Wolf’s veto, opposing mandates leave Pennsylvania without budget

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday steamrolled through liquor privatization, public pension reform and a state budget without a tax increase.
They were doing what the people elected them to do, they said.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, squashed the conservative celebration not long after, announcing he will veto the entire […]

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Christie promises to ‘tell it like it is,’ but hides truth in New Jersey

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Chris Christie declared his candidacy for president Tuesday, promising America that he would “tell it like it is.” But his track record in New Jersey shows the governor has often gone to great lengths to hide the truth from taxpayers.

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Pennsylvania budget battle poses taxing questions

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Republican lawmakers spent the weekend advancing a $30.1 billion budget plan that holds the line on taxes, but it faces a near-certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Christie challenges court order to release public record

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a bizarre appeal, Gov. Chris Christie is challenging a court order for his office to release a high-tech media list, assembled at taxpayers’ expense, as a public record.

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Outside mailers show political side of Pennsylvania budget time

By   /  June 11, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

POLITICAL POSTCARD: Several Republican lawmakers have been the target of a mailer critical of their opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf's tax plan.

As much as the June budget scramble is about the nitty-gritty of governing, it’s a time ripe for politicking. At least a handful of Republican state lawmakers recently received a reminder of that reality, as a nonprofit tied to the Democratic Governors Association targeted them after last week’s House vote on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan.

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Watchdog Podcast: At the Races — Lindsey Graham, dystopian fiction and the most insane tax increases of Martin O’Malley

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Podcast, Politics, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


A look at two of the worst candidates in the ever-growing presidential field: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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