Friday, December 21, 2012
Open Secrets has published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes outgoing U.S. Reps. Mark Critz of Johnstown and Jason Altmire of McCandless, both Democrats.
U.S. Reps Tom Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), Mark Critz (D-Johnstown), Jason Altmire (D-McCandless) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) of Pennsylvania accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center obtained its data from the Federal Election Commission. Fifteen members of Congress from Pennsylvania accepted contributions from the NRA during their 2012 bids for office, according to the center's list. Three of the top…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Congressman-elect Keith Rothfus is in Washington, D.C. this week after winning the 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Despite GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s loss on election night Nov. 6, Sewickley Republican and U.S. Rep.-elect Keith Rothfus pulled out a big win in a hard-fought battle against Democratic opponent Mark Critz. Rothfus, 50, a lawyer and father of six, went to work immediately after the election, spending the past week thanking supporters, volunteers and others who helped along the way to that victory. "I'm making a lot of phone calls, and doing a lot of emails" since then, Rothfus told Sewickley Patch during a recent interview. A thankful note on his website conveys a similar message : “To all who gave so much for this victory, and all those who voted in PA-12, thank you! I look forward to my duties as your employee, and I am …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Locals express thoughts on the high-profile election of Sewickley hometown candidate Keith Rothfus.
Just a day after the elections, the Sewickley community was still buzzing about U.S. Rep.-elect Keith Rothfus's defeat of Incumbent U.S. Rep Mark Critz after a close race to represent the newly redrawn 12th District. “Hopefully he’ll do a good job for the community,” said Lynn Swann of Sewickley, a retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and former Republican candidate for governor. Swann, who spent some time on the campaign trail this election season stomping for former Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said the key for Rothfus will be working with constituents. “He has an interesting district,” Swann added. As a result of last year's redistricting, Aleppo, Bell Acres, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Glen Osborne, Haysville and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rothfus of Sewickley wins the congressional seat with 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Republican Keith Rothfus of Sewickley defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Critz of Johnstown by a margin of 52 to 48 percent to win election to the newly re-drawn Pennsylvania 12th congressional district. Rothfus said his number one priority is the economy. "We got get the economy rolling again," he said after delivering a victory speech at the Holiday Inn on McKnight Road in Ross Township Tuesday night. "I'm concerned about tax policy, about the possibility of another tax increase on our small businesses on January first. The president said a couple of years ago; you don't want to raise taxes in a slow economy. And so we have to convince the president of the wisdom of his argument from a couple of years ago." Rothfus was asked about the …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democrats dominate statewide races for treasurer, attorney general and auditor general.
LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTS 2,417,029 Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won a second term Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. As he did in 2008, Obama also carried Pennsylvania, gaining the state's 20 electoral votes. In Pennsylvania's 2012 race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. of Scranton also won re-election, drawing 53 percent of the vote and defeating Republican coal executive and Tea Party founder Tom Smith of Shelocta. With 99 percent of votes recorded in races for three state offices: In the congressional race in the newly redesigned 12th District, …
The candidates and issues most important to Sewickley voters in 2012.
As we look ahead to tomorrow's elections, Sewickley Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here are the candidates and issues we'll be covering as Election Day draws near. The new 12th Congressional District saw its first battle in April, when incumbent Rep. Mark Critz won the Democratic nomination in a close primary that pitted him against incumbent Rep. Jason Altmire. After a bruising and expensive primary battle against Altmire of McCandless, Critz, 50, of Johnstown, Cambria County, faces local Republican lawyer Keith Rothfus of Sewickley, for the chance to represent the Sewickley Valley and much of Western Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. The redrawn map of Pennsylvania's …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The good news is that ads will end after Tuesday. The bad news is Election Day is still two days away.
As we head into the last few days before the election, the campaign ads seem never ending. But do they influence voters or turn them off? Some people hang on to those ads which agree with their viewpoint but others just seem to be grating if you don't have a similar viewpoint. Many seem to be negative ads against the opponent rather than ones that point out the attributes of the candidate. So, you tell us. Take our poll and if there's a specific commercial that you want to point out, tell us in the comments section.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Patch editors will be blogging live from the Meet the Candidates breakfast in Wexford featuring the Democratic and GOP nominees for the 12th Congressional District seat. The event begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 11. You can join the conversation, too.
Rep. Mark Critz, the incumbent Democrat from Johnstown, Cambria County, and Republican challenger Rothfus, of Edgeworth, are scheduled to take part in a Meet the Candidates breakfast forum sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce Inc. The event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at The Chadwick in Wexford. Each candidate will be given time to answer questions and to speak on topics related to business growth, job creation and economic development. They will not be discussing social issues. Our live chat for the first forum begins at 7:30 a.m. Join us then to share your thoughts.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Patch is joining The Chamber of Commerce Inc. for a Meet the Candidates breakfast featuring the Democratic and GOP nominees for the 12th Congressional District seat—and we’re taking your questions!
Do you have a burning business-related question for Rep. Mark Critz and Keith Rothfus, the candidates running to represent the new 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives? Here's your opportunity next week. Critz, the incumbent Democrat from Johnstown, Cambria County, and Republican challenger Rothfus, of Edgeworth, are scheduled to take part in a Meet the Candidates breakfast forum sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce Inc. The event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at The Chadwick in Wexford. Each candidate will be given time to answer questions and to speak on topics related to business growth, job creation and economic development. They will not be discussing social issues. In addition to questions submitted by the event’s …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A profile of Mark Critz, a Pennsylvania congressional candidate.
Name: Mark Critz. Place of Residence: Johnstown, Pa. Attended college: Yes. College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Management Information Systems (1987). Job titles held: Spent more than a decade working as a congressional staffer for the late Congressman John P. Murtha, first as his Director of Economic Development and then as District Director. Party Affiliation: Democrat. Running for: Federal office. Running for position: U.S. Congressman. Chamber/district: Pennsylvania District 12. Incumbent/Seat last held by: Mark Critz currently holds this position. Previous elective offices: Member of Congress, May 2010-Present. 647 Main Street Suite 310 Johnstown, PA 15901 Website: http://www.critzforcongress.com/ Twitter: @…