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Sunday, April 29, 2012
from the inbox:
We did it!I want to personally thank everyone for helping to make Tuesday night's historic Primary victory possible for our campaign. Your unwavering support was truly the difference, and my family and I are incredibly appreciative for everything you did.Our fight, however, is not over and we all must remain focused on the end goal of electing the first-ever Democrat to the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. I am truly honored to represent the Democratic Party in this fight and will continue to work hard every day to ensure our victory in the fall. As your next Attorney General, I promise to safeguard our families from crime, continue to defend women’s rights, ensure the protection of our environment, and make certain our elected officials know that no one is above the law. I can’t thank you enough for your support. Together, we are going to make history once again this fall!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Kathleen G Kane, one of the Democratic candidates for Attorney General, released a poll today. John Micek posted the full poll memo on his Capitol Ideas blog. It doesn't have cross tabs so I can't drill down very far, but there are some interesting points. The Kane campaign says the poll puts her ahead 42% to 33% (as reported by politicspa). Math is not my strong suit but I'm not sure where those numbers come from. Kane is listed as having a very favorable rating of 30%, her primary opponent Patrick Murphy 33%, for favorable it is 24% for Kane and 25% for Murphy. That doesn't add up to 42/33 to me.
The poll was a robocall poll, with recorded questions not live operators. The poll memo states that only home phones were called, so those with only a cell phone would not be included. It also states that results for the over 55 age range was overrepresented. I hope they all have photo ids.
Monday, April 09, 2012
from the inbox:
Senior Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod campaigned today in Philadelphia for Patrick Murphy, giving a boost to his run for Pennsylvania Attorney General.
In a strategy meeting with key supporters at a Philadelphia law firm, Axelrod said Patrick Murphy has the experience, leadership and vision to be a great Attorney General for the people of Pennsylvania.He also noted Murphy's ardent support of the President during some of his tougher fights including ending the war in Iraq, repealing Don't Ask, Don'tTell and protecting women's rights.“President Obama has never had a better friend in politics than Patrick Murphy. He was with us early, he was a great supporter of the election, but more importantly he was a leader we could count on to help end the war in Iraq and repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Patrick has taken up fights for people, not for special interests, but for people who needed a voice,” Axelrod said.“There are the people who run for public office because they want to be something, and then there are people who run for public office because they want to do something, because they want to serve and they see it as a way of making our community stronger. There is nobody I know who exemplifies that ethic more than Patrick Murphy, who has served his country so honorably, served his community so honorably. I’ve never met anyone who impressed me more than Patrick in terms of that commitment and that sense of service. This is a guy who represents a better future for Pennsylvania,“ he added.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I learned several things today. A few of them are applicable to current political races. Here goes:
The American Bar Association has a Code of Ethics, as many professional associations do. For a non-blog project I've looked at several such codes but not the ABA's. Today I did. Like others the ABA's spells out confidentiality rules, behavioral expectations and so on. Another common feature is a list of guidelines for how someone in that profession presents themselves. Occupational groups tend to have their own terminologies or jargon. For example, point 7.4 of the ABA Code of Ethics states:
(d) A lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law, unless:(1) the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an organization that has been approved by an appropriate state authority or that has been accredited by the American Bar Association; and(2) the name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication
That seemed odd since many law firm advertisements that I'd seen mentioned they worked with a particular issue or part of the law, but, as in all things, it is the wording that counts. This is why, kids, you really need to have a firm grasp of a large vocabulary. Those small differences in meaning can be important. Lawyers and law firms will talk about "practice areas" or will say "with a focus on." I checked out about half a dozen law firms in the area whose URLs or names I knew and they all used words like that. My standard reference point for lawyers is Martindale and looking at their search interface, it also uses the phrase "practice area." Where I did find the word "specialize" used on a firm's site, there would be a note of the certifying organization. To double check I googled a few key phrases, such as "specializes in child abuse law" and "specializes in elder abuse law." There were remarkably few results and most of those were not law firms but articles that use those terms.
So it was odd to see that Kathleen Kane, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General, uses that phrase on her campaign website:
As an Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County, Kathleen began in the child abuse/sexual assault unit spending several years prosecuting gruesome cases of physical and sexual abuse of children and adults. Simultaneous to the duties of this unit, Kathleen specialized in cases involving elder abuse, prosecuted white-collar criminals, and exposed abuses in Orphans’ Court.
The National Elder Law Foundation states that:
The National Elder Law Foundation is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF's Certified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association.
You can search for a certified lawyer by state. Kathleen Kane is not listed, not under Kane or Granahan, on the PA list.
This may be significant. It may not. In the law, as in many things, the devil is in the details. This seemed like a detail.
There are two Democratic candidates for Attorney General in Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane and Patrick Murphy. Former Pres. Bill Clinton has talked about both of them.
Bill Clinton on Kathleen Kane, March 26, 2012:
“The first elected office I ever held was Attorney-General, so it’s a job I know something about. The Attorney General can have an enormous positive impact, so it’s important to elect someone who understands how to use the office and the legal system to protect and advance the lives of Pennsylvanians. Kathleen Kane would make a great Attorney General. She’s smart and tough. She’s prosecuted more than 3000 cases, protected senior citizens, and put child molesters and violent criminals behind bars,” remarked President Clinton. “Kathleen is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General’s job is to stand up for consumers and people. I’m proud to endorse my friend Kathleen Kane and I hope she’ll become the first woman ever elected Attorney General by the people of Pennsylvania.”
Bill Clinton on Patrick Murphy (then running for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district), Oct 11, 2006:
"Do we got a great candidate or what?" (source: Scheid, Brian. "Clinton stumps for Murphy," Intelligencer 10/12/2006)
Murphy supported Obama in the 2008 presidential election; Kane supported Hillary Clinton.
Monday, February 13, 2012