Politics

Wolf Vetoes Republicans’ End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regulations

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:26
Along with the Republican proposals for alcohol reform and pensions, Tom Wolf also vetoed the Republicans’ plan to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drilling out of...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Why Can’t All Wawa’s Sell Beer?

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-07-02 08:40
One Wawa in Pennsylvania will soon sell beer, in Chadd’s Ford. Acme, Whole Foods and Wegmans already have approval to sell beer in the area. A decision is expected on July 21. Wawa...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Republicans Not Backing Off on Undoing Environmental Policy Through the Fiscal Code

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-07-01 07:57
Despite Tom Wolf’s veto, House and Senate Republicans aren’t backing off trying to undo the Department of Environmental Protection’s drilling regulations by amending the fiscal code...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Republicans Using Fiscal Code to Undermine DEP’s Authority to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2015-06-30 10:32
Late Sunday night, Republicans adopted an amendment to the Fiscal Code that would halt DEP’s process for regulating oil and gas. The amendment hadn’t been proposed or debated previously...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Why Don’t Pipeline Builders Have to Pay Property Taxes?

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-06-11 10:52
In New Jersey, pipeline builders have to pay property taxes to the towns they build in, but not in Pennsylvania: As Republican legislative leaders and the natural gas industry unite to beat back Gov....
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Why a Severance Tax on Natural Gas is Good for the Shale Industry

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:07
Chris Briem made a great point about this back in 2014, and I wanted to pull that out again because Mike Turzai is out there saying some pretty unbelievable stuff about the impact of a natural gas...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Mark Squilla’s Unsatisfactory Answer to Why He Attended “White Women’s Lives Matter” Rally

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-06-10 07:50
(Councilman Squilla calming things down) The trouble with Philly Councilman Mark Squilla’s response to why he attended the racially-charged protest in Whitman (a neighborhood in South...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

#PASen: RMU Poll Shows Toomey is Vulnerable

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-06-08 16:32
This is more like it: A recent Robert Morris University poll shows Sestak with an advantage over incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in next year’s election. The former congressman was supported by 34.2...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

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

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-06-08 11:21
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...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Scott Wagner Doubles Down on Helicopter-Based School Auditing

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:06
In response to Wolf Press Secretary Jeff Sheridan’s suggestion that the Republican “get out of the helicopter and go visit a school,” Senator Scott Wagner is now doubling down...
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Getting the Band Back Together

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:12
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...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Elections Have Consequences: Environmental Secretaries Edition

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-06-05 07:42
With the confirmation of John Quigley as Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary this week, it’s an important time to pause and reflect on how drastically different of...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Tea Party Garbageman Can Tell Which Schools Are Well-Funded By Flying Over Them in a Helicopter

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-06-04 12:44
So, this is a thing that happened: “State Sen. Scott Wagner went for a helicopter ride last week. Sen. Wagner took WHTM’s Dennis Owens for a ride, figuratively. The senator flew over...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

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The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:23
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