Month: March 2011

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger Blasts Shuster Amendment

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the airline pilot credited with “the Miracle on the Hudson,” is taking aim at an amendment offered by Rep. Shuster that critics claim would scale back aviation safety legislation. Shuster says that his amendment is in keeping with the goals of President Obama’s administration to make regulation more efficient, and won’t impact safety precautions already in place.

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Toomey Urges Balanced Budget in Latest Legislation

Toomey wants to create a Constitutional Amendment which would make it illegal for the budget to spend more than its revenue, and spending would be capped at 18 percent of the GDP. The entire Senate GOP Congress is said to be on board.

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Updated: For Rep. Marino’s future reference…

The PA Democratic party is having some fun with an apparent flub by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. Dem Spokesman Mark Nicastre sent the following email to Marino’s press office (and thoughtfully cc’ed the entire PA press corps).

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PA Republicans React to Obama Libya Speech

A few members of the GOP PA Delegation took a moment to respond to Obama’s Libya address. Many applaud the President for explaining his decision, but few were 100% satisfied with the explanation. Many left with more questions than answers.

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3/31 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA is on the Redistricting Watch where the buzz is growing that Reps. Altmire and Critz will have some inter-party fights ahead. Rick Santorum was in the news a lot yesterday as we crawl closer to a decision on the former Senator’s future political plans. Wereport that he had a solid weekend in Iowa but Rep. Bachmann stole a lot of the thunder. Gov. Rendell explained to us all why politicos should never throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. Up in NW Pa., there is talk that Kathy Dahlkemper might run for her old congressional seat.
Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s edition of the Buzz. If you have not seen it yet, check out PoliticsPA’s Harrisburg Superlatives. We would love to hear your comments; comment on our website, via Twitter or Facebook.

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Santorum Helped in Iowa by Absence of Palin and Huckabee But Hurt by Bachmann’s Announcement

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) declaration over the weekend that she is forming an exploratory committee for the Presidency was not good news for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Bachmann is one of the most conservative members in the House (ranked 19th by National Journal) and a favorite of the tea party who gave its response to President Obama’s State of the Union in January.

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