August 22, 2015
ISSUE | GMOS 'Only two decades' In supporting Monsanto's dream bill, the Inquirer Editorial Board is out of touch with the general public ("GMO panic is bad policy," Aug. 14). Polls have consistently shown that Americans support labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. That is because labeling genetically engineered ingredients, which have been on the market for only two decades, just makes sense. Consumers have a right to information about how food was produced before they buy it. The broad-based support for GMO labeling is the reason Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine have passed laws to require it. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and corporations such as Monsanto have bankrolled the effort to pass federal legislation nullifying the state laws.
August 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrat Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Wolf, launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, setting the stage for a hard-fought primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak as their party desperately tries to unseat the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey. Her entry changes the dynamics of the primary and, potentially, the general election next year, a nationally watched race that could go a long way toward deciding control of the Senate. McGinty's candidacy - along with Hillary Rodham Clinton's for president - raises the prospect of having two women vying to make history atop the Democratic ticket, an idea sure to thrill some of the party's base.
July 21, 2015 |
ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - It's a gray early spring morning in the Lehigh Valley when Pat Toomey slides into the leather passenger seat of an aide's Ford Explorer. The Republican U.S. senator scans his itinerary, laid out meticulously in a white three-ring binder. A memo for each event lists a one-sentence "purpose," then background and talking points: "Great to Be Here With You Today," "Wawa's Leading by Example," "Overwhelming Bipartisan Support. " His planned speech honoring Sister Mary Scullion, the Philadelphia advocate for the homeless and mentally ill, includes pronunciation: SKULL-E-ON.
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 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.
May 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Sens. Robert P. Casey and Pat Toomey called Wednesday for an audit of every regional Veterans Affairs office nationwide - the latest round of scrutiny aimed at an agency already facing sharp questions for its management in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Under a bill unveiled by Pennsylvania's two senators and supported by members of a bipartisan working group cochaired by Casey, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office would be required to review regional VA offices within a year of passage for "consistency" in decision-making, and to find and share best practices at facilities that are doing well.
April 18, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Democrat to pose a primary challenge to former Rep. Joe Sestak, according to party leaders informed of his plans. Pawlowski is scheduled to announce his decision Friday. His plans were confirmed by Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.), the party chair in Philadelphia. "He's a formidable candidate," Brady said. "He's a pretty quality guy. " Pawlowski is expected to run on his record as mayor of the state's third-largest city, which is enjoying an economic renaissance.
April 12, 2015 |
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro declined to address reports Friday that he has been asked to run against Joe Sestak for Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Sources have told The Inquirer and the Associated Press that Senate Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer of New York and Jon Tester of Montana, have talked to Shapiro about joining the race. Asked about those talks Friday, Shapiro responded: "How about we talk about our county budget surplus instead?"
April 2, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey isn't named in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, but Pennsylvania's Republican senator probably likes it anyway. The poll, out Tuesday, showed Hillary Rodham Clinton's numbers sinking in Pennsylvania - a trend that could affect Toomey's 2016 reelection bid. The poll showed a sharp drop in Pennsylvanians' approval of Clinton, the Democrats' presidential front-runner in waiting. Her favorability stood at 48-47, according to the poll, down from 55-38 on Feb. 3. And her lead in the commonwealth has narrowed in head-to-head matchups against Republican hopefuls like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
March 6, 2015 |
Democrat Joe Sestak hopes to get to the U.S. Senate Forrest Gump-style: He's crisscrossing Pennsylvania, walking exactly 422 miles, in his effort to unseat Republican Pat Toomey. His campaign slogan, of course, is "Joe Sestak walks in your shoes. " Sestak, 63, formally announced his bid Wednesday morning in front of Independence Hall and about 75 supporters who braved a sprinkling rain. Dressed in white-and-gray high-top Reeboks, jeans, and a bomber jacket, Sestak said he's running because he's disgusted with Washington politicians.