1/27 Morning Buzz

Democrats and Republicans are in an all-out brawl over a new set of PA House rules. Casey is ready and able to take on pro-life GOP challengers. Anti-Marcellus movie ‘Gasland’ is up for an Oscar. Toomey will be stopping by the Tea Party caucus. And Chaka Fattah penned a response to the SOTU in the Huffington Post.

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

Costa, NFL Execs and Players Call for Concussion Regulations in High School Sports

HARRISBURG, January 26, 2011 – – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today joined National Football League representatives, former players and a host of state lawmakers in calling for legislation that would require additional evaluation and protections against dangerous concussions in high school sports.             Costa participated in the news conference in the Capitol Rotunda […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 5 Comments

Conklin: Reform Halted

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin issued the following statement after today’s voting session of the House of Representatives was ended without consideration of Democratic amendments filed to several pieces of reform legislation:   “This was our first substantive debate scheduled on the issue of reform. The majority leaders blatantly calling […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Casey: End Automatic Pay Raises for Congress

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today joined twelve bipartisan Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent Congress from getting an automatic pay raise each year. The legislation would end the annual cost-of-living adjustment provided to members of Congress, which results in an automatic pay raise each year.   “The system of automatic pay raises […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

With Love Of Pork-Barrel Earmarks, Casey Stands To Left Of Obama On Spending

WASHINGTON – With his love of pork-barrel earmarks, liberal U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) underscores his reckless spending agenda and now places himself to the left of President Obama as a new nonpartisan report reveals that “America’s free fall into debt is accelerating.” During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama voiced […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Democracy Rising PA: Corbett’s Plan: This is Reform?

Facing mounting criticism for appearing to brush off a campaign pledge to issue a “reform plan” his first week in office (a commercial said he would do it on “Day One”), Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday barely met his own deadline with a document that looks more like a campaign brochure than a carefully considered gubernatorial plan of action.

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Alloway Re-Introduces Legislation to Expand Self-Defense Law

HARRISBURG – Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) re-introduced legislation today that would expand the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to protect gun owners who act in self-defense.               Alloway’s bill (SB273) would remove the “duty to retreat” clause when an individual is threatened by an attacker in any place that individual has a right to […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Senator Vogel to Introduce Legislation Abolishing the Office of The Lieutenant Governor

Today, Senator Vogel announced that he will be introducing legislation that will abolish the office of the Lieutenant Governor.               “The past two administrations have seen vacancies in the Lieutenant Governor’s office and both have been filled by the sitting President Pro Tempore of the Senate.  To pretend that the office is so demanding […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments