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Old 10-22-2009, 05:38 AM
 
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Ya never know. He had Hopes fooled, didn't he?
Yep! While I don't pay attention to city government and elections, I supsect there are a lot of city voters who don't pay attention too!
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Yep! While I don't pay attention to city government and elections, I supsect there are a lot of city voters who don't pay attention too!
Tis true, though probably a good portion of them don't vote. And it's still not enough to overcome the running as independent vs Dem.

BTW, did we ever get a good answer to the original question, anything where you actually see a sample ballot or a list of who is running?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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Information re: the judicial elections in Allegheny County: Judicial Vote 2009 - Judicial Excellence Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association

To things that will be voted on. First, to retain curernt sitting judges. For some background, every member of the bar association gets a survey about the judges that are running for retention. As members of the bar, we're the people who actually have to deal with the judges on a daily basis. It's not like a politician - Joe Q. Public doesn't really get to hear or see how the judges do their jobs.

Then you can also vote on those running for judicial election. The bar association interviews those candidates and rates them. The ratings go from Highly Recommended, to Not Recommended at this Time (i.e. not enough experience) to straight up unqualified (never going to be good enough- not a good temperment, etc.).

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE educate yourselves on judicial candidates. Very very few people do, and that's how some "duds" get on the bench. People just vote for a name they recognize or just pull the party lever instead of actually learning about the candidates.

Also check out the League of Women Voter's website, they also interview judicial candidates.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:30 AM
 
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There's an article on Harris and Acklin in this week's City Paper: Street-Wise - Main Feature - Main Feature - Pittsburgh City Paper
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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You know, it kind of irks me that people complain that the city needs a new direction, and then voter turnout for the mayoral election is about 20-25%.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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You know, it kind of irks me that people complain that the city needs a new direction, and then voter turnout for the mayoral election is about 20-25%.
I hear you. I voted after work last night, and at about 6:45 p.m. I was only the 148th person to vote at my polling place. Very sad.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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in wilkinsburg, a candidate for council was trying to beat up his opponent's campaign workers at a polling place. he didn't win, thank goodness.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Hey, Freeport and Tarentum both elected dead guys for mayor.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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in wilkinsburg, a candidate for council was trying to beat up his opponent's campaign workers at a polling place. he didn't win, thank goodness.
Good grief. Please PM me with details if you feel like it (although I can guess who it was).
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