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GOP may capture control of Senate; lose governorships

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — They may or may not be bums, but voters are poised to throw a lot of politicians out on Tuesday. Two-thirds of Americans see the nation on the wrong track. Confidence in the economy remains shaky. People are scared about terrorist threats and the Ebola virus. They see …

Race for Pennsylvania’s 39th Legislative District one to watch

By Patrick Cloonan
Voters in Southeastern Allegheny and Northwestern Washington counties have two choices Tuesday in one of Pennsylvania’s more widely watched state House contests. The 39th Legislative …

Daley to face Cook in 49th District

By Chris Buckley
The Valley’s longest standing state lawmaker, Peter J. Daley touts more than three decades of achievements in seeking re-election to the 49th Legislative District. His …

Gergely up against GOP’s Peoples in Pennsylvania House’s 35th District

By Patrick Cloonan
Voters in the state House’s 35th Legislative District will choose between veteran Democratic incumbent Marc Gergely and Republican challenger Kenneth Peoples on Tuesday. Both are …

Franklin and Marshall poll: Corbett narrows lead by Wolf for Pa. governor

By Melissa Daniels
While Democrat Tom Wolf rallies support on a statewide bus tour, the latest poll in the Pennsylvania governor’s race shows Gov. Tom Corbett has narrowed …

Republican U.S. Rep. Kelly leads Democrat LaVallee in Mercyhurst poll

By Melissa Daniels
A poll this week focused on the 3rd Congressional District, where Gov. Corbett, a Republican, is not enjoying the same re-election support as GOP Rep. …

32nd District seat in Pa. perceived as pivotal for chamber control

By Kari Andren
Experts say the nearly $2 million spent by candidates in a bitterly fought state Senate race centered in Fayette and Somerset counties is off the …

Bipartisan deal in works to stock Pa. Supreme Court

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A potential deal is in the wind for the next governor, whether it’s Republican Gov. Tom Corbett or Democratic nominee Tom Wolf, to …

Corbett names Penn Hills businessman to state financing authority

By Tribune-Review
Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Penn Hills businessman Howard B. Slaughter Jr. to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority. Slaughter is president and CEO of Christian …

Corbett blasts Wolf; Clinton speaks at challenger’s South Side rally

By Melissa Daniels  and Brad Bumsted
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett told the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday that the amount it would cost Pennsylvania taxpayers to cover Democrat Tom Wolf’s campaign …

Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice retires due to porn emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery stepped down Monday, agreeing not to seek elective judicial office or appointment as a senior judge because …

Republican National Committee Chair Priebus praises GOP progress

By Salena Zito
The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters …

In 11th-hour push in W.Pa., Wolf urges voters to show up at polls

By Jason Cato
After leading in the polls for months, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf told supporters Sunday in the Mon Valley that such predictions mean little if …

Platform of Christiana’s challenger in 15th District unclear

By Tom Fontaine
A former Aliquippa police officer who lost his job because he decided to run for the state House is  looking to unseat state Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver. Christiana, 31, said he hasn’t crossed paths with his opponent, Paul Cain, or …

Corbett responds to candidate’s criticism over length of Sandusky investigation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett, who as attorney general began investigating Jerry Sandusky, said on Thursday that he welcomes any review or investigation of the …

Critics claim state Attorney General Kane puts politics first

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Call it a difficult year for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the first Democrat and woman elected to the office. Her selective release …

Corbett, Wolf resort to sticks, stones to attract attention

By Melissa Daniels
It takes four seconds for the satire to sink in, before viewers realize the family man seated at a kitchen table and speaking in favor …

Both candidates for governor visiting Armstrong County on Saturday

By Valley News Dispatch
Both gubernatorial candidates will be holding public events in Armstrong County on Saturday. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will be making a campaign stop in Leechburg …

Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery won’t be charged over wife’s referral fees

By Natasha Lindstrom
Federal prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery over hefty referral fees his wife received while working as …

55th House candidates relying on relationships with voters, not media advertising

By Braden Ashe
The Republican challenger for Pennsylvania’s 55th Legislative District is looking to run his campaign like his business. The owner of Ligonier-based BP Insurance Inc., Brian …

Salena Zito Columns

D.C. elites miss signs pointing to GOP Senate

By Salena Zito
BROOKHAVEN, W.Va If you don’t look in the weeds, sometimes you miss the signs. Late this summer, along the edges of this Mountain State town, a homemade sign jutted from the edge of a country road. It read, simply: “Change …