Bits and Bobs

  • How Megan Santucci finds out what’s happening in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Final line-up for Easton’s Movies at the Mill
  • John Morgan has a good item on the ITRR reports just released on Homeland Security monitoring of anti-Marcellus Shale activists.
  • I also largely agreed with his take on the 15th district debate.
  • Joe Sestak leads among self-described moderates 56-29.
  • “The one central theme that runs through all the Democratic campaigns is, ‘We represent the middle class and the Republicans represent Wall Street,’ ” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “The difference in Pennsylvania is they’ve got a real, live Wall Street trader.”
  • I’m not generally a fan of term limits, but I think in the case of Harrisburg it would be an improvement over the current arrangement where gerrymandered districts make it very difficult to unseat incumbents. It should be paired with an independent redistricting panel, so legislators can’t pick their voters.
  • Past PA Governors, faced with revenue shortfalls, raised taxes. The next one should too.
  • Coal ash exposure can cause cancer. There are currently two unregulated, unsecured coal ash basins in Northampton County.
  • Good idea from CAP for changing the counter-cyclical effect in Medicaid funding.

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