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Blue on Blue

Mon, 2015-04-13 22:40
Lt Gov’s wife vs State Rep Kevin Boyle. The alleged incident took place inside St Dominic Church’s parish hall during a fundraiser for the family of slain Northeast Philly military veteran Michael Strange. Boyle has been on the opposite end of a well-documented political feud with Stack. “She sat down and flipped me the bird […]
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Kane, Again

Fri, 2015-04-10 21:31
This time with warrants. The purpose of the search was unclear, but it appeared to be the first sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was moving forward with her investigation into Kane, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One source […]
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Stupid Criminals

Thu, 2015-04-09 09:24
This guy could have used a computer expert BEFORE he advertised on Craig’s List. Zachary J. Landis, 27, caught the attention of police when he posted a Craigslist advertisement for a hacker. Using an anonymous email, he told an undercover officer he owed fines and costs to the county and needed someone to get into […]
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Kane, Again

Thu, 2015-04-09 09:23
Tribune-Review Attorney General Kathleen Kane fired the head of her appeals office Wednesday and had armed agents escort him from the office. Kane spokeswoman Carolyn Myers said James Barker’s firing was part of a restructuring of the criminal division. Barker told the Tribune-Review he testified before a statewide grand jury in Norristown that investigated Kane. […]
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Another Bad Day for Kane

Fri, 2015-04-03 13:04
Four months in, another Kane Chief of Staff packs their bags. “While I will miss working alongside each of you, I am excited about what this new chapter holds for me and my family,” Rutherford wrote in an e-mail to friends and colleagues. It continued: “I want to express my appreciation to General Kane for […]
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Kane Quash

Wed, 2015-04-01 23:18
Well, that’s certainly fishy. Just months after taking office in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter, Kane revoked subpoenas already delivered to former casino owner DeNaples and William Conaboy, another political power player in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Kane’s home turf. Though one of her most senior aides had approved questioning the two men, Kane […]
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Force the Vote

Wed, 2015-03-25 22:47
Here’s a bad idea whose time should never come. State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) will introduce legislation that will make voting compulsory. Meaning if you don’t vote, you’ll be fined. But some of his colleagues don’t agree. “It’s a violation of our rights as citizens. The government shouldn’t force us to vote. That’s our choice […]
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Pa House – Now 120 R to 83 D

Tue, 2015-03-24 22:40 Martina White became the city’s second Republican member in the state House on Tuesday night, with a commanding win in a special election for Northeast Philadelphia’s 170th District. Her victory – by a margin of 14 percent with 97 percent of the vote tallied Tuesday night – prompted Republican celebrations and Democratic recriminations. White […]
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The Congressional GOP had one job

Sun, 2015-03-22 21:54
You had one job, Republicans – oppose the Obama agenda. Lying, horse-trading, and compromise are part of politics.  Much as sometimes we would like to live in a universe where this is not true, the fact is that governance can be dirty work.  But there comes a point where one wonders whether the compromises and […]
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On Being a Property Tax Scofflaw

Fri, 2015-03-20 19:13 A Pennsylvania legislator wants to change the state Constitution to prevent government agencies from seizing homes for unpaid property taxes. Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) said property taxes in the state have risen to the point where many citizens can no longer afford to stay in their homes. He said the burden of property taxes […]
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