Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Democratic state senator for much of the Main Line will pursue Rep. Allyson Schwartz's seat.
Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery, Delaware) announced Tuesday morning he will run in 2014 for the U.S. House of Representatives. Leach will run in Pennsylvania's 13th District, currently represented by fellow Democrat and expected gubernatorial candidate Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Leach was a state representative from 2003 to 2009, and last November he won a second four-year term in the state senate, where his constituencies include residents of Lower Merion, Haverford and Radnor townships. He has become a more prominent Democratic figure through pushes to legalize marijuana and gay marriage in Pennsylvania, as well as through his opposition to voter-ID requirements. In a letter on his website Tuesday, Leach said he is running for Congress for …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Two politicians from the county may face-off in a race for the state's seat.
Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but with phrases like "80 percent sure" and "pragmatism and practicality" being floated around, it is possible that Montgomery County may be home to a hot race in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has not put a percentage on his desire to enter the race, but has said he is keeping a close eye on the current governor, Tom Corbett's actions in the second half of his term. "I'm not going to run just to make a splash. I want Pennsylvania to go down the right path," Castor said in an interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, covered by Patch in January. "I want Pennsylvania to be a conservative state, but with pragmatism and practicality. I don't see …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The 2nd District congressman is beginning his 10th term.
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-2nd) was sworn in Thursday to his 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Fattah also announced the introduction of a bill: the Ending Fiscal Cliffs Act of 2013. From Fattah's announcement: The legislation streamlines the process of raising the debt ceiling – which Congress could face within two months—to avoid paralyzing political maneuvers. Under the current system, Congress authorizes Federal spending, then must grant redundant approval to borrow sufficient funds to cover the spending it has already approved. Fattah’s bill restructures the process to make it more efficient. It allows the Administration to raise the debt ceiling, as necessary, in order to avoid default whenever Congress spends money or …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Newt Gingrich says Hillary Clinton will be a formidable candidate if she decides to run for president next time around. What do you think?
Buzz about Hillary Clinton's future is building as she prepares to leave her post as secretary of state. Newt Gingrich says she'll make a formidable presidential candidate if she decided to run. What do you think? Vote in our poll and add your comments below.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Municipal and school board positions are up for grabs.
With the 2012 election and its presidential, congressional and state-legislature races in the past, the next contest will feature several municipal elections. Half of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners seats will be up for grabs in 2013, as well as more than half of the Narberth Borough Council and just less than half of the Lower Merion Board of School Directors, all to four-year terms. In Lower Merion Township, the even-numbered wards among the township's 14 will have elections. Those seven wards are currently represented by four Democrats and three Republicans: In 2011, Democrats won six of seven races, including two victories by previously interim commissioners. The Democratic Party maintains a 10-4 majority on the board. Four of …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama defeats Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from …
With nearly all precincts reporting, incumbent Democrat Daylin Leach defeated GOP challenger Charles Gehret.
With nearly all of the precincts reporting, incumbent Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach has defeated GOP challenger Charles Gehret handily in the 17th District, with more than 65% of the vote. Leach is a ten-year veteran of state politics, having been elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2002 and the State Senate in 2009. Before throwing his hat in the ring in the 17th, Gehret was chief fiscal officer and top aide for Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley. Leach accepted the win late this evening. "Well, it appears that I have been re-elected," Leach wrote in a post on his campaign's Facebook page. "I want to thank everyone for all of their help and support. Truly, I am humbled. And I am hardly ever humbled." …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Democratic incumbent defeated Republican candidate Perry Hamilton with 65.75 percent of the vote.
Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) has won the race for Pennsylvania's 149th District, defeating Republican challenger Perry Hamilton by a margin of 65.75 percent to 34.25 percent, according to the Montgomery County Elections Results page. The 149th District includes a large section of Lower Merion, including Ardmore, Penn Wynne, Haverford and parts of Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood and Merion Station. It also includes Bridgeport, West Conshohocken and Upper Merion. Briggs has represented the district since 2009, and this will be his third term in office. “The residents of the 149th responded to my call for progressive leadership in Pennsylvania and my investment in public education, and I’m very, very happy to have that response to my positive, …
The Democrat beat Republican opponent Mike Ludwig.
Mary Jo Daley, former 20-year member of Narberth Borough Council, has unofficially won the District 148 Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Mike Gerber. Daley won the general election Tuesday against Republican Mike Ludwig. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Daley had garnered 58.5 percent of the vote (18,635 votes) to Ludwig's 41.5 percent (13,230 votes). "I'm officially celebrating -- it just feels great," Daley said at a Montgomery County Democratic Committee watch party in Plymouth Meeting on Tuesday night. "There were so many people that were so helpful to me in doing this and I'm just so grateful. It was a short campaign but energetic." Ludwig said in a text message to Patch, "I enjoyed …
With sources calling a win for Fattah, the representative looks twoard the new year.
Chaka Fattah, the incumbent Democratic representative for the Northwest in the 2nd congressional district, retained his seat in Washington in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results from both the city and state's election results websites. Though verified results are not yet in, Fattah, who has served as representative in the House since 1995, appears to have bested Republican candidate Robert Mansfield and Independent James Foster. According to the state's election website, Fattah pulled 89.9 percent of the votes, getting 295,000 votes compared to Mansfield's nearly 25,00 votes. Fattah said that, with this win, he was going to be focused on working with house Republicans on fiscal issues. "Both the Bush tax cuts and the …