Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Belated round-up of other Wednesday news

  • Election remainders

    • Yesterday's election involved little trouble with voting machines in this area, although there were some delays in Lancaster and beyond. Many counties were using electronic systems for the first time.

    • There was a bit of sneaky pamphletting at the last minute. I didn't see the ones mentioned here, but somebody (no affiliation marked) was handing out flyers around town that suggested voting Rendell and leaving the rest blank.

    • Philly Future gives a roundup of reactions and results as summarized by various regional bloggers.

    • The Inquirer editorial page digs deep for the insight that yesterday's results indicate a desire for change in Iraq and Washington. The Daily News ruminates similarly.

  • Looking ahead

    • John Baer has thoughts on who should be appointed to fill Casey's seat as Treasurer, what Santorum should do with his new free time, and other imaginings. Scariest two words in print today? Gov. Fumo.

    • A DN piece looks at what might be Rendell's 2nd-term agenda.

    • The DN also gets the jump on the next big election horizon, with two pieces on the mayoral race that's been unofficially underway for some time: one piece looks at the suspects and their calendars, and the other offers all of them unsolicited advice from a once and former insider.

  • Other news
    The Philadelphia Weekly has the unenviable task of putting out an issue the day after Election Day, but with no election results. So other good stories filled the gap.

    • One major story looks again at anticasino activists and their efforts to have a say in how plans progress. Ackelsberg gets some time here.

    • Another piece looks at the Tierney drama, and how unhappiness in the newspaper negotiations might play out this time.

    • Also covered is the latest SEPTA budget shortfall that could cause transit crises at the end of the year. A commission is supposed to release a report next week with suggested solutions. Unsurprisingly, it's likely to call for dedicated state funding. Perhaps a change in the make-up of the Harrisburg legislature will improve prospects for such a plan.


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