Obama, victims’ families overcome by gun owners
WASHINGTON — Four months ago, President Barack Obama promised a grieving nation he would do everything in his power to change gun laws after 26 students and staff were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Turns out his power and the impassioned pleas of devastated families were no match for the force of gun rights advocates in Congress and across the nation.
Rep. Kelly calls canceling of tours ‘Obama drama’
The White House announced Tuesday it was canceling tours of the executive mansion because of budget cuts, a move that Mercer County’s congressman called more “Obama drama.”
Lawmakers weigh in on drilling tax, state funding
Mercer County’s state lawmakers offered up their opinions Friday on everything from what ought to be done to improve funding for public education, to how to get the most tax revenue from the soon-to-be booming oil and gas drilling industry, to changing the way the state counts electoral votes.
Kelly wins re-election
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly looks like the winner in the Third District House race. With 83 percent of the vote in, Kelly, the incumbent Republican, was leading his Democratic challenger Missa Eaton, of Sharon, by 11 percent, or about 30,000 votes. Independent candidate Steven Porter garnered about 4 percent of the vote.
Three for the third
The race for Pennsylvania’s Third District congressional seat pits incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly against Democrat Missa Eaton and independent candidate Steven Porter, three candidates who offer voters a stark choice on Tuesday.
Eaton sees a role for government
Missa Eaton says she wants to be an advocate for the Third District and a voice of moderation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As the Sharon Democrat sees it, that’s what the people of northwestern Pennsylvania need and haven’t been getting from the man she hopes to defeat at the polls Tuesday, Republican incumbent Mike Kelly.
Kelly wants voters to send him back
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly likens his re-election campaign to selling cars, the business he’s been in his entire adult life.
“The first time you sell somebody a car, it’s usually on price. The next time they come back to see you it’s if you serviced them in the right way,” Kelly said in a recent interview.
Porter’s campaign isn’t about winning
Steven Porter has no illusions about his chances in Tuesday’s election.
“I’m not a long shot. I’m a zero. I have no chance of winning because the public has no chance of hearing me or absorbing me,” Porter said in a recent interview.
Nonvoters are trying to tell us something
There's one electoral bloc that both parties can vilify at their leisure: those U.S. citizens who refuse to vote.
Congressional candidates debate jobs, other issues
The three candidates vying for the Third District seat in Congress met Wednesday in Erie for the only debate of the campaign.
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