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  • Santorum: "I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran for Congress" (1995)

    03/17/2012 11:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 232 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | December 1995 | Eric Konigsberg
    IN THE SUMMER OF 1989, Rick Santorum and a fellow associate at the Pittsburgh law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart left work to drive to Three Rivers Stadium for the firm's annual softball game. Sitting behind the wheel, Santorum popped in a tape, and on came the reedy voice of a man lecturing as if to a classroom. “Listen,” Santorum said. “Newt Gingrich.” “Who the hell is Newt Gingrich?” the co-worker asked. Santorum explained that Gingrich was a congressman from Georgia, and that he was the guy to listen to if you were considering a future in politics. “At the...
  • Police: Family chanted, disrobed at Pa. school

    03/16/2012 4:44:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2012
    UPPER DARBY, Pa. - Authorities say four family members were arrested after stripping naked outside a suburban Philadelphia high school and chanting "God is great." Upper Darby police say it happened around 1 p.m. Friday in a parking lot outside school.
  • Photo ID Only First Step in Fighting Voter Fraud

    03/16/2012 11:47:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2012 | Nicole S. Marrone
    Enforcing voting law is a further problem. Also read: Armed Americans Revolt Against Voter Fraud A solution in search of a problem? A modern-day poll tax? The rhetoric of the Democrats in Pennsylvania and elsewhere with regards to photo identification requirements on Election Day is absurdist. Those in favor of a requirement to show photo identification at the polls are being labeled evil Republicans seeking to suppress turnout, discriminate against the elderly, and racists. Are we tired of this yet? However, does anyone really believe that requiring a photo id on Election Day is going to change the outcome...
  • David Frum - Conservatives: Do You Really Want to Do This to Your Party? (Santorum)

    03/14/2012 8:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 14, 2012 | David Frum
    After tonight, Newt Gingrich has to be considered finished. You don't get to be the nominee if you don't win primaries, and if Gingrich can't win Alabama and Mississippi, it's hard to imagine any other state in the country where he can win. While Gingrich may remain some kind of factor, in almost every remaining state, this race devolves to a Romney-Santorum battle. That's great news for Santorum, who has been hoping and yearning for a two-man race. It's acceptable news for Romney, who knows that party donors and insiders dread a Santorum candidacy as likely to lead to a...
  • Gov. Tom Corbett signs voter ID into law (Pennsylvania)

    03/14/2012 6:59:32 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 29 replies ^ | 3/14/12 | Mary Wilson
    After three days of floor debate, the Pennsylvania House has passed a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law Wednesday night. Opponents call it a "poll tax," while supporters insist it's "common sense." Counties are being told about the upcoming changes, according to Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Department of State. For the April 24 primary election, poll workers are supposed to request, but not require, that voters show photo identification. "And then we're asking that the poll worker hand that voter a small sheet of paper which...
  • Lindsey Graham blasts Newt Gingrich on Afghanistan(Rino not happy about wanting out of Afghan)

    03/14/2012 5:11:08 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 23 replies ^ | Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/13/2012 | By Ed O'Keefe
    A clearly miffed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates Tuesday to temper their remarks on U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, warning they run the risk of dividing the GOP and emboldening the Taliban. Graham, a vocal defender of military action in Afghanistan and previous operations in Iraq, said he was “very disappointed” with the former House speaker’s recent comments that the United States no longer has “the willpower or the capacity to do the things you have to do to fundamentally change” Afghanistan.
  • Arlen Specter Feels Betrayed After Betrayal

    03/12/2012 2:17:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 03/12/2012 | By W. JAMES ANTLE, III
    The Hill is reporting on some tibdits from Arlen Specter's forthcoming new memoir, Life Among the Cannibals. Specter feels that Democratrs used him to pass health care reform and then didn't follow through on their promises to help him win his primary. "I realized that the president and his advisers were gun-shy about supporting my candidacy after being stung by Obama's failed rescue attempts for New Jersey governor Jon Corzine and Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley. They were reluctant to become victims of a trifecta," he writes.The snub was made all the more painful by Obama flying over Philadelphia en...
  • Pittsburgh distillery to host whiskey tastings, now legal in Pa.

    03/11/2012 6:09:19 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 11 March AD 2012 | KEVIN BEGOS
    PITTSBURGH—You've probably heard of wine tastings. Now, whiskey tastings are legal in Pennsylvania too. A new state law allows small distilleries to give samples to visitors and sell bottles of their spirits directly to the public. That's big news for Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, which opened to the public on Friday. The distillery is named after Philip Wigle, who burned down the home of a federal tax collector in the 1790s and helped lead the Whiskey Rebellion, a major test of George Washington's presidency. The rebels objected to one of the first federal taxes—on distilled spirits. Revenue from the taxes...
  • Multiple victims in Pa. psych clinic shooting

    03/08/2012 1:06:42 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 66 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/8/2012 | KDKA
    Two people are reportedly dead and several are wounded in a shooting at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, CBS station KDKA reports. Police were looking for a gunman.
  • GOP Congressman's Daughter Tweeted About Contraception, Media Descends

    03/06/2012 6:12:16 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 1+ views
    CMR ^ | March 5, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    A pro-life Congressman in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood has six children, one of whom tweeted that she was picking up contraception at Planned Parenthood. Now the media, which is currently, obsessed with lecturing conservatives on civility in the discussion of contraception and religious liberty, is descending and dragging the Congressman's daughter into the spotlight. Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill" column reports:Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) has six kids, and HOH has a favorite! Her name is Maggie Fitzpatrick, and she’s a young co-ed and a prolific tweeter without a filter. Her tweets chronicle the life of an average...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

    03/01/2012 12:10:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 26+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them. In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations. Consider this a promise kept: GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and...
  • Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad

    02/27/2012 7:40:00 PM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 42 replies · 4+ views
    Yahoo! Contributor Network ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Jonathon Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, reports on a disturbing case in which a state judge in Pennsylvania threw out an assault case involving a Muslim attacking an atheist for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Judge Mark Martin, an Iraq war veteran and a convert to Islam, threw the case out in what appears to be an invocation of Sharia law.
  • Geller Exclusive in the Daily Caller: Hundreds of threats for assault victim in

    02/29/2012 8:02:00 AM PST · by combat_boots · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/27/2012 | Pam Geller
    (Extended title) dismissed by Quran-minded judge There are a number of breaking developments in the exclusive I wrote for the Daily Caller, today. Don't miss it. Go here.
  • Pa. Court: Judge Uses Sharia Law to Free Muslim Assailant

    02/29/2012 7:54:41 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 February 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    In a shocking case out of Pennsylvania, an American judge has thrown out an assault charge against a Muslim immigrant based on Sharia law. The assault victim was the head of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists, Ernest Perce V, who was marching in a Halloween parade as “Zombie Mohammed” next to a fellow atheist dressed as “Zombie Pope.” The former depiction didn’t sit well with Muslim onlooker Talag Elbayomy, who then attacked Mr. Perce. And with an admission of guilt by the assailant and video of the incident, it should have been an open-and-shut case. But that’s not how...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • Muslim Admits to Attacking Atheist; Muslim Judge Dismisses Case

    02/24/2012 5:53:15 AM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | 22 February 2012 | Al Stefanelli
    The Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists, Inc., Mr. Ernest Perce V., was assaulted by a Muslim while participating in a Halloween parade. Along with a Zombie Pope, Ernest was costumed as Zombie Muhammad. The assault was caught on video, the Muslim man admitted to his crime and charges were filed in what should have been an open-and-shut case. That’s not what happened, though. The defendant is an immigrant and claims he did not know his actions were illegal, or that it was legal in this country to represent Muhammad in any form. To add insult to injury, he also...
  • Campaigning Against the Modern World (longtime PA reporter outlines why Santorum is angry)

    02/25/2012 7:16:36 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2/24/2012 | Tom Ferrick, Jr.
    As a journalist who covered Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania for years, I can understand the Tea Party’s infatuation with him. It’s his anger. It is in perfect synch with the constituency he is wooing. Even at the height of his political success, when he had a lot to be happy about, Santorum was an angry man. I found it odd. I was used to covering politicians who had good dispositions — or were good at pretending they had good dispositions. Santorum was different... People who don’t know him — and just see the angry Rick — don’t realize what a...
  • Sharia Law In Pennsylvania

    02/25/2012 2:05:08 AM PST · by yoe · 24 replies
    Power Line ^ | Feburary 24, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    (Andy McCarthy's) post on a criminal prosecution in Pennsylvania that was dismissed based on an application of sharia law and a recognition of the special, privileged status of Islam is the most chilling thing I have read in quite a while. This is Andy’s account of the events that led to the prosecution: The victim, [atheist activist] Ernest Perce, wore a “Zombie Mohammed” costume and pretended to walk among the dead (in the company of an associate who was the “Zombie Pope” — and who, you’ll be shocked to learn, was not assaulted). The assailant, Talag Elbayomy, a Muslim immigrant,...
  • US Judge rules Muslims have a right to assault people who offend them

    02/24/2012 1:03:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 116 replies
    Human Events ^ | 02/24/2012 | John Hayward
    Unbelievable. Yes, this happened HERE. People who are concerned about the spread of Muslim sharia law into American jurisprudence used to be dismissed as alarmists. That won’t happen again for a while, thanks to a Pennsylvania judge who just dismissed assault charges against a Muslim who was videotaped attacking a man dressed as “Zombie Muhammad” during a Halloween parade. The judge, who is a Muslim, didn’t even care to see the videotape, because the assault was entirely justified under sharia law, so the First Amendment doesn’t apply. In fact, the beaten Zombie Muhammad should just be thankful he wasn’t killed,...
  • Poll: Pennsylvania’s perking up for Rick Santorum; Update: Rick Within five of Newt in … Georgia?

    02/23/2012 7:00:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2012 | Tina Korbe
    In a GOP primary in which all four GOP candidates face the rare prospect of a home-state loss, Rick Santorum looks like he might be able to pull off a win in Pennsylvania, after all. Washington Wire calls attention to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll that has good news for the former senator from the Keystone State: Mr. Santorum [now leads] former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 45 percent to 16 percent. The other two candidates are in single digits: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comes it at 9 percent and Ron Paul at 7 percent.Mr. SantorumÂ’s victories in...
  • Franklin & Marshall Pennsylvania 2012 Presidential Poll(Santorum 45, Romney 16)

    02/23/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 11 replies
    REPUBLICAN PRIMARY •Rick Santorum 45% •Mitt Romney 16% •Newt Gingrich 9% •Ron Paul 7% •Other 1% •Don't know 22%
  • PA is overdue for its second president as Santorum surges

    02/21/2012 5:41:39 PM PST · by writer33 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Morning Call (Lehigh Valley, PA) ^ | 02/21/12 | Paul Carpenter
    How can it be that Pennsylvania, the state with the most precious historical legacy of all, has produced only one president? This is the land of Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin, the Declaration of Independence, George Washington crossing the Delaware, Valley Forge, the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, the most pivotal battle in the Civil War, three cities that served as the nation's capital, etc. And the best we could do in 223 years is James Buchanan, widely considered to be one of worst presidents America ever had? Robert P. Casey Virginia has had eight presidents, including three...
  • Santorum: Democrats are "anti-science," not me

    02/20/2012 1:11:00 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 20, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Portraying himself as a native son of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Monday emphasized his heritage as the grandson of a coal miner and railed against environmental regulations that have diminished the coal industry in the region. "Ladies and gentlemen, we need someone who understands, who comes from the coal fields, who comes from the steel mills, who understands what average working people in America need to be able to provide for themselves and their families," Santorum said to a crowd of about 500 people in the Democratic-leaning eastern edge of the...
  • Santorum Camp Backtracks after 'Radical Islamic' Remark

    02/20/2012 1:21:36 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 27 replies · 7+ views ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli
    In trying to clarify recent comments from Rick Santorum about President Obama's "phony theology," the candidate's new national press secretary made a gaffe of her own, saying Obama had pursued "radical Islamic policies" . Alice Stewart, who had worked for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign before signing on with Santorum earlier this month, made the slip during an appearance this afternoon on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." The segment focused on the former Pennsylvania senator's line of attack on Obama for his environmental policies, which were guided, he said in Ohio this weekend, by "some phony ideal. Some phony theology." "As he...
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • An Open Letter to Rick Santorum (Vanity)

    02/18/2012 7:27:44 AM PST · by no dems · 172 replies
    February 18, 2012 | no dems
    An Open Letter to Rick Santorum: Dear Senator: As a strong, common-sense Conservative, I have a favor to ask of you. Could you please consider not answering, off the cuff, every question thrown at you? Would you please engage your brain before putting your mouth in gear? I’m beginning to see now, how, as an incumbent, you lost your Senate seat by 18 pecentage points to the brain-dead Bob Casey. Women vote Senator; and, they vote in large numbers. Now, please consider this common-sense observation from a Conservative male: Women have been in combat for years now. Women have used...
  • Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’ (Anonymous Coward)

    02/18/2012 7:19:05 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 65 replies
    ABC The Note ^ | Jonathan Karl
    A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity. The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not. “We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win...
  • Poll: Romney Slips in Michigan. (Milt 31%, Newt 26%)

    01/30/2012 1:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | Janet Adamy
    Mitt Romney, once seen as a sure bet to win the Michigan Republican presidential primary, now appears locked in a surprisingly tight race with challenger Newt Gingrich. Michigan is home turf for the former Massachusetts governor. His late father, George Romney, was a popular governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the younger Romney grew up in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. But with the state’s primary approaching on Feb. 28, Mr. Romney’s lead remains small, given his home-court advantage. A poll released last week by the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV found that 31% of likely voters supported Mr....
  • Pennsylvania Still a Tall Order For Obama

    02/12/2012 4:44:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 12, 2012 | Salena Zito
    During a drive between the Mon Valley towns of McKeesport and Elizabeth, a man named Ray was overheard calling into a local radio station to talk about the subject of the hour: November's presidential election. The first thing he said is that he is a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Pressed by the talk-show host, he said he would not vote for Obama this time. The rest of Ray's answer was not unique or remarkable: Yes, he is a union member. Yes, he wanted Obama to succeed. And, yes, he is very disappointed after giving the president...
  • GOP Presidential Candidates Address CPAC [Santorum, Romney, Gingrich]

    02/10/2012 3:56:22 PM PST · by thouworm · 22 replies · 1+ views
    C-Span ^ | February 10, 2012 | Santorum, Romney, Gingrich
    C-SPAN's coverage of the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) continues Friday with speeches by the leading presidential candidates and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The three top GOP candidates for the Republican nomination -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum -- are taking a break from the campaign trial to address attendees. Rep. Ron Paul was invited to speak but will instead continue campaigning.
  • Pa. GOP Voters Quit Gingrich For Santorum [Santorum Now Leads Romney In Pa!]

    02/09/2012 10:43:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Pittsburg-Tribune Review ^ | February 09, 2012 | Debra Erdley
    Pa. GOP Voters Quit Gingrich For Santorum By Debra Erdley, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW February 9, 2012 A Tribune-Review/WPXI-TV poll conducted Feb. 2-6 shows the former senator was gaining strength among Pennsylvania Republicans even before this week's victories in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota that threaten to shake up the GOP presidential contest. The statewide poll of 500 Republicans showed Santorum's support more than doubled from 14 percent six weeks ago to 30 percent, putting him in a statistical dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who increased his support to 29 percent from 18 percent. Santorum's gain was former House Speaker...
  • See the Purple Squirrel Discovered in Pennsylvania!

    02/08/2012 2:49:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/8/12 | jonathan m. seidl
    The odd creature was discovered by Percy and Connie Emert in Jeresey Shore, PA on Sunday. “We have bird feeders out in our yard, and the squirrels are constantly into them,” Connie told “My husband traps them and then sets them free elsewhere so they don’t get into your bird feeders.” She said she had seen the little creature on the property before, but no one would believe her. “I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. ‘Oh sure you did’ he kept telling me,” she added. “Well, he checked the trap around...
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    02/04/2012 9:49:45 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012
    Something tells me that the University of Pennsylvania is not in the toy business. Got to see this!
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    02/02/2012 11:26:06 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012
    Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.
  • 70 Years Later, Pennsylvanians Still Paying Johnstown Flood Tax

    02/01/2012 6:05:51 PM PST · by dickmc · 11 replies
    KDKA radio (Pittsburgh, PA) ^ | June 6, 2011 | unknown
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The old newsreel videos of the Johnstown Flood of 1936 are certainly terrifying as residents flee the rising river. The aftermath left a city destroyed with 30,000 homeless. With such carnage apparent, Pennsylvania enacted the Johnstown Flood Tax, a tax on every bottle of alcohol purchased in the state. It was enacted to rebuild the city. “By 1942, they had sufficient funds to rebuild the city,” says State Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver Falls. “And yet the tax continued.” “It continued and it was even expanded,” he says. And that’s the rub. Nearly 70 years after Johnstown was...
  • ‘Call in the Guard:’ Retired Judge [Congressional candidate says Philly needs military action...]

    01/31/2012 5:11:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    ‘Call in the Guard:’ Retired Judge Congressional candidate says Philly needs military action to help curb crime By Catherine Brown | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 | Updated 7:24 PM EST ‘Call in the Guard:’ Retired Judge Retired Judge Jimmie Moore wants to call in the National Guard to deal with violent crime in Philadelphia. Former Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore wants to call in the National Guard to support Philadelphia’s crime fighting efforts. Moore announced last year that he is a candidate for the First Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D). In a campaign press...
  • Fred Thompson Promotes ‘National Popular Vote’ Initiative In Harrisburg

    01/30/2012 8:06:46 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 165 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | October 5th, 2011 | Tony Romeo
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The state capitol was the scene of two events promoting distinctly different ways of changing the way Pennsylvania’s presidential electoral votes are awarded. Actor and former Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is part of a bi-partisan effort to create a compact agreement among states to award all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter who wins the state vote for president.
  • Man acting in self-defense kills teen, wounds another

    01/26/2012 2:26:19 PM PST · by grundle · 48 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jack Eilber
    One teen is dead and another is wounded after they were shot by a man who authorities say acted in self-defense. It happened on a trail along the Schuylkill River in Berks County. Police say three teens confronted the man who was riding his bike along the trail in Cumru Township. The teens knocked him off the bike and assaulted him and that's when he pulled out a gun and shot them. One of the teens died and another was hurt. Police took the third teen and the man in for questioning. They released the man and took the other...
  • FirstEnergy, citing regulations, to retire six coal-fired power plants

    01/26/2012 11:02:11 AM PST · by EBH · 30 replies · 3+ views ^ | 1/26/12
    Akron, Ohio, January 26, 2012 — FirstEnergy Corp. generation subsidiaries will retire six older coal-fired power plants located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland by September 1, 2012. The decision to close the power plants is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which were recently finalized, and other environmental regulations. The total capacity of the competitive plants that will be retired is 2,689 MW. Recently, these plants served mostly as peaking or intermediate facilities, generating, on average, about 10 percent of the electricity produced by the company over the past three years. The following plants...
  • House Committee OKs Smaller Legislature In Power Grab (PA)

    01/25/2012 9:05:37 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 2 replies
    The (Pa) House Committee on State Government, yesterday, Jan. 24, voted overwhelmingly to send to the House floor a bill that would cut representation in Harrisburg. The bill, HB 153, would cut the number of representatives in the State House from 203 to 153. It would leave the membership of the state Senate unchanged at 50. The bill would also mandate that counties, municipalities and wards not be divided in forming a senatorial or representative district which would about the only bright side of this wealth and power grab. The argument for the bill is to cut cost since the...
  • Sign the Online Property Tax Independence Act Petition! (Pennsylvania)

    01/22/2012 3:33:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    State Representative Jim Cox Website ^ | January 22, 2012 | PA State Representative Jim Cox
    On February 7, Governor Tom Corbett will deliver his annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate. In addition to spelling out his budget plan for the year, this annual tradition provides the governor with a platform to identify his legislative priorities. Help us encourage the governor to make the Property Tax Independence Act his top priority by signing the online petition on my website. We want to show the governor that this issue deserves his attention and support as he outlines his agenda for 2012. To help us achieve this goal, we are collecting...
  • Santorum Says He Will Remain in Race Through Florida

    01/21/2012 7:42:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    NY Times 'blogs ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2012 | Richard A. Oppel, Jr.
    Rick Santorum said he would be pleased with a third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday but vowed to stay in the presidential race through the Florida primary no matter what. He also blasted his "desperate" rival Mitt Romney for perpetrating "cheap stuff" as Mr. Romney's position as front runner here melted away the past week... "We finally were given the victory in Iowa," Mr. Santorum said. "If we had had it two weeks ago, it might be a very different situation. It might have been a very different race." Mr. Santorum also said he was disappointed in Mr. Romney after...
  • Early voting begins slowly in South Florida

    01/21/2012 6:29:47 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    With the field of Republican candidates down to four, GOP voters trickled to the polls on the first day of early voting in South Florida with plenty of opinions about their choice to challenge President Barack Obama in November. Many said they were deciding between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in what has been a rollercoaster race. Romney is ahead in Florida, with more than 40 percent of GOP supporters, followed by Gingrich with 22 percent, Sen. Rick Santorum with 15 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent, according to an average...
  • Conflicting reports on Paterno's health situation tonight

    01/21/2012 6:17:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    The Allentown Morning Call reported on Twitter at 8:50 p.m. that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died tonight at the age of 85. The newspaper said football players received an email confirming the former coach's death.
  • Joe Paterno: 1926-2012

    01/21/2012 6:17:04 PM PST · by NittanyLion · 29 replies
    01-20-12 | Self
    Joe Paterno has died at the age of 85
  • Update: Reports of Joe Paterno's death refuted by family

    01/21/2012 6:15:31 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | January 21,2012 | Adam Jacobi
    Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just "JoePa", has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach's life on Saturday. Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 seasons before being fired in November as his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came under greater scrutiny. Combined with the time he spent as an assistant, Paterno spent a total of 61...
  • Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies From Lung Cancer

    01/21/2012 6:17:03 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Cleveland ^ | 1/21/12
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS Cleveland/AP) — Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno died Saturday night from lung cancer at the age of 85, Onward State, the student-run university website, reports. The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was getting treatment since, and his health problems worsened when he broke his pelvis — an injury that first cropped up when he was accidentally hit in preseason practice last...
  • Penn State's Joe Paterno is gravely ill and nearing death, as his family rushes to his side

    01/21/2012 3:58:56 PM PST · by Dysart · 144 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1-20-2012
    Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is gravely ill and his family is rushing to State College to be by his side, his family has confirmed According to Onward State, Paterno was taken off of a respirator earlier today. However, the Paterno family has not confirmed that report.Facebook and Twitter are flooded with students and fans saying that they are praying for Joe and for the Paterno family. “Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized...
  • Joe Paterno's condition 'serious'

    Joe Paterno, Division I's all-time winningest coach who was fired by Penn State in November, has experienced further complications from treatment from lung cancer and is in "serious" condition, a family spokesman said in a statement Saturday. "Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," a Paterno family spokesman said Saturday. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time." The 85-year old Paterno has been battling lung cancer. A source told The Citizens' Voice on...