Good morning. Pennsylvania’s election for governor is heating up with promises, insults and profanity.
The Morning Call’s Steve Esack writes that Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf is filling airwaves and mailboxes with ads crediting him for increased spending on public schools, streamlined business regulations and donating his pay to charity.
Republican Scott Wagner, who’s behind in opinion polls and in fundraising, is pushing a rural vs urban message with an education focus. And, a la President Trump, he’s nicknamed Wolf: “Shady Tom.”
Wagner’s latest attack? Criticizing Wolf for visiting hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. His campaign says it will launch an aggressive advertising campaign this fall.
If he’s going to have a shot at replacing Wolf, Wagner need to persuade voters and move poll numbers. He is trailing Wolf by an average of 15 percentage points, according to a tally of public opinion polls by the website RealClear Politics.
Meanwhile, in the state Capitol
As the campaigns hit their final stretch, there’s still some governing to do this fall.
Morning Call columnist Paul Muschick details four policy issues where he says state lawmakers should focus their remaining session days.
Will that last final flurry of activity include action on any of the raft of sexual harassment and misconduct bills
prompted by the #MeToo movement? (via PennLive)
Booker in spotlight at Kavanaugh hearing
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, potential 2020 candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker sought to take a stand by releasing confidential documents, calling it an act of "civil disobedience" — and which Republicans labeled as blatant political grandstanding.
Rating change in Cartwright race
Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s GOP challenger, John Chrin, touted a national analyst suggesting the race was moving in his favor, in part citing the National Republican Congressional Committee’s nearly half-million dollar ad buy there.
Clip-and-save on PA-7 forums
And re-upping our rundown of where to see and hear the three candidates running in the 7th Congressional District. Those forums get underway starting next week, when Democrat Susan Wild and Republican Marty Nothstein will appear on WDIY together.