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Month: March 2012

Smith’s Democratic Primary Votes

Steve Welch has taken hits for voting for Barack Obama in 2008, but he isn’t the only GOP Senate candidate who has cast a ballot in a Democratic primary. Tom Smith voted in 19 Dem primaries since between the time he registered to vote in 1969, and the time he switched to the GOP in 2011.

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We’re Number 1! (and 6)

The Washington Post took a look at the most competitive congressional primaries in the country and named the top 10 incumbents most likely to lose. There are two familiar names on the list: Reps. Tim Holden and Tim Murphy. One of them was listed number one in the country.

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Reader Poll: Murphy Runs Away with AG Race

PoliticsPA readers have spoken, and they are predicting Patrick Murphy for Pa. Attorney General. By a margin of 711 to 284 in our unscientific poll, Murphy overcame former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane.

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3/30 Ups & Downs

The campaign season is heating up, and some candidates have shone as others start to fall behind. Here’s who had a good week, and who didn’t.

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3/30 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz. Tons of action in the Altmire/Critz race, which is finally living up to the hype. Lot’s of news this week from that race, mainly over Altmire’s latest TV ad.

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State of Play in Altmire/Critz Race

The hard-fought primary battle between two Democratic incumbent congressmen – Jason Altmire and Mark Critz – appears to be turning on a question that only a political theorist could love. In a low-turnout primary with two credible incumbents, can the one with wider name recognition and a home-field advantage (in this case, Altmire) beat out the one who has the backing of the district’s most influential interest group (Critz, with strong support from labor unions)?

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  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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