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On June 5, The Morning Call published a story detailing closed-door budget discussions among Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration and Republican House and Senate leaders. The story was based on a June 3 memo prepared by Republican House Appropriations staff for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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Katie McGinty, the fourth place finisher in the May Democratic primary, wants the top spot in the state Democratic Party. And Tom Wolf wants her to have it. Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, has asked McGinty to be the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
The Legislature’s annual sprint race to finish budget by the June 30 deadline officially got started Friday with the introduction of a flat-line spending bill for 2014-15. If you want to know what’s inside it, look at the current 2013-14... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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Gov. Tom Corbett has his re-election work cut out for him because just three out of every 10 people surveyed said they had a favorable view of the incumbent, according to Robert Morris University Polling Institute. The online survey was... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate have found a unifying issue they can rally behind in a bipartisan way. It’s not minimum wage. It’s not government spending cuts. It’s football. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has joined 49 other senators... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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About 17 percent of Registered Democrats and Republicans voted in Tuesday’s primary election for governor. That is lower than pundits had predicted since this year’s primary was unprecedented for several reasons. First, in a rarity for Pennsylvania politics, several candidates,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
The four remaining Democrats running for governor in the May 20 primary, spent more than $30.6 million combined between Jan. 1 and May 5, according to the latest campaign finance reports that were due Friday. Of that, York County businessman... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Being in first place among polls in a statewide or national election is not all its cracked up to be. Sure, you get to look in the rear view mirror with a sly smirk at the others puttering along to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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As predicted by political insiders, state Treasurer Rob McCord was the first Democrat to run a television attack ad against another Democrats running for governor in the May 20 primary. It started Thursday. In the 30-second ad, McCord (to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Democratic candidate for governor Katie McGinty has more than held her own during recent campaign debates/forums across the state. But that performance has not translated into extra money or public support for the former White House environment adviser and state... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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If you’re an adult who is tired of the way government works, then do something about it besides complaining. Vote. If you’re inclined to exercise that constitutional right, next Monday is the last day to register for the May 20... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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The Democratic candidates running for governor have been walking main streets, giving interviews, putting out emails and answering questions on debates about their stances on education, shale gas tax, jobs and the economy. With the exception of public debate, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, one of three Democratic candidates for governor, plans to air her first television campaign commercials next week. Schwartz’s ads could air as early as Monday. Schwartz is the last candidate to get into the friendly TV air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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Jay Paterno’s quest to go from un-employable football coach to elective office could be decided next week in Commonwealth Court. Paterno and his campaign legal team are due in court March 31 to defend against a legal claim that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Pennsylvanians watching the NCAA tournament may want to put down their basketball brackets and pick up their political brackets this weekend. It’s campaign season, too. The run-up to the May 20 gubernatorial primary election heated up this weekend with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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A long-running Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor is throwing a red challenge flag against fellow Democratic candidate Jay Paterno. Brad Koplinski, a Harrisburg attorney and former Democratic campaign consultant, has vowed to challenge some signatures on Paterno’s nominating petitions he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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The entire state House is up for re-election this year. But Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, may not have gotten that memo. On Friday, he sent out his own memo seeking co-sponsors for a bill to eliminate the property tax by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, is a frequent target of the left and his own right for his unwavering religious (some say bigoted) beliefs against gay marriage among other issues. Metcalfe (pictured on the right) sees a kindred spirit in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
As a Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2010, Tom Corbett verbally pledged not to raise taxes if elected. He put that pledge in writing when he signed Grover Norquist’s hard-line, no-tax pledge. It’s been hard living up to that blanket statement... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
A flurry of election year polls hit the streets of Pennsylvania last week. The three polls show York County businessman and former state Revenue secretary Tom Wolf walking ahead of the pack that is hunting the Democratic nomination for governor.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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Earlier this month former Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno attended the Democratic State Committee meeting in Hershey. In an interview, the son of legendary coach Joe Paterno said he wanted to hear the gubernatorial candidates discuss their policy and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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Katie McGinty has picked up some endorsements in her bid to become the Democratic candidate for governor among a field of seven. Former Vice President Al Gore signed on as a key supporter of McGinty, who served as a environmental... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Candidates began the three-week process on Tueday of circulating nominating petitions to seek office. At least one candidate did not waste any time looking to claim the 145th legislative district seat being vacated by long-time incumbent Rep. Paul Clymer. Clymer,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
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It’s often said one of the largest, untapped voting blocks in Pennsylvania, especially the Lehigh Valley, is the Hispanic community. But there is another: school teachers. As of June, there were 267,428 school employees and 209,204 retirees in the Pennsylvania... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Capitol Ideas
Tom Wolf, a York County businessman and former state Revenue Department secretary, got more than $1 million in donations from the chairman of Bonton department stores, according to his campaign finance reports. Wolf raised, $13.2 million. but that includes $10... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Capitol Ideas