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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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October 24, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Mike Stack is weighing whether to hold on to his Northeast Philadelphia seat if he is elected lieutenant governor on Nov. 4. If he did, it would be only the third time someone has straddled both positions, and the first time by an elected lieutenant governor. Asked about the possibility Wednesday, Stack, a Democrat, declined to dismiss it, but said he was focused on being elected lieutenant governor. Stack, who represents the Fifth District, is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
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October 22, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
YOU SEE what happens? This is what happens when a state senator retires in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Delaware County-based 26th District has become a battlefield for one of the state's nastiest down-ballot races, with Republican Tom McGarrigle and Democrat John Kane seeking to replace outgoing Republican state Sen. Edwin "Ted" Erickson. Democrats have been eyeing the district since Erickson, an affable former biology professor, announced last year that he was not seeking re-election.
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October 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As his party lurches toward November's midterm elections at risk of losing control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker said a Democratic majority is needed to tackle big problems such as immigration and corporate tax policy. "This is why I think it's so important the Democrats hold the Senate: The House is controlled by Republicans, and Republicans are heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the tea party," Booker said in an interview Tuesday with the Inquirer Editorial Board. "Trust me. You don't think [Republican House Speaker John]
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October 18, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Senate closed out its 2013-14 session by passing more than a dozen pieces of legislation, many of them crime-related, including bills covering local gun ordinances, domestic violence, and animal cruelty. Most of the bills approved Thursday are headed for Gov. Corbett's desk, but others must receive final votes in the House, which returns for its last voting day Monday. Among the most controversial pieces of legislation moved by the Senate was a measure to give legal standing to "membership organizations," including the National Rifle Association, to sue municipalities if they enact gun laws stricter than state law. Philadelphia is one of 30 municipalities that have enacted ordinances mandating the reporting of lost and stolen weapons over the last several years since efforts failed to win passage of state gun-control laws.
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