Category Archives: Miscellany

Bob Casey Comes Out in Support of the Iran Deal

Good stuff. The polling on this issue in PA is tilted against the deal by a not-unsubstantial margin, but the fact is that there’s no way most voters have actually read up on what’s in the deal, so politicians have … More after the jump

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Scarnati Knows a Severance Tax Would Pass If Brought Up for a Vote

Scarnati said he opposes a severance tax. But he declined to rule it out. There’s “some level of support” in all four caucuses of both parties in House and Senate for a severance tax, he said. But there’s “not majority … More after the jump

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Philly Councilman Attends “White Women’s Lives Matter” Rally

I see some people saying Mark Squilla couldn’t have known ahead of time he would be lending his official support to what Gawker called a “white lives matter” rally, organized in response to an incident where a white woman was attacked by … More after the jump

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Getting the Band Back Together

I wanted to give you all a quick update on what’s going on with this blog and with me, after letting it lie fallow for much of the past year. Keystone Politics has always been a labor of love and … More after the jump

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Tom Wolf’s DCNR Pick Matters a Lot After Commonwealth Court Decision

Wolf can’t unilaterally stop drilling on state lands now. Not the end of the world, but this is now one important litmus test for Wolf appointees to DCNR.

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The Littlest Leadership Crisis Befells Pretend Government

The top two officials of a 1300-person borough passed away within two weeks of one another, and now the borough is now in the throes of the cutest littlest leadership crisis you ever did see. 1300 people is much smaller … More after the jump

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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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