Monthly Archives: June 2013

Don’t Primary Steve Samuelson

Rep. Steve Samuelson is a strong progressive who correctly backed Willie Reynolds for Bethlehem Mayor, and that’s put him on the wrong side of some of the dead-enders in the Lehigh Valley Democratic scene, like long-time racist John Morganelli and … More after the jump

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Daryl Metcalfe Is Obviously An Authority on God’s Law

You’ve gotta read Randy LoBasso’s feel-good story about Daryl Metcalfe’s own-goal that managed to push a bunch of Republicans closer to the LGBT Equality Caucus’s anti-discrimination and marriage equality bills: After getting about “three or four words” into his speech, … More after the jump

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PA Ranks 11th in Highway Spending Because There’s Too Much Highway

Eric Boehm points out that PA ranks 11th nationally in highway spending, which seems pretty high given what we’re always hearing about alleged underinvestment in transportation. Why is the highway spending so high? The culprit is right there in the … More after the jump

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House Transportation Bill Adds Local Transit Funding Options

The transit funding levels in the House bill are too low, but I’m very happy to see some additional local funding tools in here. My view is that political economy factors will always lead to suboptimal transit funding levels from … More after the jump

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There Is No Long-Term US Fiscal Crisis

CBPP:

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Chuck McIlhinney’s Alcohol Reform Bill Calls Democrats’ “Modernization” Bluff

With moving week and lots of other important news out this week Chuck McIlhinney’s alcohol reform bill has gotten lost in the shuffle, but I did want to get at least a 10,000-foot take out since the bill’s now passed … More after the jump

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Democrats for Booze Vouchers

Know any Democratic politicians who would support creating vouchers that people could exchange for handles of liquor? Or maybe mailing rural voters some coupons for booze, so they can drink for cheaper? I don’t think I do, but that’s exactly … More after the jump

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Nobody Should Have to Live in a Basement Apartment

The reason that 20 people would live in the same building, or in a basement apartment, would be to split the rent. They’re not living in squalor because they want to. People consent to live like this because the monthly rent … More after the jump

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Have We Made Any Progress on Racial Politics, Cont’d

To elaborate a bit on yesterday’s throwaway post on this, what’s interesting about both the aftermath of the Civil War and the aftermath of the Civil Rights era was that in both cases integration policy was quickly abandoned and never … More after the jump

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To Take Advantage of DOMA Ruling, PA Needs to Elect a Democratic Governor

I want to second everything Randy LoBasso is saying here, but the key political change needed for marriage equality to come to Pennsylvania is a Democratic Governor. It’s true that it took a ridiculously long time for marriage equality to … More after the jump

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