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A secret meeting with the County Redevelopment Authority. A grant application with a road to nowhere. An implication, if not an outright accusation, that a supervisor’s signature was forged on that grant application. And a signature page of seemingly increasing importance that has gone mysteriously missing. Welcome to Cecil Township, where the politics are apparently dirtier than the industrial cleanup sites. The curious case of a minority faction of the Cecil Township Board of Supervisors’ infatuation with acquiring an 87-acre parcel of land known as the ABB Property continued during a public meeting on April 25. After over three hours of public comments almost universally opposed to moving forward with the deal and numerous confrontations among members of the Board of Supervisors, some previously unknown details came into focus while…

The recent discovery of a potential child cancer cluster centered around the communities near the Canon McMillan School District in Washington County, Pennsylvania is finally generating widespread public interest as anxious parents search for the root cause behind multiple cases of a rare form of cancer known as Ewings Sarcoma. But the announcement of a closed-door public meeting of elected officials (including State Senator Camera Bartolotta and State Representatives Tim O’Neal and Jason Ortitay) and public health experts are raising serious concern among residents and the media alike. These concerns about the private nature of the meeting are not only legitimate but are also correctly questioning the need for secrecy on this issue. Based on the statements already made by the politicians involved, holding this meeting “in an undisclosed location”…

Let’s start by stating the painfully obvious. For the past several years, the Board of Supervisors of Cecil Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania has been led by possibly a few of the dumbest human beings on Earth. Over the past several years, the Township has pursued policies ranging from pointless to regressive to downright moronic, garnering repeated headlines for their never-ending parade of missteps. But it is the latest toxic pickle the Township finds itself in that may prove to be the most costly and consequential of all for the Second-Class Township with a population of approximately 13,000. The ABC’s of the ABB Property At issue is the controversy over what we commonly refer to as the “ABB Property,” an 80-acre tract of land in the Muse portion of Cecil Township.…

One month ago today, we published a story about a potential cancer cluster in Washington County, Pennsylvania, specifically centered around the Canon-McMillan School District. The article asked why no elected leaders or media sources had even mentioned the cancer cluster. Many of the comments received via this site and social media were quick to deny the existence of any problem and accuse this writer of making it up because… well, they didn’t really have an answer for that part. Anyhow, over the past month, the Canon-McMillan Cancer Cluster has finally started to garner media attention. Washington Observer-Reporter: “State Department of Health Investigating Potential Cancer Cluster in Washington County” The Washington Observer-Reporter, a media outlet specifically called out in the original post, ran two stories; one about Mitch Barton specifically and…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Donald J. Trump broke his silence on the scandal roiling Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) in the aftermath of a photo in Northam’s medical school yearbook showing a person in blackface standing with another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe. “Damn, that is one cool move. I wish I had thought of that back at Wharton,” said Trump, who tweeted the following in support of Northam: Trump said he could not remember whether or not he had posed for any offensive photos that were included in his yearbook at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, but he did assure reporters that his yearbook photo was, “without a doubt the most amazing photo ever printed since Gutenberg invented the wheel.” Shortly after the scandal broke, White House…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let’s get one thing straight right up front. Lindsey Williams won. Nobody can dispute the results of the election for the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 38th Senate District. Lindsey Williams: 62,361 Votes Jeremy Shaffer: 61,568 Votes I’m no mathematician, per se, but I checked my work several times and used the calculator app on my phone to be sure. Senator-elect Lindsey Williams beat Republican Douchey McDoucherson Jeremy Shaffer by 793 votes. Done deal, right? You’d think so, but never underestimate the enduring petty dickishness of Republican legislative leaders in Harrisburg. Here’s a quick breakdown of this utterly bullshit “issue” making equally bullshit headlines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] What Are The Legal Issues? Article II, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution lays out the requirements to be a state senator as follows:[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Qualifications of members. Senators shall be at…

One of the cardinal rules for Thanksgiving dinner in recent years is to avoid talking about politics at family gatherings. In fact, the concept of the racist Drunk Uncle is now equally identifiable with Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce, with the common denominator being that nobody wants to put either of them anywhere near their mouth. But if you’re looking for some cutesy Buzzfeed-style garbage about “navigating politics at Thanksgiving”, look elsewhere. This year, with some notable exceptions we’ll discuss shortly, you need to talk about politics with your family at Thanksgiving. Here’s why. A Country Divided (Like Crazy Divided) Not only is America now more divided than any time in recent history, but our ability to pick and choose our news sources based on our political biases also leaves us…

With Election Day little more than a week away, a politician posting an endorsement to their social media page is usually no big deal. But in the case of PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta, a Republican seeking her second four-year term in the counties immediately south of Pittsburgh, the timing and source of a particular endorsement raises serious questions regarding anti-semitism and gun-related hate crimes. Bartolotta, who raised eyebrows recently when she protected the rights of gun owners over victims of domestic abuse by casting the lone ‘NAY’ vote on a bipartisan measure to protect victims of domestic violence by securing guns from abusers, may have one-upped herself on Saturday, October 27. At approximately 3:30 PM, mere hours after news of the terrorist shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue…

As the 2018 Election Cycle begins its wind into the homestretch, some Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania State House and Senate will wake up one day in early October to realize those months of planning, personal sacrifice, and hard work will likely not be enough to put their campaigns over the top. Most voters may not understand this, but many campaigns are decided well in advance of Election Day; not by the voters, but by “the Stakeholders” who fund most closely-contested political campaigns. Who are the Stakeholders and why do they matter? It’s not as clandestine as it sounds. In Democratic politics, the stakeholders are composed mainly of labor unions, the legal community and other professional groups that have a vested interest in what happens in the State Legislature. Because most…