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Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:06 pm | 74 Comments

Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

It’s been forty years since Richard Nixon’s obsession with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers backfired and led to the 1971 landmark First Amendment Decision, i.e., New York Times v. United States. The ruling made it possible for newspapers to… Read the rest

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Five Guys to the Rescue

By at May 7, 2015 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Five Guys to the Rescue

Suppose you are Mayor of Philadelphia.  Your fiefdom is known for several “firsts”, unfortunately most notably “first” in poverty amongst the country’s ten largest cities. We have 1.5 million Philadelphians in Philadelphia, including four out of every ten children. Philadelphia’s… Read the rest

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Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

By at February 7, 2015 | 10:04 pm | 0 Comment

Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

by Andrew Staub | PA Independent

First, Rob McCord lost his bid to be Pennsylvania’s newest governor when he finished third in the Democratic primary and watched as nominee Tom Wolf unseated Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.

Then,… Read the rest

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Letter to Mark Keller: Legislature’s Annual Audit

By at January 8, 2015 | 11:03 am | 0 Comment

In recent years, Pennsylvania citizens have witnessed a sad parade of scandals and lapses of judgment by public officials. During this period the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission has delayed the release of the Legislature’s Annual

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The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission has issued a final adjudication in the following matter under The Ethics Act

By at November 21, 2014 | 3:20 pm | 0 Comment

HARRISBURG, PA –

Order No. 1647 (Kirkland)
Member of the PA House of Representatives 159th State House District
Delaware County, Pennsylvania

ORDER SUMMARY:

  1. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, no violation

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Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue

By at October 18, 2014 | 12:03 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue

The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The senators correctly called the ban a matter not of gun rights but… Read the rest

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Courts Punish PA Builder for Exposing Bank Misconduct; Builder Petitions US Supreme Court

By at March 24, 2014 | 8:30 am | 0 Comment

Courts Punish PA Builder for Exposing Bank Misconduct; Builder Petitions US Supreme Court

To our readers:

Enclosed please find a press advisory and Writ of Certification regarding a gross miscarriage of justice in which a PA bank’s unilateral decision to defund an approved loan for a family company was found to be “arbitrary, unreasonable and reckless.”… Read the rest

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“Disorder in the Court”: Top Ten Reasons Not to Retain Supreme Court Chief Justice Castille

By at November 4, 2013 | 11:24 am | 0 Comment

“Disorder in the Court”: Top Ten Reasons Not to Retain Supreme Court Chief Justice Castille

10) Judicial temperament: In December 2007, at the Pennsylvania Society weekend  festivities in New York City, Castille confronted Philadelphia Daily News columnist John  Baer. “I told my staff if I got enough drinks and I saw you here I was gonna… Read the rest

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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 /… Read the rest

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Shuffling Federal Paperwork

By at October 16, 2013 | 11:59 am | 0 Comment

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

The right-wing part of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with John Boehner in the role of spineless lackey rather than courageous Speaker, has shut down much of the federal government.

Eighty Republicans had signed a letter expressing their intent to… Read the rest

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