Category Archives: Open Government

In Defense of PA’s “Broken” Campaign Finance System

I don’t entirely disagree with Colleen’s post earlier today on using the proposed gift ban legislation to further foment campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania. However, I do think that there are under-appreciated aspects Pennsylvania’s “wild west” system of funding campaigns. … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Issues, Open Government, State Politics

#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

Darrell Clarke Trying to Manufacture Community Opposition to Broadly-Supported Land Bank Bill

This post may be immediately obsolete because there may be some kind of a deal now, but it’s still worth engaging with Philly Council President Darrell Clarke’s view on the land bank bill since he’s a candidate for Mayor in 2015, … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Greater Philadelphia, Land Use, Open Government, Philadelphia 2015

Next Week in Fundraisers: Congressional Clusterbucks for Corbett and Cutting Cross Checks for Mike Kelly

All thirteen of Pennsylvania’s Republican congressmen plus Senator Pat Toomey are headlining a D.C. fundraiser on Monday for embattled Governor Tom Corbett. Also headlining the event is former-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. If you still think Jim Gerlach or Mike Kelly … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Open Government, US House Tagged , ,

This Week in Fundraisers: Joe Pitts’ $500 Cheesesteak, Hockey with Bob, and Life Insurers for Margolies

Keystone Politics always likes to keep you up to date on Pennsylvania’s latest political fundraising events to add to your social calendar. This week, you have a lot of options to choose from if your wallet is fat enough. First … More after the jump

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Occupy Movement Lives On in PA in Spirit, If Not in Name

As quite psyched as I was to hear that there was a new Occupy encampment getting started in Easton, PA just a few months ago this year, I was equally depressed to hear not long after that it had been … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Greater Philadelphia, Open Government

Email Catches Rep. Kauffman in Bold-Faced Lie

Representative Rob Kauffman’s textbook campaign meltdown continues to add chapters.  A recently published email appears to have exposed Kauffman (R-Chambersburg) in the middle of a not-so-intricate lie. A well-established debate-dodger, Kauffman was noticeably absent from a recent candidates forum hosted … More after the jump

Posted in Harrisburg / South Central, Open Government Tagged ,

Is Rep. Rob Kauffman a Vigilante Crime Fighter?

I’m becoming more and more awestruck at the campaign that State Representative Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin County) is running in the 89th General Assembly District.  In a previous article, I asked readers to help me try to pinpoint exactly what Rep. … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Harrisburg / South Central, Open Government Tagged ,

Carpe Per Diem: the “unique daily expenses of being a legislator”

On Thursday, PA State Representative Rob Kauffman said that he claims $52.00 in per diems because of the “unique daily expenses of being a legislator.”  This left me wondering what exactly Representative Kauffman could be talking about when he describes … More after the jump

Posted in Harrisburg / South Central, Open Government Tagged

Harrisburg GOP Trying to Rush Through Gun Bill

State Republican legislators are orchestrating a “gut and switch” legislative move to ram through the legislature a bill that would penalize municipalities who’ve attempted even modest gun control measures, according to anti-gun violence group CeaseFire PA. Isaiah Thompson has more.

Posted in Open Government