Campaign '14
By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 21st, 2014

gop3admire_gray_logoHurry, your time is running out.

Today is the last day for Republicans and Democrats to register to vote in the May 20 primary.

And it’s not a ho-hum election either, with races for governor, lieutenant governor, Congress and more on the ballot.

The Erie County Voter Registration Office will stay open later today, until 6 p.m., for voters’ convenience. The office is in Room 112 at the Erie County Courthouse. Call 451-6275 if you have any questions.

Crawford County Voter Services is open regular hours today, until 4:30 p.m. That office is on the first floor of the Crawford County Courthouse, 903 Diamond Park.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 18th, 2014
Tom Wolf/AP file photo

Tom Wolf/AP file photo

The mentions include Tom Wolf and Bob Guzzardi.  Check it out here.
Have a great weekend everyone.

–Kevin Flowers

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Posted: April 18th, 2014

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The Erie County Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson/Jackson dinner, to showcase Democratic candidates and elected officials, will take place May 2 at the concourse at Union Station, 121 W. 14th St.

The cost is $35 per person, or a table for 8 can be reserved for $250.  Cocktails will start at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

State Rep. Flo Fabrizio, D-2nd Dist., will speak.

For more information, call 734-7649.  RSVPs can be sent by April 25 to maryjocampbell1@verizon.net.
If paying by check, please mail checks made out to “Erie County Democratic Party” to  5431 Linden Avenue, Edinboro, Pa. 16412.

–Kevin Flowers

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Posted: April 17th, 2014
Political analyst Terry Madonna/ETN file photo

Political analyst Terry Madonna/ETN file photo

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,” they wrote in the “Politically Uncorrected” column. The full column can be read at www.politics.fandm.edu.

The Democrats in the race are Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty. The winner of the May 20 primary will face either Gov. Tom Corbett or Robert Guzzardi, though Corbett is favored to win the GOP primary.

Corbett, however, is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation. And Madonna and Young wrote that “few are betting” that Corbett could win a second term.

However, they said with GOP control likely to remain in the state House and Senate, constituents could expect a Washington, D.C.-style gridlock with a Democratic governor and Republican Legislature.

“Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial election will not end these battles. They will go on. They might even get worse,” they wrote.

“But this neither makes the election irrelevant or unimportant. Things will not change in Pennsylvania or nationally until the electorate decides to change them. The 2014 gubernatorial (election) could be the catalyst that sparks that change — the moment where voters collectively say ‘enough!’”

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: April 16th, 2014

gop3Gov. 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 he will be favored to win the GOP nomination.

The winner of the May 20 primary will face one of these four Democrats in the Nov. 4 election: Tom Wolf, of York County, former Pennsylvania revenue secretary; U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, 13th Dist., of Montgomery County; Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, also of Montgomery County; and Katie McGinty, of Chester County, a former state environmental protection secretary.– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 11th, 2014
President Barack Obama. File photo/AP

President Barack Obama. File photo/AP

President Barack Obama released his 2013 federal income tax returns today.

He and First Lady Michelle Obama filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098, according to the White House. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.

The Obamas also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 charities. The largest reported gift was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The president’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent.

DOWNLOAD THE OBAMAS’ TAX RETURNS

– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 11th, 2014

Sean Wiley/ETN file photo

Sean Wiley/ETN file photo

State Sen. Sean Wiley has been named the Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Aging and Youth Committee.

Wiley, of Millcreek, D-49th Dist., was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, of Jefferson, R-25th Dist., to serve as the Democratic chairman for the rest of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

“I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to serve as the Democratic chairman of the Aging and Youth Committee. This appointment will allow me to work on key pieces of legislation for two very critical components of our communities – the elderly and the children,” Wiley said in a statement.

“These are two demographics that are sometimes the most vulnerable within our neighborhoods. I look forward to doing what I can to move good legislation that will help improve their lives,” he said.

Wiley will continue to serve on several other committees including Community, Economic and Recreational Development, Labor and Industry, Communications and Technology, Public Health and Welfare. He also serves as the Democratic chairman of Intergovernmental Operations.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 11th, 2014
Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Erie County Democrats will hold a rally Wednesday in Erie as the May 20 primary draws closer.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Concourse at Union Station, 121 W. 14th St.

Bill Cole, Erie County Democratic Party chairman, said he expects some state House and Congressional candidates to appear at the rally. “We’ll be putting out the word about all our candidates and about voting,” he said.

The deadline to register to vote is April 21.

Those who attend the rally, hosted by Dale Roth, Bill Sesler and Greg Sesler, will get free beer, food and other refreshments.

Donations will be accepted, but are not required.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: April 10th, 2014
Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

We’re still about six weeks away from the May 20 midterm primary, but already, the 2016 presidential election season is starting to gather steam.

A Suffolk University poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the runaway favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses.

Iowa is typically the state that leads off the presidential nominating process.

The survey from Suffolk, in Boston, notes that while some Republicans have started to visit the Hawkeye State, no favorites have emerged among potential GOP presidential candidates.

The self-described Iowa caucus-goers were asked their first choice for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and it showed 63 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden.

A clear picture didn’t emerge on the GOP side, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 10 percent each. Here are how some others fared: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson, 9 percent each, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 7 percent.

Six others had 6 percent each: Congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

See the full poll results for this question and others at www.suffolk.edu/academics/10740.php.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: April 7th, 2014

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 debate.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf will take questions from a panel of PLCA representatives. PCN President Brian Lockman will moderate.

The fourth Democrat in the race, Rob McCord, cannot attend due to a scheduling conflict, PCN said.

Viewers can share their thoughts or ask questions at the end of the debate by calling toll-free 1-877-726-5001 during a live call-In program at 8:30 p.m.

– John Guerriero

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