O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

One last state House Republican is out, and four Dems were officially put on the ballot this week as the lineups for state legislative elections are formalized two months prior to Election Day.

Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) withdrew from his race Aug. 13. The deadline for parties to file a replacement candidate is Aug. 23.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

It all started one month ago in the waning days of budget season, with a meeting between advocates and the governor’s staff and some off-the-cuff remarks at a Philadelphia press conference.

But as the calendar turns to August, a controversy over the state’s school funding formula has held on as a campaign cudgel and legislative worry, as accusations of intimidation and collusion resound.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Local attorney named as Dean's replacement for state house race

Local attorney named as Dean's replacement for state house race

Members of the state Democratic Committee have selected Ben Sanchez as their new candidate in the solidly blue 153rd Legislative District.

Sanchez, a local real estate attorney and CPA, was picked unanimously by the committee after previous office holder Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) dropped out of one of the two electoral races she was in.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Outside Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia, two staffers jump onto ticket

Outside Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia, two staffers jump onto ticket

At a nominating convention Saturday, Allegheny County Republicans named Lori Mizgorski, a Shaler Township Commissioner, their new candidate for the 30th Legislative District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), who announced July 3 that he was not running for reelection. Mizgorski also works in English’s district office.

Mizgorski joins Mary Isaacson, chief of staff to Rep. Michael O'Brien (D-Philadelphia), as behind-the-scenes personnel who after post-primary retirements, are vying for their former bosses's jobs.

Monday, July 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Kenney announces Philadelphia to no longer allow ICE access to PARS

Kenney announces Philadelphia to no longer allow ICE access to PARS

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney today announced the city will not continue its Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) agreement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The decision also drew criticisms from Republicans, including former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Philadelphia
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