Author Archives: Greg

About Greg

I founded Keystone Politics in 2004. Now I make stuff on the Internet for a living.

Former Senator Arlen Specter Dead at 82

Pennsylvania’s longest-serving Senator, Arlen Specter, has died at age 82 from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Specter, a US Senator from Pennsylvania from 1981-2011, was a fixture and legend in both Pennsylvania politics and throughout the country. After beginning his career … More after the jump

Posted in National Politics Tagged

Lesbian Couple Denied Family Discount at Sports Club

I’m always outraged at this sort of thing: When Michelle Gladfelter of Manchester Township applied for membership at a local sports club, she envisioned her family splashing around one of the three pools or sunning themselves on the 15 tree-lined … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Harrisburg / South Central, LGBT / Gay Rights Tagged

Democratic Candidate Stole $50k from Taxpayers

It’s not often we reference, or quote from, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but this one is a whopper and comes to us from the Pennsylvania Progressive. Marty Schmotzer, a Democratic candidate for the special election in the 22nd state house district, … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Pittsburgh / SW Region Tagged , ,

Corrupt Philadelphia Can’t Afford to Lose More Journalists

Gotta agree with Will Bunch here – Philadelphia’s endemic corruption and severe problems need more journalists, not less, to raise public awareness and increase citizen agency. Right now — at the same time that the Daily News and the Inquirer … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia

Latest Veon Conviction Brings Count to 22

That’s right, with yesterday’s latest conviction of former Rep. Mike Veon, the Bonusgate scandal is now up to 22 convictions/guilty pleas. Meanwhile, his colleague Bill DeWeese is scheduled to be sentenced the same day he’s on the primary ballot to … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics Tagged , ,

Tell Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott to Support Gay Rights!

As regular readers know, I’m a fervent advocate for equal rights for LGBT people around the world, and especially here at home in Pennsylvania. That’s why I’ve been heartened to see mayors from around the commonwealth sign on in support of marriage … More after the jump

Posted in Erie and Northwest, LGBT / Gay Rights Tagged

Democratic Party Trickery Forces Kleinman Off Primary Ballot

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s progressive challenger, Nate Kleinman, has withdrawn his name from the Democratic primary ballot after people close to Schwartz pursued a spurious legal challenge to Kleinman’s nominating petitions. I hate this sort of trickery and legal maneuvering. Kleinman pretty … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics, National Politics Tagged , ,

Tim Murphy: Who Cares About Science, I Just Want Religious View!

Perhaps more frank than he was meaning to be, Congressman Tim Murphy admitted he didn’t care about the science behind birth control, he just wants to know what religious advocates want: SEBELIUS: It is a contraceptive drug, not an abortifacient… … More after the jump

Posted in Health, Religion Tagged

Jon Geeting, Your New Editor

As you may have noticed over the past few months, we’ve been spreading out the editorial duties here on Keystone Politics. I’ve not had the time to do the best job I can editing the site, and honestly we need … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Shippensburg Serves Morning After Pill from Vending Machine

This is nearly unbelievable, except it’s totally true. It sounds wacky on the surface (sort of), but it’s a great step forward for women’s health on campus. I’m sure the right wing will go apeshit about it, though, and with … More after the jump

Posted in Health, Religion, Social Services Tagged ,