York County’s top political stories for 2012 (part one)

In York County politics this year, seven Republicans competed to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County during the primary.

A presidential campaign bus, minus the candidate, visited Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market in July.

A state lawmaker who represents York won statewide office.

And a former state lawmaker who represented York was sentenced to 18 to 60 months in prison.

Here is a look at those and some other top political stories for York County this year:

10.

Salome Johnson, first vice president of the York chapter of the NAACP, protests Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law in Harrisburg in July.

Critics of Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March, said it was politically motivated and designed to help Republicans win in November. Proponents said it would ensure more fair and honest elections.

The state didn’t have solid numbers for how many people in York County, or the rest of the state, would be impacted by the law.

In October, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson delayed full implementation — so voters were asked to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls, but it wasn’t a requirement for voting.

9.  In October, state officials announced that the state’s new impact for Marcellus shale natural gas production had generated more than $204 million in revenue.

Some criticized the impact fee, arguing Pennsylvanians will receive less in revenue than residents of other states with natural gas.

The majority of money from the impact fee is going directly to counties and municipalities that host natural gas development, according to the state. But part of the pot will be divvied up across Pennsylvania.

For instance, about $370,000 of that $204 million will pay for greenways, recreational areas and similar initiatives in York County, according to estimates released in October.

At the time, county spokesman Carl Lindquist said the about $370,000 for York County in that category is “really a pittance considering the scale of the cuts in funding imposed by the Corbett administration on York County.”

8.

A carved wooden sign warning of uncollected payments hangs in the West York VFW. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

In May, some managers of York County clubs said changes to the state’s small games-of-chance law –which allows qualified organizations to offer gambling through raffles, punchboards, pull-tabs and drawings — was hurting their business.

Before March, those organizations were supposed to use 100 percent of the proceeds from gambling for charity. The changes let them keep 30 percent, but it also came with certain restrictions and tougher enforcement.

“I have heard back from a few that people are mad that it’s only 30 percent,”  State Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland County, who was the prime sponsor of House Bill 169, which amended the law, said in May. “My response to that is they should have been using zero percent. … So 30 percent, I think, would be a huge benefit to them.”

7. Because York County’s population grew, it was supposed to get more representation in Harrisburg starting with the 2012 election.

But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s January decision rejecting the state’s legislative redistricting plan has delayed that from happening.

6. Pennsylvania didn’t get as much attention from presidential candidates this year  as it did in the past, which led to some debate over whether it’s a true swing state.

But Vice President Joe Biden did give a shout-out to the Bulldogs at West York Area High School in September, and two of Mitt Romney’s sons visited the local GOP headquarters in November.

Vice President Joe Biden at West York Area High School in September. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL

Followed by brother Ben, Tagg Romney makes his way through the Republican Committee of York County headquarters during a stop in Springettsbury Township on Nov. 3

Oh, and an 18-year-old graduate of Dallastown Area High School spoke for Pennsylvania’s delegation at the Democratic National Convention in September.

And then there was this: a Mitt Romney campaign bus, minus the candidate, visited Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market in July.

One of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign buses rolled into Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market in July. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

I’ll have the top five a little bit later.

 

 


About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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