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Dems to mend fences

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His three vanquished rivals were scheduled to join Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Democratic chairman, at a unity breakfast Friday in South Philadelphia.  The Inky's Tom Fitzgerald has the word on his Big Tent blog.

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W. Pa. Laborers endorse Corbett

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The Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania endorsed Gov. Tom Corbett for re-election as the geneal election gets underway.  The labor group has endorsed candidates of both parties over the years.  It was a big political and financial supporter of Mayor Bill Peduto in last year's Pittsburgh mayoral primary.  The Corbett campaign announced the early endorsement Thursday.

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Kress out as GOP caucus chair

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 Kaitlyn Riely has thte latest on a shift within the GOP caucus on county council:
 
Sue Means is the new caucus chair for Republicans on Allegheny County Council, the former chair said Wednesday night.
 
The Bethel Park Republican replaces Ed Kress, R-Shaler.
 
Ms. Means did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 
 
Mr. Kress, who has been caucus chair since January, said some of his Republican colleagues voted Ms. Means in and him out at the caucus meeting prior to Wednesday's County Council meeting. 
 
"I think they're upset about my vote for the gas leasing at Deer Lakes," Mr. Kress said, referring to the vote council took earlier this month to lease the gas rights beneath the county-owned park for natural gas drilling. 
 
He was one of two Republicans to vote in favor of the measure, which passed 9 to 5 and was highly touted by county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat. The other Deer Lakes yes-vote, Tom Baker of Ross, was not present at the caucus meeting, Mr. Kress said. 

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Jesse White's reaction to results pretty much on the Mark

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With the final returns rolling in from Washington and Allegheny counties, embattled state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, appears poised to slide to an easy -- if not unexpected -- victory over challenger Tom Casciola.

White, 35, took to Facebook minutes ago, saying that he received 57 percent of the unofficial vote totals.  He thanked supporters and said he's gearing up for the Nov. 4 challenge by Republican Jason Ortitay.  The 30-year-old from South Fayette was unopposed for the GOP nod.

White is facing his most serious challenge this year since being swept into office in 2006 with dozens of other newcomers protesting the pay raise faux pas.

He admitted impersonating constituents and colleagues last year as a so-called Internet troll, but voters -- at least Dems -- forgave him.

"To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of my political death have been greatly exaggerated," said White, who is expected to have his first baby with wife Eileen early next month.

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Tom Wolf declared Dem gubernatorial victor ... now sort through the details

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PG Politics Editor Jim O'Toole offers a first take on preliminary results showing Pennsylvania Democrats tonight picking millionaire businessman Tom Wolf as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett after Wolf dug deep into his own pocket to finance months of folksy TV ads that catapulted him to the top of a four-way race. A quick out-take from the top of his report:

His [Wolf's] victory over a strong field of Democratic competitors with more extensive political resumes sets the stage for an election that will test the unbroken Pennsylvania tradition of rewarding incumbent governors with a second term.

And now you can illuminate the granular details of that victory at our Primary Election page with county-by-county tabulations plus more details on other down ballot contests.

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