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COLA: Annual Charity Event for the Legislature

By at November 9, 2012 | 11:44 am | 0 Comment

COLA: Annual Charity Event for the Legislature

With the carnage of the election over, we can now focus on what’s really important. It’s that time of year when your favorite charity comes knocking on your door. The legislature may not seem distressed, but it ain’t cheap filling up an Escalade before heading off to the annual political powwow at the Waldorf Astoria. […]

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Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Postscript

By at November 7, 2012 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Postscript

In 1980 the Pennsylvania Legislature made the Attorney General’s office an elected position. The theory held that an elected Attorney General would be independent and free of politics and outside influence. The theory and reality of an apolitical Attorney General’s Office proved to be a naive proposition. A steady drumbeat of Republican’s candidates has controlled […]

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Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 4

By at October 10, 2012 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 4

The Shakedown Private Collection Agencies were living high on the hog at the Attorney General’s Office. Fee rates were sky high. Some agencies were simply collecting their fees after the AGO’s office did the legwork. Thomas Kimmett raised issues about employees of the collection agencies working onsite at the Financial Enforcement Section – a practice […]

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Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 3

By at October 3, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 3

Taxation with Partisan Intervention The 2007 New Year ushered in Democratic control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years. Outrage over the 2005 pay raise debacle spurred voters to knock out 24 incumbents and forced double digit resignations in both chambers. On January 27, 2007, The Patriot-News broke the […]

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The Ubiquitous Mr. Green

By at June 18, 2012 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment

The Ubiquitous Mr. Green

In the 1980’s when I started out on my career in Philadelphia’s real estate there was lot of talk about a certain Mr. Green. He was a man of many talents who knew how to get things done. It seemed impossible that one man could be so many places. I soon discovered he was not […]

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The PAC Side of Rick Santorum: Meet Rick’s Political Husband

By at February 20, 2012 | 7:01 am | 1 Comments

The PAC Side of Rick Santorum: Meet Rick’s Political Husband

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has endeared himself to social conservatives and voters seeking ideological purity, while at the same time fueling his political ambitions with contributions from the purveyors of moral decay – the tobacco and alcohol industries, and Wall Street banks. How does he do it? Where’s the outrage from the Moral Majority? […]

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DeWeese Annual Pension Projection

By at February 8, 2012 | 11:45 am | 2 Comments

DeWeese Annual Pension Projection

Rep. William DeWeese’s annual pension projection based on his salary from 2006-2009 with COLAs: $119,060. Mr. DeWeese’s pre-pay raise salary was $100,910.58. He received $13,000 from the pay raise and did not return the funds to the Treasury. Elected in 1976. Minority Leader in 2005-2006. Majority leader from 2007-2008. Majority Whip in 2009. Annual COLAs: […]

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Concerns Still Remain Over National Defense Act

By at January 1, 2012 | 8:55 pm | 10 Comments

Concerns Still Remain Over National Defense Act

On December 21, 2011, Congress formally presented the National Defense Authorization Act, (“NDAA”) to President Obama’s desk. The bill is monolithic–spanning 565 pages in length–and primarily covers funding and support of the military. However, two sections of the bill have raised substantial concerns regarding the scope of executive authority to detain individuals indefinitely. Ironically, the […]

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Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

By at September 28, 2011 | 10:25 am | 98 Comments

Low-level rad waste: Nuclear’s other disposal challenge

When the Limerick nuclear power station near Philadelphia ran out of space to store some of its radioactive waste earlier this year, owner Exelon Nuclear asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to send it down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to its sister plant, Peach Bottom, in York County. The NRC said, “yes.” This was […]

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Pay Raise: 2005-2011

By at July 7, 2011 | 9:47 am | 1,167 Comments

Pay Raise: 2005-2011

Contents of the Report: Introduction Pensions Footnotes Payjackers convicted of breaking the law or indicted, “presented” or searched by state and/or federal law enforcement agencies Legislative Compensation Packages: July 2005 vs July 2011 Background and Timeline: July 2005 to June 2011 End notes House of Representatives by the Numbers Summary of the Senate Senate by […]

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