Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State representatives Frank Dermody and Mike Hanna submit a column to the Plum-Oakmont Patch.
Tuesday, March 5
By state Rep. Frank Dermody and Rep. Mike Hanna Dermody is an Oakmont resident and represents the 33rd legislative district, which includes Oakmont and a portion of Plum. Here we go again. Just as we begin deliberations on some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have chosen to place their political party above the interests of Pennsylvanians. Last year, it was the sham voter ID law. This year, we have a brand-new effort to rig presidential elections. Senate Bill 538, sponsored by a gang of 13 Republican state senators, would distribute 18 of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes proportionally based on how presidential candidates performed statewide. The remaining two electoral votes would be …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Coal executive and Tea Party founder Tom Smith is seeking the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic incumbent Bob Casey Jr.
Incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. of Scranton, Lackawanna County, faces a well-funded challenge from Republican Tom Smith of Shelocta, Armstrong County, in the race for one of Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senate seats. After a relatively slow start, the race has gained momentum in recent weeks, with Smith outspending Casey by 2 1/2 times to air frequent television commercials, according to the Allentown Morning Call. Casey, in turn, has hit back in messages criticizing his opponent's tax policies, saying they would benefit only the wealthy. Smith also made news in a recent appearance before the Pennsylvania Press Club with remarks about abortion in which he likened a pregnancy resulting from rape to that of a pregnancy in which a child is born …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A Patch flash survey of political activists in Pennsylvania shows differing takes on the impact of the final presidential debate
Pennsylvania Democrats sound a bit more confident than Republicans that Monday night's foreign policy debate will help win votes for their candidate in the Keystone State, according to brief overnight surveys by Patch. When asked if their candidate's debate performance will help him in Pennsylvania: When asked who won: When asked who the consensus winner as declared by national media would be: The catchy phrases that stuck with debate watchers varied: In their survey comments, Pennsylvania Republicans repeatedly noted Romney's presidential bearing: Democrats, in their comments, criticized Romney for being inconsistent and praised Obama's performance: One Democrat was "pleased at the bi-partisan tone of Mr. Romney on those immediate foreign…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Patch flash surveys of GOP and Democratic activists in Pennsylvania show diverging views of Tuesday's presidential debate.
A non-scientific sampling of Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans shows they agree that national media will view President Barack Obama as the consensus winner of the second presidential debate —a town hall-style forum at Hofstra Univefsity. "Overall, good debate. Mitt shined, but was less shiny with the very assertive Mr. Obama. Anything was better than last time for Obama, so that will be the take away from this debate," said a GOP survey taker. Patch conducted Red Keystone and Blue Keystone flash surveys overnight of Pennsylvanians who are in involved in politics—elected officials, candidates and party activists. Who won the debate? Of 25 Democrats who responded, 17 said Obama won by a wide margin and four said he won by a slim …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Here are details on the next debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.
The next presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The second of three debates between the Democratic and GOP presidential candidates will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and will run until 10:30 p.m. Check below for more information on that debate and the last of four debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Below is more detailed information on the debate, as well as the schedule for the last of four debates scheduled during the 2012 …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re giving you all the information you need on how and where to register to vote.
If you haven’t yet registered to vote, get it off your to-do list now. Today is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations have mobilized to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections. Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline. The voter registration deadline for Pennsylvania is Oct. 9. Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections: Mental Health America Allegheny County also is leading an effort to engage the disability community in the upcoming election by hosting multiple voter registration events…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Two men representing both sides of the political spectrum were passionate as a discussion about where some political hats were manufactured turns into a war of words on a number of issues.
A conversation at a Tea Party event held earlier this month at Boyce Park in Plum Borough turned into a war of words after a man questioned the fact that the hats for sale were made in China. The event was June 9. Among the items of the day was the Tea Party Express endorsement of Republican Keith Rothfus for Congress over Democrat Mark Critz for the race in the newly redrawn 12th Congressional District. Critz made news of his own today when he announced he would not be attending the Democratic convention. The conversation between the two men degenerated into the birther issue, employment, outsourcing, Tea Party funding sources and the observation by one man that "we have such an ideological civil war coming." The video, which also appears…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
John Yakim, a compounding pharmacist from Monroeville, is seeking the Republican nomination.
Three people will run in the April 24 primary for two places on the November ballot for the Pennsylvania Legislative District 25 seat. Republicans Mike Doyle of Plum and John Yakim of Monroeville will face off for the party nomination in the primary. The winner will run against Democrat Joe Markosek, a 30-year incumbent from Monroeville, in November. Legislative District 25 covers Plum, Monroeville, Pitcairn, Murrysville, North Versailles, Trafford and Wall. For a full map of the areas in the 25th District, click here. Below is a Q&A with candidate John Yakim, a compounding pharmacist. For an article about candidate Mike Doyle, click here. Patch: Take us up to speed on your background. I am husband to Sandy and father to Melissa and John. …
Doyle, a Plum Councilman, is seeking the Republican nomination.
Three people will run in the April 24 primary for two places on the November ballot for the Pennsylvania Legislative District 25 seat. Republicans Mike Doyle of Plum and John Yakim of Monroeville will face off for the party nomination in the primary. The winner will run against Democrat Joe Markosek, a 30-year incumbent from Monroeville, in November. Legislative District 25 covers Plum, Monroeville, Pitcairn, Murrysville, North Versailles, Trafford and Wall. For a full map of the areas in the 25th District, click here. Below is a Q&A with candidate Mike Doyle, a Plum Councilman. This is his second time running for state rep—he lost to Markosek in the 2010 general election. For an article about candidate John Yakim, click here. Patch: Take …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate just announced he's suspending his campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum just announced that he is suspending his campaign. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was expected to make the announcement at an event in Gettysburg, but just made the announcement on CNN. According to Huffington Post, the combination of his daughter's sickness and recent poll numbers showing him possibly losing his home state apparently prompted the early departure. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.