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August 17, 2006
SHRINKING the state Legislature? That's an idea whose time came long ago. Philadelphia is covered by a total of 35 state reps and senators, yet only 17 City Council members. Take the state population, 11 million, divide by 203 state reps and 50 state senators. That's one legislator for each 43,000 residents. Now take the city population of 1.5 million and divide by 16 council members. You get about 94,000. Why not eliminate 15-20 folks from the Harrisburg trough and turn that money back to us in the city?
SPORTS
September 8, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Harrisburg Senators eliminated Trenton from the Eastern League playoffs last night with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Thunder. Jason McCommon outdueled Jared Fernandez as Harrisburg took the best-of-five series by three games to one to win the Southern Division championship. The Senators will face the Portland Sea Dogs for the league championship in a best-of-five series that starts tonight in Harrisburg. Portland won the Northern Division title last night with a 7-3 victory over visiting Binghamton in the fifth game of their series.
NEWS
March 17, 1997
At the Liquor Control Board building in Harrisburg, employees on the second floor figure ways to sell more alcohol, while on the sixth floor, others design programs to prevent irresponsible consumption. Government can't promote alcohol, while at the same time urging folks to guard against its evils. It's hypocritical and counterproductive. It sends a mixed message. And it sends the wrong message. Privatizing the state system will correct this nonsensical situation. It will allow the private sector, under intense regulation, to sell alcohol, while allowing government to focus exclusively on protecting the public through enforcement and education.
SPORTS
July 4, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A four-run sixth led the Senators to a 5-2 win over the Phillies and starting pitcher Darrell Goedhart last night. Rick Hirtensteiner's RBI triple and a two-base error by Reading first baseman Ron Lockett on a grounder by Derrick White were the key blows in the Harrisburg sixth. Tim Laker also had an RBI hit to rout Goedhart, who failed to win for the third straight start. Sam Taylor broke an 0-for-19 slump with an RBI double in the third that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
NEWS
August 28, 2011 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is warning of a takeover of financially troubled Harrisburg if city leaders do not produce a recovery plan. Mayor Linda Thompson spoke to reporters Friday to relay Corbett's comments from her meeting with him earlier in the day as she lobbied the City Council to approve her recovery plan. Corbett, a Republican, took the same position in a Tuesday letter to the Democratic mayor, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported. "If there is no approved plan at this point, then the city is likely to become mired in litigation and financial chaos," Corbett told Thompson in the letter.
SPORTS
July 27, 1999 | By Doug Hadden, FOR THE INQUIRER
Overbrook Golf Club's Stu Ingraham used just 33 strokes on the back nine yesterday en route to a winning score of 4-under-par 68 in the Philadelphia PGA's Izod Club Classic in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Amateur. Overbrook's Christopher Lange and Merion's Craig Cochran each posted a 2-under 70 and shared the first-round lead. Pennsylvania Senior Amateur. Merion Golf Club's Jarrett Kling and Michael Sanger were among the leaders after the first round with a 72 and a 74, respectively.
SPORTS
April 9, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Wendell Magee homered and drove in three runs and Ryan Nye pitched six strong innings in his Eastern League debut as Reading beat Harrisburg, 7-1, last night. Nye (1-0) allowed just three hits over six innings, striking out five, as the Phillies improved to 3-1. Magee drove in a first-inning run with an infield single and a third-inning run with a ground ball. He hit a solo homer, his second homer of the year, in the fifth. Reading took a 3-0 lead in the first off Scott Forster (0-1)
SPORTS
April 6, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Walt McKeel singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the Thunder got past Harrisburg, 2-1, last night in the season opener for both teams. Despite frigid weather, 6,569 fans showed up at Mercer County Waterfront Park. Bryan Eversgerd (1-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing no runs and one hit over the final two innings. Brian Rose pitched seven strong innings for the Thunder, giving up six hits and one run, while striking out two. PORTLAND 13, READING 7 READING - Chris Sheff's three-run double highlighted a seven-run Portland 10th inning that negated a Reading comeback from a five-run deficit as the Sea Dogs beat the Phillies in the Eastern League.
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NEWS
August 4, 2015
AN INTERESTING three-way is going on in Delco. It's pretty hot. And the mailman's involved. (That was to draw you in. This isn't about prurient pleasures. It's about some unusual, even weird, local politics with lots of mail and potential for broader implications.) It's a special election happening tomorrow for the state House seat in the 161st District, including Swarthmore and Aston boroughs and parts of Ridley and Springfield townships. It's due to the resignation last April of Republican Joe Hackett, who won a third two-year term in 2014 but said he wanted to return to his law-enforcement career.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederick L. Cusick, 65, of Lancaster, a longtime reporter and writer for The Inquirer, died Saturday of complications from colon cancer at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center in Mount Joy, Pa. He had been battling the illness for a year. Mr. Cusick's distinguished Inquirer career began in 1979 and stretched until 2005, when he and 70 other veterans took a buyout and left the newsroom as part of an austerity move. During those 26 years, Mr. Cusick, a skilled reporter and facile writer, covered all kinds of stories - crime, city and suburban news, and government developments from Harrisburg.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County Republican leaders passed over Lisa Esler as a candidate in the 161st state House District for someone they believed could better maintain the party's tight control over the seat. But the jilted Republican decided to run anyway - making their goal a little more complicated. A special election for the seat is Tuesday, and 45,000 district voters find themselves with more options than expected. Paul Mullen, the GOP's chosen nominee, must fend off not only Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky on the left but Esler, who is mounting a write-in campaign to the right of Mullen.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Sam Janesch, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - A former Harrisburg mayor was charged Tuesday with misusing public funds to buy thousands of historical artifacts as part of a botched effort to turn the cash-strapped city into a tourist destination. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced nearly 500 criminal counts against Stephen Reed, who she said indulged his own interests by purchasing the artifacts for museums he "dreamed up" that never came to fruition. The items included a vampire hunting kit, a cowboy bathtub, and a Ford's Theatre bill from the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, as well as knives, daggers, and guns.
NEWS
July 14, 2015
AS A FOLLOWER of politics and pop culture, I can't help but notice some similarities between the current politics of Harrisburg and the current crop of hit movies. Think summer blockbuster films aligning with summer budget-busting pols. Let's start with Democratic Gov. Wolf, who ran pitch-perfect primary and general campaigns to make history as the first candidate to unseat an incumbent Pennsylvania governor. He no doubt hoped that when he got to the Capitol he'd have "Pitch Perfect 2" (a sequel about an a cappella group's struggles to succeed, starring Anna Kendrick)
NEWS
July 4, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speaking with one voice, Philadelphia's mayor, City Council president, school superintendent, School Reform Commission chairwoman, and teachers' union president, and the head of a key charter school group, have told Harrisburg: Give the city schools $159 million. The rare show of unity came in a letter sent to the Philadelphia delegation to the state legislature, chaired by Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Rep. Cherelle L. Parker. Gov. Wolf this week vetoed a $30.1 billion budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Pennsylvania's community colleges are among the less noticed beneficiaries of Gov. Wolf's proposed budget. The schools, which served more than 300,000 students last year, would see their funding grow by 7 percent, or $15 million, under the plan, which is tied up in a political standoff that went into overtime Wednesday. A recent Pew report suggests community colleges need the money. Its examination of Community College of Philadelphia shows that the city's education challenges don't end when students graduate from high school.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Third-grade teacher Elaine Blackmon took a deep breath and made her best sales pitch. "What's good for Philadelphia public students is good for students across the commonwealth," Blackmon told an impassive assistant to Rep. Martin Causer (R., McKean). "We're asking him to reconsider Gov. Wolf's budget. " Blackmon was among hundreds of people who descended on the state Capitol on Monday to lobby lawmakers deep in negotiations to pass a state budget. Among them were more 100 teachers, nurses, and other members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, sporting red T-shirts and making their case for more funding for city schools.
NEWS
June 30, 2015 | By Madison Russ, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Legislators may be in the midst of a contentious budget season, but they aren't letting the possibility of a partial government shutdown get in the way of their own fund-raising. Lawmakers raising campaign cash when they make the trek to the Capitol to vote on legislation is a long-established practice. But in the month of June, when elected officials are making decisions about the state's finances in preparation for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, fund-raising goes into overdrive.
NEWS
June 25, 2015
PHILLY, MEET Scott Wagner. He's a 59-year old first-term Republican state senator from (Gov. Wolf's home) York County who's loathed by unions, loved by conservatives and a growing force in the GOP Legislature. He wants to cut government costs, government pensions, taxes and regulations. He's a self-described rough-edged "garbage man who never graduated college. " But he's also a wealthy biz-guy - owns trucking and trash firms - who made Pennsylvania political history.
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