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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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22

Dec 2017

HOLIDAY NEWSLETTER

The holiday season is always a good time to reflect upon the past year, especially when national events overshadow what is happening in our own back yard.  This email highlights some of the reasons why we are trying to turn PA Blue, and summarizes upon the results of our efforts (particularly the May and November...

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27

Nov 2017

TURNING LEMONS INTO SOUR GRAPES

The Pennsylvania Republicans have been offering us some sneak previews of their strategy for winning the 2018 State elections. A summary of this strategy appeared in an Inquirer op-ed by Laura Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh lawyer who hopes to be the Republican candidate for Governor. She writes, “And the so-called budget that just resulted from [Governor...

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19

Nov 2017

WISE WORDS FROM SRC MEMBER BILL GREEN?

November is generally a gloomy month. Not this year – at least in Philadelphia. We’ve elected a progressive DA into office, while the Delaware Valley continues to look bluer and bluer. This week we were handed another piece of good news when Philadelphia’s reviled School Reform Commission (SRC) voted itself out of existence. Of course,...

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03

Nov 2017

PA BUDGET FOR 2017-2018

Yes, Lincoln Steffens found corruption in all of the cities that he had researched for his 1904 masterpiece, The Shame of the Cities.  But only in Philadelphia did he find that the politicians were corrupt, and the citizens contented.   Incarnations of corruption in the City can still be seen today in the embodiment of the...

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31

Oct 2017

THE STATE CONSTITUTION: TO RECREATE OR ENFORCE

There is something disingenuous about Rep. Stephen Bloom’s (R., Cumberland) effort to “fix…our broken state government.” He, along with Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) have expressed the desire to create a constitutional convention to improve governance in Pennsylvania.  I certainly believe that our principal governing document needs improvement, but what assurance do we have that...

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17

Sep 2017

AN ILLUSTRATION OF “CHUTZPAH”

The classic illustration of the Yiddish term “Chutzpah” is the man who kills his parents and then pleads for the court to grant him mercy because he is an orphan.  Perhaps PA Representative Jim Christiana (R. Beaver) should become the new poster child for this term.  Why?  Because he, along with the majority of the Pennsylvania...

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13

Sep 2017

TURN PA BLUE

The hypocrisy under which the State House has been operating can be summarized by Representative Dan Moul ‘s (R. Adams) lie that “until and unless every source of reserve is exhausted, we are not asking more of our taxpayers.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation/20170905_ap_b2e7365725f845c9be467b502cb4c137.html   What is wrong with this statement?  Let us count the ways. (1) Taxpayers would be  hurt...

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24

Jun 2017

BUDGET TIME IN PA

At first glance, one might take State Senate Majority Leader Jake Cormanac’s  (R., Centre County) remedy for Pennsylvania’s impending 2017/2018  budget shortfall as good news.  After all, he said, “we’ve got to look within and see what we can do to maximize our abilities with the assets that we have.”  A reasonable person might conclude...

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