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Death Doc Kermit Gosnell’s Silent Co-Conspirators

April 23, 2013 by


by Michelle Malkin Planned Parenthood now says it’s “appalled” by the Philadelphia house of horrors run by accused serial baby-killer and pregnant-mom murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Bull. The appalling inaction of the nation’s largest abortion provider, along with countless other clinics and “pro-choice” groups in the know, speaks far louder than their belatedly self-serving words. […]

Happy New Year! Save $1 million a day!

August 30, 2012 by


Democracy Rising Pennsylvania ~ On September 1, it will be 122 days until New Year’s Day. At last report, the General Assembly continues to sit on a surplus of $122 million, and they gave none of it back to taxpayers for this year’s budget. Last year, they gave back $62 million of their $184 million […]

Democracy Rising PA – July 2012

July 10, 2012 by


Today Rock the Capital and Democracy Rising PA are sending to all candidates for the General Assembly the 2012 Public Integrity Questionnaire.  Based on the Public Integrity Poll  DR members made possible with their donations last fall, the questions seek the reasons why candidates support or oppose changes that a majority – sometimes a huge […]

Shhh!…. The Secrecy Edition

December 12, 2011 by


First some fun Where do you stand politically? Thanks to Daniel Hodorawis at NEPArtisan, a political blog in Northeastern PA, you can find out with a simple quiz on the web site of the Pew Research Center for People & the Press. The quiz asks you to choose between different statements, which turn into an […]

Democracy Rising PA – The December Pay Rise Edition

December 2, 2011 by


Today’s the day lawmakers get yet another automatic pay raise of 3%, thanks to the 1995 law that was supposed to be the pay raise to end all pay raises. Until the doomed Pay Raise of 2005. And until the next time they think they can get away with another really atrocious raise. Not that […]

Whose Government Is It? The Real Representatives – Part 3

October 15, 2011 by


Voters are conflicted. From issue to issue, most aren’t clear about who more accurately reflects their views. Is it: Republicans? Democrats? Independents? Union households? There are several ways in which Republicans and Democrats differ. But there is one way in which they are alike: On the whole, neither represents what the majority of PA citizens […]

Pennsylvania Government – Fall Topics

October 7, 2011 by


One of the most important issues up for debate this fall is whether to create a new program of school vouchers. The vouchers would allow parents who choose to send their children to private and religious schools to receive a taxpayer subsidy. Estimates of the cost and the number of students affected are not settled […]

One Nation, One Election, One Set of Rules

September 21, 2011 by


Approaching the year of a national election, Senate Republicans and Gov. Tom Corbett are promoting an idea to change how PA’s electoral votes will be allocated. Click here  for more about the history of the Electoral College on the National Archives web site. Currently, PA and 47 other states allocate all of their electoral votes […]

A Message from DR Co-founder Tim Potts

July 13, 2011 by


By Tim Potts, Co-founder of Democracy Rising PA When lawmakers return in September (as if there aren’t problems to solve during the summer), we may see action on the proposed Public Integrity Commission. This strengthening of law enforcement with regard to honesty and ethics in government is the best legislation of its kind introduced since […]

Get Your Talking Points Here!

July 11, 2011 by


The (Pennsylvania) state budget is negotiated in secret and put to a vote before rank-and-file lawmakers know what’s in it. To keep lawmakers from looking like fools, and to put the politically correct spin on things, legislative leaders often provide “talking points” for their members. This year, for the first time, DR was able to […]

Statute of Limitations Nears for Bonus Scandal

July 8, 2011 by


Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Pay Raise of 2005, which spawned the Bonus Scandal of 2006 as (Pennsylvania) legislative leaders illegally awarded tax-funded bonuses for staffers who did illegal campaign work, also at public expense. Rock the Capital’s Eric Epstein and DR’s Tim Potts held a news conference this morning where Epstein released […]

PA Legislature’s New Budget

June 28, 2011 by


Think of the Emperor’s new clothes, and you’ll have an idea of what’s coming below. Click here  for the current spreadsheet for the state budget as negotiated among House and Senate Republicans. Democrats were not part of the negotiations. The legislature’s budget begins on page 14. Altogether, it will cost taxpayers $1,221,180 per work day […]

Gov. Corbett WAMs PA Again

March 15, 2011 by


By Tim Potts of Democracy Rising PA As he allowed 42,000 working poor citizens to lose their AdultBasic health insurance for want of $54 million, Gov. Tom Corbett quietly approved $48 million in WAMs (walking around money) for lawmakers’ pet projects. He also did not ask lawmakers to give up any of their $188.5 million […]

Budget Pain – Not for Lawmakers or Corbett Staff

March 4, 2011 by


By Tim Potts DR News: Budget Pain: Not for Lawmakers, Corbett Staff On the day that 42,000 working poor in PA lost their health insurance because Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers couldn’t find money to pay for the Adult Basic health insurance program, a Pittsburgh TV station revealed that lawmakers have their own private doctor for […]

March 1st Press Conference in Harrisburg Introducing State Immigration Enforcement Package

February 28, 2011 by


March 1st Press Conference Introducing State Immigration Enforcement Package Although this is not a NumbersUSA event,  information is being forwarded to members in Pennsylvania who may be  interested in attending or watching the live web cast. Dear Pennsylvania activist, The message below is from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a champion of  state immigration enforcement legislation, who […]

Rendell Plays Santa One Last Time

January 13, 2011 by


By Tim Potts We’re hours away from a brief vacation, but before leaving we had to share this. Months after citizens should have been able to know how their government proposed to spend their money, Gov. Ed Rendell has released a list of projects he has approved just days before leaving office. Citizens will pay […]

What a Difference a Day Makes

January 6, 2011 by


By Tim Potts The PA House of Representatives this week showed a bipartisan attitude toward improving public integrity for the first time since the Pay Raise of 2005. While neither party can claim to advocate the highest standards of public integrity in America for PA citizens, House Republican leaders since 2009 have put forward ideas […]

About-Face: PA House to Convene on Monday

November 11, 2010 by


By Tim Potts – Democracy Rising PA Soon after publication of yesterday’s DR News, House Speaker Keith McCall, D-Carbon, announced that the House will come back into session on Monday the 15th. Representatives will consider legislation that has already passed the Senate and cannot be amended by the House. Here’s a story from this morning’s […]

RACP – Risks Assigned to Citizens’ Pockets, Part 1

October 28, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Democracy Rising PA A premise of capitalism is that when people put up their own money for a venture, they reap the rewards of success and suffer the consequences of failure. When private entrepreneurs need to borrow money for their ventures, they go to private lenders. A premise of government is that […]

PA Senate Fast-Tracks Attack On Our Right To Know

October 2, 2010 by


By Tim Potts This week the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1469 , sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester. Normally, such bi-partisanship could be worth celebrating. But not this time. This time, senators are united in their desire to limit even further what citizens can learn about their government and how it spends their […]

Updates on Integrity Questionnaire, Investigations

August 21, 2010 by


DR News:  By Tim Potts Integrity Questionnaire Update We have received a lot of email about this year’s Integrity Questionnaire and the lack of response by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett. All we can tell you is that the Corbett campaign continues to say they will respond. Democracy Rising PA and Rock the Capital sent […]

UNBELIEVABLE Censorship!!!

August 8, 2010 by


Sign our petition and join the rising national opposition to the “Ground Zero Mosque” We don’t normally send you emails on Saturday, but this late Friday afternoon news couldn’t wait until Monday. We do not have the words to respond to this outrageous act of politically correct government censorship. Friday, August 06, 2010 SIOA […]

Budget Brief: New Department of State Government Planned Today

July 2, 2010 by


By Tim Potts By the end of today, the General Assembly may approve a new department of state government for the first time since the early years of the Ridge Administration. A new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is contained in House Bill 1186 , which is poised for a vote in the Senate […]

Accountability and Hypocrisy, Part 1

June 24, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Democracy Rising Pennsylvania Among the many problems with our lawmakers is their determination not to apply to themselves the accountability practices they impose on others. This is the first in a series of reports about this public hypocrisy. Senate Bill 104 It started as a simple step toward public integrity and cost […]


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