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November 7, 2012
(97% of vote) *Bob Casey (D) . . . 2,811,141 Tom Smith (R) . . . 2,323,014 Rayburn Smith (L) . . . 90,045 *Incumbent D-Democratic; L-Libertarian; R-Republican
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August 28, 1987 | By William Grassie
The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia considered many different formulas for federalism. The most difficult debates led to the creation of a bicameral parliament, as part of their master scheme of checks and balances between the other branches of government. The exact apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate was one of the most divisive issues. Under consideration was everything from appointment of representatives by the state legislatures to basing voting rights on a citizen's wealth.
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June 8, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Close to 100 current and former senators and members of Congress lined up on the Senate floor to pay final respects Thursday to New Jersey Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died Monday. The gathering, dotted by members of both parties and two top administration officials, stretched through the doors into the hallways outside. Lautenberg, who at 89 was the Senate's oldest member and its last World War II veteran, will be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sens.
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October 17, 1996 | BY ROBERTO CUELLAS
Well, you hard-working stiffs, just when you thought you had enough problems worrying about being downsized out of your job, the Republicans in Harrisburg are coming to the rescue. Not your rescue, of course, but that of those paragons of virtue - Pennsylvania employers. Fresh from their last victory - slashing workers' compensation - they're on a new crusade. Quietly, they are trying to get the Senate to pass a bill giving employers immunity from blacklisting workers; of course, that's not what they call it. Buried in a bill that prohibits district justices who resign their positions from regaining them again (Bill HB 1972)
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November 12, 2000
Pennsylvania (100% of the vote) Vote Pct. Rick Santorum (R) 2,462,881 52 Ron Klink (D) 2,133,834 45 John J. Featherman (L) 47,041 1 Lester B. Searer (C) 28,639 1 Robert E. Domske (Rf) 23,911 1 New Jersey (99% of the vote) Jon S. Corzine (D) 1,457,081 50 Bob Franks (R) 1,360,758 47 Bruce Afran (G) 31,533 1 Pat DiNizio (Rf) 18,933 1 Emerson Ellett (L) 7,024 0 Dennis A. Breen (I) 5,899 0 J. M. Carter (I) 5,373 0 Lorraine LaNeve (NJC)
NEWS
October 8, 1986
There is certain to be at least one new state senator from Southeastern Pennsylvania when the legislature begins a new session in January. Sen. Edward L. Howard, a Republican in the 10th District (middle and upper Bucks County), is not running for another term. He has served with distinction for 16 years. In the race to fill the seat are state Rep. James C. Greenwood, the Republican nominee with six years of experience in the House, and John J. Rufe, the Democratic candidate and a lawyer making his first run for public office.
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January 29, 2012 | By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama is pressing his case for changes in how the Senate does business, hoping to ease the partisan gridlock, and he wants to bar lawmakers from profiting from their service. In his radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said many people he met during his five-state tour after his State of the Union address were optimistic but remained unsure "that the right thing will get done in Washington this year, or next year, or the year after that. " "And frankly, when you look at some of the things that go on in this town, who could blame them for being a little cynical?"
NEWS
November 7, 2012
(94% of vote) *Bob Menendez (D) . . . 1,705,501 Joe Kyrillos (R) . . . 1,139,696 Kenneth Kaplan (I) . . . 13,807 Ken Wolski (I) . . . 13,562 Gwen Diakos (I) . . . 7,827 David Dranikoff (I) . . . 3,066 Inder Soni (I) . . . 2,980 Robert Turkavage (I) . . . 2,829 Eugene Lavergne (I) . . . 1,909 Gregory Pason (I) . . . 1,808 Daryl Brooks (I) . . . 1,761 *Incumbent D-Democratic; I-Independent; R-Republican
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November 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans in the state Senate executed a leadership coup on Wednesday, ousting moderate Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County as majority leader and replacing him with a more conservative lawmaker from the middle of the state. At the same time, House Republicans elevated Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County to replace retiring Speaker of the House Sam Smith of Jefferson County. The new leadership slates, assembled during lengthy and contentious elections among legislators, leave the southeast without a voice in the top ranks of either chamber.
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July 24, 2015 | By Chris Brennan and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Katie McGinty, Gov. Wolf's chief of staff for the last six months, resigned Wednesday and is expected to soon enter the 2016 Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate. Wolf's press secretary, Jeff Sheridan, on Wednesday said McGinty told the governor that it would be her last day on the job. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks around McGinty and the Senate race, fueled in part by her meeting two weekends ago with officials from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Martha's Vineyard.
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July 21, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - It's a gray early spring morning in the Lehigh Valley when Pat Toomey slides into the leather passenger seat of an aide's Ford Explorer. The Republican U.S. senator scans his itinerary, laid out meticulously in a white three-ring binder. A memo for each event lists a one-sentence "purpose," then background and talking points: "Great to Be Here With You Today," "Wawa's Leading by Example," "Overwhelming Bipartisan Support. " His planned speech honoring Sister Mary Scullion, the Philadelphia advocate for the homeless and mentally ill, includes pronunciation: SKULL-E-ON.
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July 15, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A state judge on Monday ruled that environmental groups and a state senator could not intervene in New Jersey's tentative $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. in a controversial pollution case. The decision delivered a blow to groups such as the New Jersey Sierra Club that say the settlement does not recoup what they believe Exxon owes the state after contaminating 1,500 acres of land, groundwater, and surface water for decades at the company's sites in North Jersey. The settlement also covers the state's claims with Exxon at a number of gas stations and 16 other facilities, including one in Paulsboro.
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July 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) scored a victory Thursday as the Senate advanced a plan to help rein in potential child sex abusers, a proposal he has featured in early campaigning for reelection. The Senate voted, 98-0, in favor of a Toomey amendment to make it illegal for school districts to write letters of recommendation for employees who are known sex offenders against children or who face credible accusations of sexual misconduct. Districts that violate the policy could lose federal funding.
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July 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
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July 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for the Senate on Monday, four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall. In a statement, Pawlowski said he was pausing the campaign "to fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since. " He said he would reevaluate when he had a clearer picture of the investigation. The news came after agents raided the office Thursday, seized documents, and interviewed Pawlowski and city Managing Director Francis Dougherty, according to a source close to the investigation.
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June 27, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Atlantic City is one step closer to getting a PILOT to steer it through rough economic seas. On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate passed a rescue package, including the long-awaited PILOT - Payment in Lieu of Taxes, a new casino taxation system - and other bills aimed at stabilizing the city's dire finances. The bills, stalled since December amid political wranging and an unsettled labor situation at Trump Taj Mahal, now go to Gov. Christie. The bills have been endorsed by both the casino industry and elected officials, including Mayor Don Guardian, who has said the stabilized tax system under the new PILOT was better than defending against repeated tax appeals that have put the city near bankruptcy.
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June 26, 2015 | By Madison Russ, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would let Pennsylvania consumers have wine shipped directly to their homes. The measure, which now heads to the House, allows all wineries to obtain a permit to ship any quantity. Under current law, out-of-state retailers have only been allowed to send wine to a state-run liquor store for residents to pick up. The GOP-led House could vote on the measure as early as next week, said House Republicans spokesman Steve Miskin. Though the bill has support in both parties, drama unfolded on the Senate floor when it came up for debate Wednesday.
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June 24, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
JUST LAST FRIDAY, South Carolina's two Republican U.S. senators were silent or vague when asked by the Daily News whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of their state Capitol. Yesterday, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott stood with Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as she called for the flag to come down. The whirlwind of events following the murders of prominent African-American pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his parishioners in their Charleston church last Wednesday may have helped the senators make up their minds.
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