Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. The state senate made news this week, as did a former member, a soon-to-be former member, and a prospective future member. A bipartisan budget passed, an environmental group is paying for ads in PA, and the Republican candidate is on TV for Jane Earll’s seat.
PA Part of 7-Figure Pro-EPA Ad Buy (Watch Video): Environmentalists are continuing their PR effort to combat the EPA’s bad rap. Pennsylvania will be part of a seven-figure ad buy touting the economic benefits of clean air standards.
Rendell Goads Obama Into Supporting Gay Marriage: Pres. Obama established Wednesday his support for gay marriage during an ABC News interview, after being prodded by Gov. Rendell on MSNBC News that the president should take a firm stance on the issue. The announcement came after yesterday’s vote to ban gay marriage in North Carolina.
State Senate Passes Budget 39-8, Restores Some Corbett Cuts: Thanks to better-than-anticipated revenues the Pa. Senate passed a Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget with total spending 2 percent higher than Gov. Tom Corbett proposed, restoring some education and social services funding.
Mellow Pleads Guilty: Former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert Mellow has pleaded guilty in a public corruption case involving the misuse of his taxpayer-funded staff. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date.
Big Bill for Orie: The Allegheny County DA says Sen. Jane Orie will have to repay the PA Senate for legal expenses it covered on her behalf – approximately $1.5 million. Ouch.
23 Offices Later, PAGOP Dings Obama Ground Game: The PA Republican Party Wednesday criticized Obama for America, the President’s campaign organization, on opening an office in York. But the release was a tad late – this will be the twenty-third Obama field office in Pennsylvania.
Republican on TV in Top PA Senate Race (Watch Video): The campaign to replace retiring Senator Jane Earll (R-Erie) will be the top state senate race in Pennsylvania in 2012. Republican Janet Anderson is already on television with a 30 second bio spot.
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SD-49: Republican Janet Anderson is on TV (already! – cable). she’s airing a 30 second bio spot in her race against Dem Sean Wiley for the seat of retiring Sen. Jane Earll.
HD-89: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) has relented and agreed to debate Dem opponent Susan Spicka. In a somewhat gloaty press release, the long-shot challenger celebrated her win of the first PR battle. “I don’t know why Rob Kauffman had this sudden and dramatic change of heart, but I’m glad he recognized that he made a mistake,” she said. It comes after the Chambersburg Public Opinion ed board, the mayor of Chambersburg and PoliticsPA criticized Kauffman for flatly refusing a debate.
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The Onion: Fracking industry now largest employer of recent PR graduates