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April 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Six U.S. senators, including Al Franken (D., Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), wrote to federal regulators Tuesday, urging them to block Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. Should the deal win approval, "we believe that Comcast-TWC's unmatched power in the telecommunications industry would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans," wrote Franken, Warren, and Sens. Bernard Sanders (I., Vt.), Ed Markey (D., Mass.)
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016. Pawlowski pointed to his years leading Pennsylvania's third-largest city. "I look forward to listening to voters and sharing with them the story of success we've had in Allentown in solving real problems for real people," he said in a release announcing his campaign.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Democrat to pose a primary challenge to former Rep. Joe Sestak, according to party leaders informed of his plans. Pawlowski is scheduled to announce his decision Friday. His plans were confirmed by Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.), the party chair in Philadelphia. "He's a formidable candidate," Brady said. "He's a pretty quality guy. " Pawlowski is expected to run on his record as mayor of the state's third-largest city, which is enjoying an economic renaissance.
NEWS
April 17, 2015
THIS WEEK, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would strip the city's ability to enact its own 2-month-old sick-leave law. That law required any business with 10 or more employees to give workers an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. About 200,000 workers - an estimated 35 to 40 percent of the city's workforce - work jobs, many at low wages, that don't include paid sick leave. The last time such a privileged body exhibited such a stunning affront to working people, the guillotine was the weapon of choice, and not a few leaders lost their heads.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Republican-dominated state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would invalidate Philadelphia's new mandatory paid sick-leave law. The bill, which passed by 37-12, would effectively preempt local governments from requiring companies to provide workers with paid sick days. The measure's supporters say it is necessary to have uniform rules across the state for businesses. The bill's sponsor, Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair), called Philadelphia's sick-leave law "a mistake.
SPORTS
April 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers can go golfing. The Ottawa Senators can go compete for the Stanley Cup. Ottawa, sparked by rookie Mark Stone's 25th and 26th goals of the season, clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the church-quiet Wells Fargo Center. "It sucks seeing the other team celebrate," winger Jake Voracek said after only the Flyers' second regulation loss in their last 18 games against teams in a playoff spot. The Flyers finished 33-31-18, their second-worst record in the last 18 years, excluding lockout-shortened seasons.
SPORTS
April 13, 2015
The Flyers' disappointing season, their second of the last three out of the playoffs, ends fittingly. Story, photos on E6
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro declined to address reports Friday that he has been asked to run against Joe Sestak for Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Sources have told The Inquirer and the Associated Press that Senate Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer of New York and Jon Tester of Montana, have talked to Shapiro about joining the race. Asked about those talks Friday, Shapiro responded: "How about we talk about our county budget surplus instead?"
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
LIGONIER, Pa. - It's 20 degrees out - and feels much colder - when Joe Sestak heads out of the Ramada Inn into the darkness just after 6 a.m. He chews on a spongy hotel bagel, plain and dry, and treks through a sleeping downtown. Turning onto Route 30, he walks uphill against traffic on the highway shoulder, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. The 63-year-old Senate candidate wears jeans, his signature olive flight jacket, and a yellow safety vest. Save for a reporter, he is alone, and he carries only what fits in his pockets.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA - There are a multitude of reasons the Flyers will miss the playoffs for just the third time in the last 20 seasons. At the top of the list: the team's road miseries, which continued Sunday night with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Bobby Ryan, the pride of Cherry Hill, was the only player to score in the shootout as Ottawa continued its impressive run toward a possible playoff berth. The Senators, 11-1-1 in their last 13 games, moved to within five points of Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
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