Category Archives: Elections

#PA8: Fitzpatrick the Moderate? Not so much.

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick’s campaign website is all about the concept of political “moderation.” That’s probably because PA-8, the district he represents, is a swing district that President Obama carried in ’08 and ’12, with an 11,759 democratic voter registration advantage … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US House

F&M Poll: Wolf Up By 22, Corbett Still Searching For the Bottom

The only good news in here for Corbett is that some Republicans are starting to come home. The bad news is that even more undecideds are joining the #Wolfpack. Also notable: F&M asks voters who they expect to win, which … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Corbett Says He Supports the Cigarette Tax, But Is Holding Philly Schools Hostage Anyway

We’ll have more details when all the different parts of the “on time Republican budget” are passed, but I was glad to see it passed on a party-line vote: The Senate voted 26-24, with one Republican, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, breaking … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

Intern With Keystone Politics! Young Muckrakers Needed to Help Flip the State Senate

Do you like writing on the Internet? Are you maybe a little evil, or at least interested in learning how to think like an evil person? Do you want to help Keystone Politics knock a big chunk off the Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State Senate

#PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?

One under-explored wrinkle in the unfolding Philly school funding hostage negotiations is whether Tom Corbett can even credibly promise to deliver the Republican votes to release the hostage – the local option cigarette tax. “I would encourage the delegation, the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, win the Nov. 4 election. There … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. As I’ve been pointing out, Republicans are relying on Democrats … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

If PA Dems Don’t Shake Things Up With Party-Line Budget Vote, They Won’t Win the State Senate

The PA Republicans are relying on Democrats to provide the votes for a tax increase on natural gas production, and bail them out of the budget mess they got themselves into by passing unpaid-for business tax cuts. If Democrats make … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

#PAGov: People Who Don’t Matter Divided Over Tom Wolf

There was lots of “Democrats Divided” stuff in the media last week, but it’s not really “Democrats” divided, it’s really just “members of the Democratic state committee,” who matter basically not at all, divided over the party chair. Some people … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

#PABudget: Corbett Unbelievably Screwed

For those just tuning in, Steve Esack has a very good update article on where things stand with the Republican budget right now: In February, Corbett proposed an additional 3.5 percent in spending for a total of $29.4 billion for the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues