Mrs. Gerber, who was known as Penny, advised mayors, governors, and U.S. senators, and her support was considered crucial to winning the Democratic Party's endorsement. Her friendships transcended political rivalries - and partisanship - and many of her mentees saw her as a motherly figure.
Appearing at the National Constitution Center for a debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the candidates agreed on traditional GOP planks such as reducing spending and rolling back regulations to stimulate job growth. The winner of the May 15 primary will face Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, in November's general election.
The move comes a week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a new congressional map, changing district lines and scrambling House races across the state. The court had ruled that the previous map was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander drawn to favor Republicans.
Pa. Republicans are talking about impeaching state Supreme Court justices. Do they have an argument?
While it's unclear what grounds there may be for impeachment - there was some disagreement among constitutional law scholars interviewed - all said the legislature should refrain from the attack on the judiciary. Judges are usually impeached for criminal or corrupt behavior, they said, and they could not recall a time when a Pennsylvania judge had been impeached over a controversial ruling.
An archived cache of social media postings from accounts flagged by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation details Russian efforts to reach voters in Pennsylvania cities and influence their opinions. As they did elsewhere, the accounts sought to spread false news stories about election fraud in the state, highlight racial divisions, and organize shows of support such as a series of coordinated rallies under the banner "Miners for Trump."
It's not enough that Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III doesn't have the public support of the incumbent governor, his boss, or that he's facing an eye-popping six primary opponents. Stack's legal bills are piling up - and one of his biggest campaign contributors is his mom.
The city's announcement could add a new dimension to this year's races for governor, U.S. Senate, and a number of competitive House races in the Philadelphia suburbs. Democrats hope to flip some of those seats in their bid to take control of Congress.
The law, which Christie signed on his last full day in office, will allow the former Camden mayor to re-enroll in the Public Employee Retirement System. Coupled with a well-compensated new job as CEO of a state board, Redd could qualify for a six-figure pension.
Andrew Seidman covers politics in the Philadelphia region, focusing on power brokers. Previously, he covered New Jersey state government and politics.