State lawmakers and Attorney General Kathleen Kane had distinct and telling responses to a Philadelphia Inquirer report that four House members accepted cash gifts in a sting operation. The House and Senate acted quickly to police their own, passing legislation prohibiting lawmakers from taking cash gifts. Attorney General Kane chose not to prosecute the four legislators, despite admitting at a press conference that crimes were committed.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 8:24am
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-75) ran against the odds when in 2008, he entered the Republican primary as a write-in candidate for his home county House seat. Democrats have held the seat that includes part of Clearfield County and all of Elks County 48 out of the past 60 years.
“I didn’t like the way I saw things going with the spending under the Rendell Administration, and the incumbent’s (Democrat Dan Surra) voting was pretty much in lockstep with the spending and tax increases,” Gabler said.
Lawmakers Work to Lighten Regulatory Burden for Job Creators
In 1988, former Democratic presidential candidate and life-long liberal, George McGovern, bought a resort hotel in Connecticut. Two years later the hotel went bankrupt. In a 1991 commentary published by the Wall Street Journal, McGovern placed most of the blame for the bankruptcy on the cost of dealing with federal, state, and local regulations, and he blamed frivolous lawsuits.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Wed, 08/14/2013 - 10:14am
Senator Vulakovich - A Conservative Who Loves to Fight for Change
Champion of Reform Targets More Than Legislative Perks