Pennsylvania Observer

A blog for progressive people in Pennsylvania. Greens, Democrats and others who want to comment on current news items in the Keystone State.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Grinch of the Year Nominees. We got a lot of interesting nominations, but only 7 got more than one mention. We decided to list only those on the ballot. The Observer knows the Greens will feel we’re discriminating against minority views by limiting the choices. We also know many Democrats will feel that having any more than two choices is too confusing and too democratic. And we know that we should be conducting this poll using Instant Runoff Voting. But let’s lighten up a little. This is just a fun, very unscientific poll. (Seriously, if anyone knows of a free online system for conducting polls with IRV, drop us a line.)
So here are your choices (in alphabetical order):

Lois Murphy and the Democratic Leadership. For trying to subvert democracy by getting Green Dorothy Schieber and Reform Party Presidential nominee Ralph Nader off the ballot.

Ed Rendell. PA's chief corporate booster. Raising taxes on workers, cutting benefits for the poor, promoting corporate welfare.

Republican Leadership of the General Assembly. They don't like Ed Rendell, so they pettily dismissed any idea that came out of the corner office simply to spite the Guv. Pretty childish and ultimately destructive to the future of the Commonwealth.

Rick Santorum. Need we say more?

Mark Scott is the Republican Berks County Commissioner who has proposed an Almost-Final Solution to his idea of the county's biggest problem--too many poor and dark-skinned people. His solution is to tear down low-income housing and stop providing services that attract "those people" to Berks County.

Arlen Specter. For losing his spine. He gave in to the far right to get the Judiciary Committee chair. Can you say Chief Justice Scalia?

Wal-Mart. Driving local retailers out of business, forcing US manufacturers to purchase only from slave-wage Chinese companies, busting unions...
To vote, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PAObserver/surveys?id=916704
Results will be published next week.

The result from our “Did the Democrats try to steal democracy?” poll was:
Yes. It was outrageous. 23 38.33%
No. Schieber didn't have the required signatures. 15 25.00%
Curses on the Ds and Gs alike. If the Greens and Democrats don't get along, the Republicans will have a permanent majority. 22 36.67%

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