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Brown: Mayor, c’mon to the meeting!

A may­or­al town-hall meet­ing will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Iron­work­ers Loc­al 401’s Bridge­men’s Hall, 11600 Nor­com Road.

Re­pub­lic­an Kar­en Brown will at­tend and would love for May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter to join her.

However, Sheila Sim­mons, Nut­ter’s dir­ect­or of com­mu­nic­a­tions, said the may­or will not at­tend.

“My sched­ule is just as tight,” said Brown, who’ll be late for her own 6 p.m. fund-raiser at Finnigan’s Wake. “He’s the may­or, and he should be avail­able to people.”

The can­did­ates were sched­uled to de­bate on Tues­day, Oct. 4, at Fox 29 stu­di­os. The de­bate will air this Fri­day at 10:30 p.m. on Fox 29.

Brown, though, has tried un­suc­cess­fully to per­suade Nut­ter to ap­pear with her at town-hall meet­ings. So she sched­uled one for the Far North­east ca­ter­ing hall and an­oth­er for Sat­urday at a South­w­est Phil­adelphia park.

Brown said she would also wel­come in­de­pend­ent Wali Rah­man aka Di­op Olug­bala. The pub­lic is in­vited to ask ques­tions of the can­did­ates.

“Any­body and every­body is more than wel­come. The more the mer­ri­er. Joe Doc’s place is enorm­ous,” she said of Bridge­men’s Hall and Loc­al 401 busi­ness man­ager Joseph J. Dougherty.

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The Pennsylvania Bar As­so­ci­ation Ju­di­cial Eval­u­ation Com­mis­sion re­leased its rat­ings on statewide judges who are stand­ing for re­ten­tion in the Novem­ber elec­tion.

The com­mis­sion is re­com­mend­ing all six judges: Su­preme Court Justice J. Mi­chael Eakin, the Su­per­i­or Court’s John T. Bend­er and Mary Jane Bowes and Com­mon­wealth Court’s Ren­ee Cohn Ju­be­lirer, Mary Han­nah Leav­itt and Robert E. Simpson Jr.

The de­cisions were based on ques­tion­naires, an ana­lys­is of writ­ten opin­ions, and in­ter­views with law­yers who have ap­peared in front of the judges.

The com­mis­sion’s find­ings and the ques­tion­naires are avail­able at ht­tp://www.pabar.org

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Next Tues­day, Oct. 11, is the dead­line to re­gister to vote for the Nov. 8 elec­tion.

Voter re­gis­tra­tion ap­plic­a­tions are avail­able at post of­fices, state li­quor stores, free lib­rary branches, PennDOT photo li­cense cen­ters, armed forces re­cruit­ment cen­ters and the County Board of Elec­tions of­fice at 520 N. Delaware Ave., fifth floor.

Forms can also be down­loaded at the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty’s Web site, www.sev­enty.org

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Dan Mc­Caf­fery, a Holmes­burg res­id­ent, last week entered the 2012 Demo­crat­ic primary for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

Mc­Caf­fery ran for dis­trict at­tor­ney in 2009, fin­ish­ing second among five can­did­ates in the Demo­crat­ic primary to Seth Wil­li­ams. His broth­er Seamus is a justice of the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court.

The former as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney has more than 20 years of courtroom ex­per­i­ence.

“Over the last five years, we’ve wit­nessed a fin­an­cial melt­down as a res­ult of fraud and greed by Wall Street,” he said in a news re­lease an­noun­cing his can­did­acy. “Mil­lions of fam­il­ies have lost their life sav­ings. These are good, hard-work­ing men and wo­men, Pennsylvania fam­il­ies, Amer­ic­an fam­il­ies who have lost their life sav­ings, re­tire­ments, pen­sions and their homes. No one is stand­ing up for them.

“As at­tor­ney gen­er­al, I will cre­ate the most ag­gress­ive law en­force­ment agency in the na­tion, hold these of­fend­ers ac­count­able and bring them to justice. This is about pro­tect­ing Pennsylvania fam­il­ies from fin­an­cial crimes and root­ing out fraud against tax­pay­ers. Polit­ic­al cor­rup­tion is rampant, and white-col­lar crime goes un­pun­ished.”

Mc­Caf­fery will face former con­gress­man Patrick Murphy and former Lack­awanna County As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kath­leen Kane in the primary.

Likely Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates are state Sen. John Raf­ferty and Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed.

Re­pub­lic­ans have won every race for at­tor­ney gen­er­al since it be­came an elec­ted po­s­i­tion in 1980.

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The Re­pub­lic­an polling firm Na­tion­al Re­search Inc., on be­half of U.S. Sen­ate can­did­ate John Ver­non, last week is­sued a memor­andum show­ing that GOP and in­de­pend­ent voters fa­vor Ver­non when bio­graph­ic­al de­scrip­tions are provided.

The tele­phone sur­vey of 500 likely voters was taken Sept. 19-20. The sur­vey in­cluded the fol­low­ing can­did­ates and de­scrip­tions:

• Laur­een Cum­mings is a nurse and small-busi­ness own­er who helped form the Scrant­on Tea Party.

• Tom Smith is a coal in­dustry ex­ec­ut­ive and the out­go­ing chair­man of the In­di­ana-Arm­strong Pat­ri­ots, a Tea Party or­gan­iz­a­tion.

• Dav­id Chris­ti­an is a busi­ness­man and Vi­et­nam vet­er­an who served in gov­ern­ment and un­suc­cess­fully ran for Con­gress in the 1980s.

• Marc Scaringi is an at­tor­ney who pre­vi­ously served as a le­gis­lat­ive aide to Rick San­tor­um on Cap­it­ol Hill.

• Steven Welch is a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and former con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate who will fo­cus on job cre­ation, and was pre­vi­ously a Demo­crat.

• John Ver­non is a re­tired U.S. Army col­on­el who served his coun­try for more than 32 years, tak­ing part in Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm, Op­er­a­tion Ir­aqi Free­dom, and as a De­part­ment of De­fense in­spect­or gen­er­al. He is a con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­an.

Ver­non’s pro­file pre­vailed with 29 per­cent, fol­lowed by Welch with 15 per­cent, Cum­mings with 13 per­cent, Smith and Chris­ti­an with 6 per­cent each, and Scaringi with 5 per­cent. The rest were un­de­cided.

The Re­pub­lic­ans hope to chal­lenge fresh­man U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr.

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Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity re­leased a poll show­ing a close race in Pennsylvania for the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion.

Former Mas­sachu­setts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney re­ceived 18 per­cent, fol­lowed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (16), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick San­tor­um (12), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pal­in (8), Min­nesota Rep. Michele Bach­mann (6), Texas Rep. Ron Paul and busi­ness­man/polit­ic­al com­ment­at­or Her­man Cain (5), former House Speak­er Newt Gin­grich (4) and former Utah Gov. Jon Hunts­man (2). The rest favored someone else, were un­de­cided or did not plan to vote.

In a sur­vey of 1,370 re­gistered Pennsylvania Re­pub­lic­ans, Demo­crats and in­de­pend­ents, Pres­id­ent Barack Obama held a 45 per­cent to 43 per­cent lead over Rom­ney. The pres­id­ent also topped Perry (46-40) and San­tor­um (45-42).

The same sur­vey showed Ca­sey de­feat­ing an un­named Re­pub­lic­an, 50 per­cent to 31 per­cent. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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