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Election Day: Berks County

Today is the day. Berks County voters head to the polls to choose a replacement for the late state Senator Mike O’Pake. Will Democrats turn the page on 2010, or will Republicans continue their statewide streak? We will soon find out.

March 15th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 2 Comments

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Medaglia Goes Dark

Larry Medaglia’s campaign has backed out of the four largest local television markets and will not be airing television ads in the final day of the campaign, PoliticsPA has learned. Consultants on both sides of the aisle are reading the writing on the wall.

March 14th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 6 Comments

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Schwank Nets $75K from O’Pake Committee

Judy Schwank’s supporters tell everyone it’s a no-brainer, Mike O’Pake would back Schwank for his now-vacant seat in the PA Senate. The most recent campaign finance reports would seem to validate that claim. O’Pake’s committee contributed the bulk of its cash on hand, $75,000, to Schwank on February 3rd.

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 1 Comment

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AP: Corbett OKs grants he pledged to end

Governor Corbett is approving more than $48 million in grant money that was requested by state legislators before he took office according to Marc Levy of the AP.  Corbett had pledged to end the grants also known as walking-around money or WAMS.  ” Spokesman Steve Kratz tells The Associated Press that the Republican administration felt an […]

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | No Comments

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Houghton to Challenge Pileggi

Former State Rep. Tom Houghton has announced that he will challenge PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi in 2012. Houghton, who won the 13th district seat in Chester County during the wave election of 2008, but lost it during the wave election of 2010, sent a message to friends and supporters that he will challenge Pileggi next fall.

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 7 Comments

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Which State Legislators Went to PA’s Public Universities?

More than anything, Governor Corbett’s budget is a major hit on PA’s 14 public universities (PASSHE) and four state-affiliated schools. That got PoliticsPA wondering. Every college graduate knows what it’s like to get a phone call from his or her school’s alumni relations asking for donations, but how easily could that translate into lobbying?

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 4 Comments

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3/10 Morning Buzz

The census numbers are out, reactions to Corbett’s budget proposal continue, and the DEP continues its dispute with the NYT over (politically) radioactive Marcellus wastewater.

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Harrisburg, Playbook | No Comments