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8/5 PoliticsPA’s Up & Down

Quinnipiac University’s polling center brings good news for Governor Corbett and problems for President Obama. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai announces a key ally. And the Mike’s give the other side ideological ammo — all in this week’s edition of Up & Down.

August 5th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Presidential, Senate | No Comments

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8/5 Morning Buzz

After the debt ceiling vote in the Senate, some Senators rushed to go back to their respective states. Sen. Casey, however, attended a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the renomination of Robert Ford as Ambassador to Syria. In fact, he was the only Senator who attended the hearing. Sen. Toomey played a large role in the debt ceiling debate, even if it meant bucking party leadership. We take a look at the actions he took and what impact it might have on his influence in later spending negotiations.

August 5th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

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8/4 Morning Buzz

With the help of females, Gov. Corbett’s approval rating increased. This is the first time the Governor’s approval rating has increased since he was elected. Check out Terry Madonna and Michael Young’s bi-weekly column, this week they discuss why the debt negotiations were drawn out and difficult. Gov. Corbett named his puppies Harry and Penny after entries from residents across the Commonwealth.

August 4th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Playbook, Redistricting Watch, Senate | No Comments

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Madonna & Young’s Politically Uncorrected: The Age of Ideology

To be sure, there were real and serious issues about spending and taxes that underlaid the debt debate. Moreover, as a nation we are inarguably spending too much money given the demands of entitlements and the level of taxes. So some of what we went through was probably necessary. But why did it last so long, become so rancorous, and end up costing so much to resolve?

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Guest Commentary | 1 Comment

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