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Op-ed: “Demagogues, Godwin’s Law and the Politics of Fear”

By at September 7, 2017 | 5:41 pm | 0 Comment

Godwin’s law, coined in 1990 and named after Mike Godwin, states that lengthy online discussions will ultimately degenerate into Hitler comparisons. Given enough space and time, the probability of referencing Hitler – no matter the issue -becomes more likely. Democrats have been comparing Trump to Hitler since 2015. After the inauguration, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Virginia) […]

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Property Relief Through Act 50

By at August 30, 2017 | 9:07 pm | 0 Comment

We need to be sensitive to the impact of increased property taxes on “low-income” seniors or people living on a “fixed income.” However, not all  seniors on fixed incomes are also “low-income” households. We have to be concerned for all low-income home owners, whether seniors or young homeowners struggling to meet a mortgage and raise a family. Dauphin County has […]

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August 26: Time to dial ten digits

By at August 24, 2017 | 8:51 pm | 0 Comment

Starting on August 26, callers in the 717 area code region will need to dial ten-digit phone numbers,  including the area code. This change was caused by the depletion of new 717 telephone numbers. The Public Utility Commission approved a new 223 area code, which will be released on September 26. You can still obtain a 717 […]

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Op-ed: Three Mile Island By the Numbers, What Exelon Won’t Tell You

By at August 15, 2017 | 10:00 pm | 0 Comment

Dear Editor: Exelon has been targeting the media, elected officials, and the public with doomsday predictions regarding the closure of Three Mile Island Unit-1. Their numbers are misleading, don’t add up, and fail to account for the $1.1 billion rate payers were charged to build Three Mile Island, the $987 million rate payers and taxpayers […]

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History of Three Mile Island Unit-1, (1966-2016)

By at August 15, 2017 | 9:58 pm | 0 Comment

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Americans are feeling the effects of climate change

By at August 15, 2017 | 9:39 pm | 0 Comment

A climate change analysis, authored by thirteen scientists from across federal agencies, was leaked to the New York Times. Their findings reveal Americans are feeling the effects of climate change. The report is issued every four years as congressionally mandated, however, its release is awaiting approval from the Trump Administration, though it has already been signed […]

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Statement of Eric Epstein: The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission’s Approval of a “Slush Fund”

By at March 21, 2017 | 3:33 pm | 0 Comment

Every year the Legislature budgets more taxpayer money than it needs, and creates an artificial surplus which it refunds to itself. The  unspent funds from the “non-lapsing” accounts roll-over into discretionary  slush funds. According to last year’s audit, the slush fund surplus was $100,374, 253. The government shutdown should have drained the reserves. Any balance […]

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The Smoke Behind the Mirror: The Property Tax Independence Act

By at February 17, 2017 | 1:05 pm | 0 Comment

Everybody hates property taxes. On that we can agree. But the current proposal floating around Harrisburg is more onerous than property taxes, and would actually increase taxes. The Property Tax Independence Act will be introduced in the Senate. This proposal seeks to eliminate property taxes by shifting a significant burden of funding onto higher personal […]

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Reform Advocates Ask Shapiro to Investigate Kane, Parks Miller, Castor Connections

By at January 17, 2017 | 11:34 am | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 17, 2017 CONTACT: GENE STILP 717-829-5600 ERIC EPSTEIN 717-635-8615 STATE REFORM ADVOCATES ASK NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SHAPIRO TO INVESTIGATE THE KATHLEEN KANE, STACY PARKS MILLER, BRUCE CASTOR CONNECTIONS  In a letter dated September 17, 2017,  statewide government reform advocates have officially filed a Compliant and a Request for an Investigation involving former Pennsylvania […]

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How Many Elected Offices Can Full-Time Legislators Hold Simultaneously?

By at January 17, 2017 | 11:29 am | 0 Comment

Carolyn Comitta has been Mayor of West Chester since January of 2010. Her second term is over at the end of 2017.  When folks have asked Mayor Comitta  about the process for replacing her as Mayor, she has stated that her lawyers (hopefully not paid by taxpayers) say if she doesn’t take the compensation for […]

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