The Northeast - Continuing the realignment in 2010?

That the Northeast has been trending blue in recent cycles is self evidently true. Will it continue in 2010?

Below the fold for all the details and hey go check out the <a href="">2010 Race Tracker Wiki over at Open Congress</a> for all your House, Senate and Gubernatorial needs.

(Cross posted at Daily Kos, Swing State Project and Open Left)

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The Northeast - Continuing the realignment in 2010?

We had a pretty good night on election night in the Northeast. We cleaned house. We nailed 1 GOP Senator, 6 House of Reps Districts, 1 State Senate and held on to all of the State Senates, State Houses, US House Reps and US Senators we had coming into this cycle.

That the Northeast is rapidly realigning towards team Blue is undeniable!
But the work my friends has merely begun. Forget the bunkum about us being irretrievably on defense in 2010 come below the fold to see who should be in our sights in 2010 as we stay on offense in the Northeast........

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Concerned PA-18 Democratic voter

Ok, so there's like six candidates and it was recommended to check out PA-18 steve o'donnell.  I did and I found this out.
This should be disclosed to voters.

As a life long Democrat, I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT support Steve O'Donnell because I checked him out as recommended, and he has kept secret from everyone that he was pretty much terminated or forced out by a company in 1996 due to "rampant mismanagement".

The Board forced O'Donnell out in 1996 apparently for that exact reason. Westmoreland Human Opportunities started overseeing LSS in Sept 1996 & immediately bailed out of overseeing troubled LSS in October 1996, after learning the "intimate details" of Life Service Systems financial situation.  LSS shortly thereafter had to file for bankruptcy on 1/14/1997 under recommendation from the newly appointed Board (by Adelphoi).

Public assistance grant funding of over $1.3 million was secured by LSS from HUD in October 1995 for an LSS housing project, while matching funds were secured as a pre-condition to the HUD grant from United Way ($100,000), the Mellon Foundation ($150,000), and Westmoreland Housing Authority ($25,000)...imagine the attorney fees these organizations had to expend in this debacle.  

Here's a link that shows Mr. O'Donnell as the president of Life Service
Systems, Inc. ghg2

At the first of the year in 1997, LSS had to file for bankruptcy, #97-20226-BM
in the Western PA Federal Bankruptcy court.  Check out this appeals link from the bankruptcy court: ns/06-20-02.BM.LifeServiceSystems.97-202 26.AP98-2082.pdf

Notice that only months after receiving the HUD grant and matching funds totaling
over 1.3 million dollars...LSS experienced "financial and administrative" problems in 1996. You just don't develop bankruptcy over night and wake up with it the next morning...which again leads back to highly suspect issues of severe mis-management.  

O'Donnell does not include reference to Life Service Systems, Inc. under the "About Steve" link on his webpage.  Nor does Steve O'Donnell include any reference to Professional Life Services, which in the Bankruptcy court documents under Case No. #97-20226-BM... Professional Life Services is listed as having the same address, ironically as Steve O'Donnell.  Why is Professional Life Services also not disclosed?  Also, I wonder how much of the taxpayer's money Westmoreland County had to pay for attorney fees during this debacle.

We need a strong, ethical candidate to take Tim Murphy to task on ethics as well as positions, not a candidate who may have something to hide and has not disclosed this information.  And that's just me checking O'Donnell out... imagine what Tim Murphy will come up with when he probes into Steve O'Donnell. Feel free to check out these court documents.

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House 2008: Tim Murphy Comes Under Federal Investigation

It looks like Pennsylvania 18, a rather competitive congressional district that George W. Bush carried with 51 percent of the vote in 2000 and 54 percent in 54, should be on the map in 2008 as its Representative, Republican Tim Murphy, comes under federal investigation. KDKA's Andy Sheehan has the scoop.

A federal investigation is underway after allegations surfaced against US Rep. Tim Murphy.

Sources tell KDKA federal agents have begun interviewing former Murphy staffers on whether they did political work for the congressman on government time.

As a refresher, here is the original report from KDKA:

Back when this story first broke during the waning moments of the 2006 campaign, Democrats were ill-prepared to fully capitalize on it. While there was a Democratic candidate running in the race -- Chad Kluko -- so Murphy was not one of the 10 unopposed Republican Congressmen this year, Kluko was never able to gain much traction in the race. Murphy was not targeted from the outset of the campaign, little outside money went into the race from the Democratic side and as of the last three weeks of the campaign Kluko had only spent $80,000 to Murphy's $1.45 million. With numbers like these it's no wonder that Kluko only managed to get within 16 points of Murphy on election day.

But 2008 should be different. As noted above, PA-18 is a relatvely competitive district with the slightest of Republican leans (in the range of 2-3 PVI points). What's more, the trend in both Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast is one moving away from the Republicans towards the Democrats, with House and Senate seats flipping to the Democrats in the state as well as the lower chamber of the state legislature. With these regional and statewide trends in place, the FBI investigation into Rep. Murphy's activities could help tip the balance in the Democrats' favor. Now, the Democratic Party needs to take the time and effort to find the right candidate for the district so that they can put Pennsylvania's 18th district in the blue for the 111th Congress.

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