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A Birdseye view of Pennsylvania’s Stake in Wisconsin

By at February 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm | 2 Comments

A Birdseye view of Pennsylvania’s Stake in Wisconsin

(By Rick Smith) Representative Fred Clark of Wisconsin took time off the Wisconsin House Floor to help relate the situation to Pennsylvania. We talked about how Govenor Walker’s attack on our rights is “Part of a national agenda to eliminate public employee unions.” He made it clear that “This is a game changer… Nobody campaigned […]

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Slicing up Pennsylvania’s House

By at February 16, 2011 | 1:22 pm | 9 Comments

Slicing up Pennsylvania’s House

House Speaker Sam Smith is ready to start carving up the House. Smith believes eliminating 50 members of Pennsylvania’s House will make state government much more effective.

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Fumbled on the Patriot Line

By at February 9, 2011 | 11:07 am | 1 Comments

Fumbled on the Patriot Line

U.S. House Republicans have fumbled the Patriot Act. We have not heard this much “can you believe it,” since Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers folded like a 50 cent pack of playing cards at a yard sale.

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Germaneness -Another Blow to Public Integrity

By at February 7, 2011 | 8:23 am | 995 Comments

Germaneness -Another Blow to Public Integrity

For all the talk about reform its already abundantly clear in Pennsylvania’s House its business as usual. House members have found a creative way around putting teeth into several bills.

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A former House Speaker is coming off the Bench

By at February 4, 2011 | 10:29 am | 0 Comment

A former House Speaker is coming off the Bench

Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Keith McCall is headed for the state gaming control board. The move comes just months after McCall’s retirement from the House, where he was a fixture for three decades.

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Getting back on track in Pennsylvania’s House

By at February 1, 2011 | 12:02 pm | 1 Comments

Getting back on track in Pennsylvania’s House

Common has prevailed, now lets see if sense continues to follow in Pennsylvania’s House. Lawmakers returned to conducting the business of the people in a civil way as they pushed forward several measures of reform including one that bans legislators from creating nonprofits that receive state money. However, as Rock The Capital’s Eric Zager observes the Elephant is still standing in the room.

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An Open letter to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly

By at January 31, 2011 | 5:44 pm | 275 Comments

An Open letter to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly

Bill McIntyre, a longtime observer of Pennsylvania’s legislature penned an open letter to the general assembly following last Wednesday’s shouting match. McIntyre is all but imploring lawmakers to vote for a Constitutional Convention.

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Game on in Pennsylvania’s House

By at January 31, 2011 | 3:22 pm | 0 Comment

Game on in Pennsylvania’s House

Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to House following last weeks boisterous argument in a House Rules Committee meeting. Several very important pieces of legislation are expected to end up on the floor for a full vote. Will civility make a return?

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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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Pennsylvania’s House Majority Leader has no intention of Resigning

By at January 27, 2011 | 4:48 pm | 1 Comments

Pennsylvania’s House Majority Leader has no intention of Resigning

The head of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Committee blasted Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai after a complete meltdown during a Rules Committee Meeting, in which some members were shouting and swearing. Jim Burn requested that Turzai step down for being an ineffective leader.

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