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POSTED: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 11:25 AM

All of the Democratic canddiates for governor are scheduled to sit down together for breakfast, along with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, at South Phialdelphia's Oregon Diner Friday morning.

The ritual meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m., said political consultant Ken Smukler, who is helping organize it for Brady, the chairman of the Democratic City Committee.

York millioniare Tom Wolf won the party's nomination for governor Tuesday with 58 percent of the vote, besting U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty.

POSTED: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6:56 PM
Bill Clinton talks with Margorie Margolies after speaking for U. S. Congressional campaign at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. ( RON TARVER / Staff Photographer ) April 10 2014

President Bill Clinton is urging Democrats in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District to vote in Tuesday’s primary for Marjorie Margolies, whose crucial vote in the House saved his economic plan two decades ago. 

“She knows we need to raise the minimum wage, fight for equal pay for women, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and make sure all our children get a chance to have a good start by investing in education,” Clinton says in a recording that Margolies’ campaign will dial into Democrats’ homes in the final hours before the vote.

Margolies, 71, cast the deciding vote in Congress as a U.S. House member in 1993 for Clinton’s budget framework; it raised taxes and she was bounced by the voters of the district the next year in the wave midterm election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in four decades. 

POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10:41 AM

York businessman Tom Wolf, the electoral neophyte with millions spent on television promoting himself as a “different kind of politician,” holds a significant lead going into the final days of the Democratic race for governor, according to a new poll from Franklin & Marshall College.

Wolf’s lead among registered Democrats has narrowed a smidge since the college’s last poll in March, but he is still in a comfortable position over his three rivals: 33 percent of the registered Democrats support him, to 14 percent backing U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; 9 percent for state Treasurer Rob McCord; and 5 percent for Katie McGinty, former secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Thirty-nine percent remain undecided, the poll found, providing a glimmer of a hope for the race to tighten - although voters unsure whom they favor at this late point in a campaign often do not go to the polls.

POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:33 PM

Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro, a rising Democratic leader in southeast Pennsylvania, has endorsed Tom Wolf for governor in the May 20 primary.

In doing so, Shapiro bypassed two fellow residents of the county who also are seeking the nomination: state Treasurer Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz. He made the endorsement in an email to supporters.

Shapiro said in an interview that he was not implying criticism of the other candidates, but simply believes that Wolf, a York businessman who was state revenue secretary, is “uniquely prepared” to follow through on the promise of reform in Harrisburg.

POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:46 PM
Kate McGinty. ( ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer ))

Could Katie McGinty, the only Democratic candidate for governor to refrain from going negative on frontrunner Tom Wolf, be poised to move up in the polls?

On Monday, McGinty announced the release of a new positive television commercial – a distinction worth noting, given the attack ads U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and Treasurer Rob McCord have launched at Wolf,  hoping to chip away at his lead.

Schwartz is running an ad blaming Wolf for layoffs at his family business, which was saddled with debt when he and his two cousins sold it in a leveraged buyout; several hundred employees lost their jobs. McCord has an explosive spot that derides Wolf for serving as the campaign chairman for a former York mayor who was arrested in the killing of a black woman during the city’s 1969 riots.

POSTED: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:02 PM
Pennsylvania’s top two Democrats called Saturday on state Treasurer Rob McCord to pull the racially charged attack ad he is airing against rival Tom Wolf in the gubernatorial primary.

Rendell said the spot was “one of the worst I have ever seen,” adding that it was a style of politics “that makes me ashamed to have been part of this business for most of my adult life.”

The 30-second spot blast’s Wolf for serving as campaign chairman for the 2001 reelection campaign of York Mayor Charlie Robertson, who was indicted the day after the primary on murder charges in the death of a black woman during the city’s race riots 32 years before, when he was a police officer.

POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:04 PM
Rob McCord, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor.

Tom Wolf’s campaign deployed a group of African American leaders Friday to push back against a Rob McCord TV attack ad that brings up Wolf’s past political support for a York mayor who was arrested 32 years after the fact in the murder of a black woman during the city’s 1969 race riots.

They said that McCord was attempting to smear as racist the character of a good man whom they know as an inclusive leader.

“I’ve been a black man for 59 years - I do not need Rob McCord to make a judgment for me,” state Rep. Dwight Evans (D.,Phila.) said on a conference call with reporters. “I understand you want to win an election, but at what cost?”

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:39 PM

A new TV ad for Gov. Corbett mocks the iconic Jeep that starred in Democrat Tom Wolf’s introductory commercials.

At the beginning, a black Jeep with a WOLF license plate is stalled on the road at night, when a Dodge Ram pickup rolls up with a throaty roar, bearing CORBETT tags. The ad attempts to tie higher taxes and job losses that began during the recession, under former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) to Wolf, a York businessman who served as revenue secretary for a portion of Rendell’s second term.

“Tom Wolf’s record on jobs is a car wreck, an announcer said. “While Wolf served in Harrisburg as the state’s top tax collector, our taxes went through the roof. And higher taxes led to 152,000 PA workers losing their jobs and unemployment going up almost 50%. Fortunately Tom Corbett came along and cleaned up Wolf’s mess.”

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