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(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Judge Rules Montgomery County Man Can Remain On Ballot To Challenge Corbett In Republican Primary

A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled that a conservative challenger Bob Guzzardi should be allowed to remain on the Republican ballot in May’s primary.

23 hours ago

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Analyst: Corbett Makes “Shrewd” Moves In Tough Election Year

Governor Corbett made a couple of moves that surprised political observers this past week.

03/09/2014

Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA

Support For Gay Marriage Is Growing In Pennsylvania, Political Analyst Says

Lawsuits are pending in both federal and state court in Pennsylvania and some say the question is not whether marriage equality will exist in the Commonwealth, but when.

02/19/2014

(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

AG Defends Length Of Probe Into Length Of Sandusky Probe

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is defending the length of her investigation into Tom Corbett’s probe of Jerry Sandusky. She issued a statement this week explaining delays.

02/08/2014

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett.  File photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

Corbett Approval Rating Inches Upward In Latest Poll

But Franklin & Marshall Poll director Terry Madonna notes that at just 23 percent, the number of folks who think Corbett is doing a “good” or “excellent” job is still quite low.

01/30/2014

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Study: Facebook Engagement Could Replace Traditional Political Polls

A new study suggests that Facebook engagement could replace traditional polls when it comes to predicting the outcome of an election.

01/28/2014

(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Controller Eyes The 2015 Mayor’s Race

Alan Butkovitz is being sworn in to a third term as Controller but its well known that he has his eyes on the mayor’s office.

01/06/2014

(A polling place at 10th and Oxford in North Philadelphia.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

Judges Easily Elected in Philadelphia, Some Despite Poor Ratings

Four of the judicial candidates in Philadelphia won despite getting negative recommendations from the city’s Bar Association.

11/06/2013

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Local Races Are The Draw In Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Election

Philadelphia voters will decide whether to re-elect the city’s district attorney and controller.

11/02/2013

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Pollster Says Most Pennsylvanians Not Riled Up Over Gay Marriage Issue

“Given the health of the economy, given the other economic and fiscal concerns that voters have, I don’t think it’s likely to move center stage .. in the short run,” says Terry Madonna.

10/02/2013

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PA Lawmakers Return After Summer Recess

Capitol insiders continue to handicap the chances for passage this fall of the three big items on Governor Corbett’s agenda: transportation funding, privatization of liquor sales, and pension reform.

09/23/2013

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Poll: Pennsylvania Voters Don’t Approve Of Montgomery County Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Less than a week before the matter is argued before a state judge, a new poll shows the decision by a Montgomery County official to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples is widely unpopular with Pennsylvania voters.

08/29/2013

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Failure Of Agenda Another Setback For Corbett

The failure of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s agenda in the final weeks of the legislature’s spring session is another setback for a governor heading toward an election year with abysmal poll numbers.

07/03/2013

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Poll: Public Support For Liquor Privatization Is Waning

The F&M poll shows support for selling off state stores has dropped from 53-percent in February to 47-percent now.

05/08/2013

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Pennsylvania Primary: One Statewide Race But Many Local Races

While leaders of both parties focus on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s expected 2014 re-election campaign, voters across the state also will be choosing nominees for local judgeships, municipal offices and school boards.

04/20/2013

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