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Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

By at August 24, 2012 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

When a craven of buffoons and bigots disguised in the bodies of Birthers figured that anyone with dark skin and a foreign name had to be born outside the U.S., Barack Obama provided a birth certificate. Not just the usual “short form,” but a state-certified copy of the “long form” that detailed he was born […]

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More Good News – Public Integrity Commission Proposed

By at April 7, 2011 | 10:07 am | 3 Comments

More Good News – Public Integrity Commission Proposed

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate announced the introduction of legislation to create an independent Public Integrity Commission with comprehensive powers to root out corruption in PA. Led by Reps. Curt Schroder (Chester) and Eugene DePasquale (York) in the House, and by Sens. Ted Erickson (Delaware) and John Yudichak (Luzerne) in the Senate, the proposal is the most comprehensive response to date to the years of local and state scandals plaguing PA.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at April 7, 2011 | 10:02 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this Edition of Rock The Capital Minute, another day of finger pointing in Washington over a proposed spending plan, with a Friday deadline the possibility of a shutdown is becoming a distinct possibility. In Japan, bodies are decomposing and if they are not recovered soon authorities won’t have any way to identify the people, and In Pennsylvania accountability and ethics in the legislature making a comeback?

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A High Ranking Pennsylvania Senator’s Plan to Give it all Back

By at February 15, 2011 | 9:28 am | 1 Comments

A High Ranking Pennsylvania Senator’s Plan to Give it all Back

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, Joe Scarnati, now says he intended to reimburse Consol for all of its wonderful hospitality(ticket to Super Bowl, airfaire, hotel accommodation) all along. His announcement comes 24 hours after his hand was caught in the cookie jar.

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Pennsylvania’s Senate President Pro Tempore is Drilling in all the right Places

By at February 14, 2011 | 11:10 am | 65 Comments

Pennsylvania’s Senate President Pro Tempore is Drilling in all the right Places

Pennsylvania’s President Pro Tempore, Joe Scarnati has opened up a new can of ethical worms. Scarnati’s nearly all expense paid trip to the Superbowl, by a big energy company, once again underscores its business as usual. For all the talk about reform; it truly is only necessary when it impacts someone else.

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Turmoil in the House: What’s at Stake

By at January 31, 2011 | 11:18 am | 1 Comments

Turmoil in the House: What’s at Stake

Below the screaming, yelling, and storming for the doors in a Pennsylvania House Rules Committee last week were some substantial bills and amendments up for consideration. Tim Potts talks about the importance of that legislation that got swept under the rug in the flare-up.

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Corbett’s Plan: This is Reform?

By at January 26, 2011 | 4:28 pm | 1 Comments

Corbett’s Plan: This is Reform?

Facing mounting criticism for appearing to brush off a campaign pledge to issue a “reform plan” his first week in office (a commercial said he would do it on “Day One”), Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday barely met his own deadline with a document that looks more like a campaign brochure than a carefully considered gubernatorial plan of action.

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Pennsylvania’s Senate Ethics Committee has its own ethical lapse

By at November 17, 2010 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania’s Senate Ethics Committee has its own ethical lapse

Senator Robert Mellow is but weeks away from riding off in to the glorious sunset of retirement. Glorious as it is, at least on paper, as Pennsylvania’s longest serving Senator; he stands to receive a pension worth over $300,000 a year. However, there are troubling questions that go unanswered, a federal investigation, and now a renewed demand for […]

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Senator Mellow is in no rush to talk

By at October 21, 2010 | 5:05 pm | 0 Comment

Mellow will retire at the end of the year, but there is another cloud hanging over the senator’s head. FBI agents and the IRS are taking a hard look at his business dealings. He spent more than $200,000 K of taxpayers money for him to rent his district office space from himself. Up until recently, Mellow owned a building that housed his district work space in Peckville.

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Senator Mellow remains out of Touch

By at October 14, 2010 | 3:16 pm | 1 Comments

Pennsylvania’s longest serving senator (pictured to the right) is seemingly as mellow as can be about an ethics investigation in to his questionable relationship with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, which is a paid seat on the board of the insurance company. Not to mention his affiliation with Penseco Financial services, or the money he pocketed from renting out space for his district office; in […]

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