After the 2010 census, Republicans were in control of both houses in the Pennsylvania Senate. There was also a majority of Republican judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and that made a big difference in the state when new districts were drawn, resulting in a map that heavily favored Republicans.
As most Americans are aware, the House of Representatives on November 16 passed its version of what many Republicans are calling a historic achievement that will help the middle class, free up money for investment and lead to unparalleled job and economic growth.
When entering the government center in Monticello November 9, it would have been hard for a visitor to miss seeing three posters in the lobby: One was a picture of the county chair Luis Alvarez holding a sign that said, “I support no smoking on county property,” another was legislator Mark McCarthy holding the same sign and the third was a pictu
Republicans in Washington, DC on November 2 unveiled details of their highly anticipated Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Some Republicans in high-tax states such as New York have expressed concern about the elimination of the ability of residents to deduct their state income taxes from their federal taxes. Rep.
There were two public meetings regarding the final report from the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission to the Sullivan County Legislature in recent weeks.
Pennsylvania lawmakers and the governor are supposed to pass a budget every year by July 1. But this year, they passed half a budget. The parties involved agreed on how much money they wanted to spend, but they could not come up with an agreement about how to pay for the proposed budget.
A debate at SUNY Sullivan on the pros and cons of a New York State constitutional convention was held on October 11 between convention expert Gerald Benjamin and union organizer Michael Grubiak. Benjamin favors a convention; Grubiak does not.
On September 18, a three-judge federal appeals panel threw out the corruption conviction of former New York State Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam. Father and son had been convicted of fraud and bribery, and Dean of using his office to pressure his company to give his son a mostly no-show job.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of participating in online coursework presented by Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Smart Solutions.
Every day I come face to face with a disease that debilitates the lives of those caught in its throes—addiction. Equally painful are the daily collateral affects felt by family, friends, neighbors and total communities.
Every day I talk about hope.