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POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:24 PM

Two decades ago, Democrat Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky committed political suicide.

A freshman member of the U.S. House from Montgomery County, she cast the 11th-hour deciding vote to enact President Bill Clinton’s budget in the summer of 1993, including a $241 billion tax increase that raised rates on high-income earners and bumped up the gasoline tax, among other things.

POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 1:00 PM
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D. Pa.) has yet to announce she’s running. (Matt Rourke / AP)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz launched her campaign for the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor Monday, declaring that Gov. Corbett’s “failed leadership” has crippled the Pennsylvania economy in a competitive world.

“He’s just missing in action most of the time,” Schwartz, of Montgomery County, said in an interview. She noted that the state’s unemployment rate has been well above the national average during Corbett’s term. “What I’m hearing from people around the state is that they know we need a fresh perspective about the economy and growth.”

POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:36 AM
2010 file photo: Brendan Boyle

State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D.,Phila.) officially jumped into the race for Congress in the 13th District Monday, announcing he has filed papers with federal officials to establish a campaign committee.

He is one of a crush of Democrats eyeing their chances to succeed incumbent U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for governor, in the overwhelmingly blue district in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

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