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May 19, 2012 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Columnist
I doubt that the average American is pondering the political death of Dick Lugar. Heck, most might think "Dick Lugar" sounds like the name of the hero of a spy novel. But what happened to Lugar last week is a sign of the polarization that cripples Washington and is likely to impede rational governance no matter who wins the White House in November. The six-term Republican senator from Indiana was knocked off in a primary for a number of reasons. But what really fueled his landslide defeat at the hands of a tea-party insurgent was this fundamental fact: He occasionally had the temerity to work with Democrats.
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December 2, 2014
LET'S TAKE a moment to think about what lies ahead if the Legislature decides to hold a voting session in early January. You heard about this, right? Emboldened by picking up stronger Republican majorities in the House and Senate, some GOPers are considering exercising those majorities to, you know, get what they want and stick it to the incoming Democratic governor. Hey, that's what people with power do. It's misnamed a "lame-duck" session. But newly elected and re-elected lawmakers get sworn in Jan. 6; the only lame anything is Gov. Corbett.
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June 11, 2011
A state Senate vote has put Pennsylvania one step closer to enacting sensible distracted-driving rules that could safeguard the lives of teen drivers and other motorists. The Senate's approval Wednesday of a bill that will get cellphones out of the hands of all drivers, and limit passengers in teen drivers' cars, isn't the best approach, but it represents substantial progress. Among the provisions, the measure by the lead sponsor, Sen. Robert M. "Tommy" Tomlinson (R., Bucks)
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January 27, 1988 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Gov. Casey yesterday renominated Philadelphia lawyer Ida K. Chen to serve as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, the same post for which she was rejected by the Senate last year. Chen, 35, is a member of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission. If confirmed, she would fill the seat of the late Judge Eugene Gelfand, who died in March. Her nomination was rejected by the Senate in October. Casey spokesman Robert Grotevant said the likelihood of Chen's confirmation was better this year because of a "willingness on the part of the Governor's Office and Senate to work together" on nominations.
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December 25, 2011 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. The Senate was not in session. Social Security tax cut. Voting 229-193, House Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Senate bill (HR 3630) to extend through February Social Security payroll-tax cuts, long-term unemployment benefits, and current Medicare reimbursement levels for doctors, all paid for by increases in fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The vote embraced a rival House version of the bill that would extend the three measures for one year and pay for them with cuts in domestic spending.
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October 30, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / SCOTT ROWAN
SPEAKING at the annual Chester County Republican dinner is U.S. Labor Secretary Ann Dore McLaughlin (above). She addressed the group Wednesday in Downingtown. At left, Earl Baker (in dark suit) running for state Senate, and Richard T. Schulze, running for Congress, show signs of confidence.
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December 19, 2012 | By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died Monday. Sen. Inouye, in office since January 1963, was currently the longest-serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession. His office said Monday that he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.
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March 9, 1997 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The afternoon of Feb. 26 told a lot about Rick Santorum and how he has changed after two years in the Senate. As Republicans gathered for a meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, Santorum smiled broadly and shook hands with his colleagues, who in turn patted him on the back and engaged in small talk. Once the meeting began, though, Santorum was all business - and not content to be just one of the guys. Flying in the face of the party leadership, he calmly announced his opposition to a probe of Democratic Party fund-raising if it also looked at broader issues of campaign finance.
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