Author Archives: Jon Geeting

#PA6: Obvious Thing Happens

The job little Jiminy Gerlach has been trying out for this whole time is finally his. In Congress, he fought against health insurance expansion and for unaffordable corporate tax breaks. And now he’ll get paid a whole lot more to do … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US House

Sorry, a 5% Severance Tax Won’t “Cripple” PA’s Economy

Only 0.5% of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there are some other auxiliary industries that benefit from natural gas activity that aren’t counted in that. Yes, low gas prices support some additional economic activity than … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment

Most of PA Policed by Militias

That’s what you call a 5 or 10-person “police department” of mostly part-time officers right? Did you know that two-thirds of the state’s police officers are part-time, and 15% of the departments are part-time? And that the federal government is giving these … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues, Social Services

#PHL2015 Candidates Have a “Duty to Respond” on Stuff They Can’t Do Anything About

This op-ed by James Lytle is Exhibit A in the case for not spending too much time talking about education in the 2015 Philly Mayoral race, even though that’s the issue most people seem to want to debate next year. Titled “Education issues … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Philadelphia 2015

Takin Mah Toys and Goin Home

Translation: Cynical contrarian posturing is more important to me than proactively assessing my actual level of agreement with either of the political parties’ platforms.

Posted in Elections

#PASen: Bob Casey to the Right of Michael Krancer and the Voters on Climate

(Been hangin’ out with this guy too much) Five years off from reelection and Bob Casey is already getting irritable bowel syndrome on climate politics – an issue that has yet to claim the political career of any Democrats, and … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US Senate

Your Crow Sandwich, Mr. Fitzpatrick

Mark Kleiman: Any pundit or politician who helped promote the Benghazi! hoax, and who doesn’t fully retract and apologize now that a Republican-dominated House committee has fully debunked all the accusations against the Administration other than having paid attention to … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, US House

Derp: Larry Ceisler Thinks Lynn Abraham is #PHL2015 Frontrunner

LOL. Has PoliticsPA ever been less essential?

Posted in Elections, Philadelphia 2015

No Child Pornos, Turns Out

Still pretty gross. Why would a grown man send another grown man a picture of a little boy looking into a little girl’s underpants? Y’all are so weird. Can we see who got CC’d on that one?

Posted in Ethics

The Philly Mayoral Race So Far

Education activists: Anybody but Williams Planning activists: Anybody but Clarke Budding conflict over whether to back Ken Trujillo or Terry Gillen as the non-stupid alternative to the two big jawns. Lynne Abraham re-announcing every time somebody new gets in the … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Philadelphia 2015