Monthly Archives: February 2012

UFCW Gives PA Congressmen All As or All Fs

The 2011 United Food and Commercial Workers Congressional scorecard graded each Representative and Senator on the most important votes for workers during the First Session of the 112th Congress, and every Democrat scored an “A” while every Republican received a … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Labor and Unions, National Politics Tagged , ,

Rick Santorum or Ayatollah Khamenei?

Reza Aslan at Foreign Policy Magazine has an excellent article in which he provides his readers with a quotation quiz to guess if it was Rick Santorum or Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who said a given quote.  Aslan’s quiz … More after the jump

Posted in National Politics Tagged

Allyson Schwartz Helping Republicans Kill Critical Health Care Cost Controls

I hope we’ll be hearing a lot more about this from Allyson Schwartz’s primary challenger, Nate Kleinman.

Posted in Health

Chaka Fattah Schools Texas Rep on His Own State’s Voter ID Law


Posted in Elections

ANALYSIS: The Emerging Critz Labor and Trade Primary Strategy

Congressman Mark Critz, it appears, is trying to shape the narrative in the battle for the Twelfth district around what he sees as one of his strongest issues.  It is no secret that Critz does well with organized labor.  Most … More after the jump

Posted in Labor and Unions, Pittsburgh / SW Region Tagged

PA GOP’s Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill Is Now the Most Insane

Randy LoBasso says now that other states have watered down their transvaginal ultrasound bills a little, Pennsylvania’s bill is the most extreme one:

Posted in Health

Thank the Stimulus for Weyerbacher Expansion

The big beer news out of the Lehigh Valley yesterday was that Easton’s Weyerbacher Brewing Company is tripling their capacity after growing at an incredible 34% last year. I see that none of the media accounts bothered to mention that … More after the jump

Posted in Economy

Mass Laziness is Not Driving SNAP Enrollment

The story that people on the economic right want to tell about the increase in SNAP enrollment is that we’re experiencing an epidemic of mass laziness. People are taking their good old time getting back to work because we’re offering … More after the jump

Posted in Economy

To Reduce Prison Costs, Scrap Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes

As it appears we are about to have a statewide debate about how to address the exploding cost of corrections, it’s important to keep in mind what’s actually driving the growth in the prison population. From the PA ACLU blog:

Posted in Budget Tagged

No Apology!

Called it: Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized President Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan, adding that Afghanistan should apologize to the U.S. for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during six days of violence sparked … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany