June 14, 2016 |
The trendy takeaway from a Public Policy Polling survey last week was that Pennsylvania voters see the Phillie Phanatic as more presidential than Donald Trump. You can see why the Phanatic is up on Trump by 6 percentage points. Both are frenetic performers with unnaturally hued complexions. The Phanatic, however, has a hot dog cannon at his disposal. Tough to beat that. Deeper in the poll was something more interesting about the state of Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate, and the self-inflicted Republican wound that may haunt Pat Toomey's bid for a second term.
April 14, 2016
Philadelphia's struggling schools, violent crime, and high poverty call for more education funding, reasonable gun restrictions, a higher minimum wage, and more. But the city's insular, leaderless delegation to Harrisburg has scored close to zero on all these counts for years. Unfortunately, the April 26 primary won't change much - even though half the state Senate and the entire House are up for election. Although four of the city's seven senators are on the ballot, only one faces a contested primary.
February 18, 2016 |
SCRANTON - Facing criminal charges, a suspended law license, and potential impeachment, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday said she would not run for reelection. Her decision to forgo seeking another four-year term comes after weeks of defiantly stating that despite her legal troubles, she intended to run again for the state's highest law enforcement office. At a hastily called news conference in her hometown of Scranton, Kane, who filed for divorce in 2014, said she was now a single mother and had to put her two sons first.
February 4, 2016 |
After spending campaign money on criminal defense lawyers and public-relations experts, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is entering her reelection year with a massive debt and relatively little in the bank. Kane, a Democrat, raised not a dollar in 2015 - a year that saw her arrest on criminal charges and the suspension of her law license. She now faces a string of competitors, both Democratic and Republican, who want her job. In her campaign-finance report for 2015, made public Tuesday, the embattled attorney general reported spending $150,000 from donors on defense lawyers and $130,000 for about eight months of public relations advice from Lanny Davis, special counsel to President Bill Clinton during his scandals.
January 28, 2016 |
A federal judge on Tuesday urged U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who says he is more focused on raising money for his reelection campaign than on his corruption trial, to rethink his priorities. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III issued the warning as Fattah's lawyers sought to be removed from his case, saying he had not paid their legal bills in nearly five months. "I think you need to take this matter seriously and think hard and fast about your priorities," the judge told the Philadelphia Democrat.
January 26, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Republican anxiety is growing in Pennsylvania and corners of New Jersey over the possibility that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will win the party's presidential nomination. Tough races loom down the ballot in both states - most prominently Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election bid in Pennsylvania - and establishment figures worry that the bombastic New York billionaire or acerbic Texas senator could make the GOP toxic to critical swing voters in both states. "Their presence at the top of the ticket would create serious problems," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican.
January 14, 2016 |
State Rep. Mike Vereb, the former Montgomery County GOP chairman and current leader of a bipartisan commission on school-finance reform, will not seek reelection this year. "Harrisburg certainly has become like the Bickersons on steroids," Vereb said Tuesday. He will leave office at the end of his term, after a decade serving his northern Montgomery County district. "I felt proud to be a part of it, but . . . you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'Wow, it's time, isn't it?' " Vereb, 49, resigned as county chairman soon after the November election, in which Democrats swept the countywide races.
November 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Pitts of Chester County, the senior Pennsylvania Republican in Congress, will not seek reelection next year, he announced Friday. Pitts, 76, in his 10th term representing a district that includes parts of Chester, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, said little about his reasons for leaving. He is the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees health policy, but he was slated to lose his gavel in the next Congress due to Republicans' self-imposed term limits on committee leadership.
November 5, 2015 |
CITY COMMISSIONER Anthony Clark could have spent the entire election season under the bed covers in his lux Brewerytown condo, perhaps reading The Great Gatsby in his pajamas, and he still would have coasted to victory in yesterday's election. Clark, who has been tough to find in person in his City Hall office and notoriously hard to get on the phone, was the top vote-getter in the commissioners' race, winning 152,415 votes, as of 11 p.m. yesterday, with more than 97 percent of the vote counted.
September 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The suspension of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's law license may not keep her from remaining in her job for now, but it could prevent her from running for reelection. The embattled attorney general, facing criminal charges for allegedly leaking confidential documents, said she did not believe she would be able to seek another four-year term when she is up for reelection next year. "I believe you have to be a lawyer in good standing to be able to run," she told the Associated Press on Thursday.