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Mantra #1 of investigative journalism: Follow the money. My early investigation into the branding campaign that accompanied State Senators Tommy Tomlinson’s and Andy Dinniman’s press conference regarding PASSHE secession legislation is leading down some interesting paths to say the least.  Exhibit A: Senators Tomlinson and Dinniman have hired the same public relations/lobbying firm that is entrenched [...]

The low-wage worker campaign that has swept across the country since November 2012 is primed to make its Philadelphia debut.  The Fight for 15 movement began in November 2012 when 200 fast food restaurant workers across New York City went on a one day strike for the living wage of fifteen an hour.  Since then, [...]

If the fall 2013 semester saw the term “retrenchment” – the elimination of faculty, programs, and jobs – become part of daily conversations on campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities (PASSHE), during the next several months we may witness the birth of the next phase in the slow destruction of public higher education in the Commonwealth. [...]

Originally posted at The Wrench: THE WRENCH: WHEN THE GAS INDUSTRY USES THE STATE POLICE AND THE FBI JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE TO SILENCE A CITIZEN: INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AT MY DOOR, 2.14.14. UPDATE: TREMENDOUS THANKS TO ALL OF THE SUPPORTIVE FOLKS WHO’VE RESPONDED TO THIS POST. I HAVE BEEN JUST OVERWHELMED AND AMAZED AT THE [...]

The cost of doing business in Dunkard Pennsylvania is…a pizza party!  As a follow up to this story, I reached out to Chevron Appalachia and Leanne  Wainwright from Chevron wrote: As part of our comprehensive response to the Lanco well fire that occurred last Tuesday, we have communicated with area residents to answer any questions [...]

Update (1:06 2/18): Not a hoax.  Just got an email from Chevron rep Leanne Wainwright  that stated: As part of our comprehensive response to the Lanco well fire that occurred last Tuesday, we have communicated with area residents to answer any questions or concerns. Our operational response has included construction activity, resulting in increased traffic and [...]

Update: At the same time I published this article, Jon Geeting published “#PAGov: The Program Allyson Schwartz Traded Food Stamp Cuts For Doesn’t Even Work” and it says: But a new study in Health Affairs by Steven Cummins, Ellen Flint, and Stephen Matthews says that program doesn’t even work: National and local policies to improve diet in low-income US [...]

Mad Max Myers is not my Anti-Fracking Savior

February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Originally posted at The Wrench: THE WRENCH: Mad Max Myers is not my Anti-Fracking Savior Recently, in the interest of providing our coalition membership an opportunity to educate themselves about the ideological commitments, policy positions, and political strategies of candidates aspiring to the nomination for Pennsylvania governor, Shale Justice met with aspirant Max Myers. Mr. [...]

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