October 22, 2010
WHEN ED RENDELL arrived in Harrisburg as governor, he was a guy used to getting his own way. He had fought - and dealt- his way to a Philadelphia turnaround, which should have been good training for getting the General Assembly to knuckle under and give him his way. Eight years later, his famous appetite - for sparring and for food - has been revised downward: as he has grown physically leaner, so too have his wins against state Republicans, most...
October 17, 2010 |
For eight years, Philadelphians have had one of their own in the governor's mansion. Ed Rendell, the former mayor and district attorney, has been a dominant figure in the region since the 1970s. Who, then, is this Pittsburgher, Dan Onorato, who wants to succeed him as governor? Onorato, the Allegheny County executive, has had to run ads holding up a placard that spells out his name for Philadelphia-area TV viewers. If he is to beat Republican Tom Corbett on Nov. 2, Onorato will need a large outpouring of votes from the state's largest Democratic region.
July 22, 2010 |
Numbers buried deep in a recent Quinnipiac University poll could play a larger role in determining the winner of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race than the 6-point lead Tom Corbett holds over Dan Onorato. With an open seat and the Democrats' significant voter-registration edge, it's likely the race will tighten by November. But it is, as everyone seems to agree, Corbett's to lose. Corbett, the Republican attorney general, leads Onorato, the Democratic Allegheny County executive, 43 percent to 37 percent.
July 15, 2010 |
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato's most valuable political asset in the race for governor might turn out to be state Attorney General Tom Corbett. Onorato, the Democratic nominee, trails Corbett, the Republican nominee, in campaign cash and name recognition. So he set out this week to use Corbett's name recognition against him. Call it political jujitsu. Corbett made Onorato's play possible by claiming three times since Friday that employers across the state are telling him some people would rather receive unemployment checks than return to work with a new job. "He doesn't have a clue what is happening to the working men and women in this state and why there is unemployment," Onorato said yesterday before a news conference in City Hall.
July 5, 2010 |
PITTSBURGH - It is one of the biggest public-works enterprises in Pittsburgh history, a $529 million project to build a light-rail tunnel under the Allegheny River, connecting the downtown area with the sports stadiums on the other side. Delayed for years and way, way over budget, the North Shore Connector has been controversial and criticized as too costly. State Auditor General Jack Wagner called it "a waste of taxpayers' resources. " Gov. Rendell termed it "a tragic mistake.
June 18, 2010
YESTERDAY WAS a good news/bad news kind of day for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato , the Democratic nominee for governor. Onorato raised slightly more money than state Attorney General Tom Corbett , the Republican nominee, from May 4 to June 7, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. But Onorato, who had to fend off three Democratic rivals in the May 18 primary election, including the well-funded state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams , of Philadelphia, is now well behind Corbett in the money race.
May 11, 2010
WHOEVER WINS Pennsylvania's governor's race has one silver lining to look forward to: At least we're not California. California is at the extreme edge of the budget challenges facing most states, but is not alone in imposing draconian cuts to respond to the trifecta of falling revenues, a slowed economy and increased demands on the social safety net. Pennsylvania is not in these dire straits, but the budget challenges are real: a $1 billion...
May 11, 2010 |
DAN ONORATO sounds like a man in a hurry. The Pittsburgh native and Allegheny County executive is recognized as the front-runner in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for governor. But Onorato is taking nothing for granted. With three other Democrats always on his heels, Onorato is quick with facts and figures about his political career. Onorato's story is often compared to that of Gov. Rendell's, and not just because they share some of the same campaign donors and staff.
May 6, 2010 |
When Dan Onorato speaks, his Pittsburgh origins come tumbling out. The Democratic candidate for governor was campaigning in Northeast Philadelphia last month when he stepped into traffic to chat with a woman idling at a red light. "I love your accent!" the driver shouted after him as he retreated to the curb at Oxford Avenue and Rhawn Street. Onorato just nodded. He said he heard that a lot when he was in the southeastern corner of the state. "Some people tell me right away, 'I can tell you're from Pittsburgh.