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Weary and Wary of the Philadelphia School District Passion Play? Another Approach

By at July 9, 2014 | 10:21 am | 0 Comment

Weary and Wary of the Philadelphia School District Passion Play? Another Approach

Every year with the coming of the summer solstice, Philadelphia School District honchos put up a hue and cry for money to put a band-aid on a total debacle.   Every year we hear of cuts beyond the bone and the… Read the rest

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The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

By at July 7, 2014 | 4:59 pm | 0 Comment

The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

(Harrisburg, Pa) – Rock The Capital released a review of current and former state legislators who accepted an increase in their pay through “unvouchered expenses” and refused to pay the money back.

Legislators who refused to return “unvouchered expenses,” or… Read the rest

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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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Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty

By at July 1, 2014 | 2:34 pm | 0 Comment

Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty

HARRISBURG, Pa.–The Pennsylvania State senate may vote on a bill this week that will make it a first degree misdemeanor to kill a cat or dog “for the purpose of human consumption.” The penalty is a fine of $1,000-$10,000 and… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:42 am | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

State Ranks Low in Seven of Eight Indicators

Most of the debate surrounding Governor Corbett’s education polices have focused on the impact of budget cuts on public schools K -12. Reductions in full-day kindergarten programs, furloughed teachers, increased… Read the rest

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Top Ten Corrupt States

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:26 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Corrupt States

  1. Mississippi.
  2. Louisiana.
  3. Tennessee.
  4. Illinois.
  5. Pennsylvania.
  6. Alabama.
  7. Alaska.
  8. South Dakota.
  9. Kentucky.
  10. Florida.

 

Sources: Fortune.com, Wiley.com
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The Phillies Are Not Phigments of Imagination

By at June 17, 2014 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

The Phillies Are Not Phigments of Imagination

Newspapers are often a “court of last resort” for our readers whose problems can’t be dealt with elsewhere.

Thus, it was no great surprise to receive a letter from a young girl who was confused about the Philadelphia Phillies. In… Read the rest

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Top Ten Per Diems for State Legislators

By at June 16, 2014 | 11:48 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Per Diems for State Legislators

State Ranking Per diem Annual Salary
1) Alaska $234.00 $50,400
2) Kentucky $188.22 $21,462.12
2) Tennessee $188.00

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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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An Assault Upon Our Civility

By at June 11, 2014 | 10:22 am | 0 Comment

An Assault Upon Our Civility

For awhile, it appeared the NRA leadership committed an act of sanity. But, a few hours later, the pills wore off.

The story begins with a group called Open Carry Texas (OCT). This fringe group rubbed both its brain cells… Read the rest

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