State House Republicans Propose To Trim Perks, Ban State Fleet Cars

Brad Bumsted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Republican House members who will control the chamber in January have come to a consensus to give up state fleet cars, pay toward their own health care benefits, and curb per diem abuses, lawmakers said today.It’s a move to work with incoming Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, the Shaler Republican who campaigned to […]

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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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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 President 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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GOP Picks Smith, Turzai As New Pennsylvania House Leaders

Amy Worden The Philadelphia Inquirer House Republicans chose two Western Pennsylvanians to lead them Tuesday, ushering in an era of GOP control in the state Capitol amid darkening skies on the commonwealth’s fiscal horizon.Rep. Sam Smith of Jefferson County was voted speaker and Rep. Mike Turzai of Allegheny County majority leader. They are to take […]

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Toohil Wins 116th, Ousts House Majority Leader Eachus

Steve Morcarsky Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader In what might very well be the biggest upset in the history of the 116th Legislative District, if not the state, Republican political newcomer Tarah Toohil has won the seat held for seven consecutive terms by Majority House Leader Todd Eachus. Just after 9 p.m., Eachus, 48, delivered a concession speech […]

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GOP Takes Full Control Of Pennsylvania Statehouse

Amy Worden Philadelphia Inquirer Republicans riding the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment took control of both chambers of the legislature on Tuesday. Retaining its grip on the Senate and unseating enough Democrats to get a majority in the House, the GOP could look forward to ruling the General Assembly as well as the governor’s office, soon […]

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