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  [PA] Democrats target control of counties
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Mar 01, 2007 02:30pm
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MediaNewspaper - Philadelphia Inquirer
News DateThursday, March 1, 2007 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhiladelphia Inquirer article.

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"An unpopular war, rising oil prices and Washington scandal added up to Republican debacle at the polls.

It was 1974, a year much like 2006.

In the Philadelphia suburbs, jubilant Democrats back then had hopes of building on their gains for the long term. But it never happened. The anti-Vietnam War, anti-Watergate mood faded, and Republicans gradually restored near-total suburban dominance.

Now, more than a generation later, suburban Democrats once again are coming off big gains in a national election, and once again they hope to capitalize on that at the local level.

They believe they have a good chance of accomplishing a goal that has eluded them for decades: to grab control of a suburban courthouse from the GOP.

With that political lightning bolt would come power to appoint Democrats to a raft of authorities and commissions; power to choose Democratic-leaning firms for professional contracts; power to award patronage jobs.

Republicans concede that losing their grip on one or more of the four suburban counties - Montgomery is most often mentioned - is at least possible."

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