Monday, December 3, 2012
Post-election, Republicans consider rebranding message, demographics
Monday, December 3, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — There was a particular moment this election season when Clarke Cooper says he began to see the tide turn in the Republican Party. It was at the outset of the 2012 election cycle, when the National Republican Congressional Committee announced the first 10 candidates it would champion. “There were racial minorities, there were more women, a gay guy, and some religious minorities, all in that first tranche that was pushed out by the party,” Cooper said. “That was a smart thing to do.” But it was only a start. Cooper is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Log Cabin Republicans, a national grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans. After the GOP’s Election Day defeats, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Lehigh Valley is a great predictor of how Pennsylvania will vote in presidential elections.
Muhlenberg College professor and pollster Christopher Borick won’t predict who is going to win Tuesday's presidential election. And he won’t say who will take Pennsylvania. But he will say this: “I’m very confident that who ever wins the Valley will win Pennsylvania.” The Lehigh Valley, with its cities, suburbs and rural areas, has become a bellwether for Pennsylvania politics. In 2008, both Northampton and Lehigh counties went for Barack Obama, just like the state. The Lehigh Valley went for Democrats John Kerry in 2004 and Al Gore in 2000, as did Pennsylvania as whole. “Pennsylvania hasn’t been a very good predictor of elections,” said Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. But “the Lehigh Valley as a …
Friday, October 12, 2012
With Lehigh County still tabulating, Democrats have a 36,276 voter registration edge over the GOP. Number of registered voters higher than 2008 presidential race.
A surge in voter registration just before the Oct. 9 deadline means Lehigh County has topped the number of voters registered for the 2008 presidential election. The county voter registration, as of the morning of Oct. 11, was 76,135 Republicans, 112,411 Democrats and 36,741 Independents and members of other parties, according to Tim Benyo, Lehigh County chief clerk of Voter Registration and Elections. That’s a total of 225,287, with Democrats having a 36,276 edge over Republicans, but the county still had more registrations to put into the computerized voter records. In Lehigh County, there were 224,086 people registered to vote in the 2008 presidential election and 68 percent of them did, according to the county Voter Registration web …
Friday, September 23, 2011
If the recovery happens, who will get the credit?
A recent article at PA Independent sheds some light on a telling split between business organizations and political conservatives on President Obama's American Jobs Act. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, and Lockheed Martin all told Caleb Taylor that the AJA will help boost sales by putting people back to work. Notably, NFIB state director Kevin Shivers expressed disappointment that the plan may not go far enough to boost sagging demand: "Tax credits are great, but if you don't have customers coming in to buy stuff, few businesses are going to make more investments," said Shivers. Mr. Shivers is echoing what his member businesses are saying. Kamran Afshar, the …