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May 4, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
After months of intense advocacy by families of victims of the 9/11 attacks and aggressive pushback from the Obama administration, the U.S. Senate is nearing a vote on a bill that would broaden the basis for suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the plot. The bill has been pushed by 9/11 survivors and their families and by insurers that paid out tens of billions of dollars as a result of the hijackings and the losses at ground zero. It is intended to bolster a 13-year-old lawsuit against the Saudi kingdom alleging that government-supported Islamist charities helped finance the 9/11 attackers.
NEWS
May 1, 2016
Twenty-four Senate Democrats are asking their colleagues in Congress to help schools pay for the testing of lead levels in drinking water, calling it an investment to ensure the health and safety of the nation's children. The move is the result of the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Mich., which helped shine a light on a loophole in federal law that exempts many schools from having to test their water for lead contamination. After revelations that the drinking water in nearly half of Newark's public schools had elevated levels of lead, New Jersey lawmakers have proposed requiring every school in the state to test its water for the contaminant.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - In Pennsylvania's critical U.S. Senate race, Democrats have nominated a liberal bureaucrat who enriched herself as she spun between government jobs and the private sector - if you listen to Republicans. She is trying to unseat a Wall Street crony more interested in helping big business than the average worker - if you believe Democrats. The competing images - and attempts to cement them well in advance of November's election - are already bombarding Pennsylvania's airwaves.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania stretches about 400 miles, but the tale of Democrats' U.S. Senate primary was told in two cities. Backed by the party's biggest names and money, Katie McGinty on Tuesday scored a huge win in Philadelphia. Unofficial results show she topped her chief rival, Joe Sestak, by 46,500 votes in the city - nearly a third of her overall victory margin. On the other side of the state, the hulking mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman, who created buzz with his antiestablishment style, racked up a surprise win in his home county of Allegheny, and drew more than twice as many votes statewide as polls suggested he would.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The outcome in one notable state Senate election was indisputable Wednesday - though another wasn't as clear. In Pennsylvania's Ninth District, Republican State Rep. Tom Killion coasted to victory Tuesday in a special election for the seat, defeating Democratic newcomer Marty Molloy by a nearly 3-2 ratio. Killion's win means the seven-term representative will begin serving as a senator almost immediately. The district stretches across parts of Delaware and Chester Counties. The seat was previously held by former Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi, who left to become a Delaware County judge.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Maddie Hanna, and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
Katie McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating Joe Sestak with a late surge fueled by millions of dollars and high-profile party support from Washington. With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, McGinty held a double-digit lead over Sestak, a margin far larger than many pollsters and insiders predicted. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had a big showing in his home county, Allegheny, but finished third. McGinty's win was a victory for the Democratic establishment, whose endorsements and spending elevated a candidate with deep party roots but who had never won an election and had lagged in polls until the primary's final stretch.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
What happens in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate when antiestablishment candidates outnumber the establishment candidate three-to-one? We'll find out Tuesday. And the results may take a while to add up in what stands a good chance to be a very close race. The state Supreme Court threw a wrinkle into the race last Tuesday, restoring to the primary ballot Joe Vodvarka, a semiretired spring manufacturer who had been removed on March 30 in a 5-2 ruling by the state Commonwealth Court.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
If history and logic are indicators, a Delaware County Republican with decades of political experience and a mammoth campaign-funding advantage should have no problem defeating a Democratic newcomer in Tuesday's election. But that is not stopping Marty Molloy. In fact, not much has stopped the 39-year-old Wallingford Democrat in his foray into politics while running against State Rep. Tom Killion in Tuesday's special election for the vacant Ninth Senate District seat, long held by former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi.
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