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November 21, 2014
UH-OH, HE WENT and did it. President "I Hear You" Obama heard someone, not the Republican majority, and last night announced his not-so-long-threatened executive action relieving the (mostly baseless) fear of deportation of about 5 million people from other countries who are here illegally. (I am not allowed to use the I-Word, and I don't mean Immigrant.) He didn't mention 5 million, analysts did. Here's a snapshot of what Obama said: For supporters, a warm, emotional anecdote about family values.
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November 21, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 1984 federal law that spawned the generic pharmaceutical industry was designed to use the basic idea of economic competition to lower the cost of prescription medicine for millions of Americans. The law has largely served its intended purpose. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in January that the national rate of retail prescription drug spending slowed in 2012, growing only 0.4 percent because of "numerous drugs losing patent protection, leading to increased sales of lower-cost generics.
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November 16, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The wave was even bigger than it looked on the networks' election-night maps. Republicans picked up so many seats in state legislatures that the party will control 68 of the nation's 98 partisan chambers come January - the most since 1920, a time of flappers, bathtub gin, and the Model T. They'll have legislative control in 30 states, to 11 for the Democrats. Counting Republican governors, the GOP will dominate the governments of 24 states (to six for Democrats). By one calculation, that means about 48 percent of the U.S. population will live in states where Republicans can drive their agenda without significant Democratic opposition.
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November 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans in the state Senate executed a leadership coup on Wednesday, ousting moderate Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County as majority leader and replacing him with a more conservative lawmaker from the middle of the state. At the same time, House Republicans elevated Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County to replace retiring Speaker of the House Sam Smith of Jefferson County. The new leadership slates, assembled during lengthy and contentious elections among legislators, leave the southeast without a voice in the top ranks of either chamber.
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November 12, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans may have cemented their majority by picking up more seats in the state Senate in last week's election. But that has not bought them unity. On Wednesday, legislators are scheduled to choose leaders for the two-year session beginning in January. And the race for Republican leadership positions in the Senate has stolen the spotlight. On Monday, Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster) wrote a letter to his colleagues saying he intended to challenge President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson)
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November 12, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, celebrated Veterans Day together in Malvern, Chester County, on Tuesday, and both said the federal government needs to help veterans more. Alluding to the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs involving long delays in health care for veterans, Toomey said, "We have a profound obligation as a federal government to make sure that we are serving the people who served us. We've fallen down on that job in recent years.
NEWS
November 11, 2014
THERE'S a successful York County businessman recently elected to public office looking to shake things up in Harrisburg - and it's not Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. It's Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner, an outspoken, farm-raised, hard-line conservative bent on being heard. He runs trash-hauling and trucking companies, so he's no stranger to getting his hands dirty, moving things around or trash-talking. In a recent interview with Dom Giordano on WPHT (1210-AM), Wagner said he plans to spend time in the Senate "sitting in the back room with a baseball bat . . . and leadership's gonna start doing things.
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November 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County legislator who has for eight years served as majority leader of the state Senate, is expected to face a challenge for the post, Republican sources said Thursday. State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre), chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, is likely to challenge for the job next week, the sources said. Corman did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview Thursday, Pileggi said he would not comment on hypothetical scenarios, as Corman has not made a formal announcement.
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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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