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Reviews of election process in PA: good but needs improvement

November 5, 2008

Good government advocates say it was as smooth an election as they could have expected. But they also say that when it comes to election procedures, Pennsylvania has plenty of room for improvement. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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Lautenberg makes quick work of Senate opponent

November 5, 2008

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg cruised to an easy victory over Republican Dick Zimmer last night. Reporter Terry Sheridan was at the Senator's campaign headquarters.

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In NJ Senate race, GOP candidate has no regrets

November 5, 2008

Being a good loser in a political race often means graciously congratulating the winner. But last night, New Jersey Senate candidate Dick Zimmer was more than just a polite politician who lost to incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg. Zimmer was actually a man happy in defeat. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports.

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AG Corbett wins rare victory for GOP in PA

November 5, 2008

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will serve another term in that post following Tuesday's election. In a Democratic year, he was the only republican to win a row office this year. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports from the Harrisburg.

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Despite scandal, DeWeese returns to Harrisburg

November 5, 2008

Pennsylvania's embattled house majority leader handily defeated his republican challenger, and will return to Harrisburg for another term. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports from the Harrisburg.

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PA Secretary of State points to fraud-free election

November 5, 2008

Pennsylvania's top election officials says the state's election results prove that GOP concerns about voter registration fraud were unfounded. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports from the Harrisburg.

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McCain volunteers make final push for votes

November 3, 2008

With the general election near, supporters for the presidential candidates spent time this past weekend making a last minute push for votes. Some volunteers for Senator John McCain headed out to knock on doors, while others passed their weekend making phone calls to ask for support on November 4th. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Candidates prompt area business start-ups

November 3, 2008

The presidential tickets have inspired many voters to head to the polls tomorrow. The politicians have also motivated some area residents to become entrepreneurs - selling shirts, buttons, and umbrellas inspired by the candidates. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Profile of the 8th Congressional District

October 31, 2008

In the third and final story in our series on Philadelphia's suburban congressional races, we look at the Eighth district, encompassing Bucks County and part of Northeast Philadelphia. As WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports, both the incumbent and his major party challenger come to the table with what would be unique perspectives in Congress.

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Profile of the 6th Congressional District

October 30, 2008

In the second installment of WHYY's series on local congressional races, today we turn to Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. For three terms, Congressman Jim Gerlach has represented the diverse sampling of Chester, Berks, Montgomery, and Lehigh counties. He's hoping for another victory this November 4th - over his Democratic challenger Bob Roggio. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Electrical Workers Local 98 gets a message from Barack Obama

October 30, 2008

With the general election just days away, the battle for Keystone state voters is heating up. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 recently received an MP3 player and a note asking them to vote for Senator Barack Obama on November 4th. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

Photo Caption: IBEW 98 members received this MP3 player urging them to vote for Senator Barack Obama.

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From Harrisburg: Snapshots of the statewide polls look the same

October 29, 2008

Three new polls out show similar results for the presidential race in Pennsylvania. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports.

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Election Profile: PA 7th Congressional District

October 29, 2008

Both Barack Obama and John McCain see suburban Philadelphia's Delaware County as an important battleground on their way to the White House but there's also a battle going on between two candidates vying to represent the 7th Congressional District. Republican challenger Craig Williams is trying to unseat first-term Democrat Joe Sestak. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Obama presses on in PA despite rain

October 29, 2008

With one week to go until the General Election the presidential candidates are both hoping to sway Pennsylvania voters. Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin held an event in Hershey this morning — but canceled an outdoor rally in Quakertown because of the rain. Despite the inclement weather, Senator McCain's opponent Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama held a rally outside at Widener University in Chester. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Latest F&M Poll shows Obama up big in Philly suburbs

October 29, 2008

Barack Obama leads John McCain by 13 points among likely voters in Pennsylvania, where he's poised to sweep the Philadelphia suburbs. That's according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll out today. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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PA election officials making effort to ease voting

October 29, 2008

With just a week left before the election and with an unprecedented 8.7 million registered voters, Pennsylvania election officials are trying to ease concerns from voters who may have had a hard time voting in past elections. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.

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From Harrisburg: Polls show increasing lead for Obama in PA

October 29, 2008

Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin are spending a lot of time in Pennsylvania this week — in the hopes of pushing the state into the red. But recent polls show Obama with a ten point lead. From the Harrisburg Jen Rehill reports on the factors at play.

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From Harrisburg: Keystone State, key to presidential victory

October 28, 2008

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are scheduling multiple stops in Pennsylvania in the final days before the November 4th election. As Jen Rehill reports from the Harrisburg, both sides see the Commonwealth as a key to an electoral college victory.

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Specter, Casey weigh in on McCain's PA strategy

October 27, 2008

With just eight days to go before election day, Senator John McCain brings his campaign back to Pennsylvania with appearances in Pottsville today, and Hershey tomorrow. It's McCain's last shot to win votes in a state where his support has dropped in recent weeks. WHYY's Bill Hangley checked in with Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senators to find out why.

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Voting advocates sue for more paper ballots at PA polls

October 24, 2008

Civil rights and voter rights advocates are suing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortez over the possibility of long lines at the polls on November 4th. As Jen Rehill reports from the Harrisburg, the groups want to give more voters the option to use paper ballots when voting machines break down.

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State lawyer: charges over voter registration fraud are insulting

October 24, 2008

Lawyers for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, community activist group ACORN and Secretary of State Pedro Cortez argued in Commonwealth Court today over the GOP's accusations of voter registration fraud and state negligence. Jen Rehill reports from Harrisburg that the GOP asked the judge for an emergency injunction to get more information from the defendants at the hearing.

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Keeping politics in the family and the family in politics

October 24, 2008

The presidential candidates and their running mates have been making frequent visits to the area, hoping to draw enough votes to win Pennsylvania in the November general election. Voters aren't the only ones showing up at rallies. Many bring their children and point to Republican vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin and Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as role models. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler spoke to a number of folks who are keeping politics in the family. More information »


Obama, McCain and the Jewish vote in Greater Philadelphia

October 23, 2008

With less than two weeks until election day....barack obama has a comfortable lead over john mccain in pennsylvania; mccain continues to campaign in the keystone state.. where registered democrats now outnumber republicans by more than a million voters. One small segment the mccain camp is battling for are jews -- most of whom live in philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Whyy's susan phillips reports. More information »


PA elections chief says GOP tactics attack Democracy

October 22, 2008

Pennsylvania's top election official is refuting a state Republican Party claims of voter registration fraud. For WHYY, Jen Rehill reports from the Capitol.

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NJ says voting will go smoothly despite numbers

October 21, 2008

Despite the record voting turnout expected this year, state officials say voters have nothing to worry about. Secretary of State Nina Wells says make sure you know where your polling place is and show up in the afternoon. WHYY's Mary Fuchs has the story.

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Powell endorsement seen as icing on the cake for PA race

October 20, 2008

One local political expert colin's powell's endorsement of barack obama will solidify the democrat's lead over republican john mccain in pennsylvania. Sara sciammacco (sha-mah-ko) Has more from washington.

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Wife of candidate McCain stumps in Philly and Bucks Co.

October 20, 2008

Although the most recent Quinnipiac Poll has Senator Barack Obama leading John McCain in Pennsylvania by double-digits, the Republican continues to campaign in the state. Cindy McCain is in the area today stumping for her husband. She will speak at a rally this afternoon in Yardley. This morning Mrs. McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to supporters at the National Constitution Center. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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The Election through the eyes of puppets

October 18, 2008

Today America's election-year political dialogue is being told with giant paper mache puppets in the 9th annual Peoplehood parade. A local puppet theater troop has been working in Philadelphia neighborhoods to expressing the voice of the people through recycled cardboard and house paint. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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McCain stumps in Downingtown, invokes "Joe the Plumber"

October 16, 2008

Fresh off the final debate of the presidential race, earlier Thursday, Senator John McCain held a rally in Downingtown. Some of the people who came to the rally carried plungers - symbolizing their support for a man who was repeatedly mentioned in last night's debate - Joe the Plumber. The Ohio man came up in last night's discussion repeatedly because he recently asked Senator Barack Obama about the candidate's plan to increase taxes for people making more than $250,000. The story from WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.


Photo Caption: Senator John McCain on stage with Joe Lieberman at a rally in Downingtown.


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The battle for PA votes

October 16, 2008

With twenty days until Election Day both campaigns continue to battle for votes in Pennsylvania. John McCain will be rallying in Chester County today and sarah palin visits Lancaster on Saturday. The Obama campaign is counting on large numbers of newly registered young voters in the state to help win Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes. But the question asked every four years: will the youth actually get to the polls on election day? WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Exploring race and the election in working class Philadelphia

October 15, 2008

The final presidential debate takes place tonight. Recent polls show Barack Obama leading in Pennsylvania by double-digits. John McCain continues to battle for votes in the Keystone State. Both Obama and McCain are vying for support in parts of Philadelphia and the suburbs, especially areas that gave strong support for Hillary Clinton in the primary. In these areas, some say race will prevent even Democrats from voting for Obama. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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PA prepares for possible record turnout

October 14, 2008

Pennsylvania elections officials are bracing for what may be the largest voter turnout in state history on November 4th. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports.

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McCain, Palin to make PA visits today

October 14, 2008

Both members of the Republican ticket are expected in the Keystone State today. John McCain is scheduled to hold a women's town hall meeting in Montgomery County, while Sarah Palin will rally supporters in Scranton. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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McCain advisor, former HP CEO Fiorina in town tonight

October 13, 2008

One of Senator John McCain's top advisors is in Philadelphia to talk about the economy. Former Fortune 500 CEO Carly Fiorina speaks at the Constitution Center at 6:30 tonight. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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Clinton campaigns for Obama in Northeast Philly

October 13, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton told about 500 people at a Jewish community center in Northeast Philadelphia that President Bush and Senator John McCain are responsible for the downturn in the economy. Clinton campaigned today for Barack Obama in areas where she beat him in the primary. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Presidential ad spending in PA #2 in nation

October 13, 2008

The presidential candidates are now spending more on ads in Pennsylvania than any other state but Ohio. Observers say this region's residents can expect a continuing diet of hard-edged ads, particularly from the Republican side. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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Obama takes a tour of Philadelphia neighborhoods

October 11, 2008

The presidential contenders have just 23 more days to campaign for votes in the closely contested race where Barack Obama's margin is widening nationwide. Recent polls have Obama ahead of McCain by 12 to 15 points in Pennsylvania. Obama seemed to reflect that optimism in his tour of Philadelphia neighborhoods on Saturday... where over the course of the day an estimated 50,000 people came out to see him at four different stops throughout the city. WHYY's Susan Phillips rode with the campaign and filed this report.

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See pictures of the Obama rally in Philadelphia and various supporters and voters. View the Slideshow »


Lieberman stumps for McCain to get PA Jewish vote

October 11, 2008

With McCain down in the polls in Pennsylvania, one segment of swing voters he's trying to win over are Jewish people. McCain supporter Senator Joe Lieberman appealed to Jewish voters on Friday, stopping by several synagogues and a Jewish retirement community. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Obama rallies, Lieberman stumps for McCain

October 10, 2008

Senator Barack Obama is in town for four rallies tomorrow hoping to make sure his Democratic base gets to the polls. The McCain campaign focused on winning over Jewish voters today, sending out McCain supporter: Senator Joe Lieberman. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Study: PA not ready for rush of new voters

October 10, 2008

A record number of Pennsylvanians are registered to vote this year and that could mean long lines at the polls. A study released this week suggests that regional election boards aren't doing enough to keep those lines manageable. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.

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Area residents have a lot to say about the presidential candidates and the issues

October 10, 2008

Excitement surrounding the presidential candidates has prompted many new voters to sign up, as well as re-energized plenty who were registered but haven't voted in years. Other area residents are dedicated voters who've been casting ballots for decades. WHYY'S Elizabeth Fiedler spoke with some Philadelphia area residents who stopped in at a Center City voter registration office this week... to talk about the candidates and the issues.

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Captions: Reuben Bolden and his family (top), Queen Village resident Eunice Lee (left), and new voter Alexandra Miller (right).


Obama, Palin to be in Philadelphia on Saturday

October 10, 2008

Philadelphia is preparing for a pair of candidate visits on Saturday. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports that Senator Barack Obama and Governor Sarah Palin are coming to town. The city's Democratic Party is ready to show off its get-out-the-vote operation for their party's nominee while the Alaska governor will be reprising her role as hockey mom.

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Dress code for voting?

October 10, 2008

Some, but not all voters in the region will have to check the mirror before they head out to vote next month. Election boards around the five county area are coming to different conclusions about whether voters can wear partisan t-shirts and buttons. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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McCain, Palin go negative on Obama in Bethlehem

October 9, 2008

Barack Obama is scheduled to be back in the Philadelphia on Saturday with running mate Joe Biden campaigning in Scranton on Sunday. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is slated to drop the ceremonial first puck at the Flyers home opener on Saturday night. She was with John McCain at yesterday's rally at Lehigh University. McCain and Palin took shots at Obama and his policy ideas. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Corruption trial for state official enters in to NJ congressional race

October 8, 2008

Recent developments in the Wayne Bryant trial are providing plenty of fodder for the congressional race between Medford Mayor Chris Myers and State Senator John Adler. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports that accusations of corruption are flying.

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What McCain must do in debate on economy

October 7, 2008

The second presidential debate is tonight in Nashville. WHYY's Tom MacDonald spoke to a political expert about what the candidates need to do to woo voters.

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Presidential debate preview with Gallup Poll Editor in Chief Frank Newport

October 7, 2008

WHYY's Dave Heller talks with Frank Newport - editor in chief at the Gallup Poll, regarding his role in selecting the 80 'average Jills & Joes' who will participate in tonight's town-Hall debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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"Brand" importance exceeds issues in final weeks of campaign

October 7, 2008

A branding expert says the candidates for president have some last-minute work to do on their images. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports.

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Oversight groups anticipate voting problems with potential record turnouts

October 7, 2008

Employees are tallying the numbers now that yesterday's voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania has passed. As officials set their sites on the general election, there are plenty of problems to be worked out before November 4th. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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A week before deadline, NJ officials scrutinize motor vehicle department registration failings

October 6, 2008

There's only one week left to register to vote in November's election. And with record turnout expected and registered so far, some state officials are following the rules closer than ever to get voters in the booth. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports.


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Busy day for voter registration office

October 6, 2008

Across the state people are rushing to beat today's deadline to register to vote. Voter registration applications must arrive at the county board of elections, or be postmarked by today for November's general election. The voter registration office on Delaware Avenue in Center City is open until midnight. As WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports, it's already been a busy day.

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Last day to register to vote for Pennsylvanians

October 6, 2008

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the November general election. For months the presidential campaigns have been busy helping voters sign up across the battleground state. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Springsteen rocks Obama crowd in Philly

October 5, 2008

With just about one month left before the election, both candidates are campaigning hard for votes in the state. John McCain's daughter Meghan was in the Philadelphia area on Sunday to stump for her father and to promote her new book "My Dad, John McCain." The Obama campaign held a voter registration rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, where rock star Bruce Springsteen played a free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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The Boss packs the Parkway for Obama

October 4, 2008

Rock star Bruce Springsteen will be in Philadelphia today, drumming up support for Senator Barack Obama. With the Democrats lead in registered voters in the state having doubled since the 2004 presidential election, the Obama campaign will be making a final push to register new voters this weekend. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Obama greets supporters at rally in Abington

October 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama spoke to thousands of supporters including enthusiastic students this morning at Abington High School in Montgomery County. Obama told the crowd that the downturn in the economy is directly linked to the failed policies of his opponent Senator John McCain. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Obama visit to PA highlights outreach to new voters

October 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama returns to the Philadelphia area today for a rally at Abington High School in Montgomery County. With the voter registration deadline approaching on Monday, the Obama campaign is counting on the state's newly registered youth to help put them over the top in November. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Son of V.P. candidate Biden to begin training for Iraq

October 3, 2008

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is getting ready to do what thousands of others have done before him: don his uniform, say goodbye to loved ones, and head for Iraq. Biden, a captain and lawyer in the Delaware Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade, will leave Friday with his unit for several weeks of training in Texas before deploying to Iraq. A deployment ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Legislative Mall in Dover. Biden's father, Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden, is expected to be present for the ceremony. WHYY's Bill Cook reports.

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Palin winning "expectations" battle in advance of debate

October 2, 2008

The much-anticipated vice-presidential debate is tonight. WHYY's Tom MacDonald continues his report on a conversation with a campaign expert who says expectations are low for the Republican candidate - a fact that could actually help.

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From Harrisburg: pair of polls give Obama commanding PA lead

October 1, 2008

A pair of new polls show the ailing economy may have helped Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama increase his lead in Pennsylvania. For WHYY, Tim Lambert reports from Harrisburg.

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Analysis: Local consultant helps interpret latest polling data

October 1, 2008

Political consultant Larry Ceisler says the race for president is a back and forth contest and he's predicting things will go right to the wire. He is a campaign expert with a unique view on the back and forth of the presidenial polls and he spoke with WHYY's Tom MacDonald for this report.

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Obama back up 7 in PA in latest F and M Poll

October 1, 2008

The economic crisis is working in Senator Barack Obama's favor in Pennsylvania. According to the latest Franklin and Marshall College poll out today, Obama leads Senator John McCain in the commonwealth by 7 points. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports that the attitude of Pennsylvanians towards the direction of the nation is a huge factor.

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Religious leaders seeking overturn of ban on political speech in church

October 1, 2008

A local pastor is challenging a federal law that prohibits him from endorsing a political candidate at the pulpit. The head of the Calvary Chapel of the King's Highway in Richmond joined a nationally coordinated effort to fight for the right to free speech. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports.

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Bucks Co. GOP charged with disenfranchisement in Democratic areas

September 30, 2008

A federal case involving accusations of voter disenfranchisement in Bucks County continues today in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The court heard testimony on Monday from plaintiffs claiming that county Republicans are using intimidation tactics to suppress Democratic voters. Tensions in the case are so high, the judge has placed a gag order on attorneys and witnesses. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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PA-based poll give GOP slim national lead

September 25, 2008

A new national poll has the Republican candidate in the race for president slightly ahead - so slight, in fact, that the pollster says it's still anyone's race. WHYY's Tom MacDonald has the details.

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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden rally in Southwest Philly

September 25, 2008

With just forty days left to the election, the Obama campaign in Philadelphia is focused on registering voters by the October 6th deadline. The wives of the Democratic presidential ticket made a trip to Southwest Philadelphia last night, and as WHYY's Susan Phillips reports the aim was to motivate the candidate's base.

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Poll asks Alaskan, Delawarean opinions on VP candidates

September 25, 2008

A new poll suggests that Alaskans are fond of Governor Sarah Palin, but Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden gets the edge when it comes to experience to be a good president and the ability to handle an international crisis. The poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University shows that the two vice presidential candidates enjoy similar support in their respective states. WHYY's Phil Andrews reports.

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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden in Southwest Philly today

September 24, 2008

The wives of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his running mate Senator Joe Biden will be in town later today. Michelle Obama and Philadelphia area native Jill Biden will hold a rally at the Francis Meyers Recreation Center on Kingsessing Avenue in West Philadelphia. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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McCain visits Media PA, talks Wall Street

September 23, 2008

Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he's no fan of the Bush bailout plan. The senator from Arizona used an appearance in Delaware County yesterday to position himself as the next scourge of Wall Street. WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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Obama supporters launch Pennsylvania "Truth Squad"

September 23, 2008

With 8.5 million registered voters and 21 electoral votes, the stakes in the Pennsylvania presidential primary are high. Michelle Obama will be rallying in West Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania, including Governor Rendell, Mayor Nutter and D.A. Lynne Abraham, has created a "truth squad" made up of Democratic elected officials to respond to what they call lies by the McCain campaign. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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No "Bonusgate" charges expected against GOP before election

September 23, 2008

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Tom Corbett says there will be no more charges brought in the "Bonusgate" investigation of state lawmakers before the November election. The scandal involving the use of taxpayer funds to pay bonuses to legislative staffers for political work has already resulted in several indictments of Democratic House staffers. Investigations continue on the GOP in the House and the Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate. WHYY's Jen Rehill reports.

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McCain switches stance on strength of economy in Scranton speech

September 22, 2008

Republican John McCain is calling for greater oversight of the Bush Administration's proposed bailout of U.S. financial markets. In remarks in Scranton on Monday, McCain said the $700 billion dollar plan being crafted by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson needs broader supervision. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports on what impact the current economic crisis may have on the presidential race in Pennsylvania, especially now that the economy has replaced national security and Iraq as the number one issue.

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Local Democrats deal with racial prejudice in presidential campaign

September 22, 2008

The effect of racial politics is starting to be felt in the presidential race in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Democratic party officials are trying to figure out how to deal with some long-time attitudes among their constituents. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports.

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Howard Dean rallies the student base at Temple U.

September 19, 2008

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean paid a visit to Pennsylvania's Temple University Friday afternoon in hopes of energizing the students there to vote in the November elections. WHYY's Paul Jackson reports he also took the opportunity to take jabs at the McCain campaign.

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Biden pays a visit to Delaware County

September 17, 2008

With polls showing a very tight race in Pennsylvania, the Barack Obama campaign is continuing to hammer home the message that republican John McCain is out of touch on the economy. Tuesday, democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and Governor Ed Rendell were on the attack in suburban Philadelphia with Rendell charging the McCain campaign with trafficking in "lies." WHYY's Bill Hangley has more.

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PA voting irregularities exposed in latest report

September 17, 2008

As Election Day approaches, good government groups are evaluating the potential for voter disenfranchisement. The independent government watchdog group Common Cause yesterday released a report evaluating the voting practices of ten swing states, including Pennsylvania. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.

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McCain breezes through Reading Terminal

September 11, 2008

Senator John McCain made an unannounced visit to Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday and faced and unfriendly audience. McCain's lack of fanfare and access for media is making campaign coverage difficult on local reporters as WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Obama's new PA presence is heavy in GOP-dominated areas

September 9, 2008

The Obama campaign for president is ramping up its efforts to win Pennsylvania in November. As Jen Rehill reports from Harrisburg, the organization is opening 35 new offices across the state this evening.

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Some of Obama's new offices are located in the following Pennsylvania towns and cities: North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia ,Fishtown, Lower Bucks, Upper Darby, Allentown, Ambler, Easton, Montrose, Hazleton, DuBois, Carlisle, Lebanon, Mansfield, Gettysburg, Sharpsville, New Castle, Butler, New Kensington, Uniontown, Ross, Monroeville, McKeesport, Mt. Lebanon, Homestead, Pittsburgh East End, Erie.


Leave the cell phone at home! Reminders for the Delaware primary

September 9, 2008

Today is Primary Day in Delaware, when registered Democrats and Republicans will be trying to vote their candidates through to the next stage - the general election. So before you head out to your voting location, WHYY's Bill Cook has some reminders.

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McCain, Palin in Lancaster today

September 9, 2008

Today Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin head to a rally in Lancaster. At least one recent poll shows the GOP ticket cutting into Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's lead. The new USA Today/Gallup poll shows Senator Obama ahead 47%-44% among registered voters, down from a 6% point lead last month. Senator McCain heads into the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country to try to cut that gap even more. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Nutter criticizes GOP convention as "repulsive"

September 6, 2008

Now that both the Democratic and Republican conventions are finished, the presidential campaign is heating up in Pennsylvania, an important swing state. At a campaign stop for vice presidential candidate Joe Biden in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday, Mayor Michael Nutter lashed out at what he called the "repulsive national convention." WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Biden visits Northeast Philadelphia

September 5, 2008

The presidential campaign is heating up in Pennsylvania with Democratic nominee Barack Obama visiting a glass factory near Scranton today. Meanwhile, Obama's running mate, Senator Joe Biden spoke at the Ironworkers Union Hall in Northeast Philadelphia. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.

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Philly's GOP delegates fired up by Convention finale

September 5, 2008

Pennsylvania's position as a battleground state in the presidential election was clear at this week's Republican National Convention. Last night, Keystone delegates, along with their counterparts from Ohio and Michigan, listened to Senator John McCain's acceptance speech from front row seats. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler spoke to one of those delegates.

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Obama talks green energy in York and Lancaster

September 5, 2008

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama fielded questions on his plans for the economy and green power on Thursday at a hydro-electric plant in York. As Jen Rehill reports from Harrisburg the stop is part of a two-day swing through the state.

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Fmr. NJ Cong. Rob Andrews will run again

September 5, 2008

Congressman Rob Andrews says he has turned down a major position at Goldman Sachs to run for re-election in the U.S. Congress. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports.

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NJ GOP Delegate Tom Kean reacts to Palin speech

September 5, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin revved up Republican Party faithful on Wednesday night, and New Jersey delegate Senator Tom Kean Jr., was no exception to those invested in her new career. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports.

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From St. Paul: Philadelphia delegate gets stage at GOP Convention

September 4, 2008

One of Philadelphia's delegates took the stage at the Republican convention Wednesday to defend vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Todd Zwillich has this report.

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Fmr. Sec. of State Albright stumps for Obama, chats with WHYY

September 4, 2008

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is in Pennsylvania today, attending a rally in Lancaster. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright stumped for Obama in the suburbs on Wednesday, focusing on women voters. WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke to her after a speech at Bryn Mawr College.

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Listen to Susan's entire interview with Secretary Albright. She begins by asking Albright, "how do you make the transition from stumping for Clinton to campaigning for Obama?"

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Local Republicans anticipate McCain's acceptance speech

September 4, 2008

Attention will be on the Republican National Convention in Minnesota tonight as Senator John McCain accepts his party's presidential nomination. The Philadelphia delegates will have prime seats for the event. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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Can Palin make Philly suburbs go GOP?

September 3, 2008

Anticipation is high among many area Republicans who want to hear more about their party's vice presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The votes of Philadelphia suburbanites are being heavily courted by both parties this year. Speeches tonight from Palin and tomorrow from Senator John McCain may be aimed at wooing voters like those in the Philadelphia suburbs. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler checked in with one local political observer for his take on the Palin choice.

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While Susan Phillips reports on whether Palin's pro-life stance might make her a less attractive candidate to moderate women in the suburbs.

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Third Party candidates do not have a friend in Pennsylvania

September 3, 2008

A court is scheduled to rule on Thursday on whether Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr will likely learn tomorrow whether he will be allowed on the November ballot in Pennsylvania. Last week the Constitution Party appealed a state decision barring its candidate from the roster. As WHYY's Jen Rehill reports - government reform advocates say such problems with ballot access are not new in Pennsylvania.

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From St. Paul: Lieberman speech another attempt at Philly burbs

September 3, 2008

Pennsylvania delegates say Sen. Joe Lieberman's appeal to moderates at the GOP convention last night will help John McCain in Pennsylvania. Todd Zwillich has more from the Republican National Convention.

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Meet the GOP Delegates: Philadelphia's Patricia Mattern

August 31, 2008

The Republican National Convention starts tomorrow and GOP members from across the country are gearing up. Continuing her visits with delegates from across the Greater Philadelphia Region, WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler introduces us to Patricia Mattern who is a delegate from Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District, representing parts of Center City, West and North Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill.

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Meet the GOP Delegates: Philadelphia's Vito Canuso

August 30, 2008

Veteran delegate Vito Canuso is also chairman of Philadelphia's Republican City Committee. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler caught up with Canuso as he prepares to head off to Minnesota for the Republican National Convention.

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Mayor Nutter reacts to Obama speech

August 29, 2008

Barack Obama energized his Philadelphia foot soldiers during last night's speech at the Democratic National Convention. Todd Zwillich reports from Invesco Stadium in Denver.

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Mayor Nutter reacts to Obama speech

August 29, 2008

Barack Obama energized his Philadelphia foot soldiers during last night's speech at the Democratic National Convention. Todd Zwillich reports from Invesco Stadium in Denver. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet the GOP Delegates: Chester County's Terence Farrell

August 29, 2008

In preparation for next week's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler tracked down a number of delegates from around the region to get their thoughts as they prepare to nominate John McCain. In this installment, Fiedler chats with Chester County GOP activist Terence Farrell. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden V.P. run sparks interest among Del. students

August 29, 2008

Senator Biden is a hot topic in history and current events classes in Delaware. WHYY's Bill Cook reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet the delegates: Philadelphia's Al Schmidt

August 28, 2008

In preparation for next week's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler tracked down a number of delegates from around the region to get their thoughts as they prepare to nominate John McCain. For her first interview, Fiedler chats with Al Schmidt who is preparing to attend his first convention. Schmidt is Executive Director of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee and a delegate who is supporting Senator John McCain. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama, Biden to visit PA on Friday

August 28, 2008

Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and running mate Joe Biden will hit the road Friday, making western Pennsylvania their first stop on a bus tour of battleground states. The tour is one attempt to draw attention away from the start of the Republican National Convention next week. WHYY's Susan Phillips talked to several commentators to see if they thought this strategy would work. Listen to the mp3 »


News Analysis: Reactions to Biden's acceptance speech

August 28, 2008

WHYY's Stephanie Aldrich talks to Dave Heller about reaction from young voters and a political analyst to Biden's acceptance speech at the DNC. Listen to the mp3 »


New Jersey Assemblyman gets early start in the Governor's race

August 28, 2008

He is the first one to announce he is running for governor in next year's election, but Republican assembly member Richard Merkt is doing it with a side step rather than a head-on dive. Rather than officially announce his candidacy he will form a committee to explore a campaign. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports from Trenton. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama's speech anticipated by Germantown pastor

August 28, 2008

Last minute preparations continue for Senator Barack Obama's speech tonight at the Democratic Convention. The landmark moment falls on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler spoke with Pastor Gus Roman, who led Germantown's Canaan Baptist Church for decades. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden speech sets the stage for Obama-Biden ticket

August 28, 2008

Denver, CO. Delegates to the Democratic National Convention from Delaware were ecstatic with Sen. Joe Biden's speech last night. The vice presidential nominee will be instrumental in helping Barack Obama sell his campaign to Pennsylvanians. Todd Zwillich spoke to delegates on the floor of the convention and got feedback on the Biden selection and his speech. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet Jill Biden

August 28, 2008

Before the selection of Joe Biden to be running mate for Barack Obama, few people knew about the senior Senator from Delaware. Even fewer knew about his wife, Jill. WHYY's Stephanie Aldrich spoke to some of Mrs. Biden's friends and co-workers to find out more about this soon-to-be high-profile community college teacher. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden memoir sales feel the effect of V.P. selection

August 28, 2008

In 2007, Joe Biden's memoir enjoyed steady sales when it hit the book stores. Now that he's a member of the Democratic ticket, the book can't be printed fast enough to keep up with demand. WHYY's Megan Pinto explains. Listen to the mp3 »


Rising rate of income inequality seen as issue for election

August 28, 2008

If the rich are getting richer and leaving both the middle class and the poor behind, what policies and candidates will stop the widening gap after this year's election? WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden prepares to introduce himself to nation

August 27, 2008

Delaware Senator Joe Biden will take the stage tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver as Barack Obama's running mate. Tonight's theme is national security and Senator Biden is considered an expert in foreign policy. But as WHYY's Susan Phillips reports, it's also a chance for Biden to introduce himself to voters beyond Greater Philadelphia and Delaware. Listen to the mp3 »


From the Convention: Congressman Joe Sestak

August 27, 2008

PA 7th Congressional District Democratic representative Joe Sestak will moderate a town-hall session at the DNC on Wednesday evening. He spoke with WHYY's Dave Heller about that, as well as the election at large, and Pennsylvania's role as a swing state. Listen to the mp3 »


Gerlach vs. Roggio in the PA 6th heats up

August 27, 2008

Residents of Chester, Berks, Montgomery, and Lehigh counties may soon be hearing more about one local down-ballot race. 6th congressional district incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach squeaked out the last two tight elections. Today he announced he's using a new strategy on his latest Democratic opponent, who calls it dirty campaigning. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Will PA turn to Obama with Clinton's blessing?

August 27, 2008

Democratic National Convention delegates from Pennsylvania liked Hillary Clinton's speech last night, where she called on her supporters to back Barack Obama. The question now is how many will work for his election during the campaign. For WHYY, Todd Zwillich has more from Denver. Listen to the mp3 »


Latest Quinnipiac poll show McCain with slight lead in two of three crucial

August 27, 2008

Senator Barak Obama is still the clear leader in Pennsylvania, but a new poll suggests that Senator John McCain has equal or better support in two other swing states. WHYY's Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


Reflections on the PA-centric line-up from Convention Day 2

August 27, 2008

Reporting from the Convention, Capital News Reporter Todd Zwillich previewed the convention line-up for the second night in this conversation with WHYY's Dave Heller. Listen to the mp3 »


Live from the Convention: Special Correspondent Lily Gold

August 26, 2008

In her latest update from Denver, Lily brings Dave Heller up to speed on her attempts to get credentials for the Convention floor, her interactions with fellow high school students and her plans for Thursday night - Barack Obama's acceptance speech. Listen to the mp3 »


You can read more from Lily and JSA correspondent Dan Shipper, on the Y-Decide 2008 blog.


Failure of electronic voting machine prompts paper ballot alternative

August 26, 2008

Voting rights groups want Pennsylvania election officials to create uniform standards when it comes to issuing emergency paper ballots on Election Day in November. Advocates say that some of the new electronic voting machines failed to work properly during the Pennsylvania primary. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Challenger for PA Attorney General charges mismanagement of corruption investigation

August 26, 2008

The challenger for the top law enforcement post in Pennsylvania says the incumbent may have mismanaged the investigation of public corruption in the state legislature. Taunya English reports from the Harrisburg on the Corbett-Morganelli race for Attorney General. Listen to the mp3 »


Live from the Convetion: Special correspondent Lily Gold

August 25, 2008

WHYY's Dave Heller spoke with one of the younger correspondents at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Lily Gold is a junior at Germantown Friends School attending the DNC as part of the Junior State of America or JSA. She talks to Dave about her trip and her first day in the Mile High City. Listen to the mp3 »


You can read more from Lily and our other correspondent, Dan Shipper, on the Y-Decide 2008 blog.


Obama's pick for V.P. has a friend in Pennsylvania

August 25, 2008

Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as a running mate could give Obama an edge in the hotly contested Philadelphia suburbs where swing voters know the Delaware senator. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Interview: Congressman Patrick Murphy at the DNC

August 25, 2008

As the Democratic Convention in Denver is getting underway, WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett talked with Cong. Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) about his role in Denver, the selection of Senator Joe Biden as Barack Obama's running mate and his upcoming speech to the delegates. Listen to the mp3 »


Pennsylvania Delegate Roundup

August 25, 2008

The Democratic National Convention begins today. Last week, WHYY visited with some members of the Pennsylvania delegation. Here are some of their voices. Listen as Democratic National Convention delegates Cynthia Baughman, Molly Armour, Shelley Rahman, and Janet Ryder. Listen to the mp3 »


It's Official: Biden tapped for running mate

August 23, 2008

Text messages started circulating shortly after 3am on Saturday morning, just a couple hours after news sources like CNN and the AP broke the news. Read more on Y-Decide 2008 »


Meet the delegates: Philadelphia's Molly Armour

August 22, 2008

Continuing with her series of interviews with Pennsylvania delegates to the Democratic National Convention, WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke to a recent law school graduate who also happens to be one of the youngest members of the Pennsylvania delegation. Listen to the mp3 »


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Talking Biden with a journalist who knows him well

August 22, 2008

WHYY's Dave Heller spoke with Rita Farrell, the former Wilmington Bureau Chief for Reuters. She draws on 30 years of covering Biden in Delaware and talks about the speculation that he might be the pick for vice president. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden's future an issue for Senate opponent

August 22, 2008

Barack Obama is expected to name his running mate anytime and Senator Joe Biden's name keeps popping up. WHYY's Bill Cook reports, there's one person who thinks that it's time for the iconic senator to speak out about his future. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet the delegates: Philadelphia's Janet Ryder

August 22, 2008

With the Democratic National Convention starting next week, the Pennsylvania delegation is gearing up for the event. WHYY continues its visits with some of these delegates. Reporter Susan Phillips spoke to a former school teacher and union official from Philadelphia. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet local DNC delegates: Berks County's Cynthia Baughman

August 21, 2008

With the democratic national convention less than a week away -- the Pennsylvania delegation is gearing up for the event. This week whyy visits with some of these delegates. WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke to one first-time delegate from Berks county. Listen to the mp3 »


Delaware reacts to potential Biden V.P. run

August 21, 2008

The wait continues on whom Democrat Barack Obama will tap as his running mate. Delaware Senator Joe Biden remains on the short list, though he quipped to reporters staked outside his house that he's not the guy. More from WHYY's Stephanie Aldrich. Listen to the mp3 »


Latest Quinnipiac poll confirms concern over the economy

August 21, 2008

A new poll confirms what most Americans probably already know intuitively. Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


Meet some local DNC delegates

August 20, 2008

With the Democratic National Convention less than a week away the Pennsylvania delegation is gearing up for the event. This week WHYY visits with some of these delegates. WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke to one first-time delegate. Listen to the mp3 »


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Visit the Y-Decide 2008 blog for more as the DNC approaches


Obama campaign not conceding PA rural voters

August 20, 2008

The presidential candidates say they'll battle for Pennsylvania's rural voters. Yesterday Senator Barack Obama's campaign announced their rural policy. They plan to organize and compete in traditionally Republican parts of the state. On the other side, staff for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain say he's going all out to hold onto these rural votes who supported President Bush in 2000 and 2004. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Deweese challenger cashing in on "Bonusgate"

August 15, 2008

In Pennsylvania, not everyone is beleaguered by the allegations of government corruption and the misuse of millions in taxpayer dollars at the state Capitol. A formerly longshot candidate running against the state House Majority Leader is reaping the benefits from the recent scandal over taxpayer funded political activities. As Election Day draws near, State Rep. Bill Deweese is in for his toughest challenge yet. WHYY's Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


16 years later, a Casey to speak at Dem. Convention

August 14, 2008

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has been tapped to be one of the key speakers at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver. Casey was an early supporter of Barack Obama, even though the two disagree on abortion. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Election still not on the radar for many...

August 14, 2008

As area residents lined up to make videos of themselves asking questions for Democratic Party leaders, WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler found that others are a lot less politically-engaged. Listen to the mp3 »


...while others jump at chance to question Barack Obama

August 14, 2008

Some Philadelphia area residents have questions for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Today, they got a chance to videotape their queries in Rittenhouse Square. Organizers from the Democratic National Convention Committee say that some of the questions may be answered by the Democratic elected officials and policy experts on the floor of the Convention in Denver. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports.
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McCain New Jersey visit met with anti-war protest

August 13, 2008

Senator John McCain's arrival in New Jersey does not come without outcry from those opposed to the Iraq War. But these anti-war protestors do not necessarily support Senator Barack Obama's policies either. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports. Listen to the mp3 »


McCain uses Garden State as "ATM" for campaign cash

August 13, 2008

If New Jersey has been known as a blue state since before Tim Russert's white board, why would Senator John McCain campaign in the Garden State three months before the election? WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports this trip may be more about money than votes. Listen to the mp3 »


Specter looks to swing voters back to GOP

August 13, 2008

GOP Senator Arlen Specter says his party has to win back voters who switched their political affiliation from Republican to Democratic - in order to participate in the April contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. WHYY's Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


Rendell criticizes McCain economic record

August 12, 2008

Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain is in Pennsylvania this week, but Governor Rendell is looking to steal some of the candidate's thunder. WHYY's Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


PA House Majority Leader DeWeese runs on despite scandal

August 12, 2008

Majority Leader Bill DeWeese was not implicated in the so-called "Bonusgate" allegations swirling at the Capitol, but he is the leader of the state House Democrats facing those charges. In similar situations other politicians have step away from public office, but DeWeese says he'll let voters in southwest Pennsylvania decide if he deserves to be re-elected November. WHYY's Taunya English reports from the state capital. Listen to the mp3 »


Coons and Gordon debate over future of New Castle County

August 11, 2008

The two Democrats battling it out to be County Executive in New Castle County faced off at the WHYY Studios on Friday. WHYY's Kyle Schmoyer has a recap for us. Listen to the mp3 » | Watch the entire debate here »


Cooper beats Kuhnz for Rehoboth Mayor

August 11, 2008

The mayoral race was Saturday in Rehoboth Beach. Both candidates - Commissioner Paul Kuhnz and incumbent Sam Cooper - said they have the best solutions for the city. WHYY's Stella Payne sat down with the candidates before the election which ended in a close victory for the Cooper. Listen to the mp3 » | Read more and see video of this story »


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McCain responds to critique of his oil connections

August 5, 2008

Presidential rivals John McCain and Barack Obama are attacking each other's energy policies. McCain made a brief stop in the Philadelphia area today where he criticized Obama's opposition to off-shore drilling despite Obama's recent decision to compromise on drilling in exchange for an extension of renewable energy tax credits. The Obama camp is running a new ad in Pennsylvania pointing the finger at McCain's connections to the big oil companies. WHYY's Susan Phillips breaks it down. Listen to the mp3 »


Neighbors react to McCain visit

August 5, 2008

The Philadelphia suburbs continue to be a battleground when it comes to the presidential race. During his unpublicized visit to Montgomery County yesterday, McCain hecklers as well as curious neighbors greeted the soon-to-be GOP nominee. WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke to some of the onlookers to get a quick gauge of public opinion. Listen to the mp3 »


McCain attempts to counter Obama energy plan during stop in Philly area

August 4, 2008

Making a brief stop in the Philadelphia area, Republican nominee-in-waiting, John McCain, took aim at rival Barack Obama for the energy policy he laid out today. McCain toured a product labeling plant in Lafayette Hill and spoke briefly with reporters. WHYY's Susan Phillips was there. Listen to the mp3 »


More information:
Y-Decide 2008 blog: Comment on McCain's and Obama's stands on energy


Poll shows Obama lead in Pennsylvania

August 1, 2008

Seven points now separate Republican presidential hopeful John McCain and his opponent Barack Obama -- among likely voters in the Commonwealth. This is down from an earlier poll of Pennsylvania but still shows Obama as "a clear front runner" according to the pollster. Taunya English reports from Harrisburg. Listen to the mp3 »


Biden uses election to put attention on crime

July 29, 2008

Delaware Senator Joe Biden is renewing his call for a federal program to fund more police and crime-fighting technology. He hopes to use the interest generated by the election to drum up support for this initiative. WHYY's Kyle Schmoyer has the story. Listen to the mp3 »


Nader going strong to get on ballot in New Jersey

July 29, 2008

It's just another election year for third party candidate Ralph Nader and he's pulling out all the stops to get on the ballot in forty-five states, including New Jersey. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama plants seed for grassroots campaign in PA

July 29, 2008

The presumed presidential nominees are preparing for a battle over the Keystone State. On Monday, the Obama campaign unveiled plans for the general election and explained why they think they can win a state they lost during the primary. Senator Obama has already opened two dozen campaign offices across Pennsylvania compared to Senator John McCain's eight. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama has New Jersey Democrats all lined up

July 8, 2008

As New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine commits to backing Barack Obama's presidential campaign, other Democrats in the state are jumping on the bandwagon. WHYY's Mary Fuchs has the story. Listen to the mp3 »


McCain tries to win over undecideds in Bucks Co.

July 1, 2008

Both presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have their sights on Pennsylvania. Obama begins airing a new ad in the state this week and McCain visited the state on Monday for a stop in Bucks County - a so-called "swing county." Their battle for votes in the Philadelphia suburbs continues. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »


McCain campaign opens up in New Jersey

June 29, 2008

Senator John McCain set up camp in New Jersey this week, hoping to woo some of the blue state's voters. WHYY's Mary Fuchs reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama's labor support could be big for PA chances

June 25, 2008

The AFL-CIO could be endorsing Barack Obama for president as early as tomorrow. The AFL-CIO's endorsement is virtually certain now that Obama is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. A strong endorsement by the labor organization could help Obama with blue collar workers and union members in Pennsylvania. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »


More info: MSNBC: The general: another double-digit lead


Obama's first general election ad to run in PA

June 20, 2008

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Senator Barack Obama leading Senator John McCain 52 - 40 in Pennsylvania and two other swing states - Florida and Ohio with strong support from women, African Americans, and younger voters. After losing Pennsylvania's primary, Senator Barack Obama is hoping to attract more voters to his camp with his first general election ad to run in the Keystone State. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »
Also, Senator John McCain's ads.


Election watchers anticipate statewide Presidential poll

June 16, 2008

The presidential candidates and early poll numbers are starting to roll into the Keystone state as the general election contest for Pennsylvania heats up. Democrats have won PA in the past four presidential elections and it is clear that both campaigns are digging in for a long fight. Over the last week, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have both paid a visit to Philadelphia. With the first Quinnipiac poll of Pennsylvania general election voters expected out this week, pundits are weighing in on the importance of this state. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler talked to a local GOP consultant for his thoughts. Listen to the mp3 »


Some African-American voters believe Senator Obama faces greater security risks than other recent presidential candidates

June 13, 2008

On the road to becoming the Democratic party's presumptive nominee, Senator Barack Obama gave what many consider a landmark speech on race at the National Constitution Center in March. It served as a stage for themes he's made cornerstones of his campaign - healing wounds from a racially-divided past of slavery, segregation, and a series of assasinations of civil rights leaders. As the country's first African-American to win a major party's nomination, some are concerned racial tensions could pose a threat to Senator Obama. A recent Gallup Poll shows close to 6 in 10 black Americans believe Senator Obama faces even greater security risks than other recent presidential candidates. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Garden State's women give Obama the edge

June 12, 2008

New Jersey women are giving Senator Barack Obama an edge over Senator John McCain according to a Quinnipiac Poll released today. The poll shows senator obama's double-digit lead among women is propelling him to a 45 - 39% lead in the garden state. More from WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler. Listen to the mp3 »


Residents and politicians are struggling to decide who to support in the Presidential race

June 5, 2008

The presidential contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has been charged and at times divisive. Senator Clinton has plenty of fans in the Keystone State and that was reflected in her convincing victory back in April's primary. Now as the fight winds down, politicians who backed Clinton aren't the only ones struggling to decide who to support. WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Local Clinton supporters say a dream ticket is possible

June 4, 2008

Several undecided Pennsylvania superdelegates have come out in support of Barack Obama since he clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday. Senator Hillary Clinton has not yet bowed out but is making herself available as Obama's running mate. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »


Obama clinches nomination

June 4, 2008

The Associated Press is reporting that Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, based on their tally of convention delegates. The tally put Obama over the top Tuesday, ahead of the results from the day's final primaries in Montana and South Dakota. The long primary race - which ended up pitting Barack Obama against Senator Hillary Clinton had divided the party both nationally and locally. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports. Listen to the mp3 »