Category Archives: State House

PA GOP Choosing a Worse Overall State Business Climate Over a Severance Tax on Marcellus Shale Coalition

The latest reports seem to suggest there is once again some fragile agreement on a state budget framework, but in case it isn’t finalized yet, everybody really needs to step back and reflect on how insane the legislative Republicans’ revealed … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Issues, State House, State Senate

#PA161: Leanne Krueger-Braneky Win Takes Veto Override Off the Table

Former Sustainable Business Network executive director Leanne Krueger-Braneky’s impressive victory over Paul Mullen last night on Republican turf in the 161st District special election sends a clear signal that Delaware County voters are unhappy with their Republican state representatives’ behavior … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Issues, State House

What Accountability? Dermocrats Win Despite Inexplicable House Losses

Here’s how this whole caucus leadership thing works, since it looks like no Democrats can play this game. You give somebody a job to do, and if they do a good job, you let them try it again. If they don’t do … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State House

Team Sturla

Sorry, gerrymandering does not explain how the House Democrats lost 8 seats when the top of the ticket won by 10 points. Add up all the excuses you think are valid and it still doesn’t get you to an 8-seat … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State House

Lehigh Tea People: Browne and Mensch Have Some ‘Splaining to Do

Members of the local party are upset with Sens. Browne and Mensch for voting against an amendment proposed by Senator Wagner. Wagner’s amendment was in support of “paycheck protection” legislation, which would curtail the ability of labor unions to collect … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State House, State Senate

Tea Party Garbageman: GOP House Leadership Cost Corbett the Election

Quite true: by passing all of his legislative priorities! Thus do we find [Senator Scott] Wagner, who was elected to his first term a week ago today, telling WPHT-AM host Chris Stigall that lapses by the House GOP leadership helped contribute … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, State House

Map: PA’s 108 Uncontested House Races

Chris Briem: Of the 203 General Assembly seats, 108 of them were uncontested on Tuesday. Literally only one candidate.

Posted in Elections, State House

Don’t Carve Philly Out of Uber Legalization

We got pretty close to legalizing Uber X and Lyft-type ride-sharing services this session, but the clock ran out and the fight has been pushed into next year. That’s why it’s so important now that we kill this stupid idea … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate, Transportation

#HD102: Weirdo Republican Russ Diamond Says “Every Cop is a Pig and a Liar” (VIDEO)

This silent saddo treatment that Rep. Russ Diamond is pulling on his wife here is pretty gross and calls his temperament for leadership into question, but it’s the end of the video that’s going to get this guy in huge political trouble:

Posted in Elections, State House

Four State Lawmakers Want to Squash Philadelphia’s Pop-Up Beer Gardens

Last week, the Daily News reported on a quirk in the PA liquor code which allows vendors who own liquor licenses to use inexpensive $500 off-premise catering permits to serve alcohol at the temporary pop-up beer gardens that have been springing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate