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Eye Opener – April 26, 2012

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CORBETT’S POLITICAL PRESTIGE TAKES A HIT IN SENATE DEFEAT

According to an article in the Morning Call, with his defeat at the hands of Tom Smith in Tuesday’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, Chester County businessman Steve Welch wasn’t the only one who suffered a reversal in his political fortunes. Gov, Tom Corbett, who endorsed Welch at a time when many in the party were urging GOP chieftains to stay neutral in efforts to find a credible challenger to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey also suffered a political defeat. It’s embarrassing in the short-term — but survivable over the long-haul if it’s managed correctly, senior Republicans suggested Wednesday. Click here to read the Morning Call article.

CLOSING DELAWARE LOOPHOLE NOT CORBETT PRIORITY

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the House is scheduled to vote next week on a bill that would close the so-called Delaware loophole, which allows some companies to reduce their Pennsylvania taxes by shifting income to a low-tax state. The political support, however, is muddled, and the issue is complex. There’s bipartisan support in the House, but business is divided, and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is not on board, at least not now. Some Democrats and unions back closing the loophole, but they want the money spent to plug budget cuts in education and social programs. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

SCHRODER RESIGNING TO TAKE JOB MAY 6

According to an Associated Press article, a nine-term Republican state representative from the Philadelphia suburbs is quitting the Legislature in early May, seven months earlier than his previously announced retirement. Rep. Curt Schroder announced Wednesday his resignation takes effect May 6. A posting on his state website says he’s leaving to become a vice president at the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. Click here to read the Associated Press article.

SEN. VANCE WILL NOT SEEK 4TH TERM

According to an article in the Patriot News, if all indications hold true, and she retains her seat in the Nov. 4 general election. State Sen. Pat Vance will not seek another term representing the 31st District. Assuming no independent or write-in candidate slips a win in seven months, the 76-year-old Vance is heading toward her third Senate term.  Vance, a Republican who secured a primary win Tuesday for her seat representing Cumberland and Northern York County, confirmed Wednesday she will not try again in four years. Click here to read the Patriot News article.


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