Author Archives: Jake Sternberger

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger is a recovering/relapsing political professional who has been a contributor to Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger covers campaigns and elections for KP, drawing from his experience working on local, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, oppo, comms, and as CM. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger

Guzzardi Will Garner a Significant Chunk of Votes, and Tom Corbett Knows It

After narrowly surviving a ballot challenge in Commonwealth Court, right-wing Republican insurgent Bob Guzzardi is further along on his doomed path to defeat in the May 20th GOP primary against incumbent Governor Tom Corbett. But even though Guzzardi will almost … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

F&M Poll: 17% of Respondents Have Seen #PAGov Commercials That Don’t Exist

There’s sure to be a lot of headlines today about Franklin and Marshall’s most recent poll showing Tom Wolf maintaining his strong lead in the gubernatorial race. However, I’d like to point readers to a different result from the poll … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Schwartz Calls McGinty’s Husband Asking for Money

In what was possibly the most embarrassing moment of the 2014 gubernatorial primary, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz “inadvertently dialed” opponent Katie McGinty’s husband to seek a campaign contribution on Monday night. Bob Vickers at The Patriot has the story: Around 6 … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Low Favorability Ratings Plunge Corbett into “Emo Phase”

April 1st—After more than a year of negative polling numbers, administration sources close to Governor Tom Corbett are reporting that the former-prosecutor’s once-cheery demeanor has taken a marked turn for the worse. “He’s just not the same,” said Deputy Chief … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany Tagged

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

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 ,

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

PA13: Margolies Fundraising Email Makes Mega-Ask

It’s not every day you see a fundraising email go out asking for $1,000 or $5,000 contributions. But if you want to reserve as spot at Marjorie Margolies’ “old-fashioned person to person” fundraiser with President Bill Clinton at the Prime … More after the jump

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New McGinty Ad Touts Job Creation & Environmental Work, Name-Drops Clinton and Gore

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty today released a new TV ad focusing on her efforts as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to create clean energy jobs, and her belief that Pennsylvania should be leading the way in “winning … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor