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Developers use courts to SLAPP down citizen objections

By at September 30, 2011 | 9:41 am | 129 Comments

Developers use courts to SLAPP down citizen objections

It almost sounds like a football metaphor. The big guy SLAPPing down a smaller opponent on the way to the goal line. It is a concept many municipalities across the commonwealth are too familiar with. A big developer comes to town and runs into problems getting township planners to accept his proposal for a few […]

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Sludge

By at September 29, 2011 | 10:07 am | 101 Comments

Sludge

I should have known something was wrong when I heard the cheerful voice of the operator who sounded something like the ProgressiveAuto Insurance woman on hallucinogenics.  It was a voice reflecting a level of happiness I didn’t usually associate with public employees in my home state of Mississippi.  Maybe Pennsylvania would be different, after all. […]

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Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

By at September 28, 2011 | 10:25 am | 98 Comments

Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

When the Limerick nuclear power station near Philadelphia ran out of space to store some of its radioactive waste earlier this year, owner Exelon Nuclear asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to send it down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to its sister plant, Peach Bottom, in York County. The NRC said, “yes.” This was […]

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“Zero to Sixty,” a tale of two overage boys on a road trip to the end an era

By at September 27, 2011 | 8:49 am | 7 Comments

“Zero to Sixty,” a tale of two overage boys on a road trip to the end an era

Oct. 4, 1957. A sound on the radio has an 7-year-old boy entranced. The Russians have put a satellite into space. “(That sound) would change everything,” videographer Ira Meistrich said in the opening scenes of a documentary about a road trip to Florida to watch the last space shuttle disappear into the clouds. One thing […]

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Top Ten Republican Candidates for President

By at September 26, 2011 | 8:18 am | 2 Comments

Top Ten Republican Candidates for President

10) Somebody Messianic in stature but not too weird. 9) Random Governor from Western state. 8) Rich Mormon with health care. 7) Former Pennsylvania resident. 6) Attractive woman in mid-40s. 5) Descendant from Mayflower. 4) Raving lunatic from Texas. 3) Loaf of white bread. 2) Rupert Murdoch. 1) God. Photo by rwpike

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The Mugging of SpongeBob SquarePants

By at September 24, 2011 | 11:51 am | 51 Comments

The Mugging of SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants may be hazardous to your mental development—if you’re a four-year-old. At least that’s what two psychologists at the University of Virginia claim, based upon a study they conducted that may have as many holes as the average sponge who lives under the sea. In the first paragraph of an article published this week […]

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Taxpayers pay twice for coal-generated electricity

By at September 23, 2011 | 9:44 am | 112 Comments

Taxpayers pay twice for coal-generated electricity

There is coal in the Appalachian Mountains of western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Depending on which statistics are being quoted, the region may be the source of nearly half the electricity needs of the United States. We expect to pay for that electricity in our monthly utility bill, but the costs don’t end there. […]

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ACLU of PA Calls House Committee Hearing on English “Theater of the Absurd”

By at September 22, 2011 | 8:46 am | 2 Comments

ACLU of PA Calls House Committee Hearing on English “Theater of the Absurd”

 by Andy Hoover, PA ACLU Legislative Director The commonwealth is facing numerous challenges right now.  And yet the most important thing the House State Government Committee can do this week is debate naming English as the official language, as if English is in danger of extinction.  It’s the theater of the absurd.  The legislature sometimes […]

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RTC Statement on Redistricting Proposal

By at September 21, 2011 | 10:02 am | 463 Comments

RTC Statement on Redistricting Proposal

Statement of Eric Epstein (Harrisburg, Pa) –  Senator Dominic Pileggi has proposed to disenfranchise voters by changing Pennsylvania’s  method of allocating electoral votes from a “winner-take-all method” to a Gerrymandered system  of allocating one electoral vote per congressional district with the remaining two votes going to the statewide winner. This a naked partisan power grab […]

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Kill the electoral college; anything less is just playing politics

By at September 20, 2011 | 8:20 am | 173 Comments

Kill the electoral college; anything less is just playing politics

The Pennsylvania legislature is considering re-writing the way electoral college votes will be counted in the 2012 election. Currently, Pennsylvania is a winner-take-all state. The candidate who wins a majority of the state’s popular tally gets all 20 electoral college votes. Some Republicans in the state legislature, led by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and […]

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