August 22, 2013
I SUPPOSE ED RENDELL could decide to run for governor again. Or Bobby Casey could. Or Kathleen Kane, despite her denials, could still get in. Or Pat Toomey could switch parties and run against the incumbent Republican. But other than one of those things happening, little could shake up the Democratic race to oppose Tom Corbett more than Jack Wagner getting in. The current field (let's call it "the many") of, I don't know, 17 or so actual or maybe Democratic candidates, all from central or eastern Pennsylvania, must feel a little spine shudder these days.
February 7, 1989 |
A week ago, Al Cozzolino, a retired businessman from Wayne, N.J., who happened to be the father-in-law of former Attorney General Cary Edwards, got up at 6:45 a.m. to work on his car and then run errands for his son-in-law's fledgling campaign for governor. Late that afternoon, Cozzolino - Edwards' 75-year-old mentor and biggest booster - died in an auto accident. Just seven days before Edwards was due to embark on his ultimate career goal - running for governor - his family agonized over whether, and how, to proceed.
July 31, 2013 |
William W. Scranton, 96, the patrician Republican who served as governor of Pennsylvania and sought in 1964 to wrest his party's presidential nomination from Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, died Sunday, July 28, of a cerebral hemorrhage at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif. He was the father of former Lt. Gov. William Scranton 3d and scion of a long line of Scrantons who built a fortune in the Northeastern Pennsylvania city upon which they bestowed their name. Politics for him was an act of service, a duty rather than a passion.
April 21, 2014 |
First of four candidate profiles Rob McCord looked like he'd been dropped into that ubiquitous cellphone commercial, seated in an undersized chair at a too-tiny table in a Philadelphia classroom. But McCord wasn't tossing out inane questions to toddlers. His topic during the visit Wednesday to an early-childhood center near Chinatown was deadly serious: how to keep children - particularly those from struggling families - in school and out of jail. McCord, state treasurer since 2009, was on hand to make his case that if elected governor he would triple the amount the state spends on its youngest students.
April 1, 2014
CASUAL observers could be confused by the Democratic race for governor. There's a cabinetmaker who's nice to workers, drives a Jeep, looks like a Midwest college professor and has tons of TV ads. There's a high-energy Irishwoman who was one of like 22 children and lived in a house without a bathroom. There's another guy who was so poor he never got meat so he went to Harvard. And there's the search for Allyson Schwartz. First, some numbers: four candidates, five dropped out, seven weeks to the May 20 primary.
August 10, 2013 |
NEWPORT - The Howe boat launch on the Juniata River is only about 25 miles north of Harrisburg, but it seems a continent away from the maelstrom of Pennsylvania politics. A year out from his formal reelection campaign, Gov. Corbett is the subject of frequent pummeling by the press, the polls, and the pundits. But the cacophony dissipates as the regular nature-loving guy in hiking shorts and T-shirt climbs into his blue kayak and slips into the river. The idea of a kayak trek on Pennsylvania waterways, begun on a whim three years ago after Corbett signed his first state budget, has now become an administration summer tradition.
March 4, 2013 |
U.S. Rep. Allyson 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.
July 7, 2009
No doubt more than one governor in this recession has fantasized about walking away from the difficult job. But the resignation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was a stunning example of poor leadership. Not only did Palin, last year's Republican nominee for vice president, announce that she would not run for reelection next year. She also decided to quit with nearly 18 months remaining in her current term. Why? It was hard to tell from Palin's rambling news conference on the day before Independence Day. She cited a "higher calling" to unite the country along conservative principles.
February 18, 2006
Lynn Swann, Republican candidate for governor, says he is "proud" of his record of having voted in only 16 of the past 36 elections in Pennsylvania. We take you now to a polling place in Western Pennsylvania in the not-too-distant future.... Election clerk: Welcome to our precinct. Name, please? Swann: Hi! I'm Lynn Swann! Clerk: You're the happiest-looking person I've seen this morning. Swann: That's because I'm so excited! There's nothing more inspiring than a polling place in action!