2-3 Ups & Downs

First things first, check out our list of 2011 fundraising winners and losers. The Ups & Downs are a tad shorter this week because some of our best stuff is in that article.

Pa. Supreme Court. Come ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.
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Tom Smith. In the wake of Tim Burns’ departure from the GOP Senate primary, each campaign has argued that it’s a boost to them. We think it helps Smith the most. Burns would have taken part of the western Pa. vote that Smith now has virtually to himself. Additionally, with Casey’s Q4 numbers in, it emerged that Smith has more cash on hand than the Senator.
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Tom Corbett. On the campaign trail, Corbett whacked the health care law. But this week, the rubber met the road – as it so often does when actually governing. The administration applied for federal funding under ‘Obamacare.’ His ‘up’ comes courtesy of GOP state committee. His successful vote whipping for Steve Welch showed that he is top dog in the party.

Joe Scarnati. The Senate Pro Tem had hoped to get a Marcellus deal in place in time for Governor Corbett’s budget address on Feb. 7. Well, that ship has pretty much sailed. Plus, 9 GOP state senators came out against a provision – prioritized by the industry – that state rules for drilling superceded local ones.
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February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “2-3 Ups & Downs”

  1. Adam says:

    Most court rulings don’t come in a week. The fault for the disruption of the election cycle still rests with the LRC which waited months and months to do its work, probably thinking that the time frame would box the court into a corner. They deserve 100 up arrows for finally putting the state constitution above partisan politics.

  2. Same Snorre says:

    Sam Rohrer – isn’t he the guy who worked with Bill Deweese to get the midnight pay raise? Slimeballs…

  3. The Courts games are costing the taxpayers money and frustrating the people who are getting signatures to put candidates on the ballot.

  4. Julian R. says:

    Better not count out Rohrer in Western PA. Will be surprised to find he’s got quite a base.

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