Philadelphia Inquirer: "His auditing background gives
John Maher the edge. With Maher, voters can be assured of having an
auditor general who needs no on-the-job training. He even likes wearing a green
Pennsylvania Extends Deadline For Absentee Ballots
of the disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, which forced the closing
of many state and county offices, Pennsylvania has extended the deadline
to submit absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election by two days.
The Pennsylvania Department of State, which overseas elections, released the following statement:
Tom Corbett ordered the deadline for county election offices to receive
applications for absentee ballots to be extended, on a county-by-county
basis, depending on whether the county courthouse was closed for
business any day this week due to Hurricane Sandy.
deadline for voters to have absentee ballot applications to county
election offices is October 30. However, that deadline will be extended
one day for each day a voter’s county courthouse is closed this week,
but no later than Friday, November 2, by 5 p.m.
voters to mail applications immediately, and county election officials
to process these applications and get absentee ballots to voters as
quickly as possible,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele,
whose department oversees elections. Aichele noted voters may mail
absentee ballot applications to their county election office, or deliver
the application in person.
Voters who become
physically disabled or ill, or who learn they must be absent from your
municipality of residence because of your business, duties, or
occupation, can file for an emergency absentee ballot, by completing and
filing with the Court of Common Pleas in their county an emergency
absentee ballot application.
Information on filing absentee ballot applications is available at www.votespa.com.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced PA Wine & Spirits Stores statewide will be closed for a second day to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The closure impacts more than 600 stores. PA Wine & Spirits stores will reopen on…
Berks County DA Endorses David Freed for PA Attorney General
Freed has garnered widespread support from his fellow district
attorneys across Pennsylvania (including endorsements from the DAs in Chester and Montgomery counties) in his bid to become the next Pennsylvania
Attorney General. One of Freed's many backers is Berks County District
Attorney John T. Adams, who is a Democrat. Learn more about David Freed at
his campaign website.
Mass. newspaper: Romney has the experience and leadership America needs
A newspaper in Worcester, Mass., is confident Mitt Romney is what America needs:
The decision to turn an incumbent president out of office is never one to be undertaken lightly by voters. But good intentions, repeated promises and lofty rhetoric are no substitute for sound economics and a foreign policy grounded in realism and strength. It is time once again for change in Washington, and we strongly believe that Mitt Romney offers the right combination of experience, vision, leadership and moral grounding to reinvigorate the nation’s economy, bring a measure of control to the ocean of debt threatening to engulf us, and lay out a foreign policy that has the clarity and force needed to deter aggression while promoting international stability.
Michael Barone: A newspaper endorsement that may matter
The fact that the Des Moines Register, an ultra-liberal newspaper that has endorsed nine consecutive Democrats for president, including Barack Obama in 2008, is telling readers to elect Mitt Romney in 2012 could swing the election to Romney, argues pundit Michael Barone.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett tonight gave an update on the state's ongoing preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and urged residents across Pennsylvania to brace themselves and prepare for the impact of the storm. "This is not a typical storm…
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
From its endorsement editorial:
Mitt Romney has succeeded as a family man, governor, entrepreneur, Olympic leader. He is a man of character, a problem-solver, a turnaround specialist. He has earned our enthusiastic endorsement. America needs President Romney.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's website.
Another major endorsement of Mitt Romney from Ohio.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
President Barack Obama has had four years to overcome the job losses of
the Great Recession he inherited, but the recovery has been too slow and
too weak. It’s time for new leadership from Mitt Romney, a governor and
business leader with a record of solving problems.
Read the full endorsement at the newspaper's website.
The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, and a paper that has not endorsed a Republican presidential candidate in more than 40 years, is backing Mitt Romney for president!
From the endorsement editorial:
The former governor and business executive has a strong record of
achievement in both the private and the public sectors. He was an
accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a
successful business that turned around failing companies. He
successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority — and rightly so.
Read the full endorsement at the newspaper's website
This endorsement is huge. The Des Moines Register is a liberal bastion that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008. It's influence should carry Romney to a win in Iowa and could swing most of the Midwest battlegound states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio to Romney.
Presidential Endorsement For Mitt Romney By Rev. Billy Graham?
coming out directly to tell Christians they should vote for the
Romney/Ryan ticket, the Rev. Billy Graham has posted the message below
on his website and has run full-page ads across the country urging
people of faith to remember which candidates share their values. The
Obama/Biden ticket supports abortion, gay marriage and Obamacare
mandates that interfere with religious freedom by forcing faith-based
organizations to pay for abortions and birth control for their
employees. It's pretty clear who Rev. Graham will be voting for on Nov.
Columnist Gil Spencer on the deceptive tacticts of abortion-provider Planned Parenthood:
Imagine if McDonald's poured millions of dollars into advertising a new, super healthy burger to go along with its regular bill of fare, but when you showed up to order one you were told "Oh, we don't sell those here but we can refer you to a place that does." Wouldn’t you think that odd? Well, Planned Parenthood has been doing something quite similar to that for years when it comes to mammograms.
Harrisburg Patriot-News Endorses Republican David Freed for PA Attorney General
A bit of a surprise since the newspaper leans left, but the
Harrisburg Patriot-News, one of Pennsylvania's most influential
newspapers, is backing Republican David Freed for Pennsylvania Attorney
General, saying he would do the best job as the state's top law
From the Patriot-News endorsement editorial:
"Having Freed in our backyard has given The Patriot-News a close look
at how he conducts himself. He has gone after Republicans and Democrats
In short, he has kept a professional eye on prosecuting criminals,
regardless of who they are or where they come from. We believe he will
do the same as attorney general."
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's website.
From an editorial in the Dallas Morning News endorsing Mitt Romney:
Romney has shown an ability to lead, from turning around the
deficit-ridden 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics to his term as Massachusetts
governor. His plans for tax and entitlement reform are encouraging,
shifting the focus from government first to freeing the private sector
to innovate. Voters should demand more specifics, but at the heart of
his plans — especially on reforming a teetering Medicare system — is an
instinct to rely on competition over regulation to drive growth.
Obama himself once said that if he didn’t repair the economy "in three
years, this would be a one-term proposition." The facts show it’s time
for a principled, pragmatic leader who can get Washington working again.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's website.
PACAN is placing 3 more "Replace
Obamacare" billboards along I-95 and I-76 in the Philadelphia market.
"We'll now be impressing 2 million people a week by the end of October,
but we'd like to double that with digital bulletins along Pennsylvania's
major highways," said Matt Balazik, "We need the public's help to share
this reminder that Obamacare is bad policy that incentivizes limiting
access and reducing quality."
In addition to the over 1,000
"Replace Obamacare" bumper stickers ordered by the public in the past 2
weeks, several hundred anti-voter-fraud yard signs have been ordered and
we expect to see them at polling places around the commonwealth.
PACAN is also offering a cash reward for information about potential voter fraud in Pennsylvania.
Debate Ratings: 65.6 Million Watch 2nd Presidential Debate
Nobody is tuning in to listen to Obama's tired rhetoric. The American people are watching the debates to determine if they're comfortable electing Mitt Romney as president. So far, the voters like what they see.
Conservative Newspaper Endorses Liberal Bob Casey!
a back-handed endorsement of ultra-liberal Sen. Bob Casey Jr. by the
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which is probably the most conservative
newspaper in Pennsylvania: "Despite our policy differences with Casey,
we prefer the Democrat we know to the Republican of convenience."
the newspaper doesn't trust businessman Tom Smith because he spent most
of his life as a registered Democrat before he switched to the
Republican Party and defeated several better-known candidates for the
right to challenge Casey.
Pretty harsh words against Smith. Wasn't Ronald Reagan a Democrat before he saw the light?
race still comes down to far-left Casey, who has rubber-stamped the
failed Obama agenda over the past four years or a "conservative
Democrat" who is pushing fiscal restraint, smaller government and
editorial says Casey is a nice guy who has treated Republican Sen. Pat
Toomey, a conservative idol, with respect, but the bottom line is that Tom Smith's platform is a lot closer to Toomey's than it is to Bob Casey's.
Mr. Smith to Washington as part of a Republican majority in the Senate
would go a long way to repairing the damage Barack Obama has done over
the past four years.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is recommending voters elect Republican David Freed as Pennsylvania's next Attorney General: The Post-Gazette endorses David Freed because he has a comprehensive plan and the best experience to be Pennsylvania's next attorney general.
Celebrates Legislation Aimed at Keeping Teens Safe HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today proclaimed Oct. 14-20 as Teen Driver Safety Week, noting two significant pieces of legislation that he signed into law in the past year aimed at increasing safety…
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recently, PennDOT announced that its Driver Licensing Centers, normally closed on Mondays, would be open on Monday, Nov. 5, the day before Election Day, to serve customers with last-minute Voter ID needs. Today, the department along with the…
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes during September, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today. "Welfare fraud is a crime against all Pennsylvania taxpayers," Inspector…
Keystone Report, a Pennsylvania-based news aggregator,
reports that Mitt Romney called the Philadelphia student who was
bullied by her Obama-supporting teacher for wearing a Romney/Ryan
T-shirt to school.
says Romney called Samantha Pawlucy on Wednesday to offer her support
and encouragement. Because of the publicity and hostile environment at
the Philadelphia public school, the Pawlucy family is looking for a
private school to send their daughter.
incident was publicized in a Philadelphia newspaper, the math teacher
said she was just joking when she ordered the 15-year-old student to
take off the shirt because the teacher was offended by it, comparing it
to wearing a KKK robe.
The student stayed away from
school for several days and when she eventually returned, dozens of
supporters greeted her outside the school.
Pa. groups offers reward for voter fraud information
The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network
(PACAN) is unveiling "Replace Obamacare" billboards across Pennsylvania
starting this week and offering a reward for evidence of voter fraud in
the Keystone state. PACAN is an advocacy group for small- and medium-sized businesses.
From a PACAN press release:
in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, PACAN's placements will remind a
half million drivers a week to "Replace Obamacare," with plans to ramp
up placements to reach 4 million viewers a week by the last week of
"The Congressional Budget Office is predicting
that in 4 years, up to 20 million employer-sponsored plans will be
cancelled because of Obamacare," said Managing Director Matt Balazik.
"Our members have been worried that Obamacare's goal of a single-payer
insurance market will affect their ability to keep a competitive
advantage by offering exceptional health care plans to their employees
and their families."
Also this week, PACAN is opening
up a vote-fraud-reporting hotline (717-441-4388) and offering
individuals the ability to print their own polling place signs
advertising $1,000 rewards for information leading to a voter fraud
"We are asking voters, 'if
you see something, say something.' Doing the right thing by reporting
election fraud, which hurts everyone, is a civic responsibility that
comes with its own reward. But, we'd like to let individuals know that
there are folks out there who will support you and are very thankful you
are willing to come forward, because not everyone will," added Director
Would it surprise anyone if the Obama Labor Dept. would cook the books to make the jobs picture much better than it really is? The Labor Dept. typically revises the jobs numbers the following month, which, in this case, falls AFTER the November election.
If the Obama campaign was hoping Wednesday night's debacle in Denver would go unnoticed, The Nielsen Company has some bad news: More than 67 million Americans tuned in to watch the first televised debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
That’s a 28% increase over 2008’s Obama-McCain debate, according to Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post. That makes it the highest rated first election-season debate since 1980 and the most watched presidential debate since 1992.
Surprisingly, 12 million of those viewers were 18- to-34-year-olds. The bulk of the audience, 30 million, were age 55-plus, Ostrow notes.
Most accounts had Romney cleaning Obama's clock in the Mile High City.
nominee Paul Ryan made the following statement on tonight’s presidential
deserve a clear choice about what kind of future we’re going to have, and
Governor Romney provided that contrast tonight. Mitt won this debate by
effectively articulating his positive vision for a better America and the
specific solutions needed to achieve it. The President, meanwhile, offered only
more of the same failed ideas that have left those in the middle class – as Joe
Biden put it – ‘buried.’ As we continue to sharpen the focus on the big choice
in this election, Americans will see that we cannot afford four more years like
the last. We need a real recovery, and Mitt Romney can get the job done."
PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason Applauds Mitt Romney For Winning First Presidential Debate
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Rob
Gleason issued the following statement following Mitt Romney's performance at tonight's first Presidential Debate:
"Whether we’re talking about jobs, health care, debt or taxes, the
choice this election is clear – Mitt Romney is the candidate best
equipped and with the plans necessary to take our country forward.
Under President Obama, we will have four more years like the last four
years, with a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency and a
foreign policy that makes the world less safe. When Mitt Romney is
president, our nation will have pro-growth policies that will ensure
everyone has the opportunity to get a job, become successful and live
the American dream.
"Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by illuminating the clear choice
between his vision for a prosperous America and President Obama’s failed
record. Pennsylvania voters who watched this debate saw a clear choice
between a President who delivers flowery speeches filled with empty
rhetoric or a real recovery under a Romney-Ryan Administration. Mitt
Romney has proven today that he is ready to command and lead our nation
towards a brighter and more prosperous future."
PA Sen. Pat Toomey: Romney 'clear winner' of presidential debate
Pat Toomey issued the following statement on tonight’s presidential debate:
that a debate produces the kind of clear winner we saw tonight. Governor Romney
needed to articulate a plan for the next four years. He did just that,
presenting the kind of plan we’ve been waiting to see from the President. We
haven’t seen Barack Obama’s plan, and we didn’t get it in tonight’s debate
either. Based on what we heard in Denver, the choice in this election is
between a new plan for jobs and prosperity and more of the same failed policies
that have yielded economic stagnation and job loss."
Pennsylvania Tax Revenues Exceed Spending For First Time This Year
After running deficits in July and August, Pennsylvania finally collected more money that it spent in September, bringing the state's bottom line in the black for the first time in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The dead will rise once again in Philadelphia to vote for Barack Obama.
Pennsylvania should appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling to the state Supreme Court so the six justices can go on record as supporting voter fraud. Justices are elected in Pennsylvania and voters should them accountable.
Tony Phyrillas is the managing editor and political blogger at The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. Phyrillas has won several national and state awards for commentary, including first place for column writing in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. Phyrillas has been featured on National Public Radio and The New York Times and is a frequent commentator on radio and television programs. He co-hosted 'Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus' on WPAZ 1370 AM from 2008 to 2009.