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Sunday, October 19, 2008

All those other races

A few people have pointed out to me that this blog isn't living up to its promise of covering the races all the other media outlets are ignoring. I apologize for that. I thought I'd have way more time than I do for political coverage.

Yes, someone should REALLY be paying attention to that 13th District State House Race. Art Hershey, the Republican incumbent, is stepping down. Tom Houghton, the Democrat, has a good chance to win in what was once a very Republican area. And this summer, the Republicans pulled the ol' switcheroo. After Curtis Mason, their first candidate, raised a whole bunch of money from his businessmen friends, the GOP pulled him and put John Lawrence on the ticket. Unfortunately, the 13th district is a blind spot for me, and the race fell off my radar. In order to effectively cover politics in an area, it helps to have covered government there and to have spent a few years at the polls there schmoozing with and getting the phone numbers of all the local committeepeople.

The other interesting state house races are the ones for the West Chester area 156th District Seat and the Malvern area 167th District Seat. Along with the race for the Tredyffrin/Phoenixville area 157th District seat (about which a TON has been written, by me and others), these could decide whether the state house is under Republican or Democratic control next year. The 156th District has been covered fairly well (articles about debates exist, while articles about the negative aspects of that campaign are rare), and as far as I can tell, not much is doing in the 167th District. Are Republican Incumbent Duane Milne and Democratic challenger Carol Palmaccio too nice to say anything slanderous and verifiably false about each other?

By the way, I got to see John McCain get off an airplane on Thursday. Then I got to ride with his motorcade from the Philadelphia International Airport to the United Sport Training Center in West Bradford. Exciting stuff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for us to find out about the real Fern Kaufman?

Fern Kaufman an openly gay candidate authored a letter to the queertimes, indicating her adamant support of Gay Marriage. She asked those readers to help her put forth those values.

Are these your values? The values you want promoted to your children?

here's the article:

October 22, 2008 10:19 AM 
Blogger Dan Kristie said...

Note: I allowed the previous comment to be posted because I believe that the poster (who doesn't have the courage to use his or her own name) is entitled to raise this issue. It could help or hurt Fern, depending on what one's views on homosexuality are.

I, however, don't endorse the views put forth in the comment.

October 27, 2008 2:46 PM 

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