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: July 17th, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane/ETN file photo

Attorney General Kathleen Kane/ETN file photo

Will Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane run for U.S. Senate in 2016?

That’s the question I asked when she stopped at the Times Publishing Co. this week. Not surprisingly, she didn’t say yes, or no, for that matter.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is expected to seek a second six-year term, but likely would face a Democratic opponent, whether it’s Kane, former Admiral and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak or someone else.

Kane laughed when I asked, “Are you running against Toomey?”

“I have a lot on my plate today and tomorrow and the next day. I love my job, I really do. I love my job as a prosecutor. I think this is a great job. I love the fact that we get to stand up for consumers,” she said, citing work in bringing UPMC and Highmark to the negotiating table as an example.

“I love the fact that we can go in and make neighborhoods better by, you know, helping out with the drug problem. And I love the fact that we can go in and educate kids on guns and violence and drugs and cyber-safety,” she said.

And she said the Attorney General Office’s Child Predator Unit has taken nearly 200 child predators off the streets, including six in Erie.

“I feel that Pennsylvania is safer. I think that we’re doing a great job, and I love doing it. And quite honestly, that’s (2016) a long way off,” she said.

But would she love doing a U.S. senator’s job? She laughed again, and said, “I love doing my job.”

Stay tuned on this one.

– John Guerriero






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Posted: February 28th, 2013

Do Democrats need a contested primary for governor in 2014?

Political commentators Terry Madonna and Michael Young think it would be to the party’s advantage if it hopes to unseat incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican.

Political analyst Terry Madonna/ETN file photo

Political analyst Terry Madonna/ETN file photo

They argue in their latest “Politically Uncorrected” column that the Democrats have a “nobody problem,” meaning not enough people know what they call an “impressive” field of potential candidates statewide.

One way to generate name recognition, they say, is through “a good old-fashioned party primary, one that will give their candidates a chance  to offer their vision for Pennsylvania, while giving those voters a chance to size up the candidates.”

But they acknowledge a primary battle is not a popular view. “It’s widely believed that contested primaries usually waste limited campaign resources, gratuitously offer general election opponents juicy targets and turn off voters,” they wrote.

How many of the potential Democratic candidates do you know?

The analysts say they include former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger; Philly businessman Tom Knox; state Treasurer Rob McCord; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz; former Congressman Joe Sestak; state Sen. Mike Stack; and former Revenue Secretary and businessman  Tom Wolfe.

One name that won’t be on the list is former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, of Erie, who has decided to run for Erie County executive this year.

– John Guerriero





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Posted: November 14th, 2012

Political pundits Terry Madonna and Michael Young are already handicapping the field for the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to seek re-election. But Democrats smell blood in the water based on his job polling numbers, and the Nov. 6 Democratic victories in the state highlighted by President Barack Obama’s second-term win and U.S. Sen Bob Casey’s re-election.

Their column can be found here.

Madonna and Young say it’s even possible that Corbett could face a challenge in the GOP primary.

They say the field of potential Democratic candidates includes Ed Rendell (again, though he says no), state Treasurer Rob McCord, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, former Congressman Joe Sestak, Casey, and Josh Shapiro, current chairman of the Montgomery County commissioners.

Sounds like 2014 could be interesting.

– John Guerriero


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