Congressman-Elect Kelly Gets Crash Course In D.C. Politics At Freshmen Orientation

Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News The Republican from Butler, who defeated one-term Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, of Erie, in the Nov. 2 election for the 3rd Congressional District seat, attended an orientation session in Washington for new members of the 112th Congress. A total of 94 soon-to-be freshman legislators — 85 Republicans and nine Democrats — […]

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New Lawmaker Evankovich Works To Perfect His Juggling Act

Daveen Rae Kurutz Pittsburgh Tribune-Review While handling the obligations of family, work, farming and campaigning, Eli Evankovich became a pretty good juggler this summer. And, if anything, winning a term in the state House of Representatives has added a few more balls for the 27-year-old Republican to keep in the air. Earlier this month, Evankovich […]

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Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team For New Session

Press Release Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2011-12 legislative session. Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been nominated once again to serve as┬áPresident Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Scarnati’s nomination when it reconvenes on January 4. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and […]

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Democrats’ Losses Ran Wide, Deep

Jessica Taylor Politico Republicans have already gained as many as 60 seats in Congress, but when GOP gains are looked at on a state-by-state basis, the bloody picture for Democrats nationwide becomes even more gruesome. Several state legislatures made historic transitions to Republican hands — some for the first time since the 19th century — […]

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Freudian Slips May Haunt Obama

Keith Koffler Politico President Barack Obama, fresh from his drubbing in the 2010 midterms, is trying to revive his fortunes by pursuing a path toward the middle. But Obama’s effort to overhaul his image is encumbered by conflicting impressions of who he is that have been engraved in voters’ minds by his own words. These […]

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Republicans May Yet Have Upper Hand In Senate

Gerald F. Seib Wall Street Journal On paper, the numbers tell you the Democrats held on to a majority in the Senate last week. In reality, things won’t be quite that neat. In fact, on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority, given the sentiments likely to prevail among certain Democrats who […]

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GOP Victory Could Boost Natural Gas Drilling

Marc Levy Associated Press The Republicans’ big election victories in Pennsylvania and on Capitol Hill could be Christmas-come-early for the drilling companies that are rushing to exploit the Marcellus Shale, the biggest known deposit of natural gas in the nation. Republican Gov.-elect Tom Corbett is seen as a lot friendlier toward the industry than outgoing […]

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ObamaCare Hits The Most Vulnerable

Mona Charen Town Hall Everyone agrees that the burden of dealing with escalating health care costs should not fall on the most vulnerable, right? Democrats in particular are always at pains to convince us that they are sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate. Yet among the many new taxes Obamacare will impose is […]

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Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett Announces Members Of Transition Team

Angela Couloumbis The Philadelphia Inquirer Gov.-elect Tom Corbett drew on top names in the state’s Republican establishment as he began assembling his transition team Wednesday, saying they would help him shape his administration as well as draft a plan for reforming state government by his first week in office.Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Corbett […]

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