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Say what you will about the controversial Joe Conti of Doylestown, he sure knows how to land on his feet — this time with a nice now-he's-out and now-he-isn't deal with the state Liquor Control Board. In 2005, then-state Sen. Conti, R-Bucks, had a...
Just when things were looking up for state reforms aimed at rambunctious litigation, along comes a controversial new lawsuit, filed by one of the newest members of the Pennsylvania Legislature. State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna County, sworn into...
For years, there have been demands that Pennsylvania join the civilized world by privatizing its retail liquor operation. State stores are a vestige of the frenzy at the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, when it was felt that letting people choose for...
Before 1965, people in Alabama had to pass a literacy test before they could vote, and some questions were challenging. How many states had to ratify the U.S. Constitution for it to take effect? What limit does the Constitution impose of the size of...
Tim Potts landed a state job in 1972, fresh out of college, and spent 21 years in such jobs, 14 in the executive branch and seven as a staffer for the Pennsylvania Legislature. I first met him when he was working on the re-election of Gov. Milton Shapp...
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekGood Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. As of this writing, a mere 16 hours remain before an apocalypse that would have made the Mayans go "Hey, check out those guys" is set to befall this Great Republic of Ours. We're talking,......
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekGood Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. As is so often the case as we head into the weekend, we find ourselves behind schedule and severely under-caffeinated. Though it's refreshing to announce that it's not for the usual reasons -- which generally......
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekWhen The State House And Senate ... ... return to work on Monday to begin the eight-week-long push to approve a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the two chambers will have been on vacation for......
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekHot Off The Presses: From a press release: State Rep. Jennifer L. Mann, D-Lehigh, announced today that she will not seek reelection in 2012 for an eighth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Serving the people of my home......
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekPennsylvania Democrats ... ... are stepping up their pressure on House Speaker Sam Smith to call a special election to fill six vacant House seats, including one in the Lehigh Valley. On Friday, Philadelphia Mayor Mike Nutter, Lehigh County Executive........
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekIt's So On. We were sort of wondering how long it would take Pennsylvania to (forgive us) join the tit-for-tat battle over mandatory ultrasound examinations for women seeking abortions. The answer, apparently, is roughly a month. Yesterday, state Sen....
Culture MonsterA Pennsylvania judge has denied a bid to prevent the illustrious Barnes Foundation art collection from being moved from its longtime site in suburban Lower Merion to a new $150-million museum in downtown Philadelphia. The group opposing the move is vowing...
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