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Good morning, America. It's the first Tuesday of November, which means that it is time to vote. There are plenty of races across the nation, albeit no "glamorous" presidential election. Don't mind that though, as these races are actually more important in many respects. If you live near me, here are my endorsements:

United States Senate (Pennsylvania)

Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate


Governor of Pennsylvania

None of the Above


United States Congress (Pennsylvania's 14th District)

Ed Bortz for Congress

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Fellow Pennsylvania Democrats, it is time to go forth and VOTE!

Joe Sestak for Senate

Joe Hoeffel for Governor

The polls are open from 7:00AM until 8:00PM. You can confirm your voter registration status at the Pennsylvania Department of State website. View a sample ballot for your locality and precinct at SmartVoter.org. Most other inquiries can be addressed at VotesPA.com.

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." - John Quincy Adams

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With two weeks until primary day in Pennsylvania (May 18th), Democratic primary candidate for governor Joe Hoeffel calls out jagoff tag-team Dan Onorato and Anthony Williams with a television ad of his own:

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Last week, Rasmussen polled the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania's senate seat at 44% Arlen Specter to 42% for Joe Sestak. Those remaining were undecided, leaving the race in a dead heat. Specter is obviously concerned, as he has released an attack ad this week:

Every time Specter has attacked Sestak, he has been grasping at straws. What is particularly sleazy about this ad is that when recounting Sestak's missed votes, Specter predictably fails to note that said votes were missed on one of two occasions: when Sestak was caring for his daughter, who was stricken with a brain tumour and when Sestak was visiting his father shortly before his death. Call me sickeningly sentimental, but I think both occasions are more than excusable for missing sessions of Congress.

More interesting about this ad is how difficult it is to find the video online. The code I posted is from Politico. Arlen Specter does not have the ad posted on his YouTube channel or his campaign website at present. It is as if he is trying to hide it (as if hiding something is truly possible in the age of the internet).

Conversely, the Sestak ad which was released at the same time is a warm introduction to the congressman who would be Pennsylvania's next senator:

The fact of the matter is that Arlen Specter has, after spending thirty years as a member of the Republican Party and betraying himself as a political windsock, absolutely nothing on Joe Sestak. I hate to be optimistic, but the more Pennsylvania voters get to know Joe Sestak, the more likely it seems that Arlen Specter will be sent into a long-overdue retirement.

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