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Today's vote is for who you, the Dailykos community, think should represent the Democratic Party in the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election.

In the forum on the topic, I mentioned why I think this type of discussion is necessary. In general, I see it as a way for Progressives to engage and influence who ultimately represents us in our government. It's not about maintaining party purity, or political pragmatism; it's about stressing thoughtful discussion, building consensus based upon substance, and ultimately, strengthening the Democratic Party. And I think, that's one of the best aspects of this wing, and distinguishes us from the Tea Party wing, where the media might try to portray us in some false equivalence viewpoint.

The current list of candidates are Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty.

Before you vote, I encourage you to read the comments in the previous diary. Additionally, I think some other informative posts are worth perusing:

Allyson Schwartz: PA GOV: One Pennsylvania & an Introduction
117 House Democrats Sign Letter Opposing Chained CPI

Tom Wolf: Americans for Prosperity Pushing New Union Busting Legislation in Pennsylvania
PA voters-Your opinion of Tom Wolf, candidate for Governor...

Rob McCord:
PA-Gov: Treasurer Rob McCord (D) Hires Sen. Casey's (D. PA) Finance Director
Rob McCord leads Dems in PA Governor's primary contest

Katie McGinty:
PA Democratic Gov. Candidate Katie McGinty Takes Questions on Fracking, Marijuana & GMO's [VIDEO]

Let's remember that no candidate is perfect, and once in office, will not keep all their campaign promises. Nevertheless, we can be pragmatic while still putting forward the best possible candidate, one that best exemplifies a Progressive candidate, and offers the best opportunities to uphold true Democratic values and policies.

Are you committed to building up Democrats? Prove it.

After you vote, feel free to mention in the comments why you voted that way.

Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM PT: After 24 hours, Tom Wolf wins with 43% of the vote for Progressive Ticket representative. Of course, reflecting Progressive values, this choice is always up for review, whether it is out of 30 votes, or 3000 votes. But for now, he is the pick. Thanks for making your voice heard! Let's keep working for More and Better Democrats.

Originally posted to Electing Better Democrats: The Progressive Ticket on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, and DKos Pennsylvania.


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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, Cadillac64, Trosk, paulex

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:58:12 AM PDT

  •  in 1990s, Schwartz was 1 of 4 out of 50 PA Sens (3+ / 0-)
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    pierre9045, Adam B, Cadillac64

    In the 1990s, Allyson Schwartz was one of 4 out of a total of 50 state Senators who voted against the bill to define marriage in PA as between a man and a woman.  She was way out in front on this issue at a time when some thought such a vote could end her career.  

    She has guts.

    •  The one thing that distinguishes Schwartz (1+ / 0-)
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      out of all the Dem candidates, she's the only one who can boast a proven track record in a legislative voting record. Which can be an asset and a weakness. Highlighting the accomplishments in that regard is probably her best asset going forward.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:18:26 AM PDT

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  •  My vote is for Tom Wolf (3+ / 0-)
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    Trosk, Cadillac64, paulex

    The overall thing that sold me on him is the substance of his ads: they are entertaining, they highlight his political attributes, yet he is still relateable and genuine to so many Americans.

    The proof is in how he went from one of the stragglers to the frontrunner with only a month or two of media campaigning. Even the most aggressive of political ad campaigns rarely enjoy such success. And Wolf did it largely on bio-style ads.

    The other thing for me is the underlying message that Wolf's ads send: He thinks campaigning as a strong Democrat is a winning strategy in this state.

    That's one of the things I find extremely uplifting about the Dem primary this year. All the Dem ads (Wolf, McCord, and Schwartz that I've seen) explicitly come out calling themselves Democrats. I don't think Corbett's ads mention that he's even a Republican, though I may be wrong, been awhile since I saw the last one. His website certainly doesn't mention it very visibly.

    Whatever state you are in, the next time you see a political ad, just ask one thing: do they mention what party the candidate they are supporting belongs to?

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:12:56 AM PDT

  •  i'm close (3+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, paulex, peregrine kate

    on all four, I chose McGinty like her work in the DEP. Schwartz and McCord seem to centrist to me. But Wolf has the most money. In the end I prefer to win over purity. So hopefully we will elect a new governor in the fall.

  •  I'm going with Wolf for a few reasons (3+ / 0-)
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    First of all, it's great to see a wealthy businessman running as a strong, unabashed Democrat, particularly one like Wolf who genuinely seems more interested in people than profits (nothing wrong with profits, but a lot of businessmen on the other side seem to go for profits at the expense of people).

    While I completely disagree with the Republican line that government needs to be run like a business, I do think that in some cases it takes a non-politician who isn't looking to move up in order to enact meaningful reforms.  Again, there's nothing wrong with ambition (in what other profession is moving up the ladder looked down upon?), but from what I've read about PA, it is in need of some serious reforms.

    Finally, I have to admit that I just get a good vibe from him and his ads.  Leaders aren't just a list of policy positions, this kind of stuff matters too.

    My only concern about Wolf is that since he's not part of the political system, he may not be too concerned with winning back the legislature.  Great executives can be felled by terrible legislatures, so I hope he'll recognize the importance of picking up legislative seats by 2016, if not this year.

    •  You make an excellent point about the legislature (1+ / 0-)
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      Dems are not that far away from retaking both houses of the General Assembly. But it makes the top of the ticket that much more strategically valuable.

      A good candidate could win Dems the gov mansion. A great candidate could win Dems the whole shebang.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:42:57 AM PDT

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  •  Tom Wolf (1+ / 0-)
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    I like him. All the candidates are capable, and whoever wins the primary in May I'll support.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:50:05 AM PDT

  •  McCord would be a divider. (0+ / 0-)

    We definitely are alabama sandwiched between pittsburgh & philly. We - every year - hunt deer on a magnitude that would poleaxe an iowan. For example, in all of iowa about 100K deer were culled last year. I'm in WMU 5c, which is allocated for 95K deer to be culled this year - down from 103K last year. Down from last year so as to bump the size of the statewide herd.

    What does this have to do with McCord? Well, we all know about the presidential politics of virginia where dems try to sweep as many votes from the region around DC in order to overcome the huge swaths of sparsely populated counties downstate. It's the same mechanism here in PA - gain enough dem votes in pitts and philly to overcome the "alabama" red in the middle of the state.

    Of the four candidates, at a first glance three of them seem to be silent on guns. But McCord's Issue Page contains a number of dem dog whistles that simply don't match reality on the ground statewide.

    Require background checks on all guns purchased at gun shows and online.
    The law doesn't make any distinctions regarding location. The law makes distinctions regarding handgun vs long gun and regarding the seller.
    Require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms, which often end up in the hands of criminals.
    To the extent this happens, it's a population-center focused event. However, it's not happening in the way that is implied by the phrasing of those words because the national average from time of purchase to time of crime is 11.1 years while the PA average is 11.3 years. link - page 8 The phrasing makes it sound like guns are just walking out of people's houses in criminal hands all the time - and the actual records of real world events simply doesn't match that fiction.
    Lobby the federal government to reinstate the federal ban on dangerous assault weapons.

    Ensure the Pennsylvania State Police complement is fully staffed and put more troopers on patrol to keep our communities safe.

    Reward communities that maintain their own police force rather than shift responsibility to the State Police and the costs of protection to the state.

    These three deserve to be together because while they seem to play on feelings of current-fear and possible future-security, they also can be shown to have precious little effectiveness. So-called 'assault weapons' aren't at all as big of a problem as the nightly news will make you think they are. link page 4
    The communities that are covered by the PA state police aren't at all the source of crime in this state link page 10. I personally really dislike pie charts, but damn, it looks like Philly and Pittsburgh (dem strongholds) are the source of about 75% of gun crime in all of pennsylvania. And both of those cities have their own police force, so will not see more state police on patrol. Furthermore, as the source of about 3 of every 4 gun crimes in the state, Pitts and Philly probably shouldn't be rewarded for anything because clearly they aren't doing things all that well already.
    Equip law enforcement agents with better technology and equipment so they can operate more efficiently and effectively and share information and data across multiple agencies to keep the focus on eliminating crime at its source.
    Anyone else see shadows of 'police state surveillance' and such when McCord talks about multiple agencies?

    So, in total what I see here is the eyebrows of middle-pa raising at the false-premise of the first bullet point. That gets them to start paying attention. That is followed up with a bullet point that doesn't apply to middle-pa and according to the nightly news still doesn't apply but a hair's breadth to the major cities.  Finally, a three-swing combination that punishes those who haven't been a problem, for problems that aren't anywhere near them, and rewards the problem locations for their piss-poor performance.

    Yeah, I don't see McCord as having coat tails for any dem in middle pa to ride to electoral victory. Result: Dems in middle pa would have to run from him on the issue of "public safety", spending time and money on creating that distance when it would be much better spent on getting the word out regarding the affordable care act and income inequality.

    I haven't voted yet, but this effectively removes McCord from consideration for me. We definitely CAN have someone who doesn't ruffle the feathers of the middle PA and still carries progressive water. Just look at Mike Beebe of arkansas for example - 70% approval rating and still doing progressive things for arkansas.

    •  I probably won't vote mccord (0+ / 0-)

      But he was the only one to have balls to say he would support legalization of pot if he gets bi-partisan support.

      Futhermore I like his aggressive tax levy on frackers. Goes further than anyone else.

      Schwartz has zero chance of getting my vote.

      McCord and Wolf support paying college athletes; while the women don't. That's a strike against the women in my book.

      I was leaning towards McGinty, but wavering now. She's articulated on her site about independent congressional redistricting and also supporting the popular-vote movement. I found her site to be much more comprehensive over a broader range of issues.

      •  I was going to like this comment (0+ / 0-)

        except for this part:

        McCord and Wolf support paying college athletes; while the women don't. That's a strike against the women in my book.
        Notice how you mention the men by name, but only refer to them women as "the women?"

        I feel like it wasn't deliberate, since you had such a positive review of McGinty's views. Still, that faux pas bugged me.

        "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

        by pierre9045 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:50:12 AM PDT

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        •  sorry (1+ / 0-)
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          It wasn't deliberate. I apologize.  

          I haven't had a chance to hear them debate, but McGinty, in my opinion has presented her views thoroughly on her site - I took an hour to read through all of the policy platforms of the various candidates.

          I think McGinty is more than qualified for the position and I think she can be PA's first female governor which would be positive for the state's history.

          I hope more people on here can comment on here to help us decide who is the best  progressive candidate. For such a key state and huge election, the interest seems to be a little 'light' .

  •  Q&A with candidates (1+ / 0-)
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    Q&A with pennlive editorial board with the candidates:




    I haven't had a chance to view them all....each about an hour long.

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