Monday, January 21, 2008

Freshman lawmakers earn failing grades

Brad Bumstead, the veteran state government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, has an excellent column this week about the Pennsylvania Legislature's disappointing freshman class of 2006.

A total of 55 new lawmakers were swept into office in 2006 in the aftermath of the notorious 2005 payjacking, but the majority of the freshman "reformers" turned into doormats for Legislative leadership, especially the Democrats who checked their backbone at the door and fell in line with Majority Leader Bill DeWeese.

Read Bumstead's column -- 'F' for freshman lawmakers' -- at the Tribune-Review Web site. Bumstead singles out a handful of lawmakers who kept their promise to work for reform (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair County, Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fayette County and Eugene DePasquale, D-York County), but the rest of the freshmen have earned a trip to the back of the class.

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