April 4, 2014 |
Nationally, the practice is known as "passing the trash" - when a school district allows an employee accused of sexual misconduct to resign quietly and might even offer a reference for a job elsewhere. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania legislators took a step toward making the state one of the few in the nation to require the disclosure of sexual-abuse allegations as part of the application process for school-related jobs. The legislation aims to prevent cases such as the one involving Eric Romig, a basketball coach at a private school in Bucks County who, authorities said, was allowed to leave for "medical reasons" in 2009 after he propositioned girls on his team.
March 12, 2014
WHEN A journalist recently asked Sen. Pat Toomey if it "should be legal for a hotel to turn away a couple because they're gay," he didn't answer the question. He simply responded by saying, "I haven't given that any thought. " How can a senator in modern-day America say something like that? I think Toomey knows where he stands on the issue, but didn't want people to know his true thoughts. As a gay man in Pennsylvania, it makes me sick to think that someone who represents the people could even consider such a discriminatory act. A look at his voting record sheds light on his real stance on this issue.
March 12, 2014
Harbingers Having heard the wailing of the frozen, huddled masses yearning for warm whispers of a season seemingly lost, it is time to remember (with apologies to New York Sun editor Frank Church) that, yes, Virginia - and your friends are wrong to doubt it - there is a season called spring. It exists this time of year in a place you cannot touch, see, taste, or smell, but it is there, hidden behind a veil of cold. The hard snowpack will give way, returning to its more pleasing form in ponds and birdbaths alike, welcoming the feathered folk that begin their return, towing the warm sun like a fiery chariot, transporting our longer, milder evenings back from their overwintering grounds.
March 11, 2014
SEN. Pat Toomey has angered a lot of his constituents lately - and we're not even talking about the progressives who are appalled at his triumphant effort last week to block the nomination of Debo Adegbile for assistant attorney general. We're talking military veterans. Despite proclaiming himself a champion of veterans and making grandiose statements about our society's obligation to take care of them, Sen. Toomey was one of 41 Senators - all Republicans - who defeated a recent bill that would have expanded veterans' benefits and restored a cost-of-living pension cut. Veterans are furious.
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.