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February 14, 2014
HERE WE GO - the Democrats are going to jump on bashing Christie, hoping they can get rid of a good presidential candidate. Leave this man alone. He has done nothing but improved education, reformed pension and health-care costs for his state, and he would be a blessing to Americans if he became our president! Stop drinking the Kool-Aid, people. If we want to save our country we need to start electing strong, honest, hardworking hopefuls who will fight for us; that will protect us. It's the bottom of the ninth . . . two outs . . . we need a hard-hitting slugger to take us home and get our country back to being The Champs!
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February 5, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski dropped out of the Democratic primary for governor Monday, endorsing state Treasurer Rob McCord on his way to the exit. In his short-lived campaign, Pawlowski said, he had trouble raising the vast amounts of cash needed to fuel gubernatorial ambitions. "I simply was finding it difficult to run a city and spend the eight to 10 hours a day fund-raising that is needed to run an effective campaign," he said. "Every time I sat down to make fund-raising calls, another issue with the city would come up. " Pawlowski's latest campaign finance reports were not available Monday, but he told reporters at a news conference with McCord that he had raised about $346,000 - well below totals posted by candidates in the top tier.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
TOMORROW, Gov. Corbett gets an uninterrupted opportunity to tell his side of the story. It's an opportunity he needs. His side's pretty much muted by protesters screaming over education cuts, by ongoing legal losses, by a stunning series of gaffes and by braying from a bunch of Democrats running to unseat him. As a result, just 23 percent of voters think he deserves a second term, according to last week's Franklin & Marshall College Poll,...
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February 4, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the philanthropist and cable TV pioneer, has made one of the largest donations thus far in the 2014 governor's race, giving $250,000 to the reelection campaign of Gov. Corbett. The generous gift to the embattled incumbent Republican drew notice because, in the political world, Lenfest is known mostly as a supporter of Democratic politicians. After all, he was the majority bankroller of the mayoral campaign of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) in the 2007 cycle.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Five Democrats vying for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett in November raised $27.2 million last year, and as of Dec. 31 had $25.6 million on hand to spend against each other, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Corbett started the year with $7.5 million in his campaign coffers after raising $6.8 million in 2013. The take was lower than his campaign, and some leading Republicans, had hoped, but the incumbent has the luxury of watching a Democratic demolition derby while continuing to raise money.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
FRONT-RUNNERS sometimes have it rough. Expectations are high, scrutiny intense. So it is with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the multicandidate contest for the Democratic nod for governor. As January slides into February, moving us closer to the May primary, Schwartz must be eager to see this month in her rearview mirror. Even with the caveat that mirrored objects may seem larger than they are, Schwartz isn't having a great start to election year 2014. Yes, she still leads in aggregate polling.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
DEAR SUSAN CORBETT: Well, here we go again. Three months ago, I begged you to ask your governor husband, Tom, to release the $45 million he was withholding from the Philadelphia School District. My impetus, back then, was that a child had died of an asthma attack that her family said began at school - a school that, because of budget cuts, had no full-time nurse on-site. Ma'am, I don't know what you said or did to knock some sense into your husband's head (I'd have bonked him with a frying pan)
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Democrats are on the offensive against Gov. Christie. But as they take aim at Christie and his aides over the September closure of two lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, some Democrats have questioned why it has taken so long to stand up to the Republican star. To them, the sharp questions of the last two weeks have been too long coming - and slowed by their own leaders. "None of this would have happened unless there were lapdogs on the Republican side and enablers on the Democratic side, so let's not kid ourselves," said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.)
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A SWARM of protesters who gathered outside Central High School yesterday morning in anticipation of Gov. Corbett's first visit to a district-run Philadelphia public school found a bit of irony: a no-show governor. Corbett, who has been criticized for cutting nearly $1 billion from education during his time in office, abruptly canceled the appearance. Instead, he held a news conference at his Center City office, claiming he did want to cause a distraction. "I don't run from anything," Corbett said.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Corbett on Friday remade the School Reform Commission - and possibly the Philadelphia School District - in announcing two new choices for the panel. Corbett will nominate City Councilman Bill Green, a Democrat, and social-services advocate Farah Jimenez, a Republican, to the SRC. If approved by the state Senate, Green would have to resign his Council seat and would become SRC chair. But even as the governor praised the nominees, Mayor Nutter stepped into the fray. He lauded Jimenez, but called Green's selection "quite frankly, perplexing.
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