Indicted State Senator Wants Case Moved to Philadelphia

A lawyer for a state senator accused of felony public corruption asked a Montgomery County judge to move the case to Philadelphia. The lawyer for State Sen. LeAnna Washington says all of the corruption his client is charged with happened inside the city.

Washington was charged in March with using state employees to throw her birthday parties that doubled as political fundraisers at the Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park. She proclaims her innocence.

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Does Philly Need to Make Parking Harder to Become a “Green City?”

We may be on the verge of a very weird parking moment in Philadelphia.

The same day we at Philly Mag ran Patrick Kerkstra’s “fighting words” piece advocating that parking prices in the city be raised — “Our collective obsession with cheap parking degrades the cityscape, makes development far more expensive, and dramatically increases congestion and vehicle emissions in the core of Center City” — Jon Geeting was writing at Next City, making a similar case. 

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As Pa. Budget Turns: Where’s Tom Wolf?

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So where is Tom Wolf, anyway?

The Democratic nominee for governor has been pretty quiet in recent days as Gov. Tom Corbett and the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature tried to wrestle the state budget into submission through a mix of bad priorities and morally dubious tactics.

Wolf — probably wisely — has stayed on the sidelines: His campaign’s last press release was June 19; its last blog post on June 27. When your already mortally wounded opponent insists on shooting himself in the foot publicly (does anybody think Corbett comes out of this process looking good?) it’s wise to shut up and let him reload.

Politically, at least, it’s wise. But Pennsylvanians shouldn’t let him get away with it. They should be demanding Wolf offer his ideas about how to put this year’s state budget together in the face of a $1.5 billion deficit.

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Mennonite-Owned Business Wins SCOTUS Birth Control Ruling

By now, you’ve probably heard that Hobby Lobby won its case challenging the ObamaCare mandate that private employers provide birth control to female employees who were already receiving employer-provided health insurance. Hobby Lobby argued that providing birth control violated the religious beliefs of the company’s owners.

Less-publicized: A Pennsylvania company was also one of the challengers to the mandate, and is claiming victory today:

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Philly Schools Held Hostage to Pension Vote

We told you Friday that Philly Democrats were being offered a choice — they could get school funding, but only if they tossed their labor union allies under the bus, either with a liquor privatization vote or support for a bill that will overhaul pensions for state workers. Over the weekend, the trade crystalized: Without support for the pension vote, Philly Dems can forget ed funding help.

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Tom Corbett’s Last Chance to Be a Real Governor

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left; hold a news conference in his chambers addressing the state budget-spending plan for the new fiscal year that starts in less than 40 hours, Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left; hold a news conference in his chambers addressing the state budget-spending plan for the new fiscal year that starts in less than 40 hours, Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Gov. Corbett may not be able to adequately fund education in the state of Pennsylvania, but at least he’s got a pithy new aphorism explaining why that’s the case:

“You can’t spend what you don’t have.” Sounds good. Sounds noble. Sounds commonsensical. It does an amazing thing: It makes a virtue of accepting decline, of living within one’s limited resources, and if Pennsylvania has to watch its schools fire teachers and counselors and school nurses, well, that’s too bad, because … you can’t spend what you don’t have.

Here’s a better — more apt — saying:

“You eat what you kill.”

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