Federal authorities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey scrutinized South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George E. Norcross III in 2016, going so far as to persuade a federal judge to approve a wiretap of his cell and work phones, records show. The federal probe did not result in any charges against Norcross, and his lawyer on Tuesday showed reporters a letter from federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicating that his client was not currently under investigation.
Gov. Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner faced off in the first and only debate of the campaign, battling over money in politics, the culture of Harrisburg, and issues like taxes, the death penalty and education funding.
For days, pundits and the nation have drawn parallels between the Senate hearings involving Anita Hill's allegations of sexual assault against Clarence Thomas and the controversy now swirling around Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Even as Thursday's hearing opened - more than a quarter-century after Hill's accusations were met with skepticism on Capitol Hill - the Senate followed suit as it heard testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school gathering in 1982. The judge denies that he ever assaulted anyone.
The ad contrasts Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's work as an FBI agent - serving in tribute to his uncle, a New York police officer killed in the line of duty - with donations made by Scott Wallace's family foundation to "a liberal organization that has given a voice to the convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal."
"When you look around your communities, and especially Philadelphia, and see what Democrats like Tom Wolf have delivered, what do you have to lose by taking a chance on someone committed to engaging and improving your life?" Republican Scott Wagner said at an event for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
Impeach President Trump? The criminal convictions of two former top Trump aides delivered a blow to the White House, as Democrats seek to run on an anti-corruption message. But Democrats running in competitive districts, in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere, are trying to avoid talk of impeachment.
Andrew Seidman covers politics in the Philadelphia region, focusing on power brokers. Previously, he covered New Jersey state government and politics.