Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Politics

Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan.
 
House speaker links liquor overhaul to new taxes for budget
State Sen. Anthony hardy Williams thought he was doing someone a favor during the housing bubble. In the end, it ruined his credit.
Gov. Christie returned Monday to New Hampshire, where a new poll shows his standing has slipped since February, after a dozen trips by him to the first-in-the-nation primary state.
A state Supreme Court candidate warded off the summer doldrums Monday with a call to his five competitors to agree to a series of forums to focus public attention on a typically sleepy race.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has remained especially close to his high school friends.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The chairman of the North Carolina Republican party has posted Twitter photos juxtaposing images of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Don't count Chris Christie out.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is detailing new energy proposals in Iowa to address climate change. She calls global warming one of the "most urgent threats of our time."
Fourteen years after then-Mayor John F. Street launched his signature effort to eliminate blight in Philadelphia, the city has yet to spend the last of the funds set aside for the legacy project.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is likening the agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal to "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.
AMES, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday unveiled a plan aimed at combating climate change that includes proposed revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy and goals for renewable sources for consumer electricity.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A leading proponent of liquor privatization in the Pennsylvania Legislature said Monday that selling off the state stores must happen for any type of tax to be increased, with budget talks deadlocked nearly a month into the state's new fiscal year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two stealthily recorded videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The videos have put the group and its Democratic allies on the defensive.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pushing to expand a program that provides nutritious meals to vulnerable children.
KENNER, La. (AP) - Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up a weekend campaign swing in Louisiana with a typically fiery speech railing against income inequality and touching on issues of racism and criminal justice during a rally that drew close to 4,000 people to a suburban New Orleans convention center Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the transportation bill dead on arrival.
Three public workers' pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization's clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization's charges cover only the cost of transmission to researchers.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled Sunday a plan aimed at combating climate change that includes proposed revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy and goals for renewable sources for consumer electricity.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus said Monday that he's not worried about Donald Trump eventually running for president as an independent.
Let's talk today about City Council politics and Philadelphia's Nov. 3 general election in terms of - What if? What if two well-known local politicians formed their own political party?
Donald Trump disclosed his financials last week, and Americans now know what the Republican presidential hopeful/celebrity mogul holds in his stock portfolios.
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bryan Clickner had little opinion of Lindsey Graham until he saw the South Carolina senator at a town hall-style meeting - and decided that if Graham were elected president, the country would "be in good shape."
Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, underage drinking, public urination, Animal House behavior. Those are perennial complaints in neighborhoods where college students live, local officials say. And with the start of the fall semester just a few weeks away, that's why they aggressively oppose a bill that would remove their restraints on student housing.
There are times in politics when quitting can move things forward. For Gov. Wolf and Katie McGinty, this could well be one of those times.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf holds a political science doctorate, but these days he's a freshman with an incomplete in the first big test of his administration — getting a budget through the Republican-controlled Legislature.