PA pols use State Of The Union speech to take shots at each other

PA pols use State Of The Union speech to take shots at each other

An opposition reaction to the president’s State of the Union speech isn’t new, and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) largely came through with one for her party last night. But moreso than ever, politicians have provided their Twitter followers, email subscribers, and, really, anyone in the general vicinity of their person, with an additional partisan...

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Q&A: ‘Occupy Sandy’ organizer says Chris Christie should be impeached

Q&A: ‘Occupy Sandy’ organizer says Chris Christie should be impeached

Photo: Tara Murtha “Where FEMA fell short,” wrote the New York Times in November 2012, “Occupy Sandy was there.” In the wake of Hurricane Sandy devastating the New Jersey shore in fall 2012, a group of organizers—many of whom were once part of Occupy encampments in various northeast cities—made it their mission to help clean up the devastation on...

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Blackwater Founder to meet protests at Friday Free Library event

Blackwater Founder to meet protests at Friday Free Library event

Blackwater has largely become synonymous with everything wrong with U.S. foreign policy. They’re a private army who’ve won over $1 billion in no-bid contracts from the United States; they’ve been linked to the alleged killing of unarmed civilians in the War on Terror; and the group’s founder, Erik Prince, openly stated the Geneva Conventions did not...

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Does Occupy Philly have a case against city over 2011 arrests?

Does Occupy Philly have a case against city over 2011 arrests?

Twenty-six members of Occupy Philly arrested two years ago after their eviction from Dilworth Plaza are suing the city. They’re claiming their First Amendment Rights to free speech were violated when the city arrested them early on the morning of November 30th, 2011. The evidence? All 26 protesters were later acquitted for charges of blocking a highway, failure...

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Amidst new dire polling, Gov. Corbett attacks Rep. Schwartz and Obamacare

Amidst new dire polling, Gov. Corbett attacks Rep. Schwartz and Obamacare

You know what they say: When the going gets tough, attack your potential opponent. This morning, Franklin and Marshall released a poll showing Pennsylvania governor’s Tom Corbett’s poll numbers numbers stuck in a rut. Just one in five voters thinks he is doing a good or excellent job  and an entire 67 percent of Pennsylvanians think it’s time for...

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Philly protesters rally for Trayvon Martin, call for end to ‘Castle Doctrine’

Philly protesters rally for Trayvon Martin, call for end to ‘Castle Doctrine’

There was an outpouring of civil disobedience on Saturday night in Philadelphia after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Occupy Philadelphia announced the demonstrations on their Facebook page shortly after the trial. “Two events are being organized in response to the verdict of the Zimmerman trial and to memorialize...

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Philly protesters amongst those occupying Capitol for Medicaid expansion

Philly protesters amongst those occupying Capitol for Medicaid expansion

Adding to the insanity that is budget week in Harrisburg, protesters from at least seven cities all over Pennsylvania have descended upon the Capitol to push for an expansion of Medicaid, as outlined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And they say they’re not leaving until something is done to open the low-income government health care for those...

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The IRS scandal is dead—long live the IRS scandal!

Almost every conservative columnist who spent the last month writing the obviously-false narrative that conservative nonprofit groups were specifically targeted and scrutinized by the Internal Revenue Service (for the most nefarious of reasons) was just proven wrong. The Associated Press reported today that an obtained IRS document showed that in addition to...

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The DeCoatsworth story: a man’s descent or a system’s failure?

Richard DeCoatsworth, a 27-year-old Philadelphia ex-police officer once called a hero after surviving a bullet to the face during a routine traffic stop, was arrested this weekend on suspicion of drugging and raping two women he held captive at gunpoint. His bail is set at $60 million. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, a second current case against DeCoatsworth...

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Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Thousands of students poured off SEPTA buses and emerged from the Spring Garden stop on the Broad Street Line today to rally at the School District Building in Philadelphia. They were there to protest the ongoing school district budget cuts and to put pressure on both the Philadelphia government and the state government to fund the $300 million funding gap looming...

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