Sunday, November 11, 2012
According to an AP survey, six in 10 Pennsylvania voters said the economy was the most important issue of the election.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
By PA Independent Staff HARRISBURG — Democrats swept all five statewide races, but Republicans were able to claim victory in congressional and state legislative races as the election dominated news in Pennsylvania this week. President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey were each given a second term by Pennsylvania voters, who also supported Democratic candidates for attorney general, auditor general and treasurer. Democrats won three state Senate seats, but Republicans still hold the majority in that chamber. The GOP successfully defended their wide margin in the state House as well. Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney from Lackawanna County, will be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general. The party is championing the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Though Northampton Township doesn't have an ordinance saying how quickly political signs need to be taken down after an election, the sooner the better.
Northampton Township doesn't have an ordinance saying how quickly political signs need to be removed after an election, but the Code Enforcement Department says the sooner the better. The township's Director of Planning and Zoning, Mike Solomon said that, unlike other areas, Northampton doesn't have regulations telling residents to remove political signs within a certain time frame. He said that usually they are removed soon after the election. "They're taken down relatively quickly," Solomon said. "It's not been an issue that we've had to deal with." A response to a reminder posted on Northampton Patch's Facebook page encouraged the community to do it as soon as possible because "it is just an eyesore." Do you think the township should …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pennsylvania voters elected their first woman Democrat to be attorney general on Tuesday
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Kathleen Kane achieved two firsts in her Pennsylvania attorney general election victory: She defeated Republican David Freed 56 to 41 percent in unofficial results from Tuesday's voting. Kane won the support of Lehigh Valley voters on her way to statewide success: Bucks County Montgomery County Kane, 46, is a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who will now oversee an office with a staff of about 700 and subject to legislative battles over a budget that now stands at $81 million, according to a Philly.com report. Kane had a slight fundraising edge in the race. Both candidates pledged a review of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters experienced longer lines at several polling locations throughout Northampton Township.
Longer lines formed during the 5 to 7 p.m. voting window, due to an after-work rush at polling locations throughout Northampton Township. The line at the township administration building was starting to file out into the lobby, more so for the district 15 voters than for the residents voting in 18. But despite the wait, Marc Pontarelli, judge of elections for district 18, said everything has run smoothly. "The people have been great," he said. He added that there were no problems and no one seemed to mind having to wait in a little line. The wait at Richboro Middle School was much longer. As of 6 p.m. the 45 minute wait started immediately as voters walked in the door. It continued down the hall, around the bend and down that hallway …
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 …
Voter turnout in Northampton Township was steady, according to election officials at several polling places.
Updated, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.: Voter turn out continued to be steady throughout Election Day in Northampton Township, according to election officials at several polling places. As of 5 p.m., 886 voters cast ballots at the Senior Center, the voting hub for district 7, according to Pete Palestina, secretary of the Republican Committee. 444 of those were Republican, 342 Democrat and 100 were "Others," Palestina said. At that time, with 3 hours left to vote, more than 55 percent of all registered voters in that district turned up to vote. As of 5:15 p.m., 960 votes had been cast at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, according to the Judge of Elections James Heflin. He said there are a total of 1,590 registered voters in district 12, and he expects …
Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar are vying to represent the 8th Congressional District.
Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar are vying to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. Fitzpatrick confirmed that he voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan this morning, according to Levittown Patch guest editor Tom Sofield. Watch video of Fitzpatrick at the polls in the media section of this article. Boockvar cast her ballot this morning at Pine Run Community Center in Doylestown. Patch was able to snap photos of her checking in and exiting the voting booth with her daughter, Colette Boockvar Yeager. Fitzpatrick is a former county commissioner who was first …
Republican presidential candidate cast his ballot at the Beech Street Center in Belmont.
Arriving with an entourage of secret service, press and campaign staff, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, voted at the Beech Street Center in his hometown of Belmont, Mass. this morning, Nov. 6. The couple were greeted by poll workers and town officials when they arrived at 8:40 a.m. The Romney's, who have lived in Belmont for the past four decades, took four minutes to complete voting before departing to Bedford to fly off to Ohio and Pennsylvania to thank voters in the two swing states.
What's it like when the potential next leader of the free world votes in your town? Patch sent three editors to find out.
How do you start the most important day in your life? If you're Mitt Romney, you come back to your home town to vote. Belmont, MA will witness one of the rarest sites in America: A presidential candidate voting on election day. Patch Editors capture the scene with tweets, photos, video and more. From broadcast news trucks to local media to protesters to residents just looking to get to Dunks, the scene was a colorful start to election day. ___ 9:23 a.m.: "Line to vote has disappeared at Romney's polling place in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch. 9:22 a.m.: Patch editor Melanie Graham took video of the Romney's accepting their ballots inside the Beech Street Center (Note: Audio recording was banned inside the polling location). 9:11 a.m…
The Keystone State helped Barack Obama win re-election in what was a good night for Democrats across Pennsylvania
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Pennsylvania helped President Barack Obama win re-election as U.S. Sen. Bob Casey fended off a feisty challenge from Republican coal magnate Tom Smith in what turned out to be a big night for Democrats in the Keystone State. Democrats held the lead in three state row office races as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday with close to 98 percent of the vote in, according to unofficial results. Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney from Lackawanna County, made history by becoming the first Democrat and first woman to be elected as the state's attorney general. The Republican candidate, David Freed, is a two-term district attorney in Cumberland County. Democrat Eugene DePasquale of York leads Republican John Maher of Allegheny in the auditor …