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Poll Results: 71 Percent Predicted Budget Passage

The results are in: 209 of our politically savvy readers voted in the latest PoliticsPA poll asking whether PA legislators would pass the state budget on time. An impressive 71 percent of people correctly predicted that the budget would indeed be signed into law by the Saturday night deadline

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Features, Harrisburg, Poll, Top Stories | No Comments

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Smith Rallies Blair Tea Partiers

In a setting that might otherwise resemble a company picnic, Senate candidate Tom Smith spoke at a Blair County Tea Party rally Sunday, using his go-to promises to halt the Obama-Casey agenda and get the country back on track.

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 1 Comment

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Corbett Signs 2012-2013 Budget

With 15 minutes to spare, Gov. Corbett signed the $27.7B budget into law. The budget includes cuts to health and human service agencies, status quo education funding but with other potential revenue sources such as business tax credits.

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 5 Comments

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7/2 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. Pennsylvania has an on-time budget for the second year in a row and Sen. John Pippy resigned immediately after it passed; Raja will be dealing with a fresh face as his opponent changes; and the AFL-CIO makes their endorsements (and withholds some, too).

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments

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Smith to Replace Parks, Face Raja

Raja won a heated (and, at times, nasty) Republican primary in the race to replace retiring state Sen. John Pippy, a Republican who had represented the 37th district since 2003. But after his surprise upset victory, Raja now faces a new challenge: a new challenger.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 4 Comments

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Smith Allies Push Fundraising Efforts

After a Wednesday announcement that Smith planned to contribute a “substantial” amount of his own cash to his campaign, other big-name supporters have come out to ask others for contributions, including Sen. Pat Toomey and the Tea Party Express.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 11 Comments

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AFL-CIO Announces PA Endorsements

On Thursday, the AFL-CIO announced their endorsements for Pennsylvania legislators, indicating their support for organized labor and government services that protect the middle class. Earlier this year, the AFL-CIO endorsed President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 2 Comments