March 3, 2016
A VACANCY on the Supreme Court is not an opportunity to score political points; it is a call to duty. The Constitution states that "[The president] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Judges of the Supreme Court. " The Constitution doesn't absolve either of their obligations in an election year, and the Senate has upheld this constitutional responsibility for the last century without exception. This year should be no different. This is not about choice or personal interest, it is about duty to our country.
March 1, 2016
LET'S AGREE 2016 is a year in which the answer to almost anything political is some variation of who the hell knows. Let's agree our politics seem, as GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham just described his party, "bats- crazy. " Now, let's look at the Democratic primary for the right to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey this fall. It's April 26. It offers very different choices. And it's wide open. A Franklin & Marshall College poll shows a majority of Democrats, 56 percent, don't know how they'll vote.
February 27, 2016
By Gary Frisch Senate Republicans have declared that they will not hold hearings on any nomination to the Supreme Court by President Obama. Fine, then let's dock their pay. Because if they fail to do a part of the job they've been elected to do, then they shouldn't be compensated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) appears to be the flag-bearer of this absurd, petty movement, arguing that Americans should have a voice, via the coming presidential election, in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice.
February 20, 2016
By Art Haywood After the Pennsylvania Senate voted not to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was quoted as saying "this circus continues. " Indeed, the circus of criminal proceedings, porn emails, and media distraction from pressing issues like raising our state's minimum wage has not ended. The Senate had no power to end that circus. I served on the Senate special committee that heard testimony and received evidence related to the removal of the attorney general on the basis of a specific question.
February 12, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane escaped being removed from office Wednesday after the Republican majority in the Senate failed to pick up the few Democratic votes it needed to oust her. In urging her removal, almost every Republican - and one Democrat - said the state Supreme Court's suspension of her law license last year meant Kane could no longer effectively serve as the state's top law enforcement official. But Democrats dismissed the push to remove her as politically motivated, arguing that voting to overturn her election to office would set a dangerous precedent.
February 10, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In a pivotal moment for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's political future, the state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether she should be removed from office. In the high-stakes vote, senators will be asked to decide whether Kane, whose law license was suspended after she was criminally charged last year, can continue effectively running her office. If the Senate votes to oust her, its recommendation would be sent to Gov. Wolf, who would make the final decision.
February 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The three Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania emphasized the foundations of their views Sunday in the first joint appearance of a critical race. In a forum hosted by a Pittsburgh-based Democratic group, former admiral and congressman Joe Sestak laced his answers with Navy anecdotes. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, talked up her middle-class upbringing as the daughter of a Philadelphia policeman and a restaurant hostess. And Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman explained that he has seen vast inequality, growing up in a prosperous family and now leading a borough hit by economic decline.
January 29, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - A Senate panel recommended Wednesday that the full chamber vote on whether to oust Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, but only if the state Supreme Court reaffirms its decision to suspend her law license. The seven-member panel stopped short of saying whether it believed Kane should be removed from office. It left that judgment up to the entire Senate, which will consider the question only after the high court rules on Kane's petition to overturn the suspension of her license.
January 14, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday urged a Senate panel to abandon any effort to remove Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, at least until the state Supreme Court decides whether to reinstate her law license, as she has requested. The panel is considering a recommendation that the full Senate oust Kane as the state's top law enforcement official because she does not have an active law license. Rendell the state would face a "chaotic" situation if the Senate were to remove Kane and the Supreme Court later reinstated her license.
January 13, 2016 |
When a Senate committee meets Tuesday to decide whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should be removed from office, it will be dusting off an obscure provision in the state constitution that has not been used in more than a century. The seven-member bipartisan committee has asked Kane to defend her position that she can function as the state's top prosecutor even though her law license has been suspended because she is facing criminal charges. The hearing could be critical to her political future.