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April 15, 2012 | Kevin Ferris
In 2004, even many Republicans thought Pat Toomey was too extreme for the U.S. Senate. Toomey was a little-known, fiscally conservative congressman from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley taking on moderate Arlen Specter, who was seeking a fifth term. Yet the challenger almost won that Republican primary. Only strong backing from President George W. Bush and Senate colleague Rick Santorum saved Specter. Six years later, Toomey's call for a rematch scared Specter right out of the GOP. And still there were Republicans hoping for someone more "electable," such as moderate Tom Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security director.
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April 23, 2004 | By State Reps. TERESA FORCIER, DENNIS LEH, DARYL METCALFE & SAMUEL ROHRER
ON TUESDAY, state Republicans have a very important choice between Rep. Pat Toomey and liberal incumbent Arlen Specter for the U.S. Senate. This will be the most closely watched Senate race in America. The fact that it will be very close is affirmed by Sen. Specter's wave of negative commercials in an effort to cloud the facts. We strongly encourage Republican voters not to be beguiled by the smoke and mirrors in Sen. Specter's ads, but to look at the records he and Rep. Toomey have compiled during their tenures in Washington.
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November 4, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those numbers from Philadelphia did not look good at all, and a ripple of alarm went through the war room late Tuesday. More Democrats than forecast had turned out to vote in the city, so aides to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey reworked their spreadsheets, looking for the path to victory. At 10 p.m., Democrat Joe Sestak was holding a sizable lead in the closely watched contest - until, bit by bit, Republican areas reported in with better margins than the Toomey team could have hoped.
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April 9, 2004 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the late 1970s, when inflation was rampant and memories of Watergate and the Vietnam War were still raw, Pat Toomey spent part of each school day in a high school history classroom quietly seething. It was the teacher who got under his skin. Too many lectures were about capitalism's failings, corruption in Washington, or how America was no better than the Soviet Union. None of it squared with Toomey's patriotic take on U.S. history or his budding conservative ideology. "I felt we were a great, great country, a great civilization," said Toomey, 42, who has represented the Lehigh Valley and parts of Montgomery County in the House of Representatives since 1999.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
Bipartisanship in Washington? A3. The case for wider background checks. Sen. Pat Toomey, D1. Gun deal passes for progress. Editorial, D4.
NEWS
April 26, 2004
HARD-RIGHT Republicans are pushing loony conservative Pat Toomey, hoping to make an example of Sen. Arlen Specter. But dislodging a four-term senator because he has not always toed the ultra-conservative line would mean even fewer moderates in the party than the tiny remnant that remains. That would be a disaster for everyone, including Republicans.
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April 27, 2004
HARD-RIGHT Republicans are pushing loony conservative Pat Toomey, hoping to make an example of Sen. Arlen Specter. But dislodging a four-term senator because he has not always toed the ultra-conservative line would mean even fewer moderates in the party than the tiny remnant that remains. That would be a disaster for everyone, including Republicans.
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July 30, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is on its way to getting a new name. The city's rail hub would be renamed "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station" under a bill that passed the House on Monday in a voice vote. The plan would honor the late congressman, who long represented Philadelphia, secured millions of dollars in the 1980s to help renovate the station, and broke barriers as an African American. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who succeeded Gray in Congress and sponsored the plan to change the name, said he hoped the Senate would pass the same bill this week, before lawmakers break for their summer recess.
NEWS
April 1, 2004
THE Daily News endorsement of liberal Sen. Arlen Specter for re-election is no surprise. But the flowery rhetoric behind the endorsement is misleading at best. For example, the editorial notes that Specter does not always "toe the conservative line. " Understatement of the century. Specter has voted to raise taxes six times as senator and voted to chop the Bush tax cut to help the economy grow. But what was most unfair was the claim that Rep. Pat Toomey gets all his money from out of state "special interests" like the Club for Growth.
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October 14, 2003
RE MICHAEL Smerconish's column about Pat Toomey and his abortion stand: I must disagree with my great friend Mike Smerconish over the Specter vs. Toomey abortion debate. Ask Pat (and you should), and he'll explain that his evolution from casual opinion to strong pro-life advocacy came over time. Remarkably, that's also the American story, changed from 70 percent pro-choice to 70 percent pro-life in two decades. Changing opinions can be opportunistic or genuine. When a NARAL executive found I had no serious abortion opinion, she challenged me to take a principled stand one way or the other.
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July 30, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is on its way to getting a new name. The city's rail hub would be renamed "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station" under a bill that passed the House on Monday in a voice vote. The plan would honor the late congressman, who long represented Philadelphia, secured millions of dollars in the 1980s to help renovate the station, and broke barriers as an African American. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who succeeded Gray in Congress and sponsored the plan to change the name, said he hoped the Senate would pass the same bill this week, before lawmakers break for their summer recess.
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May 5, 2014
Deal breakers When Israel offered statehood to the Palestinians with terms on the partition of Jerusalem and other issues, the Palestinians not only refused to make a counteroffer; they literally fled to avoid responding ("Kerry's not the problem," May 1). Why? They clearly had no desire to make peace and still embrace the twisted dream that they will eventually drive the Jews into the sea. Now Hamas and Fattah, which controls the West Bank, have joined forces. The Hamas charter openly calls for the destruction of Israel.
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April 4, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
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December 16, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
  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.
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
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.
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November 7, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
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