Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’
What Pornhub teaches us about Pennsylvanians and LGBT equality

What Pornhub teaches us about Pennsylvanians and LGBT equality

Last week, PW’s Randy LoBasso reported that 4.2 percent of Pennsylvania males who log onto Pornhub.com use it to watch gay (male) porn. I wondered: How many people does this actually represent? And how is the state responding to the increasingly obvious fact that a rising number of state residents identify as LGBT? According to the U.S. Census Bureau,...

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Tom Corbett: Highest gubernatorial salary in U.S.

Rock the Capital has some pretty unforgiving news out today. Mainly: Governor Tom Corbett is the highest paid governor in the United States! According to The Book of the States, 2013, Corbett’s salary is $187,256, which is more than $8,000 more than the next highest-paid governor: New York. Corbett, it should be known, did not take his cost-of-living increase...

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Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

SEPTA may be in a funding fight for its life, and if they lose, don’t say they didn’t go down swinging. The Authority recently commissioned a study to show the effect of access to regional rail on the prices of suburban houses. It’s pretty much a naked attempt to prove their worth to the southeastern part of the state outside the city, and it may be just...

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Let Them Eat Each Other: Tea Party group coming to take on moderate Republicans

Let Them Eat Each Other: Tea Party group coming to take on moderate Republicans

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) recently admitted to a group of donors that the ongoing government shutdown was necessary to appease Tea Party groups which may otherwise take on moderate Republicans in next year’s primary. “We have to do this because of the Tea Party. If we don’t, these guys are going to get primaried and they are going to lose their primary,”...

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Gov. Corbett and ex-environmental chief bought vacation homes in states with no fracking

Gov. Corbett and ex-environmental chief bought vacation homes in states with no fracking

By now, you may have heard that Gov. Tom Corbett failed to disclose an out-of-state vacation home on his annual financial disclosure form. That home was a $265,000 beachfront property in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. When the governor was called out on this, he told a story, then changed it. First, he claimed he didn’t list it because he was still in...

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Gay weddings spreading throughout Pennsylvania

Gay weddings spreading throughout Pennsylvania

Call it the summer of love. Since Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she’d recuse herself from an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the state with regard to marriage equality earlier this year, Pennsylvania registers of will, mayors and other state officials have taken the cue, deciding to conduct marriages on their own. It began with Montgomery...

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Why the health department is involved in Montgomery County marriage equality lawsuit

Pennsylvania may be the only northeastern state without gay marriages or civil unions, but that didn’t stop Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, who oversees granting marriage licenses in the suburban Pennsylvania County, from granting 34 marriage licenses to same-sex couples over the past two weeks. The party didn’t last long. On Tuesday,...

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The Kermit Gosnell Case: Verdicts

On the tenth day of deliberations, a jury of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s peers—including eight African-Americans—rejected the defense’s premise that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s case against Gosnell was a “racist, elitist prosecution.” At 2:45pm yesterday, Sheriff Jewell Williams walked into the courtroom donning a small sheriff’s star on his blazer...

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Grieving While Gay: There’s a Tax on That

Grieving While Gay: There’s a Tax on That

When Roxborough resident Jim Smith’s partner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last May, both knew there would be a series of legal and health hoops to jump through. But what followed was an insult-to-injury moment that’s only possible because of Pennsylvania’s stone-age laws. He did chemotherapy for a few months, but we did go to an attorney just to...

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Is Rick Santorum Pitting Social Conservatives Against the GOP Itself?

The national Republican Party may be looking to modernize itself, but former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum seems to have other ideas. “An alliance of political consultants and unprincipled politicians want to throw social conservatives like you and me out of the Republican Party,” he wrote by email to supporters of Patriot...

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