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 imposes ethical conduct code

   November 12, 2014 11:18 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is requiring all members of his transition team to sign a code of ethical conduct agreement that, among other things, would ban them from accepting gifts that could influence how they perform their duties. Katie McGinty, his incoming chief of staff, has already signed the agreement — the first to do so. Wolf believes…

Wolf: McGinty will help him work with lawmakers

   November 10, 2014 2:03 pm

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said that Katie McGinty’s experience in government and the private sector will help him work with the Legislature on a bipartisan basis. That was one of the reasons he cited today in announcing that McGinty, who ran against Wolf in the  Democratic primary, would serve as his chief of staff. McGinty campaigned on…

Strano Taylor commemorates 19th Amendment

   August 27, 2014 9:09 am

Kerith Strano Taylor, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 5th District, was among more than two dozen Democratic women candidates who commemorated the 94th anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. Strano Taylor joined the others Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution….

F & M poll: Wolf still leads Dems

   May 14, 2014 9:08 am

With just days before Tuesday’s primary, Tom Wolf continues to lead the pack of four Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for governor. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll released this morning shows Wolf, a businessman and former state revenue secretary, leading with 37 percent over his closest challenger, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, with 20 percent. Trailing are…

Analysts: Dem governor could lead to gridlock

   April 17, 2014 1:44 pm

Statewide political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young say that the Democratic primary for governor is finally moving into high gear. “Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvania voters will be treated (if that’s the word) to a veritable barrage of political ads, press releases, debates and other assorted arcana of political campaigns heading for the wire,”…

Guzzardi stays on the ballot

   April 16, 2014 10:14 am

Gov. Tom Corbett will have a primary challenger after all. Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt has denied a challenge to the validity of Montgomery County Republican Robert Guzzardi’s nominating petitions. That means Republicans will have a choice between Corbett and Guzzardi, a lawyer and businessman. Corbett is considered to be among the nation’s most vulnerable incumbents, though…

Dem gubernatorial debate to air Wednesday

   April 7, 2014 10:33 am

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will air live coverage of a Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate Wednesday at 7 p.m. The debate will be held on the Harrisburg campus of Widener University School of Law. PCN is joining with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association and the Widener University School of Law, Law and Government Institute for the…

McCord gets Philly-area AFSCME endorsement

   April 4, 2014 8:58 am

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord has received another endorsement in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. McCord, one of four Democrats in the May 20 primary, got the nod from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 47. McCord thanked AFSCME for its endorsement, saying he was honored. “A union helped…

Wolf continues to lead primary field, poll says

   April 3, 2014 9:31 am

Tom Wolf must like what he sees from the pre-primary polls so far. Wolf, a former state revenue department secretary, continues to lead Democrats in the four-person gubernatorial primary field, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll released this morning. Wolf, a York County businessman, leads with 33 percent, followed by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz,…