Commonwealth Confidential Archive: December, 2009

From the pay raise to Philadelphia's powerbroker: Pennsylvania's political decade in review

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A single legislative action and one "irrepressable" individual proved to be the major forces in Pennsylvania politics in the past... Read more

Rendell to call for gas tax next year, hints at income tax

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Heading into his final year in office, Gov. Rendell said he will again propose a tax on natural gas drilling and hinted that he may resurrect... Read more

Rendell says chance of table games bill "nil," layoffs ahead

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Saying he thinks there is no chance of a table games bill reaching his desk, Gov. Rendell has ordered his cabinet secretaries to begin the... Read more

Those rats in the Capitol? It's not what you think

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Cynics among us might like to make wisecracks about those "rats" who inhabit the space under the big green dome in Harrisburg. Well... Read more

Toomey bangs Specter in "Evolution of a Rubber Stamp" video

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The Toomey camp has released a new zinger video - the last one featured "Kharma Chameleon," that 80's tune in reference to Arlen... Read more

Specter tied with Toomey in new Q Poll

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Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter is tied at 44 percent with likely Republican nominee Pat Toomey, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released... Read more

Poll finds Attorney General Tom Corbett holds wide lead in governor's race

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Tom Corbett is the clear frontrunner in the race to be Pennsylvania’s next governor, a new poll shows. Corbett, the state’s... Read more

Rendell orders more budget cuts in the face of a sluggish economy

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Facing still sluggish economic conditions, Gov. Rendell has ordered additional spending cuts, a spending freeze and will tap unspent funds... Read more