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December 25, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has cut a fund for Senate Republicans following a feud with the chamber's Republican leader. Republicans were notified late Friday of Sweeney's plans to cut from $330,000 to $188,000 a leadership fund that has traditionally been distributed to Senate Republicans for legislative staffing, sources said. The funding is in addition to annual allocations lawmakers receive for staffing, which have not been trimmed. Previously, Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R., Union)
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON While same-sex couples have been legally married in New Jersey since October, thanks to a Superior Court ruling, legislators are pushing a new bill that would guarantee that the right could not be reversed. "Marriage equality is not the law of the land in New Jersey. Civil union is still the law," said State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union), who introduced the bill last week with Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen). On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the proposed bill, which also clarifies some issues not addressed by the court.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
K ATHLEEN KANE , Pennsylvania's attorney general since January, is now considering a run for higher elected office. The Scranton native is not planning to enter the crowded 2014 Democratic primary election for governor, as many speculated. Instead, Kane is eyeing a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate against Pat Toomey , a Lehigh Valley Republican. Three sources close to Kane confirmed that she is very interested in a 2016 Senate run. "I think she sees it as a good opportunity," one of the sources said.
SPORTS
December 11, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - Defense has carried the Flyers to a nice recovery from a 1-7 start. But for the second straight game, their defense deserted them. Jason Spezza scored the game-winner in the shootout Monday night as Ottawa ended a five-game home losing streak, outlasting the Flyers, 5-4, at the Canadian Tire Centre. "We're not happy with just one point, but we'll take it," Luke Schenn said. The Flyers missed all three shootout attempts, including the final one, a shot by Sean Couturier that clanged off the crossbar.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In a single afternoon, the state Senate on Wednesday did what the House had agonized over for months: approved a $2.3 billion transportation funding bill to repair aging highways and bridges, and bolster mass transit across the state. The vote cements a major victory for Gov. Corbett by delivering the biggest transportation spending plan in 15 years, one to address critical infrastructure needs while creating tens of thousands of jobs. "This legislation is key to the success of Pennsylvania and health and welfare of the region," said Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery)
SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason was brilliant again Tuesday night as he helped the Flyers increase their points streak to five games with a riveting 5-2 win over Ottawa at the Wells Fargo Center. But the most critical Flyers save of the night didn't belong to the rangy 6-foot-4 goaltender. It belonged to defenseman Nick Grossmann. With the score tied at 2-2 midway through the third period and Mason out of position, Ottawa's Kyle Turris appeared to have an open net out front, but Grossmann blocked his shot with his left skate - and then kicked it out with his right one - to keep the game tied.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Senate approved a major expansion Monday of gambling in the state that would let bars apply for a license to conduct raffles and other games, splitting revenue with the state. The measure, amending the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act of 1988, passed by 34-15. The House approved similar legislation last week, 102-96. Taxes on the new games are expected to raise $156 million annually for the general fund if 2,000 bars obtain licenses. By comparison, table games, Pennsylvania's last major casino gambling expansion, brought in $103 million in taxes in fiscal 2013.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - Before he was traded from Anaheim to Ottawa in the summer, gifted right winger Bobby Ryan was aware of the rumblings that his hometown team, the Flyers, were showing interest. It made sense, because Ryan's father is close friends with some of the Flyers executives. Yes, Ryan said, he would have been happy returning home. But that doesn't mean he is disappointed that he was sent to the Senators for promising wingers Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen, along with a 2014 first-round draft choice.
SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - The Flyers started a three-game road trip on the right skate Tuesday night. Getting two goals from Jake Voracek, flawless goaltending from Steve Mason, and two assists from Claude Giroux, the Flyers trounced the Ottawa Senators, 5-0, at the boo-filled Canadian Tire Centre. Mason (24 saves), acquired late last season from Columbus, notched his first shutout as a Flyer. Giroux picked up his 300th and 301st career points in his 350th game, Scott Hartnell ended a 38-game assist drought, and Vinny Lecavalier (two points)
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey Senate plans to try Monday to override Gov. Christie's veto of a bill backed by animal-rights activists to ban the use of pig gestation crates by farmers. "I would be shocked if we're not successful," said Sen. Ray Lesniak (D., Union), the bill's sponsor, adding that "I hope and expect" enough senators will vote for the override. While an agenda for Monday's voting session has not been released, a spokesman for Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) confirmed that Sweeney had approved posting the bill for an override vote.
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