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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Congressman-Elect Kelly Plans To Decline Government-Paid Health Coverage

Kevin Flowers The Erie Times-News Congressman-elect Mike Kelly was among the Republicans who blasted the Democrats’ health-care law leading up to the midterm elections. Now many of those Republicans face pressure to decline government-provided health coverage when they take office — and Kelly said today he plans to do just that. Both Kelly and fellow […]

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57% Favor Repeal Of Health Care Law

Rasmussen Reports Most voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, and they remain almost evenly divided over whether the law will force them to change their own health insurance coverage. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% favor repeal of the health care law passed by Congress in […]

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Empty Promises On Health Care Will Haunt Obama

Byron York Washington Examiner Barack Obama is only halfway through his term, but it’s not too early to ask: What is the biggest whopper he has told as president? So far, the hands-down winner is: “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your […]

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Democrats Showing They Still Don’t Get It

Matt Mackowiack Philadelphia Inquirer Last week, by a vote of 143-50, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California was overwhelmingly elected leader of the Democratic minority for the next Congress over token opposition from Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina. Democrats also reelected the rest of their House leadership team, even though they had just suffered their […]

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Barack Obama’s Outreach Not Enough

Politico After business leaders sank millions into the midterms to defeat Democrats, a chastened Obama administration is seeking reconciliation with the corporate community. But after two years of building frustration, the executives say they won’t be won over by another round of private lunches and photo opportunities at the White House. “No amount of relationship-building […]

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