Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Council allocates funds to domestic abuse organization

Delaware County Council recognized officials from The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc., Wednesday.

Council has allocated $25,000 in the 2012 general fund budget for the organization "to help it continue to provide services and support for the victims of domestic violence and their children," said Councilwoman Colleen Morrone.

County Executive Director Marianne Grace said the county has provided similar allocations to the organization in past years.

Officials from the organization said they provided assistance to more than 3,500 victims of domestic abuse in Delco last year.

Council honors Delco Runners Club

Delaware County Council honored the Delaware County Road Runners Club with a resolution on Wednesday.

The club recently celebrated its 40th anniversary on Feb. 27. Council passed a resolution recognizing the club members and Byron Mundy, founder of the Delco branch of the Road Runners Club of America.

"We've had over 10,000 people who have contributed to the club over the past 40 years," said Mundy. "It's all these other people who have made this club go."

County: Wireless Internet available in Government Center, Courthouse

Delaware County Council announced Wednesday that free wireless Internet access will be available to the public in the Government Center and courthouse.

“We want our visitors, particularly people doing business here at the Government Center, to be able to connect to people and places while using our facilities,” said Councilman John McBlain, who spearheaded the project.

McBlain credited county Executive Director Marianne Grace and Jerry O’Connor, the county’s information technology department director, for moving the project along.

Grace said there were no costs associated with implementing the wireless network because the county already had the infrastructure in place for internal access to the network by employees. She said that although the public will be able to access the wireless network, secure measures have been taken to ensure Wi-Fi users cannot access the county’s professional network.

Residents will be able to access the wireless network on their laptops and phones throughout the Government Center and courthouse, according to Grace.

Council to take 3/14 meeting on the road

Delaware County Council will be taking an upcoming public meeting on the road.

The March 14 business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Township municipal building at 10 Ring Road.

Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle said this will be the seventh evening meeting that county council has held since February 2009. Other night meetings have taken place in Collingdale, Chester, Haverford, Concord, Brookhaven and Clifton Heights, he said.

“It is our hope that these evening meetings will encourage our residents to become more involved with local government and in turn, help us to communicate more directly with our residents,” McGarrigle said.

County council normally meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Government Center in Media. A daytime meeting will not take place on March 14.

Ultrasound bill gets mixed reviews

There is a bill floating around in the state House that would require women in Pa. to get an ultrasound 24 hours before an abortion.

House Bill 1077, known as the “Women’s Right-to-Know Act,” was introduced by state Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, earlier this month.

In addition to requiring ultrasounds, Rapp’s bill would require the doctor performing the abortion to maneuver the ultrasound screen to give the woman the opportunity to view it. The bill also requires the doctor to give the woman a print of the ultrasound in a sealed envelope “so, again, she doesn’t have to view it.”

The bill was passed by the state House Health Committee earlier this month.

There are currently about 100 co-sponsors of the bill. None of the Democratic state representatives from Delaware County are co-sponsors.

Most Republican state representatives from the county were co-sponsors as of Tuesday afternoon, including Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, of Ridley Township, Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, and Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby.

State Rep. Tom Killion, R-168, of Middletown, originally was a co-sponsor, but had his name removed from the list a few days ago. Killion said he is anti-abortion, but he changed his mind about the proposal after having discussions with doctors who expressed concerns about it.

UPDATE: Adolph, Hackett, Micozzie and Miccarelli have removed their names as co-sponsors.


You can read the full story here.


In addition, this has been a controversial topic in other states, including Virginia, the New York Times reports.

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As a resident of Delco, what do you think about the proposed bill?

Moore drops out of the race against Brady

Democrat Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia judge, who had plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadephia, in his bid for re-election has announced that he is withdrawing from the spring primary race.

“Today, I, Judge Jimmie Moore, after giving full consideration in an effort to unify the Philadelphia Democratic Party, have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for the First Congressional District, Pennsylvania,” Moore said in a statement.

Brady is longtime chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party who is currently serving his eighth term as representative of the 1st Congressional District, which includes a strip of eastern Delaware County and the city of Chester.

“Judge Moore has made a selfless decision to withdraw his candidacy in the best interest of the unity of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia,” said Brady in a statement. “Judge Moore has been a tireless jurist on the Municipal Court and I commend his efforts with the Second Chance community.

“He is a loyal Democrat and a community advocate. I look forward to working with him to improve the quality of life for citizens of the First Congressional District and the Greater Philadelphia area.”

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pa. Young Dems endorse Brady

The Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats has endorsed U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia, in his run for re-election.

"Congressman Brady has been a great friend to young voters, both in Philadelphia and statewide," said Pennsylvania Young Democrats President W. Anthony Youngblood, “and we are proud to stand with someone who has supported us.”

Brady faces a challenger, Democrat Jimmie Moore, in the April 24 primary.

In addition to endorsing Brady, Youngblood said Young Democrats reaffirmed the State Committee Endorsement of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Treasurer Rob McCord and state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, who is running for auditor general.

Youngblood said his committee also endorsed Patrick Murphy for attorney general.

In addition to Brady, Young said his committee endorsed Democratic incumbents in the House, including U.S. Reps. Chakah Fattah, Allyson Schwartz, Mike Doyle and Tim Holden.

Lastly, the Young Dems voted to remain neutral in the primary race between U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire and U.S. Rep. Mark Critz.

Davidson to host 'mobile office hours'

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, announced her staff will provide information about state services to constituents during a "mobile office" outreach event Saturday.

The mobile office hours will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Beulah Tabernacle Church on State Road in Drexel Hill.

Davidson's staff will provide assistance on the property tax/rent rebate program; PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors; the Children's Health Insurance Program; and birth certificates, driver's licenses and non-driver photo ID. She said free notary services also will be available.

Friday, February 24, 2012

District Attorneys endorse Pileggi

Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, who is seeking re-election this year, was recently endorsed by Chester County DA Tom Hogan and Delco DA Jack Whelan, according to his campaign spokesman.

Pileggi faces a Republican challenger in the primary, G. Rogers Howard, a resident of East Marlborough, Chester County.

In the general election in November, Pileggi faces Democrat Patricia Worrell, a Chester resident and president of Action United, according to filings with the Department of State.

UPDATE 3/1: Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello and Terence Farrell, both Republicans, endorsed Pileggi today, according to Pete Peterson, his campaign spokesman.

UPDATE 3/7: All five members of Delaware County Council endorsed Pileggi today, according to Peterson. All members of county council are Republicans.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sheriffs endorse Pileggi in re-election run

Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, who is seeking re-election this year, was recently endorsed by Chester County Sheriff Bunny Welsh and Delaware County Sheriff Joe McGinn, according to his campaign spokesman.

Pileggi faces a Republican challenger in the primary, G. Rogers Howard, a resident of East Marlborough, Chester County.

In the general election in November, Pileggi faces Democrat Patricia Worrell, a Chester resident and president of Action United, according to filings with the Department of State.

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In other news ...

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced that state Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, has been re-elected to chair the agency's Board of Directors for the sixth year.

Adolph, majority chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is also seeking re-election. He currently does not face a challenger in the spring primary or general election in November.

House Policy Committee to host Shale hearing

The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing about air emissions from Marcellus Shale drilling from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, and state Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, will serve as co-chairmen of the hearing.

Vitali introduced House Bill 2113 which would "require the state Department of Environmental Protection to collect and publish information about air pollution emissions from Marcellus Shale drilling; require air pollution permits for Marcellus Shale wellhead area emissions and increase air permit fees to help fund the DEP air pollution control program."

County council ratifies union contracts

Delaware County Council ratified contracts for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 77 and the Fair Acres Nurses Association during a meeting Wednesday morning.

Here are the details.

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County officials also announced that the fourth annual Delaware County Conference on Hunger will take place on March 9 in the Webb Room at Widener University. The conference will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

House Dem. Policy Leader stops in Delco

State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, pointed out flaws in Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal during a meeting with the Daily Times editorial board Wednesday afternoon.

“Apparently now a cut is flexibility,” Sturla said.

He was referring to proposed cuts to the Department of Public Welfare which would affect human services.

When Corbett introduced his $27.1 billion budget proposal earlier this month, it included use of block grants “to give counties and school districts the flexibility to adjust to their own, unique needs.”

Specifically, the budget moves seven line items into a Human Services Development Fund Block Grant.

The state allotted $842.1 million overall to the seven line items. About $673.6 million is allotted to the block grant in the 2012-13 budget proposal which would generate a net savings of 20 percent, or $168.4 million, according to the Corbett administration.

Sturla argued that the governor was passing the burden of tough cuts on to county officials. He said this was similar to what the governor has done with education funding.

Sturla also blasted the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling bill which was recently passed by the state Legislature.

According to Republican estimates, the fee could tally $180 million for last year and more than $1 billion over the first five years.

Republicans like Corbett have insisted that the bill includes an impact fee. But Democrats and the Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative organization, have argued the bill includes a tax. Corbett signed a “no-tax” pledge with the Americans for Taxpayers Reform.

Sturla said the fee is comparable to an effective tax rate of 1.5 percent. He pointed out that other natural gas drilling states charge higher impact fees or taxes. For example, Texas has an effective tax rate of 7.5 percent.

Sturla encouraged residents to voice their concerns about the state budget. “I think if we scream loud enough and long enough there will be an impact,” he said.

UPDATE: Sturla was also at a House Democratic Policy hearing Wednesday in East Lansdowne with state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby. The focus of the hearing was proposed education cuts.

Area organization launches website

The Family Support Line, an area organization that helps victims of child sexual abuse, has upgraded its website to include more resources.

“We’ve added a whole section of resources,” said Patricia Kosinski, executive director of Family Support Line, which partners with the county.

Kosinski said the revamped website includes links to other resources and packets of information in PDF format.

Kosinski said the website project was done with the help of a $30,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation. She credited Allied Pixel in Media with the web design work.

Local officials, including U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, Delco District Attorney Jack Whelan and Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

State wants Delco Solid Waste Authority to make improvements to landfill

The Delaware County Solid Waste Authority continues to have issues with managing leachate, or garbage-contaminated rainwater, at the Rolling Hills Landfill, according to officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The county-owned Rolling Hills Landfill is located in Earl Township, Berks County.

“The facility needs to find an approved way to reduce or reuse their leachate because they have been trucking the leachate without DEP approval for off-site treatment and have leachate stored at their facility greater than the 25 percent storage capacity regulation,” said DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz. “Those are the main two issues Rolling Hills is dealing with.”

Solid waste authority Solicitor Michael F.X. Gillin said the authority is currently working on addressing these issues with the help of consultants and new technology.

Leachate is the result of rainwater percolating through the landfill, which is collected and treated before being discharged.

Back in 2009, DEP fined the authority $160,000 for transporting untreated leachate off-site, which was a violation of a solid waste disposal/processing permit, according to the DEP. The permit stipulated the landfill could only truck leachate in emergency situations, including an “extended leachate treatment plant outage, extraordinary weather conditions or civil unrest,” records state.

You can read the full story here.

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As a resident of Delco, are you concerned by the problems at the landfill?

Paul McNichol takes over in Upper Darby GOP

Republican Paul McNichol will be taking over his late father’s position as chairman of the Upper Darby Republican Party.

McNichol’s father, John McNichol, was one of Delaware County’s most powerful political figures behind the scenes. He was stricken while dining at a restaurant with his wife, Joan, and close friends New Year’s Eve. He was 75.

“He was a genially good, kind person,” McNichol said about his father during a recent interview.

McNichol is also solicitor of the township.

Ed Bradley, chairman of the Upper Darby Democrats, had some concerns about McNichol holding both spots.

“I’m certain that the Democratic residents of Upper Darby would not choose the partisan leader of the Upper Darby Republican Party if they had the option,” said Bradley. “In fact, he is all the people’s attorney.

“And the attorney of the people has to be seen as representing all the people. I think the Democratic residents have a right to believe that the attorney representing them is not influenced by partisan activity.”

But McNichol said he did not view it as a conflict of interest. He said he is an adviser of the law and he will treat all members on township council the same, including the Republicans and Democratic Councilwoman Marah Manners.

“The solicitor’s position is an advisory position and he does not make policy decisions, therefore I’m not sure there is a conflict of interest,” said Upper Darby Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Judge Jr. “That person serves at the pleasure of council and the mayor.”

You can read the full story here.

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Do you view McNichol holding both positions as a conflict of interest?

Friday, February 17, 2012

State House, Senate candidates file petitions

Yesterday several candidates filed in the state House and state Senate races.

In case you missed it, here is a run down of who is running.

While I've mentioned everyone who has filed for each seat, the real races for the April 24 primary will take place in the following:

-The 9th senatorial district which is currently held by Republican state Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Chester. Pileggi's challenger is Republican G. Rogers Howard of East Marlborough, Chester County.

-In the 159th legislative district, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, of Chester, faces a challenger, Democrat Ernestine Johnson, according to the unofficial filings with the Pa. Department of State.

-In the 163rd legislative district, two Democrats are squaring off in the primary named Robert Cassidy and Sheamus Bonner.

-In the 185th legislative district, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Maria Donatucci, of Philadelphia, faces two Democratic challengers: Norma McNeil of Philadelphia and Fareeda Mabry of Darby.

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Congressional candidates filed on Tuesday. Check out a run down of who is running in those races.

In a nutshell, there is no primary race in the 7th congressional district but there is one in the 1st district between incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia, and Democrat Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia judge. The 1st district encompasses a portion of Delco, including the city of Chester.

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As resident of Delco, do you have an observations or thoughts on the candidates?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

County officials discuss plans to help refinery workers

Delaware County officials are moving forward with steps to develop employment opportunities for hundreds of employees affected by the closure of the Sunoco and ConocoPhillips refineries.

“As soon we heard that Sun Oil was closing, we were really concerned about the people working at the refinery and those people at surrounding jobs,” said county council Chairman Tom McGarrigle. “It’s going to create a hardship in the Marcus Hook area.”

During the county council meeting Wednesday, Frank Carey, director of the county’s Office of Employment and Training, said the county is looking to set up a transition center for the former refinery employees similar to the CareerLink offices in Chester and Media.

The county has plans to open the transition center at the United Steelworkers Union Hall in Linwood on March 1. Carey said this would be a temporary location until the county finds a permanent one.

Carey said the county has applied for a $5 million national emergency grant which the state has forwarded to the U.S. Department of Labor. If approved, he said the money would be used for temporary staff at the new job training center and additional services to assist the workers which would be unaffordable in the absence of the grant.

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In other refinery news, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan announced a congressional subcommittee will host hearings on the effects local refinery closures could have on homeland security.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Meehan discusses FAA reauthorization bill

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, discussed his support for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill Tuesday, saying the bill includes funding for key investments such as the NextGen air traffic control system.

Meehan said the bill would advance the modernization of the country’s air traffic control system to a GPS-based system called NextGen. He said this “radar of the future” would replace the current system which is “woefully behind.”

Meehan, who is one of the members of Congress who voted in favor of the reauthorization bill, visited the air control tower at the Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday to discuss the bill with pilots and FAA officials.

The four-year $65 billion reauthorization bill would replace 23 previous short-term extensions of the bill. The bill was passed by the U.S. House and Senate and has been sent to President Barack Obama.

Local legislators weigh in on Shale bill

Local legislators had mixed reactions about a Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry bill that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett Monday.

“Natural gas companies will now have to pay a fee on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania,” said state House Appropriations Majority Leader Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, in a statement.

Adolph estimated that the impact fee would generate over $3 billion over the next decade which would be reinvested in environmental protection and preservation, infrastructure for roads and bridges and economic development.

The bill was passed by the state Legislature last week. Corbett, a Republican, negotiated the bill with Republican legislative leaders.

The fee could be paid on all Marcellus Shale wells, and the total amount would rise in ensuing years as more wells are drilled, tallying $180 million for 2011 and more than $1 billion over the first five years, according to Republicans.

Marcellus Shale exploration companies would be required to pay an “impact fee” to help fund various state and local government programs, although the comparable tax rate they would pay would be well below what many other major natural-gas producing states require.

The decision of whether to impose the fee would be left up to local governments. County commissioners or county council members in about 35 counties now have 60 days to decide whether to impose the 15-year impact fee on their local Marcellus Shale wells. If a county board votes against imposing the fee, a critical mass of its municipalities would have another 60 days to impose it countywide.

“I thought it was a terrible bill,” said state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford. “It’s something that makes drillers happy but it’s a really poor bill.”

Vitali said the effective tax rate in the bill is too low. He also questioned Corbett's recent state budget proposal, which includes a $10 million cut to the Department of Environmental Protection. “Why not make the drillers pay?” he asked.

“The latest Marcellus Shale bill was drafted in secret and appears to fall short of the environmental protections we need or a fair tax on drilling companies as all major gas-producing states have,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, in a statement.

Because Corbett opposes the kind of tax on the industry that many other states impose, Republicans legislative leaders instead pursued an “impact fee” that he views as being fundamentally different than a tax. Even so, several conservative groups such as Americans For Tax Reform and Democrats insisted that the fee is really a tax.

Corbett and state Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, signed the so-called “no tax” pledge with the Americans For Tax Reform. Barrar maintained the Shale bill did not include a tax.

“I voted for the bill because our country needs the energy,” said Barrar. “Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel we have and we need to use more of it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Meehan hosts roundtable about veterans treatment courts

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, hosted a roundtable discussion about veterans treatment courts with stakeholders from Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties on Friday morning.

“We’ve seen a unique challenge with veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq,” Meehan said during the discussion which took place at the Delaware County Courthouse.

Meehan introduced legislation in December which would make federal grant funding available to state and local governments to establish veterans treatment courts. Meehan said he is going to advocate that his bill, the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act, be rolled into an appropriations bill in March.

Back in July, Delaware County officials unveiled their plans for a Veterans Justice Initiative, which would include the implementation of a veterans treatment court.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan was one of the local officials who joined Meehan Friday. He said the county will be admitting its first veteran into the court in the next few weeks.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

County partners with Eddystone for upcoming dog microchip and license clinic

Delaware County Councilman Mario Civera announced Wednesday that the Delaware County Kennel Club has partnered with Eddystone Borough for an upcoming microchip and dog license clinic.

Civera said the clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 at the Eddystone Borough firehouse, located at 1201 Saville Ave.

Free microchips will be offered to any Delco dogs at the clinic. In addition, Ellen Linaweaver, license coordinator for the county Treasurer’s Office, will process dog license applications at the event.

A dog with a microchip is eligible for a lifetime dog license for a fee of $31.45 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $51.45 for all others. Annual dog licenses, which need to be renewed every year, are $6.45 for spayed or neutered dogs and $8.45 for all other dogs.

Here's a little more background on why this important.

The county also has a "lost dog" feature on its website.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Corbett discusses budget proposal

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Corbett introduced a $27.1 billion budget proposal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year which calls no tax increases.

Here are the highlights.

And here is a breakdown of some of the issues in the budget, including:

higher education

basic education

transportation

UPDATE 2-9: Here is the county's take on the budget proposal.

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What do you think of Corbett's proposal?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

County Planning Department to host public forums

The Delaware County Planning Department announced Tuesday that it will host two kickoff public forums on Feb. 23 about the county's Open Space, Recreation and Greenway Plan.

"The purpose of these meetings and the plan’s other outreach efforts is to gather information from the public concerning open space and parks, so that we can develop a plan that reflects the needs, concerns and desires of Delaware County citizens," states an email message from the planning department.

Both meetings will take place on Feb. 23. One will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building. The other meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the county council meeting room in the Government Center in Media.

Will the primary be pushed back?

Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has tossed out a controversial plan to redraw the boundaries for the state House and state Senate districts, another question remains: Will the April 24 primary election be pushed back?

“It has not been delayed yet,” said Erik Arneson, a spokesman for state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, on Monday. “We are not eager to pursue that, but it is possible that it will have to be done.”

A five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved the process for legislative redistricting in a 4-1 vote in December.

The commission members include Pileggi, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny; House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny; and Stephen McEwen, a Republican former Delaware County district attorney who was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as chairman.

Democrats are arguing that there is not enough time to create a new plan before the primary and that the 2001 boundaries should be used in this upcoming election cycle.

But Republicans are arguing that it would be unconstitutional to use the 2001 boundaries since there were population shifts since then.

Here are more details.

UPDATE 2-9: Judge threw out Pileggi and GOP's challenge.

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What do you think about this issue?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Radnor Dem. Pursues Run in the 7th

Well folks, we might have a Democratic candidate in the 7th Congressional District.

George Badey III, chairman of the Radnor Democratic Party, confirmed late Monday afternoon that he is pursing a run in the 7th Congressional District against Republican Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby.

“We’re circulating petitions,” said Badey during a brief phone conversation. “We’ll have a formal announcement in upcoming weeks.”

Badey, an attorney at Badey, Sloan, & DiGenova P.C., in Philadelphia, is also a well known Mummers advocate.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Meehan to give weekly GOP Address

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced today that U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, will deliver the weekly Republican Address Saturday.

Meehan is expected to discuss the Republican’s “Plan for America’s Job Creators.”

“With so many families struggling in this difficult economy, the American people are looking to us for solutions,” said Meehan in a prepared statement. “We’ve put forward a plan that will help create jobs and grow our economy. We need to act on these common-sense ideas and produce results for the American people.”

You will be able to view the speech here on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meehan's fundraising efforts hit $1 million

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, said his campaign for re-election raised more than $1.3 million last year.

In a prepared statement, Meehan said he raised about $312,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and has entered this year with about $1 million in cash on hand.

“I am so grateful for such a strong show of support for my agenda to create jobs, rein in reckless spending and strengthen Pennsylvania,” Meehan said in the statement. “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can enter the 2012 election year confident that we’ll be able to effectively communicate our message to the voters of the 7th Congressional District.”

Meehan’s fundraising efforts rank him among the top freshman Republican fundraisers in the House.