Casey Pushes for Filibuster Reform

Senator Bob Casey joined several Democrats calling for reform of the Senate procedure known as filibuster. In recent years, the practice has been used by Democrats and Republicans to effectively require a 60-vote majority for each step of the legislative process. Casey’s press release is below.

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate | 2 Comments

Judicial Nominee Mariani was Casey Donor

SCRANTON — Robert Mariani, the Scranton attorney nominated for a federal judicial appointment, donated to the campaign committees of Sen. Bob Casey and his brother Patrick’s congressional race, to the tune of $9,500, according to the Federal Election Committee. But, its not uncommon, said Casey spokesman Larry Smar when asked Thursday by PoliticsPa.com about the contributions. […]

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate | 2 Comments

Commentary: Democrat’s Voter Registration Advantage Over GOP Shrinks To Less Than 900,000 As We Enter The Era of Citizen Redistricting

by Christopher Nicholas Nicholas was one of PoliticsPA’s Top Operatives of 2010 Now that the Census Bureau has re-apportioned America’s 435 Congressional districts among the states and Pennsylvania is set to lose a seat, the serious task of re-districting — a political process controlled by politicians — can begin. Essentially the state’s 19 congressional districts […]

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Guest Commentary, Harrisburg | 9 Comments

PoliticsPA Up and Down: 1/7 Edition

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Apparently, Rep. (we think) Fitzpatrick was not on the floor of the House during the oath of office for House members. He saw the oath on TV while standing next to Rep. Sessions of Texas, said the oath along with the TV. According to House rules and procedures, you have to be […]

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | 1 Comment

PoliticsPA’s 1/7 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA Up and Down are out for the week. Spoiler alert: Rep(?) Fitzpatrick is getting hosed for missing the oath of office. GOP consultant Chris Nicholas looks at redistricting numbers. State Rep. Metcalfe aims for the national spotlight in the immigration debate. Rendell gives his exit interview to the Capitol press corps. Toomey takes aim at defense spending. And Obama polls ahead of Rick Santorum in a hypothetical matchup.

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

GOP lawmakers cast House votes despite missing swearing-in

The Hill has the story: GOP Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) cast their first votes of the 112th Congress on Thursday despite the fact they were technically not members of Congress at the time. The two Republicans missed the official swearing-in ceremony on the House floor Wednesday. It was not immediately clear why but the men did cast votes for speaker.

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Casey Urges HUD to Release Funds to Prevent Home Foreclosures

Casey Urges HUD to Release Funds to Prevent Home Foreclosures WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), urging HUD to release $1 billion in funds Congress authorized last year to help unemployed homeowners.   The Emergency Homeowners Loan […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 2 Comments

MAYOR NUTTER, DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE NEXT GENERATION OF WATERFRONT PROJECTS

MAYOR NUTTER, DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE NEXT GENERATION OF WATERFRONT PROJECTS Philadelphia, January 6, 2010- Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) announced plans for the next generation of waterfront projects.  With initial early action projects either completed or well underway, DRWC prepares to transition into the next phase of […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

ALTMIRE VOTES TO CUT CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE BUDGETS

ALTMIRE VOTES TO CUT CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE BUDGETS   (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) today voted to cut congressional office budgets by five percent, saving American taxpayers millions of dollars. House Resolution 22 passed by a vote of 410-13 and will take effect immediately. As part of his commitment to fiscal responsibility, Congressman […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments

Corbett Appoints Another Top Donor to Cabinet

Corbett Appoints Another Top Donor to Cabinet Harrisburg, PA – Today, Tom Corbett nominated another top donor to a Cabinet position by picking Sheri Phillips to run the Department of General Services. Phillips has given $14,650 to Corbett making her the latest high dollar donor appointed to Corbett’s Cabinet. C. Alan Walker, the nominee for […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments