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OFF THE FLOOR: U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, maker of history, quintessential politician, dies at 82.

HARRISBURG (Oct. 14) – U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who spent nearly 50 years as a public figure making national history, died Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia at the age of 82 due to complications from non-Hodgkins cancer.

Tom Smith Surges in Senate Race

Tom Smith

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tom Smith, has two simple campaign strategies: emphasize his business background to voters and highlight the voting record of incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Lackawanna).

“He votes with the President over 90 percent of the time,” Smith said in an interview after speaking at PMA headquarters on October 15.

Toomey "Taxing Manufacturing" Report

Toomey Report: Manufacturers Face Job-Killing Tax Hike Under Obama Plan

While excuses continue to be made for President Obama’s dismal record on job creation, it’s more difficult to rationalize a policy that actually drives jobs away.

A report prepared by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Lehigh) shows that the Administration’s tax policies will undermine the very sector that has the strongest multiplier effect on job growth - manufacturing.

A planned tax increase in 2013 will raise the marginal rates on many manufacturers from 35 percent to 41 percent.

Approve Charter School Reform

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Keep Competition Thriving in Education: Approve Charter School Reform

Lawmakers have an opportunity in the few days left in the 2012-13 legislative session to make a 15 year-old charter school system, with a shining track record in Pennsylvania, even better. These reform proposals, however, are stalled in the General Assembly. The differences are over the approach. 

Gov. Corbett's address at Shale Gas Insight Conference

Gov Corbett

Following is the Governor’s speech at the Marcellus Shale Insight Conference. In his remarks before the Shale Gas Insight Conference, Gov. Corbett captured both the promise and challenges of Pennsylvania’s expanding energy sector and its potential to restore prosperity to our state.

Behind the Headlines

Dave Taylor appears on Behind the Headlines to discuss Prevailing Wage.

Keystone Manufacturing Initiative

Manufacturing has a friend in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council (GMAC) has issued its report.

Corbett's Budget Brings Back Prosperity

A guest post from Steve Forbes

Prevailing Wage

Prevailing Wage One of the Most Expensive Unfunded Mandates for Local Governments -- here's why!