Category Archives: Civil Rights

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

Posted in Civil Rights

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

Posted in Civil Rights

Mike Huckabee Should Pay For Our Recreational Sexytime and STFU About It

Great point from Alexandra Brodsky. Birth control is also used for health purposes, but it’s also used to reduce the unintended risks of hot hot recreational pre-marital sex. And there’s nothing wrong with that! It is so, so tempting to … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, LGBT / Gay Rights

Philly Councilman Jim Kenney Wants to Give People Tickets for Marijuana, Not Arrest Them

The question of whether the federal government will crack down on Washington and Colorado marijuana’s state-legalized marijuana businesses is an interesting one mainly because of how it will impact the supply chain and marijuana prices, but it’s important to understand … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Philadelphia 2015

#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz Calls For Early Voting, Same-Day Registration, Vote By Mail

This would be huge for small-d democracy and obviously for Democrats’ chances of winning seats in future midterm elections. There’s no good reason you should only be allowed to vote on Tuesdays. In other states you see churches, especially ones … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, Open Government

Corbett Curious About Gays’ Sex

Not helping: Attorneys defending Pennsylvania in a federal court challenge to the commonwealth’s prohibition on same-sex marriage have asked for “irrelevant,” highly private information about the plaintiffs, their lawyer said, including whether they engaged in previous heterosexual relationships and who … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, LGBT / Gay Rights