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Democracy Raising PA


    Mon, December 17, 2012

    Democracy Rising Disbands


    DR Ends, but the Work Goes On.
    Friday morning, the board of directors of Democracy Rising PA voted to dissolve the organization at the end of this year.
    It was not an easy decision, but it ...

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    Wed, August 08, 2012

    Will Lame Ducks Quack?


    Well, no sooner did we tell you that the House and Senate both had agreed not to hold session after the election than House Speaker Sam Smith, Jefferson, breathed life into the old bird.

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    Thu, March 29, 2012

    Legislative Audit to be Released


    Four months behind schedule, but just in time for the expected legislative surplus to make up for revenue shortfalls, the Legislative Audit Advisory Committee (LAAC) will release the audit of the ...

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    Wed, March 07, 2012

    Democracy Rising Newsletter


    There's a lot going on in state government, especially in the realm of public integrity and elections. Here are some updates.
    Legislative Elections
    All House districts and half of the ...

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    Mon, February 06, 2012

    Democracy Rising: DeWeese Guilty


    DeWeese Guilty
    State Rep. and former House Speaker Bill DeWeese, D-Greene, has been found guilty of four counts of theft and one count of conspiracy to use public resources illegally. He was ...

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    Tue, December 20, 2011

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    House and Senate leaders promised citizens the most transparent redistricting process in history. If that is true about this year's experience, which is hard to imagine, that only speaks to how ...

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    Fri, December 02, 2011

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    Today's the day lawmakers get yet another automatic pay raise of 3%, thanks to the 1995 law that was supposed to be the pay raise to end all pay raises. Until the doomed Pay Raise of 2005. And until ...

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    Thu, July 07, 2011

    Statute of Limitations Nears for Bonus Scandal


    Statute of Limitations Nears for Bonus Scandal
    Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Pay Raise of 2005, which spawned the Bonus Scandal of 2006 as legislative leaders illegally awarded ...

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    Tue, June 28, 2011

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    The Legislature's New Budget
    Think of the Emperor's new clothes, and you'll have an idea of what's coming below.
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    Thu, April 07, 2011

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    More Good News - Public Integrity Commission Proposed
    It isn't often that we get to report good news from the Capitol, and never have we done it in two consecutive editions of DR News. There's a ...

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    Mon, March 14, 2011

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    Corbett WAMs PA Again

    As he allowed 42,000 working poor citizens to lose their AdultBasic health insurance for want of $54 million, Gov. Tom Corbett quietly ...

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    Thu, March 03, 2011

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    Budget Pain: Not for Lawmakers, Corbett Staff
    On the day that 42,000 working poor in PA lost their health insurance because Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers couldn't find money to pay for the ...

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    Wed, February 16, 2011

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    Wanted: U.S.A. for Education Vouchers

    As the state Senate begins to debate education vouchers, the discussion so far has centered on choices. The voucher program ...

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    Mon, January 31, 2011

    Turmoil in the House


    Lost from the news reports, YouTube videos and other accounts of the angry House Rules Committee meeting last Wednesday was the substance of the bills and amendments up for consideration. With this ...

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    Wed, January 26, 2011

    Corbett's Plan: This is Reform?


    Facing mounting criticism for appearing to brush off a campaign pledge to issue a "reform plan" his first week in office (a commercial said he would do it on "Day One"), Gov. Tom ...

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    Thu, January 06, 2011

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    What a difference a day makes.
    The PA House of Representatives this week showed a bipartisan attitude toward improving public integrity for the first time since the Pay Raise of 2005. While ...

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    Fri, December 31, 2010

    Out With the Old, In With the New


    In the General Assembly. Sometimes it's helpful to take a long view. Thanks mostly to voters, only one of the top legislative leaders who were responsible for the Pay Raise of 2005 remains in a ...

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    Wed, December 15, 2010

    DR Funding Update: The Lighter Side


    From time to time, we at DR are accused of being a bit too serious and sober. OK. More than "a bit." Luckily, some of our members knock off the edge with their notes of encouragement and ...

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    Thu, December 09, 2010

    $153 Million State Dollars for Sports?


    $153 million for sports? RACP Grants, Part II

    The decision by Auditor General Jack Wagner not to approve, at least for now, $1 billion in state borrowing has ...

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    Fri, December 03, 2010

    A Law Unto Themselves


    Just in time for next year's retention election for judges statewide, the leader of the state's judicial system, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, is providing evidence that our judiciary ...

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    Mon, November 29, 2010

    Secrecy is No Friend of Freedom


    What is the common element among all of the high-profile scandals of the past five years? Secrecy.

    The pay raise was negotiated among the leaders of all three ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    2010 Election Reflections


    PA 2010 Election Reflection
    First the numbers:

    Tuesday's election restored Republicans to the majority in the House and kept Republicans in the majority in the ...

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    Tue, October 19, 2010

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    Governor's Election: A Cure for Sound-Bite Fatigue

    Tired of the same old sound bites, attack ads and distortions? How about some new topics for the last two weeks, ...

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    Fri, October 01, 2010

    Senate Fast-Tracks Attack on Right-to-Know


    This week the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1469 , sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester. Normally, such bi-partisanship could be worth celebrating. But not ...

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    Thu, September 16, 2010

    Homeland Scrutiny


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    Homeland Scrutiny
    No one who knows how Harrisburg operates can be surprised that a private contractor with the state's Department ...

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    Mon, July 12, 2010

    WAMS Total $129 Million


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    WAMs go from "$0" to $129 Million

    In this time of fiscal distress when even Republicans ...

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    Tue, July 06, 2010

    Fifth Anniversary of Pay Raise Prompts Questions


    HARRISBURG (July 6) — Two groups advocating higher standards of integrity in state government today commemorated the 5th anniversary of the Pay Raise of 2005 by calling on gubernatorial ...

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    Wed, June 30, 2010

    Accountability ~Hypocrisy: State Budget


    Accountability ~Hypocrisy, Part 2 - Today's Budget

    Today the legislature is expected to suspend the rules and vote to approve a budget that makes deep cuts into ...

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    Thu, June 24, 2010

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    Accountability ~Hypocrisy, Part 1
    Among the many problems with our lawmakers is their determination not to apply to themselves the accountability practices they impose on others. This is the ...

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    Wed, June 02, 2010

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    Dear Readers,
    We try not to overwhelm you with too much news. In fact, there are many developments in the Bonus Scandal ...

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    Wed, May 19, 2010

    The Power of Incumbency


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    The Power of Incumbency

    Yesterday's election demonstrated once again the ...

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    Fri, April 30, 2010

    Lawmakers Get Special Tax Breaks


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    WNEP-TV Reports on Special Tax Break for Lawmakers
    Tonight, WNEP-TV in Scranton ran its investigative report about a special tax ...

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    Thu, April 15, 2010

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    Taxes: Do Lawmakers Really Feel Your Pain?

    Regular readers know that unlike other business ...

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    Mon, April 05, 2010

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    Correction
    In our March 20 edition releasing per diems paid to House members in 2009, we incorrectly listed Sen. Robert Mensch, ...

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    Mon, March 22, 2010

    More Legislators Endorse Con Con


    Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe, is the latest lawmaker to sign the petition for a Constitution convention referendum this fall. Also, here are more candidates who have signed the petition:

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    Thu, March 18, 2010

    First Senator Signs ConCon Petition


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    First Senator Signs the Petition
    Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Allegheny, is the first state senator to sign the petition for a Constitution ...

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    Tue, March 09, 2010

    Support Grows for Constitutional Convention Referendum


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    More Support for the Referendum

    More lawmakers and candidates have signed the ...

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    Tue, February 23, 2010

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    Let the People Speak

    Here are more voices calling for a referendum, a Constitution convention or ...

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    Fri, February 12, 2010

    It's Getting to Be Embarrassing


    It's Getting To Be Embarrassing.

    As Democracy Rising members forward lawmakers' responses about whether they support a referendum on a Constitution convention, some ...

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    Thu, February 04, 2010

    More Lawmakers Sign for Constitutional Convention


    At the request of constituents, two more lawmakers have signed the petition for a referendum on a Constitution convention. They are Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, R-Lebanon and Rep. John Bear, R-Lancaster. ...

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