Friday, December 21, 2012
Open Secrets has published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions for the 2012 House campaign.
U.S. Reps Tom Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), Mark Critz (D-Johnstown), Jason Altmire (D-McCandless) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) of Pennsylvania accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center obtained its data from the Federal Election Commission. Fifteen members of Congress from Pennsylvania accepted contributions from the NRA during their 2012 bids for office, according to the center's list. Three of the top…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The McCandless Democrat will be working for Florida Blue, the state's version of Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, has accepted a position with Florida Blue, the state's Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer, as a senior vice president for public policy, government and community affairs. Altmire, a three-term congressman, has been looking for a job since losing the primary to fellow Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, when their two districts were reshaped into one by a GOP redistricting map. Critz lost the general election to Republican Keith Rothfus. "Serving the people of Western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress has been the highest honor of my life," Altmire said in a statement released by Florida Blue. "During the past six years I have worked to represent every constituent in our diverse …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Here's a look at the candidates and issues most important to Pine-Richland voters in 2012.
As we look ahead to Tuesday’s elections, Pine-Richland Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here are the people and issues you will find on your ballot. President Barack Obama vs. former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney History Pennsylvania has delivered its 20 electoral votes to the Democratic nominee for president in the last five elections. If current polls hold steady, Obama will make it six in a row in November. The president has not taken Pennsylvania’s support for granted and has made several trips to Western Pennsylvania in the past several years, even going as far as choosing Pittsburgh to host the G-20 summit in the fall of 2009. In his October 2011 visit, the president lobbied for …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Construction will be under way soon on a University Boulevard military commissary, marking the end of a six-year battle to bring the facility to Moon.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said it was a testament to perseverance. Members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation and military officials from across the region Friday attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited Moon Township military commissary. The 43,000-square-foot facility, set to open in the fall of 2013, will house a grocery store for more than 170,000 military members and their families in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The regional hub will be located at the corner of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Route in Moon and will more than double the size of Oakdale's Charles E. Kelly Commissary, which is slated to close. The effort to bring the new commissary to Moon has been in the …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
House voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul.
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th District, released a statement today (Wednesday) explaining why he opposes repealing the 2010 health care reform law. House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul—the latest in a long line of anti-ObamaCare votes, but the first vote since the Supreme Court upheld the law, according to Fox News. The vote was 244 to 185, with five Democrats voting for repeal—Jim Matheson of Utah, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, and Mike Ross of Arkansas, according to NBC Politics on msnbc.com. No Republicans voted against the repeal. “I will not support the repeal bill that is being put forth by House leadership and faces certain defeat in the Senate. …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A total of 24 bills became law last week in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Last week Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed 24 bills into law, including 17 that are listed below. The Liquor Code Megan's Law Pennsylvania Congressional Districts Regulations on Abortion Clinics Other bills signed into law Dec. 22 by Corbett include:
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Richland Volunteer Fire Department recently received grant to buy 40 fire-retardant firefighter suits.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire, D-Fourth District has helped to restore funding for two federal grant programs that provide critical support to western Pennsylvania fire companies, according to an announcement from his office. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act originally cut funding for the Assistance to Firefighters [AFG] and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response [SAFER] grant programs by more than 50 percent, Altmire's office said. The Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department recently received an AFG grant to purchase fire-retardant suits for 40 firefighters. "The AFG grant we received will enable us to purchase the fire-retardant clothing our firefighters need to protect themselves and rescue…