Sunday, December 9, 2012
This week, some state House Democrats voiced their opposition to Gov. Corbett's plan to award a contract to privatize the lottery to Camelot Group—with no other bidders in the running.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is one of the most successful and well-managed state lotteries in the nation. Last year, the PA Lottery had annual sales in excess of $3.2 billion and, according to House Democrats, has held administrative costs to record lows of just over 2 percent. According to DailyFinance.com, Pennsylvania State Lottery has steered $20.6 billion to a variety of causes since it began, but its profits have primarily been funneled into an elderly benefits fund. This fund includes subsidies for transportation, tax rebates and Medicare. As of last year, about 61 percent of the annual ticket sales go to prizes, 30 percent goes to the state and the rest is for expenses. That's a higher percentage of prize return than most other states…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
How do you feel Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama did in terms of specifically addressing how they will move the country ahead?
President Barack Obama entered the ring ready to spar Tuesday night as he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tangled over the economy, job creation, trade, energy, immigration, the auto-industry bailout, inequities for women workers and other issues posed at a town hall debate held at Hofstra University. Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent, moderated the town-hall format debate, trying to keep the candidates to two-minute responses to questions posed by some of the 82 uncommited voters from New York City gathered at the university's Long Island campus. Obama, who had been criticized after the first presidential debate for not being aggressive enough in challenging Romney, showed a different side Tuesday. Both men appeared…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The debate didn't stop with the two presidential contenders last Wednesday. It is still going on between Americans.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
By Rev. Susan C. Schwartz As I write this tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 3), the two presidential candidates are debating one another in front of the country and, well, probably the whole world. Soon after all ends, the analysts will begin telling us who won and who lost and why and who will need to do what in the next round. Tomorrow the analysts will stand at the water coolers debating what was said in the debates. For good or for ill this has been a long standing tradition in American politics. As we continue the debates in our own lives I share a few thoughts. No one political party is God’s answer to prayer.God is no more a Democrat than he (sic) is a Republican. I dare not, we dare not, suggest otherwise. Now we might find that one …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The first debate is over. Take our poll and tell us in comments your thoughts after watching the first face-to-face debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
In short segments that often exceeded the allocated two-minute time periods, the presidential candidates tackled economics, health care, Social Security, education, the role of goverment and the deficit in a debate that sometimes found them saying the same thing in different ways. In a debate moderated by PBS' Jim Lehrer, both Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney talked about domestic issues and how they would tackle them, if elected in November. Obama talked of working to make the middle class stronger, job training through community colleges, keeping tuition low, lowering tax rates especially for manufacturers, boosting American energy production and working to close the deficit. Romney talked…
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Promising action amid political ads and negativity.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
By Rev. Ben Black It is that time of the year again. It is election season. The commercials have begun and the mud is being slung. I have to be honest—I cannot stand political ads. I despise them. All of the negativity just turns me off. It’s amazing to me that for people who care about leading so much to run for office, the only way to get in is by trashing the competition. To me, that has always seemed like a backward way to begin serving others. I don’t know if you have seen the FedEx Office commercial entitled “Candidates” that pokes fun at campaign ads—but there is a hint of truth there. (Click here to see the commercial.) Anyway, this is the world we live in. It’s a dog eat dog world, especially when it comes to politics. My wife …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Opinion runs strong when it comes to 'Obamacare.' Let us know where you stand on the health care issue.
This week, the House passed a bill to repeal the nation's Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as "Obamacare." The vote was 244-185, with five Democrats siding with the Republican majority. The vote marked the 33rd time since 2010, when the law was enacted, that there was a move to eliminate, defund or otherwise scale back the program. Analysts project that there is little chance the repeal vote will pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional last month. Opinions on whether to keep the bill or repeal it have been very split, although some people and politicians favor keeping portions of the law in effect, such as allowing children to remain on a parent's policy until age 26 and …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This campaign is full of issues but, in the end, which is most important to you?
Pittsburgh was a political hot spot on Friday when President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and two Republican vice-presidential hopefuls, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, came to town to discuss their platforms with supporters. Obama's speech centered on economic recovery, education, health care, student loan interest rates and the middle class. Pawlenty and Jindal, hoping to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, focused their talks on job creation, energy regulation, taxes, health care and federal spending. Take our poll and let us know which of these issues is the most important to you or most likely to influence your vote. Tell us why this issue is important to you in the …