Turn PA Blue


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Jul 2018

TURN PA BLUE – FROM BLACK HEARTS TO BLACK LUNGS

For years Republicans have been telling us that a Marcellus Shale extraction tax would be a job-killer for the State, the thinking being that if a tax were imposed, the gas companies would take their business to a friendlier state such as – oh wait, there are no such places – and the jobs along...

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May 2018

TURN PA BLUE – WHY WE FIGHT

You have probably been asked recently to contact your representative in Congress to oppose the new Farm Bill, which would change the work requirements for certain able-bodied adults without dependents, (ABAWD) who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, better known as Food Stamps. Under the new bill, ABAWD would be defined as 18-65 years...

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Apr 2018

TURN PA BLUE – THE EARTH DAY EDITION – PART 2

In a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking states on the quality of their natural environment, Pennsylvania came in 45th out of 50. Of course, our Republican lawmakers defend the poor air and water quality within our dangerous natural environment by claiming that this is the price that we pay for a healthy economic...

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Apr 2018

TURN PA BLUE – THE EARTH DAY EDITION – PART 1

Earth Day is quickly approaching, and if you scan the web, you will find a myriad of venues where you can celebrate the day – from the Prince Theater and the Constitution Center to various parks, and oddly enough, a number of breweries. There are a variety of activities at these forums, ranging from arts,...

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09

Mar 2018

STUDENTS HAVE “NO FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO EQUALITY IN EDUCATION”

Yes, you read this title correctly. Patrick M. Northen, a lawyer for Mike Turzai, the Republican Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, made that pronouncement this past Wednesday, March 7, at a hearing to determine whether a lawsuit by an interesting coalition of the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools should proceed...

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19

Feb 2018

TURN PA BLUE – WHAT HAS OUR LEGISLATURE DONE ABOUT GUN CONTROL

Whenever a tragedy, like the one in Florida last week, hits, many of us look to the Federal government for relief. Unfortunately, that did not materialize after Sandy Hook. But Connecticut has made positive legislative changes since the massacre there in 2012, and despite what the detractors say, these laws are working.     Pennsylvania...

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06

Feb 2018

TURN PA BLUE – FIGHTING THE RED MENACE IN PENNSYLVANIA

None of us are under the delusion that our canvassing, phone banking, fund-raising, etc., have made a bigger impact upon changing the political landscape in Pennsylvania over the past year than the events that have occurred at the national level. Yet the outrage that many of us have felt against the Federal Government pales against...

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22

Jan 2018

WHY RED TAPE IS “RED”

How do you trim an extensive bureaucracy? Republicans in the State legislature have a rather interesting solution: Increase the size of that bureaucracy. Two recent bills in the Pennsylvania legislature this year disclose the convoluted Republican thought processes that go into creating bad legislation in the name of good government. Consider, first, House Bill 1659,...

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05

Jan 2018

A BROKEN NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Two-thousand eighteen has barely begun, and Republicans are already finding it difficult to keep a New Years resolution that they had made in the previous legislative session. House Bill 153, introduced by Representative Jerry Knowles (R, Berks, Carbon, and Schuylkill counties), with co-sponsorship from the Republican leadership, passed both the House and Senate in the...

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