Political

Vote No on the Judicial Ballot Question

By at October 3, 2016 | 9:31 pm | 0 Comment

“Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retried on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years?”

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Barbara Hafer’s pension pay out based on RTK Requests, (2012)

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:23 pm | 0 Comment

Gross monthly annuity: $4,035.29

Please note that as of the date of the receipt of the SERS data, there was no record of a lump sum withdrawal.

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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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Part 1: The Taxpayer Chain Gang

By at June 20, 2016 | 7:19 am | 0 Comment

by Jeff Coleman and Eric J. Epstein

An old and misguided political adage claimed that Democrats built schools and Republicans built prisons.  It’s simply not true, and the reality is much more complex.

It would be far more accurate to… Read the rest

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DEP Reaches Natural Resource Damage Settlement with Talen Generation, LLC for 2005 Martins Creek Ash Spill

By at May 6, 2016 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

05/4/2016
CONTACT:
Colleen Connolly, DEP
570-826-2035
DEP Reaches Natural Resource Damage Settlement with

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PA Pension Debt has passed $66 billion

By at May 6, 2016 | 11:32 am | 0 Comment

PA Pension Debt has passed $66 billion

Pennsylvania’s Pension Debt has now passed $66 billion.   The new figure is a revision using the 12/31/15 State Employees Retirement System (SERS) report.  Prior to its release, the “clock” was based on the 12/31/14 report and adjusted as accurately as… Read the rest

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Trump on real unemployment rate

By at May 2, 2016 | 9:01 pm | 0 Comment

Trump on real unemployment rate

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Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen

By at April 29, 2016 | 11:11 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2016

Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen

Rock the Capital learned last night that the formula used to project Mr. Cohen’s pension used a 1.25% multiplier rather thanRead the rest

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Since 2008 median income stagnates in PA, salaries of state officials grow: Enter Trump

By at April 16, 2016 | 8:07 pm | 0 Comment

State officials in both political parties have done little to better the economic standing of average Pennsylvanians, even while they accept generous cost-of-living increases, further insulating themselves from the economic hardships felt by their voters.

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Gerrymandering Kills Representative Democracy

By at March 24, 2016 | 10:53 am | 0 Comment

by A. Sniveling Malcontent

Recently Harrisburg denizens heard the early sounds of discontent about the way legislative and Congressional districts are drawn every 10 years after the national census. Our current system, approved by voters following the… Read the rest

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