Browsing Month September, 2014

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… Read the rest

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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… Read the rest

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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

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Business , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

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