How did Altmire, Critz survive the Democratic bloodbath on Nov. 2?

By Louis Jacobson PoliticsPA contributing writer CALIFORNIA, Pa. – In Pennsylvania, this year’s Republican election tide ousted a diverse crop of Democrats – a 13-term incumbent (Paul Kanjorski), a freshman (Kathy Dahlkemper), a commander in the Navy reserve (Chris Carney) and a young Iraq War vet (Patrick Murphy), as well as flipping a Democratic-held open […]

November 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | 7 Comments

Special to PoliticsPA: An Election Reflection, by Fred Yang

By Fred Yang For PoliticsPA.com There’s no question that these past midterm elections were tough for Democrats.  But the bifurcated nature of November 2nd’s “wave” is notable.  Democrats lost the LARGEST number of U.S. House seats since 1938 and have the FEWEST number of Democrats in the House since 1947.  Yet while several Democratic incumbent […]

November 19th, 2010 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | 3 Comments

Madonna & Young’s Politically Uncorrected: America’s Forensic Election

Regular elections determine who represents us in our representative democracy. But some exceptional elections do much more. These “forensic elections”—for that’s what they are—hold an electoral stethoscope against our body politic, gauge our civic vital signs, and offer both diagnosis and prognosis for any political malaise we may be experiencing.

November 9th, 2010 | Posted in Features | 2 Comments

PoliticsPA’s Up & Down: 10/15 Edition

We have a packed Up & Down this week. We wonder if Joe Sestak is on the rise and Mayor Ravenstahl had a tough blow that he could not be in the city to respond to. Gov. Rendell keeps on fighting while State Rep. Galloway had his youtube moment and State Sen. Browne engaged in the usual Harrisburg bickering. Pat Meehan ducked a debate and Rep. Dahlkemper is wondering where all the love went. Finally, what’s with Dee Adcock’s press releases.

October 15th, 2010 | Posted in Features | No Comments

PoliticsPA’s Up & Down: 10/8 Edition

In this week’s Up & Down, we take on the state Republican party for spinning the departure of Rep. Patrick Murphy’s chief of staff the wrong way, the Dahlkemper camp had a rough week, Tom Corbett is in some trouble over a tax proposal he made and State Rep. Kotik is jumping the gun a little bit. On the up side, the state Democratic party should have a good weekend with the President, Vice-President, the star of ‘Glee’ and the Roots all in the state to campaign this weekend.

October 8th, 2010 | Posted in Features | No Comments

PoliticsPA Sits Down With Former Congressman Phil English

On Sept. 28, PoliticsPA’s Louis Jacobson caught up with former Erie-area Congressman Phil English, a Republican, for a wide-ranging conversation about the national and statewide outlook for Election Day. English was elected to the House during the Republican wave election of 1994 and later lost his seat to current Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in the Democratic wave election of 2008. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation.

October 1st, 2010 | Posted in Features | 3 Comments


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