Archive: November, 2012
Two House Democrats who lost their seats found a soft landing - back in the Capitol.
Reps. Joe Brennan of Lehigh County and Ken Smith of Lackawanna County, cash their last paychecks as lawmakers today.
On Monday they join the House Democratic Caucus staff, a spokesman said.
The 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race officially gets underway today with the first Democrat - former Department of Environmental Protection secretary John Hanger - announcing his candidacy.
John Hanger is scheduled to roll into the Reading Terminal Market (at 10 am) in Philadelphia for his first announcement before heading on to Harrisburg for a 2 p.m. press conference.
Hanger will try to make history by unseating an incumbant governor. Republican Gov. Corbett, who took office in 2011, has signalled his intention to seek a second term.
Ex-DEP chief John Hanger made it official today, becoming the first Democrat to announce he will challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014.
"I want to make Tom Corbett a one-term governor," said Hanger, at a press conference in the Capitol.
Hanger, who served as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Rendell, would make history if he - or anyone else - unseated Corbett. No sitting governor of either party who has sought re-election in the last 40 years has been denied a second term.
Word that Gov. Corbett was close to inking a deal to lease state lottery operations is drawing criticism among legislative Democrats who want to know why the administration would make such a hasty decision on a deal worth tens of billions with no public input.
The Department of Revenue announced late yesterday it had a sole bidder - British firm Camelot Global Services LLC - to run the state lottery and barring any glitches with criminal background or financial record checks it would move forward with the deal as early as year's end.
Camelot's bid guarantees the state $34 billion over the 20-year contract with the promise of expanded gaming in the form of online sales and keno.
No surprises in state Senate elections today.
On the Republican side, Sen. Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County was nominated president pro tempore and Sen. Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County was named as majority leader.
Also re-elected were: Senate appropriations committee chairman Jake Corman of Centre County, majority whip Pat Browne of Lehigh County; policy committee chairman Ted Erickson of Delaware County; caucus chairman Mike Waugh of York County; caucus secretary Bob Robbins of Mercer County; and caucus administrator John Gordner of Columbia County.
NEW UPDATE - House Democrats announced their leadership team for the 2013-2014 session. Re-elected to the top posts were minority leader Frank Dermody, whip Mike Hanna of Clinton County, Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster County was re-elected policy chairman, as was Rep. Dan Frankel of Allegheny County as caucus chairman and Rep. Joe Markosek of Allegheny County as appropriations chairman. Newly elected were Rep. Ron Waters of Philadelphia as caucus administrator and Rep. Neal Goodman of Schuylkill as caucus secretary.
UPDATE - House Republicans have elected their new leadership team. House Speaker Sam Smith of Jefferson County, Majority leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny, Whip Stan Saylor, caucus chairman Rep. Sandra Major of Susquehanna, policy chairman Dave Reed, caucus administrator Rep. Dick Stevenson of Mercer County, appropriations chairman Bill Adolph of Delaware County, all were uncontested. The race for caucus secretary was contested (we don't know yet by whom) but Rep. Mike Vereb of Montgomery County held onto the position.
Ok. So maybe it's just a lower level leadership post in the minority party, but Philly is poised to represent again in the state House, yo.
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Jerry Pappert has joined the law firm of Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia.
Pappert, who is currently serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission, will join the firm's litigation unit that handles government investigations, white collar crime, corporate compliance and government relations, Cozen O'Connor said in a press release.
[Does this mean we may see the former attorney general back in Harrisburg one day representing lawmakers who run afoul of the law?]