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November 12, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans may have cemented their majority by picking up more seats in the state Senate in last week's election. But that has not bought them unity. On Wednesday, legislators are scheduled to choose leaders for the two-year session beginning in January. And the race for Republican leadership positions in the Senate has stolen the spotlight. On Monday, Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster) wrote a letter to his colleagues saying he intended to challenge President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson)
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November 12, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, celebrated Veterans Day together in Malvern, Chester County, on Tuesday, and both said the federal government needs to help veterans more. Alluding to the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs involving long delays in health care for veterans, Toomey said, "We have a profound obligation as a federal government to make sure that we are serving the people who served us. We've fallen down on that job in recent years.
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November 11, 2014
THERE'S a successful York County businessman recently elected to public office looking to shake things up in Harrisburg - and it's not Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. It's Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner, an outspoken, farm-raised, hard-line conservative bent on being heard. He runs trash-hauling and trucking companies, so he's no stranger to getting his hands dirty, moving things around or trash-talking. In a recent interview with Dom Giordano on WPHT (1210-AM), Wagner said he plans to spend time in the Senate "sitting in the back room with a baseball bat . . . and leadership's gonna start doing things.
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November 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County legislator who has for eight years served as majority leader of the state Senate, is expected to face a challenge for the post, Republican sources said Thursday. State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre), chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, is likely to challenge for the job next week, the sources said. Corman did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview Thursday, Pileggi said he would not comment on hypothetical scenarios, as Corman has not made a formal announcement.
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November 6, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker won reelection Tuesday, even as broad voter dissatisfaction with Congress ensnared some of his Democratic colleagues. It remained an open question what role Booker may play in a GOP-controlled Senate, but in an e-mail to supporters late Tuesday, he said he would "work with anyone, from any party, who is willing to join me to move" the country forward. "We are a nation at war with itself when it comes to our politics, and that has got to end," Booker told supporters Tuesday evening at the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark, where he was mayor from 2006 to 2013.
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October 31, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A week out from Election Day and the attacks were coming fast and furious: "Kane silent on SEPTA strike. " "Tom McGarrigle Lies About Taxes in New Ad. " Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle are locked in a bitter and costly war over the state Senate seat being vacated by Edwin "Ted" Erickson, a Republican from Delaware County who took office in 2001. Control of the upper chamber - safely held for almost four decades by Republicans - may turn on votes cast Tuesday in Erickson's district, which includes parts of Delaware and Chester Counties.
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October 29, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THIS IS WHAT folks in politics usually call an "October surprise. " John Kane, business manager of Plumbers Local 690 and the Democratic candidate in Delaware County's 26th District state Senate race, has portrayed himself in a TV ad as a blue-collar family guy and father of four. Except he's really a father of five. At least, according to Kristin Holgerson, 32, a Maryland woman who says she is Kane's daughter. Holgerson has thrown a wrench into one of the state's most hotly contested races with a bombshell Facebook post about Kane.
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October 27, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - They're not on the ballot, but the stakes are still high on Nov. 4 for U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, Bob Menendez, and Bob Casey. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance, with Republicans pushing to win the chamber and change the power structure for both national policy and individual senators. Menendez (D., N.J.) could lose his position as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Toomey (R., Pa.) could enter the Senate majority for the first time, potentially boosting his agenda just as he gears up for reelection in 2016 - but also raising the prospect of a political balancing act as more confrontational GOP colleagues gain the footing to advance their ideas, too. Casey (D., Pa.)
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