State budget more “smoke”

  By Dick Miller   WE.CONNECT.DOTS:  –  Republican controlled Pennsylvania legislature has won another budget battle.  Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is now half-way through his term with little to show. Wolf defeated Republican Tom Corbett when voters decided that Corbett did not deserve a second term.  In the Republican’s case, even with both chambers of […]

Hershey Trust to Reach Settlement With Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office

WALL STREET JOURNAL:   …Hershey Trust Co. has agreed on terms of a settlement with Pennsylvania’s top law-enforcement officer, which has been investigating the trust board over allegations of excessive compensation and conflicts of interest. The parties are in the process of drafting a legal document outlining the terms, which would lead to resignations of some trust board […]

Kudos to LNP for editorial critical of Lancaster General Hospital

LNP editorial “Answers about Lancaster General Hospital’s shutdown are needed, and stat” observes: “On this question, we defer to Jason Brown, the region’s emergency preparedness manager for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. He told LNP that hospital systems are generally designed with multiple ‘redundancies’ — an engineering practice of duplicating critical components in […]

In Kane trial, prosecutors seek to bar pornography defense

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: … Prosecutors want to block Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from contending at her perjury trial that the charges against her were brought in retaliation for her campaign to expose the swapping of pornography on state computers. In court papers Thursday, prosecutors called Kane’s assertion that she had been targeted for prosecution […]

Different gun laws at Cleveland and Philadelphia conventions: A tale of two cities

Although Pennsylvania law permits open carry of firearms elsewhere in the state, protesters at the Philadelphia Democratic convention can’t openly carry rifles and pistols without a permit, as can protesters in Cleveland. by Bill Keisling Pennsylvania law enforcement officials preparing for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia have an advantage over their counterparts at […]

State budget more “smoke”

By Dick Miller WE.CONNECT.DOTS:   –  -Republican controlled Pennsylvania legislature has won another budget battle.  Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is now half-way through his term with little to show. Wolf defeated Republican Tom Corbett when voters decided that Corbett did not deserve a second term.  In the Republican’s case, even with both chambers of the General […]

The Republican platform committee rejects medical marijuana

by  Phil Smith   psmith,  DRUG WAR CHRONICLE: NationalOn Monday, the GOP rejected a medical marijuana platform plank. Republican delegates meeting Monday in Cleveland ahead of the party’s national convention voted against endorsing medical marijuana in their party platform. The vote came after contentious debate, with some delegates making claims about marijuana reminiscent of Reefer Madness. […]

In Surprise Reversal, Democrats Call for “Pathway” to Marijuana Legalization

  by Phil Smith  psmith, DRUG WAR CHRONICLE:  Meeting in Orlando Saturday ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month, the party’s platform drafting committee dropped a moderate marijuana plank it had adopted only days earlier and replaced it with language calling for rescheduling pot and creating “a reasoned pathway to future legalization.” Bernie […]

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