FOP backs Patty-Pat in 177th

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 endorsed Patty-Pat Kozlowski in the 177th Legislative District.

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Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 endorsed Patty-Pat Kozlowski in the 177th Legislative District.

“I am extremely proud and honored to have the backing of the Philadelphia FOP and have practiced ‘back the blue’ my entire life,” Kozlowski said. “From sitting on my local PDAC board, to volunteering over a decade at the Rizzo PAL, to having rallies, protests and vigils in support of our police officers, this endorsement means the world to me and this girl will be your biggest supporter, fighter and partner in Harrisburg. Thank you, Lodge №5, and all the officers who protect and serve our city. God bless you and your families.”

Kozlowski, a Republican, faces Democrat Joe Hohenstein.

In the Democratic primary, the FOP endorsed Sean Kilkenny.

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Mike Doyle, the Democratic candidate in the 170th Legislative District, will bring members of Ferko String Band to two campaign stops later this week.

Doyle, who is challenging Republican Rep. Martin White, will visit the FOP Senior Center, 730 Byberry Road, on Thursday night.

On Saturday night, he will travel to the Ephraim Goldstein Apartments, 12003 Bustleton Ave.

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Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor, last week released a plan intended to improve the economy and create jobs.

Wagner’s plan would eliminate regulations on businesses and lower taxes on employers.

“As a job creator that has started businesses from the ground up, I know exactly what we need to do to make Pennsylvania more business friendly,” he said. “Harrisburg’s excessive tax and regulatory climate continues to stand in the way of our economic potential, and I’m committed to changing that. My plan will get government off the backs of business owners so they can innovate, expand and produce the economic prosperity that has eluded us for far too long.”

Jeff Bartos, Wagner’s lieutenant governor running mate, added, “With our bountiful natural resources, strategic location, world-class institutions of higher learning and hardworking women and men eager for opportunity, Pennsylvania can be the fastest-growing, most dynamic state in the nation. All we need is leadership. Gov. Wolf has failed to foster growth and prosperity because he refuses to harness Pennsylvania’s many strengths, is indifferent to vital industries like agriculture and energy, and stifles growth with burdensome regulations. Our plan turbocharges Pennsylvania’s many assets and will make Pennsylvania a world leader in the modern economy.”

The announcement was made at Dotzel Trucking and Topsoil, in Luzerne County.

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Meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business state political action committee has endorsed Wagner, a former state senator.

“Scott Wagner has built successful businesses from scratch, and he knows the obstacles other small business owners face in Pennsylvania,” said Rebecca Oyler, state legislative director. “As a former senator, he had an excellent voting record on key small business issues. Wagner has been a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility and transparency in government as well as pension and regulatory reform. As a business owner himself, he knows wasteful state spending results in higher taxes, and unnecessary regulations hamper small-business growth.”

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The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is criticizing U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. for failing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and announcing his opposition even before a nominee was announced.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week began holding confirmation hearings.

GOP communications director Jason Gottesman said, “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States has once again shown Bob Casey’s positions on matters of public importance are limited to obstruction, resistance and catering to the liberal left. By opposing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination before it was even announced, Bob Casey has exhibited the kind of obstruction that the American people despise from their leaders. By not meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, Sen. Casey is derelict in the most basic of his duties as a United States senator.”

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BetDSI, an online gaming website, recently released updated odds to win the 2020 presidential election.

President Donald Trump is the favorite at 3–2.

The top Democrat is California Sen. Kamala Harris (8–1), followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10–1) and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, both at 12–1.

Other than Trump, the top Republican candidate was Vice President Mike Pence (16–1).

Celebrity candidates included Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey and Disney CEO Bob Iger, all at 50–1; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, both at 60–1; George Clooney (75–1); LeBron James (100–1); John Cena and Apple CEO Tim Cook, both at 200–1; and Kanye West (500–1). ••