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Aug 2020

BLUE PENNSYLVANIA – THE DANGER OF SUPREME COURT JUDICIAL DISTRICTS

In July, the General Assembly passed HB 196, the first leg in a three-stage process to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution.  Part of the amendment requires that each of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court justices is elected from one of seven judicial districts created by the General Assembly.  If the bill passes in the next session of the legislature,...

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31

Jan 2020

BLUE PENNSYLVANIA – KEEP PUBLIC EDUCATION PUBLIC

KEEP PUBLIC EDUCATION PUBLIC This coming November, every seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be up for election.  This past year, some of the current occupants of those seats have consistently voted to place the funding of public school students into the hands of private entrepreneurs.  Every State legislator has as much of...

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08

Nov 2019

TURN PA BLUE – DECONSTRUCTING TURZAI

Mike Turzai informs us at the beginning of his op-ed, “Opponents of school choice should quit the punitive rhetoric ”, which appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer last Sunday (11/3), that State and local school districts in Pennsylvania spend $33 billion on education, with $13 billion coming from the State’s General Fund.   Although Turzai calls...

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31

Oct 2019

Turn PA Blue Halloween Edition – Tales of the Crypt-o-Creeps

Halloween provides the perfect backdrop for telling the following tales – tales of secrecy, tales of expediency, tales of horrible things happening in a veil of darkness, tales of the malignant ones, and their quest to turn Penn’s sylvan paradise into a foul wasteland.  Heed these paragraphs well, to protect yourselves from their evil mission....

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03

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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28

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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