Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., does not shy away from the “pro-gun Democrat” label. He has a B-plus rating with the National Rifle Association, a score docked only because he supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and he represents a state with a strong hunting tradition.
But for Casey, last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a pivotal moment. Casey said he found himself emotionally rocked by the Newtown, Conn., tragedy in a way that was different from the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., this summer or in Tucson, Ariz., last year.
HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., released the following statement on Gov. Tom Corbett's 2012-13 proposed state budget, which was unveiled today:
"Today's budget is another short-sighted effort by Republicans to line the pockets of big business and their other allies and campaign contributors at the expense of the middle class and our most vulnerable," Josephs said.