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Where does Pennsylvania Draw the Line

By at May 12, 2011 | 11:02 am | 71 Comments

Where does Pennsylvania Draw the Line

Pennsylvania’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission met for the first time on Wednesday, and usually this would have registered a tad above “ho-hum,” but not this time

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 12, 2011 | 9:26 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; RTC’s John Messeder reports that a public school in Gettysburg is weighing whether or not to close a school as it tries to balance a $2 million dollar budget shortfall. Pennsylvania’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission met for the first time with Judge Stephen McEwen at the helm. RTC and a Democracy Rising investigation revealed that McEwen is serving on the bench past an age limit, which calls into question his appointment to the commission. Newt Gingrich is officially seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich is set to unveil a new contract with America, but he is bogged down with questions about his past indiscretions.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 4, 2011 | 11:05 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; new details are emerging about that raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. In Pennsylvania, the judicial court system is still mum about a judge that should have retired last year. A joint investigation by RTC and Democracy Rising found that Stephen J McEwen, a superior court judge, should have retired last year. And in Japan, when less is more – Japanese authorities say they will provide fewer briefings, but more information about the nuclear crisis.

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Superior Court Judge Serving Illegally?

By at May 2, 2011 | 10:08 am | 95 Comments

Superior Court Judge Serving Illegally?

Does eight or ten years strike anyone as “temporary judicial service”? What’s the practical difference between a judge elected for a permanent ten-year term and a judge appointed for a temporary ten-year term? But the most important point is this: A judge who serves for ten years should be elected, not appointed.

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A PA Superior Court Judge Touches Off Debate on Stealth Judicial Appointments

By at April 29, 2011 | 10:19 am | 1,259 Comments

A PA Superior Court Judge Touches Off Debate on Stealth Judicial Appointments

Democracy functions best when public participation is informed, when access to information is well advertised, and when laws are adequately enforced.
In Pennsylvania, we are experiencing a crisis of confidencein all three branches of government, and many feel that judicial independence has been compromised.

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A Giant is Leaving Pennsylvania’s Capitol

By at January 4, 2011 | 3:06 pm | 99 Comments

A Giant is Leaving Pennsylvania’s Capitol

Veteran legislative staffer Stephen MacNett is calling it a career. MacNett first went to work in Pennsylvania’s Capitol in 1966. Often regarded as one of the best and the brightest — he has served as Chief Counsel to the GOP for many years.

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Governor Rendell spars on Comedy Central

By at January 4, 2011 | 10:52 am | 1 Comments

Governor Rendell spars on Comedy Central

Governor Ed Rendell yucked it up with Steven Colbert on Monday night. Rendell has made no secret of his yearning to appear as a regular commentator on Television once he leaves office.

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