February 24, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The last time Comcast needed federal approval for a massive merger, it won widespread support on Capitol Hill, including from its home-state senators. As reviews dragged on amid concerns about Comcast's growing size and influence, Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania pressed the Federal Communications Commission in 2011 to say yes. "The American people have waited for more than a year for the benefits of this transaction to come to fruition," they wrote of the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger.
December 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK The annual migration of the commonwealth's wealthiest and most powerful - otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Society gathering - roared into Manhattan this weekend. This year's event was supposed to be about the governor's race - and the question of whether Gov. Corbett will be able to overcome sagging public approval ratings to earn another term in office. Most of the Democratic candidates vying for his job made the trek to hold fund-raisers and rub elbows with potential supporters and influential advocacy groups.
December 13, 2013 |
K ATHLEEN KANE , Pennsylvania's attorney general since January, is now considering a run for higher elected office. The Scranton native is not planning to enter the crowded 2014 Democratic primary election for governor, as many speculated. Instead, Kane is eyeing a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate against Pat Toomey , a Lehigh Valley Republican. Three sources close to Kane confirmed that she is very interested in a 2016 Senate run. "I think she sees it as a good opportunity," one of the sources said.
November 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Working across party and state lines, Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) plan to introduce a package Wednesday that would ease taxes for small businesses and their investors, arguing that such steps would encourage hiring and economic growth. Toomey, a fiscal conservative, called the plan "modest but really constructive small-business tax reform. " "It's going to make it easier and more affordable to start a company, it's going to make it easier to grow, it's going to enhance the incentives to put capital at risk and to hire workers," Toomey said.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The political pendulum swung again for Pat Toomey last week. Cheered by the left and chided by the right for his stance on gun laws in the spring, Pennsylvania's Republican senator saw those reactions reversed last week when he sided with GOP hard-liners at the end of the government shutdown. On a high-profile vote to reopen the government and allow more borrowing to pay its bills, Toomey sided with Ted Cruz and the Senate's most conservative bloc to oppose the bipartisan deal.
September 19, 2013 |
Hundreds of employees of American Airlines and US Airways Group will rally Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol in support of the carriers' proposed merger, which would create the world's largest airline. Attending the rally will be representatives of airline labor unions and members of Congress from Texas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. U.S. Reps. Robert Brady (D., Pa.) and Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) are among the listed speakers, who will say the $11 billion merger would be important for jobs, the region, and global air travel.
August 2, 2013 |
President Obama nominated a Democratic Philadelphia lawyer and a Republican Northampton County judge to the federal bench Thursday. Gerald A. McHugh Jr. is a partner at Raynes McCarty, where he has worked on cases involving medical malpractice, workplace accidents, unsafe products, and civil rights. McHugh was a fund-raiser for Obama's reelection campaign. "I have raised funds for both Democrats and Republicans when I deemed the individual candidate to be worthy of support," McHugh said this year.
July 3, 2013
By Phillip Price Jr. The attention being paid to Gettysburg this week for the 150th anniversary of the battle is a reminder that our national parks serve as outdoor classrooms, where history comes alive. If we want our children and grandchildren to learn the stories of the Civil War, we must continue to protect and preserve these national treasures. Growing up in Philadelphia, I was told heroic tales about my great-great-grandfather, Gen. George Gordon Meade, colorfully described by some of his troops as that "old goggle-eyed, snapping turtle.
July 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Gulf drilling. Voting 256 to 171, the House on Thursday passed a Republican bill that would implement a Gulf of Mexico deepwater-drilling treaty in a way that would exempt U.S. oil companies from transparency rules in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law. Those rules require companies to publicly disclose how much they pay the U.S. government...
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the border with Mexico. The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Obama's second-term domestic agenda. Even so, prospects are highly uncertain in the GOP-controlled House, where conservatives generally oppose citizenship for immigrants living in the country unlawfully.