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Archive for September, 2011

Proposed PA Mini Electoral College and the gerrymander principle

by Nathaniel Smith, in Politics: A View from West Chester, 9/20/11 …The gist of the plan is that the state’s electoral votes would be determined at the rate of one per congressional district plus 2 for winning the state. This, like the Electoral College and the legislative selection of Senators, would put one more layer […]

Dangerous legislation

letter, Daily Local News, 9/30/11 Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives — with Rep. Jim Gerlach’s support — passed the “TRAIN” Act, legislation that could result in 139,500 lives lost by delaying the cleanup of toxic power plant pollution. This piece of legislation would indefinitely delay standards that limit soot, smog, mercury and other […]

Pharaoh was a rich job creator…

County Commisioners Respond to Recorder of Deeds Candidate

By Jake Speicher, West Chester Patch, 9/30/11 County Commissioners say the problem should be fixed by October 7. During Wednesday’s Chester County Commissioner’s Sunshine Meeting, Recorder of Deeds candidate Russ Phifer accused County Commissioner’s Ryan Costello and Terrence Farrell of supporting a program that allows users to access the County’s search database for free. According […]

How FDR saw it after his first term

from FDR’s 10/31/36 speech in Madison Square Garden, New York: …For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up. We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, […]

Chester County candidate sees $500,000 in missed revenue

By Kathleen Brady Shea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/29/11 A routine Chester County commissioners’ meeting turned prickly Wednesday when the two Republican commissioners were accused of forfeiting at least $500,000 in county revenue during the last decade. The cause was a loophole in ChescoPin, an electronic subscription database the county operates, said Russ Phifer, a London Grove […]

Lucky to have such a smart president

letter in Daily Local News, 9/29/11 As I was driving home the other day, I put on POTUS (live news) on XM radio and I found myself in the middle of President Obama doing a live town hall meeting. I wanted to write this letter right away because the answers he gave to every question […]

Candidate points out costly flaw in county website

by Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, 9/28/11 (online originally as “Website allows users to access information for free”; 9/29 in print as “‘Back Door’ Dilemma”) WEST CHESTER — The Democratic candidate for Chester County Recorder of Deeds on Wednesday asked the commissioners to disable a “back door” Web account that he said was allowing […]

Local legislators question logic of Pileggi’s proposal

editorial, Daily Local News, 9/28/11 …Pileggi, R-9th, of Chester, whose district encompasses southern Chester County, would prefer to give out one electoral vote for every congressional district a candidate wins. Two votes would then be given to the popular vote winner under the proposal. If the proposed system had been in place in 2008, Democratic […]

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Endorses Sondergaard for Judge

at Tredyffrin Township Democrats, 9/23/11 (Tredyffrin Twp., PA) – Seth Williams, one of the region’s most high profile and respected attorneys, today announced his endorsement of Analisa Sondergaard in her campaign for District Judge in Tredyffrin Township. Phila. District Attorney Seth Williams“I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dedicated prosecutors over the […]