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May 22, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Tom Wolf, the wealthy small-town businessman who sold himself as an outsider, cruised to the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor Tuesday, dispatching three rivals after a dominant television advertising campaign. Wolf, 65, was beating five-term U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord by a 3-1 ratio, with more than four-fifths of precincts counted statewide. Katie McGinty, former state environmental secretary, trailed. "This can't be a place that does good things for you if you have the right connections, if you live in the right place, if you look the right way," Wolf told about 1,000 cheering supporters at a minor-league baseball stadium in York.
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May 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
ATLANTIC CITY - Lamenting that the Democratic Party has experienced a difficult four years under Gov. Christie, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney called Friday for a return to progressive politics in New Jersey as the party seeks to take back the governor's mansion in 2017. "We need a governor whose focus is Main Street, not Pennsylvania Avenue," Sweeney (D., Gloucester) told a luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel during the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's 18th annual conference.
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May 17, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
For those seeking to become Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, the biggest campaign challenge might well be getting voters to realize they actually are running for something. People aren't necessarily interested in the race for lieutenant governor, and in fact might not even realize that the office is an elected position, State Rep. Brandon P. Neuman (D., Washington), said with a laugh. Neuman, 32, has some experience with the frustrations: He is one of five vying for the Democratic nomination in next week's primary election.
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May 16, 2014
THE NEXT governor of the state needs to be transformational. Under Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania has regressed with policies that have inflicted widespread damage to education, health and the economy. He has made major cuts to education, has refused a Medicaid expansion that would bring millions to the state and, more importantly, provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of people, and refused to make frackers pay their share via an extraction tax. Most bothersome is that these moves don't seem to follow strong political convictions of any type, other than an absurd tea-party pledge to not increase taxes.
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May 12, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than $45 million has flowed into the race for Pennsylvania governor, campaign records show, highlighting once again the importance of big-ticket donors in a state with no limits on contributions. The latest reports, filed Friday, showed Gov. Corbett's four prospective Democratic challengers had collectively raised $35.5 million and spent $31.1 million through Monday in their bid to win the May 20 primary. Together, the Democrats are poised to easily eclipse the $31.5 million spent in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign, one of the state's most expensive.
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May 6, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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May 5, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Nobody loves you when you're ahead. Nobody, that is, except the voters. Just ask Tom Wolf. With little more than two weeks until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the soft-spoken York County cabinet king is crushing in the latest poll, leading the three other candidates by at least 25 points. So it's open Wolf-hunting season for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, even Republican Gov. Corbett. Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, has stayed largely out of the cross fire.
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May 2, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a mostly harmonious debate on the plight of education in Pennsylvania, the state's four Democratic candidates for governor agreed Wednesday that the state should change or abolish the School Reform Commission that governs Philadelphia's beleaguered school system. The candidates, speaking at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, said control of the schools should be returned from the state to local officials, whether they are elected or appointed, to improve accountability.
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May 1, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Rob McCord's personal narrative, as the child of a single mother, has played a starring role in his campaign for governor. Ditto fellow Democrat Katie McGinty's modest roots as one of 10 children sharing a one-bathroom home in Northeast Philadelphia. Allyson Schwartz was raised by an immigrant mother and a dentist father who served in Korea. Tom Wolf's commercials note that he lives in the small town where he grew up and drives an old Jeep. The Democrats vying to take on Gov. Corbett this fall have taken every chance to showcase their humble beginnings.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, here's a little heads-up. Your primary to pick a person to pummel Tom Corbett is entering a new phase. It's a phase that you (who believe that Tom Corbett will be pummeled) need to be aware of. For one thing, it's about to get more visible. You'll see more TV ads, polls and final debates. There's a debate focused on education this evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 6 to 8 p.m., carried live statewide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
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