August 23, 2016 |
It's not simply a handful of swing states that will decide the 2016 presidential election. The swing voters in the swing counties of the swing states will decide it. And if my calculations are correct, it is perhaps no more than 19 counties in 11 states - less than 500,000 voters - who truly matter. That's why Scranton seems to be so important this year. From 1988 to 2012 the balance of power in U.S. presidential races has centered on 10 states. Republicans were likely to win 23 states, totaling 191 electoral votes, and the Democrats 18 states and the District of Columbia, with 232 electoral votes.
August 16, 2016 |
UNLESS I'M wrong (and I have been), lots of you are spending time pondering the mysteries of Campaign 2016. Things such as when will The Donald release his tax returns and will they show he gave a total of $3 to charity while investing hundreds of millions in rubles for his pal Putin with plans to buy Aeroflot and name one of its planes Trumpski 1? Or when will Hillary hold a news conference (her last was last December) to talk about, oh, I don't know, why nobody believes a thing she says?
March 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP presidential field is a mess Alan Novak, the former Republican Party chairman in Pennsylvania, crystallizes the reason there is four-alarm panic in the GOP when it considers what to do about Donald Trump ("March madness: Has 'establishment' lost its meaning?" Sunday). The man, like his party, is insensible. He accuses the electorate of not being serious, then blames the television networks for "driving the politics. " Sure. Life in the overcrowded GOP rabbit hole has blinded Novak to the fact that the reason the GOP can't unite behind a Trump alternative is that Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio are laughable as viable presidents, only marginally less likely than Trump to get obliterated by Hillary Clinton.
June 18, 2013 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S Republican leaders think they can pull a fast one on us. Led by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Republicans in Harrisburg are pushing a cynical scheme to dilute Pennsylvania's influence in the Electoral College - a thinly veiled attempt to gain party advantage in presidential elections. The top Republican in the state, Gov. Corbett, has refused to take a stand on these shameful shenanigans. We expect bipartisan leadership from our governor, not simple acquiescence to his party's most partisan fringe.
May 7, 2013 |
* CONSTITUTION USA WITH PETER SAGAL. 9 p.m. today, WHYY 12. * TED TALKS EDUCATION. 10 p.m. today, WHYY 12. IT DOESN'T take PBS' "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal" long to get to Philadelphia, where the document got hammered out. First, though, Sagal had to buy a motorcycle. Traveling on a customized red-white-and-blue Harley-Davidson - what could be more American? - the host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" crisscrosses the country in this monthlong series to talk with people about the document that was ratified nearly 225 years ago and has been causing arguments ever since.
March 20, 2013 |
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, making a rare public foray into state legislative business, is urging Republicans to reconsider their proposal to award the state's electoral votes proportionally instead of on a winner-take-all basis. In a letter Monday to state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), Casey said the change would diminish Pennsylvania's influence in presidential elections relative to other big states that would continue to give all their electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes.
March 19, 2013 |
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, making a rare public foray into state legislative business, is urging Republicans to reconsider their proposal to award the state's electoral votes proportionally instead of on a winner-take-all basis. In a letter Monday to state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), Casey said that the change would "diminish" Pennsylvania's influence in presidential elections relative to other big states that would continue to give all their electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes.
March 8, 2013
Don't swap trees for solar farm I was slack-jawed after reading that the Diocese of Camden plans to cut acres of woods in order to install solar panels behind St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill ("Diocese looks to solar panels," Feb. 27). One mature, leafy tree produces enough oxygen in one season for 10 people to breathe for a year; it absorbs chemicals and pollutants from the soil and air, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the "net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. " The diocese chiefly is concerned with finding a cheaper source of electricity.
March 7, 2013
The latest attempt to manipulate Pennsylvania's presidential vote provided another opportunity for Democrats to howl about cheating Republicans. And they had a point. But if state legislators from both parties want to do something more useful - and, yes, that's a big if - they should back a politically neutral proposal to end all such attempts to rig presidential elections. State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Chester) recently introduced a long-threatened bill to award most of Pennsylvania's presidential electors in proportion to the state's popular vote.
February 9, 2013 |
While a Republican initiative to rejigger the Electoral College for future presidential elections is sputtering across the country, it remains alive in Pennsylvania - albeit not on the legislative fast track. Yet state Democrats are wasting no time attacking their opponents, pointing out that the keynote speaker at Friday's GOP state committee meeting in Harrisburg, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, rejected it as a "bad idea" two weeks ago. "It's an obscene effort to rig presidential elections so that Republicans would never lose," said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)