Sen. Arlen Specter’s April 28 announcement that he has switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party will give Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-vote Senate majority, if Al Franken retains his tight lead in the unsettled Minnesota race. Specter, of Pennsylvania, will run as a Democrat in 2010. He was facing an uphill battle in the 2010 GOP primary against conservative Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Specter says the Republican Party has shifted far to the right of where it was when he was elected in 1980. “I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans,” he said.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.