Election and political miscellania
- Some regions of PA will be voting on new machines tomorrow, which could lead to delays and kerfluffles... I think Philadelphia voters should have no surprises.
- A letter to the Inquirer wonders who would sit on the new ethics board, given restrictions on other office-holding and the token pay...
- US Senate primary candidate Alan Sandals is attacking Santorum in recent ads rather than his May opponents Casey and Pennacchio.
- A Sunday Inquirer article looked at three state legislative leaders in close primaries fueled largely by anti-pay-hike fervor. The three are Republicans Robert Jubelirer and David Brightbill (heads of the two state houses), and Democrat Mike Veon (house minority leader), and all are spending and mudslinging at a rapid rate.
Correction: both Brighbill and Jubelirer are state Senate leadership; the state House speaker is John Perzel, who either isn't up this year or had no challenge. my braino.
- Rep. Mark Cohen, unopposed in tomorrow's primary, appears not to know enough to lie low and let recent financial scandals (over per diems and book allowances) blow over -- he remains unapologetic. John Baer continues to shake his head.
- The Daily News noted that many candidates passed up Mother's Day festivities in favor of working their districts in thos critical final days before the election. I know *I* was out there, but not so many folks answered their doors...
- Above Average Jane is unimpressed by politicians who sling unsubstantiated (or meaningless) mud.
- Dave Ralis offers a series of Election Day Issues, including tax reform, campaign finance reform, and lobbyist reform. (I think there were two other parts too.) Good summaries of the state of those discussions, although not applied to any particular races.
- America's Hometown reports the results of a recent Pew poll on a variety of subjects such as Pennsylvanian's happiness with the state's "direction," their leanings in the gubernatorial race, and a variety of current issues.