Pennsylvania Curbs Investment in Iran

The Pennsylvania Legislature is making foreign policy now, apparently.

Gov. Tom Corbett this week signed a bill that makes companies choose: Do they want Iran’s business? Or the Keystone State’s? Because you can’t have both.
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Daryl Metcalfe’s Bad Religion


Let’s give this to Daryl Metcalfe: If you wanted to create a religious-right bogeyman that almost perfectly fit the fevered nightmares of liberals, he’d pretty closely fit the bill.

Metcalfe is the Pennsylvania Republican probably best known for silencing openly gay Rep. Brian Sims on the House floor last year because Sims’ comments in favor of gay marriage would’ve been “against God’s law.”

“I’m a Christian,” Metcalfe said at the time. “Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties.”

Unless, of course, his fellow man is an immigrant. Or somebody trying to help an immigrant. Or, worse yet, someone trying to help an immigrant child. Then Metcalfe’s love somehow disappears.

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How Will Pa. Supreme Court Deal With Porn Scandal?

Seamus McCaffery and J. Michael Eakin, have both been connected with an ever-growing Harrisburg scandal concerning racy emails send between top government officials.

Seamus McCaffery and J. Michael Eakin, have both been connected to an ever-growing Harrisburg scandal concerning racy emails sent between top government officials.

Now that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Seamus McCaffery and J. Michael Eakin have been connected to racy emails in an ever-widening scandal, the question becomes: What next? Is exposure the end of the line, or will some kind of punishment ensue?

The Inquirer reports that three different options have emerged:
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Darryl Metcalfe Moves to Block Immigrant Children from Pennsylvania

You’ve probably heard by now about all those immigrant children who have arrived at America’s southern border this year. Rep. Darryl Metcalfe has, and he wants Pennsylvania to have nothing to do with them. So he’s proposing a bill that would threaten the state license of any care facility that houses any such children in cooperation with federal officials. There are hundreds of such children being housed in the state.

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4 Teenagers Charged After Firefight With Lawmakers

Flynn (left, via Facebook); Bizzarro (via Twitter)

State Reps. Flynn (left, via Facebook); Bizzarro (via Twitter)

Police in Harrisburg have charged four teenagers after State Rep. Marty Flynn engaged in a firefight with a man who was attempting to rob him and fellow Rep. Ryan Bizzarro just blocks from the state capitol building in Harrisburg.

Two 17-year-olds, Derek Anderson and Jamani Ellison, and two 15-year-olds, Jyair Leonard and Zha-quan McGhee, were arrested by police shortly after the Tuesday night shootout. Cops identified McGhee as the shooter; he’s charged with attempted homicide and other offenses. The other teens are charged with conspiracy and robbery. Despite their ages, all four have been charged as adults.

At a press conference yesterday, Flynn said neither he nor Bizzarro had their wallets on them when they were accosted on the street Tuesday around 11 p.m. by a man with a gun. Flynn said when he reached for his gun — in a holster strapped to his back — a lookout screamed a warning, and the assailant fired a shot at Bizzarro. “I knew he meant business,” Flynn told reporters. “It was him or Bizzarro.”

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Anti-Mumia, Pro-Gun Bills Pass in Harrisburg

State Capitol in Harrisburg

Two high-profile bills passed major tests in the Legislature on Wednesday — a bill designed to reduce “victim anguish” caused by criminals like Mumia Abu-Jamal passed the Senate, while a bill that gives the NRA the right to sue cities for gun laws that differ from the state’s passed the House.

Gov. Corbett has promised to sign both if they pass the full legislature.

First, the anti-Mumia bill. AP reports:

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Porn Email Scandal Claims Another High-Ranking Pa. Official: Randy Feathers

randy-feathers Another state official has resigned in the wake of the porn email scandal: Randy Feathers, a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Feathers resigned his seat but didn’t admit any wrongdoing. The job paid $115,000 a year.

Per his official bio on the state parole board website, Feathers started his career as a Washington, D.C., police officer and primarily worked in narcotics. He was unanimously approved to the parole board in 2012 after being nominated by Governor Tom Corbett.

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A Reply to Dom Giordano About Mumia Abu-Jamal

I don’t blame Dom Giordano for wanting convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to shut the hell up. But even after reading Giordano’s case for anti-Mumia legislation in today’s Daily News, I’m still worried about what the bill would mean for the First Amendment.

Giordano, bless him, quotes me in making his argument for a bill that would give victims the right to sue offenders for “perpetuating” their anguish long after the crime and conviction are over.

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