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: October 31st, 2013

It’s becoming a familiar story: Bad polling numbers for Gov. Tom Corbett.

The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania registered voters, released today, says that only one in five voters believe Corbett has done well enough in his first term to deserve re-election in 2014. And one in five voters think Corbett is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, similar to ratings he got in the August Franklin & Marshall Poll.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Here are the full poll results.

According to the poll, only 7 percent of Democrats and 19 percent of Independent voters think he should get a second term, but surprisingly, only 37 percent of Republicans believe he deserves re-election.

And only slightly more registered Republicans, 44 percent, believe he should step aside so another Republican can represent the party as believe he should run again, 42 percent.

On the national level, two in five (39 percent) registered voters believe President Barack Obama is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, which is higher than his August rating.  The partial government shutdown seems to have helped Obama’s job approval ratings, the pollsters said. That’s likely due to the blame on Congress for the shutdown.

The survey of 628 Pennsylvania voters was conducted Oct. 22-27.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 18th, 2013

Democrats in Erie, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are talking today about their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

In Erie, Democrats will gather at noon at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St. They also will discuss their hopes for Obama’s second term.

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole will be among those at the news conference.

You can check out the Erie Times-News and on Sunday for a full story on some of the Erie residents’ plans and expectations for the inauguration and related festivities.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: March 23rd, 2012

Volunteers and community leaders working on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Saturday will hold voter registration drives across Pennsylvania, including in Erie. 

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Washington, as he returns from Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Volunteers will reach out to voters to talk about what’s at stake in the Nov. 6 presidential election and remind them of the importance of voting.

“The Obama campaign is committed to engaging people in the political process, talking one-on-one about the president’s accomplishments, and encouraging them to support … Obama in November — and that starts with registering to vote,” the campaign said in a statement today.

Monday is the voter registration deadline for the April 24 primary.

– 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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