May 23, 2002 |
Catherine Baker Knoll ran a quiet campaign without support of a party, a candidate or the unions. Still, in the end, the former state treasurer overcame eight challengers to take the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in a history-making contest. After a neck-and-neck battle with State Sen. Jack Wagner that lasted past midnight on Election Day, the 71-year-old Pittsburgh native with four decades in public service eked out a narrow victory on name recognition, one-on-one campaigning and grandmotherly charm.
March 1, 1994 |
Catherine Baker Knoll knows what the people of Pennsylvania want. They want money. Lots of money. Unexpected money is best. Knoll is running for governor in the six-way Democratic primary. So each candidate is challenged to separate from the pack. Knoll, the commonwealth's own Ed McMahon, has a built-in distinction. She is the state treasurer and she goes to people's houses and gives them money. "I'm going to do a lot more of that," she said recently. Giving out money is "the best gimmick," said one political consultant not involved in the governor's race.
April 7, 1994 |
While other Democratic candidates for governor have proposed cutting Pennsylvania's taxes on corporations, Catherine Baker Knoll said yesterday that she would cut the state's personal income tax rate. Four of the six other Democratic hopefuls have called for reducing the corporate net income tax rate - the highest in the United States - in an effort to make Pennsylvania more attractive for businesses. But Knoll, the state treasurer, criticized that as offering business "something for nothing.
May 18, 1989 |
The chairman of the West Bradford Planning Commission had sharp criticism for the developers of the Fox Knoll subdivision this week. Two of the 44 single-family homes on one-acre lots on South Bailey Road are in West Bradford Township, with the remaining 42 in East Fallowfield Township. The site is being developed by Fox Knoll Associates, also known as Smith Builders, of Exton. "The developers never bothered to send us preliminary plans of the development for approval," Chairman Mark Slouf said.
February 6, 1987 |
Laurel Knoll East Mount Laurel, Burlington County (609) 722-8080 Four models of single-family houses, ranging from a rancher to Georgian style, are being offered at Laurel Knoll East in Mount Laurel by Hovnanian & Sons. Twenty-six houses in Phase II of the projected 100-house development are for sale for $196,900 to $225,900. The first phase, consisting of 30 houses, is sold out, according to sales manager Joseph D. Luttrell Sr. There are four models with eight exterior elevations.
December 21, 1986 |
The Lower Gwynedd Township Planning Commission has unanimously recommended approval of the final subdivision plans for Gwynedd Knoll. Approval came at the commission's meeting Thursday night. Those plans, which call for 21 single-family homes to be constructed at Route 202 and Meetinghouse Road, will be reviewed by the township Board of Supervisors, but a date has not been set. A total of 169 homes are planned for the entire development. In granting approval, the commission imposed several conditions on Toll Brothers, developer of the site.
February 29, 1996 |
After calling state Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll and her staff "lying scumbags" Tuesday, Auditor General Barbara Hafer toned down the rhetoric yesterday. Knoll, Hafer said, was merely guilty of "mudslinging, chicanery and negative campaigning. " Hafer made the charge in a letter sent to Knoll in response to an audit the treasurer's office conducted of Hafer's department. The audit found, among other things, that Hafer and her staff had used taxpayer money for relatively lavish meals, including $30 steak dinners, shrimp appetizers and fancy desserts.
May 17, 2006 |
One of Pennsylvania's all-time leading vote-getters proved once again that she could deliver on Election Day. Incumbent Catherine Baker Knoll survived vocal critics and three challengers yesterday to win the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor. In a victory speech delivered in a Pittsburgh bar shortly after 10 p.m., Knoll told 200 supporters that this win was a vindication for her and the first step toward securing a second term for Gov. Rendell. "What we have here tonight is a celebration of continuity, the continuity of what we achieved four years ago, when so many said it couldn't be done," she said.
September 19, 1996 |
Barbara Hafer, never shy about popping political opponents, has started her fall campaign for state treasurer with a blast at Mina Baker Knoll. Republican Hafer yesterday released four years worth of tax returns for herself and her husband and charged that Knoll had reneged on a promise to do the same. "What's she got to hide?" asked Hafer at a press conference. Knoll's campaign staff said she will comply next week. The issue could have resonance, and reheat a bad-blood battle between the two candidates.
November 9, 1988 |
Democrat Catherine Baker Knoll fulfilled a 12-year political dream yesterday as she defeated Republican Philip S. English in the race for Pennsylvania state treasurer. Knoll, who also had sought the office in 1976 and 1984, proclaimed her victory at a celebration in Pittsburgh. "Together we can make the Pennsylvania treasurer's office one of the best in America," she said. English said he was satisfied with his campaign. "Mrs. Knoll was able to outspend us 9-1," he said.