TribLIVE

| Politics


Political Headlines

Dem Wolf eyes shale’s ‘golden egg’ to boost school funding

By Melissa Daniels
Tom Wolf, the Democrat who could become Pennsylvania’s next governor, wants to invest more in public education and transportation infrastructure. But to see those plans through, his administration would require hundreds of millions of dollars from taxes on Marcellus shale …

Montgomery County man jumps into race for Pennsylvania governor

By Tom Fontaine
A Montgomery County man began a write-in campaign for Pennsylvania governor a week ago, vowing not to accept any campaign contributions, hire staffers or pay for advertising. “The only thing I will accept are ‘likes’ or ‘shares,’ ” Dave Naples, …

Crist, Scott claim wins in Florida primaries

By From Wire Reports
TALLAHASSEE — Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Tuesday, defeating his primary challenger with almost 75 percent of the vote in early results and setting the stage for a nationally watched governor’s race. Republican Gov. Rick …

Corbett uninvited to labor parade over LCB issue

By Aaron Aupperlee
Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is an invitation-only affair that often leaves prominent Republicans off the guest list. Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor …

Conservative legislator puts credentials on line in bipartisan medicinal marijuana effort

By Melissa Daniels
The revelation kept Sen. Mike Folmer awake until 4 a.m. Folmer pored over studies and news articles while his wife, Sheila, wondered why he lingered …

Wisconsin’s Ryan ponders run for White House in 2016

By From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans’ presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he’ll try to move to the top of his party’s ticket in 2016. When asked on Sunday about …

‘War hawk’ Hillary Clinton would possibly lead U.S. to war, Paul says

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “a war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of State seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the United States involved in another Mideast war. Paul …

Florida governor proposes committee to review standardized testing

By The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday will roll out a series of education proposals that touches on everything from high-stakes testing to the cost of college and represents a break from some of the signature moves put in …

Democrats pick candidates to loosen Republicans’ grip on Michigan

By The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Democrats on Sunday rallied behind a ticket of candidates they hope will end the GOP’s dominance of state government in the November election, nominating gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer’s running mate and other challengers to top Republican …

Wisconsin Gov. Walker, in fierce battle to keep post, gains notice for reformist ways, win over unions

By Salena Zito
APPLETON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker seems to know his populist management style could win over more than just Badger State residents. He’s talking …

Texas Gov. Perry turns mug shot into T-shirt fundraiser

By Bloomberg News
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was indicted last week on abuse-of-power charges, has started selling T-shirts featuring his mug shot. The shirts show Perry’s picture …

Some documents in secret probe of Walker to be unsealed

By The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. — A federal appeals court decided on Thursday to unseal two dozen documents in a secret investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in 2012. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals planned to …

Nunn amps attacks on Perdue in Ga. forum

By The Associated Press
MACON, Ga. — Democrat Michelle Nunn on Thursday ramped up her attacks on Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s closely watched Senate race, portraying her opponent as an obstructionist who would continue gridlock in Washington. The two met for their first …

Former Va. governor divulges martial discord on 2nd day of trial

By The Washington Post
RICHMOND — In an emotional second day of testimony in his federal corruption trial, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell portrayed in searing detail the slow …

Perry goes on offensive as presidential run kicks off

By Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — Two days after his mugshot went viral on the Internet, Texas Gov. Rick Perry set out to show that he won’t be intimidated or slowed down by his indictment on abuse-of-power charges. “There’s some interesting things going on …

GOP: Wolf ‘Fresh Start’ campaign violates Pennsylvania law

By Melissa Daniels
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania says Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and his supporters are operating in violation of state election law, while Democrats continue …

Grand jury that heard testimony from Ravenstahl aides ends work

By Bobby Kerlik
A federal grand jury that investigated Pittsburgh government for more than a year expired on Tuesday without publicly filing indictments from testimony it heard from …

Perry indictment rallies Republicans after being dubbed partisan

By Bloomberg News
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment, initially seen as a political dagger in his 2016 presidential aspirations, could turn into an asset — especially if he beats the abuse-of-power charges. “Every Republican in Iowa that I have spoken to thinks it …

Patients’ angst spurs Oregon doctor to enter crucial Senate race for GOP

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Uncertain times can attract nontraditional, distinctive candidates in American politics. Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, a Portland, Ore., doctor running as the Republican challenger …

Perry not only possible presidential contender with legal hurdles

By The Associated Press
AUSTIN — As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House candidates have the distraction of legal troubles back …

Salena Zito Columns

Left behind in rural Northwest Ohio

By Salena Zito
VAN WERT, Ohio Two sunnyside-up eggs, four thick slices of bacon and wheat toast will lighten your wallet by under three bucks at Balyeat’s World …

2013 General Election Results

• Click here for final results.