Monthly Archives: March 2014

#PA13: First Senate Endorsement Goes to Daylin Leach

Senator Bernie Sanders (I – VT), arguably the most progressive member of Congress, announced his endorsement of Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach in the contentious four-way primary battle at stake in Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district. Senator Sanders released the following … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

#BlingSting: What If Frank Fina Just Wants Cover For Botched Sandusky Investigation?

The most important thing to know about the fake controversy over Kathleen Kane’s decision to drop the unprosecuteable Corbett AG sting targeting black Philadelphia Democratic elected officials doesn’t appear until quite far into Thomas Fitzgerald’s Sunday piece: Kane’s troubles give … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Governor

Paterno Drops Lt. Gov. Bid

In the face of a legal challenge to his nomination petitions, Jay Paterno, son of Penn State legend Joe Paterno, is dropping his bid for lieutenant governor. “This afternoon I am announcing my intent to withdraw from the Lt. Governor’s … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Gilberton Dissolves Police Department

The departure of that nut Mark Kessler left Gilberton without a functioning police department, so now they’re just disbanding it: Ordinance 2014-1 reads, “Whereas the council of the Borough of Gilberton has agreed that it can no longer maintain a … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Social Services

Here Are the Seats PA Democrats Need to Flip to Take the State Senate

My first Political Machine column at Philadelphia City Paper is live.

Posted in State Senate

PA-12: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Endorses Erin McClelland

Democratic candidate Erin McClelland has picked up her biggest endorsement so far in her race to represent PA’s 12th congressional district, from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. This is the first major endorsement from a statewide elected official for McClelland, and … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US House Tagged ,

#PAGov: Jack Wagner, We Hardly Knew Thee

Apparently Jack Wagner’s seeming master plan didn’t work out quite so well, as York Dispatch broke the news earlier today that the former Auditor General has dropped out of the PA-Gov race. Mr. Wagner made no statement to press, as he formally … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor Tagged ,

#HD163: Endorsements Swing Left Amid Changing Demographics

DREXEL HILL – UFCW 1776 has thrown their public support behind Vince Rongione (D), a candidate for the 163rd state house seat. This has been a potentially winnable seat for the House Democratic Campaign Committee to take, given performance of … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Corbett Campaign Shamelessly Politicizes the Pope

Pope Francis is a pretty popular guy. Governor Corbett—not so much.  So it’s no surprise that Corbett has been touting his visit to the Vatican for what was expected to be a private audience with the Pope to invite him … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor Tagged

In Defense of PA’s “Broken” Campaign Finance System

I don’t entirely disagree with Colleen’s post earlier today on using the proposed gift ban legislation to further foment campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania. However, I do think that there are under-appreciated aspects Pennsylvania’s “wild west” system of funding campaigns. … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Issues, Open Government, State Politics