O'Brien pulls out of reelection campaign

O'Brien pulls out of reelection campaign

First elected in 2006, Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Philadelphia) will not run for reelection this year.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Department of State lists him as “withdrawn” on its website. The development was first reported by City and State PA.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner accused Governor Tom Wolf of cutting funding to public schools in a press conference Thursday morning.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Following a sudden retirement two months after the primary, a state House seat in the north Pittsburgh suburbs is now, temporarily at least, without a Republican nominee.

Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), a veteran and attorney, announced July 3 that he was not running for reelection. He is the 28th General Assembly member, and the 22nd Republican, to announce his retirement this year.
Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

Of the 17 statewide races held over the past decade, the winner of Northampton County has carried Pennsylvania in 15 of them.

The two who didn’t go on to win? Both native sons — including former Northampton County Executive John Brown in the 2016 auditor general’s race, and Former District Attorney John Morganelli in the 2008 attorney general’s race.

“If [Northampton County] likes a candidate, they will pick them up and drag them across the finish line,” Lee Snover, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Committee, said.

Sunday, July 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner, who won the GOP primary in mid-May over health care consultant Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth, gave a subdued, conciliatory farewell address on the Senate Floor to mark the day.

In it, he celebrated his surprising arrival via a write-in victory in a 2014 special election, and thanked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working with him on myriad issues. He also apologized for times when his fiery personality may have caused offense.
Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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