November 19, 2013
LET'S TALK about Katie McGinty. For three reasons: Few people are doing so, she had an interesting finish in a recent poll and she could be the surprise of 2014. Philly native McGinty is one of eight announced Democrats seeking to oppose Gov. Corbett next year. She's also one of four expected to a) stay in the race and b) have enough money to compete. The others are Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Tom Wolf. McGinty isn't getting the buzz of front-running Schwartz or of McCord, both of whom get noticed in their current jobs (congresswoman, state treasurer)
October 11, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
May 10, 2013 |
IT IS RARE for a city controller's race to feature a television ad. But Brett Mandel was looking for attention. And he got it. A group of 19 politically active people, calling themselves an "ad hoc group of Philadelphia progressives," demanded yesterday that Mandel withdraw his "misleading TV commercial. " On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers called Mandel's commercial a "distortion" of the record of City Controller Alan Butkovitz , who is seeking a third term.
May 7, 2013
Preserving more of Gettysburg Thanks to bipartisan leadership from Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, Congress may add the Gettysburg Train Station and 45 acres of key battlefield land to Gettysburg National Military Park. The train station served as a field hospital during the 1863 battle, and President Abraham Lincoln's train arrived there the night before he delivered one of history's most enduring speeches, the Gettysburg Address. The 45-acre tract at the foot of Big Round Top was the site of hard fighting.
April 10, 2013 |
AS U.S. REP. Allyson Schwartz gears up for a 2014 gubernatorial campaign, a familiar name is talking about succeeding her in the 13th Congressional District, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Marjorie Margolies, a former television reporter who teaches at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, held that seat for one term, from 1993 to 1995. She famously lost re-election after changing her 1993 vote on then-President Bill Clinton's budget, giving him a one-vote margin of victory that broke her promise not to support an increase in federal taxes.
April 4, 2013 |
U.S. REP. Allyson Schwartz has not officially announced plans to run for governor in 2014. But that hasn't stopped the rush of Democrats interested in grabbing her 13th District seat, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. One of them, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, predicts that Schwartz's political plans will be made clear next week. Saidel, who filed federal forms two weeks ago to run for her seat, said he signed on last week to serve as chairman of Schwartz's political-action committee for governor.
April 3, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) said Monday that he would seek the U.S. House seat currently occupied by Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, who is expected to run for governor next year. Leach is the first candidate to trumpet his bid for the 13th Congressional District seat, although two others, including former Philadelphia Controller Jonathan Saidel, have quietly filed the federal paperwork needed to enter the race. Leach said in an interview that he would launch his run Tuesday with an introductory video and a social media campaign.
April 2, 2013 |
MILFORD, Pa. - Liz Forrest hears the questions from fellow Democrats about Allyson Schwartz almost every time the talk turns to the 2014 governor's race. "People always ask, 'Will she play outside Philadelphia? Is she too liberal?' " Forrest said Thursday night during the monthly dinner meeting of the Pike County Democratic Committee. "Who cares? Philadelphia and Pittsburgh produce enough votes to win it. " The most important thing for Democrats is to send Republican Gov. Corbett packing, she said, and Schwartz has the money and political chops to make that happen.
March 2, 2013 |
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.) said Friday that she would establish a state political committee in the next few weeks, an important procedural precursor to her expected run for governor of Pennsylvania. The six-term representative from Jenkintown has been traveling around the state trying to line up support. Should she pull the trigger, Schwartz said, she would not file to run simultaneously for her House seat. "Legally, I'm allowed to, but it wouldn't be right," she said.
February 26, 2013
ALLYSON SCHWARTZ used to be known as "Sen. Scarf. " This was during her days in the state Senate, where she served 14 years, and - as you likely figured out - almost always wore a scarf. These days, during her fifth term in Congress, she's wearing something else: a change of heart for a chance to make history. In November, even December, Schwartz seemed certain that she wouldn't challenge Tom Corbett for governor. Now she seems certain that she will. "It is my intention," she tells me, to give up her House seat and take on T.C. Why the change?