Category: 2009

Democratic chair makes a mockery of the Democratic committee

Over at Slag Heap, Chris Potter wrote a piece about Tonya Payne’s quixotic write-in campaign and the resulting challenge to her status as chair of the City Democratic Committee.  (Readers may recall that voters in city council district 6 chose to replace her with P2PAC-endorsed candidate Daniel Lavelle.) In the Spring, Tonya Payne (illegally) used…

More on Ravenstahl weakening (with another map)

I had a request to produce a map that’s similar to the last post, but to look at how Ravenstahl’s vote % changed from the primary election to the general election. This first map (a reproduction from the last post) shows how Ravenstahl performed in this election versus how he performed in the 2007 general…

Ravenstahl weakening? With map

There’s been a little back and forth over whether the mayoral results show that Ravenstahl has weakened.  The argument that Luke 55% showing was something to be embarrassed by was made in the MSM by Jon Delano and Rich Lord.  Ravenstahl supporters point to Luke winning every city ward, as evidence of broad-based support. Potter says that it…

Pigs Fly! and other unexpected news

Matt H has been called quite a few names from many around the burghosphere (including by me!)  Mostly, they centered around his role as the lone apologist for the mayor on the interwebs.  That’s why his endorsement slate is probably going to catch quite a few people by surprise: Mayor, City of Pittsburgh: Kevin Acklin There are…

Saturday Before Election: Candidate Watch

With three days to go, these are the reports that we have been hearing from the mayoral campaigns: Dok Harris: Robocall from Franco Rally in Homewood Trick-or-treating in Squirrel Hill Kevin Acklin: Live calls from candidate and volunteers Carrick Halloween parade Canvassers seen in neighborhoods throughout the city Luke Ravenstahl: Weekend off? What campaign activity…

Most shocking news of the campaign so far

I just saw a tweet from Kevin Acklin that I found so hard to believe that I immediately went to the Post-Gazette to verify.  It’s not about corruption in the mayor’s office.*

Six reasons to vote Luke Ravenstahl out of office

“After three years as mayor, he has yet to articulate a vision for the future.” “He does not have a reputation for working with the state legislative delegation.” “He needs to put some distance between himself and the party machine, to generate independent thinking for Pittsburgh‘s growth and progress.” “ethical lapses after taking office upon…

Dok Harris and residency

An investigation by KDKA turned up information suggesting that Dok Harris may be ineligible to be mayor.  The home rule charter lays out the requirements for taking office as mayor: The mayor shall have been a resident of the City for at least three years immediately preceding election Harris held a press conference today, where…

Natalia Rudiak Fundraiser, Sept. 15

Image by niq77174 via Flickr You are cordially invited to attend a reception in honor of Natalia Rudiak Democrat for Pittsburgh City Council, District 4 Tuesday, September 15, 2009 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cafe Euro US Steel Tower, Lower Level 600 Grant Street Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA Complimentary Hors d’Oeuvres and Beverages Contribution Levels: $250 –…

Kevin Acklin Fundraiser – Enginehouse No. 25 – September 15, 2009

via enginehouse25.com Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 – 6-8pm Engine House No 25 in Lawrenceville includes food and homemade wine, and lets you explore Pittsburgh’s one-of-a-kind Roberto Clemente Museum. RSVP online – http://www.acklinforpittsburgh.com/events Posted via web from progress pittsburgh’s posterous

Bar Wars: Free beer from Ravenstahl vs. or $1 beers with Harris

This Saturday’s Jam on Walnut is turning into a showdown of Pittsburgh politics.  On one side of Walnut St.  Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will be hosting a pre-Jam on Walnut Event at Shady Grove.  On the other side of Walnut Street Mayoral Candidate Dok Harris will be hosting an event at the William Penn Tavern. The…

The Significance of a Little Pizza Shop

Image by The Eggplant via Flickr I was wondering if any of the coverage of Dok Harris’s campaign kick off would pick up on this last week. (Post-Gazette coverage – Franco Dok Harris kicks off mayoral bid, July 28, 2009.)  But this post on Schloss in the burgh – Please explain this to me –…

New Bloggers Weigh in on the Race for PGH 2009

We have been trying to keep tabs on the Race for PGH 2009 here and noticed that there are some interesting posts from not the usual political bloggers about the upcoming mayoral race.  Here are a few of the new blogs who are stepping into the Pittsburgh political blogosphere… Politics and Place - A Rare Foray…

Kevin Acklin on CBAs

Today, City Council held a post-agenda to give residents the opportunity to speak about the issue of Community Benefit Agreements in the City and other recent events. The Acklin campaign posted a video of Kevin Acklin’s remarks: Kevin Acklin: CBA Remarks Before City Council from Acklin for Pittsburgh on Vimeo.

Press Release from Harris Campaign – Harris Mayoral Campaign Raises over $105,000

This just in from the Harris Campaign… Harris Mayoral Campaign Raises over $105,000 - Says fundraising total shows vast support for campaign Mayoral candidate Franco “Dok” Harris today announced that he has raised over $105,000 from over 200 individuals to date. Harris is the only candidate who is employing campaign contribution limits, which are modeled after…

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