4/1 Ups & Downs

Bob Casey. Casey has a tough vote coming up. Should the Senator give the right a ton of ammo by voting to fund Planned Parenthood, or risk turning off his Democratic base? Beyond that, a national business group has begun to air anti-EPA radio ads that target Casey. And the fact that he voted with Obama 97% of the time since 2009 is something we’re likely to hear quite a bit.
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Dan McCaffery. Half a dozen Democrats are all of a sudden leaning toward campaigns for PA Attorney General, and each of them would love to have the kind of early boost that support from Bob Brady provides.
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Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. Time will tell which one of these gentlemen will be a congressman in 2013. The conventional wisdom is that their districts will ultimately be combined during the redistricting process, creating an awkward Democratic primary between two officials who have never strayed far from the center.
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Tom Corbett. It’s been another rough week for the Governor. His cuts feel like they’re losing ground. Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike grilled budget chief Charles Zogby in hearings this week. He’s already begun the advance PR work of distinguishing an “impact fee” from a tax. And he took a number of lumps for limiting attendance at press conferences.
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PA college students. Student activists from PA’s 18 state-owned and affiliated schools made national news when they converged in Harrisburg this week, especially those plucky runners from Lock Haven. The ensuing attention to the issue has caused a number of GOP lawmakers to back away from proposed budget cuts.

April 1st, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | No Comments