Campaign '15

Political analysts’ take on Pa. politics

   December 22, 2014 10:43 am

Political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young have released a year-end column about changes and challenges in Pennsylvania politics in 2015. They noted that voters decisively elected a new governor, Democrat Tom Wolf, rejected a current governor, Republican Tom Corbett, yet voted decisively that the GOP should control the state Legislature. Divided government will be one of the themes of…

Jeb Bush-Hillary Clinton in 2016?

   December 17, 2014 2:03 pm

Jeb Bush’s announcement that he will “actively explore the possibility of running” for president could set up a movie-script type of White House race in 2016. If Bush, the former Florida governor, declares his intentions beyond his initial Facebook post and wins the GOP primary, he could face former Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton….

Poll: Pa. residents think tax increase is coming

   December 16, 2014 1:31 pm

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians believe a state income or sale tax increase is likely. That’s one of the key responses from the results of a statewide poll on election results, online gaming and tax increases. The poll was conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute and sponsored by Trib Total Media. More poll information can be…

Wolf names Hanger to staff

   December 10, 2014 1:56 pm

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf now has two former Democratic gubernatorial candidates on his team. Wolf announced today that John Hanger, who ran for governor before dropping out of the race before the spring primary, will serve as his secretary of planning and policy. Hanger served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2008…

Wolf to cap Inaugural Committee donations

   December 10, 2014 11:26 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said he is committed to transparency. So far, so good. Wolf said he will disclose all funding sources over $500 for his Inaugural Committee at There will be two disclosure dates: Jan. 15 and March 30. Also, Wolf will cap all donations for his Inaugural Committee at $50,000. Wolf’s inauguration is…

PoliticsPA’s Ups & Downs – 12/5 edition

   December 5, 2014 4:14 pm

Tom Wolf, Kathleen Kane and the GOP all get mentions.  Check it out here, and enjoy your weekend. –Kevin Flowers

Wolf to meet with Obama on economy

   December 5, 2014 8:32 am

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and six other governors elect will visit the White House today. Wolf and the other incoming governors will meet with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and several cabinet officials, according to Wolf’s spokesman, Jeff Sheridan. Their talk will focus on the economy. Wolf is the only Democrat among the soon-to-be governors meeting…

Wiley says there are solutions to budget crunch

   December 2, 2014 4:08 pm

State Sen. Sean Wiley is bracing for a tough budget message Wednesday from the Tom Corbett administration. Wiley said he expects Budget Secretary Charles Zogby, in a mid-year budget briefing, to announce a projected deficit of $2 billion by the end of the state’s fiscal year. That will mean some tough decisions for the GOP-controlled Legislature…

PoliticsPA’s Ups & Downs for this week

   November 21, 2014 4:28 pm

Kathleen Kane is among those mentioned.  Check it out here. Have a great weekend, folks. –Kevin Flowers

Kelly says Obama immigration stand is political

   November 21, 2014 3:27 pm

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., didn’t much care for President Barack Obama’s announcement on immigration Thursday night. Among other things, Kelly suggested  it was kingly — and not in a good way. Here is the full test of Kelly’s statement: “Last night’s announcement by the president was 100 percent about politics, not…

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