June 8, 2016 |
Having gone nearly a year without a new contract, union faculty members at Pennsylvania's state universities are considering a possible strike this fall, a move that would be a first in the 107,000-student system's history. Ken Mash, president of the 14-university faculty union, said that if no progress was made over the summer, the union would seek a strike authorization vote in August or September. Such votes are typical during negotiations, and give union leadership authority to call a strike if necessary.
June 6, 2016 |
The state baseball playoffs begin Monday, with 15 area teams seeking to claim gold on June 17 at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. But before the players on the diamond take center stage, let's talk some football. Specifically, the top uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2017 from Southeastern Pennsylvania - and their college possibilities. Here's our top-10 list, which is based on current abilities and potential to exceed at the next level. 1. D'Andre Swift, St. Joseph's Prep, RB. A dynamic and versatile playmaker, the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder is seriously considering scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State.
June 4, 2016 |
Medical marijuana won't be available in Pennsylvania for at least two years, yet politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs are already scrambling to brand themselves as industry leaders and experts. The state's medical-marijuana law eventually will make pharmaceutical cannabis products available to residents who suffer from serious medical conditions. Eligible ailments include autism, cancer, epilepsy, and chronic pain. The details of the law still need to be hammered out. The stakes are high.
June 2, 2016
LAST WEEK, we suggested creating a bipartisan commission to mediate the ongoing fight between Gov. Wolfe and the Republican-controlled Legislature over state spending and taxes. The commission would be charged with studying the state's spending habits and tax policies and recommend sensible ways to bring in enough money to sustain government operations and meet the mandates for subsidizing local governments and public schools. Our argument was that, without a third party to call a timeout on the partisan war, the Legislature and the governor will remain at loggerheads.
May 24, 2016
Think Pennsylvania taxes should be fairer, more sensible? Think every sector of the economy should be taxed equally? Think our CNI (corporate net income) tax rate, the nation's second highest, has anything to do with a job-growth ranking of 41st among the states? Well, a new book, Pennsylvania Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxes & the Economy , dips into the complex stew of state tax structure and suggests ours could use some stirring. The gist? Our evolution over 50 years from a goods-based economy to a service economy hasn't been matched by our tax system, which pretty much stayed the same.
May 17, 2016 |
BECAUSE IT never ends and no longer surprises, another round of charges and a criminal plea involving Pennsylvania public figures pretty much gets a shrug. It shouldn't, but for citizens outside the circles of politics it does. For them, two more names - Larry Farnese, John Estey - are but interchangeable stickmen in games long seen as shady. Last week, connected Philly lawyer Estey, former top aide to Gov. Rendell, pleaded guilty after pocketing $13,000 during an elaborate sting designed to catch others.
April 28, 2016
Pennsylvania is now the state where one American Revolution sprang to life - and where a modern revolt completely stalled out. For thousands of Democrats who lined up outside YMCAs or firehouses to vote in places like West Philly under an unseasonably sweaty April haze yesterday, the so-called "year of the outsider" in American politics was as foreign as the Chinese new year. And so it was that the "political revolution" promised by a democratic socialist - and virtual stranger - from chilly Vermont was ground up in Philadelphia's Democratic machine like a dumpster full of rusty spare parts.
April 28, 2016
Donald Trump has won the Pennsylvania Republican presidential primary. Trump easily outdistanced Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Associated Press projected moments after polls closed. The AP had not yet declared a winner in the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - though CNN projected the state for Clinton at about 8:50 p.m. Now the real work begins on the Republican side. For despite his overwhelming win at the polls, Trump is guaranteed only 17 of the state's 71 GOP delegates.
April 28, 2016 |
They were with her - the fervent crowd of familiar Philadelphians and unknown fans standing in the Convention Center on Tuesday night as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Keystone State. "Thank you, Pennsylvania! I want to thank everyone," Clinton told the crowd just after 9:10 p.m. - only to be drowned out again and again by chants of "Hillary! Hillary!" from hundreds of supporters waving blue "I'm With Her" signs. Clinton recounted stories of people she had met in the so-called Acela states over the last month, including the mothers of victims of gun violence she sat with last week.