| May 14, 2013
| 7:44 AM
The Admiral is readying for a rematch.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who has played it coy since his narrow loss to Pat Toomey in the grueling 2010 Senate race, announced Tuesday morning by email that he's formed an exploratory committee to run again for...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators sit on the powerful tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, which will begin its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups at a hearing on Tuesday.
Republicans and Democrats are...
| May 9, 2013
| 8:47 AM
A gun control advocacy group backed by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg began airing a television ad Thursday that thanks Sen. Pat Toomey for his work on background checks.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns 30-second spot shows the Capitol building ...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:53 AM
U.S. House Republicans held investigative hearings this week on two terror events - the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and the Boston Marathon bombing. On each committee was a local area lawmaker who attended the high-profile hearings, though...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:39 AM
It was Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania who indicated that there was another, less savory Senate motive for defeating universal background checks for gun purchases last week.
All this time, many of us had assumed that the dogged preservation of the...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) wants his colleagues in Congress to know that he is appalled by the failure of the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would have mandated background checks for firearms buyers.
“What happened this...
| Apr 19, 2013
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Had Sen. Pat Toomey's amendment to expand background checks passed, Pennsylvania's other U.S. senator said Monday that it would not have been enough to curb gun violence.
Bob Casey spoke about gun control, an issue he "evolved" (Washington speak for...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:27 PM
For the second day in a row, Sen. Pat Toomey took to the Senate floor Wednesday to rail against the Obama administration for the nation's widespread flight delays, a tangible result of the $85 billion automatic spending cuts.
The Pennsylvania Republican...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 5:14 AM
His work on background checks may enable Sen. Pat Toomey to get re-elected.
(That sentence should be read in your best Arlen Specter voice. If that joke is lost on you, watch here.)
Slightly more than 50 percent of Pennsylvania's voters have a more...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 5:18 AM
UPDATED: Sen. Pat Toomey kept his head down as he quickly walked past a gaggle of reporters. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who Toomey is working with on a background check compromise, sprinted past several huddled reporters, arms pumping,...