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Mayoral candidate vows to take back Philadelphia schools

September 23, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia attorney Ken Trujillo has big plans. He wants to become Philadelphia’s next mayor and disband the School Reform Commission. On Wednesday, Trujillo declared his candidacy and pledged to get rid of the SRC in … Read the rest

New poll finds Corbett still trailing Wolf heading into first debate

September 22, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As the hours tick down to Pennsylvania’s first gubernatorial debate, a new poll suggests perhaps Gov. Tom Corbett’s worst campaign enemy might be himself.

A new Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll of 429 … Read the rest

Week in review: Auditor takes on superintendent, Erie charter

September 19, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

After a long summer vacation that continued even after children returned to school and families held their Labor Day cookouts, state lawmakers finally returned to Harrisburg.

While pension reform and liquor privatization still haven’t happened, the … Read the rest

Charter school in uncharted territory, says audit

September 19, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org

PITTSBURGH — The School District of the City of Erie may decide as early as next month whether it will renew the charter for the Erie RISE Leadership Academy Charter School. The audit — and the district’s … Read the rest

Penn State clamps down on free-speech event because of table

September 19, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Jolie Stuart-Davis and other members of Penn State’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom spent Wednesday, Constitution Day, protesting university rules that name 12 locations as “areas suitable for expressive activity” — or free-speech … Read the rest

Week in Review: Privatization push returning with lawmakers

September 12, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

This week brought worry over the federal government’s plan to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered and a look at how much cleaning up a coal pile fire in Western Pennsylvania will cost taxpayers.

And … Read the rest

Leaders have little enthusiasm for lame-duck session

September 11, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week, but there’s not much time to address issues such as unfunded pension liabilities, the controversial issue of paycheck protection or sweeping overhauls to … Read the rest

‘Torture porn’ actor in Wolf’s ad fitting of nasty race for governor

September 10, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Tom Wolf, the York County businessman that polls suggest will be the next Pennsylvania governor, recently aired a campaign ad that featured an actor who played “Mr. Cannibal” in “Breeding Farm” — a disturbing … Read the rest

Week in review: Liquor laws scrutinized, charter school issue heads to high court

September 5, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

This week, we explained how Pennsylvania’s antiquated liquor laws can make a bootlegger out of everyday citizens and took a look at how just how much it would cost taxpayers to dig the state out of … Read the rest

Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

September 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

Truth in Accounting, an economic think … Read the rest

Week in review: Lawsuit targets civil forfeiture laws in Pennsylvania

August 29, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

This week, PA Independent took a look at how Philadelphia law enforcement officials have been using civil forfeiture laws to seize millions of dollars of cash and property — a system that has one family fighting for … Read the rest

Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

August 28, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he’s going to win a second term.

Actually, that … Read the rest

Harrisburg treasurer charged with theft

August 27, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For more than four decades, the Historic Harrisburg Association has been working to revitalize the state capital in the wake of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Agnes wrought in 1972.

Over the … Read the rest

Week in Review: Corbett aide resigns, property tax relief eyed

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

This week, a state lawmaker revealed a new plan for property tax relief, but — no surprise, here — it’s probably going to face an uphill battle to become law.

Elsewhere around the state, the Ron Tomalis “ghost … Read the rest

House arrest for Philly cop who dangled man from 18th story balcony

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Three Philadelphia narcotics cops who were charged with a variety of federal crimes committed while on-duty were released and confined to house arrest this week as they await trial.

Among them is Linwood Norman, … Read the rest

As companies flee U.S. taxes, RATE Coalition pushes reform

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Walgreen’s drew protests this summer as the nation’s largest drug store chain mulled whether to move its headquarters overseas to avoid paying billions in corporate taxes.

The practice is known as inversion … Read the rest

‘Ghost employee:’ Corbett aide Tomalis to resign amid allegations

August 13, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Ron Tomalis will resign from a job he may not have been doing in the first place.

Tomalis is a former state secretary of education who has worked as an aide in the Corbett … Read the rest

Week in review: Corbett gets boost in poll, but troubles remain

August 8, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

Gov. Tom Corbett hasn’t had a great August, with Democratic nominee Tom Wolf’s campaign pounding him with criticisms about a high-paid adviser who has come under scrutiny and a report that the governor met with campaign … Read the rest

Poll finds Corbett still behind, but gaining ground on Wolf

August 6, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is closing the gap on Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

While previous polls had Wolf leading the embattled Republican incumbent by 20 points … Read the rest

Week in Review: Governor’s race heats up summer months

August 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

The political fight between Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, York County businessman Tom Wolf, has pepped up the normally sleepy summer months.

That was no more evident than this week, as Corbett tried to … Read the rest