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)
April 1, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Vice President Biden endorsed Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race Wednesday, adding the White House imprint to one of the country's most closely watched Senate races. "Katie is a true champion for working families," Obama said in a statement released by the McGinty campaign. It was a rare example of the president stepping so directly into a party primary - though one that doesn't always work. In 2010, Obama endorsed then-Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary for the same seat, but Joe Sestak ultimately won the nomination.
March 31, 2016 |
THIS ISN'T an endorsement. It's an observation. After covering every major Pennsylvania political race of the last quarter-century, I can say I've never encountered a candidate quite like John Fetterman. Not only doesn't he look like a politician, he doesn't act like one. Yet he's running for U.S. Senate. He doesn't work a room. He doesn't talk in platitudes. He isn't fed big servings of special-interest money. He just shows up at events and says things that make sense. Or he broadcasts, somewhere on discount outlets or YouTube, unusual ads that actually ask viewers to think rather than just watch colorful video of a pol talking with groups of ethnically diverse smiling people or cops or veterans or friendly, nodding senior citizens, while making sure to gently place a hand on someone's shoulder.
March 12, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - With help from the kind of big-money political groups they have forcefully decried, the leading Democrats in the Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate have launched an air war, opening a new phase in their battle for the nomination. Katie McGinty unveiled her first broadcast ads this week, followed quickly by a pledge from EMILY's List, which backs Democratic women candidates, to spend $1 million on TV for her next month in Philadelphia. An independent super PAC backing rival Joe Sestak responded with a $250,000 ad buy. Its spot, which began airing Thursday, came just days after Sestak sent fund-raising emails criticizing the influence of such groups.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Focus on Pa. race I find it strange that there has been so little coverage of the upcoming primary for U.S. senator from Pennsylvania ("Debate can impact Super Tuesday," Feb. 29). And stranger yet, that columnist John Baer called Democrats Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak unexciting candidates. McGinty is a strong progressive who has worked hard for environmental causes in various government positions. Sestak, a former Navy admiral and progressive congressman, walked across the state (with little Inquirer coverage)
March 6, 2016 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - With a fight over the Supreme Court vacancy dominating debate in the U.S. Senate, four Pennsylvania Democrats running to join the chamber laid out their visions of what they want to see in a new justice Friday night. Their answers at a forum before the party faithful touched on respect for abortion rights, limiting money in politics, supporting same-sex marriage, and, for one, endorsing gun rights. The quartet are running to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November in a contest that could help reshape the Senate.
March 3, 2016
A VACANCY on the Supreme Court is not an opportunity to score political points; it is a call to duty. The Constitution states that "[The president] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Judges of the Supreme Court. " The Constitution doesn't absolve either of their obligations in an election year, and the Senate has upheld this constitutional responsibility for the last century without exception. This year should be no different. This is not about choice or personal interest, it is about duty to our country.