November 6, 2015 |
U.S. SENATE candidate John Fetterman is a tattooed 6-8 behemoth from the Pittsburgh suburbs who looks like the bar bouncer in a drunken nightmare where you wake up in a cold sweat right before his bowling-ball-size fist collides with your face. But! We can confirm he ain't like that. He won't even punch you in the face if you puke on his shoes. Meet Jay Kyda , 36, a welder who makes furniture for a living and happened to vomit on Fetterman outside a rave about eight years ago. Kyda, who lives in Pittsburgh, reminded Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, Pa., about the incident on the candidate's Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: "I was half expecting you to kick my ass after I looked up, but you couldn't have been nicer about it. Helped me clean myself up and got me to my friend's car where I slept it off. I didn't know who you were until some friends told me about it later.
September 11, 2015
IN THESE days of partisan politics, we need politically independent candidates. I'm tired of politicians who are devoted to party leaders rather than the people who elected them. We must support candidates who are not afraid to be different. We are lucky to have someone who will speak independently for Pennsylvanians. Joe Sestak is that person. Sestak, a former three star admiral who was director of the Navy's anti-terrorism unit after the horror of 9/11, years ago started the trend of being a candidate for the people; long before candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
August 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty fare equally in potential matchups against Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, though the Republican incumbent holds a large advantage over both, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. The survey, the first since McGinty announced her candidacy this month, shows Toomey leading Sestak by 48-33 and McGinty 48-32. The poll provides an early snapshot of a race expected to be critical to deciding control of the Senate. Sestak, a former admiral and Delaware County congressman, has been laying the groundwork for years for a potential rematch with Toomey, and launched his campaign in March.
August 11, 2015
KATIE McGINTY, former Pennsylvania environmental secretary, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, last week announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She wants the seat now held by Sen. Pat Toomey, who's up for re-election next year. McGinty sat down for a Q&A with Daily News political columnist John Baer. Q: You're a Northeast Philly neighborhood native, large family, dad was a cop. How did your upbringing influence your life priorities?
August 2, 2015 |
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off. Toomey (R., Pa.) told an audience at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia that the Iran nuclear agreement was a threat to national security. He did not mention Sestak. But in a news release earlier in the day, he jabbed at the former Delaware County congressman's support for the deal.
July 30, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDS Twinned with reform In their commentary arguing for more school funding before reform, Adam Schott and David Lapp omit the chronology ("Before reform, fund properly," July 23). In all of the states they cite - Louisiana, Tennessee, and Massachusetts - reform preceded more funding. In Louisiana, the Legislature created the Recovery School District two years before the state received a large influx of federal and philanthropic money to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
July 21, 2015
LET'S TAKE a peek inside Katie McGinty's tug of war. We know there is one. Otherwise she'd simply say, "I am not a candidate for U.S. Senate. " That would end speculation that started in May, after Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he won't run against Republican Pat Toomey next year. So, just the fact that McGinty's not talking shows, as one source close to her put it, she's "seriously, seriously considering. " She needs to make a decision soon because as Gov. Wolf's chief of staff she's a distraction to the many distractions keeping the governor and GOP lawmakers from agreeing on a now three-week-late budget.
July 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) scored a victory Thursday as the Senate advanced a plan to help rein in potential child sex abusers, a proposal he has featured in early campaigning for reelection. The Senate voted, 98-0, in favor of a Toomey amendment to make it illegal for school districts to write letters of recommendation for employees who are known sex offenders against children or who face credible accusations of sexual misconduct. Districts that violate the policy could lose federal funding.
July 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
July 9, 2015
PAT TOOMEY'S Running a TV ad in Philly about fighting child predators. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running a TV ad for Toomey, "a true leader fighting for Pennsylvania. " Toomey just wrote an Inquirer opinion piece pushing his child-protection bill. It's a kidz-&-biz tour; the start of the freshman Republican senator's run for re-election - next year. But Toomey's not talking about it. He declined an interview. His campaign says he's focused on his legislation.