August 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - In a stark reversal, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said Wednesday that he would oppose a major international trade deal whose prospects he once hailed, changing course as he faces a tough reelection and simmering voter anger against such pacts. Toomey, a staunch free-market conservative, has promoted the benefits of international trade, and voted last year for a measure seen as crucial to completing the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
August 12, 2016 |
Locked in a tight reelection battle, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) on Wednesday tried to seize on a local development on an issue he has hammered for months - the potential danger created when cities such as Philadelphia give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Toomey called a news conference to highlight the case of an immigrant who had been targeted for deportation in 2014 but instead was released last year by Philadelphia police and now is accused of raping a preteen. He also attacked his Democratic rival, Katie McGinty, for not taking a stronger stand against the so-called sanctuary cities.
July 28, 2016 |
By sheer logistics, Ruth Donnelly and Dorothy Johnson-Speight might have never met. In 2001, Johnson-Speight was 52, living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, working as a mental health therapist. Donnelly was 43, living in Olney, and working in education. Five miles separated them. They lived in different worlds. But profound tragedy - and coincidence - linked the two: Both lost their sons to murder. Both sons were killed by the same man, just five months - and two blocks - apart.
July 6, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - On April 17, 2013, Sen. Pat Toomey stood at the center of the wrenching national debate on guns. That day, the Pennsylvania Republican's bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, written in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., fell six votes short of advancing. It remains the closest a new gun law has come to clearing the Senate in recent times, and won Toomey widespread praise, including from President Obama, who hailed his courage.
June 23, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP must dump Trump now As a Republican, I urge Pennsylvania's Republican leaders to openly renounce Donald Trump's candidacy to become the party's nominee for president. Trump isn't a broad-thinking leader and lacks a historical understanding of America. He speaks crudely of others, brags incessantly about himself, shows disdain for facts, fails to articulate coherent positions, and has an unsavory business background. Trump is a demagogue who debases civic dialogue.
June 21, 2016 |
SO NOW we have renewed focus on gun laws, a flurry of activity in Congress and national attention on Pat Toomey. Oh, and with Toomey in a serious re-election challenge, charges from opponent Katie McGinty that Toomey's on the wrong side of guns and/or pandering to make it look as if he's on the right side of guns - whatever that might be. Anyway, GOP Sen. Toomey's in the eye of the storm as the Senate's expected to take up gun measures he...
June 15, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - A day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, Democrats challenged Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) to take a stronger stand on gun laws, aiming to undercut one of his prime arguments for reelection. His Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, hammered Toomey for voting last year to block a bill that would have barred suspected terrorists from buying guns. And Senate Democrats vowed to bring the politically charged measure back for another vote. "Pat Toomey has worked to allow suspected terrorists to buy guns in this country, and that is just an outrageous position," said McGinty, who is challenging Toomey in one of the country's most critical Senate races.
June 14, 2016 |
The trendy takeaway from a Public Policy Polling survey last week was that Pennsylvania voters see the Phillie Phanatic as more presidential than Donald Trump. You can see why the Phanatic is up on Trump by 6 percentage points. Both are frenetic performers with unnaturally hued complexions. The Phanatic, however, has a hot dog cannon at his disposal. Tough to beat that. Deeper in the poll was something more interesting about the state of Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate, and the self-inflicted Republican wound that may haunt Pat Toomey's bid for a second term.
May 12, 2016 |
ANYONE WHO'S ever straddled anything knows that during a straddle, one is in an exposed, precarious position. Don't make me spell it out. Just picture it. So it's curious and telling that Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, already facing what the political world sees as a danger-filled reelection bid, stands splayed on a couple key issues. First, there's The Donald. Toomey backed Marco Rubio, voted for Ted Cruz, and now is "inclined" to support Trump for president. But boy, is he straddling that inclination.
May 11, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) attacked Democratic challenger Katie McGinty over Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" status Monday, pivoting to local issues after a week when most attention - including some of his own - focused on Donald Trump. In an op-ed piece in Sunday's Inquirer, Toomey said he was "inclined" to support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but raised concerns about Trump, whose divisiveness is casting a shadow over GOP politics and his own reelection bid. By Monday, however, Toomey had turned to a flash point in the immigration debate, criticizing so-called sanctuary cities that cut off or limit cooperation between local police and federal authorities on immigration matters.