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Virginia GOP Senate candidate Gillespie piles up mileage pursuing Warner

By Salena Zito 7:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner’s “Main Street appeal” to Virginians. Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, is challenging Warner for his Senate seat in the November election. Gillespie has put 40,000 miles …

Democratic gubernatorial nominee in spotlight at Labor Day Parade

By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik
The boos began as Tom Wolf approached the corner of Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, and grew louder as the gubernatorial candidate …

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett’s Medicaid change expected to have little impact with voters

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The federal government’s approval of Gov. Tom Corbett’s modified Medicaid plan is a victory for the Republican seeking re-election but not an issue that resonates deeply enough with voters to turn around a race led by Democrat Tom …

Corbett tries new TV ad attack strategy on Wolf

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A TV ad by Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign is opening a new front in the Republican’s mass communication strategy. The 30-second ad rolled out on Thursday labels Democrat Tom Wolf as a “maxed-out donor” to President Obama. It …

McConnell aide quits as scandal brews over 2012 presidential campaign

By The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager resigned on Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn’t want to become a distraction as …

Poll shows Wolf’s lead over Corbett widening

By Melissa Daniels
A summer of campaigning and advertising did little to revive Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s moribund popularity among Pennsylvania voters, the latest figures show. The results of a poll on Thursday from the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall …

Arizona treasurer captures GOP nod in governor’s race

By The Los Angeles Times
TUCSON — Doug Ducey, Arizona state treasurer and former head of the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream chain, prevailed in a crowded primary to capture the Republican nomination for governor. As of Wednesday, Ducey had about 36 percent of the …

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 …

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 …

Salena Zito Columns

Real American excellence

By Salena Zito
Excellence in America isn’t hard to find. Five-year-old Lorenzo Morton fiddles with the billiard balls along the edges of the pool table that greets customers …

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