Turn PA Blue


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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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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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19

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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21

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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