Category Archives: US Senate

PA Legislators Accept Free Vacations with Ethics Committee Approval

Over the weekend, the AP released a report detailing privately funded trips which were taken by members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation on the dime of special interests groups.  The amount of trips taken by PA members has increased substantially … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Issues, US House, US Senate

Thank Bob Casey For Supporting Senate Dems’ ‘Hobby Lobby’ Fix

Bob Casey personally opposes abortion rights, which sometimes finds him on the wrong side of the Democratic base on certain votes, but in the case of Senate Democrats’ Hobby Lobby fix, he wants to do the right thing. Criticizing politicians … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Health, Issues, US Senate

MAP: How to Primary More Democrats Without Losing General Elections

Every election season touches off a debate between more risk-averse Democratic Party operatives and campaign professionals and less risk-averse progressive activists over the wisdom of launching primary challenges to sitting members of Congress.  The operatives wince at primaries to sitting … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US House, US Senate

PA GOP’s Lincoln Day Keynote Speaker Dismisses Dawn Zimmer as a “Lady Mayor”

As if you needed any more evidence that Pennsylvania Republicans think they’re governing Mississippi, here’s a gem from Boss Hogg Haley Barbour, who’s keynoting their Lincoln Day dinner on January 31: Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) shrugged off the … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, State House, State Senate, US House, US Senate

Toomey Admits Breaching the Borrowing Limit Could Cause a Depression, Wants to Do It Anyway

Colby Itkowitz’s tone in this piece seems to suggest she has finally figured out that Pat Toomey is completely wrong about the “payment prioritization” fantasy: Sen. Pat Toomey is willing to call the White House’s bluff on default, which he … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, US Senate

List: PA’s Congressmen Refusing Pay During Shutdown, and Net Worth

Wondering which of Pennsylvania’s Congressmen are giving up their salary during the shutdown? Keystone Politics is keeping track. We’ve also listed each Member’s net worth (using OpenSecrets.org) so you know just how much of a “sacrifice” they’re making. Congressman Mike … More after the jump

Posted in US House, US Senate

Pat Toomey’s Shutdown Vacation

Why did Pat Toomey close 6 out of 7 offices when some House members kept theirs open? He’s allowed to decide which aides are necessary (Tim Murphy, for example, thinks all his aides are necessary) but Toomey apparently decided to … More after the jump

Posted in US Senate

Obama’s Finally Doing It Right on the Debt Ceiling

Ezra Klein says Obama and the Democrats are finally doing what they should’ve been doing in 2011: not negotiating on the debt ceiling. Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling and John Boehner agrees. There is nothing to negotiate about. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House, US Senate