Wolf Calls for Justice’s Resignation Over Porngate
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Gov. Wolf has called on Pa. Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin to resign over the “Porngate” scandal. Eakin refuses.
“Gov. Tom Wolf said Justice Michael Eakin was complicit in sharing racist, sexist and otherwise derogatory content — and attempted to add a member to the judicial ethics panel that may soon have to review his role in the email ring,” AP reports. “Given the nature of Justice Eakin’s conduct, and the real concern that he could not be impartial in presiding over cases involving the groups of people he disparaged in his emails, he should resign,” Wolf said in a statement. Eakin is currently being investigated by the Judicial Conduct Board; his lawyer said Sunday that process should be allowed to play itself out — and concluded: “A resignation is not part of this package.”
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Pa. budget deal that was on again … might be off again. It’s complicated.
Let’s figure out where the pieces are on the board: Gov. Wolf still stands by the agreement that produced a proposed $30.8 billion budget that includes a hefty increase in education spending. So do Senate Republicans. House Republicans? Eh, they’re now not so sure, and have announced plans to back a smaller $30.3 billion budget instead. “I think the rank and file aren’t accepting of a massive tax increase, and (Republican leaders) realized that and backed off,” Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, told TribLive. The proposed budget was built on extending the state’s sales tax to several new categories in which it is currently exempt. But the situation is still in flux: The Senate will vote on the original plan, perhaps as early as today. “This is what we have votes for in the Senate and this is what the governor will sign,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman told PennLive. “This is what can bring this whole saga to an end.”
Temple will play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22nd.
“Temple is headed to Florida for its bowl game,” Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade reports. “The Owls, who had the most regular season wins in team history this year with a 10-3 mark, will play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22nd. The news was first reported by Jordan Strack of WTOL in Toledo. The Owls end the regular season ranked No. 25 in the nation in the Associated Press top-25 media poll. They lost 24-13 to Houston in the American Athletic Conference title game on Saturday.”
A Philly firefighter was injured in a South Philadelphia home blaze overnight.
CBS Philly reports the blaze broke out about 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Moore, but was brought under control within 15 minutes. Still: “Officials say a firefighter was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and treated for smoke inhalation.” The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Delaware’s governor wants the state to apologize for its role in slavery.
“Delaware governor Jack Markell announced a resolution on Sunday to officially apologize for slavery that occurred in his state,” NBC10 reports. “For generations, our country denied and actively contested a basic fact of humanity: that nothing about the color of one’s skin affects that person’s innate rights to freedom and dignity,” Markell said. “We must publicly and candidly acknowledge the lasting damage of past sins – damage that continues to reverberate more than 150 years after the abolition of slavery.” The resolution will be introduced next year during a joint legislative session.