Hanger quits race for governor

   March 13, 2014 10:30 am

It’s been a tough week for Democratic candidates for governor. John Hanger, the former state environmental protection secretary who made marijuana reform a key part of his campaign, withdrew from the race today. The timing was unexpected, coming three days after filing petitions to get on the May 20 primary ballot. But in a statement, Hanger…

6 Dems, 2 Republicans running for governor

   March 12, 2014 1:38 pm

Barring any successful challenges to petitions, the GOP and Democratic fields are now set for the May 20 primary for governor. Six Democrats are running. The one minor surprise is that Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz did not file her nominating petitions to meet Tuesday’s deadline. The Lebanon Daily News, her hometown newspaper, reported that Litz…

Hanger scores victory among progressive activists

   March 3, 2014 11:48 am

Tom Wolf is leading recent polls for the Democratic nomination for governor, but John Hanger scored a victory over the weekend. Hanger, a former state environmental protection department secretary, received the most votes for governor in a straw poll following a debate hosted by Keystone Progress in Harrisburg. The liberal group hosted 800 progressive activists over the weekend…

Max Myers drops out of Pa. governor’s race

   February 24, 2014 12:01 pm

And then there were seven. Max Myers, the longshot Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, has withdrawn from the race, reducing the field of Democrats by one. “The logistical and financial challenges of moving my campaign forward have become too great to overcome,” Myers said in a statement. Myers, a Pentecostal minister from Mechanicsburg, focused attention on…

State analysts list 5 key factors in Democratic governor’s race

   January 29, 2014 12:06 pm

Pennsylvania political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young have presented a case for a path to victory  in the 2014 state Democratic gubernatorial primary. As many as eight Democrats could be on the May 20 ballot, with the winner advancing to face Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Their full column, called “Politically Uncorrected,” can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu. Madonna and Young…

Schwartz leads Dem gubernatorial race in Harper Polling

   November 15, 2013 9:36 am

There’s a reason that Gov. Tom Corbett specifically targeted U.S.  Rep. Allyson Schwartz for criticism during his campaign visit to Erie this week. It’s early in the campaign, but Schwartz is one of the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination and the right to oppose Corbett on Nov. 4, 2014. Harper Polling, a firm founded by Brock…

Rendell stays neutral

   September 13, 2013 9:39 am

Former  Gov. Ed Rendell cleared up any ambiguity about who he might be endorsing in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary: No one. Rendell held a news conference and issued a news release to say he’s staying neutral. Rendell said in a statement that speculation appeared to arise because he will be the co-chairman Monday of a…