Archive: January, 2011
President Obama is scheduled to push for more energy research at an appearance at Penn State in State College on Wednesday.
Obama also will tour college labs focused on energy-efficient building solutions and deliver remarks on the importance of investing in innovation and clean energy to put people back to work, grow the economy, and win the future, according to the White House.
"As part of the Administration's strategy to win the future through new investments in research and development, the Department of Energy has launched Energy Innovation Hubs across the nation," the statement says. "Penn State will provide overall leadership for the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for energy-efficient buildings that will be located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia."
The leaders of Pennsylvania's Democratic and Republican parties are demanding resignations by their rival party's House of Representatives leaders.
The dueling resignation calls from Rob Gleason, chairman of the PA GOP, and Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democrats, came after Wednesday's fracas in the House Rules Commitee when GOP House speaker Mike Turzai and Democratic minority leader Frank Dermody's troops tried to out-yell each other.
The GOP charged Democrats were trying to sink majority Republicans' bills by weighing them down with amendments. The Republicans proposed kicking Democrats off committees and limiting debate.
As former Gov. Rendell was preparing for his first big night as a professional TV news analyst yesterday, Capitolwire's bureau chief Pete DeCoursey was digging into Rendell's treasure trove of campaign quotes, all the way back to his first gubernatorial campaign in 2002,
In it he found Rendell said of his then-law-firm, Ballard Spahr, "I think it is wrong for a governor to sever connections from a firm, be governor, apply the law and then go back to that firm."
This week he returned to Ballard Spahr, which won at least $22 million in state business during his two terms.
One year after "Mousegate" left an icky taste in diners' mouths, food service giant Aramark Inc. announced it is pulling out of the state Capitol.
Philadelphia-based Aramark told the Department of General Services on Christmas Eve it was opting out of its three-year contract to run the Capitol Cafeteria citing lack of profits.
The contract was not set to expire until June 2012, but a clause allowed the company to break the contract for financial reasons, said department spokesman Troy Thompson. The state has extended the lease 90 days to allow time to find a new operator.
A state Senate committee today approved a bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through the federally-mandated health insurance exchanges that are to begin in 2014.
The bill passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday, 12-2. No public hearing was held.
“Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states have the authority to prohibit certain abortion coverage in these health plans and we intend to exercise that power,”said committee chairman Sen. Don White (R., Indiana). “This is not a new step for Pennsylvania, but rather an extension of the restrictions already in place for medical assistance and other taxpayer subsidized programs.”
The former governor is still keeping the news wires buzzing. This a.m. Ed Rendell's old law firm, Ballard Spahr announcing he will be rejoining them handle key areas that defined his tenure in Harrisburg, among them, infrastructure, education, energy and the environment. [Ballard was also the recipient of lucrative, and sometimes controversial, government contracts during that time.] Those money woes the governor had been complaining about, apparently now solved.
Meanwhile, POLITICO reporting that Rendell is close to a deal with MSNBC. Coming as it does on the heels of Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure, the news has some wags wondering, Will Rendell be the next prime time talker at the "liberal" cable channel?
In other news, Rendell told POLITICO that Sen. Bob Casey has a lock on re-election in 2012 and that there was no Republican in the Keystone state - not even newly-elected Gov. Tom Corbett - who could defeat him.
New York Gov. Cuomo is putting up Nathan's hotdogs. But exactly what Pennsylvania delicacy is Gov. Corbett wagering on Sunday's AFC championship game between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers? Will it be pretzels or pierogis, pot pies or whoopie pies?
We don't know. We guess that means Corbett's so confident the Steelers will win he hasn't selected the foods - for the bet - or maybe he doesn't want to jinx them.
If the Steelers win, Cuomo will send Corbett a basket of New York products including Nathan’s hotdogs, chicken wings from Buffalo, Hudson Valley apple cider as well as cheese and maple syrup.