Monthly Archives: March 2014

#PA13: First Senate Endorsement Goes to Daylin Leach

Senator Bernie Sanders (I – VT), arguably the most progressive member of Congress, announced his endorsement of Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach in the contentious four-way primary battle at stake in Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district. Senator Sanders released the following … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

#BlingSting: What If Frank Fina Just Wants Cover For Botched Sandusky Investigation?

The most important thing to know about the fake controversy over Kathleen Kane’s decision to drop the unprosecuteable Corbett AG sting targeting black Philadelphia Democratic elected officials doesn’t appear until quite far into Thomas Fitzgerald’s Sunday piece: Kane’s troubles give … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Governor

Gilberton Dissolves Police Department

The departure of that nut Mark Kessler left Gilberton without a functioning police department, so now they’re just disbanding it: Ordinance 2014-1 reads, “Whereas the council of the Borough of Gilberton has agreed that it can no longer maintain a … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Social Services

Here Are the Seats PA Democrats Need to Flip to Take the State Senate

My first Political Machine column at Philadelphia City Paper is live.

Posted in State Senate

#PAGov: Jack Wagner, We Hardly Knew Thee

Apparently Jack Wagner’s seeming┬ámaster plan┬ádidn’t work out quite so well, as York Dispatch broke the news earlier today that the former Auditor General has dropped out of the PA-Gov race. Mr. Wagner made no statement to press, as he formally … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor Tagged ,

#HD163: Endorsements Swing Left Amid Changing Demographics

DREXEL HILL – UFCW 1776 has thrown their public support behind Vince Rongione (D), a candidate for the 163rd state house seat. This has been a potentially winnable seat for the House Democratic Campaign Committee to take, given performance of … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Should the PA gift ban be accompanied by real campaign finance reform?

Politicians have been jumping on the bandwagon to create new laws in the wake of Attorney General Kane’s “scandalous” handling of a government corruption case, but do their attempts for reform go far enough? As it stands, corporate and union … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate

#PA13: Leach proposes gift ban legislation for all state officials

In response to the controversy surrounding Attorney General Kathleen’s handling of a government corruption case, implicating four Philadelphia state legislators, State Senator Daylin Leach announced a plan yesterday to introduce a bill addressing this very issue. His proposal would ban … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Schools Face Secondary Challenge to Funding – Standardized Tests

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday, the frustration over the state and federal government’s obsession with standardized testing has reached a fever pitch with many parents. Robin Roberts, a mother in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, did the math, … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

#HD164: NOW endorses male challenger over female legislator

The Pennsylvania’s chapter of the National Organization for Women announced their endorsement of Democratic challenger Billy Smith this morning, over State Representative Margo Davidson. This comes as a shock to some, as it is pretty atypical for an organization advocating … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany