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Post-election, Republicans consider rebranding message, demographics

November 20, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — There was a particular moment this election season when Clarke Cooper says he began to see the tide turn in the Republican Party.

It was at the outset of the 2012 … Read the rest

Audit of Philadelphia election process planned

November 20, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG – Voting irregularities in Philadelphia on Election Day have prompted city official to launch an audit.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced Tuesday afternoon that his office would conduct an audit of the Philadelphia … Read the rest

VIDEO: Voter ID law gets mixed reviews on Election Day

November 9, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Voters in the Harrisburg area gave mixed reviews of Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law on Election Day.

The state joined dozens of others by passing a law in March … Read the rest

Republicans take it on the chin on Election Day

November 8, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett may have woken up with a headache on Wednesday morning, but it wasn’t the result of too much celebrating the night before.

Yep, after Tuesday night … Read the rest

One day after election, voter integrity issues are a hot topic

November 7, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — The elections are over, but the discussion about voting integrity continues.

House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he’s heard stories about 90 percent of precincts reporting 90 … Read the rest

Republicans play defense in state House, slip in state Senate

November 7, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Both Democrats and Republicans can claim victory in the results of Tuesday’s General Assembly election.

Democrats won their biggest share of the state Senate in nearly 20 years while Republicans kept their majority … Read the rest

LIVE BLOG: After defeats, GOP leaders look towards the next cycle

November 6, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By PA Independent Staff

(Eric Boehm is in Harrisburg with the Republicans; Melissa Daniels is in Scranton with the Democrats.)

HARRISBURG – Ironically, the live band was playing “Don’t Stop Believing” as the anchors on the big screen televisions across … Read the rest

Morning-after pill maker spends thousands in donations on politicos

November 6, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012, Investigations

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — One of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers, known for its morning-after pill, has given hundreds of thousands in campaign funds to Pennsylvania politicians.

Teva Pharmaceuticals captured headlines this fall, when its … Read the rest

Constable security on Election Day longtime expense

November 5, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Election observers are expected to help monitor polling sites on Election Day.

They intend to ensure voters are not obstructed and ballots are secure.

And so are the constables.

For … Read the rest

Smith makes final pitch to voters, aims to finish upset campaign

November 5, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Tom Smith made his final pitch to Pennsylvania voters during a barnstorming trip across the state Monday.

Tuesday, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate hopes to unseat Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., … Read the rest

Sandy won’t stop voting even if 8 polling places still without power

November 5, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Superstorm Sandy will not prevent any Pennsylvanian from voting on Election Day.

As of Monday morning, only eight polling places were waiting for power to be restored. Of those, five have backup … Read the rest

Romney’s push in Pennsylvania, better late than never

November 5, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG – Just about every day during the 18-month presidential campaign, Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes seemed firmly in President Barack Obama’s column.

But in the final week before the election, Republicans are trying to … Read the rest

Redistricting, retirements open door for Dem control of Senate

November 2, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — A combination of retirements and failed redistricting efforts give Democrats in the Pennsylvania Senate an opportunity this November that may not come around again.

And while they are unlikely to erase a 30-20 … Read the rest

Treasurer’s race shows different takes on pension investments

November 2, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — The future of Pennsylvania’s investments and financial management is up for grabs on Election Day in the low-profile yet high-stakes race for state treasurer.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat who … Read the rest

Sandy one week later would have caused election chaos

November 2, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — More than 250 of Pennsylvania‘s roughly 9,000 polling places were still without power Friday morning, creating a challenge for election officials as Election Day approaches.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday said he … Read the rest

Philly commissioner agrees that voter rolls need attention

November 1, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — A Philadelphia official said bloated voter rolls in Pennsylvania’s largest city are a risk to “free and fair elections.”

The city and state should be doing more to ensure inactive voters do … Read the rest

NYC Mayor funding anti-gun ads in PA attorney general race

November 1, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — New York Mayor Michael Bloombergis taking some time out from running his flooded city to get involved in the race for Pennsylvania attorney general.

Independence USA PAC, a super PAC … Read the rest

GOP should maintain House majority, but Dems look to chip away

October 31, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012, Legislature

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — State Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery, might feel like he has a target on his back.

This first-term Republican in a tightly contested swing district in the Philadelphia suburbs is exactly … Read the rest

UN election observers, please check in at local precincts

October 29, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012, General News

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — If European election observers head to Pennsylvania polls, that’s well and good, says the state. But it’s up to the polling places on whether or not they can be allowed in.

Election observers from Read the rest

Senate candidates’ differences on display in debate

October 26, 2012 | By | Posted in Election 2012, General News

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania voters should find it easy to spot the differences in their U.S. Senate candidates.

The contrasts were never more evident than on Friday morning, when Democrat Sen. Bob Casey and former … Read the rest