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McGinty beats Sestak for senate spot; Clinton and Trump win

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:34
The 2016 Pennsylvania Primary is in the rearview mirror and now all eyes are on the general election in November.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Dies In Montgomery County Motorcycle Crash

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:00
The tragic incident occurred Tuesday evening.
Categories: Lower Merion

Medications stolen in armed Ardmore drugstore robbery

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 13:05
Ardmore >> Lower Merion police are continuing to investigate an armed robbery at Merrick Apothecary, 31 Cricket Ave., in Ardmore that occurred April 22 at 9:26 a.m.
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How Did Lower Merion Vote In The Democratic Primary?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-27 12:17
How did Lower Merion residents vote in the Democratic Pennsylvania Primary? We have the numbers here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Poll workers report good turnout around Main Line

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 11:58
Voting on the Main Line kicked into high gear Tuesday as, after months of listening to candidates' campaign promises, voters finally get to choose in today's Pennsylvania Primary Election.
Categories: Lower Merion

Poll workers report good turnout around Main Line

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 11:58
Voting on the Main Line kicked into high gear Tuesday as, after months of listening to candidates' campaign promises, voters finally get to choose in today's Pennsylvania Primary Election.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Speaker: From Homeless To Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-27 10:21
Current attorney and St. Joseph's University graduate Nikki Johnson-Huston was once homeless. She fought back.
Categories: Lower Merion

Evans takes Pa. 2nd Congressional District; LM's Gordon comes in a distant third place

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 08:54
Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans has gone on to win the Democrat nomination for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District by defeating longtime politician Chaka Fattah and two challengers that included Lower Merion Commissioner Brian Gordon.
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Why Joe Sestak lost

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-27 06:40
There is only one thing that Joe Sestak - often described as the 'ultimate political outsider' - did not count on.

Another outsider.

Sestak, who once again thumbed his nose at his own party in seeking the Democratic nomination and a rematch against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, was trounced by a party insider, Katie McGinty.

But it was hulking outsider John Fetterman, the 6-foot, 6-inch mayor Braddock who may have cost Sestak this election. McGinty, the former state Department of Environmental Protection czar, one-time gubernatorial candidate and chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, rolled to a convincing win.

This despite the fact that she consistently trailed Sestak in polling until the final week of the campaign, even while being propped up by none other than President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with other state Democratic heavyweights such as former Philly mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell, Gov. Wolf and the state's other senator, Bob Casey.

McGinty got 42 percent of the vote, to just 33 percent for Sestak.

But the real eye opener in this race was the strong late surge put on by Fetterman, who was the choice of 19 percent of Democratic voters across the state.

How ironic is it that Sestak, who infuriated party officials by rejecting their pleas to step aside six years ago and make way for party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter, to be toppled in part by another anti-establishment candidate, clearing the path to victory by a classic insider in McGinty.

Sestak dug in his heels six years ago, swimming against the tide of Democratic party leaders. He ended Specter's career with a stunning primary win, only to lose a close race to Toomey in the general election in the fall.

Those party leaders did not forget. They all shunned Sestak, who basically started running for the seat the day after his loss to Toomey. They put their names - and their money - behind McGinty.

Still, McGinty's campaign seemed to be sputtering, failing to connect with voters, as Sestak consistently held double-digit leads in polling.

Then two things happened. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made appeared in ads pushing the McGinty candidacy. A late big-money push also helped McGinty.

But it was the presence of Fetterman, who looks like anything but a candidate for U.S. Senate, who connected with a lot of voters as someone who understood their plight, based on his background on what he did for the struggling town of Braddock.

That late combination turned the tide in this fight, and proved fatal to Sestak's hopes for a rematch.

Meanwhile, McGinty and Democrats will now turn their sights on the incumbent, Toomey, who was unopposed in the GOP Primary. That means Toomey is sitting on a huge war chest, which no doubt will be used on an avalanche of TV ads.

Toomey, however, could be vulnerable on a number of fronts. First, there is his allegiance with Republican leaders in the Senate in denying President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, a hearing. That is the kid of obstruction that is rubbing Pennsylvania voters - the kind that backed Sestak and Fetterman - the wrong way.

But Toomey's biggest hurdle may appear at the top of both tickets.

He may be running on a Republican ballot with Donald Trump as it presidential candidate, and no one yet knows how Trump is going to play in a general election.

Then there is the likely Democratic nominee. McGinty will be aligned with the possibility of making history, electing the first woman to the White House.

In this race, it could be Pat Toomey who finds himself the outsider.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Evans takes Pa. 2nd Congressional District; LM's Gordon comes in a distant third place

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-27 06:04
Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans has gone on to win the Democrat nomination for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District by defeating longtime politician Chaka Fattah and two challengers that included Lower Merion Commissioner Brian Gordon.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Eagles Soap Opera: As Sam Turns

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-27 06:04
Well, now that we have that trifling issue of selecting the candidates for president out of the way, we can get on with the serious news of the week.

That, of course, would be the NFL Draft.

Which brings us to the Eagles. As usual, they are a mess.

All of this is centering around Sam Bradford, who has made a mess of things by indicating he wants to be traded in the wake of the blockbuster move by Howie Roseman to move up in the draft, sending a boatload of draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 2 pick in the draft. They are expected to use that pick to select their quarterback of the future, Carson Wentz, the wunderkind from North Dakota State. That is, of course, if the Los Angeles Rams play nice and, as expected, take Jared Goff of California, the other highly prized QB in this draft, No. 1.

All of which has, as you might surmise, rubbed Bradford the wrong way.

He claims to have been blindsided by the Eagles' move to move up in the draft. He says the team never bothered to tell him of their plans. I'm not exactly sure where it is written that they have to.

Where Bradford might have a better argument is in his belief that all those draft picks Roseman just shipped off to the Rams could have gone a long way toward helping Bradford - and making the Eagles a more logical playoff contender - this year.

I like Bradford. I think he has the talent to be a great quarterback, yes, even a franchise quarterback.

But I really hope he's not holding his breath waiting on a groundswell of public support rallying around him and his cause.

I think mine has been the only voice to speak up in his favor.

And now he's pushing his luck.

I think Bradford is a very good QB who could lead the Eagles back to the playoffs.

But he has not done that yet. He hasn't done much of anything. His time with the Rams was littered with blown-out ACLs. He struggled at the start of last year before playing very well down the stretch. Unfortunately, that came too late to salvage the Eagles' season. Bradford was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He could have gone anywhere. He didn't go to Temple, but he did decided to return to the Eagles, I am guessing because he was not blown away by offers from other teams.

Bradford signed a two-year deal, believed to be worth $35 million, with $22 million guaranteed.

Then he watched Roseman go out and sign backup Chase Daniel to a longer deal, for a lot more money than is usually shelled out to journeyman QBs.

Then came the convulsive deal in which the Eagles moved up to the No. 2 pick in the draft.

The Eagles insisted - in fact Roseman is still insisting - that Bradford is their starter this year. That isn't assuaging Bradford's hurt feelings. He says he would like to be traded to a team where his future is secure.

This is not going to end well. I see a Draft Night deal coming, maybe sending Bradford to the Broncos. I still find it hard to believe John Elway is going to go into a season with Mark Sanchez as his starting QB.

But here's what I really think about this whole thing.

Yes, the Eagles probably were less than forthright with Bradford about their plans. So what? This is football. Grow up. Go out there and compete. Show everyone what I happen to think, that you're a very good quarterback, a franchise QB that can lead a team deep into the playoffs. Make the Eagles so damn uncomfortable that they have no choice but to keep you in their plans.

But here is my overriding thought on this latest Eagles soap opera.

Just once in my life I would like someone to offer me $22 million dollars to do anything. For some reason, I don't think I'd be turning my nose up at such an offer.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 27 (Election Edition)

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-27 03:08
The Daily Numbers: 5 wins in 5 states for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. A sweep.

4 wins for Hillary Clinton.

1 win for Bernie Sanders, in Rhode Island.

57 percent of vote in Pa. for Trump.

22 percent for Ted Cruz.

19 percent for John Kasich.

56 percent for Hillary Clinton.

44 percent for Bernie Sanders.

41,104 votes for Trump in Delaware County.

22,155 votes for Kasich.

12,699 votes for Cruz.

42,950 votes for Clinton.

28,766 votes for Sanders.

43 percent of votes for Katie KcGinty.

33 percent for Joe Sestak.

19 percent for John Fetterman.

47 percent of vote for Josh Shapiro in Dem Attorney General race.

37 percent for Stephen Zappala.

16 percent for John Morganelli.

64 percent of vote for John Rafferty in the GOP A.G. vote.

76 percent for Pat Meehan in GOP race in 7th District U.S. House race.

24 percent for Stan Casacio.

74 percent for Mary Ellen Balchunis in Dem 7th House race.

26 percent for Bill Golderer.

3,599 votes for 164th District Pa. Dem House Rep. Margo Davidson

3,031 for Dem challenger Sekela Coles.
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fearless

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-04-26 21:03

The other day a dear friend’s book was published. Today my copy arrived in the mail.

Wow!

Author, author!

And I know the author. My high school classmate and friend, cartoonist/artist/inspirational speaker Robb Armstrong.

Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life (Reader’s Digest, 2015) is more than a mere cartoonist’s guide to life. It’s my friend’s autobiography, and he had me in tears over parts of this book.  It’s amazing and honest and raw and wow are all of his friends proud of him.  It’s not easy to bare your soul and raw emotion like that.
And parts of the book are also damn funny. It is the story of his life woven with anecdotes and drawing lessons, little inspirational thoughts, and life lessons. And at the end, he gives his readers a list of art supplies.

You will laugh and you will cry and you will love this book.  And you might even learn something.  It’s a beautiful thing, this book. And it is well deserving of all the accolades it is receiving.

Here is what Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Elizabeth Wellington said today in her article:

‘Jump Start’ comic strip creator’s new book part memoir, part self-help

APRIL 26, 2016  by Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist @ewellingtonphl

Even if you’re just the occasional reader of Jump Start, West Philadelphia native Robb Armstrong’s 27-year-old award-winning comic strip, you’re likely to assume Armstrong lived quite the charmed life…..Yet the reality is Armstrong’s personal life is nothing at all like the pleasantly Technicolor world of his fictional Cobbs.

Armstrong recounts his somewhat tumultuous coming of age in Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life (Reader’s Digest, 2015), part self-help book, part memoir. The self-help is delivered in 20 drawing lessons, one at the start of each chapter. Through sketching self-portraits or outdoor scenes and even practicing their lettering, readers (Armstrong hopes) can get in touch with their inner artist and embrace their mistakes….”If you are stuck in a dark underground labyrinth, you don’t want someone to show up and say, ‘Hey, man, it’s dark,’ ” Armstrong said from his home in Burbank, Calif. “You want someone to show up with a flashlight and help you. I want my book to be that flashlight.”

Read all of Elizabeth Wellington’s article, it really is terrific.

And buy the book.

Thanks for stopping by.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Poll workers report good turnout around Main Line

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-04-26 16:18
Voting on the Main Line kicked into high gear Tuesday as, after months of listening to candidates' campaign promises, voters finally get to choose in today's Pennsylvania Primary Election.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion To Compete In 4x100, 4x400 At Penn Relays

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-26 16:05
The Penn Relays, the oldest and largest international track and field relay meet in the world, are coming to Philadelphia on Thursday.
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Suspect Arrested In Stabbing Death Of Montco Man: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-26 15:54
A suspect has been arrested and charged with first degree murder after a man was found dying in an alley in Norristown in April.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bill Cosby's Appeals Denied, Preliminary Hearing Set

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-26 13:13
Bill Cosby's defense team had still been working to have the criminal charges against the comedian dismissed.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get A Free Pretzel In Lower Merion For National Free Pretzel Day 2016

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-26 12:26
There are multiple ways to get a free pretzel in the area on National Free Pretzel Day.
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West Chester Rally: Donald Trump Mimics John Kasich, Lambasts 'Collusion' With Ted Cruz

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-26 12:04
Donald Trump addressed a crowd of several thousand at West Chester University on Monday afternoon ahead of the Pennsylvania primary.
Categories: Lower Merion

Toomey casts a vote for Ted Cruz

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-04-26 11:35
11:30 a.m. Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has cast his vote for fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary. "He's a solid conservative," Toomey told the Morning Call in Allentown after voting in Zionsville. "We don't agree on everything, but having served with him in the Senate, I know Ted pretty well and I think he's got a real, real viable shot of beating Hillary Clinton in the fall." The Toomey voted prompted a reaction from a possible foe, Democrat Katie KcGinty: “Pat Toomey has spent the past six years in Washington looking out for the special interests, and his vote today for Ted Cruz is a stark reminder of the anti-middle class record Toomey’s built in Washington. "Together, Toomey and Cruz shut down the government so that Americans couldn’t access quality health care. Toomey and Cruz would both change Social Security and Medicare as we know it, drastically cutting benefits for Pennsylvania seniors. Both Toomey and Cruz have supported generous tax cuts for corporations that ship jobs overseas and paid for by the hard working middle class. “These policies may be good news for Toomey’s friends at the Club for Growth, which also backs Ted Cruz, but they hurt Pennsylvanians. It’s time for a champion like Katie McGinty, who will be a voice for the middle class and stand firmly opposed to the misguided policies of Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz and the rest of the special interests allies.”
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