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BY STATE SEN. CHRISTINE M. TARTAGLIONE/ Ebenezer Scrooge is ashamed of Pennsylvania. He’s ashamed of this Governor and some leading Republican lawmakers who lack the Christmas spirit and continue to refuse to increase our minimum wage. While many of us are planning at least an average holiday in terms of volume of gifts and size […]

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Momentous reforms in health care are commanding the attention of the entire nation. By an odd coincidence, they shed light on another proposed “reform” that keeps popping up in Pennsylvania: cutting the size of our General Assembly. A bill introduced by House Speaker Sam Smith passed the State House this week and was sent to […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: True Inclusion Needed For Philly Casino

by Bennett P. Lomax, board member PHL Local Gaming, LLC Following the recent passing of my father, Walter P. Lomax, Jr., MD, my mother, siblings and I, who comprise the ownership of The Lomax Cos., have proudly reaffirmed our family’s commitment to its 12.3% equity position in PHL Local Gaming. As had been announced in […]

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    It’s obvious the Philadelphia Daily News editorial department doesn’t do its homework, otherwise it would not have tried to hype its readers into believing on its Tuesday front page story “Oil Rolling Through Philly, a Quebec-Like Roll Calamity Is Possible”.   This attempt to rally popular support to bar oil shipments rolling the […]

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    BY STATE REP. RON WATERS/ The 127-page transportation bill has been signed by the Governor. This undoubtedly means the resuscitation of controversial statewide debates such as pension reform, liquor privatization and — as recent rumblings suggests — lottery privatization.   Former Gov. Ed Rendell and Gov. Tom Corbett have reengaged in talks to […]

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BY JOSEPH DeFELICE/“There you go again.” Council President Darrell Clarke just came out advocating for trying to solve the School District funding problem by raising taxes, again, and performing accounting tricks, again. Not surprisingly, he essentially presented the same failed playbook that Democrats have used for generations and that made Philadelphia the poorest big city […]

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BY BRETT MANDEL/ Philadelphia is more than a year from its next mayoral election, but discussions about the city’s next Mayor and the legacy of the current Mayor are already well underway. With a little perspective, it is clear Philadelphia will little note nor long remember the struggle for power that will consume our civic […]

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As we went to press and began delivering this paper all across the city, the State Senate was deliberating the final passage of a transportation bill that took three votes in the State House to pass, and then with an amendment. Hence, the need for the state’s Senators to deliberate its future, which we understand, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Corrections Secretary Busted – By An Inmate

 TO: Mr. Secretary John Wetzel, Penna. Secretary of Correction FROM: Inmate Dante Overby, SCI Rockview I saw your testimony about reducing the federal prison population on C-SPAN 2 and it appeared to me you were out of touch with reality. You testified Pennsylvania has “closed two prisons.” Reality is, those prisons were closed for repairs; […]

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Only In America!

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Only In America In China, the Communist government puts its highest officials in jail when accused of wrongdoing. In Russia, allegedly wrongdoing capitalists have found themselves behind bars in Siberia. In the United States, firms caught finagling billions from consumers get fined millions of dollars by the federal government. But no one is found responsible […]

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