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November 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans in the state Senate executed a leadership coup on Wednesday, ousting moderate Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County as majority leader and replacing him with a more conservative lawmaker from the middle of the state. At the same time, House Republicans elevated Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County to replace retiring Speaker of the House Sam Smith of Jefferson County. The new leadership slates, assembled during lengthy and contentious elections among legislators, leave the southeast without a voice in the top ranks of either chamber.
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January 31, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
When Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon talks about past campaigns - a second-floor headquarters, maps lit up in highlighters, knocking on door after door - you get a sense that the lulls between elections must be torturous for him. "I mean, it's exhilarating. I love the action," he says, his eyes wide, a caged-in smile resting in the corners of his mouth. "Give me the ball," he says, the grin spreading. "Just give me the ball. " Maybe that's why Henon, after winning his second term unopposed, set his sights on Council's second-most-powerful post, often viewed as the heir apparent to the presidency: majority leader.
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November 17, 2011 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last pieces of the new City Council Democratic leadership puzzle have fallen into place, with Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. securing the backing for majority leader and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown wrapping up the majority whip job, according to multiple sources. Until Thursday, Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell had been considered the favorite to become majority leader for the second time in her career. Darrell L. Clarke secured enough votes last weekend to become Council president.
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October 21, 2011 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business because it was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up. Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience. "The Office of the Majority Leader was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met," Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said in an email.
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February 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
  State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican who was ousted as Senate majority leader in November, will run for a seat as a county judge. His announcement Friday marked a potential change in career paths for Pileggi, who spent eight years as Senate majority leader, is a former Chester mayor and a key political figure in Delaware County. He will seek a vacant seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. "I'm proud of my accomplishments representing the residents of of the 9th District, but as an attorney I've always had a strong interest in how our legal system is administered and a great respect for the Delaware County bench," Pileggi said in an announcement.
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November 3, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
The Democratic primary election for mayor of Philadelphia ended 5 1/2 months ago, but the political fallout still reverberates in City Hall and may affect - among other things - how City Council governs itself for the next four years. Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., seeking a third term, is unopposed on Tuesday's ballot. But Jones, the Democratic majority leader since 2012, faces a serious challenge in retaining that coveted Council post. Jones had an interest in Council President Darrell L. Clarke's job last year as Clarke took his time pondering a run for mayor.
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April 25, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
DOMINIC PILEGGI didn't become one of Pennsylvania's most powerful politicians by losing elections, and he wasn't about to start Tuesday in the first primary he's faced in a decade. Pileggi, 54, the state Senate majority leader and former mayor of Chester, brushed aside Republican Roger Howard in the 9th Senatorial District, which stretches from southern Delaware County past Oxford in Chester County. Howard, 66, a free-market tea-partier with a doctorate in organic chemistry, had campaigned on a platform of cutting taxes, reducing government spending and repealing the state's prevailing-wage law. He ripped Harrisburg Republicans for failing to pursue a fiscally conservative agenda following the party's success in 2010.
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November 15, 2011 | BY JAN RANSOM & CATHERINE LUCEY, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
THE SHADOW RACE for Council president has come to an end, but the political games over the shape of the next City Council are just beginning. Councilman Darrell Clarke has locked up more than enough votes to become Council's next president in January. He pulled ahead in the hotly contested race on Friday by cutting a deal with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, promising her the majority-leader job and saying he'd back a change to Council rules that would give the majority leader more power, Blackwell said.
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October 12, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In a move that underscores an apparent growing divide between the Southeast and the rest of the state, two members of the Senate GOP caucus have withdrawn their support for the majority leader. Sen. Donald White of Armstrong County said Friday that he would not vote for Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County should he seek a fifth term as Republican leader next month. White accused Pileggi of refusing to advance legislation on liquor privatization and pensions, and pandering to environmentalists and gun-control advocates.
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January 31, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
When Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon talks about past campaigns - a second-floor headquarters, maps lit up in highlighters, knocking on door after door - you get a sense that the lulls between elections must be torturous for him. "I mean, it's exhilarating. I love the action," he says, his eyes wide, a caged-in smile resting in the corners of his mouth. "Give me the ball," he says, the grin spreading. "Just give me the ball. " Maybe that's why Henon, after winning his second term unopposed, set his sights on Council's second-most-powerful post, often viewed as the heir apparent to the presidency: majority leader.
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January 6, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council welcomed five new members Monday and opted for a slight shift in leadership, retaining Darrell L. Clarke as president while replacing the majority leader. After taking his oath, Clarke outlined in broad brushstrokes an agenda for the new term: addressing poverty, building community schools, preparing students for the workforce, and overhauling the criminal justice system. On the last point, Clarke said he would propose "significant" reforms to the city's justice system within the next week, but did not offer specifics.
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November 3, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
The Democratic primary election for mayor of Philadelphia ended 5 1/2 months ago, but the political fallout still reverberates in City Hall and may affect - among other things - how City Council governs itself for the next four years. Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., seeking a third term, is unopposed on Tuesday's ballot. But Jones, the Democratic majority leader since 2012, faces a serious challenge in retaining that coveted Council post. Jones had an interest in Council President Darrell L. Clarke's job last year as Clarke took his time pondering a run for mayor.
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March 4, 2015 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON, Tribune News Service
CONGRESS is sick. In fact, it may be the most ailing of all American institutions. If it were a corporation, it would have gone out of business by now and its officers would all be in jail for a variety of infractions - hubris, lack of ethics, taking money under false pretenses, outright fraud or, even worse, utter incompetence. Actually, those allegations would apply to most of its membership, not just its so-called leadership, which mainly doesn't exist. Statesmanship is an untranslatable foreign word to these guys.
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February 9, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Controversy has nipped at Erik Arneson's heels over the nearly two decades he served as a spokesman for Senate Republicans. His first boss, Sen. David "Chip" Brightbill, became majority leader after his predecessor was sent to jail for corruption. Brightbill, of Lebanon County, was ousted in 2006 over an ill-fated legislative pay raise. And Arneson's last boss, Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County, was pushed out as majority leader in a coup last fall. But now Arneson, 44, for years the affable face of Senate Republicans, is at the center of his own high-profile storm.
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February 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
  State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican who was ousted as Senate majority leader in November, will run for a seat as a county judge. His announcement Friday marked a potential change in career paths for Pileggi, who spent eight years as Senate majority leader, is a former Chester mayor and a key political figure in Delaware County. He will seek a vacant seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. "I'm proud of my accomplishments representing the residents of of the 9th District, but as an attorney I've always had a strong interest in how our legal system is administered and a great respect for the Delaware County bench," Pileggi said in an announcement.
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February 4, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - At Gov. Wolf's inaugural last month, new House Majority Leader Dave Reed was among those seated in the A-list section outside the Capitol. After the ceremony, a state official turned to Reed, looking for a program. Reed told him he did not know where there was an extra one. The official, whom Reed declined to name, responded by saying, "If you want your boss, the governor, to be successful, you'd better know where the programs are. " Without missing a beat, Reed replied, "My apologies, sir. " It happens that way for Reed - a lot. At 36, he more closely resembles the star athlete who just got named president of his college fraternity than a six-term lawmaker just elected leader of the Republican House majority in the nation's sixth most populous state.
NEWS
January 14, 2015
THE NEW state House majority leader, one of the most powerful posts in Harrisburg, isn't exactly a carbon copy of leaders in Pennsylvania. In fact, Dave Reed, of rural Indiana County, "Christmas Tree Capital of the World," seems an odd fit for leadership in a legislature known for sameness. He was sworn in last week. He's far from the same ol', same ol'. He's in the party of old men but, at 36, is the youngest GOP legislative leader in the state's modern history. He started life in a trailer park, but holds an Ivy League master's degree from Penn's Fels Institute of Government.
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November 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans in the state Senate executed a leadership coup on Wednesday, ousting moderate Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County as majority leader and replacing him with a more conservative lawmaker from the middle of the state. At the same time, House Republicans elevated Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County to replace retiring Speaker of the House Sam Smith of Jefferson County. The new leadership slates, assembled during lengthy and contentious elections among legislators, leave the southeast without a voice in the top ranks of either chamber.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County legislator who has for eight years served as majority leader of the state Senate, is expected to face a challenge for the post, Republican sources said Thursday. State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre), chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, is likely to challenge for the job next week, the sources said. Corman did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview Thursday, Pileggi said he would not comment on hypothetical scenarios, as Corman has not made a formal announcement.
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