October 8, 2014 |
The big issue up for debate in South Jersey's First Congressional District race is debating. Republican candidate Garry Cobb and State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) are less than 30 days away from an election to replace former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews and have yet to go head-to-head. Both claim the other is the debate dodger. Cobb, a former Eagles linebacker running in the highly Democratic district, will appear at a "Meet the Candidates" event Wednesday night in Camden at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church.
July 18, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is investigating campaign contributions that a Reading mayoral candidate made to two Philadelphia City Council candidates on the same day he received $30,000 from the powerful electricians' union, Local 98. Carolyn Myers, a spokeswoman for Kane, confirmed Wednesday that an investigation was underway, but said she couldn't discuss the matter further. The probe was first reported by the Reading Eagle newspaper. Vaughn D. Spencer, now Reading's mayor, received the Local 98 donation days before the 2011 general election, which he won by 1,300 votes.
July 17, 2014 |
High-powered Democrats have asked political novice Steve Cickay to withdraw from what is viewed as a pivotal Bucks County state Senate race, according to sources familiar with the discussions, and give way to Shaughnessy Naughton - who lost in the May primary in her bid for a congressional seat. Leading party operatives, including former Gov. Ed Rendell and State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Philadelphia), believe Naughton's name recognition and her ability to appeal to female voters make her a stronger candidate to take on two-term incumbent Chuck McIlhinney, the sources said.
June 14, 2014 |
In the space of less than a week, 23-year-old Zachary Werrell went from unknown to boy wonder to angry toddler, depending on who was talking. Werrell, who graduated last year from Haverford College, was lauded for having engineered Tuesday's shocking political defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And, as campaign manager of insurgent David Brat, he was criticized Wednesday for scrubbing his Facebook page, which included provocative comments comparing the shooting of Trayvon Martin with abortion.
June 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, the Democratic nominee for governor, visited City Council's weekly caucus session yesterday telling the crowd of lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers that he has a "deep appreciation" for Philadelphia even though he's from York County. Before caucus, he met behind closed doors with 13 of Council's 16 members, as shown in a photo tweeted by Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr., with reporters locked outside. The state Sunshine Act prohibits a majority of members of an official body from doing business behind closed doors.
May 16, 2014 |
A lawyer for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager lashed out Wednesday at the attorneys the governor's office hired to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal, saying they had impugned his client's reputation. Attorney Kevin Marino said Bill Stepien - Christie's two-time campaign manager and former deputy chief of staff - played no role in the September lane closures at the bridge and was wrongly dismissed by the governor. Marino said a March report on the lane closures completed by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P.
May 6, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.
May 3, 2014 |
LANCASTER - At times, Thursday night's Democratic debate for governor was more like a cable-TV free-for-all than a measured discussion of the issues, as the No. 2 candidate in the polls, U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, mounted a vigorous attack on the leader, York businessman Tom Wolf. After more than a dozen debates and forums, the four candidates met for a 90-minute live telecast at Franklin and Marshall College, with Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord criticizing Wolf before all four came together in opposition to the policies of Gov. Corbett.
April 29, 2014 |
What was once viewed as a slam-dunk comeback for former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies is turning into a knock-down, drag-out brawl with her three opponents in the 13th Congressional District, political observers say. Margolies had been considered the front-runner in the race to replace Allyson Schwartz. A poll her campaign commissioned in August found 62 percent of likely Democratic primary voters recognized her, and 55 percent viewed her favorably. But that early advantage has failed to push her opponents - State Rep. Brendan Boyle, physician Valerie Arkoosh, and State Sen. Daylin Leach - from contention.
April 26, 2014 |
Marjorie Margolies' campaign on Thursday vehemently denied allegations that she spent general-election funds on primary-election expenses in violation of federal law. Campaign treasurer Jennifer May said in a statement that "at no time did Marjorie 2014 access general-election funds for expenditures in this primary. " Margolies' most recent finance report, filed April 15 with the Federal Election Commission, shows that the campaign had run out of primary funds from Jan. 15 to March 31, but continued to write checks totaling more than $70,000.