Category Archives: Civil Rights

*Racial Conservative* John Morganelli Slams “Illegal Aliens”

Whether you like it or not, there are about 12 million people living in this country without formal approval of the U.S. government. They go to school with our kids, they work at our places of employment, and the places … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Issues

PA Social Politics After Marriage Equality

Tom Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling striking down PA’s same-sex marriage ban marks the beginning of a new era in state social politics. While it’s still going to take some time for liberals to win the other big … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Issues, LGBT / Gay Rights, Religion

Court Strikes Down PA Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Go get married before the teanderthals have a chance to appeal! A federal court on Tuesday decisively struck down Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriages, allowing same-sex couples to marry immediately. The ruling, from US District Judge John Jones, makes … More after the jump

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Commonwealth Court Declines to Save Voter ID

The state Supreme Court could still pull a breathtaking act of judicial activism, but this whole mistaken experiment in voter disenfranchisement looks like it’s finally coming to a close. In a 29-page decision, Judge Bernard L. McGinley said the law … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Governor

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

#PA13: Brendan Boyle – A Pro-Life “All Star”

State Representative Brendan Boyle (D – 170) is one of dozens who helped to pass Act 122, a law that has resulted in the closure of five women’s clinics so far, since its enactment on December 22, 2011. This wasn’t … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, US House

PA’s bipartisan TRAP law risks medical safety of young woman (w/ video)

As Rachel Maddow reported a few weeks ago, Pennsylvania has indeed returned to the days before Roe v Wade, before a safe pregnancy termination procedure was a right of all women, no matter their socioeconomic status or zip code. Maddow … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Debtors Prison, Pennsylvania-Style

Emma Jacobs brings to our attention a very serious abuse of pre-trial detention that is not only unjust, but also a ridiculous waste of the criminal justice system’s resources. According to court records, Lawrence sent people to jail 228 times … More after the jump

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Rep. Gordon Denlinger Invents Fake Freedom to Discriminate

Rep. Gordon Denlinger wants to codify the bizarre Republican definition of discrimination in the Pennsylvania Constitution: Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is … More after the jump

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