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December 23, 2011
Use reason and support Romney Conservatives who have been swayed to support Newt Gingrich ("Pa. boyhood a fond past for Gingrich," Sunday) are falling victim to the precise trait that they often criticize progressives for having: reliance on emotion, rather than reason, to guide their political thinking. Fact: Independents decide national elections. Fact: Mitt Romney consistently polls much more favorably with independents than does Gingrich. Conclusion: In a general election, Romney would garner more of the independent vote than would Gingrich.
NEWS
December 9, 2011 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jerseyans gripe about their property taxes but turn out in small numbers for the April school board elections that largely determine how high they will be. Could moving them to November increase voter turnout - and save money? The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a bill that gives school districts, towns, and voters the power to decide whether to move school elections to coincide with the general elections in November. Doing that would also eliminate the requirement to hold a vote on school budgets - unless the school districts propose to increase their tax levies more than the state-imposed 2 percent cap. The new timetable could be adopted if at least 15 percent of district voters who cast their ballots in the last election for Assembly sign a petition approving it. Alternatively, a town or board of education could move the school elections to November simply by adopting a resolution to that effect.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press
MONROVIA, Liberia - An election that was supposed to solidify peace in this nation emerging from war was marred by dismal turnout Tuesday, after the opposition went ahead with a boycott despite last-minute appeals from the United States and the U.N. Security Council. The move guarantees reelection for the continent's first and only female president, who was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but country experts worry that the low turnout could discredit Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's victory and delegitimize her government.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Voters arrived in a slow but steady stream at Radnor Township's Ward 5, Precinct 1 at the Jewish Federation's campus on Bryn Mawr Avenue. By 11 a.m., 51 people had voted, about average for a General Election when there is no presidential race. Clerks said the bright, sunny, warm weather was bound to stimulate voter turnout. Although Democratic incumbent Ward 5 commissioner John Nagle is seeking reelection against Republican Ernie Shapiro, the race hasn't received much public attention.
NEWS
September 17, 2011 | By Elisa Basnight
Sept. 17 is one of the most important dates in America's story. On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. I never cease to marvel at the foresight, motivation, and resilience required to conceive and implement America's foundation. Yet I also wonder if the framers would be turning in their graves if they knew the state of voter turnout and civic engagement in Philadelphia and other cities around the nation. Two hundred years ago, they spent countless hours drafting the wording to convey that all authority originates with the people: "We the People . . . do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
NEWS
September 4, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama was once a reluctant campaigner, but there are plenty of reasons why she's primed to play a major role in her husband's reelection bid. She's more popular than the president. She's seasoned now. And she's so careful in her public remarks that even at campaign fund-raisers, she sometimes relies on a teleprompter. Observers said her top causes - getting children fit and embracing the nation's troops - were shrewd political choices, ones that have given her allies from coast to coast.
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Should Pennsylvania spend $4.3 million to fix a problem that doesn't exist? That's what the Republican-controlled legislature is being asked to do. The House has passed, and the Senate is considering, a bill requiring voters to produce a state or federal photo ID before they are allowed to cast a ballot. Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele endorsed the ID requirement Tuesday. In June, the legislature estimated the bill would cost $4.3 million. It's money that would be spent on a problem that doesn't exist, according to those in a position to know-county election officials.
NEWS
June 22, 2011 | By John Manganaro, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With a controversial voter identification bill set for approval by the Pennsylvania House, Democrats and advocacy groups from Philadelphia and around the state are voicing concern that the move could end up hurting voter turnout. House Democrats and Republicans debated the legislation for more than seven hours Monday and Tuesday. With a Republican majority in the House, the bill is expected to win final approval as early as Wednesday and be sent to the Senate. The action reflects a national trend - spurred by conservatives who won office in the 2010 midterm election - toward stricter election laws.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By John Manganaro, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - With a controversial voter identification bill set for approval by the Pennsylvania House, Democrats and advocacy groups from Philadelphia and around the state voiced concern that the move could end up hurting voter turnout. House Democrats and Republicans debated the legislation for more than seven hours Monday and Tuesday. With a Republican majority in the House, the bill passed a key hurdle Tuesday night and is expected to win final approval as early as Wednesday and be sent to the Senate.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By John Manganaro, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state House began debate Monday on a divisive bill that would require Pennsylvania voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot. The bill - one of many similar measures being advanced in GOP-controlled legislatures nationwide - could receive a final vote this week. Sponsor Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) said the bill was needed to ensure tougher voter controls and protect the integrity of Pennsylvania's elections. "Every illegally counted ballot cancels out the vote of a legitimate voter," Metcalfe said.
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