Earmarks Live: Pork As Usual

Editorial The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The Great Earmark Eradication Effort of 2011 has slammed flat against a stubborn Senate even before the new Congress convenes next year. For all the talk about “reform,” it didn’t take long for the serial oinkers to squeal. Despite an electorate incensed over congressional spending, a conference-wide moratorium by House Republicans […]

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Local Leaders Advising Corbett

William Kibler The Altoona Mirror Because Gov.-elect Tom Corbett will soon be head of all state government departments, he’ll have the power to fulfill his campaign pledge to balance the budget without raising taxes, according to state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, one of 11 regional members of Corbett’s transition team. “It’s a great challenge,” said […]

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Toomey Urges Austerity Before Jobless Benefits

Mike Wereschagin Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sen.-elect Pat Toomey said Thursday that Congress should extend unemployment benefits but must pay for them by cutting money elsewhere. With Republicans about to take control of the U.S. House and six more seats in the Senate, policy debates in Washington are shifting from government stimulus to government austerity. Incoming House […]

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Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett Calls Meeting With Obama Productive

Kari Andren Harrisburg Patriot-News Gov.-elect Tom Corbett was among nearly two dozen newly elected governors who met with President Barack Obama in Washington on Thursday. The roughly hour-and-a-half meeting at Blair House, which stands opposite the White House, also included Vice President Joe Biden and a number of Cabinet secretaries. Corbett described the meeting as […]

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Newly Elected State Lawmaker Touts Fiscal Conservatism

Margaret Smykla Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A first-time fiscal conservative running for state office at a time when voters are railing against incumbents is bound to attract notice, and in the state’s 56th District, it resulted in a big change. “Residents told me they were tired of ‘business as usual’ in Harrisburg, that the system was broken […]

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House GOP: No Lame-Duck Slots Awards

Mike Wereschagin Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Some House Republicans want the state Gaming Control Board to hold off on awarding its last slots licenses until incoming leaders in Harrisburg appoint new board members. The board, however, is trying to award the last resort casino license, known as a Category 3 license, by Jan. 6, two days after […]

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Nancy Pelosi’s Unwelcome Christmas Gift

Karl Rove The Wall Street Journal After ignoring congressional Republicans for 22 months and 10 days, President Obama hosted a “come together, right now” session with them Tuesday. The topic: the Bush tax cuts—on income, capital gains and dividends—that are set to expire at the stroke of midnight, Dec. 31. The atmospherics at the White […]

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Senator-Elect Toomey Talks With Channel 11

WPXI In about a month Republican Pat Toomey will be sworn in as the United States senator representing Pennsylvania. On Thursday, Toomey spoke with Channel 11’s Rick Earle in a one-on-one interview. The senator elect from Allentown talked about some of the top issues he plans on tackling next year. “We’ve got to get this […]

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Pa. Gov-Elect To Meet With Transition Team Members

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Corbett is meeting with his transition team to begin building a new administration. The Republican plans to huddle with team members Tuesday at their charter meeting in Harrisburg. Corbett promised during his campaign to balance the state budget mainly through spending cuts, without increasing state taxes or fees, despite a projected multibillion-dollar […]

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Three In Governors’ Mansions Got Their Start In W.Pa.

Salena Zito Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Gov.-elect Tom Corbett isn’t the only Republican whose blue-collar roots in Western Pennsylvania helped propel him to a governor’s mansion in this month’s elections. It’s an upbringing that teaches practical life lessons, especially for politicians, said one sociologist. And it produces warm memories that aren’t easy to forget, said Indiana Gov. […]

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