Category Archives: Lehigh Valley

Bob Donchez’s Political Payback For Bethlehem Shadow Mayor John Morganelli

I’m late to this, but I’m very surprised that none of the reporters or columnists in the Lehigh Valley really sussed out the obvious angle on this story about Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez nominating Northampton County DA John Morganelli’s home-maker … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley, Open Government

Amateur Hour With NorCo Executive John Brown

Former Bangor Mayor John Brown pulled out a surprise win over a well-funded rising Democratic star, former Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, in this November’s Northampton County Executive race, and now that he’s in office homeboy plainly has no clue WTF … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley, Munipocalypse 2013, Regional Politics

PA-15: Holy Crap.

I have no words. Dent raised $215,000 this quarter and has $613,000 on hand, campaign manager Shawn Millan said. Daugherty, who raised only $11,449 for his Democratic primary, said he didn’t raise any notable amount in the most recent quarter. … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Lehigh Valley Tagged

Which Democrat Will Lehigh GOPers Pick to Serve Out the Rest of Don Cunningham’s Term?

Don Cunningham leaving his term as County Executive early to run LVEDC would be a really crap deal for Lehigh County Democrats, but it looks to be happening, so what now? The GOP supermajority on Lehigh Commission has to choose … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley

Progressive Tax District Under Fire in Allentown

Here’s a little regional economic justice for you all this morning.

Posted in Budget, Economy, Lehigh Valley, Miscellany

St. Luke’s Hospital Denies Benefits to Same-sex Partners

Carol Stevens and Beth Goudy were legally married in Iowa. St. Luke’s hospital in the Lehigh Valley has a non-discrimination policy that says it won’t deny benefits to those in protected groups, including “sexual preference, gender identity and expression.” So you’d think … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Lehigh Valley, LGBT / Gay Rights

FEC Fines Callahan For Campaign Fund Misuse

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan has been fined by the Federal Elections Commission, reports the Morning Call. He improperly used money from his local campaign account to fund research for his congressional campaign: The complaint was filed by state Republican Chairman … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics, Lehigh Valley Tagged ,

Sweatshop Conditions at Amazon.com’s Allentown Shipping Facility

When Amazon.com came to town, people were excited at the prospect of good, steady jobs. But not only does the retail giant hire many temporary workers, their warehouse forces people to work in unsafe conditions. Want to complain, take a … More after the jump

Posted in Labor and Unions, Lehigh Valley

Sam Rohrer May Announce Senate Bid at Fundraiser for Birther School Board Candidate

Today we learned that Sam Rohrer, the failed gubernatorial candidate and state director of David Koch’s astroturf group Americans for Prosperity, is mulling a challenge to Senator Bob Casey.

Posted in Elections, Lehigh Valley Tagged , ,

Gambling Foe Charlie Dent’s Family Will Benefit from Sands Events Center

*Headline edited for clarity As recently as 2006, Charlie Dent was saying the Sands casino would only bring misery to Bethlehem, and a “negative redistribution of wealth”:

Posted in Lehigh Valley, National Politics Tagged ,