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The End is Near, So I Face The Final Curtain

Keystone Politics was started by Greg Palmer nearly five years ago to better inform Pennsylvania voters about the political issues and campaigns. At the time, there were only a handful of political websites reaching out reaching this audience. Although the … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

State Budget Deficit Could Hit $3B

The state’s precarious fiscal situation is getting worse — much worse, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said yesterday. Rep. Dwight Evans D-Philadelphia, said the revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, is now projected … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

New Legislative Proposal Supports Medicinal Marijuana

A state representative from Philadelphia is introducing a bill to permit the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania under certain restrictions. Democratic Rep. Mark Cohen said people in pain should not be forced to choose between moving out of state … More after the jump

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LCB Didn’t Break Law in Awarding Contract

The state Liquor Control Board didn’t break the law but showed impaired judgment and ignored red flags when it awarded a $173,820 contract to a regional director’s spouse, Auditor General Jack Wagner said Wednesday. The liquor board last month referred … More after the jump

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Ban on Casino Contributions Struck Down

The Legislature went too far in barring casino owners and executives from making any political campaign contributions, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled Thursday in wiping out what had been touted as a major bulwark against the gambling industry’s influence. The Supreme … More after the jump

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Bonusgate: Recipients Gave to Political Campaigns

When Bill DeWeese was House Democratic leader in 2002, he gave his Harrisburg aides $1,000 or $2,000 bonuses. Six of the recipients contributed identical or nearly identical amounts to Mr. DeWeese’s re-election and the House Democratic Campaign Committee that year … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics

Bill Soon Due to PA Taxpayers for Public Pensions

Pennsylvania’s day of reckoning over its multibillion-dollar pension promises to government employees and teachers has been pushed back for the better part of the past decade. But long-expected increases in costs are scheduled to kick in three years from now, … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

Some County Judges Heard Cases Involving Donors

In Northampton County, all four judges elected in the past 10 years — Beltrami, Edward Smith, Emil Giordano and Paula Roscioli — have presided over at least one donor’s case, court records and campaign reports show. In Lehigh County, Maria … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley

Nutter’s “Plan B” Calls for Painful Cuts

To some, it’s apocalyptic. It’s Plan B – the backup, the safety net, the just-in-case proposal that Mayor Nutter is pushing in the likelihood that his Plan A for fixing Philadelphia’s fiscal troubles gets shot down. But Plan B calls … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia

GOP Criticizes Rendell’s Tuition Relief Proposal

Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration received a cool reception from Republicans yesterday when he took the first step toward legalizing video poker in bars as a way to raise up to $550 million for college students in the state. “We have … More after the jump

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