Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Steve Tolliver, of Cheltenham, and Gail Weilheimer, of Abington, are being recommended by a Democratic committee to be that party's candidates for the county Court of Common Pleas this election season.
The Montgomery County Democratic Committee (MCDC) announced its recommendations on Wednesday for candidates for Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in the 2013 election. A judicial screening committee has selected Steve Tolliver, of Cheltenham, and Gail Weilheimer, of Abington, as potential party candidates. The candidates are expected to be officially endorsed at the county's endorsement convention on Feb. 28. Despite the recommendations, the MCDC welcomes all potential candidates to attend either the Feb 21. County Party Executive Committee meeting or the Feb. 28 convention to present their qualifications and request consideration for party endorsement. "Time and again the process of appointing a screening committee to interview …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Citizens for a Better Norristown aims to encourage and support average citizens with little political experience who want to run for office in Norristown, East Norriton and West Norriton.
More the three dozen residents turned out for a reception at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library on Monday evening hosted by grassroots political group Citizens for a Better Norristown (CBN). According to members of the group, the aim of the evening was to introduce average citizens to the political process and encourage residents to run for local office. "We want to see good, quality people in office," said John Milligan, an executive committee member of CBN. This election season, the organization hopes to identify and support candidates, increase voter participation and educate voters. Speakers for the Monday evening program included West Norriton Commissioner Brian Kennedy, East Norriton Supervisor John Zurzola, Former …
Friday, November 9, 2012
What to do with yard signs and how to reach your county party leaders.
The 2012 General Election is over and the dust has cleared; now, what about those yard signs? And who do you call if you didn't like what you saw at the polls from your political party? Campaign Sign Recycling Montgomery County launched its campaign sign recycling program yesterday, and is accepting all leftover campaign signs at various locations throughout the county though Nov. 21. Last year, Montgomery County collected nearly 8 tons of metal and plastic signs in its campaign sign recycling program, which is run in conjunction with ReCommunity Recycling, Sullivan's Scrap Metals, Cougle's Recycling and the Montgomery County Republican and Democrat Committees. All campaign signs can be dropped off at the following locations during normal …
Pennsylvania Democrats achieved a historic swing in the state Senate on Tuesday.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Democrats picked up net three state Senate seats Tuesday – their biggest gain since 1970 and the largest swing since the GOP won four seats in 1994, according to a PoliticsPa report. The party went three for three in open seats, picking up districts formerly held by Republicans. A post on PoliticsPa states: "The big night will immediately shift the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans had held a 30 to 20 majority. Now, they’ll have 27 seats to 23 for the Democrats. The math is important. The Senate Republicans have consistently tempered more conservative legislative efforts from House Republicans, in part because the Senate caucus contains half a dozen moderates – mostly from southeast Pennsylvania. Now, they’ll have to …
Monday, October 22, 2012
In anticipation of tonight's final debate, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards spoke in support of their party's candidate, President Barack Obama, today in Norristown.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off tonight in the third and final presidential debate, this time on foreign policy. The rhetoric is expected to be heated, and most polls have the candidates in a dead heat following their earlier sparring matches. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards took to the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse to vocie support their party's standard bearing, President Obama. The commissioners told those in attendance that when it comes to foreign policy, the president has the experience and the record needed to lead our country for the next four years. "We are electing a commander-in-chief, someone who will keep America safe," Shapiro said. "All Mitt …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Join us for a live stream of tonight's vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressmen Paul Ryan.
Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will face off for the first and only vice presidential debate in the 2012 election season. All the major networks – ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more – will be airing the debate and AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. If you're not going to be attending any of the local debate parties planned for tonight around our area, you can still join in the conversation with us right here at Patch. We're hosting a digital debate party, with a live stream of the debate and what we hope will be a lively conversation about the issues, the candidates and their performance here in our comment stream. The topic for tonight's debate at Centre College in …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Join us for a live stream of tonight's first in a series of presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off for the first in a series of presidential debates. All the major networks – ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more – will be airing the debate. If you're not going to be attending any of the local debate parties planned for tonight around our area, you can still join in the conversation with us right here at Patch. We're hosting a digital debate party, with a live stream of the debate and what we hope will be a lively conversation about the issues, the candidates and their performance here in our comment stream. Join us tonight at 9 p.m. and lend your voice to the debate.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Pennsylvania released figures this week that reveal almost 45,000 registered voters in Montgomery County could not be matched with PennDOT ID numbers.
There are almost 45,000 registered voters in Montgomery County who do not have the PennDOT ID number required to be able to vote in the fall general election according to a Pennsylvania Department of State comparison of voter registration rolls and PennDOT ID databases. In March, state lawmakers approved a new voter ID bill (House Bill 934), sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry), that requires each voter to present proof of identification at every election. The law is scheduled to take effect for the Nov. 6 general election. The new law has been controversial, with Democrats challenging that it will disenfranchise voters without proper IDs and Republicans saying it will fight voter fraud. The database comparison provided this …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We've got the rundown on the local delegates going to each party's convention.
The polls have all reported in and while there wasn't much of a contest anywhere on the board in our area (except for the special election in the 153rd to fill Josh Shapiro's vacated seat), folks have been wondering who we'll be sending to the national conventions to represent the parties locally this year. Keep in mind these results are unofficial. Here's the rundown: Republicans The Republicans in District 13 (which includes Norristown and parts of East Norriton) were looking for three names for the convention in Tampa Bay, Florida in August. They were asked to pick three delegates and three alternates. The top three delegates were William E. Donnelly, Thomas Jay Ellis and Michael J. McMonagle. The top three alternates were Agnes …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
All 21 endorsements based of 2001 district maps; primary could be pushed back.
With the legislative district maps still in dispute, more than 400 Montgomery County Republicans gathered at the Crown Plaza in King of Prussia on Thursday night to endorse the GOP slate of candidates for the upcoming November election. Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert Kerns said that the party had to base its endorsements on the 2001 legislative map, and that depending on how the situation unfolds, the group may have to reschedule its primary election. "We're in a situation right now, where this evening, we are going to be endorsing based on the 2001 map," said Kerns. "If the map changes, we could also have a change in the election day. That is a possibility that we all have to understand. The primary may be pushed …