Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
In Lehigh County, County Executive Don Cunningham has called for a 16% tax and a property reassessment. The Great Allentown Fair opened yesterday - the fair is open until Monday. Carl Stevenson, who was running for the 134th Legislative District until he was thrown off the ballot by a judge who ruled that a petition circulator had to live in Stevenson's district, is having his case appealed by the ACLU. Stevenson is seeking to run in the 134th Legislative District against State Representative Doug Reichley (R) and Patrick Slattery (D). In the Valley, unemployment has hit its worst levels since the Great Recession began three years ago, reaching 9.9%. In Bethlehem, Democratic Congressional Candidate John Callahan outlined his economic platform.
A new Reuters poll has Pat Toomey leading Joe Sestak 47-37% in the race for the U.S. Senate. A Rasmussen Poll has Toomey's lead at 6%.
In national news, despite the increase in local unemployment, consumer confidence in America actually increased from the past month. President Obama addressed the nation yesterday on Iraq, marking the end of active combat operations in the country.
That's it for now! We'll be back with a couple of blog entries later today. Have a great day!