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PoliticsPA’s Up & Down: 11/12 Edition

Speaker McCall – Despite some wrangling from rank-and-file members, Speaker McCall’s reversal on his decision to cancel voting sessions will at least give House members a chance to vote on pending pension legislation and if nothing else will put pressure on the Senate to come back and act on the legislation.

The same reformers, gadflies and goo-goos who in the past have wanted to do away with lame-duck sessions were the ones worked into a tizzy when the House leadership announced that it wouldn’t hold one this year.  PoliticsPA thinks there’s plenty of good legislation out there, but that doesn’t mean the reformers can have things both ways when it comes to passing it.

Mayor Ravenstahl – Despite the hardship of his parking proposal failing and as a result his pension proposal failing as well, he continues to be a fighter, presenting a budget this week that pushes City Council to make hard decisions and shows that despite previous failures he will continue to push his legislative agenda.

Sen. Casey and Sen.-Elect Toomey – Despite the mile wide ideological gap between Sen. Casey and Sen.-Elect Toomey, they still got together and pledged to work together where they could. Hopefully, Casey and Toomey will find ways to work together to benefit all Pennsylvanians.

Speaking of Senator-Elect Toomey, his appearance last week on CNN’s State of the Union was a rousing success.  He was deft in sticking with the GOP line on lowering spending and made a solid case for why gridlock in Congress over the next two years isn’t inevitable.

Mayor John Street and the fledging anti-Michael Nutter contingent – The theory at the palatial PoliticsPA headquarters is that Sam Katz took a good long look and came to the same conclusion we did: Unseating an incumbent mayor is really hard to do in Philadelphia.

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