Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nuisance Properties and the Power of Shame

Samantha Melamed on Philly Councilman Bobby Henon’s apparently successful shaming strategy for nuisance property owners: Councilman Henon says he’s been working with both the District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, as well as studying best practices … More after the jump

Posted in Economy Tagged

You Fight Gentrification By Building More Housing, Not Less

This land grab plan from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is by far the most insane idea for fighting gentrification I’ve ever seen: Walking through the area now, the transition is evident in its mix of older two- to three-story rowhomes, … More after the jump

Posted in Economy Tagged ,

PBPC Says State #VoterID Implementation Not Ready for Prime Time

Sharon Ward: On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center released a report on this topic exactly. The report, Moving Target: Pennsylvania’s Flawed Implementation of the Voter ID Law, asks the question: “How is PennDOT handling the new Department of … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Bill White on Tom Corbett’s Disastrous Education Record

Cut this column out, put it on your refrigerator, and remember it on election day: •School budgets across Pennsylvania in tatters thanks to Corbett’s billion-dollar cut in state education funding that sent teachers to the unemployment lines, class sizes soaring … More after the jump

Posted in Education

PA-8: Mike Fitzpatrick’s “47%” Moment

Mike Fitzpatrick got caught on tape echoing Mitt Romney’s nutty Makers vs. Takers worldview in front of some Tea People: In the recording, Fitzpatrick talks briefly about a group he meets with in Lower Bucks County on a couple of … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Susan Spicka Blasts Rob Kauffman’s Cowardice on Transportation Funding

Susan Spicka continues to dominate the race to be our favorite PA House candidate this cycle: HD-89: Susan Spicka hosted a solo forum on the issue of transportation, she says because her opponent, Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), won’t agree to … More after the jump

Posted in Transportation

Print Money and Give It to People

Philadelphia’s own Duncan Black explains why this idea is not crazy, in the pages of USA Today: This probably sounds like a crazy idea, but it isn’t. People are a bit uncomfortable with the notion that the Fed can simply … More after the jump

Posted in Economy

Pro-Sprawl Legislation Moving Forward Below the Radar in Harrisburg

I’m not as concerned as Ronnie Polaneczky about the threat HB2224 presents to municipal and county parks. Parks seem to be popular enough that the regular political process should be a sufficient check on politicians who might want to sell … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany Tagged

Paul Ryan Is Trying Awfully Hard to Keep That House Seat…

Amanda Terkel: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is out with his third ad to defend his House seat in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, even as he simultaneously runs for vice president. The new ad, like the first two, shows Ryan talking … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Why Our Democratic Candidates Should Be Demanding Full Employment, Not Just “Jobs”

Matt Yglesias explains why full employment was such a magical thing in the 90’s: It was a crazy time. The way it worked was that if you weren’t happy with your job, you could just quit and find a new … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections