Former Pa. Governor Tom Ridge: I’m Not Voting Republican This Year

Tom Ridge, Donald Trump

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge has voted Republican every four years since his 18th birthday. He says that streak will end in 2016.

In an opinion piece published under Ridge’s name in U.S. News and World Report today, Ridge says he cannot vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November.

“My disregard for Donald Trump has been well documented by multiple media outlets over the last several months, so I won’t belabor it yet again,” Ridge writes. “Suffice to say that I am disappointed that he is our party’s nominee. With a bumper-sticker approach to policy, his bombastic tone reflects the traits of a bully, not an American president and statesman. If he cannot unite Republicans, how can he unite America? I simply cannot endorse him.” Read more »

Trump: Chris Christie Could Be My Vice President

Donald Trump, Chris Christie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He didn’t come close to winning the presidential nomination, but Chris Christie could be your next vice president.

According to a Donald Trump interview with the Associated Press, he has narrowed down his VP slot to “a very good list of five or six people.” In the interview, he did not rule out selecting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his VP. Read more »

Poll: Clinton vs. Trump Is a Dead Heat in Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Trump photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license

A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a dead heat in Pennsylvania.

Clinton leads the poll of 1,077 self-identified registered voters, 43 percent to 42 percent, with 2 percent saying someone else, 7 percent saying they wouldn’t vote and 5 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points.

All of Trump’s rivals for the Republican nomination have dropped out of the race; he is the presumptive Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders, who held a rally in Atlantic City yesterday, has vowed to stay in until the end of the Democratic presidential primaries. But Clinton is way out in front and will most likely win her party’s nomination. Clinton vs. Trump is the most likely general election matchup. Read more »

Chris Christie to Chair Donald Trump Transition Team

Donald Trump and Chris Christie at a February rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, February 27th, 2016.

Chris Christie is going to work for The Donald.

Today, Trump announced that Christie would chair his transition team — the group that will prepare for what is hopefully a smooth transition from President Barack Obama to the newly-elected president.

“Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November,” Trump said in a press release. “I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.” Read more »

Bernie on the Boardwalk: Sanders Bashes Trump at Atlantic City Rally

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Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on May 9th. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

In the building where Donald Trump once held Mike Tyson prizefights and World Wrestling Federation world championship matches, Bernie Sanders spoke before a crowd in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this morning. The assembled masses were as boisterous as the ones at the WrestleMania events once hosted there by Trump.

“I don’t have to tell you too much about Donald Trump,” Sanders said at the rally. “You know more than most Americans … what we’re seeing in Atlantic City capsulizes the ugliness and the greed we’re seeing all over the country.”

Trump once owned three casinos in Atlantic City, but lost them through a series of bankruptcies. He still brags about the money he made in Atlantic City, and considered his time there a success. That stance is ripe for Sanders to hit with his message of economic populism, as he did at the seaside resort that is on the verge of bankruptcy. “Don’t tell me it makes any sense for Wall Street billionaires to be profiting while the people of Atlantic City are suffering,” Sanders said. Read more »

Philly Latinos React as Donald Trump Becomes the Face of the GOP

Donald Trump | photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license. Ted Cruz | Photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license

Donald Trump (left) is  the GOP’s presumptive nominee now that Ted Cruz (right) has bowed out. Trump photo by Michael Vadon, Creative Commons. Cruz photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons

You may not have heard much about Ted Cruz’s Latino roots during his campaign, but the fact is that “Felito” (a shortened version of Rafaelito, the diminutive of his given name) accomplished what no other Latino candidate — Republican or Democrat — has ever accomplished in U.S. politics. He won the Iowa Caucus, and then he won Texas, Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Maine … you get the point. Without being popular at all with the Latino electorate, Cruz nevertheless broke ground for Latino politicians before his run came to an end last night in Indiana.

Now that John Kasich has also bowed out, that leaves the GOP — which started the election season with two viable Latino candidates — with a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, who opened his campaign by insulting and criminalizing Mexicans and other Latinos.

The reaction of Latinos in Philadelphia ranges from those who see Trump’s now solo status as a GOP candidate as a victory of xenophobia and racism in the party, to those who see little actual difference between Cruz and Trump. Read more »

Trump’s Showing in Pennsylvania Puts Him on Path to the Nomination

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to members of the audience during a commercial break at a CNN town hall earlier this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pennsylvania awards 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention, the seventh-most of any state. But there’s a quirk in the law: Pennsylvania awards just 17 of them to the winner of the presidential primary. The other 54 delegates are elected directly by voters.

And while the Democratic primary displays the candidate each delegate is committed to, Republican delegates are elected without any indication of which candidate they’re going for, or if they’re going to vote for whoever wins in the district or statewide.

So Donald Trump’s resounding victory in the state yesterday doesn’t get him a clean sweep of delegates. But it appears he got pretty darn close.  Read more »

Here’s Hillary Clinton’s Philly Victory Speech


Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday, and she took her victory lap at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, flanked by the Pennsylvania politicians who’ve been flanking her all along. Hey, Jim Kenney! Yo, Tom Wolf! What’s up, Bob Casey! She spoke to a raucous crowd who often interrupted with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!”

The former Secretary of State delivered a speech very much in line with what she’d been saying at her Philly stops in the last week. She focused on Donald Trump, and responded specifically to his claims that she was playing gender politics.

“Now, the other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, ​’ woman card. ​’​ Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ​’​ woman card, ​’​ then deal me in,” she said to applause.

Clinton also attempted to mend fences with supporters of Bernie Sanders. “Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us. We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high,” she said, lobbing a few grenades at Wall Street for good measure.

And, of course, she vowed to return in July for the Democratic National Convention.

Read Clinton’s full speech below: Read more »

Bernie Sanders at Drexel: “If You Come Out to Vote, We’re Going to Win in Pennsylvania”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

In the waning hours of Monday evening, as voters prepared to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s primary, Bernie Sanders held the final rally of his Pennsylvania campaigning at Drexel University.

Despite numerous polls expecting Clinton to win, most by double-digits, Sanders asserted that winning Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania was within reach if voters went to the polls in droves.

“If you come out to vote tomorrow, and you drag your friends, and your aunts, and your uncles, and your coworkers, we’re going to win here in Pennsylvania,” Sanders declared early in his speech Monday.  Read more »

Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Vote Today

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Photo by William Thomas Cain/

Happy Election Day! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A lot is on the line today in Philadelphia. By voting, you could help decide whether Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. Or whether an indicted congressman is rewarded with another term. Or who might succeed the embattled Kathleen Kane as Attorney General.

If you still don’t know know who to support — or how to get to your polling place — don’t let that stop you. Just use our nifty guide to surviving Election Day. Here’s everything you need to know: Read more »

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