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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 2:21 PM

Democrat Tom Wolf unveiled a pair of new television ads Monday that blast Gov. Corbett for recent blows to the state’s fiscal condition and its economy, while also charging that Pennsylvania’s rate of new-job creation has dropped during his administration.

 One of them, “Three Days,” opens with a picture of the governor and the assertion that “things keep getting worse under Corbett. On Sept. 16, it says, “budget deficits” force the state to borrow $1.5 billion “just to keep the lights on.” Three days later, the state’s unemployment rate ticks up for the second month in a row. And on Sept., 25, Pennsylvania’s credit rating was downgraded for the fifth time in two years. In between, the add slams Corbett with a labor-oriented think tank’s report that the state has slipped from 9th in the nation in job creation to 47th in the past four years.

The tagline: “Why would we give Tom Corbett another four years?”

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POSTED: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 5:56 PM

A battalion of union volunteers fanned out in North Philadelphia Saturday to knock on doors and fight a potential threat to Democrat Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor: apathy.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and PA Working Families organized the canvass, which put about 400 people on the streets to identify voters who support Wolf and to encourage them to come out to the polls Nov. 4.

Wolf has led Gov. Tom Corbett (R) by an average of 15 percentage points throughout the campaign, but Democratic strategists and their allies in the labor movement know that the party’s base voters have proved more apt to turn out in presidential years than in a midterm election. The idea is to reach out and communicate with so-called “drop-off” voters.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:23 PM

The e-mailed pleas grew more whiny and desperate with each passing hour.

“I’m pleading.”

“We’re begging.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 1:31 PM
Gov. Tom Corbett's latest reelection commercial features actors pretending to sarcastically love Democratic challenger Tom Wolf's plan to increase taxes on the middle class. (Video still)

The challenge of political ad-making in this fractured media age is to get the viewer to pay attention.

Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is trying a little satire in his new 30-second spot called “Say What.” It shows (presumably) middle-class Pennsylvanians protesting that they aren’t paying enough in taxes and expressing the hope that Democrat Tom Wolf will become governor so he can soak them.

“It says here Tom Wolf’s going to raise the tax on middle-class families,” a man says, glancing up from his newspaper at the family breakfast table. “It’s about time somebody does.” His wife adds, “We just have way too much money.”

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POSTED: Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:04 PM

Democrat Tom Wolf is heading into the final weeks of the campaign with a $1.7 million cash edge over Gov. Corbett, the Republican incumbent he is trying to evict, according to summaries of finance reports the two sides plan to file this week.

The campaigns disclosed the numbers Sunday, the day before they are set to meet in the first debate of the gubernatorial campaign.

For the three month period that ended Sept. 15, Wolf’s campaign said it raised $9.6 million and spent more than $6.2 million, leaving it with about $6.5 million in the bank for the final drive.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4:18 PM

Nelson A. Diaz, a former Common Pleas judge and Philadelphia city solicitor, may have what is the very first commercial in next year’s Democratic primary for mayor.

It’s a 90-second biopic running on You Tube – in both English and Spanish – and it’s also making the rounds via email among city political types.

Diaz, 67, grew up in a “rat-infested tenement” in Harlem and moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University law school, where he formed the first student organization for black and hispanic students. He served on the Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993, the youngest and first Latino elected judge in Pennsylvania history.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:14 PM

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, seeking an 11th term amid a federal corruption investigation that snared a top adviser, has scheduled a Sept. 30 breakfast fundraiser in Washington.

Suggested donations are $500 for individuals, $1,000 for PACs and $2,500 for a “host,” according to a copy of the invitation provided to Big Tent. The invite highlights Fattah’s powerful position as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee dealing with spending on science and justice programs.

Fattah apparently can use the money.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:43 AM
Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (left) and current governor Tom Corbett meet in July at the 44th Environmental Partnership Dinner in Philadelphia. A new poll shows that Wolf has a commanding 24-point lead among likely Pennsylvania voters with a little more than seven weeks until the election. (Matthew Hall/Staff)

Democrat Tom Wolf has a commanding 24-point lead over Gov. Tom Corbett (R) among likely Pennsylvania voters with a little more than seven weeks until the election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent back Wolf, to 35 percent for Corbett, the poll finds, with huge majorities saying the Democrat would better handle the top two issues facing the state, the economy and education.

Wolf leads 91 percent to 7 percent among Democrats and 53 percent to 39 percent among independents. Just 66 percent of Republicans say they back Corbett, to 28 percent who oppose him.

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