The theory: Corbett can win reelection against Schwartz in the Nov. 4 general election. So Republicans talk her up while mostly ignoring the other six Democrats in the primary.
Today, the Republican Governors Association provided another example. The RGA issued a news release noting that the Farm Bill passed by the U.S. House last Wednesday and the U.S. Senate yesterday restores a fee on home heating oil. The RGA cites a Washington Times story calling that fee two-tenths of a cent on the gallon.
From today's Daily News:
The seven Democrats seeking their party's nomination for governor in the May 20 primary election rarely disagree in public.
That can be a little dull.
Sean Collins Walsh
The state Senate today confirmed Gov. Corbett's nominations of City Councilman Bill Green and nonprofit executive Farah Jimenez to the School Reform Commission.
After a debate on procedure, the appointments were approved 44-2, with state Sens. Vincent Hughes and Andy Dinniman dissenting.
Five of the seven Democratic candidates for governor in the May 20 primary election mostly agreed on several issues while speaking in a forum sponsored by WHYY and the Philadelphia Business Journal. For a more complete report, check out tomorrow's Daily News.
The candidates appearing were U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former state environmental protection secretaries Kathleen McGinty and John Hanger, former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. On the issues, they said:
- They oppose the privatization of the state's liquor store system. All of the candidates said the current system should be improved but not replaced.
- They support closing the "Delaware loophole" that allows an estimated 70 percent of corporations doing business in Pennsylvania to avoid paying the state's corporate net income tax because they are chartered in Delaware. The candidates said closing that loophole would bring in more revenue, allowing the state to lower the tax rate for all corporations here.
- They support a tax on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation to produce revenue to help pay for public education.
- They support raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Four of the candidates want to increase it from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. McGinty wants to raise it to $9 per hour and make increases automatic to increases in the rate of inflation.
- Four of the five reluctantly said they would consider expanding gambling in the state when asked about keno or online gaming. Litz said she opposes the idea.
The forum was collegial, with the candidates saving their criticism for the man they hope to meet in the Nov. 4 general election, Gov. Corbett, who delivered his state budget address an hour after the forum ended.
Sean Collins Walsh
Bright Hope Baptist Pastor Kevin R. Johnson, who last month told the Daily News he may run for mayor, has decided against forming an exploratory committee.
Johnson last week emailed supporters with the the following statement:
"For those of you who know Kimya and me, you know that our first priority is our family and the second is the congregation at Bright Hope Baptist Church. We take the responsibility of being parents very seriously, and their development is paramount for us.
Sean Collins Walsh
Ed Rendell might be 70 years old, but he's proved time and again that he's young at heart.
Speaking at a "Young Philly is Ready for Hillary" event last night, the former mayor and governor didn't disappoint the crowd of more than 200 aspiring politicos.
After a speech lauding Hillary and describing how he took a smartphone photo with a cardboard cutout of the former secretary of state, he parted with a story.
City Council has proposed setting hard limits on what municipal employees can accept as a gift – a subject of much debate over the last several weeks both in council chambers and behind closed doors.
A bill introduced today by Councilman Bill Green, and co-sponsored by all members of council on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke, would set a clear financial threshold for city workers – gifts worth $99 in total value for a given year – and a strict ban on cash.
“We’ve had problems with employees taking larger amounts,” Councilwoman Marian Tasco told the Daily News.
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics today announced that it has approved a settlement agreement involving 2013 campaign finance reporting violations by Concerned Irish Americans of Philadelphia, a political action committee controlled by Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The PAC received $73,250 from Local 98's political action committee before the 2013 primary election, according to the board of ethics, and spent that to influence the election. Local 98 reported the donations, saying the money was spent to pay and feed poll workers.
The PAC spent some of the money during the period when expenditures of more than $500 must be reported within 24 hours. Those reports were not filed.