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Philadelphia voters elect a Whig to public office for first time in 160 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Voters in Philadelphia have elected a Whig to public office for what the victor believes may be the first time in nearly 160 years.

Robert "Heshy" Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and won 36 votes to his Democratic opponent's 24 on Tuesday to become an election judge in the city's Rhawnhurst section.

Election judges, who serve four-year terms, receive about $100 annually and are responsible for overseeing equipment and procedures at the polls.

Now a heavily Democratic city, Philadelphia's last Whig mayor was elected in 1854. It's hard to verify whether Whigs won any lower offices after that, said Stephanie Singer, one of three commissioners overseeing local elections.

Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views. They represent a sensible "middle path" between Democrats and Republicans, especially in light of the recent government shutdown, he said.

"That pretty much told us we can't trust either party and the system is broken," Bucholz said Thursday.

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So...are we to assume...

that somewhere in this once-great nation, votes were ACTUALLY counted? WOW!!! We are making progress!!!

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

I think on local levels they are counted

But not on larger elections.

Only when the vote totals are

Only when the vote totals are under 100. Anything over 100 is too high for officials to count so they just make up the results.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

"fiscally conservative but socially liberal views"

Isn't this what the liberty movement is about?

Fiscally Conservative - check

Socially... (none of your damn business) - check

The Tea party is co-opted by neo-cons.
The Libertarian party is (recently) co-opted by the dems/libs.

The Whig party... a new home for Liberty?

I researched the modern whigs

Before discovering Ron Paul and libertarianism. They're basically just luke warm on both fronts. A little less fascism, a little less communism. For example, let's legalize marijuana, but by golly we can't legalize it all, that would be EXTREME!

A little less is better than a little (or a lot) more

We can work on getting EXTREME as we go ;-)

Libertwhigs or Whigerty ?

I thought the same thing

Good old Whig party!



This is big!

Thanks for posting!