Author Archives: Jon Geeting

#BoscolaProblems: “When you hit somebody there is a physical act of `stay away from me’”

Have some word salad: “When you hit somebody there is a physical act of `stay away from me,’” [Boscola] said of the woman. “Unless she was in my face. I do not know what her motivation is. I need to … More after the jump

Posted in State Senate

End Lieutenant Governor Elections

The Post-Gazette nails it. We shouldn’t have elections for positions where nobody knows what the office does. Governors and state representatives are perfect for elections because there are clear positions and people have a good idea of how people’s values … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz Releases Solid Health Care Ad, But You Still Can’t Trust Her on Health Care

Health care coverage expansion remains a popular political issue for Democrats so it’s great to see Allyson Schwartz running on this issue. Democrats win when we keep the discussion to giving people nice things, and not stupidly focusing on “bending … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Miscellany

Happy Tax Confusion Day

I write this blog post every year, but basically the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” promotion is a trick intended to falsely benchmark middle class people’s economic interests to wealthy people’s economic interests. The crux of the issue is that … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy

Political Machines: They’re Really Useful!

Running for a Philly committeeperson seat this year has gotten me extra interested in ward politics, so you know I’ve been loving this 19th Ward fight in Pittsburgh between Pete Wagner and challenger Anthony Coghill. Chris Potter at PGH City … More after the jump

Posted in Elections

#PAGov: Corbett’s Fake Medicaid Expansion Probably Not Happening

Tom Corbett says he’s nearing his “breaking point” over the Obama administration’s unwillingness to OK some of the meaner and more derptastic elements of the CorbettCare plan: Corbett said Wednesday he’s getting to his breaking point with the Obama administration. … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Health

MAP: How Many Pittsburgh Committeeperson Candidates are Running in Each Division?

Friend of the blog Megan Winters made a similar map for the vacant or uncontested Pittsburgh committeeperson seats, where the Bill Peduto coalition *totally isn’t* running a bunch of Democratic committee candidates. There are 806 possible committee seats, 652 (81%) … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

#PAGov: Have We Reached the Endgame?

With just 47 more days in the Governor primary race, it’s not clear to me who will have the juice to push Tom Wolf out of the frontrunner slot with polling numbers like this: Tom Wolf reaffirmed his lead in … More after the jump

Posted in Governor

What Do the #PAGov Candidates Think About a State-Level Open Data Policy?

The Democratic Governor candidate forums have been extremely boring as of late, with many an uninspired moderator wasting people’s time asking the candidates about positions they’re already on the record with. So in the interest of getting some more new … More after the jump

Posted in Governor

Parks: Should People Be Allowed to Have Fun in Them?

Bethlehem sure does have some nutty old park rules, but luckily for people who like fun Councilwoman Karen Dolan’s plans to revamp them would go a long way toward correcting some of this silliness. Especially the open container component. It’s … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Land Use