October 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - In a vote that largely followed party lines, the state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit public-sector unions from using employee paycheck deductions to fund certain political activities. Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. (R., Blair), the sponsor of the so-called paycheck protection legislation, called it a "major victory" for union workers. "It protects members from being forced through the union to fund political candidates or causes they don't support," he said.
October 7, 2015 |
A bipartisan group of senators has won enough support to advance a bill Frank Lautenberg long championed to tighten the oversight of chemicals in everyday products, moving toward a posthumous capstone for the New Jersey Democrat's long Senate career. His wife, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, joined 10 senators Tuesday outside the Capitol in Washington to highlight the backing and urge quick passage of the bill, now named the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. "Of course this bill is important to me personally, to see Frank's legacy move forward, a final achievement to an almost 30-year Senate career," she said at a news conference.
October 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Sen. Cory A. Booker joined a bipartisan coalition Thursday to unveil a highly anticipated criminal justice bill - one that, if passed, would represent a landmark in his young Senate career. The package, with support across the political spectrum, has a chance to be one of the few significant new initiatives to become law in a bitter political atmosphere. It also represents a step toward Booker's prime goal since joining the Senate: easing mandatory minimum sentences and providing second chances for people after they leave prison, particularly juveniles.
October 2, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of Andrew Place, corporate director for energy and environmental policy at EQT Corp., to serve a five-year term on the Public Utility Commission. Place, 54, was a deputy in the Department of Environmental Protection. The Greene County resident was previously a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, with a primary focus on carbon capture and sequestration.
September 25, 2015 |
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate has introduced legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue foreign governments and private-sector financiers for support of terrorism. The bill, aimed largely at the government of Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf terrorism funders, has been pushed by victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They have been fighting a seesaw legal battle to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for what they say is its support of Islamist terror groups.
September 22, 2015 |
The first thing you notice about John Fetterman is the sheer size of the 6-foot-8 mayor from Braddock, a tiny borough just east of Pittsburgh. That makes you look. Then you can't help but notice that, among Fetterman's tattoos, are large numbers, 15104 on his left forearm and a series of nine dates on his right. The left arm tells us Braddock's zip code. The right lists the dates when people in the borough of 2,100 people were killed since Fetterman won his first election for mayor in 2005 by a single provisional ballot.
September 18, 2015 |
IF THE TYPICAL American voter has anything to say in 2015, it's this: The electorate is sick and tired of conventional, blow-dried, say-anything-to-get-elected career politicians. In that case, America, we may have just found your dream candidate. And he's running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. John Fetterman is what a very different kind of nonpolitican named Donald Trump might call "Huuuuge. " As in, NFL nose-guard-type huge: 6-8, 350 pounds, burly tattooed arms yearning to break free from his trademark black work shirt.
September 15, 2015 |
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey launched his bid for a second term Sunday, ahead in the polling and in campaign fund-raising but predicting a tough fight. Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County, made his pitch to cheering supporters in a King of Prussia campaign rally, 14 months before the November 2016 general election. He aired his first campaign commercial on June 30. Toomey's race is drawing national attention from the Republican and Democratic Parties and their well-funded allies.
August 12, 2015 |
Democrat Katie McGinty rolled out some heavy artillery in her Senate bid Monday, announcing that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell would serve as campaign chairman. Rendell, who also was mayor of Philadelphia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, could provide needed firepower, particularly in fund-raising, as McGinty takes on former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral, in the 2016 primary. "I encouraged Katie to run because she's a problem-solver who knows how to get things done," Rendell said in a statement.
August 11, 2015
KATIE McGINTY, former Pennsylvania environmental secretary, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, last week announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She wants the seat now held by Sen. Pat Toomey, who's up for re-election next year. McGinty sat down for a Q&A with Daily News political columnist John Baer. Q: You're a Northeast Philly neighborhood native, large family, dad was a cop. How did your upbringing influence your life priorities?