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State Senator Compares Unions to Both Hitler and Putin

State Senator Compares Unions to Both Hitler and Putin
While debating a bill, Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner achieved a hyperbolic double whammy of oppressive proportions, comparing labor unions to both Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin. Naturally, the verbal “flourish” sparked outrage from organized labor across the state. As if being under attack from one of the worst governors in the nation isn’t enough.
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Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
The Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012, when he cut funding to new applications, thus stalling 354 projects in various stages of construction and capital across the Commonwealth. The state’s Department of Education has estimated that it would take at least $1.6 billion to reimburse all projects.
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PA Dept of Environmental Protection Sides with Gas Industry in Complaint Debacle

PA Dept of Environmental Protection Sides with Gas Industry in Complaint Debacle
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's labyrinthine rules for complaints has citizens out in the cold when trying to report violations by oil and gas companies, and their fracking outfits littering the state.
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Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit
Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will pay $575,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit claimed that five locations in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio discriminated against potential applicants over the age of 40.
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PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut

PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - more commonly, food stamps - is set to see a huge benefit cut, affecting some 22 million children nationwide, and 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania alone. Congress, by inaction, is refusing to extend benefits given during the worst of the downturn of 2008, though prospects for many of US families are still grim.
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Introducing The Tamponator: 'Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk?'

Introducing The Tamponator: 'Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk?'
Comedian Julianna Forlano takes down two states with The Tamponator in Episode 40 of "Absurdity Today."
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PA GOP Chairman Admits Voter ID Used to Boost Romney

PA GOP Chairman Admits Voter ID Used to Boost Romney
Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason candidly admitted the the 2012 Voter ID law denied votes to Democrats, boosting Romney's efforts in the state.
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EPA Drops Study on Fracking and Water Contamination as New Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination

EPA Drops Study on Fracking and Water Contamination as New Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination
Last week, the EPA kicked the can down the road on a key study designated to examine the connection between fracking and groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. This, as a new study by Duke University found that ethane concentrations in water were 23 times higher in homes within a kilometer of a shale gas well.
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Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US
In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards, the suburbs are becoming poorer.
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Eminent Domain's Great Farmland Heist

Eminent Domain's Great Farmland Heist
From Texas to Pennsylvania to Michigan, energy companies (including foreign corporations) are outright stealing land from American citizens who refuse to give up their property. Who will stand tall for land owners? How can Americans allow this practice of greed continue?
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