Does Pa’s ballot access system help exclude independents from debates?

Does Pa’s ballot access system help exclude independents from debates?

Paul Glover got an email on January 23 telling him he still wasn’t registered for the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit — and to, you know, get on that. The summit, which took place February 28-March 1 in Harrisburg, promised numerous left-leaning speakers from all over Pennsylvania, and the country; as well as a gubernatorial primary debate and a Lt. governor’s...

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Q&A: Socialist Alternative member on fight for $15 minimum wage

Q&A: Socialist Alternative member on fight for $15 minimum wage

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion, members of the local Socialist Alternative group, along with the SEIU and Fight For 15, will descend upon 10th and Market Streets with a message: Philly’s workers deserve a working wage. Why? Because a large proportion of Philadelphia’s population don’t just work for the embarrassingly...

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Corbett eases ‘job search requirement’ in Medicaid plan

Perhaps to appease the far-right of his base, when Gov. Tom Corbett introduced his Medicaid expansion alternative plan last fall, he added one weird trick: A job search requirement. On Thursday, he backed off that part of his so-called Healthy PA plan, giving the alt-health care program a better chance of federal approval. The Medicaid expansion program is a...

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Port Richmond grocery store applies for beer license—yes, they can do that

Port Richmond grocery store applies for beer license—yes, they can do that

Image: Fishtown.us An orange Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board application sign appeared Wednesday on the window of the Thriftway in Port Richmond. It was then almost immediately noticed on the forum board of Fishtown.us, the users of which expressed both wonder and excitement. The short is this: The Thriftway grocery market in the “Port Richmond Village”...

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Senate REJECTS Mumia lawyer for Civil Rights position

Senate REJECTS Mumia lawyer for Civil Rights position

The U.S. Senate rejected former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Head Debo Adegbile for the U.S. Justice Department this morning. Adegbile is the controversial civil rights lawyer President Obama nominated to head that federal agency’s Civil Rights Division. His name has been the source of controversy as of late, being that he headed the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund...

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Northwest Philly activist faces uphill battle as Green Guv candidate

Northwest Philly activist faces uphill battle as Green Guv candidate

While the Democrats met in Harrisburg for the annual Progressive Summit this weekend, the Green Party met in State College where they nominated Paul Glover, the Northwest Philly activist and “social entrepreneur” we’ve been telling you about since the beginning of the year. Now, Glover will have to collect thousands of signatures to get on the ballot—and...

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Pa. Guv candidate opens up about eating squirrels

Pa. Guv candidate opens up about eating squirrels

Image via JoEllenLitz.com During an answer on the gun debate in Pennsylvania, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jo Ellen Litz, a commissioner from Lebanon County, said what may have been the unintentionally funniest and weirdest comment of the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit’s weekend. Mainly, that she used to indulge on squirrel. “I am pro-Second Amendment...

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Mumia’s lawyer faces mounting Pennsylvania opposition

Mumia’s lawyer faces mounting Pennsylvania opposition

Sen. Pat Toomey may be the only Pennsylvania politician to take to the Senate floor for a scathing anti-Mumia speech in the wake of Obama nominating the incarcerated murderer’s lawyer for his Justice Dept., but he’s far from the only local politician to vocally oppose Debo Adegbile for the federal department’s Civil Rights Division. In mid-February, Sen....

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POLL: Pennsylvanians support marriage equality by HUGE margin

POLL: Pennsylvanians support marriage equality by HUGE margin

As Republicans head into election season in the Keystone State, they’re going to have to face a growing reality: Pennsylvania voters are moving away from them—fast—on the marriage equality issue. The newest poll out today from Quinnipiac University shows by a margin of 57-37 percent, Pennsylvanians support allowing same-sex couples to marry. And when broken...

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Most Dem Guv candidates oppose Pa. ballot access

Most Dem Guv candidates oppose Pa. ballot access

Pa.'s Democratic gubernatorial candidates gathered at this weekend's Progressive Summit All Democratic gubernatorial candidates, except one, had a message this weekend for third party candidates who face objectively tougher obstacles to get on the ballot in Pennsylvania: Get bent. The candidates convened Friday evening at the Pennsylvania Progressive...

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