Pat Toomey Is Moving His Philly Office to Old City

Protesters outside of Pat Toomey's office

A protest outside of Pat Toomey’s office at 17th and JFK earlier this month. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Pat Toomey announced today that he’s moving his office to the U.S. Custom House in Old City.

Typically, the relocation of a regional Senate office one-and-a-half miles would not make the news. But ever since the election of Donald Trump, a group known as Tuesdays with Toomey has been protesting outside his offices in 8 Penn Center (17th and JFK) every Tuesday.

That hasn’t been the only group protesting outside the normally sleepy office, which also has a state liquor store on the ground floor. Earlier this month, a group of med students from various universities in Philly gathered outside to protest. Read more »

Toomey Just Held a Last-Minute Telephone Town Hall

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Senator Pat Toomey held a telephone town hall today – less than two hours after he posted about it on Facebook.

Toomey spoke for about an hour, using half the time to take about five or six questions from constituents and half the time to speak at length about a number of issues, including President Donald Trump‘s recent executive orders and cabinet picks as well as complaints from constituents that Toomey has been nearly impossible to reach.  Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Bill That Could Defund Philly Clears Pa. Senate

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A bill that could drastically restrict state funding to so-called sanctuary cities like Philadelphia has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.

State lawmakers yesterday pushed the controversial bill onto the House in a 37-12 vote. Senate Bill 10, known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, would bar municipalities from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies that refer to the refusal to comply with federal detention orders issued by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  Read more »

Despite Opposition, Pat Toomey Votes to Confirm Betsy DeVos

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Despite determined constituent opposition, Pat Toomey voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, as he repeatedly said he would. The vote to confirm DeVos tied at 50; Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker — the first time a V.P. has had to break a tie over a cabinet nominee.

“I am pleased to vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education,” Toomey said in a release earlier this month. “Betsy DeVos has spent nearly three decades of her life, tens of millions of dollars, and considerable personal energy toward one noble goal: ensuring that poor children trapped in failing schools have the same opportunities that wealthy and middle class kids already have.” Read more »

Philly Woman Raising Money to “Buy Pat Toomey’s Vote” on Betsy DeVos

Left: Katherine Fritz protests in Philly on January 21st. Right: A screenshot of her GoFundMe campaign to "Buy Pat Toomey's Vote."

Left: Katherine Fritz protests in Philly on January 21st. Right: A screenshot of her GoFundMe campaign to “Buy Pat Toomey’s Vote.”

Ever since Betsy DeVos became Donald Trump‘s nominee for Secretary of Education, 31-year-old South Philadelphia woman Katherine Fritz has, like many other Pennsylvanians, made daily phone calls to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey‘s office to urge him to vote no. But on Wednesday, after getting through to the office became more and more difficult — in part because so many people were trying to call — Fritz got frustrated and decided on a new tactic: She wants to buy Pat Toomey’s vote. Read more »

PPA Refused to Ticket Republican Senator’s Illegally Parked Car

The driver for the Republican senator talks a PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)

The driver for the Republican senator talks the PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)

If your car is parked in a no-stopping zone in Center City, you will, no doubt, get a $51 ticket. Your car might even be towed. But if you’re a Republican senator of the United States, well, the rules are apparently just a little bit different.

On Wednesday evening, as I was in Center City to cover the protesters surrounding the Republican retreat at the Loews Hotel, I saw a Philadelphia Parking Authority agent working his way up the 1400 block of Sansom Street. (Yes, the same PPA that has long been a Republican patronage haven in Philadelphia.)

As he lumbered along, the agent encountered an illegally parked orange Jeep Wrangler JK. It was in a clearly marked no-stopping zone across the street from the side entrance of the Union League. (Yes, the same Union League that has been a Republican stiff-shirted haven for many years.) Read more »

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