1/29 Ups & Downs: Polls, primaries and the never-ending budget battle. See who made this week’s list!
Hillary Secures Support of Every PA DNC Member: The Clinton campaign swept through the Keystone State.
PA-Sen: McGinty Picks Up League of Conservation Voters Endorsement: The Senate hopeful won the support of the environmental group.
PA-Sen: Q4: Toomey Raises $1.9M, $9.6M COH: The junior Senator had another good quarter.
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F&M Poll: Pres. Obama’s Approval Climbs to 41%: The President’s approval ratings in PA continue to crawl upward.
Sunday Show Preview: January 31, 2016: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.
Legislative Elections Update
SD-5: State Rep. Kevin Boyle won the support of eight additional labor unions: Laborers District Council; Steam Fitters Local #420; Sprinkler Fitters #692; Plumbers Union Local #690; Transport Workers Union #234; Iron Workers #401; and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees #8.
“Organized labor is the backbone of the American worker,” Boyle responded. “Defending the right to organize is the most important economic fight our country faces.”
The 5th district is located in Northeast Philadelphia.
SD-9: State Rep. Tom Killion won the endorsement of the Chester County Republican Committee.
“I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support my campaign has received in a few short weeks and the strong backing that I have received from the Republican committee people of both Delaware and Chester Counties,” said Killion. “If elected, I will continue to fight Governor Wolf’s proposed sales tax increase, which would hurt local businesses and jeopardize employment for thousands of retail employees in our region. We need representation in the Senate that will fairly evaluate the impacts of Governor Wolf’s proposals and fight for the best interests of local residents.”
The 9th district consists of parts of Chester and Delaware Counties.
SD-41: Indiana restaurant owner Tony DeLoreto is running as a Democrat.
“I was a lifelong Republican until the last election,” said DeLoreto. “I got frustrated with the turmoil, with nothing getting done.
The 41st district includes Armstrong and Indiana Counties as well as some of Butler and Westmoreland Counties.
HD-49: Cal U student Brendan Garay is throwing his hat into the ring for the open seat as a Democrat.
“It’s time for a change in Harrisburg! The great people of the 49th District deserve a representative that is willing to cross the aisle to get the work of the commonwealth done,” Garay said. “Our district deserves a representative that will put the needs of our hardworking taxpayers first! I am willing to dedicate 100% of my time to serve our district and its citizens.”
The 49th district is made up of parts of Fayette and Washington Counties.
HD-57: Former South Greensburg Borough Councilwoman Linda Iezzi announced she is running in the open seat as a Democrat.
“I am honored to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 57th District,” she stated. “The residents of the 57th District deserve a Representative who will work across the aisle in Harrisburg to get things done.”
The 57th district is located in Westmoreland County.
HD-164: Councilwoman Sekela Coles split the vote with incumbent State Rep. Margo Davidson for the Delaware County Democrats’ endorsement. Neither candidate won the endorsement but Coles received a majority.
“Today’s vote sends a clear message that Democrats in Delaware County do not stand behind Representative Davidson’s record of failing to funding schools, failing to pass a budget and failing to support a woman’s right to choose,” Coles Campaign Manager Daniel McNamara stated. “The members of the Democratic party voted by an overwhelming majority for Councilwoman Coles, the vote being 39 for Councilwoman Coles and 34 for the incumbent Davidson. After the vote Representative Davidson, a committeewoman inferred that the Democratic Party endorsement does not matter claiming, ‘committee people are a bunch of party insiders’.”
The 164th district consists of parts of Delaware County.
Inquirer: Philly election chiefs nix dock-their-own-pay proposal-for now
Inquirer: The rise of Councilman Henon, from electrician to majority leader
Inquirer: Democratic Senate candidates make first joint appearance
Heard in the Hall: Pew study: Phila. City Council salaries average $132,789 – that’s the 3rd highest among big U.S. cities
CapitolInq: In Chesco and Washington, distinct paths for Sestak, McGinty
WHYY Newsworks: Toomey’s tall task: Defending voting record this time around
WHYY Newsworks: Commissioner who opposed pipeline is removed as panel chair
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown School District begins superintendent search
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Dems announce endorsements
Delco Daily Times: Contests in 161st and 165th state legislative races
Montgomery Media: Hatboro council hears plan for proposed Rite Aid
Post-Gazette: Zappala says Supreme Court ruling on juveniles lacks guidelines
Post-Gazette: Governor kicks off Pennsylvania campaign to end campus, school sex crime
Pittsburgh Business Times: Some, like Fetterman, says it’s a case of deja vu
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Attorney General won’t oppose James-UPMC merger
Observer-Reporter: Final phase of Washington streetscape improvements to start
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township Farmers Market gets approval for 2016
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ex- Somerset commissioner accepts new post with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Times Leader: Pennsylvania voters to decide mandatory judicial retirement age
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor George adds two jobs while talking layoffs to balance budget
Times-Tribune: Barletta seeks another term in U.S. congress.
Patriot News: Cumberland County GOP declares open primary in race to succeed Sen. Pat Vance
Patriot News: ‘Put that thing out:’ Court ruling backs smoking ban for Savannah’s on Hanna
Lebanon Daily News: Republican Frank Reynolds joins 101st District race
Lebanon Daily News: John Dissinger to run for 101st District seat
York Daily Record: What national media is saying about Nabela Noor
Morning Call: Allentown council moves to ax contract tied to FBI probe
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane’s mixed poll results still golden in election
Reading Eagle: Busy beginning for new Pottstown council president
North by Northwest
Go Erie: Erie County needs bold change to prosper: Kathy Dahlkemper
Go Erie: Roae seeks re-election to state House
Centre Daily Times: Penn State President Barron laments fallout of budget impasse
Tribune Review: A poll shocker: Ignorant Pa. Dems embrace socialism
Post-Gazette: Housing save: Peduto keeps the model mix of Crawford Square
Post-Gazette: Size matters: Keep pushing to shrink the Pa. Legislature
Inquirer: Rubin: Worldview: Bravery in Afghanistan fans hopes
Reading Eagle: First-in-nation voting isn’t good indicator for nominees
Express Times: Pa. swings at legislative reform – and misses
Patriot-News: Gerow: It’ll be a tough ride, but Sen. Pat Toomey deserves re-election
York Daily Record: Join us for a Fixing York lunch Tuesday
Lancaster Intelligencer: In these primary races the voters, not the parties, will have the final say
Lancaster Intelligencer: Manheim Township School Board’s ‘separation’ from former superintendent was a costly and excessively secret affair
Citified: Donald Trump Is Frank Rizzo, Reborn
Citified: Philly Lawmakers Are Making Even More Money Than Before
Citified: Can Black Voters Matter “Democratize” Philly Politics?
Citified: Poor Philadelphians Are Leaving $100M in Tax Credits on the Table
Commonwealth Foundation: PPA Picks Cartel over Consumers