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Tonight, voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania's congressional and statewide primaries, and there are a number of races worth watching. Our guide to the key contests is below the fold, but first, here's a zoomable map of the Keystone State's new congressional districts:

PA-Sen (R): A whole lot of Republicans have piled into this race for the dubious honor of getting creamed by Bob Casey, Jr. in November. The favorite at this point has to be former coal company owner (and, long ago, the elected supervisor of tiny Plumcreek Township) Tom Smith, who's gone from unknown to frontrunner the old fashioned way: by spending way more on advertising than anyone else. His main opposition has shaped up to be fellow rich guy Steve Welch, who has the backing of most of the local Republican establishment, since they view him as the most electable candidate for November.

Although Welch generally seems more moderate than Smith, both have been hitting each other in ads for the exact same sin: their shared history of having voted and contributed for Democrats in the past. Ex-state Rep. Sam Rohrer (who lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to Tom Corbett) is also in the hunt, but has been a non-entity financially and hasn't advertised; the field is rounded out by David Christian and Marc Scaringi, who seem to appeal exclusively to the hardcore tea partiers and the social conservatives, respectively. Smith has a double-digit lead over the rest of the pack in his latest internal poll.

PA-AG (D): Democrats have never won the attorney general position in the three decades since this became an elected position, but they're hoping this is the year that changes that. The two candidates in the primary are ex-Rep. Patrick Murphy (who lost in PA-08 in 2010) and Kathleen Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County. Murphy, popular among the netroots from his time in the House, is better-known in the Philadelphia market, but Kane (who is personally wealthy) has had enough money available to compete on the statewide airwaves, and she's sporting a nine-point lead in a recent internal poll.

PA-04 (R): In this open-seat race to replace GOP Rep. Todd Platts, the two leading candidates appear to be state Rep. Scott Perry and York County Commissioner Chris Reilly. While neither candidate has fundraised impressively, if anyone has the edge, it's probably Reilly, who's been the beneficiary of spending by Sen. Pat Toomey's PAC. Reilly also had a small lead in the only public poll of the contest, but a majority were undecided, and Perry's managed to get on the air, too. So this could be anybody's game.

PA-12 (D): In their new congressional map, Republicans deliberately consolidated the old 4th and 12th Congressional Districts into the new 12th, a move which necessarily pitted two Democratic incumbents against each other: Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. The question is, will geography be destiny? About two-thirds of the new seat is comprised of Altmire's old constituents, centered around his home base of Beaver County in suburban Pittsburgh. At the other end is Johnstown in Cambria County, where Critz hails from (and before him, legendary Democrat Jack Murtha), though he currently represents only 29 percent of the new 12th. On that basis alone, you'd expect Altmire to have a big edge.

But there's one big "but." Though Critz and Altmire are both among the least progressive members of the Democratic caucus, they've amassed their records in very different ways. Altmire, a Blue Dog, has a reasonably liberal record on social issues but votes quite conservatively on economic matters. Critz tends toward the opposite, and in particular, he's a strong backer of organized labor. And that's where he's hoping to make up for his geographic disadvantage: He's virtually swept the unions when it comes to endorsements, and they're working hard for him. This race will be a big test of their muscle, as this region once used to be home to lots of union workers, but as coal mines and steel mills closed, far fewer remain. The most recent poll gave Altmire a narrow four-point edge, so while he is still the slight favorite, this is anybody's race.

PA-17 (D): Republicans knew exactly what they were doing when they surrounded Rep. Tim Holden's home territory of Schuylkill County with much bluer turf. Even though Holden had long represented conservative districts and amassed a voting record to match, they knew he wouldn't opt for a swingier district (like the adjacent 11th or 15th)—where he might threaten a GOP incumbent—since Holden made it clear he'd run wherever Schuylkill wound up. That allowed Republicans to get Holden off their backs and create something of a Democratic vote sink. But it seems like Holden may have made a serious mistake, since he drew a challenge from the left from wealthy attorney Matt Cartwright.

All of a sudden, the very same centrism that allowed Holden to survive in such tough districts for so many years all became a big liability in this 57 percent Obama district, with Cartwright's allies hectoring Holden for his departure from the Democratic line. And just as if not more important, Cartwright is a well-known local litigator whose name has appeared on ads throughout his end of the district for years. (He's also self-funded quite a bunch.) So Holden wound up both at an ideological and a geographic disadvantage (he represents just 21 percent of the new 17th), and an unanswered Cartwright internal suggests that Holden is now the underdog in this race. He may yet pull this out, but there's a good chance he'll become only the second House incumbent this year to lose in a primary to a non-incumbent challenger.

PA-18 (R): Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who's represented Pittsburgh's southern suburbs and collar counties for a decade, is nobody's definition of a moderate, but apparently he's too labor-friendly—and not sufficiently committed to absolute austerity for the tastes of Beltway meddlers like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks. They latched on to young former Hill staffer Evan Feinberg as a more conservative alternative in the primary, spending some money on his behalf. Feinberg hasn't gotten any traction, though, either in terms of polling or fundraising, and recent weeks have seen the purity patrols cutting their losses and mostly turning Feinberg loose.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Cool, but no rain in Philly (2+ / 0-)
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    gooderservice, Xenocrypt

    Hopefully turnout can be decent, though it's Philly and it's a primary without a true Philadelphia candidate.

    "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

    by rdw72777 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:11:45 AM PDT

  •  Whaddya Know About... (3+ / 0-)

    Cong. District 14?  Brooks Vs. Patrick Murphy?

    As a recent CA transplant to PA, I must say, getting info on these primary races is a bear compared to the voter guides we got out West.  Of course we nearly always had ballot initiatives to wrestle with and without the guides you were totally lost.

    We got inundated by TV ads leading up to these primaries, but it turns out that living near Pittsburgh, virtually none of the ads we see are for races that include our voting district.  (And the ads themselves are essentially useless in terms of learning about the bonafides of the candidates....nearly all are candidates frantically claiming that they are more conservative than their opponent and/or that they never said or did what their opponent said they did.)  

    Thank heavens for the League of Women Voters, Wikipedia and Kos.  

    With Presidential primaries essentially finished and many uncontested races for down-ticket slots, I suspect turnout today is gonna be really really slim.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:36:37 AM PDT

    •  PA-14 (2+ / 0-)
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      Adam B, wishingwell

      is Mike Doyle (Pittsburgh and environs). I don't know who the Republicans are, but it doesn't matter because this is a deep-blue district.

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:58:25 AM PDT

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    •  who put out the guides?? (1+ / 0-)
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      CaliSista

      can you help put one out next time??

      •  I believe the guides to which dweb was referring (0+ / 0-)

        are put out by the ebeel gubmint. Here's an example for the June Primary. I think depending on whether a candidate meets certain requirements and adheres to campaign spending limits, they are allowed to put in a statement. Mostly the guides are used to explain the propositions of which there are mercifully only two this time.

        This handy little Wiki entry shows the number of propositions (and how each fared) since 2000 when there were TWENTY-ONE on the ballot!!!

        "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

        by CaliSista on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:38:43 PM PDT

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  •  Weather! (4+ / 0-)

    As Prince foretold, sometimes it snows in April -- a foot in Johnstown, Pittsburgh spared.  That's Altmire weather. :)

  •  Who's everyone pulling for? (3+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson, Mostel26, wishingwell

    I'm pulling for Cartwright, Critz (Altmire just doesn't seem like a team player at all, and right now economic issues need to be a priority for Democrats), and Patrick Murphy.

    British guy with a big interest in US politics; -3.50, -3.18. Overheard at CPAC: A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey Mitt".

    by General Goose on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:03:27 AM PDT

    •  Advice for undecided PA-12 voters (9+ / 0-)

      If you're blue and you don't know for whom to vote
      Why don't you vote where party loyalty sits?
      Voting for Mark Critz

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:09:26 AM PDT

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    •  I don;t have a dog (4+ / 0-)

      In PA-12 or PA-17 and honestly would be happy with either candidate.  

      Part of me wants to give Holden a term in the new district and see how he votes though; I think he's earned a gift for taking out Gekas way back in the day.

      PA-12, I'd probably prefer Critz but just see no way that he wins.  And then there's the possibilitiy if Altmire is winning will bring out all the GOP "Unions are dead/meaningless" blowhards...sigh.

      I'm a Pat Murphy guy, a nervous one today.  i really wish he had countered Kane's last poll so I wouldn't be so worried.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:10:48 AM PDT

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      •  That's a good point about Holden. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know enough about him, but it's not uncommon to see a conservative Democrat who you can sense would be a lot more progressive in the right district.

        British guy with a big interest in US politics; -3.50, -3.18. Overheard at CPAC: A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey Mitt".

        by General Goose on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:15:00 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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          wishingwell

          And like I said, it would only take 1 term to see, after that then you have a better idea.  But to lose that much seniority is rarely good, and if in this single "test" term he votes more left then you are in a better spot with his seniority.

          Today is just another reminder of just how well the GOP did drawing PA's congressional map sadly.

          "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

          by rdw72777 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:37:44 AM PDT

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        •  Yes although Cartwright ran far more ads and (0+ / 0-)

          I do like him.

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          by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:51:20 PM PDT

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      •  Holden and Critz. (1+ / 0-)
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        R30A

        Those are my preferences.

        22, Burkean Post-Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (Taught), TX-17 (Lived); Left, right, back to the middle... Taste my skittles?

        by wwmiv on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:15:39 AM PDT

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        •  Same here. (0+ / 0-)

          With all that Holden has been put though in the last two redistrictings, I can't help but hope he wins.

          Registered in NY-02, College CT-01, Spent most of the rest of my life on the border of NY-08 and NY-15

          by R30A on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 01:11:11 PM PDT

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      •  Kane ran a ton of ads and had Bill Clinton out (0+ / 0-)

        at a rally for her and  a big boost from the Clintons as she worked for Hillary's campaign.

        Patrick Murphy was an early endorser of the President 3 years ago and a strong supporter of Obama.  But he ran few ads.

        Kane ran a ton of ads vs a few from Pat. I think Kane will win this. She campaigned much harder.

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        by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:50:43 PM PDT

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    •  I live the district next to where Cartwright is (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      running against a blue dog, Tim Holden.  I wish I could vote for him, we get all of his ads on local TV. But alas I live in PA-10 where our candidate to replace Casino Marino is running unopposted.

      I voted for Murphy for AG and I voted for Bob Casey, who is being challenged by some guy I never heard of from Alleghey County. That guy never ran one ad, never heard of him so just voted for Bob.  If he was a progressive, I apologize but Casey is wildly popular with PA Democrats.

      We did have to show Photo ID.

      I applaud the Obama campaign for being so organized. I got several calls reminding me of what to take to the polls and to call if I had problems with photo ID and more...I am impressed.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:48:38 PM PDT

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      •  Casey challenger.... (1+ / 0-)
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        Got curious and checked out his website and it's odd that he'd run as a Democrat... Repeal ACA, English as the official language, build a fence, drill baby drill, no inheritance tax, the usual "no bailout/handout/earmark"-stuff...

        •  He's the Pennsylvania equivalent of (1+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens

          Wisconsin's "fake Democrats."

          Joe Sestak got him tossed from the ballot in 2010...unfortunately, he must have done a better job collecting signatures this time around.

          I know Bob Casey is no Russ Feingold, but replace him with this yutz?  No thanks!

    •  Altimire voted against ACA ,don't know if Critz (2+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26, stevenaxelrod

      did.  They are both blue dogs in a way but I find Critz better on labor issues and more palatable than Altimire overall.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:14:05 PM PDT

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    •  non-partisan (0+ / 0-)

      I've a registered non-partisan in PA since moving here in 1989.  That means I didn't participate in the closed primaries.   But 4 years ago, i wanted to support Obama in the primary (i was in a serious anti-dynastic mood that had me soured on the idea of another Clinton).  

      So, I re-registered to vote on the Democrats' ballot.  Here in PA you have to do this in advance (30 day i believe).  Being a bit of a prude, I even called the local board of elections to ask if what i was doing was cricket.  They said 'yep'. I then cast my primary vote for BO and later that day changed my registry back to nonpartisan.

      I have to say, i thoroughly enjoyed my little foray into 'activist voting'

      So, what to do this year.  I'm in the new 4th congressional district.  no party challenger for Casey or Obama.  All the action is on the Republican side.  So last month I found myself (for the first time ever) registered with the GOP.

      I vote for local state rep Pat Vance (R) the 'good enough' incumbent facing a tea party challenge

      I'm afraid replacing Platts is going to be a misery.  The Dem candidates are rank amateurs  and the Republicans are all paying lip service to the tea party (leaving me to try and guess which one least believes the bullshit they are parroting)  In the end I voted for Swomley.  He stated platform was particularly loathsome on a few points, but my thinking he, of the seven dopes in the Republican column, he was the only one with a slim chance of winning the primary and no chance of winning the general.

      and tomorrow, ill be back to officially non-partisan.

      I'm off to shower now.

  •  Did my congressional rep change? Lansdowne,PA (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Mostel26

    No one at the poll this AM could tell me, they seemed to think it was still held up in the courts.  I thought I read somewhere that I was now represented by Dem Bob Brady instead of Repug Meehan. This was Joe Sestak's district.

    Many people inhabit a closed belief system on whose door they have hung the "Do Not Disturb" sign. --Bill Moyers

    by shanesnana on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:46:30 AM PDT

  •  Critz, Holden, Murphy. (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, wishingwell, mayim

    Altmire has been a pain in the rear lately, but he is slightly younger than Critz, and could hold the seat longer.
    Agreeing with someone up-thread, Holden has earned this seat for taking out Gekas.
    I just like Patrick Murphy. Though, parts of me wishes he would have taken on Fitzpatrick again.

    One more comment: I know it is a gerrymander, but this PA map is quite a mess, especially district 7. It looks like a an angry lobster throwing its pinchers up in anger.

    Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, 6/5/2012- the day the great error of Wisconsin history will be corrected!

    by WisJohn on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:31:11 AM PDT

  •  PA-12 union membership (2+ / 0-)
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    It is certainly true that "this region once used to be home to lots of union workers, but as coal mines and steel mills closed, far fewer remain."

    However, don't forget that, in addition to currently active workers, union persuasion and GOTV also target retired members, of which there are thousands and thousands in this district. While plenty of former mine and mill workers have either died or moved away, in a district like this with an elderly population plenty of them are still around, independent of what the current employment of the district is.

    My uncle (who is a retired former member of both the UMW and the USW and lives in the old Altmire portion of the district) tells me that he has been getting lots of union mail and phone calls on behalf of Critz.

    Whether that is enough to sway the results I don't know. But retired union members are still a potentially potent political force here.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world - Jack Layton

    by terjeanderson on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:26:21 AM PDT

  •  All I know is that my Congressional (5+ / 0-)

    Rep lives two hours away, but people who live at the end of my street, three miles south, are in another district; their rep lives four hours away.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:36:02 AM PDT

    •  Wow. (0+ / 0-)

      You ought to be better-represented then! (snark)

      Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, 6/5/2012- the day the great error of Wisconsin history will be corrected!

      by WisJohn on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 12:59:00 PM PDT

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    •  I wanted to be in another district, I am at the (1+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26

      far southern end of PA-10 and I feel more like I belong in the next district over where their rep would live and have a closer office to where I live.

      I was hoping to get out of PA-10 but could not escape it...LOL

      PA-10 is far too conservative, would rather be in the neighboring Holden district....do not want to be in the next district over either which is represented by anti immigrant nut, Barletta.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:58:01 PM PDT

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  •  The most interesting race could be ag. I wasn't (2+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, wishingwell

    going to vote, either seemed okay, until it turned out Kane's family is anti-union. But the adds have been quite icky both ways. Guess they've seen how Willard uses negative adds.

    •  I voted for Murphy... (0+ / 0-)

      ...just because I thought he was a great congressman, and he seems sincere.  Kathleen Kane's record and associations are dubious at best.

      I live in the far-western part of the state that's served by the Youngstown, OH media market, so I don't get to see much of PA political ads.  Can't say I miss them!

  •  David (1+ / 0-)
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    thanks for doing this diary. Although the primaries are effectively over, I'm still interested in seeing if there is anything to be learned as things move along. Much appreciated.

  •  Just voted - the pencil pushers were out in force (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    I vote in Stroudsburg, PA.  We have a state rep, Mario Scavello (for the 176th district), who has gotten quite cozy with some Democrats in my community, Penn Estates.  There is an un-official Facebook page for Penn Estates.  People were praising Mario, who talks nice, comes to meetings at Penn Estates, and generally is a good schmoozer.  He sometimes brings fresh bagels from his store in Mount Pocono.  

    But when he heads west To Harrisburg, he votes Republican all the way.

    There was a former PE resident at the polls today urging Republican primary voters to write-in Mario on the Democrat line.  Mario is already on the ballot as the Republican - he faces no challengers, but likes the concept of the one-party system.

    I posted this on the PE FB page....

    Last word on this. Mario will be on the ballot in November as the Republican candidate. You can vote for him then. If you write-in his name as a Democrat, you are essentially approving what they had, and to a great extent still have, in Russia - the former U.S.S.R. A one-party system! This is not 'smart" - it is gaming the system. You would be depriving ME from voting for the candidate of MY choice in November This is just wrong. If you can't understand that, then I despair for the future of this country.
    What people will do for a bagel with a schmear of schmooze....

    "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

    by PoconoPCDoctor on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:50:22 PM PDT

  •  BTW - voted for me too! (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, wishingwell

    Running as a delegate for Barack Obama.  

    http://www.co.monroe.pa.us/...

    Proud to see my name on the same ballot.

    "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

    by PoconoPCDoctor on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:54:34 PM PDT

  •  What, there is a Primary Today? (1+ / 0-)
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    jj32

    I thought the race is over. May be technically Pennslyvania has a primary tonight, but their vote don't count. It's Romney and Obama in the fall.

  •  Photo ID in effect for PA Primary, I got this (1+ / 0-)
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    apimomfan2

    email from the PA Democratic Party plus the Obama campaign called to see if I had any problems with the New ID laws.  

    Both said they are working hard on getting this information to every voter long before November.

    This is a test run to see how that is going and see who is being disenfranchised.

    What to Bring:
    All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. Approved forms of photo identification include:

    •Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card
    •ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
    •ID issued by the U.S. Government
    •U.S. Passport
    •U.S. Armed Forces ID
    •Student ID
    •Employee ID
    If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include:

    •Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
    •Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
    •Non-photo ID issued by U.S. Government
    •Firearm Permit
    •Current utility bill
    •Current bank statement
    •Current paycheck
    •Government check
    If you do not bring your ID on Election Day, vote with a provisional ballot.

    Don't leave without voting!

    In addition to proper identification, you may choose to bring the following items with you to the polls:

    •A list of the candidates on the ballot and who you plan to vote for
    •A list of key issues or specific proposals that are on the ballot

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:00:48 PM PDT

    •  However, I was told and a Big Sign said (1+ / 0-)
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      All Voters Must Show Photo ID to vote.
      This email seems to indicate old rules in place instead of new ones.

      But the Obama campaign confirmed that the New Photo ID laws were in place today so this email from PA Democrats may be misleading?

      For instance, I voted in the same precinct for 12 years. I have not moved. I had to show Photo ID.

      So it seems it is full speed ahead in PA for voter disenfranchisement.

      We have much work to do here for our seniors, out of students at private colleges who are registered to vote here, and urbans especially who do not drive and do not have photo ID.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:03:30 PM PDT

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    •  Firearm permit, that's awesome n/t (0+ / 0-)

      But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

      by Rich in PA on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:42:36 PM PDT

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  •  PA-5 proves that Homer Simpson was right. (3+ / 0-)
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    The incumbent, Glenn Thompson, is a complete nonentity.  The Democratic challenger, Charles Dumas, is fantastically impressive.  And, of course, he will get creamed.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:09:39 PM PDT

  •  Since I've been gerrymandered out (0+ / 0-)

    of Holden's district and I'm now in the Barlettamander, I couldn't get any satisfaction at giving him a metaphorical kick in the nards.

    For what it's worth Casey did have an opponent. I'm probably the only one who voted for him.

    In my state house district the local GOP endorsed a newcomer over a woman who, quite frankly, has done rather well. Not knowing anything about her, I went and looked. She's physically a dead ringer for Sarah Palin (although, as Deputy Assistant Attorney for the county I suspect she's a lot smarter. But not by much---her voter's guide answers were all talking points.)

    I'm struck by how the meanest, cruelest, nastiest people brag about how they live in a Christian nation. It's rather telling.

    by terrypinder on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:56:52 PM PDT

  •  State Representative Primary to keep an eye on... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...is the 182nd district in Center City Philadelphia. Challenger Brian Sims is running against incumbent Babette Josephs to be the Democratic nominee, which is essentially running for the office itself, given the location (includes most of Center City and the "Gayborhood". Sims would be PA's first openly gay state legislator.

  •  PA-15 (0+ / 0-)

    I have a feeling that either will struggle against popular incumbent Charlie Dent in the fall, but am very interested to see who comes out ahead in the Democratic primary here in the Lehigh Valley.

    Bethelehem mayor John Callahan really caught a bad break by the 2010 elections against Dent so I can't blame him for taking a pass this time around, but he seemed far more recognizable and known than the two Democratic candidates running this time.

    I voted for Jackson Eaton simply because he was the more progressive- his opponent Rick Daugherty admits he's pro-life, yet pledged  he would not support "procedures that are “humiliating or invasive” to women." which is too much of a cop-out for me...

  •  Meanwhile, out here in the wilds (1+ / 0-)
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    of northwest Pennsylvania, very little is in doubt locally.  The incumbent Republicans in both PA-03 (my former Congressional District) and PA-05 (my new Congressional District) are bound for almost certain re-ellection.

    The only interesting contest is for the Democratic nomination for the 49th PA State Senate Seat.  The current State Senator is a sort-of moderate Republican (Jane Earll) who is retiring.  If the Democrats play their cards right, This election could result in a D pick-up.  There are 4 candidates for that seat.  My union endorsed one candidate, but Equality PA endorsed another.  I voted for the Equality PA endorsee (Sean Wiley).

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:36:51 PM PDT

    •  Cast my ballot today for... (0+ / 0-)

      ...Missa Eaton in PA-3.

      I know she doesn't have much of a chance, but I'm rooting for her nonetheless and hoping against hope that she can pull off a Dahlkemper-style upset.  I CAN'T FREAKIN STAND MIKE "SHARRON ANGLE" KELLY.

      •  I wish I could vote for Missa Eaton, (1+ / 0-)
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        but I got gerrymandered out of PA-03.  I'm now in PA-05, where the prospects of electing a Democrat are even worse.

        Like you, I like Missa Eaton, but she's a sacrificial lamb in this election.  And Mike Kellly is undeniably awful. I think with the right candidate in the right year, PA-03 is swingy enough to go blue, but it won't go blue with Missa Eaton this year.  And PA-05 will remain red until the Rapture.

        -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

        by gizmo59 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:23:17 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed, unfortunately. (1+ / 0-)
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          But then again, I thought Kathy Dahlkemper was a sacrificial lamb too.  (YES, I know the dynamics of that race were quite different, but give me something!)

          Glenn Thompson doesn't inspire the visceral disgust in me that "Millionaire Mike" manages to do.  They're both talking-point spouting far-right Republicans, but at least Thompson seems to be a fairly accurate representation of his district.  Kelly is just plain out-of-touch mixed with a liberal (pun intended) dose of stupidity, arrogance, and a palpable mean streak.

    •  That's a frightening gerrymander (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't realize how close I was to becoming PA-05 until I zoomed in on the map above. I am literally a three minute drive from 05. My rep lives two hours away; yours lives four hours away.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 11:09:39 PM PDT

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      •  Likewise, (0+ / 0-)

        which means we don't live that far apart from each other.  Which means, in turn, I'm going to have to invite you to the next northwest PA kossack meet-up, probably in the summer.  Realize we've never had more than 3 present in the same room at the same time.  We're spread kinda thin out here...

        -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

        by gizmo59 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 04:53:12 AM PDT

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  •  TPM has it for the good guys (0+ / 0-)

    in both Dem House primaries. w00t!

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman

    by Code Monkey on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:09:52 PM PDT

  •  Altmire, Holden lost (0+ / 0-)

    Rep. Jason Altmire lost to Rep. Mark Critz.

    Rep. Tim Holden was unseated by his democratic challenger.

    Obama-Biden in 2012!

    by Frederik on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 12:43:39 AM PDT

  •  Kane won - not happy (0+ / 0-)

    Nothing quite like a anti-union Republican-light nominee from the Demoncratic party.

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