Thursday, November 18, 2010

Daily Briefing, 11/18/2010

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Northampton County Council President Ron Angle has said he now opposes the proposed building of a private detention center for illegal immigrants in the Slate Belt.  In Allentown, city officials heard public comment on the proposed earned income tax hike.  In Macungie, the tentative peace between the Mayor and Chief of Police appears to have fallen apart, with the Mayor now revising his lawsuit to go after the Lehigh County District Attorney as well.  Congrats to State Senator Pat Browne (R-16), who was elected the State Senate Majority Whip.  Senator Browne joins Senator Lisa Bocola (D-18) and Representative Jennifer Mann (D-132) as members of the Lehigh Valley legislative delegation that have leadership roles.

A National Journal article notes that the search is on for a challenger to Senator Bob Casey.

In national news, the once defeated Republican Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who lost the Republican primary but then waged a write-in campaign, appears to have pulled off an impossible win, with the AP calling the race for her yesterday.  A new report shows that unemployment insurance has resulted in a whooping $319 billion in payments since 2007.

We have quite a day today, with three Chamber events:  an all-day sales seminar with Sam Iorio of Dale Carnegie, a President's Roundtable with Martin Till, publisher of the Express-Times, and a Taste of Sam's Club Holiday Mixer.

That's it for now!  We'll be back with more later.

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