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Corbett to meet Pope

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Our colleagues at the Inquirer report that Gov. Tom Corbett is heading to Rome, hoping to pave the way for a Papal visit to Philadelphia:

"Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and Gov. Tom Corbett will travel to Rome this month to meet with Pope Francis and invite him to attend an enormous international church gathering set for September 2015 in Philadelphia.

" 'I hope we'll have a very special visitor,' Mr. Corbett said at a news conference this morning before he and Mr. Nutter said they would invite the pope to the World Meeting of Families.

"Archbishop Chaput said the purpose of the trip March 23-27 would be to focus on planning for the event with Vatican officials.''

 

 

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Toomey at CPAC

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Sen. Pat Toomey headed to CPAC to take a victory lap at the conservative conclave after the Senate's rejection of Debo Adegbile, President Obama's choice to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department. 

As The Hill reports:

"Toomey led the charge against confirming Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division because of his work on a past case for the NAACP. The push led to the first rejection of an Obama nominee since Senate Democrats changed filibuster rules on nominees, lowering the threshold to 51 votes.

"I knew I could not let that stand without a fight," he said.

 

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Wolf to reap W.Pa. endorsements

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Tom Wolf, the new Democratic front runner in the race for governor, will be in town Saturday to showcase high profile endorsements from county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and possibly other local elected officials. 

Neither the county executive nor the mayor would comment on the development, which was confimed by figures involved in the discussions with the candidate.   It wasn't clear what other officials might join them at the weekend announcement.

Both Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Peduto are part of a group of local officials who have had ongoing discusssions about the possibility of a group endorsement from senior Democrats in the region.  Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, has been part of those discussions as well.  Several figures said they expected him to be there for the Saturday event as well but he did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the prospective endorsement.

  Sen. Jay Costa, the Senate Democratic leader, said several weeks ago that he favored the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz but was holding off on a formal statement of support in deference to the continuing discussions among his local Democratic colleagues.  He said Thursday that he contiinued to view Ms. Schwartz as the best candidate in the field.

The show of support will add to the early momentum for the Wolf campaign, which has rocketed to the top of recent surveys after a heavy round of advertising drawing on the $10 million in personal funds he has contributed to his campaign.  While Mr. Wolf is hardly a political neophyte _ he ihas been a major contributor to Democratic campaigns for years and served as secretary of revenue during the Rendell administration _ until now state Treasurer Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz have received more support from figures in the party establishment. 

The Wolf campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the anticipated support.

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Closer to 20 than 30

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By now you may have heard Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf boasting that he shares between 20 and 30 percent of his firm's profits with his employees.  If you haven't, you probably don't own a TV.  The AP's Marc Levy took a closer look and got Mr. Wolf's privately held firm to open its books to test the accuracy of the claim. 

The company records show that the building supply firm earned about $6 million in 2013 and paid out $1.26 million, or about 21 percent in prifit sharing to its employees, including Mr. Wolf.  For the firm and its employees, that was a better year than 2012, when it earned $2.1 million and paid $427,412 in profit sharing.   Marc quotes a company official's estimate that the average profit sharing check is about $5,000.  Check out Marc's full story after the jump.

 

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ACTION United backs McCord

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ACTION United, a progressive activist group that claims to have more than 50,000 members in the state, threw its support to state Treasurer Rob McCord in the Democratic race for governor.   The development contiinues the endorsement sweepstakes that McCord has dominated along with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz.  Former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, meanwhile continues to prevail in the early polling on the race.  Also contending for the nomination are former Auditor General Jack Wagner, former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz,

The McCord campaign release is after the jump.

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