Election 2014

Is 2014 About Racism? Pa. Elects Candidate Who Once Chaired Campaign Committee of Ex-Cop Who Shot a Black Woman During Race Riots

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Lot of bullshit flying around about how Republicans winning elections in a country that voted for a multiracial candidate for president twice means America's full of racists. Maybe Republicans, who have had little of a national theme outside of "Obama is a horrible president" are winning tonight because, well, Obama is a horrible president with horrible policies.

Nevertheless, race was an issue in races across the country, but didn't always get the attention you'd expect. In Pennsylvania, the winning gubernatorial candidate, Tom Wolf, chaired a campaign committee of a former cop, Charlie Robertson, who shot a black woman during race riots in 1969. Robertson was charged with murder but acquitted. Wolf's a Democrat so the story got little airplay in Pennsylvania. Wolf refused to apologize for supporting Robertson, who served as mayor of York, Pennsylvania, or to try to distance himself from him, claiming he's friends, too, with the current mayor of York, an African-American.

Tom Corbett, meanwhile, loses despite a last minute push for the pro-cop vote in the form of a law meant to keep convicts from speaking out if it hurts victims' families' feelings.

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  1. Only if Republicans win.

  2. Dude campaigns on raising taxes and wins. Teachers pensions have a friend in Pennsylvania.

    1. Its amazing how long they can continue to squeeze more money out of taxpayerswhile performing so poorly. They’ve screamed about funding for 20 years now, and it still fools the voters. I think there’s a feedback loop at work.

      1. “I think there’s a feedback loop at work.”

        Teachers’ unions fund D legislator campaigns, get out the union vote, and D legislator ups benes, passes new taxes to (sort of) fund them.
        But we have a new lefty poster who says that can’t be right:

        “Pargo|11.3.14 @ 12:56AM|#
        Public school teachers total about 3.3 million and approximately 127 million people voted in the last election. Even if they all voted, teachers would represent about 2.5% of the voters. In addition, teachers are paid about the median family income in the U.S., so they don’t have excessive economic clout. Exactly how does this small, economically modest, group capture elected officials?”
        https://reason.com/archives/201…..sm#comment

        These angels are mere victims of the penurious tea-party types!

        1. Thats one loop. The other is the teachers dumb down and propoganda up the students that the reason they can’t learn is because government won’t give them enough. This way the con is perpetuated for a few generations.

          1. “The other is the teachers dumb down and propoganda up the students that the reason they can’t learn is because government won’t give them enough.”

            WHAT?
            Did the teacher’s union put that out as a talking point?

            1. Essentially. Wolf made it all about education and investing in our future. Kids and parents were in the ads whining about education cuts.

            2. Read this. The paper essentially admits, but brushes over, that the claim of cuts is false.

              http://articles.philly.com/201…..t-tom-wolf

  3. Pennsylvania gubernatorial race was previewed by South Park – it was a giant douche versus the shit sandwich.

    I’m just not sure which one won.

  4. The lie that “Corbett cut $1 billion from schools” stuck (too bad it wasn’t true). Now the oil and gas industry is going to be expected to pick up the tab for all the goodies Wolf has promised.

    1. Because the papers never call it out. They simply don’t cover the education budget.

      1. “They simply don’t cover the education budget.”

        For which the teachers’ unions are eternally grateful!

  5. “Pennsylvania gubernatorial race was previewed by South Park – it was[Mainstream Horrible Choice #1a versus Mainstream Horrible Choice #1b].

    I’m just not sure which one won.”

    Generally, my impression from a majority of individuals that I talk to (or exchange comments with online) is this: all voters who “wasted their vote” on anyone other than the two “Mainstream” candidates lost.

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