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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 28, 2016 | By Chris Hepp and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania went with the front-runners. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmed the competition Tuesday, handily winning their parties' presidential primaries here as they rolled up win after win in other so-called Acela states. Trump, the outspoken New York developer, far outdistanced his two remaining Republican rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump - flanked by Gov. Christie in New York City as he delivered his latest victory speech - declared it "our biggest night.
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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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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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May 24, 2011 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson has defeated real-estate broker Barbara Capozzi in last week's Democratic primary election for a City Council seat. Johnson won by just 46 votes in a four-way race with more than 16,600 votes cast, according to a tally of absentee, alternative and provisional ballots completed by the Philadelphia City Commission yesterday. Capozzi issued a statement yesterday saying that she is "quite disappointed," while leaving open the possibility of a legal challenge.
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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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August 15, 2016
ISSUE | CLOSED PRIMARIES Let independents vote It always bothered me that independent voters had no voice in determining the candidates for whom they would be asked to vote in the General Election ("Why closed primaries?" Thursday). I was a judge of election for eight years, and my least-favorite part of the job was turning away independent voters at primaries, including several whose registration was clearly an error on the part of the county election board. Allowing primaries to pick four candidates without regard to party affiliation would provide more points of view in the General Election; one or more of the candidates would likely not belong to one of the major parties.
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August 12, 2016
Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders tapped a strong current of dissatisfaction with the two-party system that has long dominated American politics. While making surprisingly strong showings in primaries and caucuses, they made legitimate complaints about the convoluted process used to pick presidential nominees. The process is mystifying thanks to arcane rules that favor more traditional party candidates. In many states, primaries give voters some degree of say in the process. But many primaries, including Pennsylvania's, are closed to independents, even though their tax dollars help subsidize the two major parties' way of choosing candidates.
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May 26, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Bernie's quest Until recently, I thought I knew why Bernie Sanders was continuing to vigorously pursue his virtually impossible goal of winning the Democratic presidential nomination ("In coal country, scant support for Clinton," Sunday). I was wrong. He is not simply trying to maximize his impact on the Democratic platform and influence Hillary Clinton's positions in the presidential campaign. Sanders is a true ideologue. How do I know? He has already moved Clinton to the left and has enough support to significantly affect his party's platform.
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May 19, 2016
By Berwood Yost There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, as the saying goes. Then there are polls, the most damnable source of statistics, if you believe their critics. Election results in Pennsylvania's recent primary seem to support some skepticism. Polling averages predicted easy victories for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, which did happen. But the individual polls used to create those expectations were scattered. Polls in the last month showed a Trump lead ranging from eight to 26 points (he won by 35)
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May 4, 2016
OSCEOLA, Ind . - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump. "I am in for the distance - as long as we have a viable path to victory," Cruz told reporters after campaigning at a popular breakfast stop. With his supporters fearing Cruz could lose a seventh consecutive state Tuesday, the candidate's formulation hinted at a time when he may give up. Like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cruz is already mathematically eliminated from reaching a delegate majority before the Republican Party's national convention in July.
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April 28, 2016 | By Chris Hepp and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania went with the front-runners. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmed the competition Tuesday, handily winning their parties' presidential primaries here as they rolled up win after win in other so-called Acela states. Trump, the outspoken New York developer, far outdistanced his two remaining Republican rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump - flanked by Gov. Christie in New York City as he delivered his latest victory speech - declared it "our biggest night.
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April 21, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday restored Joe Vodvarka to the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, one week before the Democratic primary election. That overturned a Commonwealth Court victory for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, who filed the challenge to have Vodvarka booted from the ballot. Sestak had challenged the validity of signatures gathered for Vodvarka's nomination petition. The Pennsylvania Department of State is trying to determine how to follow the court's ruling.
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November 13, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WITH ALL THE VOTES having been counted in last week's general election, incumbent at-large City Councilman Dennis O'Brien is 389 votes short of keeping his seat, according to the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Although the election results won't be officially announced until Nov. 17, all machine, provisional and absentee ballots were counted this week, said Tim Dowling, supervisor of elections for the city commissioners. O'Brien, a first-term Republican, yesterday did not concede, but sounded resolved to the fact that he will be leaving office Jan. 4. "When they certify, I think the process speaks for itself.
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June 9, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
There has been plenty of political chatter this year about independent candidates for mayor in the Nov. 3 general election. Will former Republican candidate Sam Katz take another shot? He won't. Will former Democratic City Councilman Bill Green get into the race? He's still considering it. Independent candidates also are sizing up two of five City Council at-large seats that are set aside in city charter for the "minority" political party. Those seats have been held for decades by Republicans.
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