Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Nominees include two former Northampton County officials and incumbent Peg Ferraro.
Ten candidates—five Republicans, five Democrats—will face off this fall for five open seats on Northampton County Council. Voters in both parties made their nominations Tuesday, choosing a mix of veteran county officials and poltiical newcomers. According to unofficial election results, the five Republican nominees are: The Democratic nominees are: Also in the race were Republicans Tricia Mezzacappa and Frank Hesch, and Democrats Kerry Myers, Jason Toedter and William Wallace.
Wednesday's Senate hearing on the IRS 'Tea Party' scandal included Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Bob Casey, who both released statements after the event.
Pennsylvania's Sen. Bob Casey (D) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R) both participated in Wednesday's hearing about IRS scrutinty of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Both men released statements regarding the event. Witnesses before the Senate Finance Committee were: Casey, chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, said: “Pennsylvanians and Americans across the country deserve to know that the IRS and all government agencies do their jobs without prejudice or political agenda. I intend to hold accountable those responsible for any breach of the taxpayer’s trust. Today, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I directly questioned top IRS officials about what took place, who was …
The two running incumbents and the mayor's older brother win Democratic nominations for City Council. West Side newcomer Adam Waldron may have the fourth party nod.
Incumbents Eric Evans and Karen Dolan coasted to victory—finishing first and second in the Democratic City Council primary on Tuesday. According to unofficial voting results provided by Northampton and Lehigh counties, they will be joined on the ticket by the mayor's older brother, Bryan Callahan, who finished third. The fourth nominee currently appears to be house painter Adam Waldron, 29, a political newcomer from the city's West Side. According to unofficial and incomplete vote totals, Waldron had just 89 votes more than eatery owner David "Lump" Sanders. The totals are with one precinct unaccounted for and questions about the vote count in one other precinct. If he does hang on to his lead, Waldron will owe his victory to the …
With voting machine problems in Reynolds' home precinct, he's not conceding and Donchez is not claiming victory.
City Councilman Bob Donchez appears to be the man Bethlehem voters have picked, by a slim margin, to be the city's next mayor. But as he and opponent J. William Reynolds wrapped up their election night parties after midnight, neither side was ready to close the book on the Democratic primary outcome. Reynolds did not concede and Donchez did not claim victory. At issue were apparent problems with a voting machine in Reynolds' home precinct. A voting machine in the city's 9th Ward, 3rd Precinct malfunctioned and was even carted out and replaced during the course of the day, according to Councilman Michael Recchiuti, the city Democratic Party chairman. The Reynolds campaign believes that, as a result, not all of the votes cast in Reynolds' …
Incumbent David Jones beats challenger Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination to a Lehigh County commissioner seat in a district that includes part of Bethlehem.
Incumbent David Jones beat challenger Juan P. Camacho for the Democratic nomination for the Lehigh County board's District 3 seat, according to unofficial tallies from Lehigh County. District 3 includes all the Lehigh County portions of Bethlehem. Jones had 1,525 votes to Camacho's 1,104. According to a Voters Guide posted online by the League of Women Voters: —Jones is an executive administrative pastor and has served on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners for seven years. —Camacho is a lawyer. He has served on the Allentown Human Relations Commission for a year and on the board of the Lehigh County Bar Association, Renew Lehigh Valley and Casa Guadalupe Center. No Republicans sought their party's nomination to the district seat. So…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bethlehem mayor will face off against Republican John Brown in November in Northampton County Executive race.
Northampton County Democrats appear to have chosen Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan as their pick for the next county executive. Unofficial results from the county election office showed Callahan leading challengers Glenn Reibman, the former executive, and county Councilman Lamont McClure. Results from WFMZ had Callahan winning 50 percent of the vote with 82 percent of precints reporting. Callahan will face Republican John Brown in this year's general election. Brown, the mayor of Bangor, had no opposition for his party's nomination. The winner will replace John Stoffa, who is not seeking re-election. All three Democratic candidates had campaigned on platforms that stressed economic development and the need to keep Gracedale—the county-owned …
Republican Dean Browning concedes defeat to Scott Ott for their party's nomination for Lehigh County executive in Tuesday's primary, according to unofficial vote tallies.
Republican Scott Ott apparently beat challenger Dean Browning for the GOP nomination for Lehigh County Executive, according to unofficial tallies. Ott, a Lehigh County commissioner, will now face the apparent Democratic nominee, Tom Muller, who was named acting county executive last week, in the November general election. Browning, of South Whitehall, conceded the race about 10 p.m. at a gathering at the Buckeye Tavern in Macungie. He had been trying to make a political comeback after having been ousted as a county commissioner two years ago. He campaigned hard, airing TV commercials and emailing campaign messages. According to tallies reported on wfmz.com, Ott, of Lower Macungie, had 5,688 votes with 83 percent of the precincts reporting…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Democratic primary will likely decide who Bethlehem's next mayor will be, Bob Donchez or J. William Reynolds.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's primary election in Bethlehem.
Tuesday, May 21 is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll Problems? Contact the Northampton County voter registration office at 610-559-3055 or the Lehigh County voter registration office at 610-782-3194 if you live in West Bethlehem. If you don’t know where you are supposed to go to cast your ballot: Find Your Polling Place How to Use Touch Screen Voting Machines In Bethlehem, Democratic voters will be picking a nominee for mayor, who in all likelihood will become the next mayor. No Republican or independent candidate is running. Democratic voters will also be selecting four nominees for City Council out of six candidates. Republican Chris Morales is running unopposed for his party’s …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Privatization debates in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could mean changes to where Pennsylvanians can buy six-packs.
Saturday, May 18
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — A simple six-pack of beer is becoming a focal point of the most substantive legislative debate on Pennsylvania alcohol laws since Prohibition. A Tuesday afternoon Senate Law and Justice Committee on liquor privatization, headed by Chairman Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, featured numerous testifiers discussing the already-private industry of beer sales. Chief among the concerns from the beer distributor industry and taverns is package reform, or allowing establishments who sell beer to sell different amounts. Under current law, beer distributors cannot sell less than a case, and bars or grocery stores with the ability to sell bottles cannot sell more than a 12-pack. The Senate, under McIlhinney’s…