Tell Us: What Do You Think About the Simmons/Deely Race?

As the race for the 131st PA House seat heats up, we want to know what you think, how you're voting, and why?

As we head into October, the campaign trail for the 131st House seat is blazing with election detrius. Since being named a "Race to Watch" by Politics PA, the Simmons Deely race has heated up. 

Earlier this week, Rep. Justin Simmons re-election campaign launched a series of political ads aimed squarely at challenger Kevin Deely. Deely, in turn, lashed back with a fiery op-ed questioning incumbant Simmons leadership. 

Read more below: 

  • Deely/Simmons Race 'One to Watch' Says Politics PA
  • Election Preview: 131st State House Race
  • Simmons Campaign Goes on Attack in New Campaign Ads
  • Op-Ed: Kevin Deely 'I'm Responding to Simmons' Lies'
  • OpEd: Justin Simmons Says Teacher Accountability is a Common Sense

What did you think of the race for the 131st seat? Tell us in the comments section below.

An interested bystander October 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Missed the part where you held Rendell accountable for his actions in using Obamabucks, which he knew were temporary, to plug the hole he dug in education spending. Or do you not hold Democrats accountable?
Crestor Januvia October 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
You have no idea what you are talking about Geeting. Corbett is spending more on education that Rendell ever did. The cuts you talk about are cuts of FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS. OBAMA MADE THOSE CUTS. Go away you liberal loser. Doesn't matter how many teachers Allentown has. The student body guarantees there will never be success there. We should quit spending money as it will never make a difference.
Michael October 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The Corbett administration, wholeheartedly supported by Justin Simmons has proven itself to be shills for big oil and gas. Justin Simmons is on record (video interview on Patch) denying that global warming due to human activity even exists when climatologists throughout the world have proven it does using scientific method. The damage to Pennsylvania's woods and watersheds is growing exponentially as wells and pipelines rip into our state forests. Who are these people that think they can auction off what has been set aside for future generations?! These treasures are not theirs to sell. As far as education goes, the Corbett administration supported by the likes of Justin Simmons has become simply a budget issue worthy of no more consideration than mosquito spraying. Corbett regularly encourages Pennsylvania's youth to learn to weld so they can work in the boom then bust gas fields. The answer to Pennsylvania's economic problems is not toxic drlling and Fracking for unnatural gas. It is funding a premiere education system that will develop true clean energy and technology for the future. Justin Simmons' surly comments during his video interview illustrate his ignorance and unflagging allegiance to Tom Corbett's co-opted policies dictated by Anasarko, BP, Shell, Connoco Phillips, Exxon, Chevron, Cabot Oil and Gas, ....
Joe Sommers October 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Michael...You have no clue how government is run. Its all about the education right ???? Your a Deely douche bag ,Education is doing just fine. This admininistartion plugged the gap for what Obama 's stimulus took away from education that was caused by Fast Ed Rendell pulling out $2 B before he left the governship. Rep Simmons is doing a great job . He has helped thousands of constituents in this area both Democrat and Republican.alike. Who the hell is this asshole Deely coming in here to think that he wont do what he did in Easton !!! Raise property taxes double digit due to insane teachers contracts that HE negotiated. Teachers lost their jobs as well . This district doesnt need a public sector union hack lke Deely.
careless fills October 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
What happened in Easton is avctually quite simple, and it demonstrates one of the dangers of having a large fund balance. It becomes a target for excess spending that is unsustainable because its one time non-recurring money, as opposed to being continuing revenue. Here are the facts: At Easton, a 5 year contract was agreed to early in 2008. The line item for regular instruction salaries increased 21% between 08-09 and 09-10. I suspect some of that was an increase in the number of positions, but much was pay rate and benefit increases. EASD's 09-10 budget planned a $6.5 million decrease in fund balance, and it turned out to be a $7,5 million deficit. They couldn't hide the problem any more, and the rest is history. Pay freeeze in 2011, layoffs in 2012. East Penn had a similar problem two decades ago, and had consecutive 22% and 10% tax increases as a result. There's no doubt that the meager revenue increases resulting from the economy didn't help EASD, but the bigger problem was the huge pay increases. I have a young friend who survived the cuts so far, but (s)he is laughing to the bank now.


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