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Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

By at January 22, 2015 | 12:02 pm | 0 Comment

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Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolfmade good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

Wolf immediately signed executive orders banning gifts for members… Read the rest

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Reform activist calls for more timely audit of PA Legislature

By at January 16, 2015 | 4:09 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Eric Epstein wants to know how much of a financial reserve the state Legislature has squirreled away, and he wants the answer by the end of this month.

The coordinator of Rock the Capital,… Read the rest

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Epipen Law: Letter to the Editor

By at January 6, 2015 | 4:40 pm | 0 Comment

I have just read your article about the EpiPen law going into effect in the schools of Pennsylvania.  I am quite sure that the state Dept. of  Health – having been guided by names like Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Todd… Read the rest

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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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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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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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