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Sep 2019

PENNSYLVANIANS NEED A SEVERANCE TAX ON MARCELLUS SHALE GAS PRODUCTION – REPUBLICANS KEEP BLOCKING IT

Pennsylvania is the only major natural gas producing state without a severance tax on gas extraction.  Ever since Governor Tom Wolf was sworn into office in 2015, he has been trying to institute a severance tax but has been stymied by the Republican controlled House whose leadership has steadfastly refused to even bring it up...

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Aug 2019

Charter school oversight change shows Pa. government undercutting Philly’s power | Opinion

By Lisa Haver This op-ed originally appeared in the Inquirer https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/belmont-charter-school-west-philadelphia-pennsylvania-innovation-schools-20190827.html on August 27, 2019. In the last 20 years, the Pennsylvania legislature has taken control of the School District and the Parking Authority; it has thwarted efforts of local officials to lessen gun violence and to regulate tobacco sales. As an Inquirer editorial decrying...

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02

Jul 2019

On the Issues: Winning Expanded Access to Healthcare

by Barb Bloomfield and Rose Johnson The idea of “Medicare for All” has gotten a lot of attention lately, but what does this mean? There are several approaches in the Senate and House of Representatives that would expand coverage to everyone in the U.S. For all these proposals, the basic ideas are that: All people...

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02

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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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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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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