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ALL POLITICS IS LOCO: Perzel Gets Punk’d In Soft Palace Coup

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Suddenly, swiftly, without warning, the veteran Northeast Philly lawmaker is positioned to impact reforms in Harrisburg, kids with disabilities and the relationship between his city and his state.brute.jpg

Thanks to a strange cascade of events, O’Brien, a 30-year Republican incumbent first elected to the House at age 23, now runs it.

Even though the House is Democratic. And his election came outta nowhere.

In an unprecedented political turn of the screw, he became House speaker yesterday by a 105-97 vote, ousting the wily John Perzel, a fellow Northeast Republican with whom he’s had an arm’s-length relationship for years.

He ascends to a seat of real power, the oldest elective office in the state, a post once held by Benjamin Franklin.

He won it on the strength of Democratic votes, nominated by longtime Democratic leader Bill DeWeese, who fell on his sword rather than try to outduel Perzel. Instead, DeWeese outsmarted him.

DAILY NEWS: Et Tu Brute?

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Edwards Declares Candidacy Smiling Knee-Deep In Katrina Muck, AKA The Dark Goo Of Compassionate Conservatism’s Lies, Says ‘Heckuva Job’ Still Half-Assed

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Seeking to take advantage of the slow news days after Christmas Mr Edwards launched his campaign in the backyard of a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans last year.edwardsno2.jpg

Wearing jeans and an open-necked shirt, Mr Edwards, 53, worked with local youngsters to repair the house, his labour interspersed with interviews on America’s breakfast news programmes.

“Iím here in New Orleans… to announce that Iím a candidate for the presidency of the United States in the election in 2008,” he said. “To show whatís possible when we as Americans, instead of staying home and complaining about somebody else not doing what theyíre supposed to, we actually take responsibility and we take action.”

“Thatís whatís going to be the basis for my campaign. This campaign will be a grassroots, ground-up campaign, where we ask people to take action.

“Itís not like we donít know what needs to be done, and this is not rocket science.”

In an early version of the stump speech he will hope to repeat hundreds of times in the coming 22 months, Mr Edwards described an agenda that included leading the fight against global warming, curbing America’s consumption of oil, combating poverty and “providing moral leadership in the world, starting with Iraq”

THE TIMES OF LONDON: ‘Breck Girl’ Rolls Up Sleeves, Sticks Shovel In Bush’s Achilles Heel, Then Twists It

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THANK YOU FOR SMOKING: Big Pharma Bummed By Dem Congressional Control; Let Us Get Our Violin And Play A Few Bars Of ‘WELCOME TO CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY’ AKA God’s Intended Soundtrack For The Reaping Of Obscene Profits

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Drug companies are particularly hungry for Democratic help, including the industry’s trade association. “We woke up the day after the election to a new world,” said Ken Johnson, spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. “We’re going to havebigpharma2.jpg tough days ahead of us.”

A post-election e-mail to executives at the drug company GlaxoSmithKline details just how tough. “We now have fewer allies in the Senate,” says the internal memo, obtained by The Washington Post. “Thus, there is greater risk over the next two years that bad amendments will be offered to pending legislation.” The company’s primary concerns are bills that would allow more imported drugs and would force price competition for drugs bought under Medicare.

The defeat of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) “creates a big hole we will need to fill,” the e-mail says. Sen.-elect Jon Tester (D-Mont.) “is expected to be a problem,” it says, and the elevation to the Senate of Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) “will strengthen his ability to challenge us.”

The e-mail also mentions that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) “has worked closely” with the company and that the firm’s PAC had supported six Democratic senators who faced reelection. “These relationships should help us moderate proposals offered by Senate Democrats,” the e-mail says.

Explaining the memo, GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Patricia Seif said: “It’s important that we’re knowledgeable about the positions of the members of the next Congress.”

Even as additional Democratic lobbyists are hired, Republican lobbyists don’t expect much falloff in business because GOP lawmakers will be key to stopping legislation that corporations oppose. “You may need to bring other voices to the table as well, but it’s not like a light switch being thrown when someone else is in control,” said GOP lobbyist Mark Isakowitz of Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock.

In fact, lobbying overall is likely to increase. “With a closely divided Congress, you’re going to have both sides spending more,” said Kent Cooper of PoliticalMoneyLine, a nonpartisan research group. “It will be like an arms race.”

WASHINGTON POST: Drugs Are BAD When You Buy Them From Black Kids On The Street, But Drugs Are GOOD When You Buy Them From White Men Wearing Power Ties, Got It?

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Tim-BERRR!!!!

Friday, November 10th, 2006

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THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN, AND HER NAME IS TEDDY ROOSEVELT NANCY PELOSI. PHAWKER CONGRATULATES ADMIRAL JOE SESTAK, CAPTAIN PATRICK MURPHY, AND THE SANTORUM-KILLER HIMSELF, BOB CASEY JR. WE KNOW THAT YOU GUYS COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT OUR HELP, BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT’S IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET: POWER IS A SIPPIN’ DRINK. FAT, DRUNK AND STUPID IS NO WAY TO GO THRU CONGRESS, SON.

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