April 11, 2016
The perceived vulnerability of Sen. Pat Toomey in the general election, in which the Republican presidential nominee may be more liability than asset, has produced three competitive Democratic candidates to challenge the incumbent. JOE SESTAK , a former Navy admiral who served two terms in the House, has the best credentials and experience to immediately serve Pennsylvania and the nation. His unrelenting intellectual curiosity has helped Sestak, a notoriously hard taskmaster, form a deep understanding of government and foreign policy that Katie McGinty and John Fetterman cannot match.
January 22, 2016 |
Jack Stollsteimer dropped out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race Wednesday, narrowing the field of Democratic candidates. A former state and federal prosecutor from Delaware County, Stollsteimer is now backing Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. "At this point it just wasn't my year," Stollsteimer said in an interview. "I'm happy to support Josh because he's a really good friend and public servant. " Stollsteimer was among the first to enter the race, challenging incumbent Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
December 28, 2015 |
GORDONVILLE, Pa. - Humane Officer Jen Nields knocks on a door of the suspected puppy mill in Gordonville and steps back. She fidgets with a notebook and peers through a covered glass panel looking for signs of life. Then she waits. The setting around her is breathtaking: lush Dutch Country farmland at sunset, a sea of gold and green. It is also ground zero for a culture and information war still raging in the mid-state after years of soul-searching and debate. "A lot of people don't understand when I say, 'We [Lancaster County]
December 11, 2015 |
Stephen Zappala Jr., district attorney in Allegheny County, will announce next week his campaign for state attorney general. That could give rise to a lively Democratic primary election in April if the incumbent, beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, decides to seek a second term. Kane is awaiting trial, accused of illegally leaking secret grand-jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News for a story. Zappala has played a bit part in the ongoing drama around Kane: He testified as an expert witness for the Montgomery County grand jury that investigated her actions and recommended criminal charges against her. Zappala, who did not respond to requests for comment from The Inquirer, confirmed his plans Wednesday evening, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
November 4, 2015 |
Hiring decisions for several top city and state six-figure-salary jobs will be made Tuesday in voting booths across the region. Openings for Philadelphia mayor and City Council, Montgomery County district attorney, and three judgeships on Pennsylvania's highest court are expected to be filled by day's end, though recent history suggests many voters won't show up to help in the hiring. The city will elect its 99th mayor, and voter registration numbers give Democratic nominee Jim Kenney a towering advantage over Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, independents James Foster and Boris Kindij, and Osborne Hart of the Socialist Workers Party.
August 9, 2015 |
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges. State Rep. Dave Reed, majority leader in the GOP-controlled chamber, said Friday that the charges make it "virtually impossible for her to function as the commonwealth's top law enforcement officer. " While Kane is presumed innocent, Reed said, the state "cannot afford to have such a distraction impairing the office of the attorney general.
June 21, 2015 |
Money helped, but it did not guarantee wins in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. At $1.5 million, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty was the top fund-raiser in the 12-way campaign, according to financial documents made public Thursday. And while the Democrat did win nomination in the May 19 primary, correlations between cash and votes were hard to find. Jefferson County Court Judge John Foradora, with $712,805 - about $6 for each vote cast for him - had the second-biggest money pot, but the Republican lost.
May 5, 2015
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS are like chloroform: colorless and capable of rendering one unconscious. That we hold them statewide is an affront to common sense. Nobody knows the candidates. Their campaigns are funded by those seeking favor with the court. And qualifications to serve are almost immaterial. But that Pennsylvania is one of just six states holding partisan elections of state judges is no surprise. We are, after all, the Land of Low Expectations. Take our Supreme Court - please.
April 10, 2015 |
Civil rights, imprisonment, and campaign money were on the table Wednesday in a forum attended by five judges running for the state Supreme Court. The five are among a dozen candidates for three vacancies on the state's highest court. The race is shaping up to be a costly one. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts reported that three candidates had each already raised more that $500,000 for their campaigns. At this point in the 2009 race, the largest amount raised was $167,730. All five candidates agreed the increased money in the judicial race was a problem.
March 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Twelve candidates met the filing deadline Tuesday for a spot on the primary ballot to fill one of three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Six Republicans and six Democrats, including five candidates from the Philadelphia area, filed nominating petitions with the Department of State for a place on the May ballot. All but one currently sit on the bench. "Looking at the 12, there is gender diversity, geographic diversity, party diversity, and some race diversity," said Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a statewide court reform group.