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Penna Looks Good For Republicans

From PPP:

Pennsylvania flirted a little bit with Democrats in the final weeks of this
year’s election, making them think they might be able to pull off an upset in the Senate
and/or Gubernatorial contests that had looked good as gone for most of the year. It looks
like the GOP will in the end sweep those races though, if by smaller margins than they
had shown in polling throughout much of 2010.

In the Senate race Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak 51-46 and in the race for Governor Tom
Corbett is up 52-45 on Dan Onorato. The story here is an inordinate number of
Democrats unhappy with Barack Obama- and voting Republican because of it. The
President’s approval rating within his own party is only 73% in Pennsylvania, with 21%
of Democrats disapproving of him. Those Democrats unhappy with Obama are leaning
strongly Republican, planning to vote for Toomey by a 68-23 margin and for Corbett by a
69-25 spread.

As is the case for him throughout the Midwest Obama’s very unpopular in Pennsylvania
with 54% of voters disapproving of him to just 40% who think he’s doing a good job.
Outgoing Governor Ed Rendell has also fallen strongly out of favor, posting only a 34%
approval number while 53% of voters disapprove of him. As we saw in Wisconsin
earlier this week the combination of an unpopular Democratic President and an unpopular
Democratic Governor has the potential to be lethal for the party’s hopes of keeping some
of these offices under their control.

Read it here.

Lookin’ good, very good!

October 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm Comments (0)

The Good Presidents

The two Presidents Bush earlier tonight at the World Series:

The good guys have their moment. Brings back memories — good ones.

October 31, 2010 at 11:22 pm Comments (0)

3rd World Country To Get Voting Observers

… aka Philadelphia.

Federal authorities say they plan to deploy more than 400 observers and other personnel to places in 18 states, including Philadelphia, to monitor polls during Tuesday’s election.

The Justice Department said the Civil Rights Division’s effort is aimed at finding out whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or procedures on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

What’s the point? It’s not like they’re going to enforce any laws.

October 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm Comments (0)

Penn Wins Again!!!!

Once again the fearsome Quaker warriors dominated their hapless foes. This time it was Brown, previously undefeated in league action. By the end of the game the mighty Quakes had triumphed 24-7 and it was toast-tossing time.

Penn now stands alone at the top of the league and is not likely to be toppled anytime soon. Next week they face traditional foe Princeton who has yet to win a league game. Should be fun times in West Philly.

October 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm Comments (0)

This Tuesday’s Dems: A Pile of Fail

Scott Detrow:

If Saturday’s presidential rally at Philadelphia’s Temple University is any indication, Democrats are in serious trouble on Tuesday.

The warning sign wasn’t the event’s size. Organizers say the 1,600 -person affair inside a campus gymnasium was purposely put together on a smaller scale, compared to President Obama’s October 10th outdoor rally, which drew an estimated 18,500 people. Instead, the alarm bells came during interviews with nearly a dozen attendees after the event. Many of the Democrats couldn’t recall Joe Sestak or Dan Onorato’s name without prompting. Others said they support the party’s ticket, but aren’t registered to vote. On her way to go knock on doors for the Democrats, one Philadelphia woman told me her message was, “come on out and vote, because we definitely need everyone out here to vote for Obama.” What did she think about Congressman Joe Sestak? “From what I’ve heard, he’s been in the community for a long time, doing the hard work.” And in the governor’s race? She couldn’t remember Onorato’s name, but said, “If Obama says go behind [Onorato], I trust his word.” In ten separate interviews, no one could tell me anything about Sestak or Onorato, except for the fact they’re Democrats.

October 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

Clinton Visits Norristown

Former President, and current Democrat heart-throb, Bill Clinton was in Norristown Thursday stumping for someone named Onorato, Dan Onorato.

The Wissahickon Democrats posted pictures to their facebook album.

Tons of great pictures, I recommend you look.

Not all of the pictures of tagged, but here’s one for local political animals.

Here’s County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel (with the shaved head) with County Deputy Chief Operating Officer, and perennial candidate for some office, Jim Maza. Careful followers will note that Mr Maza was given a $90K/year patronage job at the courthouse by Commissioners Matthews and Hoeffel with the assurance that he wouldn’t be active in politics.

Yet him finds himself in the middle of the county’s workday at this rally for Onorato, Dan Onorato.

Tsk, tsk.

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October 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm Comments (3)

Bitter Clingers Behaving Badly

Who knew the Pledge of Allegiance is so controversial?

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Democrat Dan Connolly were about to give their opening remarks at a debate at Peters Middle School Tuesday when Mr. Murphy asked the moderator if the pledge was being recited. When she hesitated, saying that was “not a usual way” the league started the forums, members of the crowd stood and recited the pledge anyway.

Former Peters High School principal Tom Hajzus was sitting in the front row with a 22-year-old Marine veteran wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

“The insensitivity, to me, was inexcusable and outrageous,” said the registered Democrat and Murphy supporter. The crowd’s reaction “was an American moment, that’s what that was,” he said.

October 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm Comments (0)

The Battle for Rural Pa

Bummer for the Democrats.

Two years ago, President Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, famously complained about the frustrations of such men. “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” he said. “It’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”

Laus scowls at the mention of Obama. The stimulus and the health-care bill, he says, have done little for Pennsylvania’s steel country. “I don’t like the GOP, but I really don’t like what the Democrats are doing,” he explains, his rough hands clasped. Even though his congressman, two-term Democrat Jason Altmire, voted against Obamacare and has voiced his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Laus wants to “throw him out.” He wants to elect somebody, anybody, who’s going to “repeal that bill” and cut taxes.

Read it all.

October 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm Comments (0)

Running Away From Their Records, Democrats Get Personal

Desperate and baseless attacks are backfiring on Dems across the state

Vice President Joe Biden visited Delaware County this week, stumping for Democratic congressional candidate Bryan Lentz.  In his remarks, Biden blamed the Bush Administration for the nations’ economic woes, further chastising the GOP for not “getting it.”

As far as not getting it, it remained unclear as to which Bush Administration Biden was referring.  But why stop at Bush I?  Why not blame Nixon and Cal Coolidge, too?

The Veep, in an attempt to rally his troops, emphatically stated that those reports (READ: every single poll) predicting the death of the Democratic Party are “greatly exaggerated,” and that his Party would “continue” digging America out of its hole.

“Continue”?  Wait…when did they start?

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There were two unmistakable messages that emerged from Biden’s speech:

1)      He can reference Mark Twain, and

2)      His Party is completely bereft of ideas, without the slightest clue as to how to right the ship.

Neither one is very helpful come Election Day.

Point Two is not a new revelation, however, as most Democratic incumbents have known this for quite some time.  Since they know it’s childish and ineffective to blame prior administrations for today’s recession, especially in light of mammoth spending and crushing new taxes instituted under total Democratic control, these seasoned pols inherently understand that they can’t run on their records.

Hence, dirty campaigns have hit an all-time high.

Just when you think the wool can be pulled over Americans’ eyes, and that they are easily manipulated, they surprise you.  Next Tuesday will be one of those times.

The Democrats aren’t going to lose control of congress, the state house and the Pennsylvania governorship just on the issues alone (although that will play a huge role), but because of something much more basic: lack of credibility and good judgment.  Kind of how the Republicans operated in 2006 and 2008.

More than ever, folks are looking for honest change and aggressive leadership on the issue that matters most — getting the economic engine started again.  Instead of discussing solutions, however, many Democrats have resorted to the low-blow tactics so despised by voters.

Consider these Democratic campaign doozies playing out all around us:

  • Bryan Lentz is giving Pat Meehan a run for his money in the 7th district, but rather than compete on the merits of their man’s vision, Lentz’ supporters actively recruited a conservative tea-party activist to run as a third party candidate. Stacking a primary field where most candidates agree on the issues is one thing, but doing so in a general election is tantamount to admitting your campaign platform is bankrupt of ideas.  Sure, all’s fair in war and politics, but this disingenuous move will likely send Lentz to defeat.

 

  • In northeast Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, incumbent Chris Carney’s “conservative BlueDog” Democrat veneer has been stripped off by former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino, with several polls showing Marino slightly ahead.  Carney loves to tell the voters of the Republican district that he’s not a liberal, yet refuses to run on his record of voting for the federal stimulus and Obamacare — and his 93% alignment with Ms. San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi. 

Instead, he has chosen to run ads attacking Marino’s relationship with a local businessman who was convicted of a crime over three decades ago, and one in which no jail time was given. Marino was unequivocally up front about this friendship —years ago — yet Carney portrays Marino’s friendship as a “breaking news” damaging revelation, wildly taking the situation out of context.  Carney’s smear campaign has rightly backfired, and despite a huge money disadvantage, Marino continues to hold his own.

 

  • In Pennsylvania’s 151st state legislative district in Montgomery County, GOP challenger Todd Stephens, a former Assistant District Attorney, is running neck-and-neck with incumbent Rick Taylor. (Stephens lost to Taylor by only 400 votes in 2008). In a disgraceful —and utterly baseless —attack, the Taylor campaign slammed Stephens for his role in a 2009 high-profile murder case where one of the defendants wasn’t convicted. 

A local newspaper editorial wrote that Taylor’s charge was “pure fabrication,” and in an unprecedented move, District Attorney Risa Ferman called the Taylor line-of-attack “a complete, flat-out lie.” Even the son of the murder victim was content with Stephen’s performance.

Taylor’s slanderous attack politicizing a man’s murder was so off-base that Taylor is reeling uncontrollably — as he should be.  Even for politics, this is beyond the pale, and Taylor needs to be sent to the unemployment line.

 

  • Perhaps most bizarre is the attack against former State Representative Jay Moyer, who is attempting to reclaim his seat in this Montgomery County district.  Rather than discuss the state’s imploding financial situation which he helped create, however, incumbent Democrat Matt Bradford has continually slammed Moyer as “Jaguar Jay.”  Why?  Because Moyer….

Read the rest and post a comment at Philly Mag’s Philly Post:

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/10/28/running-away-from-their-records-democrats-get-personal/

 

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, www.FreindlyFireZone.com

Readers of his column, “Freindly Fire,” hail from six continents, thirty countries and all fifty states. His work has been referenced in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, foreign newspapers, and in Dick Morris’ recent bestseller “Catastrophe.”

Freind, whose column appears nationally in Newsmax, also serves as a guest commentator on Philadelphia-area talk radio shows, and makes numerous other television and radio appearances, most notably on FOX.  He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com

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October 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm Comments (0)

How to Spot Vote Fraud

A checklist from Pajamas Media:

[W]hat does voter fraud look like? What can citizens be on the lookout for when they participate in their election? Let me share some examples:

Commands to vote

I’ve seen election judges telling voters for whom to vote. In Philadelphia, I have repeatedly seen the people who sign you in and check off your name give instructions to voters for whom to vote. It isn’t supposed to work that way, and if you see it, get the name of the election official and report it to their boss. Better yet, try to get the name of the voter.

Mass illegal assistance

One of the most outrageous behaviors is campaigns of illegal assistance. I’ve seen lone soldiers of a political machine march dozens of voters into the booth and vote for them. In some instances the voter provided little or no input. Remember that disabled citizens have a right under federal law to have anyone assist them, as long as it is not an employer or union representative. Illiteracy and inability to speak English well also trigger this right. So just because someone is in the booth with a voter doesn’t mean something illegal is happening. But if you see van loads of voters being “voted” without expressing their own input, get the tag number of the van and remember what illegal assistant looked like.

Phony voters

I’ve watched people in states without voter ID seek to vote who were clearly not the people they said they were. During one election, I saw a young man give a name. It caused the women working the polls who knew him to laugh at him and tell him to stop fooling them. He insisted, even under watchful eyes, that he was this person everyone knew him not to be. Everyone was laughing, but the poll workers relented and reluctantly gave him a ballot, somewhat perturbed that he pushed the issue. For a brief moment, he was someone else. And since voter ID was not the law in this state, he voted a regular ballot.

Absentee ballot signature mismatches

In some states, there must be signature verification on the absentee ballots. Signatures of the voter must match with supposedly identical signatures. Some states even have a review process open to the public that allows scrutiny of the matching process. Pay attention. Hang out after the polls close and watch. Mississippi, for example, has a rigorous process where every absentee ballot must be reviewed and they are subject to challenge for defects. Even defects as small as a signature not being across a flap properly are potentially fatal defects.

Cash for votes

The last few years have seen numerous indictments for people being paid to vote. In one southwestern Virginia county, it wasn’t even cash. Instead, votes were being bought for pork rinds. Whatever the payout, it is illegal to pay someone something to vote.  If you see wads of bills around the election site, it is usually a problem. I once watched a woman keep the wad of cash in her bra.  She pulled it out over and over throughout the day.

Loiterers

It most states, there are laws against just hanging out at the polls. Know your state law. In Texas, for example, nobody is allowed inside the polls or within a certain distance of the entrance if they are not voting. Video of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee potentially violating this law was shown on the internet in the last few days. Loiterers can be a sign of a bigger problem. If nothing else, election officials who fail to enforce rules against polling place loitering can hardly be counted on to enforce other important integrity safeguards. And loitering rules are an integrity safeguard.

Intimidation of poll watchers

Poll watchers serve an important role in our elections. They are eyes and ears that make sure illegal behavior is recorded.  Naturally, the deployment of dozens of highly trained poll workers in Houston at every early voting site in Houston unsettled some. Law abiding citizens with pen and pad can do more to stop election fraud than anything else. It is no wonder incident after incident of intimidation was directed to the poll watchers. Poll watchers prevent voter fraud. No quarter should be given to those intimidating poll watchers. Get names, tag numbers, physical descriptions of the intimidators, and, if state law allows, video evidence.

Poll workers voting for voters

There are few things as nasty as election officials cranking their wishes into a machine instead of the voters.  Remember, however, that voters can have anyone assist them, even going so far as to push the screen or buttons – even an election official.  This is a right under Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act. Yet some states prohibit election officials from casting a ballot or pushing the screen for voters. This is an unresolved conflict in the law in some places. Either way, be aware when election officials are pushing ballots.

Software glitches

I am entirely unconvinced that the software on machines sometimes has candidate choices pre-marked. I believe this is an urban myth spawned by unfamiliarity with the machine inputs. Even Sasquatch may be more common. But I reserve the right to be wrong. Obviously if you encounter this, move slowly, don’t touch buttons, call for help, and then call Pajamas Media.

Counting errors

One of the worst ways to run an election is with paper ballots. We want to minimize the human inputs in our elections.  Electronics are the way to go. When paper ballots are counted by humans, humans get to decide so many things — like which box is that “X” really in. Or, that isn’t an “X,” that’s a stray mark, so the “X” is really meant for this candidate. Get my point?  Dishonest clerks can find lots of discretion in paper ballots. Lord over them while the count goes on, if the law allows.

Politicking inside the room

Another terrible behavior is when people are chatting, talking, or carrying on and telling others how to vote. A modern version of this is cell phones in the booth. In most states, one may not make calls on the phone while voting. Typically, down ballot contests see people break the law and chat — “Who should I vote for city council?”  Sometimes they even call a friend. This is not allowed in most places and observers should alert election officials while it is happening.

Would you like to vote a straight party ticket?

Many places in America still see large amounts of straight party ticket voting. In places where this fading behavior is more common, election officials tend to improperly ask the question of voters getting assistance from the election official. In fact, I have never once heard the Republican version of this illegal behavior. “Would you like to vote a straight Republican Party ticket” are words I have never heard an election official improperly ask a voter. In fact, “Would you like to vote a straight Democratic Party ticket” is something being uttered all over Houston in early Texas voting right now.  If you hear it happen, write down who said it, write down what you heard right after you heard it, and call election officials at the headquarters — then call Pajamas Media.

That should get everyone started.

Read the whole thing here.

October 27, 2010 at 9:27 am Comments (0)

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