PoliticsPA’s 11/4 Ups & Downs

Harrisburg Republicans. It comes down to this: they presented Chairman McEwen with redistricted maps that were acceptable enough, and in time for his Oct. 31 deadline. Incumbent protection is the name of the game. With large majorities in both chambers, that’s a game the GOP can play all day. It could be a decade before we see another Dem majority in Harrisburg. Make sure to check our lists of individual winners and losers: Top 10 in Pa. Senate, and Top 20 in the Pa. House.

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Anne Covey. The judicial elections had been fairly upbeat and cordial, but Covey released a negative ad this week that’s a big ball of mud. The spot blasts Democrat Kathryn Boockvar’s advocacyof registering ex-offenders to vote – something that is already legal and is shown to correlate with lower recidivism rates. Is it a bleeding-heart liberal cause? Sure. Will it cost more money? Not really. But Covey’s ad isn’t about spending, it’s about scare tactics.

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David Wecht. Wecht accepted a $300,000 check from the Philadelphia trial lawyers. Which is great! It means more TV, more campaigning and more grist for our mill. We’ve never seen a candidate turn down campaign money from a mainstream group. The down side is that Wecht had earlier challenged his opponent Republican Vic Stabile to pledge to forego big special interest money, so the optics on his mega-check are not so good.
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Allyson Schwartz. The Congresswoman does recruiting for the DCCC and raises them oodles of cash. She has a profile that could make a statewide run. Why are those bad things? Because now the GOP is reportedly looking at ways to merge her district with that of Rep. Chaka Fattah, just for kicks. Schwartz would will likely win re-election in any case, but they could chop her base – the local high-dollar medical institutions – out of her district.

Marcellus Industry. The Pa. House Finance Committee passed its version of the Marcellus shale impact fee legislation this week, complete with a preemption clause for local ordinances. It’s the industry’s number one legislative goal and it looks likely to head to Governor Corbett’s desk.
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Monroe County. The people of Monroe are humble folk with modest requests. All they wanted was to have the County contained within a single Pa. Senate district, and they are likely to get it. We defy you to look at this excited headline from the Pocono Record and not think, “Awww.”
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Stewart Geenleaf. Huh?

November 4th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments