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Kane trial wrap-up: Was Kathleen Kane’s jury trial rigged?

By at August 30, 2016 | 12:30 am | 0 Comment

A series of pre-trial decisions rendered against Kane in the weeks and months leading to the jury verdict helped to seal her fate — long before a jury was ever selected.   A show trial, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a trial (as of political opponents) in which the verdict is rigged.”   Was last […]

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Pennsylvania Senate exposes darkest chapter in state legislative history in Kane removal bid

By at January 21, 2016 | 12:54 am | 0 Comment

The Pennsylvania Senate, carelessly hoping to remove state Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, has unwittingly invoked an obscure and long-forgotten clause in the state’s constitution rooted in some of the darkest days in the commonwealth’s history. Read more

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Pennsylvania Judges make million dollar pay grab

By at March 9, 2015 | 1:45 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Judges make million dollar pay grab

Pennsylvanians have been well served and protected in recent decades by a hard-won constitutional reform requiring all state judges retire at age 70. But some Pennsylvania judges are working hard to do away with this needed protection. State judges want to extend their terms in office to give themselves a windfall of salary and benefits […]

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U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale

By at January 29, 2015 | 11:10 pm | 0 Comment

U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale

Pennsylvania budget and policymakers, including incoming Governor Tom Wolf, still hold out the hope of raising upwards of $1 billion a year in taxes from Marcellus shale fracking. But the fracking industry they hope to tax soon may be shut down or drastically slowed by simple economics. Fracking in Pennsylvania took off in the last […]

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A note to Tom Wolf

By at December 30, 2014 | 10:00 am | 0 Comment

A note to Tom Wolf

It’s time to look pragmatically at Harrisburg’s flawed state bailout, and pull the plug on the pieces that aren’t working, like the insider parking deal. The City of Harrisburg is insolvent. In fact, its yearly operating budget is millions of dollars in the red. As part of the smoke and mirrors of the Corbett Administration’s […]

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Google blinded: Corbett administration wants links to Jerry Sandusky trial transcripts removed from web

By at October 22, 2014 | 6:02 pm | 0 Comment

Google blinded: Corbett administration wants links to Jerry Sandusky trial transcripts removed from web

Pennsylvania state official says links to public court transcripts ‘removed from Google’ ‘Right to be forgotten’ comes to US? Not so fast, Google says A close ally to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says the Corbett administration wants all links to court transcripts from the 2012 Jerry Sandusky pedophile trial removed from the Internet. The Pennsylvania […]

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Blind to her faults

By at August 6, 2014 | 2:15 pm | 0 Comment

Blind to her faults

A short story by William Keisling She was a muse of fire and liquid Inca ice   Borges himself claimed in his footnotes to be blind to her faults. 1. But Borges was blind not just to her faults, but the world, and its faults. Since Borges was blind, you might wonder, as I often […]

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This little piggie: PEDv swine virus hits Pennsylvania

By at March 27, 2014 | 3:06 pm | 0 Comment

This little piggie: PEDv swine virus hits Pennsylvania

State regulators don’t know the extent of the highly contagious pig disease because the hog industry doesn’t want the government involved Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, is spreading rapidly across Pennsylvania, as well as other U.S. states, agriculture industry insiders says. Even so, the extent of the disease’s spread in Pennsylvania is not known. […]

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See no evil: DA Ray Gricar drops the ball

By at February 14, 2014 | 9:34 am | 0 Comment

See no evil: DA Ray Gricar drops the ball

Young victims surrounded Jerry Sandusky in 1998 Why didn’t DA Ray Gricar make a serious attempt  to find and interview them? Finger pointing and the blame games won’t answer these questions Public hearings might At the time of his strange disappearance in 2005, Centre County PA District Attorney Ray Gricar enjoyed a reputation as an […]

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Why Election Reports Need to Be Saved Longer Than Five Years

By at October 21, 2013 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

Why Election Reports Need to Be Saved Longer Than Five Years

Many of today’s big news stories have roots going back decades. Why then does the state destroy campaign finance records after only five years? Two recent major national news stories coming out of Pennsylvania — the Sandusky / PSU / Tom Corbett scandal and the Harrisburg debt / Corbett bailout stories — demonstrate the woeful […]

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