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May 11, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Toomey should listen to voters Sen. Pat Toomey's self-serving attempt to avoid collateral damage from Donald Trump's impending Republican presidential nomination consists of "listen more and talk less" ("Advice to Trump: Seek to unite and listen more," Sunday). How well does Toomey follow his own advice? Two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to conduct confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to a March 25 CNN poll - but not Toomey.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Donald Trump no longer has any rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, but he could struggle with the first order of business for any standard bearer: party unity. Namely, about a quarter of GOP voters have said they would never vote for Trump in November, according to exit polls of recent primaries. "We want to bring unity to the Republican Party," Trump said Tuesday night after his convincing Indiana victory made him the likely nominee. "We have to bring unity - it's so much easier.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Jeremy Roebuck, and Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITERS
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
A proven crime fighter Republican Joe Peters is eminently qualified to be Pennsylvania's attorney general. Peters rose from street cop to serving Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in fighting drug trafficking and international terrorism. He oversaw the country's 26 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs and their $250 million budget. He represented the White House with police, prosecutors, governors, mayors, and nongovernmental organizations. As a federal prosecutor, he helped secure the convictions of Philadelphia mob boss "Little Nicky" Scarfo, his underboss, and 16 mob soldiers.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
It was good to see Gov. Christie finally end his six-year attempt to make the New Jersey Supreme Court a partisan minion, but his latest nominee to the court raises questions that deserve thorough scrutiny by the state Senate before he is confirmed. Walter F. Timpone, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1984 to 1994, raised controversy in 2001 when federal agents investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli feared he had tipped off Torricelli that one of Timpone's legal clients had been asked to wear a hidden microphone in a meeting with the senator.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
Chris Coons is a Democratic U.S. senator from Delaware More than a month after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, most Senate Republicans have doubled down on their refusal to hold hearings, take a vote, or even meet with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on our nation's highest court. Garland - chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - is a respected and seasoned jurist, and the Constitution requires the Senate to provide "advice and consent" on judicial nominees.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By John Baer
WITH THE Democratic primary for U.S. Senate just a month away and probably half the Democratic electorate not tuned in, Katie McGinty is undergoing a candidate metamorphosis. Mostly gone is the over-peppy cheerleader and steady spouter of talking points running a campaign recently labeled flat and flailing. Now there's spring in the step of the candidate who, despite being picked by state and national party leaders, seemed destined just weeks ago to fare only somewhat better than her last-place finish in the four-way 2014 gubernatorial primary.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey held firm to his stand Wednesday that the next president should fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, even as President Obama pushed a nominee to the fore. With the court's "balance at stake, and with the presidential election fewer than eight months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice," the Pennsylvania Republican said shortly after Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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