Campaign '14
By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: May 10th, 2013

This is no fish tale.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., called on the Obama administration today to act quickly to prevent Asian carp spawning, which he said can occur in more varied environmental conditions than researchers first thought.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey/File photo

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey/File photo

Casey pointed to the destructive effects Asian carp could have on Lake Erie and Pennsylvania’s economy. That caution was made in a letter to Daniel Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Lake Erie, an invaluable natural resource, supports local businesses and industries in Pennsylvania and is threatened by the spread of Asian carp. In fact, Lake Erie’s coastal region supports 1.2 million Pennsylvanian jobs and is an integral part of Pennsylvania’s economy,” Casey wrote.

“We must address the threat posed by Asian carp in order to ensure that Pennsylvania’s economy remains strong and jobs are protected.”

Casey said he has pushed for a law to require the speedy creation of an action plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through a number of rivers and tributaries.

He said he has also urged the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to crack down on the smuggling of live Asian carp into Canada from the U.S.

Casey is an original co-sponsor of the Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act, which will enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are working to slow the spread of Asian carp.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: March 15th, 2012

The Erie office of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will be among those screening a new documentary about the first three years of the Obama administration.

President Barack Obama speaks about energy, Thursday, March, 15, 2012, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The 17-minute film is called “The Road We’ve Traveled.” It will be shown tonight at 7 p.m. at 1305 State St.

The documentary is open to the public.

Check out the trailer.

After the film, narrated by Tom Hanks, volunteers will call voters to speak about what the administration called the progress made during the first three years and to recruit more volunteers.

Screenings will be shown tonight at Obama campaign headquarters throughout the state and the nation.

Will you go?

– John Guerriero


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Posted: March 15th, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign in Pennsylvania was among the many groups to react to passage of the photo voter ID bill, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Here is the text of a statement released by Obama’s Pennsylvania Press Secretary Jennifer Austin:

“It is unfortunate that lawmakers in Harrisburg have wasted time and energy to pass a costly bill to address a nonexistent problem, rather than focus on creating jobs and restoring economic security for Pennsylvania families.

“The Obama campaign is committed to working hard to register voters and educate people about the process to ensure that all eligible voters can get to the polls and exercise their right to vote in support of the president in November.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party also came out against the law.

On the other side of the issue, Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman, applauded the governor for signing the bill.

Gleason said that Corbett “took a critical step in protecting one of our most basic rights. We thank Gov. Corbett and members of the General Assembly for fighting for the integrity of our elections and defending the constitutional principle of one person, one vote.

The law will take effect with the Nov. 6 election, but the case is expected to be challenged in the courts.

What do you think of the new law?

– John Guerriero


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