Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Paul Ryan has concluded his speech in West Chester. See the blog below to find out what was said and see the crowd, campaign buttons, signs and T-shirts. Because the live part of the blog is over, the blog starts at the beginning, so go to the bottom.
Republican Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke to thousands outside the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester Tuesday. What did you think of the speech? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Vice president addresses national firefighters union at PA Convention Center.
Following Vice President Joe Biden's remarks to the national firefighters union where he praised its members and all middle-class workers, it was what he didn't say that irked the Philadelphia firefighters union president. Local 22 President Bill Gault said he was discouraged with Biden for refraining from taking a position encouraging Mayor Michael Nutter to abide by an arbitrator's decision about the Philadelphia Fire Department. "I'm disappointed that the vice president didn't say: 'Mr. Mayor, you should honor your agreement.' It's a very simple sentence," Gault said. Nutter has until August to appeal an arbiter's decision to put into place a contract for the firefighters, which would award back pay and salary increases. The …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Shapiro: 'Overt gerrymandering' should again be struck down by the high court.
Updated, with comments from Shapiro's attorney. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, along with six other public officials and Montgomery County residents, filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today contesting the latest reapportionment plan from the state legislature. The appeal is the second filed against the 2011 Reapportionment Plan, after the Supreme Court sent back an initial plan in January 2012. At that time, the court ruled that the redistricting plan did not adhere to the state constitution's requirements for compact districts. Many Democratic leaders hailed the decision, stating that the proposal gerrymandered districts in favor of Republican political interests. A second plan was then…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The PA Department of State released figures this week after comparing PennDOT and voter registration databases. Almost 45,000 registered voters in Montgomery County could not be matched with PennDOT ID numbers.
In Montgomery County, there are almost 45,000 registered voters who do not have a PennDOT ID number that will be required 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) that requires each voter to present proof of identification at every election. Sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, the law is scheduled to take effect for the Nov. 6 general election. The law has been controversial as Democrats have challenged that it will disenfranchise voters without proper IDs while Republicans say it will fight voter fraud. The database comparison provided this week by …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Volunteers will help with phone banking, door-to-door canvassing and data entry.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Kevin Dunbar, chairman of the Area 4 Democratic Committee. With the Presidential election five months away, volunteers are now needed to join the Obama campaign at the Area 4 Democratic Campaign Headquarters, 486 E. Main St. in Collegeville. Volunteers will help with phone banking, door-to-door canvassing and data entry. Located one block from Ursinus College, the office is open for phone banking on Tuesday and Thursday, and for canvassing on Saturday. Those hours will be expanded. Volunteers are welcome from across central Montgomery County. Area 4 of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee covers Collegeville, Limerick, Lower Providence, Royersford, Skippack, Trappe, Upper …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A question about plans for a possible tax hike prompted Montco Commissioner James Matthews to express his opinion that an increase is needed or county services will suffer.
Though not exactly on the agenda for the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners' meeting this morning at One Montgomery Plaza, an impromptu discussion of the county's current budget situation arose, as did the possibility of a tax hike. The tax hike question was addressed when a reporter asked about rumors of one coming before the current commissioners leave office. The county's current budget status was raised by Commissioner Joe Hoeffel who took the opportunity to chide fellow commissioner Bruce Castor for his comments during his campaign about the county's perceived budget woes. "I'm disappointed in the public comments and the lack of public understanding with the county's [current] financial situation," said Hoeffel. He suggested …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
A confident group of Republican hopefuls held a Thursday morning press conference in support of the Brown-Castor ticket.
With the Montgomery County Republican ticket standing behind them, Jenny Brown and Bruce L. Castor Jr. held their first press conference, which aimed to solidify their stance and unify the party for the upcoming 2011 election in November. Standing inside the Swede Street entrance of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Bob Kerns began the press conference with a brief statement, introducing Brown and Castor and setting a tone for what seems likely to be a highly contested race against the Democratic ticket of Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards. "We have two candidates as commissioners who I believe are the epitome of what is good about Montgomery County," said Kerns. "We are ready to go. We are …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bruce Castor reported on the local government at a banquet in Towamencin Monday night.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. leaves his decisions up to faith. “A person of faith worries that God is looking over his shoulder and does the correct thing,” he said. Castor was the featured speaker Monday at the annual banquet of The Men’s Group of Christ United Methodist Church in Towamencin. His message was that morality and moral decisions are lacking in government today, with politicians making decisions based on what is politically correct or what friend or crony could benefit, rather than doing what is right. “In my career, I have seen the worst things that people can do. We need to take the talents that we are given to better ourselves and our community,” Castor said. Castor is in his 26th year with Montgomery …