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November 2012

Friday Happy Hour: Eat Your Veggies Edition


After taking a week off to enjoy a Thanksgivin’ dinner that couldn’t be beat, we have a little catching up to do. 

First, Governor Corbett stepped into last week’s news lull in an appearance at the PA Press Club when he acknowledged that he indeed will lead the charge on a transportation funding plan once the new session of the General Assembly begins. So far, not much in the way of details. He said transportation funding and state pension costs head his to-do list for the New Year.

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Friday Happy Hour: Makin’ Whoopee Edition

So, the aspiring young scriptwriter finally gets an audience with the famous Hollywood producer and breathlessly lays out a compelling,Vince Flynn-esque plot, replete with sex, power, politics, money and international intrigue: 

The director of the CIA, a retired four-star general married to the daughter of a retired four-star general, strays off the ol’ marital reservation, makin’ whoopee with his biographer, herself a former Army officer, 20 years his junior. One thing leads to another, and in a fit of jealousy, the biographer begins sending anonymous threatening emails to the female friend of her CIA-director-lover.

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Friday Happy Hour: Careful-What-You-Wish-For Edition

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Yes, the 2012 General Election is over and yes, most of us are well informed about who won in all the key races. But what of those down-ballot contests for state House and Senate in another corner of the state? Chances are you’re still wondering who won or what the margin of victory or defeat was. Fear not, the Pennsylvania Department of State, those same fine people who wanted you to “show it” just for practice on Nov. 6, have all the final, complete and authoritative results on the Pennsylvania General Election in one on-line resource. It’s easy to navigate and, best of all, you don’t need to show your photo ID.

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The Post-Election Postmortem

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Thanks to the approaching Nor’easter, it’s a gray day in Harrisburg – except for the glare of hundred-watt smiles of every Democrat you see.  President Obama won big in Pennsylvania – for a second time – creating huge coattails that extended down ballot as far as state Senate races. 

Here at Triad Election Central, we’re still analyzing what it means for governance in Harrisburg for the next two years, not to mention what larger trends are afoot in the electorate.  Meanwhile, we thought we would give you a quick, one-stop look at the latest results (as of 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of State).  The results below are a tad short of 100 percent of the vote reporting (9,153 of 9,257 precincts reported).

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Friday Happy Hour: Stormy Weather Edition


It certainly qualified as a stormy Monday, and like the song goes, Tuesday was just as bad. Everything in the eastern U.S. from Wall Street to Main Street was pretty much closed as the eastern half of the country hunkered down. Amtrak and public transit agencies up and down the Atlantic seaboard gave it a rest. ‘Round these parts, it didn’t turn out as bad as some predictions, but our brethren to the east will be cleaning up the mess for quite some time.

In addition to rearranging a good bit of the Atlantic coastline, hurricane/tropical/subtropical storm Sandy recalibrated New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s thinking on global warming and prompted him to endorse President Obama’s reelection effort. The mayor said he had come to the conclusion that the president is better able to address the global climate issue that he believes contributed to the severity of the storm.

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