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October 27, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was no accident that Pennsylvania's top two Democratic statewide candidates reserved an hour of their insane schedules Tuesday for lunch with 200 to 300 retirees of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Organized labor - with cash and the shoe-leather equity of thousands of volunteers - will help determine whether Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato can win next week's midterm election. "There's a tide moving across America - it's not a blue tide, it's a red tide, and all we've got to do is stop it," AFSCME international president Gerald McEntee told the crowd at the lunch.
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October 11, 1998 | By Jane R. Eisner, Editor of the Editorial Page
Perhaps it escaped your attention, but there's an election coming up. Soon. Right here in Pennsylvania. Pretty important one, too. Governor, U.S. senator, all 21 congressional seats, half the state Senate and all of the state House. Perhaps you were worrying about other things, about the bears running scared down Wall Street, the soap opera in Washington, the fact that the Eagles may never win another game. This autumn, the electorate has good reason to be distracted. So maybe you haven't noticed an odd thing about this campaign: It's virtually a one-party show.
NEWS
March 10, 2005
PENNSYLVANIA Democrats should be very upset that they will not have a choice in next year's primary election for the U.S. Senate. Pennsylvanians have not had an influence in picking a candidate in our presidential primary since 1992 and now Democrats will be deprived of choosing their Senate candidate. Especially galling is the fact that Robert Casey is a pro-life candidate. Pro-choice Democrat Barbara Hafer would have not doubt made a strong primary challenger. If you are a pro-choice Democrat, you should write in Barbara Hafer in next year's general election for United States Senate.
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April 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016. Pawlowski pointed to his years leading Pennsylvania's third-largest city. "I look forward to listening to voters and sharing with them the story of success we've had in Allentown in solving real problems for real people," he said in a release announcing his campaign.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams hinted at a potential bid for U.S. Senate next year, as his party seeks a nominee to take on the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey. "Anytime people talk about that, it's something you have to consider," Williams said Thursday in a telephone interview. He stressed that he is focused on his current job, but said being a senator might give him more chances to make an impact statewide. Supporting early childhood education or after-school programs, he said, "would really do a great job with helping us prevent crime.
NEWS
May 28, 2002
MY FAITH in the electorate has been restored with the selection of Ed Rendell as the Democratic nominee for governor. In so doing, Pennsylvania Democrats handed a hard-fought and well-deserved victory to a man of accomplishment, talent and charisma, and a proven leader: a political moderate with a vision for Pennsylvania and the ability to bring it to fruition. Rejected was the mudslinging and distortion that Rendell's opponent, Robert Casey Jr., promised he would engage in at the outset of the campaign, and Casey's brand of failed tax-and-spend liberalism and pandering to special interests, which would surely have resulted in another huge state tax increase, just as Casey's father punished us with when he was governor in order to keep his promises to his constituency to increase government handouts.
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May 10, 1988 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
After months of silence on his preference for a Democratic presidential nominee, Gov. Casey yesterday endorsed Michael S. Dukakis, saying "the time has come" to unite behind a candidate. Casey issued a brief statement endorsing Dukakis before he left the capital for a reception and other events in Pittsburgh. He was not available to discuss his endorsement, which came with only two Democrats left in the race and Dukakis seeming to be the certain winner over Jesse Jackson. Casey had met privately in his office with several of the Democratic contenders, including Dukakis, Jackson, Sens.
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May 6, 1986 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
They've sniped at each other over utility rates, whether to debate, parking tickets and a $1,000 contribution from a recently indicted food service executive. Now Democratic gubernatorial candidates Robert P. Casey and Edward G. Rendell are dueling with polls. Casey's campaign manager, James Carville, yesterday accused Rendell staffers of releasing a "fake" poll last week. The poll that got Carville hot showed Rendell a scant two points behind Casey last Tuesday, three weeks to the day before the May 20 primary.
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February 10, 1998 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Pennsylvania Democrats haven't had much to cheer about lately, but over the weekend they had a reason to smile. Patrick Casey. The 32-year-old son of popular former Gov. Robert P. Casey announced he would run for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Joseph M. McDade. Casey, a Scranton lawyer and brother of state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr., said yesterday that a poll he commissioned showed him in a strong position not only to capture the Democratic nomination but also to win the seat.
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April 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016. Pawlowski pointed to his years leading Pennsylvania's third-largest city. "I look forward to listening to voters and sharing with them the story of success we've had in Allentown in solving real problems for real people," he said in a release announcing his campaign.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams hinted at a potential bid for U.S. Senate next year, as his party seeks a nominee to take on the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey. "Anytime people talk about that, it's something you have to consider," Williams said Thursday in a telephone interview. He stressed that he is focused on his current job, but said being a senator might give him more chances to make an impact statewide. Supporting early childhood education or after-school programs, he said, "would really do a great job with helping us prevent crime.
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May 21, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Pennsylvania Democrats will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a nominee to take on Gov. Corbett after a sometimes-ugly primary campaign that has cost more than $31 million before the final bills are totaled. Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, has led in public-opinion surveys and has outspent his three rivals, mostly thanks to $10 million he contributed to his campaign. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty were trying to play catch-up to Wolf, who seized an early lead with a massive TV-advertising blitz.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
HERSHEY - And now, a little winter's tale about Pennsylvania Democrats. The party of open arms, goodwill-to-all and defense of the downtrodden met over the weekend. This was at the Hotel Hershey, a AAA Four-Diamond, up-to-$400-a-night ($1,200 for a suite) self-described "world-class resort" with gourmet dining and spa. Just sayin'. The highlight was a foulmouthed conflict between two big-dog Dems apparently intent on countering Hershey's assertion that it's "the sweetest place on Earth.
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January 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of Congress have decided not to seek reelection, setting off furious maneuvering as rising politicians vie to become the region's new faces in Washington. While change is assured, the big question is whether the movement will alter the balance of power in Congress, where Democrats need to gain 17 seats to take control of the House. Allyson Schwartz's Montgomery County-based seat is likely to stay Democratic as she runs for governor.
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November 15, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In the halls of the historic state Capitol, everything old is new again, even the leaders. The state House of Representatives returned Tuesday after its monthlong election break with one pressing agenda item: choosing the men (and one woman) who will lead the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the 2012-13 legislative session. The faces are largely the same. House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson) and Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) were unanimously reelected by the GOP caucus.
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April 24, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Democrats tend to settle their battles in public. The state's Republicans hash theirs out behind closed doors. Or so goes a saying among veteran political watchers, referring to the latter party's predilection for rallying around an anointed candidate before most voters have even realized an election is in the offing. But this year, two GOP Senate candidates have bucked that script, filling the state's television airwaves with unusually personal invective matched only by that of the two Democrats seeking their party's nomination for attorney general.
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February 18, 2012 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Democrats stepped up their pressure Friday on the Republican speaker of the House to fill six vacant seats in the chamber. Mayor Nutter, Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Joshua D. Shapiro, and the executives of Allegheny and Lehigh Counties sent a letter to Speaker Sam Smith urging that the seats be filled April 24, the date of the primary election. And Philadelphia lawyers Kevin Greenberg and Nella M. Bloom filed a lawsuit against Smith in the state Supreme Court to compel him to schedule special elections in April.
NEWS
November 8, 2010
AFTER LAST WEEK'S decimation of Democrats, who's left to push the Pennsylvania party, and who are its leaders? Looks to me like slim pickins. Gov. Ed is leaving, short-term Democrat Arlen Specter lost the primary, House Leader Todd Eachus lost last Tuesday, House Speaker Keith McCall didn't seek re-election, former House Leader Bill DeWeese faces a corruption trial, outgoing Senate Leader Bob Mellow is under federal investigation, and former House Whip...
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October 27, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was no accident that Pennsylvania's top two Democratic statewide candidates reserved an hour of their insane schedules Tuesday for lunch with 200 to 300 retirees of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Organized labor - with cash and the shoe-leather equity of thousands of volunteers - will help determine whether Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato can win next week's midterm election. "There's a tide moving across America - it's not a blue tide, it's a red tide, and all we've got to do is stop it," AFSCME international president Gerald McEntee told the crowd at the lunch.
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