gay person of color to serve in the General Assembly. Kenyatta, says I’m running for Auditor General because it’s time for the underdog to be a watchdog for Pennsylvania’s working families. “

He says that  “I will stand up for our workers by creating the first ever Bureau of Labor and Worker Protections and use the power of the office to take on wage theft, employee misclassification, and union busting. “

(Ed note: Will stopping union busting apply to Delaware County’s George Hill Prison?)

He has been chosen for  the Bertelsmann Leadership Fellow in the Digital Economy, the bipartisan Hunt/Kean Leadership Fellow in Education, and American Jewish Committee (AJC) Project Interchange.

See also Philadelphia’s rising Democratic star on another school …

Mark Pinsley is a graduate of Indiana University and Northeastern University. He is a businessman and a US Army Veteran. He’s currently Lehigh County Controller.

He owns Dermamed Solutions DermaMed Solutions. His goals as Auditor General are included in the following article Jewish Democrat Mark Pinsley Running for Auditor . See also Mark Pinsley For Auditor General

Pennsylvania Auditor General Primary 2024

Full Ticket In Pennsylvania 12

Full Ticket In Pennsylvania 12

By Bob Small

Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is mostly Allegheny County with some of Westmoreland County.

The current Congressperson is Summer Lee, widely acknowledged as Pennsylvania’s most progressive congressperson. How you feel about that will probably determine your vote.

She voted for a ceasefire in Gaza and is supported by Justice Democrats Pa.

She is the first Afro-American to represent Southwestern Pennsylvania in the state legislature.

Her opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary is Bhavini Patel, the daughter of a mother who emigrated from India.

After Graduating from Pitt, the site of her family’s food truck, she earned her masters in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

She was cofounder and CEO of Beamdata which helped people connect with their elected officials during Covid and has continued to use data technology to advance social justice. She is on Edgewood Borough Council. She has the support of Modsquad which is a PAC that declares itself moderate and funds candidates of both parties.

See The Moderate Democrats for the April 7 Debate between her and Summer Lee.

On the Republican side, there is James Hayes.

Hayes, an African-American, declares himself to be a supporter of Israel which contrast himself with his probable November opponent. He has degrees from Case Western (doctor in Business Administration) Georgetown (bachelors in International Economics, Princeton (masters in Economics and Policy) , and the University of Chicago. ( MBA in Finance and Accounting)

He has three children with his wife, Brenda Diaz,, whom he met while working in Mexico in the 1990s.

Finally, there is Laurie Macdonald. She was originally a Democratic candidate but was challenged off the ballot. She then announced a write-in campaign to be the Republican nominee.

She is president and CEO of Center for Victims.

“Good leadership requires the vision to see both sides, coalesce the ideas and bring people together,” she says.

Full Ticket In Pennsylvania 12

5 Dems Seek To Be Pennsylvania AG

5 Dems Seek To Be Pennsylvania AG

By Bob Small

Though there are five Democratic Candidates for Pennsylvania Attorney General, only Eugene Depasquale and Jack Stollsteimer have name recognition.  The others are Philadelphians Keir Bradford-Grey, Joe Khan and Jared Solomon.  None are endorsed by the state party.  If you like what Jack or Eugene has done, you can stop right here. If not, read on.

Keir Bradford-Grey would be the first Afro-American to be elected to this post.

She was head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and Chief Defender for Montgomery County. In Philadelphia, she led the Pre-Entry Initiative and Participatory Defense Hubs.

“I’m running to be the people’s lawyer, and that’s what the attorney general is in every other state other than Pennsylvania,” she said in a debate.

Boston-born, she went to Albany State University and Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law

Khan and Solomon are graduates of Swarthmore College, but that needn’t be held against them. Both now reside in Northeast Philly.

Khan is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Speaking of his upbringing;  “when my parents got together in the 70s, he was Muslim and my mom was Catholic, so they settled on a Jewish neighborhood as a place to raise their kids. “

He has been an assistant district attorney in Philly and assistant US Attorney for the Pa. Eastern District. He also spent three years as Bucks County Solicitor. He mentioned starting a “Housing Justice Unit”, among other plans.

According to Meet Joe Khan he plans to “enact a 67 County Strategy for Public Safety”

Jared Solomon, State Representative for the 202nd District, has worked in both private law and as a Jag Officer in the Army Reserves.

He also mentions the Colorado Method among other innovations.

He also believes that police officers should engage with the community, as they used to.

Below is the link for the latest debate between the five candidates FULL DEBATE: Democratic candidates for Pa. attorney general

My favorite fictional cowboy lawyer was The Big Valley ‘s Jarrod Barkley.

5 Dems Seek To Be Pennsylvania AG

5 Dems Seek To Be Pennsylvania AG

Delco Council Told Unauthorized Software On Voting Machines

Delco Council Told Unauthorized Software On Voting Machines — Delaware County (Pa) Council was told, last night, April 17, that there was unauthorized software on its Hart Verity Voting 2.7 voting system.

The software is MathNET Numerics Dll, said Robert Mancini of Upper Providence.

This is a dynamic link library for MathNET.Numerics and can be used for manipulating data, Mancini said.

He said it’s listed neither on the Pennsylvania Department of State certification of the system, nor thee U.S. Election Assistance Commission test report for Hart 2.7.

Mancinie said the machines must be immediately secured and that an investigation be conducted as to how the software appeared.

“This would include an inspection of the administrator logs due to the fact that software cannot be installed without administrator privileges and whenever the software is installed, that will show up on the administrator logs,” he said.

Secure build validation were performed on but nine of the county’s 428 precinct machines, Mancini said. These must now be done on every machine, he said.

He said a criminal complaint will be filed within two weeks against a public official in Delaware County.

His three minutes can be watched here starting at 1:08:56.

If we trusted the county, we’d chalk this up to something innocent.

As it is, this must be taken seriously and investigated.

What is the big secret with Fort Orange Press, anyway?

Delco Council Told Unauthorized Software On Voting Machines

7th District Wild Congressional Race

7th District Wild Congressional Race

By Bob Small

The 7th Congressional District was the bailiwick of such icons as Pat Meehan, Joe Sestak, and Curt Weldon and even a Mary Gay Scanlon before it became the District of Allentown’s Susan Wild. The shape of the District was described as “Goofy kicking Donald Duck”

Susan Wild became infamous recently for saying, with a later apology, that she was “dismayed” to have Trump-leaning Carbon County added to her District, which also includes Lehigh, Northampton, and a small parcel of Monroe counties.

Though she doesn’t have a Democratic opponent, there are three Republicans vying to take her on in November.

The primary election is April 23.

Maria Montero is bilingual and a first-generation American on her father’s side while her great-grandfather was a Carbon County coal miner.

She grew up in Carbon County.

She is a graduate of St. Joe’s and Widener Law. She has led the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and The Pennsylvania Latino Commission.

Kevin Dellicker with his wife, Susan, wrote Twenty-Percent Soldiers, Our Life in the National Guard

They are the co-founders of Dellicker Strategies Dellicker Strategies – Technology, Solutions, Services a technologies solution company.

He was an economic policy advisor to Tom Ridge and has degrees from Air University, Liberty, Penn State and Syracuse. His family, including three sons, live in Lehigh County. There are 22 issues on his platform.

Ryan Mackenzie is the State Representative for the 187th District.

He is a descendant of a Northampton County Militia soldier in the Revolutionary War.

He is a graduate of NYU and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He wants to prohibit congresspeople from trading stocks based on insider information. He also wants term limits.

As a state rep, has voted to eliminate state cars for legislators and for curriculum transparency in K-12 schools.

He lives with his wife, Chloe, and their rescue hound dog, Ruckus, in Lower Macungie Township.

7th District Wild Congressional Race

Republican Battle In District 1

Republican Battle In District 1

By Bob Small

Pennsylvania Congressional District 1’s Republican primary, April 23, features a real contrast between incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick, who has held a seat since 2107, and his challenger Mark Houck.

This District was the 8th District during Fitzpatrick’s first term and then became the 1st due to a court-ordered redistricting.

Houck and Fitzpatrick share a connection with the FBI. Fitzpatrick is a former FBI agent and Houck was arrested by the FBI.

Houck’s arrest stems from an incident outside The Philadelphia Planned Parenthood Clinic on Oct. 13, 2021.

Abortion activist Bruce Love claimed Houck assaulted him.

The Biden Administration filed charges against Houck — which not even Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was willing to do — and Houck was arrested the early morning of Sept. 23, 2022 by a large contingent of feds in body armor and carrying assault rifles at his rural Bucks County home.

The FBI’s official statement back peddles the bullying, of course.

“No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved,” they say. “FBI agents knocked on Mr. Houck’s front door, identified themselves as FBI agents, and asked him to exit the residence. He did so and was taken into custody without incident pursuant to an indictment,”

Houck was tried and declared not guilty, Jan. 30, 2023. The jury took just one hour.

Houck is a co-founder and president of The King’s Men

He has been with the Pro-Life movement for many years. He has a BA from Catholic University in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Education from Holy Family University.

In Houck for Congress, he quotes James Madison “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government are few and defined”. He also wants to defund the Department of Education,

Houck is negotiating a debate with Fitzpatrick as part of the Eagle’s Forum at The Fuge in Warminster on Sunday, April 14.

Republican Battle In District 1
Mark Houck at a meet and greet in Doylestown

Candidates Met At Gatsby’s

Candidates met at Gatsby’s

Candidates met at Gatsby's.

Republican candidates attending United4Delco’s meet the candidates night, last night, April 4, at Gatsby’s Bar and Grill in Aston included Kathy Buckley, 168 District Pennsylvania House race; Mike Woodin, 9th District State Senate race; Gabby Mendez, 162th District House race; Kay Dugary, 166th District House Race and John Mancinelli, the 161st District House seat. Also attending was Alfe Goodwin, who is seeking the nomination for the 5th Congressional District race.

Pennsylvania GOP AG Race 2024

Pennsylvania GOP AG Race 2024

By Bob Small

The first fact to know is that there has not been a GOP in the Pennsylvania attorney general’s chair since 2008.

Since incumbent Democrat Michelle Henry is not running, we will not have an incumbency effect.

Two are on the ballot for the April 23 primary to be the Republican nominee.

Party endorsed is Dave W. Sunday, Jr.

Maybe his slogan can be Vote Sunday on Tuesday.

His opponent is Craig Williams.

Sunday of York is a US Navy Veteran and a graduate of Penn State and Widener University Law School. He is the York County district attorney and among his accomplishments are  Operation Sunrise, a large-scale multi-jurisdictional that led to the arrest and prosecution of over 100 members and affiliates of the Latin Kings which was a violent criminal gang operating in York County. His office also co-chairs   HOME | YCRC, the York County Reentry Coalition, seeking to help returning people who have been incarcerated.

Sunday has worked with the York County coroner to begin what became the York County Opioid Collaborative, which works to increase access to treatment.

Through this, he equipped all police with the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.

He also countermanded Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders to cite businesses staying open during Covid.

Sunday issued a similar mandate not to prosecute citations related to Wolf’s 2021 order requiring masking in schools. “

He lives with his wife and son in Spring Garden in York County.

Alabama-born Craig Williams graduated from Duke University, The Levin College of Law (University of Florida) and Columbia Law School. He is a USMC veteran of 28 years who reached the rank of colonel. Williams flew 56 combat missions during the Gulf War and served as chief prosecutor at Camp Pendleton, He was elected in 2020 to the PA House, representing District 160 which consists of parts of Chester and Delaware counties.

Williams, 58, helped lead the charge to impeach Philly DA Larry Krasner

He’s also remembered as losing by 20 points to Joe Sestak in a 2008 US Congress race.

He lives with his wife and four children.

To see the PA GOP Attorney General debate go to YouTube PA Attorney General Republican Debate – YouTube

The Democrats have five candidates int the AG primary. This requires a separate post.

Stay tuned.

Maybe.

Pennsylvania GOP AG Race 2024

Pennsylvania GOP AG Race 2024

United4Delco Candidates Night At Gatsby’s

United4Delco Candidates Night At Gatsby’s — United4Delco will host a candidates night for those running in the April 23 primary election at Gatsby’s Bar and Grill, 4936 Pennell Road, Aston, Pa 19014.

Attending will be candidates for Congress, the Pennsylvania House and Senate and delegates to the GOP convention.

The event is free but please order a a cold drink for one of the many delicious menu items.

United4Delco Candidates Night At Gatsby's