Good morning everyone, and oh boy, do we have a lot to talk about!
Let's start nationally. As expected, Republicans took the House of Representatives, and by wide margins: the GOP will gain at least 60 seats, comfortably more than the 39 they needed. In the Senate, Republicans have picked-up at least six Senate seats with two races still undecided: wins in North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Illinois have helped push Republicans up in that Chamber. Democratic Leader Harry read won his closely watched election, and the Democrats will have at least 50 seats, retaining their majority. Colorado, Alaska and Washington still have not been called: Republicans appear to have slim leads in Colorado and Alaska, while Washington looks to barely be trending Democratic. Republicans also took ten Governor's offices from Democrats.
In Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey each won their respective races. Democrats appeared to have lost five Congressional seats in the state, with Representatives Dahlkemper, Carney, Kanjorski and Murphy all losing their seats, plus Pat Meehan defeating Bryan Lentz in an open seat race to fill Joe Sestak's seat. The Pennsylvania State Senate remains solidly Republican, but it appears that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has switched from Democratic to Republican control.
In the Valley, Congressman Charlie Dent cruised to reelection yesterday, winning 53% of the vote, compared to 39% for John Callahan and 8% for Jake Towne.
In the State Senate, all three Valley incumbents easily won reelection: Pat Browne (R), Lisa Boscola (D) and Bob Mensch (R). In the State House, the winners are: Justin Simmons (R-131), Jennifer Mann (D-132 and unopposed), Joe Brennan (D-133), Steve Samuelson (D and unopposed), Bob Freeman (D), Marcia Hahn (R), Joe Emerick (R and representing a pick-up for Republicans), Julie Harhart (R-183) and Gary Day (R-187).
The Chamber held it's annual meeting yesterday. If you missed the event, you can see the Morning Call, Express-Times and WFMZ coverage.
Alright, believe it or not, there was other news yesterday! Some good economic news: the Valley's jobless rate dropped from 9.8% to 9.3% this past month. Good news for the Sands Bethlehem, as they are showing profit increases of 17% compared to last year. In Allentown, Mayor Pawlowski has proposed an Earned Income Tax increase to balance the 2011 budget.
We have two Chamber events today, both mixers: one at White Orchid at the Promenade Shoppes and one at the Career Institute of Technology.
We leave you today with a cute puppy whistle. Yes, you read that right. If there is bipartisan agreement on anything, it's that puppies are adorable.
Have a great day!