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POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:57 AM
Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro. ((Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer))

An internal strategy memo shows Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro in good position to run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, with wide name recognition thanks to his prominence in the Philadelphia media market – home to about 42 percent of the party’s primary voters.

In addition, the memo, from pollster Jefrey Pollock of the Global Strategy Group touches on survey findings that likely Democratic voters would favor someone with Shapiro’s executive experience running the state’s third-largest county government, in a hypothetical matchup with a career prosecutor, 61 percent to 39 percent. (See link below for the full memo.)

To be sure, testing a "career politician" against an experienced prosecutor could also yield a favorable result. It all depends on a campaign's skill in framing the questions - and ultimately the arguments in the race. Shapiro is a lawyer but has not worked as a prosecutor. He is, however, chairman of a gubernatorial board that works on justice-system reform.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 11:50 AM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, left, wishes he could ban Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, right, from his city after Trump said he'd like to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. ((AARON WINDHORST / Staff Photographer, Reuters))

Is a long-distance war of words breaking out between Mayor Nutter and Republican presidential poll-leader Donald Trump?

On Wednesday, a day after Nutter called Trump a vulgar term for a bodily orifice that begins with the letter "A,"  the real-estate mogul tweeted his displeasure.

Nutter, he wrote, is doing a terrible job and “should be ashamed for using such a disgusting word in referring to me. Low life!” Earlier, Trump replied to a follower on Twitter who asked if he’d heard what Nutter called him. “Yes, he is a crude dope!” said Trump, who used the wrong handle for @Michael_Nutter.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 9:31 PM
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge addresses the audience during the Tom Ridge Homeland Security Awards on April 17, 2012, in New York. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Tom Ridge, the first homeland security secretary and a former Pennsylvania governor, said Tuesday there was “no chance” he’d vote for Donald Trump if the real-estate tycoon were somehow to become the Republican nominee for president.

“I think he’s an embarrassment to the party, I think he’s an embarrassment to the country,” Ridge told Chuck Todd on MTP Daily on MSNBC. Trump’s suggestion that there should be a complete ban on Muslims entering the U.S., either as immigrants or visitors, “plays into the hands of ISIS,” Ridge said.

“I’ve never thought loud, obnoxious, simple solutions to complex problems were the kind of qualities we want in a president,” the former governor said. He supports Jeb Bush.


POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 12:41 PM
Donald Trump

A Democratic candidate for U.S. House and a liberal activist group said Tuesday Pennsylvania Republicans should dump Donald Trump as the speaker at a party fundraiser after the mogul proposed a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The party is standing by its man.

“Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at our Friday fundraiser in New York,” Pennsylvania GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney said.

POSTED: Monday, December 7, 2015, 12:46 PM
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks with the media after a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich)

For weeks, Iowa Republican insiders have noted that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was rising fast in the state that holds the first voting in the 2016 presidential race.

Now, he may have broken through.

Cruz, a favorite of tea-party activists and evangelical Christians, sits in first place in a new Monmouth University Poll released Monday of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, dethroning past leaders Ben Carson and Donald J. Trump.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:51 PM
T. Milton Street and Donald Trump.

From my colleague, ace Inquirer reporter Chris Brennan, comes this moment of political awesomeness:

In a summit of showmen, T. Milton Street met briefly with Donald Trump before a campaign event in Manassas, Va., Wednesday and urged the Republican presidential front-runner to visit Philadelphia.

"I told him I needed him to come to Philly to talk to the black community and hear their concerns,” Street told Brennan. "He said, ‘I'll come.'"

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:38 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Say this for the Pennsylvania Republican Party: They’ve got some attention now.

A variety of voices are calling for the GOP to dis-invite presidential front-runner Donald Trump as the featured speaker for its fundraising luncheon during next week’s Pennsylvania Society bacchanal for state business and political leaders in New York.

The party announced late on the afternoon before Thanksgiving that Trump would be coming, and it did not stir much notice over the long holiday weekend. But critics were weighing in Monday.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:05 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Jeb Bush called for a U.S.-led coalition to use “overwhelming force” to defeat the Islamic State during a speech Wednesday at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.

The national-security speech was scheduled to dwell on the former Florida governor’s plans for rebuilding the strength of the U.S. military, but it was retooled following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris to encompass his view of the proper strategy to use against ISIS.

“Here is the truth you will not hear from our president,” Bush said, speaking to several hundred gray-clad cadets and invited guests.

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