Turn PA Blue


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Jun 2019

It’s Time to Increase the Minimum Wage Increase in Pennsylvania

For the past 4 years, Democrats have tried to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, and have been blocked by Republicans. Is the fifth time the charm? In this year’s budget, Governor Wolf has proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00, with additional increases to bring the wage to $15.00 in 2025. Across Pennsylvania, the...

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May 2019

GERRYMANDERING PENNSYLVANIA’S SUPREME AND APPELLATE COURTS

Researched and Authored by James Aleo There is a stealth movement going on now in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by  Republicans to radically change the way voters elect the state Supreme Court Justices and the judges of the Superior and Commonwealth Courts.   The current, long standing method is for these judges to be elected...

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16

May 2019

TURN PA BLUE: EDUCATION, TAXES, AND RELIGION

Want to get an endorsement from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) without earning it.  It’s easy.  Just ask Todd Stephens (R., PA HD 151, Montgomery) and Christopher Quinn (R., PA HD 168, Delaware), two legislators who enjoyed PSEA’s endorsement in 2018 while meriting a zero rating for their educational voting record during the previous...

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13

Apr 2019

TURN PA BLUE – THE ENVIRONMENT VS THE VEGETABLES

Just in time for Earth Day, a group of Democratic legislators, primarily those we elected from the Delaware Valley, have introduced a package of bills under the title of “Zero Waste PA”.  This package would curtail the sale of food in plastic or polystyrene containers; limit the sale of products in non-recyclable plastic; allow dispensing plastic...

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10

Jan 2019

TURN PA BLUE – A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

At the beginning of 2018, we reflected upon the previous year’s legislative disappointments and the political victories.  We begin 2019 with a legislature that is still inclined toward the right, but with a much greater Democratic presence than the past two years.  How do we build upon our success to move the legislative and executive...

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02

Nov 2018

TURN PA BLUE – VOTE NOVEMBER 6!!! IT MAY BE YOUR VERY LAST CHANCE TO DO SO!!!

I wish that this were simply hyperbole, but since 2010 this has become closer and closer to the truth.  A voter ID bill was introduced in Pennsylvania in 2012, and many of us still remember Mike Turzai’s assertion that voter ID will “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania…” Presently, the latest high profile...

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20

Oct 2018

TURN PA BLUE – CANDIDATE REPORT CARDS

You can find the report cards for these selected Republican incumbents in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. They are sorted by chamber and alphabetic order of the Democratic candidates running against them.  Red notes indicate a favorable vote.  Black notes indicate an unfavorable vote.     PA HOUSE   DARRYL BOLING – THOMAS MURT – HD...

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09

Oct 2018

NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS “TURN PA BLUE” ENDORSEMENTS

The following candidates have all been vetted by the “Turn PA Blue” committee of Neighborhood Networks, and they subsequently been endorsed by the Neighborhood Networks Steering Committee.  Their endorsements were based upon the questionnaires that they had submitted and, in some cases, as interview with the steering committee.  All but two of the candidates –...

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11

Sep 2018

TURN PA BLUE – INTRODUCING THE “NEO-CARPETBAGGER”

There was a time when “carpetbaggers” were Republicans who had to pack their suitcases and shlep them for days and weeks over hundreds of miles in order to enrich their pockets from the misery of others. Now, with the help of a variety of legislative tools, modern day carpetbaggers can destroy people’s lives hundreds of...

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24

Aug 2018

TURN PA BLUE – REAL ESTATE TAX PRIMER

Over the past two years, as we have engaged voters for municipal, school district, State, and Federal candidates, the number one issue for many of them has been taxes. The quarterly polls conducted by Franklin and Marshall College confirm our experiences, where taxes are consistently among the top tiers of concerns for voters in the...

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