April 22, 2016 |
If history and logic are indicators, a Delaware County Republican with decades of political experience and a mammoth campaign-funding advantage should have no problem defeating a Democratic newcomer. But that isn't stopping Marty Molloy. In fact, not much has stopped the 39-year-old Wallingford Democrat in his foray into politics while running against state Rep. Tom Killion, 58, (R., Delaware) in Tuesday's special election for the vacant Ninth Senate District seat, long held by former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi.
April 21, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday restored Joe Vodvarka to the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, one week before the Democratic primary election. That overturned a Commonwealth Court victory for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, who filed the challenge to have Vodvarka booted from the ballot. Sestak had challenged the validity of signatures gathered for Vodvarka's nomination petition. The Pennsylvania Department of State is trying to determine how to follow the court's ruling.
April 21, 2016
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS will have a lot of strong choices on the ballot in Tuesday's primary. The headliner is Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president. We will have more on that race later this week. Voters also will be asked to choose among three candidates running for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in November. Three Democrats also are running for attorney general and the right to face whoever the Republicans choose as their nominee in the fall.
April 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 McGinty the best Democrat for Senate seat In its endorsement of Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate ("Sestak gets primary nod," April 10), the Inquirer gave short shrift to Katie McGinty's candidacy, saying her campaign has not shown that she is ready for the Senate. Fitness for office should be judged by the candidate's experience and performance in other jobs, not by four months of the campaign: As head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, McGinty drove an agenda that delivered historic gains on renewable energy and ecosystem protection, ensured clean air and water, and restored Florida's Everglades.
April 18, 2016 |
Deep into a cold March night in tiny Ligonier, Pa., Joe Sestak padded through a Ramada Inn in his socks, reviewing papers and talking up the sleepy front-desk staff. Sestak - who sleeps little and eats even less - was opening a manic run to win the Senate seat that eluded him in 2010, walking 422 miles across the state more than a year before the first vote is cast. In Washington, the Democratic Party establishment rolled its eyes and dialed up alternatives. They landed on Katie McGinty, a sunny mother of three with years of experience in the White House and Harrisburg, respect from party insiders, but only one run for office - a last-place bid for governor in 2014.
April 13, 2016
Both houses of Pennsylvania's legislature have belatedly voted to take the merciful and pragmatic step of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The trouble is that, particularly in the House, lawmakers couldn't resist saddling the measure with overwrought restrictions reminiscent of the Rube Goldberg bureaucracy the state still imposes on another once-prohibited drug, alcohol. The state Senate can either substantially improve the legislation, which would require reapproval by the lower chamber, or largely accept it, getting the measure to Gov. Wolf's desk as quickly as possible and leaving major changes for another time.
April 12, 2016
Today's topic is political déjà vu. Pennsylvania is known for it. Same kind of stuff over and over. It even shows up in campaigns. Take our April 26 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, featuring Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman. If you're following at all you might be thinking, hey, wait, this feels familiar. You're right. It's not a total match with a past campaign, and Fetterman is certainly something new, but there are similarities between this race and the 2010 Democratic Senate primary, which also featured and was won by one Joe Sestak.
April 7, 2016 |
The three Pennsylvania Democrats running for U.S. Senate engaged in their sharpest clash yet Tuesday night, their first broadcast debate reflecting the rising stakes as the race enters its final three weeks. Katie McGinty was the aggressor in trying to draw clear contrasts, quickly accusing front-runner Joe Sestak of supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Sestak, a former Navy admiral and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said she was distorting his record and relying on negativity.