Category Archives: Issues

#PA13: Leach endorsed by PSEA and NEA

State Senator Daylin Leach, a hopeful in the 13th congressional race, received the official support of two organizations that don’t have the greatest respect for his opponent, Representative Brendan Boyle: the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), but also the National … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Miscellany, National Politics, State House, State Politics, State Senate, US House

New polling data indicates Pennsylvania is a pro-choice state

Planned Parenthood PAC released polling data to Keystone Politics that questions a lot of the stereotypes projected on the Commonwealth – most critical is the inclination that Pennsylvania voters are overwhelmingly against reproductive choices for women. Sari Stevens, the executive … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Governor, Health, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate, US House

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

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

#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

#PASSHE Secession: Senate Ed Committee Hearing Postponed

We’ve received word from knowledgeable parties within APSCUF (the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty) that the Senate Education Committee hearing scheduled for April 8th, which would be devoted mostly to the issue of West Chester University’s secession … More after the jump

Posted in Education, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Breaking #PAGOV: McGinty Statement on PASSHE Secession Legislation

Mike Mikus, a spokesman for the McGinty campaign, released this statement exclusively to Keystone Politics, regarding the upcoming legislative discussions about the future of the PASSHE system: “Katie understands the concerns on both sides of this important issue. Her priority … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Governor, State House, State Politics, State Senate

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

Dinniman will answer your PASSHE secession legislation questions

Senators Dinniman and Folmer will be on PCN’s “Call-In” program tonight between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM to discuss SB 1275, the PASSHE Secession bill on the table. If you have questions for them, you can call  1-877-PA6-5001 (1-877-726-5001). You can … More after the jump

Posted in Education, State Politics, State Senate

#PAGOV: Vague Response or No Comment (So Far) on PASSHE Secession Legislation

Indeterminate answers to reporters’ questions are not new to the Pennsylvania governor’s race, or even politics in general, but the PASSHE secession question seems to have hit a nerve. Only two of the current four candidates for governor have responded to … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate