DAILY GRINDER: Ed Rendell Urges More Fracking—In New York!

rendell1Former Governor Ed Rendell is attempting to peer-pressure New York Governor Andrew Cuomo into overturning that state’s fracking ban—because “it’s a good thing to do.” That’s at least what he’s telling the New York Post, which, unsurprisingly, has published a pretty not-so-flattering picture of the former guv, because that’s their thing (not the picture to the right). The Post also talks to Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger, who seems to agree, noting it’s “stunningly hypocritical” for New York to buy natural gas from other states (which is what it does now) instead of drilling for its own.

The parents of former Penn student Matt Crozier will receive a $3 million settlement from former campus fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma. Crozier fell to his death while intoxicated at a frat party in 2010, even though the frat—known, apparently, as “The Skulls”—had adopted an alcohol-free policy.

Let’s see, how many ways
has the city of Philadelphia attempted to get tax deadbeats to pay up? While you’re trying to figure that one out, look at this new one: Lowering the interest rates and penalties in hopes they’ll be all, “Pay up while the market is down.”

Teenage unemployment
in Pennsylvania hit 39 percent in Pennsylvania in 2011. The national average was 26 percent. I was a teenage deli worker.

Senator Bob Casey wants
to extend payroll tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year. Which means, according to tradition, the U.S. will not see a payroll tax cut extension in its future.

And here’s something: Senator Pat Toomey said he’s willing to raise taxes if the Democrats are willing to cut spending! It would be a similar bill to the one he introduced, but which ultimately failed, in the “super committee” last year. In case you haven’t heard, Republicans are not too keen on raising taxes — they haven’t done so since 1990!

G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young have a new column out on both why Gov. Tom Corbett “can’t win” in 2014—and why he “can’t lose.” To partly sum it up (but come on people, it’s worth the full read), it’s like this: Gov. Corbett is unpopular, has some controversial decisions to make (and considering his tax oath, they will be the unpopular ones) and has few political skills to speak of. On the other hand, Pennsylvania’s incumbent governors usually win. And just imagine if the Democrats put someone boring up there, again.

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