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Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

By at December 5, 2014 | 11:04 pm | 0 Comment

Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Gift ban legislation to get second chance as PA Gov.-elect Wolf pushes his own ethics reform

By at November 21, 2014 | 2:54 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has already asked his transition team to sign a code of conduct prohibiting members from accepting gifts, and he plans to implement a similar ban for the executive branch… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

The Glaring Loophole in Pennsylvania’s Courts

By at November 1, 2014 | 3:18 pm | 0 Comment

by Ted Babiy

Our small family homebuilding business has been shattered by a nightmarish loophole that undermines Pennsylvania’s entire legal system.  By refusing to publish 94% of its Decisions, the Superior Court denies transparency, accountability, and the fair… Read the rest

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Justices behaving badly: PA Supreme Court has embarrassing history

By at October 28, 2014 | 1:59 pm | 0 Comment

Justices behaving badly: PA Supreme Court has embarrassing history

Checking in on the state of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court isn’t for the weak of constitution these days.

That’s thanks to the stunning development from earlier this week, when the state Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery from his… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Millionaire to welfare: A case of the accuser judged by the accused

By at September 27, 2014 | 12:08 pm | 0 Comment

Millionaire to welfare: A case of the accuser judged by the accused

by and , for the Independent Gazette

As the Independent Gazette delves further into the Custody for Cash saga,… Read the rest

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SEC to Investigate Legislators Taking Cash

By at July 23, 2014 | 11:19 am | 0 Comment

SEC to Investigate Legislators Taking Cash

The legislative sting case that the Attorney General Kathleen Kane decided not to pursue is now being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

As part of a Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s sting operation, four state representatives were allegedly… Read the rest

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Auditor Express: Fighting for Accountability, People and Jobs

By at July 14, 2014 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

by Eugene A. DePasquale

 

Good morning,

I recently released two major audits that may be of interest to you. One found that the welfare benefit system failed to detect benefits being issued on cards associated with Social Security Numbers… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Issues , Press Releases , Watch Dog

A year wasted? That’s up for debate

By at July 7, 2014 | 11:04 am | 0 Comment

A year wasted? That’s up for debate

By Andrew Staub
PA Independent

The theme at the state Capitol this week could be “unfinished business.”
After all, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign a no-new-taxes budget passed by state legislators from his own party and… Read the rest

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State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By at June 11, 2014 | 10:37 am | 0 Comment

State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By Andrew Staub

In case Pennsylvania lawmakers need to get creative with their vanity license plates, NO1 SEN and BESTREP are still available, at least for now.

Members of the state’s General Assembly and congressional delegation could find themselves in… Read the rest

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Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By at May 28, 2014 | 3:03 pm | 0 Comment

Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

For about a decade, activists for government reform have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Pennsylvania lawmakers and two governors to ban gifts.

On Tuesday, they started speaking in cash, though none of the sort… Read the rest

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