Sunday, December 9, 2012
This week, some state House Democrats voiced their opposition to Gov. Corbett's plan to award a contract to privatize the lottery to Camelot Group—with no other bidders in the running.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is one of the most successful and well-managed state lotteries in the nation. Last year, the PA Lottery had annual sales in excess of $3.2 billion and, according to House Democrats, has held administrative costs to record lows of just over 2 percent. According to DailyFinance.com, Pennsylvania State Lottery has steered $20.6 billion to a variety of causes since it began, but its profits have primarily been funneled into an elderly benefits fund. This fund includes subsidies for transportation, tax rebates and Medicare. As of last year, about 61 percent of the annual ticket sales go to prizes, 30 percent goes to the state and the rest is for expenses. That's a higher percentage of prize return than most other states…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Columnist Gab Bonesso has a tendency to be quite the people-pleaser, which makes election time tense for her.
I am a people-pleaser, so Election Day can be dangerous. I love to exercise my right to vote, but I feel guilty not voting for half of the candidates. As I approach my polling place I always avoid eye contact so I don’t get offered a flyer by a candidate from the opposite party. And that’s because if they offer me one, I will take it. I have been known to stand outside of my polling place and let a candidate from the opposite party spew his or her views that were completely contradictory to my own, because I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. It is far easier on my soul if I put my head down, avoid eye contact and just vote. The problem with that plan during this particular election was that my voting place was packed, with an hour-long …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
How do you feel Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama did in terms of specifically addressing how they will move the country ahead?
President Barack Obama entered the ring ready to spar Tuesday night as he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tangled over the economy, job creation, trade, energy, immigration, the auto-industry bailout, inequities for women workers and other issues posed at a town hall debate held at Hofstra University. Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent, moderated the town-hall format debate, trying to keep the candidates to two-minute responses to questions posed by some of the 82 uncommited voters from New York City gathered at the university's Long Island campus. Obama, who had been criticized after the first presidential debate for not being aggressive enough in challenging Romney, showed a different side Tuesday. Both men appeared…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Judge's ruling ends state GOP's challenge for upcoming general election Nov. 6.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Pennsylvania voters now will have at least four choices when making their choice for the next President of the United States in next month's general election. The Associated Press reports that Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's nominee for president, will appear on the ballot after Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James Gardner Collins ended a state GOP effort to individually validate each of the 20,601 signatures the party needed to meet the state's ballot requirements. Mike Barley, executive director of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, told the AP that the Libertarian Party had submitted more than 50,000 signatures and that more than half of them had been invalid. Neither Democratic nor Republican candidates …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The first debate is over. Take our poll and tell us in comments your thoughts after watching the first face-to-face debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
In short segments that often exceeded the allocated two-minute time periods, the presidential candidates tackled economics, health care, Social Security, education, the role of goverment and the deficit in a debate that sometimes found them saying the same thing in different ways. In a debate moderated by PBS' Jim Lehrer, both Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney talked about domestic issues and how they would tackle them, if elected in November. Obama talked of working to make the middle class stronger, job training through community colleges, keeping tuition low, lowering tax rates especially for manufacturers, boosting American energy production and working to close the deficit. Romney talked…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on to win?
It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night in Charlotte, the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin. Much can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign. The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but they trust Romney more to handle the economy. Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various factors: …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Opinion runs strong when it comes to 'Obamacare.' Let us know where you stand on the health care issue.
This week, the House passed a bill to repeal the nation's Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as "Obamacare." The vote was 244-185, with five Democrats siding with the Republican majority. The vote marked the 33rd time since 2010, when the law was enacted, that there was a move to eliminate, defund or otherwise scale back the program. Analysts project that there is little chance the repeal vote will pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional last month. Opinions on whether to keep the bill or repeal it have been very split, although some people and politicians favor keeping portions of the law in effect, such as allowing children to remain on a parent's policy until age 26 and …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This campaign is full of issues but, in the end, which is most important to you?
Pittsburgh was a political hot spot on Friday when President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and two Republican vice-presidential hopefuls, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, came to town to discuss their platforms with supporters. Obama's speech centered on economic recovery, education, health care, student loan interest rates and the middle class. Pawlenty and Jindal, hoping to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, focused their talks on job creation, energy regulation, taxes, health care and federal spending. Take our poll and let us know which of these issues is the most important to you or most likely to influence your vote. Tell us why this issue is important to you in the …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
See who's running on the Republican and Democratic slates for national and statewide posts on Tuesday.
Pennsylvanians will be going to the polls during the primary election April 24 to choose who will be on the ballot this fall for the U.S. presidency, U.S. Senate and a number of statewide offices. Here are your choices, in ballot order: U.S. PRESIDENT: Republican: Democrat: U.S. SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA: Republican: Democrat: STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Republican: Democrat: STATE AUDITOR GENERAL: Republican: Democrat: STATE TREASURER: Republican: Democrat:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The former candidate for Allegheny County Chief Executive has joined the race for departing Pennsylvania Sen. John Pippy's seat.
D. Raja, the Mt. Lebanon businessman who lost his bid last year to become Allegheny County Executive, will challenge state Rep. Mark Mustio for departing Sen. John Pippy's seat serving the 37th House district. Raja, a Republican, has formally filed his petition for the race, according to a list released today by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Click the media in the article to view a full list of candidates. No Democratic candidates have filed for the race. The deadline to submit petitions is today. Raja, founder of IT and software company Computer Enterprises Inc., will run against Mustio, R-North Fayette, who said in January that he will vie for Pippy's seat. Mustio is also seeking re-election in the state house. Republican Ron …