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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.
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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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.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRICK, N.J. In yet another community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie on Thursday held his 120th town-hall meeting since taking office a little over four years ago, for an audience of nearly 500 people gathered in the gym of an elementary school. And the crowd was mostly friendly - composed mainly of adults over 40 and schoolchildren - who listened for more than 90 minutes to the governor discuss why he holds the forums, how much he loves New Jersey, and a story or two about his late mother.
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April 21, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The Christie administration is proposing a series of "tax policy adjustments" in its next budget to "close loopholes, increase consistency, and support fairness. " But none of them, the Christie administration says, are new taxes or tax increases. Fees and adjustments are favored terms for both parties in modern political discourse. But the tax rhetoric being used by the administration is notable, in part, because the Republican governor repeatedly attacked his Democratic rival in his reelection campaign last year for voting to raise taxes and fees "154 times" in her legislative career.
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April 11, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move some call unprecedented, Gov. Christie has vetoed a vote of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, rejecting its decision last month to appropriate funds for possible raises for its employees. Environmental groups quickly denounced the governor's action, asserting that it appeared to be in retaliation for the commission's January rejection of a natural gas pipeline through a protected portion of the pine forest. Christie's office advocated vigorously for the pipeline's approval, but the commission's 7-7 vote killed it. Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor, called the retaliation charges "disconnected from reality," and said Christie had rejected the commission's action because it was fiscally irresponsible and did not follow proper procedure.
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