from Clean Air Council, December 22nd, 2017
The construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline has caused over 100 drilling-fluid spills and has contaminated drinking water supplies, streams, and wetlands in many locations across Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman has called on Governor Wolf to halt construction of the pipeline until residents’ concerns are addressed. Dinniman’s call for a halt was joined by Senator Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky, with calls from Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.
Call Governor Wolf right now at 717-787-2500 to urge him to halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. We are working with partner groups to try to get 1,000 calls to Wolf by the new year. Please add your voice now.
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My name is [NAME] from [Town, County] and I am calling to support Senators Dinniman and Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky in their request that you take a leadership role and halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline due to its public safety and environmental risks. Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin have called for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.
As governor, you are in a unique position to protect the environment for current and future generations and have an obligation to ensure public health and safety. I urge you to heed the call of a growing number of constituents and elected officials and immediately halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline until an impartial re-evaluation of the environmental and safety risks is complete.
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by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, May 14, 2014
This week I received two expensive-looking glossy 4-page mailers (two attached 8.5 X 11″ pages printed on both sides) urging me to vote against Tom Wolf in the May 20 Democratic primary election. You may have gotten those too?
I don’t know to whom the mailers are directed, but I am betting: to Democrats who vote regularly in primaries.
Both mailers are “paid for by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.” Why?
They could have winked at one of their super-rich friends (including corporations and PACs, now that those are human beings too) and gotten the job done by dark money. But they must have wanted the Republican name on the mailer.
They can’t be so naive as to think a regular Dem voter is going to vote for Tom Corbett this year. Even a lot of Republicans aren’t likely to do that. The plan could be to disrupt the Democratic primary. This is why, though I know many disagree, I favor the current PA system of closed primaries. If R’s and I’s could vote in this year’s 4-way Dem gubernatorial primary, they could throw the victory to the candidate perceived as the weakest, or the one least likely to garner real Dem support–if they can figure out who that is; the four still in the race are the ones with the most staying power of a good field of nine.
Of course, the Republican Party of PA knows Corbett is considered the most endangered governor in the country and could take down other R candidates with him, and presumably the strategists are trying to reduce the danger by whatever desperate means they can find. …
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by G. Terry Madonna & Michael L. Young, Politically Uncorrected, May 15, 2014
Many Republicans who show up on May 20 to vote in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary will confront a familiar situation in American politics: they don’t have any choices.
Apparently, a few counties will have political GOP gadfly Bob Guzzardi on the ballot because a Supreme Court decision barring him from running came too late. But let’s not kid ourselves. There is no competition in the Republican Party for governor.
And that’s really too bad because as polls and other anecdotal evidence suggests, many Republicans would have preferred choices this year.
That some 3 million Pennsylvania Republicans have no primary choice this year for governor isn’t the worst of it; electoral choices are disappearing across the American political landscape, from state legislatures to Congress and beyond. More and more, Americans have fewer and fewer electoral choices at all levels of politics.
In fact, what passes for competition these days are the spasmodic shock waves that now convulse our politics from time to time, such as the 2010 tea party uprising or the infamous 2005 midnight pay raise in Pennsylvania. The lack of normal political competition has made the system particularly vulnerable to these electoral tsunamis.
Political competition constitutes a fundamental American value. It spurs the accountability of elected officials while ensuring the political system works to produce sound public policy. Yet, American politicians regularly exploit opportunities to limit it further.
For example, the Corbett campaign this year strenuously worked to keep his possible opponent off the ballot by using judicial challenges, a tactic employed by incumbents in both parties. These “ballot access challenges” are only one of an arsenal of tools politicians now regularly employ to limit competition. …
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by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press, Daily Local News, 03/15/14
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Marijuana was the issue that set John Hanger apart from the other Democratic candidates for governor, and proponents of legalizing the drug for medical purposes in Pennsylvania credit him with drawing attention to their cause before he dropped out of the race this week.
Hanger supported the medical pot proposal, but he also was the only candidate to advocate the more radical step of legalizing the drug statewide — a proposal he put on even footing with issues of wider appeal such as creating jobs and improving public schools.
“Schools not jails, jobs not jails, legalize and tax marijuana right now!” is how Hanger summed up his platform at a forum during last month’s Pennsylvania Progressive Summit.
No one expects Pennsylvania to legalize the drug anytime soon — Colorado and Washington state are the only two that have done that — but sponsors of a leading medical marijuana bill in the Legislature said Hanger’s emphasis on marijuana helped elevate public awareness of the issue.
“As far as getting the word out on a statewide basis … it didn’t hurt at all,” said Sen. Mike Folmer, a conservative Republican from Lebanon County and the bill’s prime sponsor.
“It gave the issue attention and it certainly galvanized” the parents of sick children who say marijuana could provide relief that conventional medicines have not, said co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery. “John Hanger was a hero to them.”…
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