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 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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Posted: April 4th, 2014
Jay Paterno/ETN file photo

Jay Paterno/ETN file photo

Tom Wolf and Jay Paterno are mentioned.  Check it out here.
Have a great weekend, everyone.

–Kevin Flowers

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Posted: April 4th, 2014
Rob McCord/ETN file photo

Rob McCord/ETN file photo

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 my mom when I was a little boy, and I was raised to remember that well-run unions often defend working people who would otherwise be mistreated and forgotten. Well, a McCord administration will not forget Pennsylvania’s working families – especially when it comes to raising the minimum wage, defending pensions, stopping the natural gas drillers from taking our resources for pennies on the dollar, and reversing Tom Corbett’s $1 billion in cuts to public education,” McCord said in a statement.

AFSCME District Council 47 President Fred Wright said in a statement: “We believe Treasurer McCord is the best candidate to represent the interests of working people in Pennsylvania. His vision to create jobs, commitment to retain decent paying jobs, as well as his experience is what we believe will provide the necessary skill set to move our state forward.

“We are pleased to join other members of organized labor, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia, and others in the city and the southeast region that have endorsed Treasurer McCord. We plan to campaign for him and financially support his campaign. We encourage others to do the same,” Wright said.

AFSCME District Council 47 includes about 7,500 active and retired public service employees in the Philadelphia region. Its membership includes social workers, nurses, probation officers, direct care professionals, and other professions.

McCord is running against Tom Wolf, a former state revenue department secretary; Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz; and Katie McGinty, a former state environmental protection secretary, in the primary.

The winner likely will face Gov. Tom Corbett, who’s seeking a second term, in the Nov. 4 election.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 3rd, 2014
Tom Wolf/AP file photo

Tom Wolf/AP file photo

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, 7 percent; state Treasurer Rob McCord, 6 percent; and Katie McGinty, a former state environmental protection secretary, 1 percent.

But there is hope for those trailing.

Nearly half, 46 percent, did not give a preference for governor in the May 20 primary.

Television commercials are having an effect in the race, according to the poll of 524 registered Democrats who were questioned March 25-31.

Seven in 10 Democrats have seen a TV commercial for one of the Democrats. Of those who have seen a commercial, 85 percent have seen a commercial for  Wolf, 42 percent have seen one for McCord and 39 percent have seen a McGinty commercial.

Education (31 percent) remains the top issue for Democrats when they consider what candidate to support, followed by the economy or the job market, 19 percent.

On national politics, nearly six in 10 Democrats rate President Barack Obama’s job performance as excellent, 17 percent, or good, 41 percent. But four in 10 rate his performance as fair, 25 percent, or poor, 17 percent, according to the poll.

Hillary Clinton swamps Vice President Joe Biden in a potential presidential primary matchup in 2016: 55 percent to 5 percent.

For the full poll results, see http://politics.fandm.edu.

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

 

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Posted: March 31st, 2014
Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Fresh from a visit to the Vatican last week, Gov. Tom Corbett is turning to his fellow Catholics for help in his bid for re-election.

Corbett will announce “Catholics for Corbett-Cawley” on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley is Corbett’s running mate.

The campaign plans to organize Catholics across the state to support the Corbett-Cawley ticket.

Corbett, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and others in a delegation from Pennsylvania greeted Pope Francis at his public audience in St. Peter’s Square. They invited him to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the Vatican-sponsored Eighth World Meeting of Families, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

PoliticsPA reported that it’s unclear whether the pontiff will visit Philadelphia, but the online political website said the governor got “valuable face-time with the world leader.” PoliticsPA said that about 30 percent of Pennsylvanians are Catholic.

Corbett might need every bit of that Catholic support, and more, if he hopes to win a second term.

He is considered vulnerable. In fact, the Washington Post’s “The Fix” column considers Corbett the “most vulnerable governor in the country.” The column noted that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed voters believe he doesn’t deserve reelection by 55-34 percent.

Former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf has emerged as the Democratic frontrunner among four Democratic candidates, and he led the incumbent 52-33 in the same poll. The Fix’s response: “Ouch.”

– John Guerriero

 

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