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

McClelland Adds Another Labor Endorsement, Positioned for Primary Victory

Democrat Erin McClelland, congressional candidate in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, has secured the endorsement of United Steelworkers Local 1196, which represents workers at ATI Allegheny Ludlum. USW 1196 is the oldest USW local in the country, and played a pivotal role … More after the jump

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Lt Gov poll shows little magic in the Paterno name

With the flurry of gubernatorial polling published in the last few days, it’s easy to overlook Harper Polling’s recent results of the first poll tracking the less-sexy Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor. But a look into the results indicates more … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Wozniak backs Critz for Lt Gov

Last year, State Senator John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) said he was considering running for Lieutenant Governor. Now, he’s throwing his support behind another candidate. Calling him a proven champion of the working men and women of western Pennsylvania, Wozniak today endorsed … More after the jump

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Rumor Mill: Jack Wagner is Asking Dems Across PA to Circulate #PAGov Nominating Petitions

Keystone Politics is hearing from a handful of sources that former Auditor General Jack Wagner is asking key Democrats across Pennsylvania to circulate nominating petitions on his behalf in the gubernatorial race. UPDATE (11:20 p.m.): Keystone Politics has obtained a … More after the jump

Posted in Governor

Rumor Mill: Republican PA House Speaker Sam Smith to Retire

Keystone Politics is hearing from multiple sources that Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith may retire, rather than face re-election against Tea Party challengers in a 2014 re-election bid. In 2012, Smith won his 13th term with 49% of the vote … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State House

Pelosi to headline Critz fundraiser, boosting chances in Dem Lt. Gov. Primary

Former-Congressman Mark Critz’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor is getting some major support in the form of a fundraiser with national Democratic leadership next week. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Pittsburgh Congressman Mike Doyle will be … More after the jump

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Video: The First TV Ad of the #PAGov Race

Katie McGinty will be the first Democratic candidate to launch a TV commercial in the crowded gubernatorial race, as reported yesterday by the Associate Press. Today, we have the video of the ad in hand. The 30-second commercial will run … More after the jump

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PA GOP Hosting “Watermelon at the Mercy of Blacks” Governor for Lincoln Day Dinner

If you thought it was bad last year when the Pennsylvania GOP selected “Confederate History Month” Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) as the keynote speaker for their Lincoln Day Dinner, then you’re in for a real treat this year. This year, … More after the jump

Posted in State Politics

McGinty College Affordability Plan Aims to Establish Middle-Income and Merit-Based Grants, Restore Financial Aid Funding, and Curb Tuition Increases

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty today unveiled her “College Affordability Plan,” which aims to make colleges and technical schools more affordable for Pennsylvania’s middle and lower-income families. McGinty’s plan calls for restoring financial aid cuts made under Republican Governor Tom … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Governor

Stop Attacking Mark Critz and Watch These Attack Ads

I can’t disagree with the premise of Jon’s article earlier today–former Congressman Mark Critz is not the most liberal candidate in the Lieutenant Governor race. But there can be no dispute that Critz is a more-than-reliable Democrat and will fight … More after the jump

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