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Friday Happy Hour

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With calamity staring them dead in the eye, both sides finally took a step back from the brink this week, put their petty differences aside, and compromised.  Are you ready for some football?  Oh, you thought we were talking about Congress.  Sorry, we stopped paying attention last night when the most powerful man in the U.S. House of Representatives can’t even get his own members to follow him.

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PA General Assembly: The Stretch Run

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Earlier this week, the Associated Press’ Mark Scolforo (@HouseofBuddy) did a lengthy story on the autumn agenda of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In his piece, he lays out how, despite lawmakers’ intentions to tackle school vouchers, liquor privatization, redistricting, a comprehensive transportation funding bill and a Marcellus Shale tax, many folks are attempting to pile more pieces onto this already-delicate Jenga game.

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FRYday Happy Hour

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While the nation creeps closer to defaulting on its MasterCard for the first time ever, Congress and the President continued playing their best game of “I know you are, but what am I?” down in steamy D.C.  On Tuesday, the House GOP passed its shiny toy du jour, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan.  Say what you want about the national GOP:  they do three-word slogans very well.  No new taxes.  Cut, cap and balance.  Drill, baby, drill.  This is why the Democrats often lose the rhetorical war on Capitol Hill.  Their slogans usually begin with “Due to unforeseen market circumstances and larger than expected unemployment numbers….” 

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Triad Q and A: Senator John Rafferty

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We are proud to bring you an exclusive Triad Q and A with State Senator John Rafferty (R-44), Chairman of the State Senate Transportation Committee.  In this wide-ranging interview, the senator pulls no punches when it comes to his feelings on everything from transportation funding to vouchers to liquor privatization.

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School Boards: From Politicians to Salesmen

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June 30, 2011 will be a date that people will point to in years to come as the day the “new normal” was established when it comes to funding basic education in the Commonwealth.  Time will tell if this new normal will work wonders for our public schools, or if this paradigm shift causes real damage.  One thing we know:  school districts will be doing business quite a bit differently from here on out.

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Friday Happy Hour: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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The New Jersey legislature this week passed an outright ban on fracking, apparently forgetting that there are no natural gas deposits in New Jersey.  Officials said they wanted to “send a message” to states like Pennsylvania, which do, in fact, have natural gas deposits.  Message received, Garden State, you can all head back to the tanning beds now. 

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