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86,900 to lose unemployment benefits in PA

86,900 to lose unemployment benefits in PA

Congress has until Dec. 28th to pass an extension to unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed—and things are not looking up. Maybe you heard about the grand bargain budget deal that’s being pushed through Congress right now. That proposal, which the White House favors, would soften the sequester cuts to federal agencies by allowing them to spend...

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370,000 PA students affected by student loan rate double

Interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans doubled on July 1st, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, after the U.S. Congress failed to act on legislation which would’ve kept it at the original rate. The increase will cost the average student about $2,600 per year, according to the Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. There’s pressure to undo the...

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Congress may pass LGBT non-discrimination law before Pennsylvania

Congress may pass LGBT non-discrimination law before Pennsylvania

The U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee have scheduled a vote for the federal Employment Non-discrimination Act next week. If passed, it would end employment discrimination by “civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees” everywhere in the United States, based on sexual identity and orientation. The bill, which...

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Pennsylvanians and Americans Voted For a Democratic U.S. House—So Why Do Republicans Still Hold Huge Majorities?

Pennsylvanians and Americans Voted For a Democratic U.S. House—So Why Do Republicans Still Hold Huge Majorities?

Pennsylvania in 2012, Source: Think Progress In spite of misleading polls released before the election which showed the race close or even tied, President Obama easily won the state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. The same cannot be said, however, of the commonwealth’s Democratic Congresspeople. Democrats will hold only five of the state’s 18 congressional...

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DAILY GRINDER: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Off Philly TV

DAILY GRINDER: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Off Philly TV

They send this in their emails. The national Democratic Party—specifically, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or as I like to call them, “D-Trip,” are not going out of their way to help their candidates in the Philadelphia area with TV ads, which is why it’s basically only Tom Smith for Senate and Americans for Prosperity (against...

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How the EPA Is Creating a Political Firestorm in Philly and Pennsylvania

How the EPA Is Creating a Political Firestorm in Philly and Pennsylvania

As Mayor Michael Nutter’s national star continues to rise, Philadelphia is being touted as an extraordinarily ‘Green’ city by a federal agency that’s quickly become the most polarizing under President Barack Obama: The Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA just designated Philadelphia a “Green Power Community.” They note we’re the largest city...

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‘Occupy’ Candidate Nathan Kleinman Withdraws from Ballot

Nathan Kleinman, a member of Occupy Philly and congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th District, faced perhaps the largest hurdle in his run against Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz this morning. Schwartz recently challenged Kleinman’s 1,500+ signatures to get on the ballot and a hearing was held today to hear Kleinman’s motion to dismiss the...

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First ‘Occupy Candidate’ Comes from Occupy Philly

Politico is reporting right now that 29-year-old Occupy Philadelphia member Nathan Kleinman will be the first member of the Occupy movement to run for Congress this fall, against Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s 13th District — the Philly suburbs and parts of the Northeast. Via Politico: Kleinman, who refers to himself...

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Wikipedia to go Dark Tomorrow Over SOPA and PIPA

There’s a bill working its way through Congress that has the potential to ruin the Internet as you know it. Maybe. It’s called the Stop Online Piracy Act, and it will ruin everything you ever knew—and loved—about Internet memes. And video. And embedding stuff. Basically, it could change everything that makes the Web a great place to waste a few minutes,...

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Raising Money on Republican Redistricting

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Raising Money on Republican Redistricting

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is using the recently-redrawn congressional maps to raise money—no surprise there. In a recent email sent out to supporters, Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the PA Dems, says there’s a “silver lining” to the recent change in boundaries. “[T]he lines of the district wind all over the state and split up...

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