Commonwealth Court challenges were filed against David Hall in the 179th by Jason Dawkins and Thomas Neilson; by Danilo Burgos against State Rep. JP Miranda (D-N. Phila.), Juan Rodriguez and Edward M. Lloyd, Jr. in the 197th; by Humberto Perez vs. Leslie Acosta, also in the 197th; by Michelle Syzlowski vs. Brendan Boyle in the 170th; by Sean Stevens and Nicholas DiPiero against State Rep. Pamela DeLissio in the 194th; by Jared Solomon vs. State Rep. Mark B. Cohen (D-Northeast) in the 202nd; by State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington vs. Quetcy Lozada in the 180th; by Margaret McCall vs. John Connelly in the 198th; by Edward Harkins vs. Jeffrey Voice in the 172nd; by Duncan Black, Shirley Smith and Charles Goodwin vs. Babette Josephs in the 182nd; by Terrence Devlin vs. Paul DeFinis and Arlen Curtis Larue in the 173rd; and by Raimon L. Artis and Melissa A. Scott vs. Bobbie T. Curry in the 200th.
All those challenged had filed for the Democratic primary.
That situation could change some of the ballot positions, but for now itâ€™s Tom Wolf leading the Democrat ticket for Governor and Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor.
In Legislative Democratic primary races in order of ballot position: 172nd- Kevin Boyle, Jeffrey Voice; 173rd- Paul DeFinis, Dennis Kilderry, Mike Driscoll, Arlen Curtis Larue; 175th- Sean Sullivan, Michael Oâ€™Brien; 179th- David Hall, Jason Dawkins, James Clay, Jr.; 180th- Quetcy Lozada, Angel Cruz; 181st- K. Williams Medley, Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, Emily Rodriguez, Kenneth T. Walker, Jr.; 182nd- Babette Josephs, Brian Sims; 188th- Algernong Allen, James Roebuck; 190th- Wanda Logan, Isaac Patterson, Vanessa Brown; 198th- John Connolly, Rosita Youngblood, 200th- Bobby Curry, Cherelle Parker; 201st- Lamont Thomas, Stephen Kinsey, 202nd- Mark Cohen, Jared Solomon.
State Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Northwest) weathered a challenge filed against her by Sean Stevens and Nick Di Piero, citing domicile and driverâ€™s license differences. Judge Rochelle Friedman ruled in her favor.
In Senatorial Democratic primary: 2nd- Danny Savage, TomÃ¡s SÃ¡nchez, Christine M. Tartaglione; 4th- Brian Gralnick, Art Haywood, LeAnna Washington.
Seven Democratic Representatives in Philadelphia without opposition in the primary and general election are State Rep. William Keller (D-S. Phila.) in the 184th Dist., State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) in the 185th, State Rep. Jordan Harris (D-S. Phila.) in the 186th, State Rep. Ronald Waters (D-W. Phila.) in the 191st, State Rep. Louise Bishop (D-W. Phila.) in the 192nd, State Rep. Michelle Brownlee (D-N. Phila.) in the 195th, and State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) in the 202nd.
This marks the least amount of Democratic legislators without Republican challenges in over a decade.LABOR LEADER SEEKS STATE SENATE SEAT
Democrat John Kane, business manager for Plumbers Union Local 690, will face Republican Tom McGarrigle, the Delaware Co. Council chairman, for the 26th seat which covers parts of Delaware and Chester Cos.
Based on the recent performance of statewide candidates in this district, any Democrat carries a 3-point advantage to win, even before other factors, such as personality and fundraising, are factored in. Kaneâ€™s $267,000 first-quarter fundraising haul didnâ€™t hurt either and is expected to go over a half million by campaignâ€™s end.
Kane is working hard because he knows the Democrats need that seat. â€œItâ€™s an all-out war for this seat as far as I am concerned. No rest until itâ€™s over,â€ he said.
CLINTON SHOULD BRING BIG BUCKS TO MARGOLIES GALA
Itâ€™s the Clinton magic again â€¦ and it doesnâ€™t seem to be wearing off. Itâ€™s not every day you see a fundraising email go out asking for $1,000 or $5,000 contributions. But if you want to reserve a spot at Marjorie Margoliesâ€™ â€œold-fashioned person to personâ€ fundraiser with President Bill Clinton at the Prime Rib restaurant in the Warwick Hotel on Thursday, Apr. 10, youâ€™d have to write bigger checks.
Margoliesâ€™ son Mark Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton. Response to the solicitation is bringing in a host of one-to-one moments for father-in-law Clinton.
Margolies faces State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), physician Valerie Arkoosh and State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) in the Democratic primary for the reliably-blue 13th Dist. It would be like Bill to telephone his regrets to her competitors.
For this event, the Feds are requiring background checks, regardless of how big the voluntary checks are.
Undaunted, Boyle believes his grassroots support will weather out a television blitz by Margolies. He reports nine elected officials from Northeast Philadelphia are backing his campaign for the 13th. They include brother State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast), State Sen. Mike Stack, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, 6th Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilmen at Large Bill Greenlee and Jim Kenney, State Reps. Ed Neilson and Mike McGeehan (both D-Northeast), and State Rep. James Clay (D-Kensington).
â€œI am proud to have the support of such an accomplished and wide-ranging group of leaders in our community as I campaign for Congress,â€ said Boyle. â€œThese endorsements are yet another example of how our campaign continues to build momentum, and of our shared vision for how to make Northeast Philadelphia, from Mayfair to Somerton, a better place to live and work.â€YOUNG DEMOCRATS LIKE WOLF, KOPLINSKI
According to the Young Dems, the choice was difficult. Both former Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz appeared to be capable of running the kind of robust campaign necessary to knock out Tom Corbett in November.
But Tom Wolfâ€™s â€œpopulist campaignâ€ gave him the edge over Schwartz in the final vote between the 18 members of the executive board.
â€œI am proud to receive the support of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats. I am running to give our state a fresh start and I am working to build a future where our young people can be economically secure and feel comfortable building their lives right here in Pennsylvania,â€ Wolf said. â€œI look forward to working with the members of the Young Democrats as we move forward and thank them for their confidence in my campaign.â€
The frontrunners in the endorsement for Lieutenant Governor were State Sen. Mike Stack and Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, but Koplinski with â€œhis wonky knowledge of public policyâ€ wowed the executive board and won him their nod.COUNCILWOMAN SAYS SHE BURNS NO POLITICAL BRIDGES
WITH ALL THESE CANDIDATES, WILL TURNOUT BE LOW?
According to recent statistics, only 46% of voting-age residents voted in all six federal elections since 2000. More disturbingly, voter participation in elections that do not involve presidential candidates is bleak.
Only 37% of eligible residents participated in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 congressional elections. When compared to voting data from 1932 through 2010, voter participation is down a whopping 17% in non-presidential election years.
But what is the cause of voter apathy in the United States? Additionally, what is driving the perception that congressional races are less important than the race for the White House?
Stephen P. Tryon, army veteran, political servant, highly successful executive, and author of a new book, Accountability Citizenship â€“ a simple guide for citizens who want accountability in their relationships with elected officials â€“ believes â€œthe fact more of us vote during national presidential election years reflects a misunderstanding of the relative importance of our votes and our opinions,â€ says Tryon.
â€œThe relative power of a vote might be measured by the impact of that vote in determining the outcome of an election and in affecting the behavior of the elected official while in office. Given the rising trend in voter apathy, particularly for Congressional elections, voting for oneâ€™s congressional representatives may be more important and powerful than voting for the President.â€WANDA LOGAN PITCHES â€˜STEP DOWNâ€™ CAMPAIGN
But that may not gather her traction from voters, since the only actual offense the sting uncovered â€“ non-reporting of gifts â€“ is a misdemeanor. The gifts themselves are legal. And we know that the gifts are in the same category as $11,000 in gifts Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s wife received from business execs.