Why Sen. Pat Toomey voted against more than 80,000 PA unemployed

Why Sen. Pat Toomey voted against more than 80,000 PA unemployed

Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons Some 86,900 Pennsylvanians lost unemployment insurance when federal emergency unemployment compensation ran out last week, but that didn’t stop U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) from voting against legislation that would have extended the program. After some obvious bickering and poo-pooing, the U.S. Senate voted 60-37 to extend...

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Weird Republican email hits local candidates on Obamacare–over and over again

Weird Republican email hits local candidates on Obamacare–over and over again

We’ll give the GOP this: They’re pretty consistent. But creativity has never been one of their strengths. And with the 2014 election coming up, if my inbox is any indication, it looks like the National Republican Campaign Committee’s fight will be both consistent and totally uncreative. Just look at this: Those candidates mentioned in my email...

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Craft beer brings $2 billion to PA economy

Craft beer brings $2 billion to PA economy

Pennsylvania’s growing craft beer industry is now the fourth largest in the country, bringing in $2 billion for the state’s economy in 2012, according to a national trade group. The Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association recently put out a report on craft brewing in the U.S., and found California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado have the...

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How marijuana and math could help a PA gov candidate win the primary

How marijuana and math could help a PA gov candidate win the primary

PA Gubernatorial candidate John Hanger speaks to a pro-marijuana rally Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is bragging—with good reason—about having raised $6.5 million so far in her campaign for Pennsylvania governor. She’s got the most money of any candidate in the Democratic field, by far, and has the most individual contributors, at over 8,000 from all 67...

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Here’s where to recycle your Christmas trees

Here’s where to recycle your Christmas trees

It’s that time of the year again: Time to avoid block-incinerating fires by getting rid of your Christmas tree, assuming you purchased one as part of your celebration of that holiday, and haven’t already disposed of it. If you want to be all green about getting rid of your tree, there are a number of spots around the city you can take it, where it’ll be...

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How Enroll America is connecting city restaurant workers with Obamacare

How Enroll America is connecting city restaurant workers with Obamacare

It’s a recent Wednesday afternoon, and Neil Rickett is hitting Center City bars, doing his best to steer clear of anything that could be deemed political. Rickett is a field organizer at Enroll America’s Pennsylvania chapter, a nonprofit group leading efforts to help Americans get enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A former bartender,...

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5 Pennsylvania Politics stories to watch in 2014

5 Pennsylvania Politics stories to watch in 2014

You’ve probably read several “Best of 2013” lists over the last few days. I hear Philadelphia Weekly even put out one of its own! But personally, I’m totally done with 2013. So, I’ve put together a list of Pennsylvania politics stories that I think we’re all going to be hearing a lot about over the next year—in part, because of how they developed...

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The trick marijuana activists used to avoid arrests this weekend

The trick marijuana activists used to avoid arrests this weekend

This weekend marked the 12th Smokedown Prohibition protest at Independence Mall, and the last of 2013. A gathering meant to bring attention to marijuana laws in Pennsylvania and the nation, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and activist troupe Panic Hour-hosted events have been going on monthly, for an entire...

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Catholic group calls overturned Lynn conviction “win for justice”—but is it?

Catholic group calls overturned Lynn conviction “win for justice”—but is it?

After serving 18 months in prison stemming from 2012 child endangerment charges, Philadelphia Msgr. William Lynn’s conviction was overturned last week. The conviction stemmed from his covering up other priests’ sexual abuse and supervising priest Edward Avery as Avery was sexually abusing an altar boy in the 90s. But the Pennsylvania Superior Court panel...

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Cheri Honkala’s computer reportedly confiscated by Customs

Cheri Honkala’s computer reportedly confiscated by Customs

According to the Green Party of Pennsylvania, Philly activist and former vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala had her laptop confiscated by customs agents and doesn’t expect to see it again. “I attended my son’s wedding and went through customs and my computer was ripped off in customs, I don’t have time to cry about it,” the Kensington...

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