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[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…

As has been widely touted by Camera Chatham Bartolotta, Goose in the Gallows received a “cease and desist” email from her attorney, Matthew Haverstick of the Philadelphia law firm Kleinbard LLC/ This notice comes in response to the article we published several days ago regarding questions about the potential use of taxpayer-funded resources for political purposes, specifically email addresses submitted to Bartolotta’s official website showing up on campaign mailing lists.   To be blunt, this threat by Senator Bartolotta is utter nonsense, and we are treating it as such. But instead of restating our points and in the sake of transparency, here is the response we sent to Mr. Haverstick upon receiving their initial threat. At this time we have no further comment on this issue and plan on focusing…

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…

The release of the anonymous op/ed in The New York Times from a senior White House official elicited a wide range of responses, including the need for every talking head on cable news to let us know that they’ve “never seen anything like this before,” which is quickly becoming the political equivalent of telling people that you vape. We get it- nobody has seen anything like this before. Enough already. Move on to what matters. We’re watching a coup, people, and serious f*cking business. Adults in the Room? Says Who? The response I found to be particularly disturbing came from Democrats expressing their relief that there are “adults in the room” preventing President Trump from taking any overly destructive actions. The anonymous op/ed states: “So we will do what we can…

As someone who eats and breathes politics, I’m usually pretty quick to offer my take on a story, whether it’s solicited or not. Saying what’s on my mind has never been a problem for me. So as the story of children being detained in cages at the U.S. – Mexico border first broke, I assumed I would sit down at my computer after my kids had gone to bed for the night. The plan was to write a post blasting Trump and his administration for pursuing such a craven policy and then brazenly lying about it. Then I heard the audio of the children, and I realized this was different. The impact of those voices transcends politics as we know it, at least for me. My default emotional state when…

NOTE: THIS PIECE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IMPOSED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT FOR THE 5/15/18 PRIMARY ELECTION. Emergency physician Dr. Bob Solomon is one of seven Democrats seeking the Congressional seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Tim Murphy. Dr. Solomon sat down for an in-depth and candid conversation about the issues, the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering, and why he believes that he can be the next member of Congress from PA’s 18th District. Q: Bob, give us a quick overview of how you became a congressional candidate. A: Over the course of my career practicing emergency medicine, one of the constant frustrations and challenges has been taking care of patients who are in the emergency department because they have nowhere else to go. I…

Dr. Rueben Brock is one of seven Democrats seeking the Congressional seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Tim Murphy. A Pennsylvania licensed and nationally certified counselor, Brock has been working in the social services since 1998 and his work has ranged from residential treatment of mentally ill adolescents to family therapy and drug & alcohol treatment.  Dr. Brock gave some refreshingly honest answers about the political process and how he has been received as an African American candidate in a Congressional District that is 95.3% white and only 2% African American. Q: How did you come to be a Congressional candidate? What specific experiences or influences have led you here? A: I’ve been considering a run for the past few years.  I’ve always liked the idea of the House of…