Category Archives: Miscellany

Blame Jay Paterno

After his failed bid for Lieutenant Governor, Jay Paterno decided that running for state Senate as a write-in was beneath Him, despite efforts to recruit him for the seat. This deprived Democrats of a top-tier candidate to run against Senator Jake Corman, leaving … More after the jump

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Tom Corbett’s Environmental Legacy: 500+ Open-Air Frackwater Ponds

In 2005, Pennsylvania had 11 frack water pits. Just eight years later, aerial maps show that number has jumped to 529. It’s unclear how many of these sites store fresh water used for fracking, and how many store the toxic … More after the jump

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PA School Funding “Formula” Systematically Shortchanges Non-White Students

Equal funding per pupil: we don’t have it! David Mosenkis analyzed the distribution of Pennsylvania’s state education funding, and found a clear statistical relationship between higher percentages of non-white students in a school and lower school funding. Racist, racist, racist. Dale … More after the jump

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Election Day Recap, or, When Will the Bad News Stop Coming?

The national midterm results are so horribly bleak that I’m having a bit of psychological pain looking beyond the Pennsylvania news this morning. But even within Pennsylvania, the Wolf win doesn’t even sugarcoat things enough, because Republicans actually added 3 state Senate … More after the jump

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Election Day Thread

Turnout in South Philly seems to be higher than expected for a midterm. What’re you seeing in your area?

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#PAGov: Corbett Spreading the Grift Around Ahead of Epic Electoral Flame-out

More like the Electoral Growth Initiative – he wishes! In the weeks before Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election, incumbent Gov. Corbett is scattering millions in taxpayer dollars to big businesses through his Economic Growth Initiative, a downsized version of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital … More after the jump

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Keystone Politics: Emerged From Darkness

I suppose I owe everybody an explanation for why this site basically went dark for a couple months this summer. After a long freelance journalism nightmare, I’m basically doing my dream job now, working for PlanPhilly full time, helping set the table for … More after the jump

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What the CBS/NYT poll about Wolf and Corbett ACTUALLY says

There was an uproar among political observers in Pennsylvania over poll analysis posted on PoliticsPA. I’d like to take readers through, point by point, so they may have a better understanding of what the data shows and does not show. … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Miscellany, State Politics

Audit of DEP Finds Shocking Evidence of Republican Environmental Policy

The 146-page report, prepared by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, was sweeping in its criticism of the Department of Environmental Protection’s handling of gas-well inspections, and its failure to provide timely and thorough information to citizens between 2009 and 2012. “The … More after the jump

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Harrisburg’s Draft Zoning Plan’s Best Changes

There is a renewed push in city hall to pass a significant zoning code overhaul and I am really happy to hear it. The current code, after being amended 31 times between it’s adoption in 1950 and now, was explained to be, by city planner Geoffrey Knight, appearing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Miscellany