The Daily Salvo for July 4, 2014 - "Happy Birthday America"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-07-04 15:15
The Daily Salvo for July 4, 2014 - "Happy Birthday America"
A tribute to America on her 238th birthday!!! From: The Daily Salvo Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Ride-Share Fix Must Apply to Philly Parking Authority as Well as PUC

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-07-03 08:36
By some weird accident of history, the city of Philadelphia doesn’t have the same taxi regulator as the rest of the state. Whereas the Public Utilities Commission sets the rules for taxis in...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

#PABudget: Why Aren’t We Talking About a Statewide Cigarette Tax Increase?

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-07-02 21:08
With the local cigarette tax for Philly schools passing out of committee, it’s a good time to zoom out and ask why we haven’t been talking about raising the cigarette tax all across the...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Salvo for July 1, 2014 - "Pain-Free Real Estate"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-07-02 16:33
The Daily Salvo for July 1, 2014 - "Pain-Free Real Estate"
Enjoy a pain-free home-selling experience with Cardano Realtors. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

F&M Poll: Wolf Up By 22, Corbett Still Searching For the Bottom

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-07-02 08:25
The only good news in here for Corbett is that some Republicans are starting to come home. The bad news is that even more undecideds are joining the #Wolfpack. Also notable: F&M asks voters who...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

#PABudget: House Pension Bill Looking Pretty Dead

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-07-01 22:02
Nick Field is reporting that Gene DiGirolamo is about to put this thing out of its misery. The State House voted to send the main pension reform bill to the House Human Services Committee where it is...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Corbett Says He Supports the Cigarette Tax, But Is Holding Philly Schools Hostage Anyway

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:30
We’ll have more details when all the different parts of the “on time Republican budget” are passed, but I was glad to see it passed on a party-line vote: The Senate voted 26-24,...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Salvo for June 30, 2014 - "Splish Splash"

The Daily Salvo - Mon, 2014-06-30 16:59
The Daily Salvo for June 30, 2014 - "Splish Splash"
While it's no fun taking a bath on Saturday night, what's worse is taking a bath on the sale of your home. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Intern With Keystone Politics! Young Muckrakers Needed to Help Flip the State Senate

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-06-30 16:04
Do you like writing on the Internet? Are you maybe a little evil, or at least interested in learning how to think like an evil person? Do you want to help Keystone Politics knock a big chunk off the...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Single Biggest Problem With the Harrisburg Draft Zoning Plan

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-06-30 12:37
There is a lot to like about the city of Harrisburg’s new draft zoning plan. Raised height limits, lowered parking requirements, ease of administration, and the expansion of the downtown. There...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Loosening Street Food Regulations Helps Poor People

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-06-30 09:43
Food trucks have acquired something of a yuppie brand in recent years, because yuppies like to buy the food, but on the business owner side mobile food vending is anything but a yuppie pursuit....
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

#PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?

Keystone Politics - Sun, 2014-06-29 19:18
One under-explored wrinkle in the unfolding Philly school funding hostage negotiations is whether Tom Corbett can even credibly promise to deliver the Republican votes to release the hostage –...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

Keystone Politics - Sun, 2014-06-29 13:21
Why is this a thing anybody is interested in? What matters is what’s in the budget, not when it gets voted on. I don’t get it. Is it that this is an “objective” metric that...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

Keystone Politics - Sun, 2014-06-29 09:25
This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s...
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Shorter Charles Zogby: Soak the Pensions or the Kid Gets It

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:48
It’s worth taking a step back to unpack what’s happened here. PA Republicans scrapped the Rendell funding formula that would have given about $360 million more to Philadelphia schools...
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We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-06-27 13:30
The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

What Are We Getting For All This? PA Has Higher Alcohol-Related Death Rates Than NY, NJ, and MD.

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-06-27 10:53
If Pennsylvania’s anti-competitive regulations are any good at preventing alcohol abuse, how come states with more competitive retailing like New Jersey, New York, and Maryland all have lower...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Harrisburg’s Draft Zoning Plan’s Best Changes

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-06-25 22:09
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...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

If PA Dems Don’t Shake Things Up With Party-Line Budget Vote, They Won’t Win the State Senate

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-06-24 08:48
The PA Republicans are relying on Democrats to provide the votes for a tax increase on natural gas production, and bail them out of the budget mess they got themselves into by passing unpaid-for...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics