Health - November 8, 2013

State Representative Jerry Stern not seeking re-election

Representative Jerry Stern has announced that he will not be seeking another term.  Stern represents part of Blair County and has served his constituents since being elected in 1992.  Prior to being elected Stern served as Blair County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts.  Stern cited the changing political climate and the increased pressure to fundraise for not seeking re-election.  He also revealed that he is on the transplant list for a liver due to a form of anemia.

PA Election News

Election results across the state rolled in on Tuesday and in Pittsburgh, Democrat Bill Peduto won a landslide victory for mayor, securing 84.26% of the total vote. Mayor-elect Peduto beat Republican Josh Wander, who received 11.51% of the vote, and Independent candidate Les Ludwig with 3.46% of the vote. In Harrisburg, Eric Papenfuse, owner of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore won his mayoral bid, receiving 61% of the vote over his opponent, Republican Dan Miller who received 39% of the vote. Lancaster city saw the Democratic incumbent, Mayor Rick Gray win his bid for re-election with 57% of the vote; his opponent Republican candidate Charlie Smithgall received 43% of the vote. In York, Democratic incumbent Kim Bracey won her re-election bid with 73% of the vote, defeating her opponent, Libertarian candidate David Moser who only received 21% of the vote. Scranton Democrat Bill Courtwright defeated Republican Jim Mulligan, with a 55% win of the vote to Mulligans 45%.

Pennsylvanians also voted for several judges this week. Republican Vic Stabile defeated Democrat Jack McVay for an open seat on the Commonwealth’s Superior Court. Voters also chose to keep Chief Justice Ron Castille who will be meeting the age limit in the state’s Superior Court next year; this will allow Governor Corbett to appoint a new Chief Justice when Chief Justice Castille retires. In the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas race, Republican candidate Bill Tully defeated Democratic candidate Ann Gingrich Cornick with 56% of the vote to Cornick’s 43%. Tully will be succeeding retiring Judge Lawrence F. Clark.

New York approves gambling expansion; may mean more competition for Pa. casinos

This week 57% of New York voters approved an expansion to the state’s gambling industry.  Voters approved measures to expand gambling beyond the five Native-American reservations upstate currently located in upstate New York. New York is one of the most recent states to seek non-tax revenues for local governments and school districts. Gambling expansion will open seven additional private casinos; four immediately upstate and the other three will be revisited in seven years. New York officials are also betting that gambling expansion will stem the flow of New York money being spent in neighboring states, primarily New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Governor Andrew Cuomo estimated that hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by New Yorkers in out of state casinos each year.