Category Archives: Ethics

Captain Obvious Blogging: State Takeover No Guarantee of Technocratic Leadership

Reading these two articles together this morning it’s clear that state takeovers of local government functions don’t always result in better management for the obvious reason that the state’s grifters, ideologues, and idiots are frequently no more virtuous, intelligent, or … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, Ethics

The Best Argument for Public Financing of Campaigns

Ryan Grim and Sabrina Siddiqui: For an incoming member of Congress still basking in the glow of electoral victory, it’s a message that hits those in both parties hard — the most direct indication that time in the people’s chamber … More after the jump

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Bill Peduto Raised $330K for #PGHMayor Primary

Everybody seems to be saying a successful primary challenge will require at least $1 million, and Bill Peduto seems to be well on his way to hitting that target. Here’s Tim McNulty on the Peduto campaign’s respectable year-end haul. : How do you … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics

*Clerical Error* Totally Why Corbett Failed to Disclose Fracker-Funded Vacation

Hoo boy! I do not envy Kevin Harley ever today: Marie Cusick has the bombshell: In July 2011, Governor Corbett took a vacation to Rhode Island that was paid for by a central Pennsylvania businessman with ties to the natural … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics

How to Stop Philly Traffic Court Corruption

Awesome op-ed from Lynn A. Marks of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts: Structural reforms to the court are also needed. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is researching the viability of a number of proposals such as: anonymous and mandatory reporting of problems, with … More after the jump

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Jason Altmire Passes Through the Revolving Door and Comes Out an Insurance Industry Lobbyist

Jason Altmire did the insurance industry’s political work inside Congress, and now he’ll keep doing it outside Congress. Good riddance.

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Defund PSATS

(PSATS’ recommended minimum lot size) This decision from the Open Records office to subject the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) to PA’s open records law is a no-brainer. PSATS is a conservative political organization funded by taxpayer dollars, … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Ethics Tagged

A Part-Time Legislature is a Recipe for Total Control of Harrisburg by Lobbyists

This Inquirer article about an evil plot to make the PA legislature part-time touches on some themes raised by Jake’s post on per-diems, so let’s cover them both here. The common thread is the power of lobbyists. Lots of folks think the source … More after the jump

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PA-15: $3,121

Nicole Radzievich is out with a new article this morning called “Daugherty raises little money in race against Dent.” Who would have ever saw this coming? The gist of the article is that Daugherty raised $7,771 this past quarter, but … More after the jump

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Cash for Tariff Suspensions

Donate to Mike Fitzpatrick, Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan and Allyson Schwartz, and they’ll try to suspend the tariffs you want. Emma Jacobs: Four Philadelphia-area Congressional representatives have submitted bills making obscure changes in U.S. tariff regulations to benefit campaign donors. … More after the jump

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