Author Archives: Jon Geeting

Mid-rise Building in South Bethlehem Drives NIMBYs Insane, But It’s Allowed By-Right

People have been working for decades to turn around Southside Bethlehem and create conditions for reinvestment in the walkable mixed-use areas on 3rd and 4th Streets, and on the Bethlehem Steel brownfield. This has been the complaint forever – Northside, … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Land Use

Flashback: Former DEP Head Michael Krancer Defended Fake Fracking Water Treatment Practice That Produces Dangerous Toxins

Susan Phillips at StateImpact previews a new peer-reviewed study from the Environmental Science & Technology journal that says it’s not safe to simply process fracking wastewater through municipal water treatment plants: A new study shows how treated wastewater from oil and gas … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Environment, Governor

Chris Abruzzo and Kevin Harley in the Corbett AG Office Porno Ring

It does seem mighty weird for a bunch of high-level, probably straight-identifying Republican graybeards in the Corbett Attorney General’s office to be sharing their favorite pornos with their colleagues, and giving each other boners at work. One wonders how this ever got … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

#PAGov: On Kermit Gosnell, It’s the Republican Restrictionist Policies, Stupid

Any ad suggesting you vote for Tom Corbett is, by its very nature, an ineffective ad and there’s no reason to suspect this nutty ad putting Tom Wolf next to illegal abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell will stick either. Probably the PA GOP paid for this … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

#PAGov: What John Micek Should Ask Tom Wolf About in the PennLive Editorial Board Interview

The Democratic primary ended with all of the candidates essentially taking the same stances on natural gas extraction. All of the Democrats supported a moratorium on drilling on public lands, and all supported at least a 5% severance tax, with … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Why the First Debate Didn’t Change Anything About the #PAGov Race

There’s precious little evidence that national Presidential debates have much effect on voting,  so it’s really hard to imagine that a Pennsylvania Governor debate on PCN, watched almost exclusively by partisan political junkies who’ve already made up their minds, will have … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

#PAGov: Wolf’s Lead Widens to Almost 60%

A new Quinnipiac poll out today says Tom Corbett is getting “clobbered across the board” with no sign of tightening in the numbers. When that Harper poll came out last week, everybody paid attention to who respondents said they’d vote … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor

Corbett Giving Industry Hack Group Taxpayer Money to Study Effects of Fracking

Last week, Tom Corbett’s Department of Environmental Protection was finally forced to admit that natural gas drilling had contaminated drinking water “hundreds of times” after years of furiously and dickishly denying that this had ever happened: As the AP reports, … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

PLCB Contributed $80 Million to the General Fund This Year

One talking point you often hear from defenders of the state monopoly on wine and liquor retail sales is that the PLCB contributes over $500 million to the general fund. They’re actually counting tax revenue that would be collected anyway … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues

#PAGov: RMU Poll Confirms Huge Wolf Lead

Robert Morris University’s new poll confirms that the F&M poll wasn’t a “junk poll” as Team Corbett claimed, and a whole summer’s worth of attack ads haven’t bought the Republican Governor a better shot in November. National Journal is calling … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor