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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PA Makes Another List of the Most Corrupt States

June 3, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Dear Readers,  We try not to overwhelm you with too much news. In fact, there are many developments in the Bonus Scandal and the Luzerne County judicial scandal that we have put on hold out of respect for your in-box. So if you are interested in a particular issue we haven’t covered […]

PA 2010 Primary – Incumbency, Majority, Wings Without Prayers

May 19, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Democracy Rising PA The Power of Incumbency Yesterday’s election demonstrated once again the effect of incumbency on the choices voters have in elections. All results are from the state’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections & Legislation with 99% of the vote counted. Click here. PA House: There are 203 seats up for election […]

Taxes: Do Lawmakers Really Feel Your Pain?

April 15, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Democracy Rising PA Regular readers know that unlike other business travelers, our lawmakers do not have to submit receipts to collect a daily amount (a per diem) for their expenses. This allows most lawmakers to collect, in addition to their $80,000 salaries, $163 per day when they’re in the capitol, regardless of […]

DR News: Orie Sisters Charged

April 8, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Democracy Rising Pennsylvania Orie Sisters Charged Senate Republican Whip Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, and her sister Janine Orie, an aide to another sister Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, have been arraigned on charges of orchestrating illegal campaign work using tax-funded resources in the senator’s district office. The accusation covers election campaigns from […]

Some People, Some Say, Never Learn

April 8, 2010 by


DR News: By Tim Potts (Pennsylvania) Correction In our March 20 edition releasing per diems paid to House members in 2009, we incorrectly listed Sen. Robert Mensch, R-Bucks, as receiving about twice as much in per diems as he actually received. The correct figure, as nearly as we can tell, is $18,734. The source of […]

Can Corbett See the Forest for the Trees?

March 29, 2010 by


DR News By Tim Potts Referendum & Convention Update Here’s another reason for a Constitution convention: Clouding Up Sunshine Law, Editorial, Dubois Courier-Express, March 22 And here’s another candidate who has signed the petition for a referendum this fall: In the Lehigh Valley, Justin Simmons is opposing Rep. Karen Beyer in the Republican primary. Can […]

PA Referendum, Bonus Scandal, Integrity

March 18, 2010 by


Tim Potts DR News: First Senator Signs the Petition Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Allegheny, is the first state senator to sign the petition for a Constitution convention referendum this fall. He joins seven members of the House who already have signed: Rep. Barbara McIlvaine-Smith, D-Chester Rep. Bryan Lentz, D-Delaware Rep. John Bear, R- Lancaster Rep. RoseMarie […]

DR’s Tim Potts on PA Newsmakers This Week

March 13, 2010 by


This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features a discussion of higher education programs, focusing on the nation’s oldest black college with Cheyney University President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ivan Banks. Then, joining host Terry Madonna is Tim Potts, Co-Founder & President of Democracy Rising PA, with his take on […]

Referendum, Judges’ Budget, Indefensible

March 9, 2010 by


By Tim Potts More Support for the Referendum More (Pennsylvania) lawmakers and candidates have signed the petition for a referendum this fall, joining the 72% of voters who support a Constitution convention. The lawmakers (still no state senators) are: Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, who also is a candidate for lieutenant governor. Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe. […]

Referendum for a PA Constitution Convention

January 23, 2010 by


By Tim Potts Another compelling editorial: Reviving Reform, Bucks County Courier Times, Jan. 19. In truth…what to say when they say this: Opponents of a referendum on a Constitution convention raise a few common concerns. Here they are with some replies. We don’t need and shouldn’t have a convention. You’re entitled to your opinion, and […]

More Support for the Referendum in PA

January 18, 2010 by


At the urging of a DR member, Rep. Bryan Lentz, D-Delaware, became the second lawmaker to sign the petition. “I am not afraid of a convention and don’t think the average citizen should be either. What they should be afraid of is no convention because without it we are unlikely to get the major changes […]

Updates! Get Your Updates Here!

January 6, 2010 by


by Tim Potts, Co-founder Democracy Rising PA There’s so much going on that it’s hard to keep up with it all. Here’s our best shot. More Support for a Constitution Convention Another reason for a Convention, Editorial, DuBois Courier-Express, Oct. 4  A chance to reform state government, Editorial, Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Dec. 23 (subscription only) […]