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Gov. Corbett lauds Millbourne's fiscal management

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:35pm -- bhaley

MILLBOURNE — Thanks to several years of sound fiscal management, Millbourne is no longer on the state’s list of financially distressed municipalities.

Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican seeking re-election, formally announced the news Thursday at a press conference outside borough hall. Millbourne became just the seventh municipality to exit Act 47, the state recovery program for financially distressed municipalities.

General Assembly slates all set for May 20 primary

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:30am -- bhaley

DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES  |  The local General Assembly races became more clear following Tuesday’s deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions to get onto the primary ballot.

Only two state legislators representing Delaware County will face a challenge in the May 20 primary. Both are Democrats — state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia.

La Salle professor to take on Meehan; Brady gains backing

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:12am -- bhaley

NETHER PROVIDENCE — The Delaware County Democratic Committee endorsed a La Salle University political science professor to oppose Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional District race.

Mary Ellen Balchunis, of Ardmore, received the Democrats’ endorsement Thursday at the party’s nominating convention. The party also endorsed U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia.

“I was thrilled to hear a unanimous endorsement,” Balchunis said. “It can’t get better than that.”

Delaware County Democrats endorse candidates for election

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:07am -- bhaley
La Salle professor to take on Meehan; Brady gains backing

NETHER PROVIDENCE — State Rep. Margo Davidson won the endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Committee members in 164th Legislative District.

The committee members selected Davidson, of Upper Darby, Thursday at the Delaware County Democratic Committee’s nominating convention. Davidson earned 32 votes, beating challengers Billy Smith (18 votes), of Lansdowne, and Dafan Zhang (one vote), of East Lansdowne.

Swarthmore businesswoman announces campaign for 161st District in Pa. House

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:28am -- bhaley

DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES -- A Swarthmore businesswoman frustrated by the policies of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett announced her candidacy Tuesday for the state House of Representatives.

 Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky will run for the 161st Legislative District seat. Her potential competitor in the general election, state Rep. Joe Hackett, of Ridley Township, received the endorsement of local Republican Party leaders Monday.

Plumbers Union Local 690 backing Dem candidate for 163rd District

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:28am -- bhaley
Vince Rongione

DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES -- Pennsylvania Plumbers Union Local 690 announced Monday that it is endorsing Vince Rongione for the 163rd Legislative District.

Business Manager John Kane said the union is supporting Rongione because the Upper Darby Democrat proved to be a tireless worker while serving as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak.

“He’s an extremely smart guy,” Kane said. “He wants the job, which is most important. … He understands that job creating and education are among the most important things out there.”

Upper Darby state Rep. Nick Micozzie to retire

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:51am -- kcaudle

State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, announced today that he will retire from public office following the conclusion of his term.

Micozzie, an Air Force veteran who was first elected to the state House in 1978, released a statement on his web site announcing his retirement when his term expires at the end of the year. Micozzie spent 36 years serving as a state representative and another 19 years as an Upper Darby councilman.

Judge strikes down photo ID law for Pennsylvania voters

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:12am -- kcaudle

HARRISBURG, Pa. - January 17, 2014 (WPVI) -- A nearly 2-year-old requirement that almost all of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million voters must show photo identification before casting a ballot was struck down Friday by a state judge, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown before the state's highest court.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a Democrat, said the law would unreasonably burden the fundamental right to vote, and the state had been unable to convincingly explain why it was necessary.

Lead on Climate Change

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:30pm -- kcaudle
Greg Vitali
Pennsylvania's new Climate Change Action Plan is woefully inadequate. It fails to set greenhouse-gas reduction goals, fails to provide clear, quantifiable recommendations to meet those goals, and fails to sufficiently incentivize renewable energy. Regrettably, this plan, recently released by the state Department of Environmental Protection, is consistent with Gov. Corbett's total lack of leadership on climate change.

Kane's coffers filling in advance of bid for 26th District Pennsylvania Senate seat

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:39pm -- kcaudle

Democratic State Senate Candidate John Kane announced Friday that he has so far raised $268,725 in his bid for the 26th State Senatorial seat being vacated by Edwin “Ted” Erickson and will be reporting more than a quarter of a million dollars cash on hand.

“I am grateful for the support of my donors, whose trust and belief in our campaign proves that there is a hunger and desire to bring change to Delaware and Chester Counties and to Harrisburg,” Kane said in a release.

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