Murphy vs. Kane Update

The PA Progressives Summit today released the result of the straw poll taken last night after the debate.  Here are the results: Patrick Murphy 56.1% , Kathleen Kane 41.4%. Undecided: 2.4%.


Appreciating the Mummers

The 1st annual Mummers Appreciation Weekend has been humming and strumming right along at SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown.  Hundreds of Mummers have been stopping by since Friday afternoon.  The Battle of the Bands, a string band competition, has been taking place today.

SugarHouse is also giving away a “Mummed-up” Harley Davidson motorcycle Sunday afternoon.  Only Mummers are eligible and the winner has to be present to win.  The bike really looks good.  Love the art work on the gas tank.

The casino was the presenting sponsor of the 2012 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade and is showing its appreciation for these goodwill ambassadors of the City of Philadelphia.  Members of Hog Island, members of Murray Comic Club, Mummers from various string bands and fancy brigades were there.  Folks from PHL17 also took part in the good food and drink.


Murphy vs. Kane

Game on in the race for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Attorney General, and, even though Tom Corbett is not on the ballot, it’s clear both candidates consider him a target in this election.

Patrick Murphy and Kathleen Kane debated Friday night at the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City, Philadelphia. It was the kick-off event of the weekend long Pennsylvania Progressives Summit.  Murphy, the former Congressman from Bucks County, said Pennsylvanians “need someone (in an Attorney General) to be the counterbalance (to Corbett) and the right wing agenda.” Murphy went after Kane for her 2008 $500 contribution to Republican Corbett’s run for Attorney General and her past support for some Republican judges. Murphy added, “At the end of the day someone’s record needs to be very clear”about what side they are on. Kane countered that Murphy voted for George Bush for President.

The Jerry Sandusky case will be an issue in the general election. Murphy said, “It was an outrage” that it took so long to arrest Sandusky and promised a “top to bottom” review of why the case was not “more aggressively pursued.” Kane said, “I was stunned” at hearing Tom Corbett’s explanation about why the investigation took as long as it did.  She pointed to her own record in prosecuting child sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania.    

It’s on the issue of what she has done as a prosecutor that Kane hopes to edge Murphy.  Kane commented, “We’re both good Democrats,” but, the veteran assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, said she is the only one who “has prosecuted thousands and thousands of cases” in Pennsylvania.  On more than one occasion she said of someone wanting to be Attorney General, “You need to know the laws of Pennsylvania.” It was a slap at Murphy, who although he has worked in two law firms in the state, tried cases in court as a prosecutor only while serving in the U.S. Army. Said Kane, “My record is the only record that can stand up to the Republican nominee in the fall.” Murphy defended his military prosecutorial record, his advocacy for gun laws to protect police officers, and spoke of his Congressional record. He said of being Attorney General that it is also about “fighting for the values that are under attack right now.”  Murphy says he’s the candidate who can “fight the big fights.”

Both Kane and Murphy appear friendly to each other and they agree on much.  But they are well-funded and need to define why one is better than the other. Expect a spirited battle for the nomination in March and April.

While Kane and Murphy have participated in a handful of debates or forums before Friday night, this latest debate was billed by the coalition of Pennsylvania Progressives as the first real public debate of the 2012 race. The sponsors say they invited the likely Republican nominee, Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed, but that he declined to attend.  No Democrat ever has won the AG’s seat since it became an elected position in Pennsylvania.

Note later update on straw poll.

Badey vs. Meehan in PA 7th.

Attorney George Badey, of Radnor, continues his steady march toward officially declaring his candidacy for Congress as a Democrat and challenging incumbent Congressman Pat Meehan, a Republican, in the 7th Congressional District.

Badey tells me today that he continues to concentrate on gathering signatures on his candidacy petitions ahead of Tuesday’s filing deadline. He appeared comfortable in getting more than enough signatures.

Badey, chair of the Radnor Democratic Committee, indicated that he will wait until after the filing deadline to declare his candidacy in a formal event and that it may not be immediately after the deadline.

Courtesy Meehan for Congress


The Meehan campaign responded today to how the race is shaping up. Campaign spokesperson John Elizandro says, “Congressman Meehan is focused on his agenda to create jobs and strengthen our economy, and he looks forward to a vigorous campaign with whomever is nominated.”

The race is likely to get a lot more direct. Assuming Meehan and Badey become the nominees, this could be among the area’s most active races with clear distinctions of political philosophy.

As for the 7th District itself, Democrat Joe Sestak had the job in Congress, having defeated Republican Curt Weldon, but Sestak decided not to seek a third term in 2010. Republican Meehan entered the race and easily won his first term.

The 7th is newly drawn after the last census. While the district still includes Delaware County and its large population, it on the books appears more Republican than before. It now includes Delaware County and parts of Chester, Lancaster, Berks and Montgomery Counties. However, Democrats say Barack Obama still got more votes in 2008, about 4 percent, within the new district lines than John McCain.

Madonna, the 1st time

Before Madonna was booked for the Indianapolis mini concert this weekend, the archival wizards at PHL17, Philadelphia, unearthed the reported 1st ever tv appearance, nearly 30 years ago, by a young and soon to be up and coming singer named Madonna. It aired in 1983 on the program “Dancin’ on Air” on PHl17.  This was not long after the release of her first single.  There’s so much in this video, it is priceless.,0,6841546.story