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  • PA Republican Rep. Tom Marino announces resignation; says he's taken job in private sector

    01/17/2019 12:13:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/17/2019 | By Andrew O'Reilly
    Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., announced his resignation on Thursday with the longtime lawmaker saying he was taking a job in the private sector. Marino, who was re-elected in November to a fifth term in the House, said that his last day in office will be Jan. 23. "Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation," Marino said in a statement. He added: "I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District...
  • Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) Announces Resignation

    01/17/2019 9:39:48 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    marino.house.gov ^ | 01/17/2019 | Press Release
    Rep. Marino said the following: “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation. I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people...
  • 14 states may target birthright citizenship

    01/04/2011 12:19:53 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 3, 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Arizona state politicians will introduce model legislation this week to encourage states to prevent children of illegal immigrants from being granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment. Lawmakers in at least 14 states have said they are committed to passing the legislation targeting birthright citizenship. Arizona's anti-illegal-immigrant bill, SB-1070, was also based on model legislation that could be easily copied by states, and at least seven states are likely to pass bills similar to the first Arizona immigration overhaul this year, according to one analysis by an immigrants rights group. Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce will unveil the bill Jan. 5...
  • Pa state police arrest 41 in nearly $1 million kickback scheme

    01/17/2019 10:55:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 17, 2019
    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police have arrested 41 people accused of stealing nearly $1 million from a Delaware County nonprofit through an overtime rigging and kickback scheme. Police said Wednesday four supervisors with the Elwyn Organization are facing felony theft charges. The supervisors have been identified as 40-year-old Tyloneous Wilson, 34-year-old Karriemah Williams, 36-year-old Lakiea Gay, and 28-year-old Terrance Chatman. Police say the supervisors would edit employees' time sheets to show overtime but not require them to work. The employees would then split the extra pay with supervisors in return.
  • Lower Salford residents, officials raise concerns with turnpike construction

    01/16/2019 11:12:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Souderton Independent ^ | November 26, 2018 | Bob Keeler
    LOWER SALFORD — There are times when Cassel Road should be closed down because of the mud on the road from the work to widen the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors member Phil Heilman said at the board's Nov. 21 morning work session. He drove on the road on a recent day, he said. "It was solid mud," he said. Heilman said he was driving behind another vehicle. "His car was chocolate, just like mine," Heilman said. "We gotta keep an eye on that." Police Chief Tom Medwid said officers are checking on...
  • I-95 construction should end by the time your grandkids are driving

    01/14/2019 11:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 21, 2018 | Jason Laughlin
    By the time the I-95 reconstruction is complete, you’ll probably be too old to have to worry about a commute. The same goes for the planners, engineers, managers, and laborers who for more than a decade have worked to rebuild the highway’s 51 miles in Pennsylvania from the ground up. Their careers at PennDot or with contractors will almost surely end before construction does. “I don’t know that I think about too much that I’m not going to be here,” said Elaine Elbich, PennDot’s portfolio manager for the I-95 project. Elbich plans with a span of decades in mind. From...
  • THE TAX THAT ATE PHILADELPHIA

    01/14/2019 4:37:28 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    The Philadelphia Citizen ^ | 01/04/2019 | BY LARRY PLATT
    ---snip--- The saga of Philadelphia’s soda tax war is about more than arcane tax policy, and it’s about more than who may be up and who may be down in this year’s mayoral election. It really gets to a big philosophical question: Just what does it mean to be progressive nowadays? Mayor Kenney and his allies speak the lingua franca of progressivism, but when what you hold up as your signature accomplishment is a tax, as opposed to the program it might fund, and when that leads to the expansion of a food desert in a city with the worst...
  • Bill would force Philly's 'stop-and-go' stores to remove bulletproof glass

    12/03/2017 6:40:14 PM PST · by BusterDog · 32 replies
    A Philadelphia city councilwoman is defending her controversial bill that would force certain businesses to remove bulletproof barriers separating cashiers and customers. Councilwoman Cindy Bass said in a statement her proposed legislation only affects stores applying for a "large establishment" license, or sit-down restaurants where food is served and there is seating and tables for 30 or more people. The goal is to crack down on so-called "stop-and-go" shops, or convenience stores that sell hot food and alcohol, many of which have become nuisances to neighborhoods with intoxicated and unruly customers, according to Bass and other lawmakers.
  • Council Bill Would Prohibit Bulletproof Glass at Convenience Stores [Philadelphia]

    12/03/2017 5:44:07 AM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | November 29, 2017 | Joe Trinacria
    Earlier this month, Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced a bill to better regulate the hundreds of “stop and go” convenience stores that operate predominantly in Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods. Among its stipulations, the controversial measure would prohibit any physical barrier that separates cashiers from customers at these so-called “nuisance” establishments – including protective bulletproof glass. According to Bass, these storefronts take advantage of the city’s lax restaurant liquor license provision while contributing to a variety of quality-of-life issues in low-income communities. Content to rely solely on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol, along with a bag of Doritos or two, many of...
  • Philadelphia’s Soda War

    01/14/2019 3:03:27 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | KYLE SMITH
    Philadelphia’s outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly. So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and “think of the children!” on one side, paid for with a punitive tax on poor people and destroyed businesses, which means destroyed jobs, which in turn means lives upended. What lives? Greedy capitalists with monocles, maybe? No, they’ll be fine. Think of ex-cons trying to regain their footing in society. To review this debacle, in 2017 Philadelphia, seeking to fund a universal pre-K program, slapped mammoth sin taxes on Coke and Pepsi (and...
  • PA Turnpike Reminds Travelers of 2019 Toll Increase

    01/10/2019 10:52:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike ^ | January 2, 2019 | Pennsylvania Turnpike News Release
    HARRISBURG, PA (JAN. 2, 2019) — The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today reminded customers that, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 6, tolls will reflect a six-percent increase for cash, E-ZPass and PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE users. The increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s dual funding obligation to improve its toll-road system and support mass-transit improvements across the Commonwealth. As a result, the most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase a dime for E-ZPass customers from $1.30 to $1.40 and 20 cents for cash customers from $2.10 to $2.30. The toll increase —...
  • California's new female board member mandate could be ripe for a constitutional challenge

    01/07/2019 8:10:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 1/7/2019 | Alexis Keenan
    A controversial new law in California, the first of its kind in the U.S., requires publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to include at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. But are quotas are the best way to bring women’s voices to the table? Legislators in New Jersey have already indicated they think so. Garden State lawmaker Nancy Pinkin (D-NJ) proposed a bill that would require women on state-based corporate boards. The measure has been sent to its first committee for hearing. Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania have also moved the needle...
  • Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax

    01/07/2019 8:55:11 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/19 | Timothy Cama
    Former GOP Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.) is signing on to work for a group pushing a business-backed proposal to fight climate change with a carbon tax. Costello, less than a week out of the House, announced Monday in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that he’s the new managing director of Americans for Carbon Dividends. The group is the advocacy affiliate of the Climate Leadership Council, pushing a plan by former GOP Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz to tax carbon dioxide emissions and return the money to individuals and families on a quarterly basis. “I understand the...
  • (2016) PHOTOS: DNC erects four-mile eight-foot tall fence around Philly convention site

    01/03/2019 5:45:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 7/24/16 | Kyle Olson
    To the Democratic National Committee elites, keeping average Americans away from their convention is a good idea, while protecting the southern border from intruding terrorists, rapists and murderers is a bad one. The DNC has erected a four-mile fence around its convention site at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. (Isn’t it ironic they’re doing so much to protect a site named after a bank?)
  • Every newborn in Pa. will get a college savings account and 12 other changes (Trunc.)

    01/02/2019 8:23:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    Penn Live ^ | January 1, 2019 | Jan Murphy
    The year ushers in some changes that will affect Pennsylvanians' lives beyond swapping out the wall calendar. Here are 12 of them. With the new year comes change -- and in Pennsylvania some of those changes will probably affect your life. Whether you're a state work, awaiting the birth of a child, drive a car or attend college, here are 13 changes you'll see in 2019. --snip-- Babies born in Pennsylvania or adopted by Pennsylvania residents, starting on Jan. 1, will automatically receive a college savings account that has a $100 deposited into it. The Keystone Scholars program is intended...
  • Firing of Several Black Coaches Puts N.F.L. Hiring Under Scrutiny (NYT alert)

    12/31/2018 8:55:08 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 124 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2018 | Bill Pennington and Ken Belson
    ... Four black coaches were fired Sunday or Monday, including the Jets’ Todd Bowles, who was let go shortly after his team’s final loss Sunday. The Jets had a 14-34 record in the last three seasons under Bowles. Marvin Lewis, who had been at the helm of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2003, was fired Monday. Though he had resurrected the moribund Bengals and took them to the playoffs multiple times, he never won a playoff game and this season was Cincinnati’s third consecutive one with a losing record. Also fired Monday was Denver Broncos Coach Vance Joseph, who had presided...
  • Wilkinsburg woman accused of starving 3 children (and she's grossly obese)

    12/23/2018 2:38:08 PM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | 12/23/2018 | Renatta Signorini
    A Wilkinsburg woman is accused of starving three children that had been in her care for seven months, according to Allegheny County police. Jennifer Stout, 35, was jailed Saturday on charges of aggravated assault, child endangerment and reckless endangerment. Authorities said in a criminal complaint that the three children — two girls, ages 12 and 9, and a 2-year-old boy — were taken toChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Thursday by their aunt. Family members told police that the children’s mother left them with Stout during the summer, according to the complaint. The aunt reported deplorable conditions at Stout’s Hunter...
  • Former Lehigh Student Allegedly Poisoned Black Roommate, Wrote Racist Message In Dorm Room

    12/20/2018 3:55:21 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12/20/18 at 5:17 PM | Benjamin Fearnow
    A former Lehigh University student from China who was already facing ethnic intimidation charges against a black dormitory roommate is now accused of attempted homicide by trying to slowly poison him.
  • WATCH: Former Marine Tackles Armed Suspect to Foil Robbery

    12/20/2018 3:23:20 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/20/2018 | Awr Hawkins
    A former Marine working as a bartender in Altoona, Pennsylvania, tackled an armed suspect Tuesday and foiled a robbery. Fox News reports that the incident occurred at Ajay’s Bar around 1:00 a.m. The first of two surveillance videos shows the former Marine calmly retrieving money from the cash register while the suspect has him at gunpoint. Seconds later, the former Marine is seen bum-rushing the suspect, driving the suspect to the floor, and wrestling for the gun:
  • Pittsburgh’s new gun bans should be a non-starter

    12/18/2018 5:46:25 PM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/17/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Assuming the Mayor of Pittsburgh gets his way, tomorrow the City Council will vote on enacting several new gun bans, all of which face immediate questions in terms of their legality. The new laws include a ban on various types of “assault weapons” including rifles, handguns and shotguns. There are also bans on a variety of firearms accessories and the introduction of a new “red flag” law. As our friend Jeff Duntez points out, even if they didn’t face significant Second Amendment issues, most of these laws aren’t permitted under existing state law.