A deal which will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons was finalized today. Announced by President Obama today it is the culmination of intense diplomatic efforts which succeeded where a military intervention would not have. Economic sanctions enforced by a large coalition of western nations brought Iran to the table and hard negotiating by Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry brought an agreement.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's refusal to expand Medicaid is literally imperiling thousands by denying them access to health care. And as memorial day approaches, there's one demographic we should pay special attention to: our nation's veterans. If anybody deserves care, it's the men and women who've fought for this country.
The Pennsylvania Democratic ticket for Governor possibilities keeps growing. Though Tom Wolf seems to be a party favorite, names like newcomer Jack Wagner or stalwarts Rob McCord or Allyson Schwartz can't be discounted.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the industry-friendly and regulation-skirting Act 13 unconstitutional. The law would have bypassed zoning regulations, and communities would have been unable to refuse drilling companies setting up shop in their neighborhoods. Score one for the good guys.
Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett has pushed a 2013 budget that sets the prison budget at twice that of education. His excuse? No more stimulus money.
East Penn School District Director Julian Stolz has had a page on the teen hook-up website Teenspot for several years according to a Lehigh Valley blog. The Stolz Report found a shirtless picture of the extreme right wing politician, along with records revealing he has had contact with girls as young as 14 through Teenspot.
Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini has reversed Montgomery County's decision to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples. Following the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, the county had determined that Pennsylvania's DOMA law was invalid and began pursuing a policy of marriage equality. 174 Gay and lesbian couples from across the Commonwealth flocked to Norristown to get legal permission to wed.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday her office will not defend the state's DOMA law. The action is supported by the ACLU of PA, and filed on behalf of two dozen same sex couples. This follows the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court just weeks ago.
The first state was the last one to get a national park. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden, who is from Delaware, arrived in Old New Castle.
In Pennsylvania, Judicial and school board candidates can cross file and run for office in both major parties. Jeffrey Schmehl did this when he ran for Common Pleas Court and won on the Democratic side. Thus he was the Democratic candidate even though he was actually a Republican. Such are the quirks of politics in Pennsylvania. I'm curious, though, why a Democratic President nominated him to the federal bench.
Tea bagger Jim Billman is attacking Mark Rozzi for supporting the constitution:
I thought the Tea Party ilk revered the constitution? Aren't these the morons who went around all summer in 2010 waving it at us and insisting we follow it?
Why then is he running this commercial? The constitution guarantees equal justice for all. The 14th Amendment provides for equal protection under the law. That means we cannot have one law for straight people and something else for LGBT citizens. That's why Rozzi supports marriage equality, it's the American thing...
The latest FEMA update call at 2:30 said Sandy is speeding up as it hits the warm Gulf Stream. This means the storm is gaining energy. Landfall is estimated to be between 7-8PM tonight. It will come across New Jersey and come across southern Pennsylvania. The hardest hit counties are going to be Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, York, Adams and Franklin, the southern tier. The storm will slow down once it hits land. It is expected to sit over us.
Experts say u to 50 million people will be impacted as Hurricane Sandy advances on the Mid Atlantic region. New York City is evacuating and all transit in the Big Apple will shut down at 7PM. Delaware closed Route 1 in the Dewey Beach area this morning. FEMA and the National Weather Service will not issue tropical storm warning so as not to confuse people when it loses tropical status. They are simply issuing storm watches and warnings and encouraging everyone to tune in to their local authorities, local weather services and emergency preparedness instructions.
I was in Kutztown last evening covering a forum on single payer healthcare and got to see my old friend Chuck Pennacchio for the time in ages. He is Executive Director of Healthcare4AllPA.org and was accompanied by Board President Dave Steil. Dave is a former businessman and retired State Representative. They were joined by dedicated activists Rosie Skomitz and Ron Stouffer while Chuck Brown emceed the evening. A lot of old friends from the Kutztown area were there and I don't get up to that neck of the woods as much since moving to Mt. Penn a year ago. It was nic...
Sandy is coming sometime Monday night and everyone and their uncle is out today gathering emergency supplies. On a FEMA conference call this afternoon federal officials, including the head of FEMA Craig Fugate, said they expect the eastern third of the nation to feel her presence. Florida is the only eastern state which will miss her. West Virginia expects up to two feet of snow and we'll see between 5-8 inches of rain. A cold front moving south from Canada will join the tropical storm and another storm front moving eastward to create what's being called a Frankenstorm....
Joe Sestak found the right exit for the Bowers Hotel (inside local joke) last night and appeared at an event for 187th House candidate Joe Haas. The Admiral and former Congressman has been traveling all across the state supporting individual candidates. He even made it all the way to Erie. I noticed he's inserted new material pertinent to the Governor's race into his stump speech.
We march inexorably to the election. Gloria Allred says she has proof Mitt Romney committed perjury but can't get the sealed files released. It seems he covered up for his client Staples owner in his divorce settlement saving the guy millions. Bain Capital owned Staples which is now closing 60 stores.
We already know Romney is willing to say anything. Now he's trying to mitigate his stand on gay issues. Someone needs to grab that Etch A Sketch from his hands.
As usual I've been following politics in my second home of New Mexico. The
Milton S. Hershey not only built a multinational confection company but left his entire fortune to at risk children. Creating The Hershey Trust to educate and care for orphans was the legacy he left. The Milton Hershey School owns a controlling interest in the candy company and earnings from sales of Hershey bars, Kisses, York Peppermint Patties and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups fueled the school for decades until a small elite group of Republicans saw it as a cash cow for their politics.
Former Attorney General Leroy Zimmerman, father-in-law of current AG candidate David Fre...
A new bill would deny food stamps to any woman who cannot prove her child was conceived via rape. If you think Richard Nourdock and Todd Akin are extreme include RoseMarie Swanger, Tom Caltagirone, Mark Gillen, Keith Gillespie, Adam Harris and Mike Tobash to that list.
Most rapes aren't reported to the police. It may be that only 3% of rapists ever go to prison and only 9% are event prosecuted. Few women are willing to go through more torment dispensed by our...
Gene Stilp made his name going around the region with a giant pink pig designed to shame public servants who were greedy. BonusGate was his major issue and he railed against those elected officials who used taxpayer resources for political purposes. Now he's running for Congress against Lou Barletta. They had a debate the other night and the Congressman didn't have the balls to show up. Instead he sent staffer Shawn Kelly. Kelly isn't on Lou's campaign he is a taxpayer paid Congressional staffer. Taxpayer compensated employees doing political work on the pub...