Candidates try to motivate voters for local races as election day draws near

Candidates try to motivate voters for local races as election day draws near

Wandering into the cavernous Clinton County Fairgrounds commercial building Saturday surrounded by American flags, firearms enthusiasts and the smell of chicken dinners, Steve Baker was a man on a mission.

“I’d like to ask [Scott] Wagner one question,” he said.

A 66-year old retiree from multiple jobs, he lives off his pension, including one from the state. And Baker, a Republican, has seen troubling ads that say the GOP Gubernatorial candidate wants to tax his retirement, based off of old comments he said as a state Senator.

Monday, September 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While Philly suburbs loom large, battle for House is showing up across Pennsylvania

While Philly suburbs loom large, battle for House is showing up across Pennsylvania

From Pottstown to Lock Haven, West Chester to Fox Chapel, election season is now in full swing.

While the much prophesied “blue wave” has a real chance to wash in a new Democratic House majority in Washington DC, it’ll likely crest too low to overturn the 39-seat Republican majority in Harrisburg’s House.

Plenty of GOP seats, especially in the southeast, appear primed for flips. But Democrats need to defend a caucus spread out into places that run red the length of the ballot, while their strategists know that any path, no matter how slim, to an eventual majority needs to include a few tough, uphill fights.
Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Occasionally calling out crowd members by name on his home turf, Scott Wagner released his plan to tackle the opioid crisis Wednesday in York.

“I wish there was a switch we could just flip to cut this crisis off,” Wagner said to the crowd of about 200 people. “But the truth to be told is not that simple — there’s no switch to flip.”

Wagner’s plan includes expanding investments into programs with track records of ending addiction, providing more resources to law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers, streamlining regulations for mental health services and revamping the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

At a press luncheon Monday, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner continued his campaign narrative that he, and not Gov. Tom Wolf, will be a true champion for public education, while criticizing media coverage of issues he sees as trivial.

Since June, his campaign has seized on two sets of remarks, one from Wolf himself, the other from a top aide, to claim that the governor wants to shift all school funding through the 2015 fair funding formula.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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O'Neill staffer named to take his place on Bucks County ballot

O'Neill staffer named to take his place on Bucks County ballot

With just ten days to go before the final cut off to get a party candidate on the ballot, Bucks County Republicans named 31-year-old Meghan Schroeder as their new candidate for the 29th Legislative District.

The seat was open after Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) suddenly announced he was not seeking reelection on Aug. 13.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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