Archive: July, 2010
State Attorney General Tom Corbett's lead over Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in the Nov. 2 general election for governor is holding steady, with healthy support coming from independent voters, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning. Corbett, a Republican, leads Democrat Onorato 44-37 percent, the poll said. Corbett was leading Onorato 43-37 percent in the last poll on May 13.
The poll found that independent voters support Corbett by a margin of 44-29 percent while 86 percent of his party's voters were backing him. Onorato has support from 69 percent of the state's Democratic voters.
You can review the poll results here. One interesting factor that could shape the debate going forward: About half of the voters polled support the controversial new immigration law passed in Arizona and think Pennsylvania should follow suit while 60 percent disagree with the Obama administration's lawsuit to block that new state law.
It was former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey's show but he put it on in U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's back yard. And so the two men fighting to be the junior Senator from Pennsylvania spent a couple of hours today trading barbs in a two-block area of Havertown, Delaware County. Toomey, who represented the Lehigh Valley, announced his event days ago. Sestak, who represents Delco, had his camp scramble to make an impression today.
Toomey called reporters to the home of Mary Ellen Jones, a tea party activist who previously has protested with Delaware County Patriots outside Sestak's office, to denounce with a dozen supporters Sestak's "bailout" votes to help automobile manufacturers and people struggling with mortgages. Toomey complained that Sestak has introduced a bill in the U.S. House to help people with mortgage trouble, legislation he warned that would drive the country deeper into debt. "What is shocking is that isn't enough for Joe Sestak," Toomey said of Sestak's previous votes. "The fact is Joe Sestak is siding against taxpayers every time."
Forty Sestak supporters stood outside, waiving signs accusing Toomey of being in bed with Wall Street special interests. Sestak then held his own event two blocks away, where he stood with the owner of a car repair business, a man who nearly lost his home due to mortgage trouble during a medical crisis and a nurse who said federal health care legislation has helped save jobs at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Sestak insisted he seeks pragmatic solutions while Toomey sticks with conservative ideology. "He has just been out of touch," Sestak concluded.
The city pension board plans to appeal a judge's ruling last month that the city had improperly confiscated former City Councilman Rick Mariano's pension-fund contributions, totaling $65,438, after he was convicted of mail fraud, money-laundering, bribery and conspiracy in 2006.
Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox ruled that the city had a right to seek reimbursement from Mariano for $82,000 in tax dollars, used to provide him with legal representation before he was indicted. But she said the city should have filed a civil claim against Mariano instead of going after his pension money.
Mayoral spokesman Doug Oliver said the city pension board will appeal the decision in Commonwealth Court this week.
We just got an email about Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.'s annual "white linen" birthday fundraiser. The event will be held at the Manayunk Brewery on Friday night and tickets are going for $25.
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Two years after it was shut down for repairs, the Robin Hood Dell East reopens tonight for an eight show season. The O'Jays will headline tonight's show.
The Fairmount Park venue was closed before the start of the 2008 concert series because a broken drainage system sent storm water under half the seating area. That destabilized the foundation, causing dangerous gaps in the concrete.
The city budgeted $5.5 million for repairs, including contributions of $250,000 each from capital money designated for the offices of Council members Marian Tasco, Curtis Jones Jr., Jannie Blackwell, Donna Reed Miller and Darrell Clarke.
John Baer slams public money going to lawmakers' pet projects.
Stu Bykofsky's annual candidate comedy night is coming up.
It looks there's a candidate interested in the 1st Councilmanic District, currently represented by Councilman Frank DiCicco.
Attorney Vern Anastasio, who has unsuccessfully run against DiCicco in the past, sent this email out today to supporters, indicating his interest in running in the Democratic primary next year. What's interesting is that Anastasio is referring to seat as open -- noting that DiCicco is in the controversial DROP retirement program. But DiCicco earlier this year told us, via his spokesman, that he was going to run again.
Anastasio told us that he will not run if DiCicco does run for re-election. "I’m running under the assumption that it’s an open seat. If he is still occupying that seat, I will not be running."