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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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September 13, 2016
How are you enjoying the Pat Toomey vs. Katie McGinty Senate race thus far? Not into it? Really? Not following the back-and-forth pies in the face? Come on. It's American politics in action. If you have a TV or just passing interest you know Republican Toomey is a right-wing Wall Streeter and NRA toady, while Democrat McGinty is an elitist liberal who thinks lots of Pennsylvanians are stupid. Nice choice, eh? Reminiscent of the top of the ticket? But Toomey is no Trump; agree with him or not, he actually knows stuff and, unlike the Donald, runs a good campaign.
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September 1, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The state Senate made a rare summer return to the Capitol on Tuesday, voting to confirm a former top state prosecutor to replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane as attorney general. Bruce Beemer, once a key aide to Kane, was approved unanimously by the chamber, with many senators saying they had confidence he would restore calm and credibility to an agency beleaguered by scandal and infighting during Kane's tenure. "It's no secret that the Attorney General's Office has gone through some difficult times over the last year or two," Beemer, a 47-year-old Allegheny County Democrat, told the Senate Judiciary Committee before the vote.
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August 16, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Big money is pouring into the Pennsylvania race for U.S. Senate. The conservative Freedom Partners Action Fund early last week launched a new television ad, backed by $2 million, accusing Democrat Katie McGinty of enriching herself at the public's expense and amplifying a key talking point from her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC hit back Thursday, announcing $1 million worth of ads painting Toomey as a friend of the National Rifle Association.
NEWS
July 21, 2016
By Frederick Lawrence Judge Merrick Garland has set a record he never sought and one of which no one, certainly not the U.S. Senate, should be proud. July 19 marks 125 days since President Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The nomination passes the record for delay that the Senate set a century ago with the nomination of Louis D. Brandeis to the court. One hundred years ago, with a world in turmoil as a great war raged in Europe, a cultural and political battle unfolded in the U.S. Senate.
NEWS
July 19, 2016
Robert Morgan, 90, a former U.S. senator who also served in the North Carolina Legislature and as the state's attorney general, has died. A spokeswoman for O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington, N.C., who asked that her name not be used, said Mr. Morgan died Saturday at home. The cause of death was not immediately known. Mr. Morgan, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1975 until 1981. After losing reelection in 1980, he joined the State Bureau of Investigation, where he worked until 1992 before returning to his general law practice in Lillington.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A contentious bill that would place new restrictions on abortions in Pennsylvania passed a key Senate committee along strict partisan lines Monday, despite a threatened veto from Gov. Wolf. The measure, approved in a 9-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies, instead of 24 weeks under current law. It would also sharply curtail a procedure called dilation and evacuation that is often used in the second trimester of pregnancy.
NEWS
July 8, 2016
William L. Armstrong, 79, a Colorado media executive who became a major conservative voice in the Senate, died Tuesday after a five-year battle with cancer. A devout Christian as well as a staunch conservative, Sen. Armstrong served as director of the evangelical group Campus Crusade for Christ after retiring from the Senate in 1991 and later as president of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and served two terms, spending much of his time focusing on economic issues.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Senate's cowardice It is horrifying that Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee lacked the courage and wisdom to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice retroactively ("Pa. panel dials back sex-abuse measure," June 29) and that the Senate passed an amended bill 49-0 on Thursday. There must be room for the provision to be found constitutional given that Sen. John Rafferty Jr. of Delaware County, who is running for state attorney general, had no issues with it. And the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and several high-level prosecutors have supported retroactivity for years.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey's gas tax isn't going up - at least for the holiday weekend. The Senate did not hold a vote Thursday on legislation to raise the tax to replenish the state's fund for roads and bridges, spurning a call by Gov. Christie to resolve the crisis before the fiscal year ended Thursday. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said he didn't believe there was enough support in his chamber to advance legislation, backed by Christie, that the Assembly passed this week.
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