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Philadelphia Judge Orders Charges To Be Pressed Against Amtrak Engineer In Fatal Derailment

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 17:23
In a surprising reversal, a Philadelphia judge has ordered charges be pressed against the Amtrak engineer in the fatal 2015 derailment.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Won't Get Federal Aid For March Snowstorm, President Trump Decides

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 17:05
President Trump has denied Pennsylvania's request for a federal disaster declaration to help offset cost of a March snow storm.
Categories: Lower Merion

Civilians, Lower Merion Officers Get County Recognition For Heroic Deeds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 16:44
Some civilians who acted selflessly in the Lower Merion area, as well as police officers, were honored by Montgomery County officials.
Categories: Lower Merion

Delco Teen Baited Minors Into Sending Nude Photos, Videos: Authorities

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 15:46
The 18 year old now faces more than 100 counts of various charges, including child pornography, stalking, corruption of minors, and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Planning Commission Wants To Know: How Is Biking In Montgomery County?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 14:22
The Montgomery County Planning Commission will hold a pair of open houses to survey public opinion on the county's Bike Montco plan.
Categories: Lower Merion

Brunch Ideas Around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood For Mother's Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 12:44
Looking for a nice brunch with mom this weekend? Check out Yelp's best places for brunch in the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood area.
Categories: Lower Merion

​Convicted Felon Hired As Delaware County School Vice Principal

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 10:40
The district said a background check showed no "misconduct related to sexual assault," but records show that is not necessarily the case.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pregnant Wife Shot By Husband: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 10:18
Authorities say the gun went off while the husband was cleaning it, striking the wife in her shoulder.
Categories: Lower Merion

Help Support The Kelly Family In A Time Of Need

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-11 09:50
Thousands have already been raised for the Kelly family of Ardmore, but you can still help out the family who suffered a tragic loss.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco's Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection To Take Place Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 15:02
Dispose of your hazardous waste items for free at the upcoming Montgomery County event.
Categories: Lower Merion

Friends' Central Student Named National Merit Scholar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 13:00
Congratulations to Samuel Weiss for standing out among thousands of other students who vied for scholarships through the rigorous program.
Categories: Lower Merion

Six LMSD Students Named National Merit Scholars

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 12:42
Congrats to these outstanding students. You make the LMSD community extremely proud.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Bomb Unit Explodes Clay Pots For Creative Learning In Local Middle School

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 12:38
Middle School students were treated to a very unique lesson recently courtesy of the Montgomery County Bomb Squad.
Categories: Lower Merion

Home Owning 101: How To Eliminate Up To 15 Years Of Payments

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 11:35
You’ll get to hold on to a lot more of your hard-earned cash by doing one thing: paying your mortgage off faster​. [SPONSORED]
Categories: Lower Merion

Merion Fire Co. Accepting Applications Until Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-10 09:32
Thursday is the last day to apply for the part-time fire fighter job at the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

'You're Fired!' Familiar territory for Trump

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-05-10 06:46
This is old hat for Donald Trump.

"You're Fired!."

Only one problem.

When the real estate tycoon turned reality TV host put pen to paper and delivered that trademark phrase, he wasn't dumping another hopeful from "The Apprentice."

He was dismissing the director of the FBI.James Comey, the man who just a few weeks ago testified that the agency was reviewing potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians is out in a move that is stirring flashbacks of Richard Nixon's infamous 'Saturday Night Massacre.'

Nixon was so incensed at Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was demanding he turn over the tapes the president had made of conversations in the Oval Office that he fired him.

Actually, first he asked both Attorney General Elliot Richardson to do it. Richardson resigned instead of following his boss's order, as did his assistant, William Ruckelshaus.

Today, 44 years later, history is repeating itself.

Trump late Tuesday afternoon fired Comey, under the guise that he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton emails. The president would have us believe - now - that Comey was somehow unfair to the woman who ran against him.

I assume Trump actually managed to keep a straight face when he did this.

Trump likely will learn that, much like Nixon, this kind of rash action does not make the problem go away. The pressure only increased on Nixon, eventually resulting him resigning from the nation's top office.

Trump might have shed an FBI boss, but he likely just bought himself a special prosecutor.

Cries went up in Washington for an independent counsel to pick up what Comey started poking around the Russian scandal.

I had to suppress a chuckle when I saw many Democrats rushing to the microphones to cry foul at the president's move.

Yes, these are the same people who have been complaining about Comey and the way he has handled the Clinton email saga for months. Hillary Clinton herself just last week fingered the FBI boss as having his fingerprints all over her Electoral College loss to Trump.

That is not to say anyone can justify what Trump did yesterday.

The Donald ran for office as a different kind of candidate, who vowed to be a different kind of president.

He's been good to his word.

That is not necessarily a good thing. Drain the swamp? Trump is up to his waist in it.

More than four decades ago, a president thought he saw a way to wiggle out of a tight spot by firing a special prosecutor.

Donald Trump, reality TV star, is now starring in the sequel.
Categories: Pennsylvania

why not do write-ins?

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-05-09 22:41

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” — US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

That wonderful quote is from a website I discovered called PA Transparency Project.
They say:

Even if your name does not appear on the ballot, you can still run for office by running a write-in campaign. Voters can write your name in for any office.

So…. next….a reminder as to exactly how Malvern Borough achieved a political coup and greater political freedom a couple of years ago.

They did a below the radar by word-of-mouth old school write in campaign. And they changed the face of who governed them for the better didn’t they?

I have seen a lot of talk all over the place about various people in Chester county municipalities from one end of Chester County to the other talking politics in municipalities large and small and every size in between. 

 A lot of people are truly just NOT satisfied with the candidates being put forward by their political parties.

The simmering political anger that exists in this country from coast to coast, also exists on the most local of levels where in a lot of cases it takes decades at times to enact political change and change the face of who governs you.

May 16 is the primary. Which means Republicans vote for Republican candidates and Democrats vote for Democrat candidates. There is no cross pollination of a “general” election. If you are a member of an “other” political party, you sit the primary out.

The only thing the primary does is establish who the Democrats are going to put forward as a formal candidate and who the Republicans are going to put forward as a formal candidate in the fall.

That being said, if you want to toss out an incumbent whom needs retirement, a write in during a primary is a true opportunity isn’t it?

Pick the candidate YOU want not who your political party says you’re SUPPOSED to want. Or the candidate you are told you are supposed to want.

You all have to be uniform with your candidate’s legal given name an ensure they are from the proper political party in a primary but it’s a great way to get rid of incumbents whom you only see when there’s an election to be run and won, isn’t that true?

Talk to the now borough council members in Malvern who did this a couple years ago. 

It was totally stealth. I think it is one of the more fabulous things I have seen in an election cycle since Lower Merion was able to dump eminent domain for private gain years ago. It’s  a simple formula: if you change the face of who governs you, you break the cycle.

Politics and government needs to belong to the people not to powerbrokers. So why not write ins to dump incumbents?

Carpe Diem- people can do this and it’s done all the time. And an off cycle primary is the ideal opportunity. Level your playing field, just don’t tell your committee people – they will just report back to party bosses won’t they?

Malvern Council president steps down as council picks 3 candidates for January vote
By Linda Stein
Dec 18, 2013

After a stormy meeting two weeks ago, Malvern Council met Tuesday in what began as a much calmer meeting. By the evening’s end, however, councilman Van Sciver would step down as council president….The council chambers were crowded with Malvernites who were concerned about whether the council would seek to appoint a pro-development insider to take the place of Richard Sponenbergh, who resigned just after the election.

That election brought in three write-in candidates –David Bramwell, Todd Lexer and Matt Radano—who ousted three incumbents. The mayor’s office also changed hands….The issue that appeared to drive voters to the polls was the scope and pace of development that was changing a charming small town into a more urban environment.

Read about write-ins that occured in PA last spring by checking out this article on PennLive.

This post is just one opinion- but again- if you have the opportunity to dump the same  old same old , why not try?

Just look what tiny Malvern Borough accomplished, right?

Categories: Pennsylvania

Easttown Officials Rescue Ducklings From Storm Drain

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-05-09 16:29
Mama duck was surely thankful officials from Easttown saved her ducklings from the dreaded sewer.
Categories: Lower Merion

DA Seth Williams Indicted On More Fraud Charges: U.S. Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-05-09 16:06
Six additional charges have been levied against Williams, who has been accused of using his station for personal benefits.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bridgeport Teen Goes Missing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-05-09 14:13
Have you seen this young man? The Bridgeport resident has not been seen since April 21.
Categories: Lower Merion