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January 28, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THREE OF THE four Democrats seeking the 13th Congressional District seat in the May 20 primary mostly agreed on a wide range of political topics in their first candidate forum yesterday. Two candidates, state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, sparred on one issue more likely to be decided in Harrisburg than in Washington, D.C.: "vouchers" to use public-school money for private-school tuition. And Boyle took a sharp shot at the missing candidate, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, comparing her record on Social Security to that of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican deeply unpopular with members of Democracy for America, one of the forum's sponsors.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
A story Monday about the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District incorrectly stated the position of Emily's List. Emily's List has not issued an endorsement in the race.
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July 25, 2011 | Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Democrats are waiting for word from Rep. David Wu on how he plans to respond to calls for him to resign in the face of a scandal. But Wu stayed mum yesterday about the allegation reported by the Oregonian newspaper that a young woman reported "aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior. " Wu's opponent in last year's Democratic primary plans to ask party activists in Washington County, the core of the congressional district, to approve a no-confidence resolution this week.
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March 12, 1989 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this article
Assembly Speaker Chuck Hardwick scored his third pre-primary victory of the Republican gubernatorial campaign with an impressive upset yesterday at the Middlesex County Republican convention. Winning the convention unexpectedly on the first ballot, Hardwick polled 51 percent, or 662 of the 1,279 delegates who gathered at the Renaissance Ramada here. The second place finisher - U.S. Rep. Jim Courter of Warren County, who represents parts of Middlesex County and was expected to win - captured 38 percent, or 496 delegates.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
I WAS LOOKING for a moniker to hang on this November's election. We've had the Year of the Woman, the Tea Party Revolt, the Year of the Minority, the Year of the Older White Man. (Oh! That's every year. Sorry.) I wanted a catchphrase as I announce the 24th annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at its longtime home, Finnigan's Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets. This year Pennsylvanians will elect a governor, and across the commonwealth (and elsewhere)
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January 30, 1992 | By Lem Lloyd, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Chester County Commissioners sent a message to Harrisburg Tuesday - don't dilute Chester County's political muscle by dividing the county up into little pieces. As state lawmakers go about their task of redrawing Pennsylvania's congressional districts, the county's two Republican commissioners said they feared the county could lose its clout in Congress under the new reapportionment plans. By a 2-1 vote, with Democrat Andrew E. Dinniman dissenting, Commissioners Joseph J. Kenna and Karen L. Martynick approved Tuesday a resolution stating their opposition to any redistricting plan that would further divide the county.
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April 19, 1988 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want your vote for president to count, it is not enough simply to pull the lever next to the name of the candidate you like. You must also vote for the delegates pledged to that candidate. Delegates attend the party conventions this summer and actually decide who becomes the party's presidential nominee. Pennsylvania sends the fourth- largest bloc of delegates to each convention. Unfortunately for the voter, Pennsylvania still labors under an anachronistic delegate-selection system left over from an era when political bosses controlled the votes.
NEWS
March 11, 2008 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the gates of Fort Dix in the background, a Republican congressional primary candidate stood in yesterday's cold winds alongside a Pennsylvania congressman to encourage Democrats to list a homeland security bill for a vote. But there was another message that will be a running theme in the increasingly competitive race for the Third District seat, which includes portions of Burlington and Ocean Counties. GOP candidate Chris Myers was trying to show voters that he's ready for Washington and is the rightful heir to retiring U.S. Rep. James Saxton (R., N.J.)
NEWS
August 16, 2011
Most people probably don't realize it, but there's a slow, quiet move under way to bring American democracy into the 21st century by ensuring the presidential candidate who gets the most votes is actually elected president. The National Popular Vote movement got a huge boost recently thanks to the most populous state. Earlier this month, California officially joined eight states and the District of Columbia in pledging to cast its electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
Former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel dropped out Tuesday from the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District, citing the party heavyweights backing former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies. One of them apparently is a certain former president known as Bubba. Bill Clinton owes Margolies big-time - and besides, she is daughter Chelsea's mother-in-law. Saidel's sudden move was the biggest domino to fall thus far in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, who is running for governor in 2014.
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January 20, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
  The new Congress had been seated for less than 48 hours when State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) announced plans to run for a seat in Washington in 2016. Others seem eager to follow. At least one other Democrat and a Republican already have floated their names as potential replacements for U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), who has said he won't run again in Bucks County's Eighth District, split nearly evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Speculation has begun anew in the nearby Sixth District, too, as Chester County Democrats search for a candidate to take on Republican Ryan Costello, who won his first congressional election in November.
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October 25, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
State Rep. Brendan Boyle has made the growing gap between the rich and the rest a fitting centerpiece of his campaign to represent the 13th Congressional District, a mostly middle-class area with pockets of poverty spanning parts of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. The 37-year-old Philadelphia Democrat advocates raising the minimum wage to help the working poor and increasing taxation of passive income such as stocks and bonds, noting that wage earners pay higher effective rates than investors.
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October 20, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
For much of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo's nearly 20 years representing New Jersey's Second Congressional District, the Democratic Party has put forth what can only be described as cannon fodder to oppose the Republican - obscure candidates with little chance of victory. But not this year. Northfield lawyer Bill Hughes Jr., the son of the congressman LoBiondo replaced in 1995, is a worthy foe. But the potential that Hughes' candidacy represents is no match for LoBiondo's record, which suggests he's still the right person for the job. This is a critical time for the Second District, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River, including Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties and parts of Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, and Burlington Counties.
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October 20, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In a packed church here last week, the Second Congressional District candidates, incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo and his Democratic challenger, Bill Hughes Jr., were like two fighters in a ring. LoBiondo, 68, the elder statesman, was seated to the right of Hughes, the bespectacled attorney 21 years his junior whose father retired after 20 years in Congress, making way for LoBiondo in 1994. An interpreter translated the steady stream of questions in Spanish from a line of constituents that formed inside New Jerusalem Church.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph M. Hoeffel, a Democrat and former congressman from Abington, has returned to the spotlight in recent weeks with a media tour promoting his new book about the lead-up to the Iraq War. In it, Hoeffel doesn't pull any punches, starting with the title: The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War . Hoeffel, 64, was a state representative from 1977 to 1984, a Montgomery County commissioner from 1992 to 1998 and 2008 to 2012, and a...
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June 5, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank LoBiondo, capitalizing on incumbency, name recognition and a deep war chest, handily won the Republican primary in New Jersey's Second Congressional District to run again for the seat he's held for 20 years. LoBiondo, 68, first elected to the office in 1994, easily beat Republican challenger Mike Assad. Just before 9 p.m., with 13.41 percent of precincts reporting, LoBiondo was declared the winner with four times the votes as Assad. Known for making appearances at local ribbon cuttings and special events - including Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian's inauguration on Jan. 1, LoBiondo had a substantial lead that never evaporated.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
I WAS LOOKING for a moniker to hang on this November's election. We've had the Year of the Woman, the Tea Party Revolt, the Year of the Minority, the Year of the Older White Man. (Oh! That's every year. Sorry.) I wanted a catchphrase as I announce the 24th annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at its longtime home, Finnigan's Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets. This year Pennsylvanians will elect a governor, and across the commonwealth (and elsewhere)
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THINK OF the 13th Congressional District like a football field to understand how state Rep. Brendan Boyle used his ground game yesterday to defeat former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies' air war. Boyle won the Democratic primary election by exploiting the field operation he built with his brother, state Rep. Kevin Boyle, in the 172nd District next door. Several competitive races in Northeast Philly, boosting voter turnout there, helped as well. Boyle was leading Margolies by a margin of 4-to-1 in Philadelphia last night, while she led him by 2- to-1 in Montgomery County.
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May 22, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
The hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District turned out to not be much of a race at all: State Rep. Brendan Boyle was declared the winner by 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. By the time all but a few polls had reported hours later, the 37-year-old from Philadelphia was celebrating a decisive victory over his closest contender, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies. "We moved forward, we kept the faith, we worked like hell, and tonight we have won," Boyle, a state legislator since 2009, told more than 100 cheering supporters at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Northeast Philadelphia.
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May 21, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Pennsylvania Democrats will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a nominee to take on Gov. Corbett after a sometimes-ugly primary campaign that has cost more than $31 million before the final bills are totaled. Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, has led in public-opinion surveys and has outspent his three rivals, mostly thanks to $10 million he contributed to his campaign. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty were trying to play catch-up to Wolf, who seized an early lead with a massive TV-advertising blitz.
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