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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

The Nightmare Began – Rhoades and Senavitis

January 2, 2010 by


From the blog of fightingback1: On the morning of Friday, October 17, 2008 Mr. Senavitis awoke excited knowing that on this evening him and his wife were going to go away alone for the first time in a very long time. Mr. Senavitis, making sure all the loss ends were tied up before they left, […]

The Opportunity of 2010

December 29, 2009 by


Opinion by Tim Potts, President Democracy Rising PA The revolutionary founders of this nation had an extraordinary opportunity, and they took it. True, they had the advantage of being separated from the object of their objections by an ocean. Yet that does explain why they recognized the opportunity to invent a new government of three […]

Tell Lawmakers That Integrity Is a Voting Issue

December 14, 2009 by


by Tim Potts, Co-founder of Democracy Rising PA Most lawmakers say, “We never hear from voters about integrity issues. People don’t care how we do our job, only whether we bring home the bacon.” Don’t believe them. Prove them wrong! People do care whether public officials waste our hard-earned tax money on junkets and trinkets […]

Breaking News! White House Appoints An “Or Else” Czar

November 23, 2009 by


President Obama has appointed more Czars Than the Romanov Empire ever had. Bigot Czar, Mad Scientist Czar, Animal Rights Czar, Communist Czar, along with a host of others. One appointment that flew under the radar was the picking of an “Or Else” Czar, as in you will do what you are told, or otherwise be […]

Conflict of Interest

November 13, 2009 by


By Tim Potts Did you ever have to make up your mind? Pick up on one and leave the other behind. It’s not often easy, and not often kind. Did you ever have to make up your mind? — The Lovin’ Spoonful [picapp src=”8/9/e/8/Shanksville_Commemorates_5Year_5bb0.jpg?adImageId=7427828&imageId=2949235″ width=”267″ height=”200″ /] Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett (L), General Tommy […]

Choosing Judges and Scoffing at Laws

November 5, 2009 by


Choosing Judges: Missing the Point By Tim Potts Long before the balloting began, many citizens and media concluded that merit selection of judges was the cure for the tawdry political “advertising” and more than $3 million spent on the Supreme Court contest. But that misses the point. [picapp src=”0184/19c1d08c-92f9-4ae8-a870-dfa092dacedf.jpg?adImageId=7123597&imageId=187577″ width=”234″ height=”174″ /] The point about […]

Forget Swine Flu, We Need A Vaccine For Liberalism

October 29, 2009 by


(Yesterday, we did an article taking liberals to task for taking credit for things that they didn’t deserve it for. Oh brother, did we start a firestorm. Yesterday turned out to be our second-highest traffic day ever, with a few of the liberal loonies leaving their usual idiotic comments. They will need Obamacare after they […]

Liberals Have Given So Much To America

October 26, 2009 by


Liberals have given a lot of things to America. And many people are starting to realize a lot of their contributions are things no one really wants. Maybe it was electing a man who is trying to keep his campaign promise of fundamentally changing America, maybe it is the attempted takeover of our country’s health care […]

Anger Alert: Priorities and WAMs

October 25, 2009 by


By Tim Potts If you think this year’s austerity budget was all about priorities, have a seat. If you think there are no WAMs in the budget, have a seat. [picapp src=”0253/bccab581-c2e0-4099-997d-d17f294108c0.jpg?adImageId=6533097&imageId=257412″ width=”234″ height=”166″ /] If you think spending at least $10 million for a minor league hockey rink in Allentown is more important than […]

BREAKING: PA Legislature Debating Mandatory Vaccination House Bill 492

October 17, 2009 by


Massachusetts recently sent a bill through their General Assembly to mandate vaccination “in the event of an emergency.” Even though most citizens were shocked, disgusted, and appelled at such violation of Constitutional rights, MA House adopted a somewhat lighter version of the bill than was unanimously accepted by their Senate. Cue Pennsylvania. In House Bill […]