Category Archives: State Senate

Four State Lawmakers Want to Squash Philadelphia’s Pop-Up Beer Gardens

Last week, the Daily News reported on a quirk in the PA liquor code which allows vendors who own liquor licenses to use inexpensive $500 off-premise catering permits to serve alcohol at the temporary pop-up beer gardens that have been springing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate

#PABudget: “Republicans in Disarray” Narrative is a Direct Result of Democrats’ Party-Line Vote

Just to make sure Democrats understand the political success of their budget strategy, the circular firing squad we’re seeing play out between the Corbett administration and Republicans in the legislature wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Dems’ party-line … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

These Five Philly-Area Lawmakers Voted Against the Cigarette Tax

Anthony Williams was the only Democrat to vote to delay the cigarette tax, and that’ll cost him in the Democratic primary for Philly Mayor next year. But forget about that for now. These Republican lawmakers all benefit from a strong … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate

Why Tom Corbett Might Not Sign the #GOPBudget

With all his priorities dashed, and no nice things to take on the road this fall to show the voters, it looks like Tom Corbett may have decided his best chance of hanging on to his office is to break … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

Intern With Keystone Politics! Young Muckrakers Needed to Help Flip the State Senate

Do you like writing on the Internet? Are you maybe a little evil, or at least interested in learning how to think like an evil person? Do you want to help Keystone Politics knock a big chunk off the Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State Senate

#PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?

One under-explored wrinkle in the unfolding Philly school funding hostage negotiations is whether Tom Corbett can even credibly promise to deliver the Republican votes to release the hostage – the local option cigarette tax. “I would encourage the delegation, the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, win the Nov. 4 election. There … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. As I’ve been pointing out, Republicans are relying on Democrats … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

If PA Dems Don’t Shake Things Up With Party-Line Budget Vote, They Won’t Win the State Senate

The PA Republicans are relying on Democrats to provide the votes for a tax increase on natural gas production, and bail them out of the budget mess they got themselves into by passing unpaid-for business tax cuts. If Democrats make … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

#PABudget: “We may actually receive less money than last year.”

PA Republicans are surprised that the state will take in less money this year than last year, because this flies in the face of their religious belief that tax cuts increase revenue. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph says “there’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate