April 19, 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 state 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. Manly Parks, Sestak's lawyer, said Tuesday's ruling "has changed the long-standing law of Pennsylvania regarding what signatures are not valid on a nomination petition.
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's known for it. Same kinda 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.
April 5, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A refreshing candidate for U.S. Senate Thanks to columnist John Baer for writing about the leadership qualities of John Fetterman, the lesser-known Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate representing Pennsylvania ("A fresh but little-heard voice in the Senate race," Wednesday). With graduate degrees in business and public policy from the University of Connecticut and Harvard and having served in AmeriCorps, Fetterman has brought resources and direction to the depleted but once-thriving steel-producing community of Braddock, outside Pittsburgh.
April 4, 2016
Political analysts Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney look at the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, where Braddock Mayor John Fetterman; Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf; and former Rep. Joe Sestak are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Pat Toomey. Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party N ovak: Pennsylvania's Senate race will be one of the top two or three campaigns in the country.
April 2, 2016
By Kenneth E. Davis The photograph at right shows what the legislative process looked like in 1972. Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and Republican Sen. Hugh Scott (with a younger me in the second row) testified in support of campaign reform. I was privileged to work for Scott for 10 years as his chief of staff. What has happened to the legislative process? The seeds of rancor were sown about 50 years ago with the civil rights battles in Congress. President Lyndon Johnson did prevail over his former Southern Democratic Senate colleagues with the help of Scott and a number of other moderate Republicans.
April 1, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Judicial jousting Touché, obstructionists. Well-played, Supreme Court. It appears that the Supreme Court will use its calendar as its check and balance against the U.S. Senate. Tuesday's 4-4 split over a California woman's lawsuit to strike down mandatory union fees clearly spanked the Republican obstructionists for shirking their duty to vet President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court as required by law ("Vacant seat lets unions prevail," Wednesday)