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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 16, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama lost half his crowd and half his presenters in the hour and a half that passed after the scheduled start of Tuesday's rally at the Capitol Theatre on South Main Street. Among the attendees to leave before the featured speaker arrived was Jenn Hill, who did so grudgingly. Jenn didn't have much of a choice in the matter, seeing as she's not yet old enough to drive - let alone vote. Jenn, 11, and her younger brother donned Obama pins and spoke with great knowledge about the candidate's positions, including the war in Iraq.
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By CHRIS CARTER | April 4, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania Senate candidate Robert "Bob" Curley has become fed up with the Republican Party. Curley, 49, voiced his "disappointment" with the party and made public his intent Thursday to change parties at a Senate forum for the 33rd District at Penn National Golf Club's Trellis Terrace. "From this point forward, I've decided to change my voter registration to Democrat and now launch to the right of the campaign," said Curley to an audience of almost 60 people.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | March 28, 2008
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. -- As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up with each passing primary, local party organizers said the importance of winning Pennsylvania's delegates combined with low voter confidence from the last election have eased the burden of local clubs to fan the flames for the April 22 primary. Beth Shupp-George, chairwoman of the Franklin County (Pa.) Democratic Party, said there is nothing like a close race to energize voters in a state where voters rarely influence party nomination, except an administration that has soured even members of its own party, she said.
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By DON AINES | March 25, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- About 200 registrations came in the mail, about 75 more came from registration drives by the Barack Obama campaign and at Greencastle-Antrim High School, and there was a steady stream of people through the Franklin County Voter Registration Office on Monday, the final day to register for the April 22 primary. As the day began, the number of people who had switched to the Democratic Party was 784, with just 144 switching to the GOP. New registrations were about even with 500 Republicans and 496 Democrats, according to Voter Registration figures.
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September 6, 2007
Clinton critic uses the rhetoric he says he disdains To the editor: In a Sept. 1 letter by Jonathan Burrs, he stated that, in his opinion, Hillary Clinton was "simply not qualified" to be the next president, based on her inability to define specific strategies on issues and her political rhetoric. Burrs also stated that his opinion is based on facts, not fiction, such as many Clinton "cronies" would use to define her candidacy. Burrs missed the point of my previous response to his letter saying that all Democrats seeking the presidency were losers!
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By JOHNATHAN R. BURRS | September 1, 2007
The Democrats and their supporters just don't seem capable of getting their facts straight. From the highest Democrat in government to the lowest-level Democratic supporter, the Democrats time and time again prove exactly why not to vote Democratic in 2008. Over the past year or so, I have written several political opinion columns presenting factual information exposing problems in the American political system, most of which criticized the Bush administration and the failed policy in Iraq.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 24, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Democratic Central Committee hosted its annual picnic Thursday night at the Williamsport Red Men Lodge. More than 230 people attended the event, which came one day after the Washington County Republican Club held its annual picnic in Smithsburg. While no elected Democrats attended the party's picnic, the event did draw Democrat Andrew Duck, who will run in next year's election for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, an eight-term incumbent in Maryland's 6th District.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 23, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT ? The Washington County Democratic Central Committee hosted its annual picnic Thursday night at the Williamsport Red Men Lodge. More than 230 people attended the event, which came one day after the Washington County Republican Club held its annual picnic in Smithsburg. While no elected Democrats attended the party's picnic, the event did draw Democrat Andrew Duck, who will run in next year's election for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, an eight-term incumbent in Maryland's 6th District.
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by KAREN HANNA | March 14, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The former chairman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee and his mother face charges that they stole money from the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, Maryland State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh announced Tuesday. Ricki Lynn Hemphill, 53, and Constance Joan Rooke, 74, both of Hagerstown, each were indicted on one count of conspiracy and two counts of theft of more than $500, according to Rohrbaugh. Hemphill and Rooke, who faced similar charges earlier this year before a case against her was placed on the stet docket, are accused of stealing and conspiring to steal money from the liquor board through unearned payroll checks and checks issued to Chalwyn LLC, the indictment states.
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September 10, 2006
Editor's note: On Wednesday, Sept. 6, The Herald-Mail did an online chat with Jerry Joyce, a Hagerstown attorney and candidate for Washington County State's Attorney. What follows is an edited transcript of that chat. Our next chat will be on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., when our guest will be JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown, assistant superintendent for elementary education. She will chat on the effect the federal No Child Left Behind act has had on the local school system. Questions or comments can be submitted by going to www.herald-mail.
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