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Slow Response to Fracking Complaints Makes Problems Worse for Pennsylvania Residents

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Vera Scroggins

Now without a doubt, the physical mobility of Americans can be limited by corporations via the power of the state.

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Pennsylvania ID Law Places Undue Burden on Voters, Judge Rules in Striking It Down

Pennsylvania’s law requiring voters to show identification is unconstitutional, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley ruled Friday. Civil rights groups applauded the decision, but the implications for similar laws in other parts of the country may be limited. 

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Jailed Catholic Priest Catches a Break From Pennsylvania Court

On Thursday, a trio of Superior Court judges in Pennsylvania ordered the release of Monsignor William Lynn from the state prison where he has been serving time for his role in dealing with sex abuse claims against fellow Catholic clergy members.

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Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington state and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders.

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The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’

Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.

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Republicans Back Mourdock, Tina Fey Talks GOP and Rape, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Colin Powell offers his endorsement and yet another CEO tries to get his employees to vote for Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


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Former Sen. Arlen Specter Dead at 82

The veteran politician was first elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania in 1980. He spent 30 years in the upper house, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE



Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Women Give Obama a Huge Boost in Swing States

Women in Ohio prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney by a margin of 25 points, according to a new poll. In Pennsylvania, it’s 21 points and in Florida, another swing state, women gave the president a 19-point edge.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker: ‘Lazy’ People Should Not Vote

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the sponsor of a strict voter ID law in Pennsylvania that will disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters, is now saying the law will affect only the “lazy”—like the 47 percent of voters Mitt Romney was referring to in a recently leaked undercover video.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE


Shale-Shocked Citizens Fight Back

Western Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of commercial oil drilling. On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pa., and changed the course of history. Now, people there are busy trying to stop wells, and the increasingly pervasive drilling practice known as fracking.

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Campaigns Pause for 9/11, Zadroga Act Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings on the 11th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks, including what President Obama and Mitt Romney did to remember the day.

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Another Republican Makes an Abortion Gaffe, Krugman Takes On Christie, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including first day highlights of the Republican National Convention and Mark Sanford makes wedding plans.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Study Finds In-Person Voter Fraud Is Rare (Video)

An analysis of more than 2,000 alleged voter fraud cases over the last decade shows that the occurrence of such fraud is infinitesimal and that in-person voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent. But 37 state legislatures have enacted or are considering tough voter ID laws in the run-up to the 2012 election. Why?

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Pennsylvania Judge Refuses to Block Voter ID Law

Democracy in action? More like democracy inaction. A Pennsylvania judge said he would not halt a strict new voter identification law that critics say could effectively disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of the population and disproportionally affect the young, the elderly and the poor in the state’s urban areas.

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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

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Voter ID Laws Could Swing Election for Romney

President Mitt Romney? Although it might be unthinkable right now that the gaffe-prone GOP presidential candidate could win the election, Republicans have figured out a way to help make that a reality. Hint: It involves suppressing the rights of millions of Americans.

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Ron and Rand Crusade, Darker View for Pa. Voters, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s record-breaking month of fundraising and Stephen Colbert on what it means to be an American.

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Pennsylvania: The ‘State of Independence’ Becomes the ‘Oil State’

Susquehanna County has already been thoroughly fracked by gas mining operations. Dallas Township, one hour’s drive south, appears to be next.

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Working for Amazon Is No Bed of Roses

Heat exhaustion, lightheadedness, dehydration and other problems afflicted employees at Amazon’s warehouses around the United States this summer, where a steady supply of low-paid temporary workers keeps the packing and shipping lines fully staffed. (more)

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7 States Back DOJ in Opposing AT&T Merger

Attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have all come out in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile.

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Pennsylvania Monkeys With the Electoral Vote

Pennsylvania Republicans may have found a new way to gerrymander the 2012 presidential election in the GOP’s favor with a plan involving a shift in the rules that govern how votes are awarded in the electoral college. (more)

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE


Joe Sestak’s Witching Hour

If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O’Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey.

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Will Black Voters Respond to Obama’s Needs?

With African-Americans, the president’s appeal has been simple and direct: “I need you.” The response he gets from black voters may determine the outcome of some of November’s key races.

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Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

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A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

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Voters Reject Party-Switching Specter

Former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter’s plan to switch parties in order to avoid losing a primary battle didn’t exactly work out. Despite support from the president, Specter lost the Pennsylvania Democratic primary Tuesday.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

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Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

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‘Clean’ Energy and Poisoned Water

Natural gas companies have managed to convince Congress and the EPA that millions of gallons of toxic water left underground or collected in huge open pits pose no threat to watersheds, yet wells in 11 states have already been poisoned.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


Republicans on a Bridge to Nowhere

At this point, I’m almost ready to start rooting for the Republicans. No, not really. There’s no “mercy rule” in politics. And anyway, the increasingly bitter ideologues who control what’s left of the Grand Old Party are so bereft of new ideas—and so determined to obstruct rather than collaborate—that I could never wish them well.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


Specter Comes Full Circle

When Arlen Specter ran for Philadelphia district attorney in 1965, he proudly proclaimed himself a “Kennedy Democrat,” but said he was running as a Republican to take on what he saw as the corruption of the city’s then-legendary Democratic machine. Forty-four years later, Arlen Specter has come full circle.

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Senate Shake-Up: Specter Goes Blue

Arlen Specter was always too moderate for this crop of Republicans, but his surprise decision to become a Democrat has more to do with the likelihood of losing a GOP primary battle than ideological differences. Specter’s move should give the Democrats the 60 votes they need in the Senate, assuming Norm Coleman ever gives up the ghost In Minnesota.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Pro-Union Bill in Trouble

Sen. Arlen Specter gave the proposed Employee Free Choice Act the shaft Tuesday, severely wounding legislation that would make forming unions significantly easier. Labor leaders were depending on support from moderates such as Specter, but, facing a primary challenge, the Pennsylvania Republican chickened out.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


Jailing Kids for Cash

As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


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No Senate Run for Matthews

The U.S. Senate is safe from “Hardball” host Chris Matthews—at least for now. Matthews will stay put on the media-specific side of the political arena instead of making a bid for a Senate seat in his home state of Pennsylvania, as suggested by the recent scuttlebutt about him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Those Other Elections

A month after Barack Obama’s triumphant victory, we are still celebrating America’s only authentic national religion, and it isn’t Christianity—it’s presidentialism.

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Did Obama Trick McCain?

If John McCain’s strategy on the ground in Pennsylvania worked, why didn’t he win the state? The Political Wire reports that it’s possible the Obama campaign tricked McCain into wasting his limited resources in a state that was never actually in play.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Yes He Did

“We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

—President elect Barack Obama

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Robocalls Confuse Voters

Calls have been going out in Virginia and Pennsylvania, telling people to vote tomorrow, on Nov. 5, according to Jonah Goldman, director of Election Protection at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Goldman says he doesn’t know who’s responsible, but similar misleading messages are being distributed via e-mail, FaceBook and fliers, often targeting young and minority voters.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Doubles Down on Pennsylvania

The McCain campaign is definitely counting on an upset in Pennsylvania. With the clock running out, the GOP nominee and his running mate will spend much of their remaining campaign days in the Keystone State. McCain said Sunday that the polls are inflating his rival’s lead.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE



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Bill Boyarsky on Election ‘08 and the Real America

Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig’s political reporter weighs in on the week’s news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Going Poll Crazy

Some polls show Barack Obama with a double-digit lead while others have John McCain even or ahead. Take Pennsylvania, where Obama and McCain are waging much tougher campaigns than one would expect in light of an 11-point average margin. That’s because their internal polls show a much closer race. So how do you make sense of it all? The short answer is: You can’t.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Should Obama Be Worried About Pennsylvania?

Real Clear Politics has Barack Obama leading in Pennsylvania by an average of 11 points, so why is John McCain betting on an upset there, of all swing states? It seems that Gov. Ed Rendell is among the Democrats who are nervous: He has asked the Obama campaign to send its big guns back to the Keystone State.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin Delivers the Votes ... to Obama

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank found many former Hillary Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania who had a hard time switching to Barack Obama—until Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket. One Gail Silverberg captures the sentiment: “Hockey moms and lipstick on a pig and six-packs? I don’t want that stuff.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


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