Wednesday, November 21, 2012
State Sen. Wayne Fontana discusses the state's responsibility to the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The deadline for states that have yet to make a decision on whether to run their own health insurance exchanges as required by the federal Affordable Care Act was extended until Dec. 14, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week. This extension was granted because many states with Republican governors put off the decision prior to the election in hopes that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would win and repeal the law. Such is the case for Pennsylvania. With the election over, it is clear that the law will remain intact under the Obama Administration. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the overall concept of the plan, it is here to stay and it is time that Pennsylvania moves forward with implementing a …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The analysts have had their say. Now we want to know. What do you think?
So it's the day after the big election, and judging from the comments posted on Patch, little has changed. Supporters of President Barack Obama still support the president, and opponents are disappointed former Gov. Mitt Romney was not elected. We want to know: What did Obama do right and what did Romney do wrong: And the most important question is, what's next? What can the President do to win over Republicans? What should Republicans do in the wake of losing back-to-back presidential elections? Please share your comments in the box below, or why not try blogging? It's easy to do, just click here to get started and have your voice heard!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden defeat challengers Republican Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 p.m. EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from the president attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the …
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Check back here all day for live election updates. UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Barack Obama has been re-elected President of the United States. --- UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: President Barack Obama has won in Pennsylvania, gaining the state's 20 electoral votes, according to CBS, NBC and ABC. Also Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Scranton, has won in Pennsylvania, according to multiple sources. His opponent, Republican coal executive and Tea Party founder Tom Smith of Armstrong County, conceded to Casey at 10:30 p.m. Prior to Tuesday's vote, influential Pennsylvania political insiders differed on the key to winning the Keystone State for Obama or Mitt Romney. Stay with Patch as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live …
The Republican presidential candidate makes a final campaign stop in Moon before heading back to Boston to await results.
In one of his final appearances of the presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney landed this afternoon in Moon Township, exiting a plane at the Atlantic Aviation hangar before leaving in a motorcade. The stop was brief—Romney did not speak before stepping into an SUV motorcade of five vehicles. After walking out of his plane, he waved to a crowd of cheering supporters packed outside of the runway gate. Romney campaign spokesman Bradley White said the GOP candidate would be traveling in the region this afternoon, but he said the schedule was kept private. Romney's stay in the Pittsburgh area lasted just more than an hour—his plane left Pittsburgh International Airport just after 4 p.m. Romney stopped briefly at a Green Tree …
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court extends deadline for absentee ballots to be submitted from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. after elections officials receive more requests than expected.
Over and over, visitors to the Allegheny County Election Division heard the same refrain Tuesday morning: “Elections division, how may I help you?” "Elections division, please hold." From their headquarters Downtown, that constant jangle was the only way elections division workers could gauge that Tuesday was shaping up to be a busy Election Day around Allegheny County, Division Manager Mark Wolosik said. “You hear the phones ringing off the hook,” he said. The most-frequent questions? Most callers asked to confirm if they were registered to vote or where their polling places were located, he said. By mid-morning, division workers had fielded enough questions to prompt Wolosik to issue the office’s prediction: It would be a brisk voting …
The Republican presidential nominee will stop Tuesday afternoon at Atlantic Aviation at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will come to Moon Township today, making a last-minute campaign stop in the final hours of election day. The former Massachusetts governor will be at the Atlantic Aviation hangar on Horizon Drive at 2:55 p.m. today for a rally. Few details were available on the campaign stop. His running mate Paul Ryan also made an appearance in October at the Moon Township hangar. Campaign spokesman Bradley White said the speech at the hangar will be open to media only. Romney will be leaving Atlantic Aviation in a motorcade. White said his schedule in Pittsburgh is not public. Check back with Patch for coverage.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The good news is that ads will end after Tuesday. The bad news is Election Day is still two days away.
As we head into the last few days before the election, the campaign ads seem never ending. But do they influence voters or turn them off? Some people hang on to those ads which agree with their viewpoint but others just seem to be grating if you don't have a similar viewpoint. Many seem to be negative ads against the opponent rather than ones that point out the attributes of the candidate. So, you tell us. Take our poll and if there's a specific commercial that you want to point out, tell us in the comments section.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A Patch flash survey of political activists in Pennsylvania shows differing takes on the impact of the final presidential debate
Pennsylvania Democrats sound a bit more confident than Republicans that Monday night's foreign policy debate will help win votes for their candidate in the Keystone State, according to brief overnight surveys by Patch. When asked if their candidate's debate performance will help him in Pennsylvania: When asked who won: When asked who the consensus winner as declared by national media would be: The catchy phrases that stuck with debate watchers varied: In their survey comments, Pennsylvania Republicans repeatedly noted Romney's presidential bearing: Democrats, in their comments, criticized Romney for being inconsistent and praised Obama's performance: One Democrat was "pleased at the bi-partisan tone of Mr. Romney on those immediate foreign…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Here are details on the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.
The third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. This debate between the Democratic and GOP presidential candidates will take place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Check below for more information on this last of four debates between presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2012 campaign leading up to Election Day. All four events have been organized and presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates. According to the commission, the format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, …