Browsing Month May, 2018

RocktheCapital’s Statement: Pennsylvania’s Public Integrity Commission

By at July 26, 2010 | 4:16 pm | 2 Comments

Statement RocktheCapital is pleased to endorse the proposed legislation to create Pennsylvania’s Public Integrity Commission. We applaud Representatives Schroder and his co-sponsors Representatives Yudichak, Vereb, and DePasquale in their display of leadership and bipartisan cooperation to address an issue to long ignored in Pennsylvania. Government at all levels in Pennsylvanian lacks oversight and accountability. The […]

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Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Castille’s Family Court about-face

By at July 26, 2010 | 4:15 pm | 980 Comments

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: These days, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille says he feels betrayed by his onetime lawyer in the Family Court project. “If I was in the Marine Corps, the guy would be stripped of his rank. He’d be drummed out,” Castille said of Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, who was getting paid on […]

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Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Natural-gas companies turn to Ridge to fuel drilling efforts

By at July 26, 2010 | 4:14 pm | 2 Comments

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Having already hired three former aides to Gov. Rendell, companies wanting to tap Pennsylvania’s vast natural-gas reserves have set their sights on one of the state’s best-known political figures: Tom Ridge. The companies are looking to the former governor to help fix their tattered public image even as they try to […]

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Energy & Environment , Legal , Political

There’s a Battle Outside and It Is Still Ragin’

By at July 26, 2010 | 4:13 pm | 0 Comment

From the New York Times: This country was rightly elated when it elected its first African-American president more than 20 months ago. That high was destined to abate, but we reached a new low last week. What does it say about America now, and where it is heading, that a racial provocateur, wielding a deceptively […]

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Legal , Political

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

By at July 22, 2010 | 4:11 pm | 67 Comments

The Campaign Contributions & Lobbying Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania By Alex Kaplan and James Browning May 11, 2010 Download PDF 

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Debates , Economy , Legal

Feds subpoena Mellow staffers

By at July 13, 2010 | 4:07 pm | 54 Comments

From the Scranton Times-Tribune: Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed more than a dozen staffers working for retiring state Sen. Robert Mellow as part of an ongoing probe into public corruption in Northeast Pennsylvania, sources said Monday. About 15 staffers at the Democratic leader’s offices in Peckville and Harrisburg received the hand-delivered subpoenas beginning last week from […]

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Legal , Political

Reformers: No Change in Legislative Attitude

By at July 10, 2010 | 1:17 pm | 0 Comment

From WDUQNews: Leading good government advocates say the state legislature has only given lip service to reform in the five years since its infamous pay raise vote. It’s been five years since lawmakers voted to increase their own pay in the middle of the night. The act was later repealed due to public outcry, but […]

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Debates , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Rock the Capital’s pay raise list

By at July 10, 2010 | 1:16 pm | 879 Comments

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rock the Capital, led by Eric Epstein, is one of the citizens watchdog groups that have criticized 60 state legislators for not returning to the state treasury the four months of higher pay they received from a controversial pay raise enacted in July 2005 and repealed in November 2005. The group […]

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Debates , Pennsylvania Issues

We’ve Waited Long Enough

By at July 10, 2010 | 1:15 pm | 3 Comments

In the five years since the infamous pay raise, calls for structural government reform have reverberated throughout the Keystone State. Whether the focus of those calls is term limits, the size of the state legislature, the way electoral districts are drawn after each decennial census, the manner in which Pennsylvania chooses members of the judiciary, […]

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Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Groups highlight stalled reform of legislative pay

By at July 10, 2010 | 1:14 pm | 0 Comment

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: As the calendar today marks one of the most inglorious moments in the state Legislature — the much-criticized, later-rescinded pay raise of 2005 — watchdog groups say they’re not impressed with post-pay raise efforts to reform state government and keep voters informed. Democracy Rising PA and Rock the Capital Tuesday challenged […]

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Business , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political