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POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:32 PM

HARRISBURG - Katie McGinty said she would be the first of the crowd of Democrats seeking to challenge Gov. Corbett to air a television ad - Tuesday night during the president’s State of the Union address.

Speaking at the monthly Pennsylvania Press club luncheon Monday, McGinty said the ad would run on CNN and MSNBC across Pennsylvania during the news coverage before and after President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. She declined to describe the size of the buy or to characterize the ad, except to say it would have a positive message.

POSTED: Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:48 PM

Democrat Kevin Strouse, the Army combat veteran running for U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s Eighth District, says he raised slightly more than $200,000 in the last three months of 2013 and has at least $470,000 on hand for a challenge to Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

“I am honored to have the support of so many hard working men and women in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, who want and deserve a representative who gets things done and works to find reasonable solutions to problems instead of playing partisan games that waste our tax dollars and hurt the economy,” Strouse said in a statement.

POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7:52 PM

Gov. Corbett said Thursday that he is not tempted to change his opposition to legalizing marijuana by reports that Colorado expects a $70 million tax windfall this year from sales of the drug in that state.

“Contrary to what some members of the senate view as ‘recreational’ marijuana, I don’t believe it is recreational,” Corbett said during the annual “Ask the Governor” forum sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

“Marijuana is a huge gateway drug to the drug problems we have in this country,” Corbett said. “It leads to the abuse of many other drugs, including cocaine and heroin.”

POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:33 AM
FILE - Tom Wolf (pictured here) has been endorsed by State Rep. Dwight Evans. ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer, File )

State Rep. Dwight Evans, the powerful Philadelphia Democrat, has endorsed businessman Tom Wolf in the party’s primary for governor.

The two men met in West Oak Lane Thursday for a luncheon with about 150 people and then Evans toured Wolf around the neighborhood, which has been buffed and polished by Evans’ non-profit Ogontz Development Corp.

POSTED: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:24 AM
Former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies (University of Pennsylvania Fels School)

Five Northeast Philadelphia Democratic ward leaders have endorsed Marjorie Margolies in the primary for the 13th District seat in the U.S. House.

Together, the ward leaders represent about 40 percent of the city’s share of voters in the district, which is split between inner-ring suburbs of Montgomery County and the Northeast. Three of the four Democrats vying for the nomination are based in the suburbs, and grabbing a solid share of support in the city is a strategic imperative for all of them.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:30 AM
New Jersey Govenor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address before the New Jersey State Assembly on Tuesday January 14, 2013. ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

New Jersey Gov. Christie (R) has suffered little initial damage in his home state from the scandal over the politically motivated closing of local-access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-five percent of voters approved of Christie’s job performance, down from a high of 74 percent approval in February 2013, the poll found.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12:53 PM

 IBEW Local 98, one of the most politically active unions in Pennsylvania, handed U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz a $100,000 check Wednesday night as it endorsed her candidacy in the Democratic primary for governor.

The union, led by its influential manager business manager John J. Dougherty, announced its decision ahead of a fundraiser it hosted for Schwartz at the union hall in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia Wednesday night.

POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013, 1:07 PM
File: Tom Wolf, left, addresses the media during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Businessman Tom Wolf has snagged the deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party for his 2014 gubernatorial primary campaign.

Mark Nicastre, who has headed communications strategy for the party since August 2010, is slated to begin with the Wolf campaign next Monday.

“In Tom's experience in both the private and public sectors he has shown he is a different type of leader,” Nicastre said Friday in a statement. “His vision to change Pennsylvania and fresh policy ideas will make him a strong governor, and I look forward to working with him.”  

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