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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 6

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-07-06 07:26
The Daily Numbers: 2, as in Day 2 of the great SEPTA regional rail slowdown. Transit officials say today could be even worse than yesterday because more people are expected to try to access the system returning to work after the long holiday weekend.

120 Silverliner V trains taken out of service by SEPTA on its regional rail lines.

788 trains that normally run on the system during the day.

560, how many it ran yesterday.

65,000 people who use regional rails every day to get into the city.

35-40,000 tops who will be able to use the system in its reduced state.

10 inch crack in a key stabilizer bar that forced SEPTA to pull the cars.

274 million dollars, how much SEPTA paid Hyundai Rotem for the fleet back in 2006.

1,600 extra parking spots at the Naval Hospital in South Philly for those who are opting to drive there and try to use the subway.

213 acre Don Guanella site in Marple Township that GOP Pa. House hopeful Alex Charlton wants the archdiocese to donate to be preserved as open space.

2.3 percent tax hike on tap in the $101 million school budget OK’d in Garnet Valley.

1st Hillary Clinton campaign office set to open tonight in Clifton Heights.

2 Clinton offices across the state.

1 person shot and killed in Chester on the night of July 4.

3 kids found in car of man charged with DUI in Upper Darby.

6 strikeouts and 0 walks for Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin, who pitched a complete game gem vs. Braves last night.

92 pitches, all Eflin needed.

5-1 win for the Phils.

8-2 mark for the Phils in their last 10 games.

4 home runs last night.

3 straight games with homers for Maikel Franco.

14 game hitting streak for Peter Bourjos, who also homered.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Zach Eflin certainly seems to have recovered from that shaky first outing. Since then his ERA is 2.03

I Don’t Get It: A guy faces a DUI charge in Upper Darby. He had 3 young kids in the car with him at the time. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SEPTA commuters who kept their cool on Day 1 of the regional rail slowdown. It likely will get worse today.

Quote Box: “It’s messing up our whole routine.”

- SEPTA rider at Swarthmore station, on yesterday’s delays.
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Stay with us for live coverage of Day Two of regional rail mess

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-07-06 06:26
Brace yourself, SEPTA riders. You've been warned.

If you thought things could not get worse after yesterday's bumpy Day One of the great regional rail slowdown, SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel has some bad news.

It very likely will be worse today.

That's because a lot more people are expected to try to access the system today after the long Independence Day holiday weekend.

Yesterday we heard from lots of commuters dealing with delays on the regional rails, trains already packed to the gills blowing past some riders left stranded at stations, and those who could get on train cars dealing with seriously crowded conditions.

And now it's going to get worse.

You can read our report on how yesterday went here.

As far as today is concerned, we're once again looking for you to share your stories on the commute from hell. Use the hashtag #septatrouble and we'll pick up your story in our live blog. You can follow along here.

On our editorial page today, we credited SEPTA with at least being up front with commuters about the daunting task facing the transit agency - as well as harried riders.

SEPTA has been forced to take 120 rail cars out of its regional rail fleet - that's about a third of the entire service. That means regional rails that normally ferry 65,000 commuters in and out of the city every day now likely will be capable at best of handling 35-40,000.

That leaves a lot of people out in the cold - or perhaps better stated this brutal heat.

And if you don't like what you're looking at today, the rest of the summer does not look like it is going to bring a lot of relief.

This is not something that can be fixed easily, although SEPTA did indicate yesterday they were looking into acquiring more rail cars to supplement those still in service.

For now, the summer of riders' discontent continues on the regional rails. And we plan to be there every step of the way with you. Tell us what you are seeing out there.

Use the #septatrouble hashtag.
Categories: Pennsylvania

My kind of summer: Red hot weather, red hot Phillies

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-07-06 06:07
The only thing hotter than the weather might be the Phillies.

Don't hold your breath waiting for me to complain.

Remember, I like this weather. The hotter the better. Last night I could not wait to get home, toss on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, and head for my new favorite wicker rocker on the front porch with the day's papers.


Just me, the crickets, and the hum of air conditioners.

We're in for a heat wave as temperatures will hover in the 90s right through the weekend.

A heat warning in effect for the entire region until Wednesday at 6 p.m. Don't ask me what that means. I guess it means it's going to be hot. Duh, it's July. What are they expecting?

You can get the full weather report for the region here.

About those Phillies: They continue to swing the lumber, getting four solo homers last night and a complete game gem from Zach Eflin as they bludgeoned the Braves.

Get those details here.

Stay cool out there, especially if you are waiting for a SEPTA regional rail train.

Me? You'll find me on the front porch again tonight.

Feel free to drop by and say hello.
Categories: Pennsylvania

tomorrow begins the bicentennial of the a.m.e. church in philadelphia, but they still don’t honor their dead in chester county, pa

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-07-05 19:07

Richard Allen (February 14, 1760  to March 26, 1831 was a minister, educator, writer and one of this country’s original, most active, and influential black leaders.  In 1794 he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. This was the first black denomination and independent church in the US.  The first actual church opened in Philadelphia in 1794.

Richard Allen was born into slavery on one of the properties of Benjamin Chew as another piece of property because he was a slave.  He bought his freedom around 1780 at the age of 20 from a subsequent master named Stokeley Sturgis.

In 1816 the AME church was founded more formally and Allen was elected the first Bishop. He had bee a minister for years prior to this and Mother Bethel in Philadelphia actually first opened her doors to worship around 1794.  Bishop Allen organized this religious denomination where freed blacks could worship without racial oppression and where slaves could find dignity and a welcoming place. He worked to literally lift up the black community, also organizing  schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies. Bishop Allen died the year Ebenezer A.M.E. at 97 Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, PA Chester County opened.

Tomorrow July 6, 2016, leaders and members of the A.M.E. Church descend on Philadelphia to celebrate their Bicentennial in the city where it all began.

Festivities over the past few days in advance include the unveiling of a beautiful bronze statue of Richard Allen and a mural too.  Some very kind people thought enough to send me photos.

They are all a twitter (literally) over this magnanimous and festive and historic occasion. They are tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming. It’s all about the bicentennial. You can sign up to watch it stream, attend galas, pay $5 to have your photo taken in front of a special paparazzi walk banner.  ‪#‎IamAME‬‪#‎amecgc2016‬ are their hashtags of choice

They have ALL sorts of money to spruce up Mother Bethel, throw parties, rent a giant big city convention center and yet….wait for it…. those of us who have been contacting the A.M.E. Church nationally and regionally for YEARS still want to know when they will honor their dead on Bacton Hill Road.

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

On June 25th their First District tweeted at me:

Let’s see how do I say this? Straight out? THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Their history, their dead, our country’s history – it is all in this ruin of a church and a cemetery of folks of a local A.M.E. Church founded only 30 some odd years AFTER the entire religious organization was founded and they opened their doors the year Bishop Richard Allen died.

WHY DON’T THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR HISTORY? Is it all about the money they make today saying they value their history at their bicentennial? If they can pay for the bicentennial in Philadelphia are you telling me that these religious hypocrites can’t pay to clean up Ebenezer’s ruins on Bacton Hill Road? People from Tredyffrin, Malvern, East Whiteland, West Chester, and West Vincent just to name a few local municipalities (and this doesn’t take into consideration the people from other areas of the east coast and country who probably do not even realize they have ancestors there.

Ebenenezer A.M.E. is so badly overgrown at this point that NO ONE can pay their respects to the dead. There are (again) freed slaves there and black civil war soldiers. Surely their lives mean SOMETHING to the A.M.E. Church? I am appalled that as of tomorrow they will be preaching the word of God and talking about their 200 years of history and an hour outside Philadelphia and about 20 minutes from Valley Forge, they have just blown off their responsibility on a land parcel the NATIONAL A.M.E. Church STILL OWNS!  

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

Someone wrote to me recently:

I am afraid you will get NO cooperation or interest from anyone there. Shame is the only press they understand—maybe  a local news station could bring attention to it.   I feel bad for local families with graves in the cemetery who cannot pay their respects. Yeah so media, how about it? How about a little field trip? This is what you will see: If the A.M.E. took care of their history and honored their dead it could look like these photos from a clean up OTHER people did in 2011: You can check the archives of this place, I have written about this for multiple years at this point if you are interested.  Here is the link to the boy scout report of many moons ago – if you look through it you will see names of the dead buried here that people know of:


View this document on Scribd

And yes, there is now also a social media movement to save Ebenezer A.M.E. on Bacton Hill Road:

Feel free to LIKE and SHARE.


A.M.E. Church can you hear us now? Do you care about your history and your dead? Or are you just all about the party and bicentennial media hype?

What would Bishop Richard Allen do?  What would Bishop Richard Allen say? I think he would be sorely disappointed in the stewards of the church and religious movement he founded.

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Train Strain: SEPTA advising regional rail line users to look for alternative routes

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-07-05 16:38
SWARTHMORE >> Depending on the time of day, the hashtags #SEPTAgeddon and #SEPTApocalypse may or may not have overstated the hassle many commuters experienced Tuesday morning as many returned to work from the holiday weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bring Back Joe Paterno Statue, More Than 200 Former PSU Players Tell School

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-07-05 13:02
The players also asked for a formal apology in a letter to the school. Do you think the statue should go back up?
Categories: Lower Merion

FBI Continues Manhunt For Montco's 'Straw Hat Bandit'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-07-05 12:59
The serial bank robber known as the Straw Hat Bandit has thus far remained elusive.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Stockbroker Scammed Elderly Out Of $400K To Open Philly Bar: US Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-07-05 12:05
A Lower Merion stockbroker spent clients' money to pay his child's Catholic school tuition and give his wife and ex-wife money: US Attorney.
Categories: Lower Merion

Town Tours Unveil Malvern Area's 'Iron and Steel' Heritage

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-07-05 11:48
Chester County's "Town Tours and Village Walks" educate the public on the area's rich iron and steel heritage.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA Takes 120 Regional Rail Cars Offline, Urges Commuters To Find Alternative Transport

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-07-05 09:46
The 120 cars comprise about a third of SEPTA's entire Regional Rail fleet, and represent a carrying capacity loss of 13,000 customers.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, July 5

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-07-05 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 1/3 of SEPTA regional rail fleet that will be out of service this morning due to a structural defect.

120 rail cars that are involved.

100 rail cars inspected.

5 that did not have cracks in a stabilizer bar that represented a major potential safety problem.

10 inch crack in one car that prompted the system-wide inspection.

13,000 seats on the regional rails that just disappeared.

65,000 commuters who use the regional rails to get into and out of the city each day.

35,000 to 40,000 commuters max capacity on the system today and likely for the rest of the summer.

274 million, how much SEPTA spent on this new fleet, which was awarded to the low bidder, a subsidiary of Hyundai.

9/11 artifact unveiled during July 4 festivities in East Lansdowne.

25 years, how long John Dunn served as fire chief in Swarthmore. He was honored during July 4 events in the borough.

2.36 percent hike in taxes for the Springfield School District.

79.8 million dollar budget, along with that 2.36 percent tax hike.

3.2 cents per gallon dip in price at the gas pumps last week. Will come in handy for those driving into the city today.

8-2 win for the Phillies over the Braves yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.

8 extra base hits to start the game for the suddenly hot-hitting Phils.

10 of last 13 games the Phils have put up double digits in hits.

2 runs on 5 hits all that Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff gave up over 7 2/3 innings.

6 wins in their last 7 games for the Phils.

13 game hitting streak for red-hot Peter Bourjos.

batting average for Bourjos, up from his low point of .217

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Credit Pete Mackanin with the second great turnaround of the season for the Phils. After their hot start, the Phils looked dead in the water in plunging from 7 games over .500 to double digits under it. Now they’re on the rebound again, and the bats are alive.

I Don’t Get It: I will never get the home-made fireworks displays. Just seems like an accident waiting to happen.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to commuters dealing with huge issues on the regional rails today. That’s the good news. The bad? Actually I think the commute into the city is going to be mild compared to the mayhem when all those people look to get out of the city tonight at the same time.

Quote Box: “We ask for our riders’ patience during this difficult time.”

- SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tell us about your regional rail commute

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-07-05 06:34
I hope you enjoyed your holiday.

Now brace yourself for the commute from hell.

That is if you normally utilize the regional rails to get in and out of the city.

Late Friday SEPTA announced they had discovered a serious flaw in their new Silverliner V rail cars, a crack in a stabilizer bar. Bottom line? The transit giant said it would take a third of its fleet of rail cars out of service.

The weekend didn't provide much of a challenge.

That should change this morning.

Give SEPTA credit for this: They are not attempting to sugar-coat anything. They freely admit today's first normal business day could prove to be a challenge as they attempt to ferry the normal 65,000 commuters in and out of the city on a regional rail system that now likely will be capable at best of getting handling 35-40,000 riders.

Think of it this way: It will kind of like having a championship parade in the city - without a championship.

During the last Phillies World Series party, many trains filled up early, in the western-most stops, and once full simply blew past packed stations where fans were left waiting for another train.

SEPTA today will operate on a weekend basis. For all the details on SEPTA's schedule, click here. We want to know about your issues on your morning commute. Have you decided to take another route? Are you going to bus it into the city? Will you join those who simply have decided to drive into the city? Will you head to 69th Street and try to utilize the Market-Frankford El to get downtown? Are you leaving the house earlier in hopes of getting an earlier train? You can follow our live coverage here.

Tell us what you encounter by using the hashtag #SEPTA or #septatrouble.

I can tell you that as of 6:15 a.m. there are still plenty of parking spots available here at the Primos station.

This is actually the second major disturbance for riders on the Media-Elwyn line this summer. That line already is ending - or starting for inbound commuters - at Swarthmore Station for a renovation project on the Crum Creek Viaduct. Riders who want to get farther west to the four final stations on the line can either drive to Swarthmore or take a shuttle bus.

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel was correctly blunt in his assessment of the situation in a Sunday update, predicting Tuesday "will be rough."

"We ask for our riders' patience during this difficult time," Knueppel added. Unfortunately, that's not something that is usually in a great supply among harried commuters.

And keep in mind, this is not just a one-day or even a one-week event. SEPTA believes the system will be operating at much less than peak capacity for most of the summer.

That's what happens when you take 13,000 seats out of the system.

For most of the weekend I could only think of one thing: Hey, it could be worse. What if this had happened last summer prior to the visit of Pope Francis?

Pack your patience this morning. It's going to be a bumpy ride - regardless how you plan to get into the city.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Freedom isn't free

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-07-05 06:10
Before we put the Independence Day holiday out of our mind, a reminder in case you missed it about my Monday print column.

I used it to offer one more salute to wounded Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman.

I have received several emails from residents of Folcroft and others around Delco congratulating us for our extensive coverage of the Dorman story. I always respond to such messages graciously. That really is the role of a community newspaper.

But in my opinion, the Dorman story was especially appropriate for July 4 because it reinforces a fast depleting but crucial aspect of the freedom we celebrate.

Yes, I know all about how "freedom isn't free."

But to be fully engaged it costs something most of us are no longer willing to spend - our time.

Community service - the kind that saw Chris Dorman put his life on the line - is one of our fastest declining natural resources.

Dorman was there in Folcroft for the July 4 festivities yesterday, as the photo that runs along with this blog item notes.

And if you missed my Monday print column, you can read it here.

Thanks again, Officer Dorman.

No, freedom isn't free.

Thanks for reminding us.
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The beginning of the end of summer?

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-07-05 05:55
I blame my wife's grandmother.

The woman we all affectionately called 'Boo' would greet all of us as we trudged wearily back to my wife's parents house after our annual trek to the center of town for the big fireworks finale to the July 4th celebration.

She would be waiting for us on the patio with her this devastating update:

"Well, summer's over."

It's still amazing to me how prescient she was.

Yes, I know the calendar says we just kicked off the official summer season a few weeks ago.

But July 4 marks a kind of demarcation.

I'm starting to see Back to School sales.

I haven't even been to the beach yet.

I have decided to fight back against the end of summer.

Raise your hand if you're with me.

It's going to be a challenge. No one loves summer more than me. It has been said that I have more places outside than I do inside. It's true. Hey, at least the weather is going to cooperate. The forecast calls for hot, sticky week. Just the way I like it.

Endless summer? Not according to my wife's grandmother.

My goal this year is to prove her wrong.
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Recently Sold Properties in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-07-04 12:24
How much did your neighbor's home sell for? How much is yours worth? Check out a list of recently sold properties here.
Categories: Lower Merion

why don’t we have more control over our communities? we live here.

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-07-04 12:04

Meet Pulte’s  “promotional video” on Linden Hall.

Described as an enclave of “luxury”  town homes, with views of an exclusive golf course anyone has yet to see how storm water runoff will affect and whose memberships are not exactly included with the purchase price of the townhouses. (Yes holy run on sentence Batman but I don’t know how else to say it.)

You see photos of rolling Chester County fields with nature, only there is no nature at Linden Hall. Only a crumbling historic carriage stop and inn that  sits and rots unrestored, even though the original developer (Benson or whomever) who sold Pulte the townhouse land and approvals promised to restore but thus far has not. All that has happened is a version of construction fencing has been erected to surround it. (Maybe with black plastic fabric fencing around it we won’t notice the building rotting, right?)

This video says that this development is 3.5 miles from a Septa Station. I assume they mean Eston which already has parking issues? And you get to that station from congested route 100 right? Or you have to invent a space at Malvern station?

The video proclaims 4 miles from Main Street at Exton and 10 miles from the King of Prussia Mall because God forbid people support local, small businesses, right? 

And my favorite, they tout the Great Valley “School System”.   Of course no one ever talks about the effect a rampant increase in development has on a school district which eventually affects our taxes and our kids, do they? And before all the PTA cheerleaders gather up their pom poms against me, that is NOT a slam at the school district, that is a very grim reality which is inevitable. 

But overall what bothers me the most is here is yet another developer touting our beautiful Chester County they are carving up into plastic houses one acre at a time. The site these townhouses are on once supported quite an ecosystem. Foxes and birds and rabbits and so on. I know the neighbors behind Linden Hall are very unhappy and worried how this development will affect their property values down the line.

The price points are not affordable for those who would need affordable housing. The quality is not so spectacular that the exteriors won’t wear quickly after a few Chester County winters. And the way they describe them, well you don’t realize if you are looking at a development essentially sitting on a highway. No matter what you do to them they are sitting on a major thoroughfare. And it’s not pretty.

Ok this brings me to the impetus behind this post:

The New York Times:  How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality


JULY 3, 2016

….“The quality of the experience of being in Boulder, part of it has to do with being able to go to this meadow and it isn’t just littered with human beings,” said Steve Pomerance, a former city councilman who moved here from Connecticut in the 1960s….These days, you can find a Steve Pomerance in cities across the country — people who moved somewhere before it exploded and now worry that growth is killing the place they love.

….But a growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy….

Zoning restrictions have been around for decades but really took off during the 1960s, when the combination of inner-city race riots and “white flight” from cities led to heavily zoned suburbs…To most people, zoning and land-use regulations might conjure up little more than images of late-night City Council meetings full of gadflies and minutiae. But these laws go a long way toward determining some fundamental aspects of life: what American neighborhoods look like, who gets to live where and what schools their children attend.

And when zoning laws get out of hand, economists say, the damage to the American economy and society can be profound. Studies have shown that laws aimed at things like “maintaining neighborhood character” or limiting how many unrelated people can live together in the same house contribute to racial segregation and deeper class disparities. They also exacerbate inequality by restricting the housing supply in places where demand is greatest.

This article is written by someone who doesn’t get the realities of rampant development. Nor does the author mention the fact that a lot of these developments are built just to build, not because there is an actual need. 

The author of this article of this article also does not get how these developers are actually contributing to what he seemingly despises. As in these developers are actually contributing to racial segregation and deeper class disparities. They are in fact limiting the housing supply by their very price points. How many families of multiple people and kids are going to look at condos for example that are studios and one bedrooms and if not rentals start at mid 500,000s? How many agricultural, factory, or service related workers are going to be able to afford Linden Hall or Atwater or so on or be encouraged to buy there?

And look at all the zoning together. That is developments in progress in one area, regardless of municipality, along with other development in various states of approval. A sleeper to watch for in East Whiteland would be that thing a developer named Farley got approved a while back, remember? A multi acre parcel that is accessed off a property on 352 that looks like a hoarding situation that goes up into woods and would be shoehorned in between Immaculata and the William Henry apartments for lack of a better description? So you have the increasing traffic nightmare on Route 30 by Linden Hall which will only get worse with completion of neighboring projects like off of Frame Ave and Planebrook Rd. Can you imagine adding this 352/Sproul to that? And the effect it will have potentially on King Road? Let alone what one more project so close together would have on the ecosystem of the area AND the school district!

See that is the problem with all these developments, developers, and the factual analysis this New York Times writer Conor Dougherty thinks he has done. The reality is we do NOT live in a bubble. We are connected. Developers envision and present these projects as stand alone things with no real time or effort put into the relationships between projects. It starts when you see the plans presented at a local municipal meeting.

 These projects are depicted all by themselves with nothing around them, or nothing around them realistic to human or other scale. They do traffic studies when no one is around, they don’t really look at what a large uptick in population will do to anything from roads, to hospitals, to school,districts, to the environment. They do not care about us, they just want to build, get their money, and get out. So pardon the hell out of us Conor Dougherty if we want to preserve the character of where we live and do not want our school districts, property values, and our shrinking open space detrimentally affected. And his affordable housing argument doesn’t wash at least around here because they are not building affordable housing. These developers truthfully don’t give a rat’s fanny about actual affordable housing.  None of this is about actually helping others, it’s about lining their pockets at the expense of many communities.

Chester County is at risk. I am not sure why Chester County even has a county planning department because everything getting built is about the dollars developers get from density. Our open space and communities and agricultural heritage are seriously at risk. That doesn’t anyone make sny person saying that some kind of NIMBY ….it is the truth. Why is it that the rights of those who already live in an area seem so less important than what politicians  and developers want?  Look at Embreyville and Bryn Coed – what happens to those areas if development gets approved for maximum capacity? Embreyville is already in play, and Bryn Coed is only a matter of time, right?

Community preservation and open space preservation aren’t dirty words. They should be our  right as residents of this beautiful county we call home.

Happy July 4th. Our forefathers fought for our freedoms and apparently we are still fighting for our rights.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Harriton Girls Among 62 Local HS Students Who Receive 'White Coat'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-07-04 11:58
Dozens of girls from around the area were recently honored at a "white coat" ceremony for their achievements in a medicine program.
Categories: Lower Merion

Why Republicans Lose In Pennsylvania- a house divided by two-faced, double-talking Political Profiteering self-serving lobbyists

The Liberty Blog - Mon, 2016-05-02 19:46

Political Profiteers Long & Nyquist; Cancer on the Commonwealth; Why Republicans lose in Pennsylvania, a House divided against itself…self-serving crony consultants and lobbyists callously misdirect with half-truths. Two-Faced, Double-Talking lobbyists playing on both sides of the fence.

      Long & Nyquist are undercutting the party by their disingenuousness.

The smearing of Joe Peters and the defeat of the Outsiders in Pennsylvania.


Republican Brian Fitzpatrick has won the Republican primary in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district with his claims to be a “corruption fighter” yet he hired two-faced, double-talking union lobbyists Long and Nyquist to run his campaign. 


​    Two-faced, double talking Long & Nyquist pretend to be Republicans advancing goals of limited government, less regulation and lower taxes while representing unions including the very, very powerful Big Government, Big Spending Pennsylvania Teachers’ Union, the PSEA and the anti-free market Wendell Young’s United Food & Commercial Workers Union which opposed sale of liquor stores and defeated efforts to dismantle the liquor monopoly and beer cartel in Pennsylvania.


  ​ Brian Fitzpatrick endorsed by the Deon Poprick Crony Establishment was flown into the district by his brother, the incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, a Boehner/Ryan Big Government Pro Union loyalist.

Long & Nyquist clients include Pennsylvania State Education Association and and United Food and Commercial Workers   Commonwealth License Beverage Association  Malt Beverage Distributors Association Comcast


In addition he is being investigated for violating the Hatch Act and running for office while still on the FBI payroll, a clear violation of the law

But most troubling is the fact that Brian Fitzpatrick claims to fight unions and corruption but hired Long & Nyquist, the biggest corrupt factors of Harrisburg, to run campaign.


Brad Bumsted wrote an excellent piece but failed to mention that the smear of Joe Peters was engineered by two faced, double talking, deceiving lobbyists/consultants Long & Nyquist who get rich protecting the power their patrons; good for them, not so good for us.Brad Bumsted Tribune Review To what end? The smearing of good guy  Joe Peters.

​  Long and Nyquist unsuccessfully failed to defeat 30 year Marine Corp  vet and good guy  Frank Ryan in the House district 101


Long & Nyquist failed in the 31st Senate district where real deal good guy  Mike Regan will be replacing crony Pat Vance.

Let us see if journalists Dennis Owens and Jon Delano pick up this story.

The liberal, snarky and supercilious John Micek will not offer us any useful information. It is unlikely that  the Philadelphia Inquirer and the southeastern media which are not only shallow, superficial and supercilious but seem to live in a clueless cave can or will report any of this. The Inquirer quoted Charlie Gerow in a recent news/analysis article; any reporter who cites Charlie GID Gerow, a loser who even lost being elected delegate to the RNC convention in Cleveland, opportunistic chameleon, whose last and biggest win, was for Harrisburg Democrat Linda Thompson demonstrates his or her cluelessness as anyone with any familiarity with Pennsylvania politics would know.


​   Long and Nyquist are pretend Republicans who play both sides of the lobbyist fence  as journalist Dennis Owens has reported, lobbying for unions while pretending to advocate for what are presented as Republican Party values. Phonies, double talking, deceiving two faced frauds who smear good Republicans Long & Nyquist engineered this smear of a good man. Long and Nyquist are, also, consulting for Brian Fitzpatrick in Pa 8. Long and Nyquist are Political Profiteers who will make a lot of money losing the Attorney General election yet again. And, of course, Brian Fitzpatrick is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law of violating the Hatch Act.


With the exception of a State Supreme court candidate, nominally a Republican, but with bipartisan support, the Republicans have not won a statewide election since 2009 when Tom Corbett won by big margins before betraying those who voted for him with two tax increases and Pat Toomey walked away from those who supported him from 2004 through his squeaker election in 20009.


There is a reason why Republicans lose statewide;not a single Republican congressman, no matter how liberal or corrupt, has gone down in the April 26 2016   primary.  Trump voters did not vote for the Outsider down ticket. In Pa-16 primary just past, the liberal, party loyalist Lloyd Smucker defeated real deal conservative Chet Beiler. The severely under-financed Art Halvorson came within 1 point of defeating crony insider Bill Shuster. Oddly, with stunning turnout driven by Donald Trump’s dramatic campaign, voters voting for outsider Donald Trump, nevertheless, voted for insiders down ticket!!!!

Do we really want Cronyism in the Attorney General’s Office?  ​

 John Rafferty entwined with Long & Nyquist

It is highly unlikely that bringing Long & Nyquist into the Attorney General’s office will restore integrity to the office.



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