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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Corbett Lists his 2013 Priorities

During a recent Press Club luncheon, Governor Tom Corbett hinted at some of his 2013 priorities, many of which include broad policy areas where he could seek major reform, including liquor privatization, pension reform, and a long term transportation plan.


House, Senate Hold Leadership Elections

The House and Senate reconvened last week to hold leadership elections. In the House, Republican and Democratic leaders retained their posts for the upcoming 2013-14 legislative session. The only changes to either caucus’ current leadership posts came with vacancy replacements within the House Democratic Caucus.


EPA Denies RFS Waiver Request, Industry Responds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it will not waive the Renewable Fuels Standard.


PA Goes Obama/Casey, Congressional Delegation, House and Senate Remain Republican

President Obama and US Senator Bob Casey won re-election in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, and Democrats swept the state row offices.  Polls in recent weeks had suggested Pennsylvania was winnable for Gov. Mitt Romney and Tom Smith, and as the polls narrowed, millions of PAC dollars flowed into the state.  Nevertheless, a huge Democratic vote out of Philadelphia and Democratic wards in Southeast Pennsylvania carried the President and Sen. Casey to re-election in the state.  Attorney Kathleen Kane led all candidates statewide with more than 3 million votes cast.

At the same time, Republicans actually gained a seat in the state’s Congressional races.  The State House and Senate remain under GOP control.


Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Distribution Severely Disrupted By Hurricane Sandy; DEP, Ag Announce Fuel Waivers for ULSD, B2 blends

Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of two-thirds of the refineries in the Northeastern U.S., its largest pipeline and most major ports making it very difficult to ship in supplies of diesel fuel and gasoline for the region. State and federal government agencies responded to fuel shortages by taking action on existingfuel rules and requirements.


Obama Energy Team Shuffle Could Mean Removal of DOE Secretary

President Barack Obama won four more years in Washington Tuesday, but his energy team likely won’t be sticking around for that long, setting up some bruising confirmation fights in the Senate.


US House Energy and Commerce Committee Faces Changes

Reshuffling in the House Energy and Commerce Committee is leaving two key subcommittee posts up for grabs. The chairmanship for the committee’s Oversight and Investigations subcommittee is open. Current Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) will not return to Congress after losing a primary battle.