Sunday, November 11, 2012
Kathleen Kane has vowed to determine if politics played a role in the development of the case against Jerry Sandusky and other Penn State officials.
Many political observers suggest that Kathleen Kane's election as Pennsylvania's first female Attorney General was due in no small part to her promise to investigate whether politics played a role in the evolution of the case against convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky and other Penn State officials. “As soon as she began early in her campaign talking about the promise to investigate it objectively, it spread pretty quickly on a grass-roots level. There’s no doubt that she had a lot of Penn State support,” Maribeth Schmidt of the grass-roots alumni group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Kane also dedicated an entire section of her campaign web site to the Sandusky case. Governor Tom Corbett, a…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Here's a look at how Plum, Oakmont and Verona residents voted during the 2012 general election.
Though President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won re-election Tuesday night, two out of three local communities favored Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. According to results from the Allegheny County Division of Elections, the majority of voters in Plum and Oakmont boroughs voted for Romney/Ryan at the polls. Those in Verona supported Obama/Biden. In Plum, about 13,568 out of 18,585 registered voters made it to the polls—a 73 percent turnout. The republican ticket won all but one of the 21 voting districts—District 17. Romney received 7,723 votes to Obama's 5,633. Also in Plum, Tom Smith, Republican candidate for U.S. senator, was favored with 7,016 votes to re-elected incumbent Sen. Bob Casey's 6,101 votes. In…
These are unofficial results.
The district covers Plum Borough.
Republican Keith Rothfus of Sewickley defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Critz of Johnstown by a margin of 52 to 48 percent to win election to the newly re-drawn Pennsylvania 12th congressional district. Rothfus said his number one priority is the economy. "We got get the economy rolling again," he said after delivering a victory speech at the Holiday Inn on McKnight Road in Ross Township Tuesday night. "I'm concerned about tax policy, about the possibility of another tax increase on our small businesses on January first. The president said a couple of years ago; you don't want to raise taxes in a slow economy. And so we have to convince the president of the wisdom of his argument from a couple of years ago." Rothfus was asked about the …
Longtime state Rep. Joe Markosek (D-25) will continue his work in the House of Representatives.
Longtime state Rep. Joe Markosek will serve two more years in office. On Tuesday, Markosek, a Democrat from Monroeville who has been representing the 25th Legislative District for 30 years, beat Republican Mike Doyle, a Plum councilman, for the second time—the two faced off in 2010, when Markosek beat Doyle by 1,600 votes. With 46 out of 46 precincts in Allegheny County reporting, Markosek received 13,720 votes—56.9 percent—to Doyle's 10,348 votes—42.9 percent. In Westmoreland County, Markosek received 2,303 votes—44.6 percent—and Doyle received 2,862 votes —55.4 percent—with 5 of 5 precincts reporting. These results are unofficial and will become official upon certification by the Allegheny/Westmoreland County Board of Elections. The …
Incumbent Mike Doyle, a Democrat, has won a 10th term as Pennsylvania's Congressional District 14 representative.
Democrat Mike Doyle has won a 10th term in Congress, defeating Republican Hans Lessmann for the Pennsylvania Congressional District 14 seat. Doyle, the incumbent from Forest Hills who is currently serving his ninth term in Congress, won with 77 percent of the vote. Doyle's tenure in Congress began in 1995. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the subcommittees on Energy and Power and Communications and Technology. He is a member in the House Democratic Caucus, and is the founder and co-chair of both the Congressional Autism Caucus (also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education) and the House Distributed Generation Caucus. For a full list of Doyle’s involvement in Congress, see his website…
State Rep. Frank Dermody (D-33) has been re-elected.
State Rep. Frank Dermody of Oakmont will continue to represent the state's 33rd Legislative District. On Tuesday, Dermody, a Democrat, beat Republican Gerry Vaerewyck of West Deer—the two also faced off during the 2010 election. With 54 of 54 precincts reporting, Dermody received 15,945 votes—58.9 percent—to Vaerewyck's 11,092 votes—40.9 percent. These results are unofficial and will become official upon certification by the Allegheny County Board of Elections. The district covers Oakmont and a portion of Plum Borough. Dermody has been representing the district since 1990. ______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Incumbent Tony DeLuca beat Lawrence Paladin on Tuesday night.
Longtime state Rep. Tony DeLuca will serve two more years in office. On Tuesday, DeLuca, a Democrat from Penn Hills who has been representing the 32nd Legislative District for 29 years, beat Republican Lawrence Paladin of Penn Hills by a landslide. With 61 out of 61 precincts reporting, DeLuca received 21,437 votes—74.8 percent—to Paladin's 7,171 votes—25 percent. These results are unofficial and will become official upon certification by the Allegheny County Board of Elections. The district covers Plum and Verona boroughs. ______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden defeat challengers Republican Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 p.m. EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from the president attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the …