Saturday, May 18, 2013
One poll suggests that, while Pennsylvania voters might support medical marijuana use, they aren't in favor of legal pot.
Pennsylvania voters aren't in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to one pole. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled opposed to legalizing marijuana in the state. A similar F&M Poll at the beginning of February found that 55 percent of respondants were against legalizing marijuana. While voters don't support its outright legalization, 82 percent of those polled favor the use of marijuana for medical reasons if prescribed by a doctor. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau says black turnout nationwide, by percentage, exceeded white turnout last year for the first time.
A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that blacks had the highest voter turnout among racial identifications in the 2012 general election. Nationwide, 66.2 percent of black citizens voted, exceeding for the first time the turnout of white voters, which was 64.1 percent. In 2008, 66.1 percent of whites voted, to 64.7 percent of blacks. Back in 1996, white turnout was 60.7 percent and black turnout was 53 percent. Black turnout also exceeded white turnout in Pennsylvania last year, 65.2 percent to 62.5 percent. Read a Huffington Post report on the census findings, and see below for statistics comparing other voting demographics: Voter turnout is expected to be far lower in Tuesday's off-year primary election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
According to poll results, more voters support same-sex marriage in 2013.
A majority of state voters said they are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, according to one pole. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled were in favor of allowing legal same-sex marriages. The 54 percent in favor is up from 48 percent in the previous year. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following information representes the questions asked in the survey and the results given by voters. 1) Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow…
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Read the important dates for voting by absentee ballot.
Delaware County's Election Bureau will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, to distribute absentee ballots for the Municipal Primary Election on May 21. The deadline for submitting applications for absentee ballots is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. All voted absentee ballots must be received by the Election Bureau by 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, according to the county. The Election Bureau is located in the Delaware County Government Center in Media. The office is opened weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. According to the county: Voters who visit the Election Bureau to obtain an absentee ballot application on May 11 or after 4:30 p.m. on May 14 or to deliver a voted ballot after 4:30 p.m. on May 17 must enter through the…
Friday, April 19, 2013
It's not too late to register to vote in the Primary Election.
The last day to register to vote in the May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. Delaware County citizens can register to vote at the Voter Registration Commission in the lobby of the Delaware County Government Center, adjacent to the Courthouse, in Media, according to the county. Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during weekdays. To be eligible to vote, an American citizen must be 18-years-old by Election Day. Citizens who turn 18 no later than May 21, 2013, are eligible, if registered in time, to vote. An eligible voter who lives in Delaware County can learn if he or she is registered by contacting the Voter Registration Commission at 610-891-4659. The TDD line for the hearing-impaired is 610-891-4306.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Here's the slate of official party candidates provided by the Haverford Democratc party.
Haverford Democrat will stage a campaign launch event Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Haverford Township Building. Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord, State Senator Daylin Leach(D-17) and State Representatve Greg Vitali (D-166) are expected to be guest speakers, according to an announcement by the Haverford Democratic Party. Below are bios of the candidates running for Haverford Township offices as provided by the party: Alison Bausman for 2nd Ward Commissioner Alision Bausman grew up in the small town of Westminster, Vermont. After she graduated from Drexel University, she and her husband chose to live in Haverford Township because it is a great place to raise their family. As a Branch Manager of a bank in …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Democratic state senator for much of the Main Line will pursue Rep. Allyson Schwartz's seat.
Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery, Delaware) announced Tuesday morning he will run in 2014 for the U.S. House of Representatives. Leach will run in Pennsylvania's 13th District, currently represented by fellow Democrat and expected gubernatorial candidate Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Leach was a state representative from 2003 to 2009, and last November he won a second four-year term in the state senate, where his constituencies include residents of Lower Merion, Haverford and Radnor townships. He has become a more prominent Democratic figure through pushes to legalize marijuana and gay marriage in Pennsylvania, as well as through his opposition to voter-ID requirements. In a letter on his website Tuesday, Leach said he is running for Congress for …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The surprising thing the Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Cigar Lounge owner tells Patch about his own smoking preferences.
The "VIP Guest Today" lawn signs in front of the Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Cigar Lounge were too interesting to just pass by on Thursday afternoon. For a non-smoker the fragrant cigar store next to the Manoa Fire Co. station (yes, they do have a wooden cigar store Indian statue) is easy to miss. So the intrique of a mystery guest was enough to draw in a first time, non-smoker Patch Edtor. Inside the store, which has a special exemption that allows smoking on the premises, are thousands of cigars and most times a handful or more of cigar lovers. In the front of the shop at 95 Eagle Road is a showroom featuring hundreds of cigars. The special guest on Thursday was a representative of Oliva Cigars. The star of the shop is owner and …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Delaware County GOP announces its slate for this spring's primary election.