Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NE Times: Philly GOP Coverage

Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee, said he is pleased that the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice charged three Demo­crat­ic elec­tion of­fi­cials with com­mit­ting fraud in the 2014 and 2015 elec­tions.
“We’ve been re­peatedly point­ing out there are elec­tion of­fi­cials gam­ing the sys­tem. It’s about time someone else has fi­nally been start­ing to take this ser­i­ously,” he said.
Dur­ing the May 19 elec­tion, a judge of elec­tions at a polling place at Castor Av­en­ue and Cay­uga Street in Ju­ni­ata al­legedly went in­to the vot­ing booth to tell her hus­band who to vote for and then signed the re­gister as her son in or­der to cast a second vote. An in­spect­or was also charged in the al­leged scheme.
In the 2014 primary, a wo­man voted in her moth­er’s name at a polling place at 1410 S. 20th St. in South Phil­adelphia.
The charges are the third set in two years that the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice has leveled against a total of eight people.
“There is still much more to do in the fight for clean elec­tions in Phil­adelphia; couple this with the guilty pleas of sev­er­al Demo­crat judges, state rep­res­ent­at­ives and a state sen­at­or in the last year shows that wide­spread cor­rup­tion con­tin­ues, and the people of Phil­adelphia de­serve bet­ter,” De­Fe­lice said.
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The 31st an­nu­al Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee Bill Mee­han Clam­bake will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cannstat­ter’s, 9130 Academy Road.
The band Blu Dogz will en­ter­tain.
The Times will con­duct a straw poll, ask­ing guests to choose their fa­vor­ite Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate.
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Re­pub­lic­an U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey leads two pos­sible Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ents, ac­cord­ing to a Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity Swing State Poll of 970 Pennsylvani­ans.
Toomey leads former con­gress­man Joe Ses­tak, 47 per­cent to 36 per­cent. He nar­rowly de­feated Ses­tak in 2010. Toomey leads Al­lentown May­or Ed Pawlowski, 52 per­cent to 28 per­cent.
“With healthy job ap­prov­al and fa­vor­ab­il­ity rat­ings and op­pon­ents who have very weak or even neg­li­gible re­cog­ni­tion, Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey seems to be on cruise con­trol - for now,” said Tim Mal­loy, as­sist­ant dir­ect­or of the Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity Poll. 
Pres­id­ent Barack Obama has a neg­at­ive job ap­prov­al rat­ing in Pennsylvania, 42 per­cent to 55 per­cent.
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Megan Sweeney, com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or for the Re­pub­lic­an Party of Pennsylvania, re­leased a state­ment re­gard­ing Gov. Tom Wolf’s new­est polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee, “Re­build Pennsylvania.”
Wolf un­veiled the PAC on June 22, just eight days be­fore the state’s budget dead­line.
“With just days to go be­fore Pennsylvania’s budget dead­line, it ap­pears that Tom Wolf is more con­cerned about polit­ics than the fu­ture of our com­mon­wealth,” Sweeney said. “Fol­low­ing an em­bar­rass­ing and un­an­im­ous de­feat of his tax hikes in the state House, Tom Wolf has de­cided to en­gage in the type of cheap polit­ic­al tac­tics that don’t res­ult in solu­tions.
“At such a crit­ic­al time in Pennsylvania’s budget his­tory, Tom Wolf has chosen to fo­cus on his polit­ic­al dis­tor­tions than on the fu­ture of this com­mon­wealth. It’s time for Tom Wolf to stop fo­cus­ing on his polit­ic­al ca­reer and start work­ing with the state Sen­ate and House to cre­ate a fisc­ally re­spons­ible budget that puts Pennsylvania fam­il­ies first.” ••
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