Wednesday, May 27, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 1:07 PM
Republican Gov. Corbett (right) and Democratic opponent Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania’s race for governor is shaping up at the beginning as a potential blowout, with Democrat Tom Wolf leading incumbent Gov. Corbett by 25 percentage points, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Wolf leads Corbett 55 percent to 30 percent, the survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found.

Only 27 percent of voters approve of the job Corbett is doing, compared to 58 percent who disapprove.

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POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:55 PM

Democrat Tom Wolf leads Gov. Corbett by 20 percentage points, according to the first public independent poll of the general election campaign.

Rasmussen Reports found Wolf, a York businessman, with 51 percent support among likely voters, compared to 31 percent for the incumbent governor. Fourteen percent of respondents said they were undecided in the race, and 4 percent said they supported other candidates.

The poll found that 83 percent of Democrats back Wolf, who won the nomination in the May 20 primary, while just 59 percent of Republicans were solidly behind Corbett. Wolf, it said, was drawing the support of about a quarter of GOP voters.

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POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 11:18 AM
The first Tom. Gov. Thomas Mifflin.

The most common name for a Pennsylvania governor, it turns out, is “Thomas” or its derivative “Tom,” according to a Smart Politics analysis by a professor at the University of Minnesota.

Regardless of the outcome in November, the streak is sure to continue: incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is facing a challenge from Democratic nominee Tom Wolf, a York businessman and former state revenue secretary.

Through Sunday, a Tom or Thomas has served as governor of Pennsylvania for 11,067 days since statehood, or slightly more than 30.5 years collectively, said Eric Ostermeier, a research associate at Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the author of Smart Politics.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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