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October 1, 1987 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 general election is Monday. To register, residents must be 18 years old on or before Nov. 4 - the day after the election- and a U.S. citizen for at least 30 days before the election. They must have lived in the election district for at least 30 days before the election. Registered voters who have not voted in two years or who have moved to another county must reregister to be eligible to vote. Residents can register by appearing at their county courthouse or by mailing in a completed registration form.
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April 13, 2012 | By Holly Ramer and Brian Bakst, Associated Press
EXETER, N.H. - Eyeing the November election, Vice President Biden on Thursday called presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney "out of touch" and "out of step" with history and basic American values. Biden also opened a new line of attack, introducing the "Romney rule" and contrasting it with President Obama's push for the "Buffet rule" to force rich people to pay more of their income in taxes. The measure, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, says the wealthy should not pay taxes at a lower rate than middle-class wage-earners.
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November 4, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
YOU'VE ENDURED months of televised campaign commercials. You know the ads - smiling candidates saying nice things about themselves and ominous things about their opponents. The end is in sight. Just one more thing to do - vote! Voters in Pennsylvania will cast ballots today for governor, members of the U.S. House, all state House of Representatives and half of the 50 state Senate members. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The weather forecast - partly sunny with temperatures reaching about 67 degrees - should help turnout, which is expected to be low. Voters with questions about their registration status or polling place can call the Philadelphia City Commission at 215-686-1590 or visit PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
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November 3, 1993 | By Dwight Ott and Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Popular educator Arnold M. Webster last night easily defeated his two challengers for mayor of this once-bustling, now struggling city. With nearly all votes tallied, the school superintendent was leading Republican candidate Keith A. Walker by a ratio of more than 4-to-1. The vote for the third candidate in the race, write-in independent Troy Oglesby, will not be tallied until today. After he won more votes in the primary than all of his Democratic rivals combined, including outgoing mayor Aaron Thompson, the race never was expected to be close.
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May 9, 1995 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democrat incumbents in the register of wills' and sheriff's offices are facing challenges in next Tuesday's primary, and a vacant city commissioner's seat has three Republicans scrambling to fill it. Otherwise, action in Philadelphia's inconspicuous row offices is dormant - at least until November. In one contested race, longtime Register of Wills Ronald R. Donatucci, running for a fifth term, is facing a challenge from a former employee, whom he fired, for the Democratic nomination.
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April 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month before the primary election, millions of dollars are flowing into the unprecedented race to fill three seats on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. Topping the money list of the 12 candidates is Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty, thanks in part to a group not typically associated with the high court: organized labor. Of the $707,931 he had collected through March, more than half came from laborers and at least $302,000 from one union: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - led locally by his politically influential older brother, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty.
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March 13, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Green IV is no longer chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Could a bid for mayor be next? Green, a lifelong Democrat and son of a former mayor, changed his voter registration Tuesday to "no affiliation. " Asked if he was contemplating a run for mayor as an independent in the Nov. 3 general election, Green said Wednesday that he is "keeping all of [his] options open. ". Green made the change at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, walking through the throng of candidates filing nomination petitions to be listed on the May 19 primary election ballot.
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April 18, 2012 | John Baer
IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to oust an incumbent Philly state lawmaker. About the only time one leaves is to collect a fat, taxpayer-paid pension, go to prison or, as in the case of Rep. Tony Payton, (unbelievably) fail to get the minimum 300 signatures needed to run. So a good political rule of thumb in the City of Brotherly Love is once you're in, you're likely in for about as long as your want. That rule's being ignored by 31-year old community activist Numa St. Louis (pronounced Sawn Louee)
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May 13, 1987 | By H. G. Bissinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wilson Goode vs. Frank Rizzo in the general election in November? No complaint from the mayor. And no complaint from the former mayor. Part of that has to do with their competitive desire for a rematch. And part of that, say political strategists and advisers for both camps, has to do with an unusual phenomenon that has emerged in the mayoral primary. Politically, Goode is much more fearful of a challenge from Republican underdog John J. Egan Jr. As for Rizzo, some close supporters say he wants to stay away from Democratic underdog Edward G. Rendell if he can help it. Because of that ironic twist, political strategists acknowledge that Egan and Rendell would potentially be in very strong shape in a general election - assuming, of course, that they can win their respective primaries on Tuesday.
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June 8, 1989 | By Ray Rinaldi, Special to The Inquirer
Write-in votes cast in four Burlington County communities during Tuesday's primary could qualify some unexpected candidates for positions on general election ballots and bring competition to other candidates who thought they would be running unopposed in November. Candidates who miss the primary filing deadlines must receive a minimum number of write-in votes to be eligible to represent their parties in the general election. The minimum varies in each municipality depending on the number of registered voters.
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April 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month before the primary election, millions of dollars are flowing into the unprecedented race to fill three seats on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. Topping the money list of the 12 candidates is Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty, thanks in part to a group not typically associated with the high court: organized labor. Of the $707,931 he had collected through March, more than half came from laborers and at least $302,000 from one union: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - led locally by his politically influential older brother, John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty.
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March 13, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Green IV is no longer chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Could a bid for mayor be next? Green, a lifelong Democrat and son of a former mayor, changed his voter registration Tuesday to "no affiliation. " Asked if he was contemplating a run for mayor as an independent in the Nov. 3 general election, Green said Wednesday that he is "keeping all of [his] options open. ". Green made the change at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, walking through the throng of candidates filing nomination petitions to be listed on the May 19 primary election ballot.
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January 9, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. is planning a trip back to the future. The Republican commissioner announced yesterday that he's giving up his seat on the three-person board of commissioners to run for district attorney. Now that current Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has announced plans to leave office to run for judge, Castor said he saw an open window and is ready to throw his hat back in the ring. "Although I enjoy the public service of the Office of County Commissioner, especially with my duties supervising the county's public-safety efforts, I admit that I have known for some time that my most professionally satisfying years with the county were spent in furthering the interests of law enforcement," he said.
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November 4, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
YOU'VE ENDURED months of televised campaign commercials. You know the ads - smiling candidates saying nice things about themselves and ominous things about their opponents. The end is in sight. Just one more thing to do - vote! Voters in Pennsylvania will cast ballots today for governor, members of the U.S. House, all state House of Representatives and half of the 50 state Senate members. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The weather forecast - partly sunny with temperatures reaching about 67 degrees - should help turnout, which is expected to be low. Voters with questions about their registration status or polling place can call the Philadelphia City Commission at 215-686-1590 or visit PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
FOR CITY Commission Chairman Anthony Clark, the city's top election official, voting is both professional and personal. Professionally, he chairs the board that ensures Philadelphia's elections run smoothly and honestly. Personally, he thinks it's none of your business why he hasn't voted in the last five elections. "You know, I made a choice and that's my private choice," he said yesterday, following the monthly commission meeting. Public records show that Clark hasn't voted since 2011.
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September 21, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
YOU KNOW that nonbinding ballot referendum City Council approved Thursday to ask voters if the School Reform Commission should be abolished? Don't count on seeing it on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot. The deadline to get the measure, sponsored by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, placed on the ballot passed on Monday. The City Commission, which runs elections in the city, yesterday mailed out absentee ballots, military ballots and ballots for civilians overseas. The question is not on those ballots.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
TODAY, as with so many of our days, Clout's attention turns to the cold hard cash of politics. Case in point: A new Quinnipiac University Poll that tells an old and sad story for Gov. Corbett . Democrat Tom Wolf leads Corbett by 24 points, 59 percent to 35 percent with fewer than eight weeks until the Nov. 4 general election. That matches up with the results of other recent polls, including the Aug. 28 Daily News / Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The Quinnipiac pollsters asked Wolf supporters if they were voting for him or against Corbett.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Daylin Leach says Marjorie Margolies is continuing to violate federal campaign finance laws, and has lodged a new complaint as the Democrats vying for the 13th Congressional District seat enter the last full week before the May 20 primary. Leach said Monday he intends to file a supplementary letter with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Margolies has again spent contributions designated for the general election on her primary campaign. Four Democrats are battling for the nomination in the 13th, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
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April 25, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
FORMER U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies has run her bid to retake her old 13th District seat like an economic stimulus plan for a handful of political consultants. She spent more than she took in for the last three months of 2013 and the first three months of this year. But did she violate a federal law in the process? State Sen. Daylin Leach , a rival in the May 20 Democratic primary election, filed a Federal Election Commission complaint this week accusing Margolies of illegally spending campaign cash on primary expenses when that money was reserved for the general election.
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