Editorial Board Endorsements Come Pouring in for Governor Wolf

Editorial boards across the commonwealth are endorsing Governor Tom Wolf for re-election, highlighting the progress Pennsylvania has made under his leadership and his plans to continue moving Pennsylvania forward.

Pennsylvania – Editorial boards across the commonwealth are endorsing Governor Tom Wolf for re-election, highlighting the progress Pennsylvania has made under his leadership and his plans to continue moving Pennsylvania forward. Read what the most recent editorial board endorsements had to say:

Indiana Gazette: Re-elect Gov. Wolf

For the past four years, Gov. Tom Wolf has maintained a steady hand on the tiller of Pennsylvania’s ship of state.

Soft-spoken and personable, the former York County businessman is not given to bombast and self-aggrandizement like so many modern politicians. Nevertheless, he has aggressively attacked many of the state’s problems: working to get Pennsylvania’s finances in order; making progress in restoring funding for education at all levels; helping to improve the safety of our schools; expanding the availability of health care; forcefully addressing the opioid epidemic; and helping secure the Urban Outfitters facility at Windy Ridge.

His record of achievement is strong, and we believe there are more good days ahead. That’s why we heartily endorse giving the Democratic incumbent, Tom Wolf, four more years as governor.

Sunbury Daily Item: Wolf a clear choice for governor

Gov. Wolf has provided sound leadership for the commonwealth on drives this year on anti-hazing, commonsense gun reforms when it comes to domestic abusers and in the state’s response to the Attorney General’s grand jury report into decades of child abuse within the Catholic Church. Under Wolf’s watch, the state has started to inch away from its arcane liquor laws and successfully rolled out a medical marijuana program that continues to evolve and now includes a research component.

Wolf has also kept the state focused on the opioid crisis, ramped up education funding — although more is needed along with a fairer funding formula — and added to the commonwealth’s health care options by expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Washington Observer-Reporter: Gov. Tom Wolf deserves to be re-elected

Wolf has restored $1 billion in funding for education, and has been a firm advocate for investing in Pre-K programs and training students in science and technology. The opioid epidemic gained force through much of Wolf’s tenure, and he has helped combat it by, among other things, expanding Medicaid and supporting a prescription drug monitoring program that can pinpoint if patients are trying to stock up on opioids from multiple doctors. Wolf has worked with the medical community to create 45 treatment centers across the commonwealth. It’s not a flashy record, but one of solid accomplishment.

Philadelphia Tribune: Tribune endorses Wolf, Casey, others

…Wolf has made Pennsylvania better.

He has restored funding to our public schools that was reduced under former Gov. Tom Corbett. He has also expanded access to health care through Medicaid. He has signed legislation to provided non-violent ex-offenders a second chance.

Wolf deserves re-election to achieve his goals, including raising the minimum wage and improving public-school funding.

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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ICYMI: PennLive: For Governor: Tom Wolf is the right choice for Pennsylvania

Wolf’s steady hand, thoughtful demeanor and clear commitment to public service have made him the kind of leader that Pennsylvania needs during these rapidly changing times.

* Wolf’s steady hand, thoughtful demeanor and clear commitment to public service have made him the kind of leader that Pennsylvania needs during these rapidly changing times.

* In four years at the helm, Wolf has largely kept his promises. He’s increased state support for public education by more than $2 billion, and, with an executive branch gift ban and other policies, has improved ethics and accountability in a state government that is notoriously lacking in both qualities.

* Wolf has been a stalwart defender of women’s and civil rights, championing efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has vetoed bills that would have eviscerated access to abortion and opposed attempts to gut state funding for women’s health programs.


ICYMI: PennLive: For Governor: Tom Wolf is the right choice for Pennsylvania 

…Wolf’s steady hand, thoughtful demeanor and clear commitment to public service have made him the kind of leader that Pennsylvania needs during these rapidly changing times.

And compared to his competitor, the bullying and brash Republican Scott Wagner, there is no question: The Editorial Board of PennLive/The Patriot-News believes Wolf has earned another four-year term in the Governor’s Office.

In four years at the helm, Wolf has largely kept his promises.

He’s increased state support for public education by more than $2 billion, and, with an executive branch gift ban and other policies, has improved ethics and accountability in a state government that is notoriously lacking in both qualities.

Wolf has worked hard to fight the scourge of opioid addiction; increased the minimum wage for state workers, and expanded the state’s Medicaid rolls to provide coverage to hundreds of thousands more Pennsylvanians.

The administration also managed to reach agreement on legislation that helped tame the state’s runaway public pension system. And it helped drag the state’s liquor monopoly, kicking and screaming, into the modern era.

Wolf has been a stalwart defender of women’s and civil rights, championing efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has vetoed bills that would have eviscerated access to abortion and opposed attempts to gut state funding for women’s health programs.

…Wolf brings with him a portfolio of measurable achievement that Wagner simply does not.

During his four years in the GOP-controlled state Senate, the York County Republican did not act as the prime sponsor of a major piece of legislation passed into law.

And while he has railed against excessive government regulation, Wagner could not provide a single example of where he successfully rolled one back while he was in the Senate.

Wagner has, however, succeeded as a bully in the Trumpian mold.

Confronted, for instance, by a young woman questioning his stance on climate change, Wagner patronizingly dismissed her as “young and naive.”

In a Facebook video, he threatened to “stomp” on Wolf’s face with golf spikes. And, most cynically of all, he tried to blame Wolf for doing nothing to stop the migrant column slowly making its way to the nation’s southern border.

Yes, Wagner did make a compelling case that Wolf should have participated in more debates.

But Wagner’s decision to put his political ambitions ahead of his constituents by quitting the Senate in May to focus full time on his gubernatorial run leaves us wondering whether he might leave Pennsylvania taxpayers similarly in the lurch if he got a better offer while in the Governor’s Office.

There is no such worry with Wolf, whose solid record of achievement and steady demeanor makes him the superior choice at the polls next Tuesday.

 

Read the piece here.

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ICYMI: Pittsburgh City Paper: A narrow path exists for Pennsylvania to prohibit legal abortions

With control of both state House and Senate, the only thing stopping bills to end legal abortions in Pennsylvania is Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already vetoed abortion-restriction bills during his first term and has vowed to protect abortion access.

* If Roe is overturned, Pennsylvania legislators have a chance to pass bills severely restricting abortion or making it illegal, since Pennsylvania lacks abortion protections in its constitution. And many Republican legislators have track records that indicate a desire to do just that, having introduced several abortion-restriction bills over the last few years.

* With control of both state House and Senate, the only thing stopping bills to end legal abortions in Pennsylvania is Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already vetoed abortion-restriction bills during his first term and has vowed to protect abortion access.

* The easiest path forward for abortion opponents is to elect gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, who has an anti-abortion stance.


When Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed this October, the possibility of repealing the landmark Roe V. Wade abortion-rights case became a lot more plausible.

Kavanaugh called Roe “settled law,” but he was nominated by President Donald Trump, who campaigned on appointing judges that would end legal abortion. Kavanaugh’s prior record indicates a more conservative stance on abortion access. He represents the fifth conservative justice to the liberals’ four.

There are different challenges to Roe currently in federal courts, which could be heard by the Supreme Court within a year.

If Roe is overturned, Pennsylvania legislators have a chance to pass bills severely restricting abortion or making it illegal, since Pennsylvania lacks abortion protections in its constitution. And many Republican legislators have track records that indicate a desire to do just that, having introduced several abortion-restriction bills over the last few years.

With control of both state House and Senate, the only thing stopping bills to end legal abortions in Pennsylvania is Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already vetoed abortion-restriction bills during his first term and has vowed to protect abortion access.

The easiest path forward for abortion opponents is to elect gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, who has an anti-abortion stance.


Champion: State House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Marshall) has backed several abortion-restriction bills.

Opponent: Gov. Tom Wolf (D-York)

Integral candidates: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R-York)


“Senseless, elective abortions stand contrary to every principle that makes America great. And we need to come together to stop as many abortions as we can.” – Scott Wagner said in a statement of support at the March For Life rally in January.


By the Numbers: According to an August poll, 30 percent of Pennsylvanians want abortion legal in all circumstances, while 15 percent support making abortion illegal.

 

Read the piece here.

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Governor Wolf Receives Another Endorsement from Wolf and Wagner’s Hometown Paper

Today, Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, The York Dispatch, endorsed Governor Wolf for re-election.

Pennsylvania – Today, Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, The York Dispatch, endorsed Governor Wolf for re-election. Governor Wolf has now received the endorsement of both York newspapers, as the York Daily Record also endorsed him last week. Both editorial boards praised the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf’s leadership and emphasized that Scott Wagner’s unhinged temperament makes him unfit for office. Read more from the York Dispatch’s endorsement below:

… Wolf has emerged as a steady and steadying presence in Harrisburg, where he has overseen fiscal stability and led sure-handed responses to some of the state’s — and era’s — most pressing social issues.

His efforts to battle the explosive opioid crisis, for example, has been far-reaching and effective.

From establishing dozens of treatment centers to arming police officers and school officials with overdose-reversing drugs, the governor has brought resources and support where they’ve been most badly needed.

Wolf’s efforts to expand and coordinate resources to counter sexual assaults in schools and colleges through the “It’s On Us PA” campaign has been similarly timely and effective.

More important than past accomplishments, Wolf offer the best chance for progress going forward on a number of important fronts:

— Gun violence: As a horrific mass shooting at a Pittsburgh-area synagogue Saturday once again demonstrated, Pennsylvania is not immune from the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the nation. Wolf has pushed for a ban on the sale of assault weapons — like the AR15, which was one of the firearms used in Saturday’s shooting — and an expansion of background checks to cover private sales of many firearms. Saturday’s violence shows he must push harder during his second term.

— Political reform: Wolf supports stricter lobbying laws and a ban on gift-giving to state politicians. He has also proposed same-day registration for voters and he continues to push for a much-needed independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts.

— Middle-class concerns: Wolf supports the Medicaid expansion and has been the only thing standing between Medicaid benefits and GOP-backed work requirements. He also supports raising the state’s current $7.25 minimum wage to $12 and has been an advocate for full and equitable funding for public schools.

Finally, Wolf brings to the governor’s office the type of personal and political probity that is sorely lacking in much of today’s politics.

He does not target opponents with slander and sarcasm. He does not resort to violent imagery and physical threats. He charts a concerned, thoughtful and respectful course through his public dealings that reflects positively on himself, his office and the state.

The race for governor is arguably the most important decision Pennsylvania’s voters will make next Tuesday. It is inarguably the easiest.

On the basis of his record, priorities and temperament, Tom Wolf has earned a second term.

Read the full endorsement here.

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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