Pennsylvania’s junior GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is one of the 13 older, white, male supposed health-care “experts” currently crafting Mitch McConnell’s replacement to Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act — otherwise referred to as “Obamacare” — behind closed doors and entirely in secret. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey has been raising holy you-know-what, demanding that his GOP colleagues do the right thing and at least tell America some of the details of their bill.
The fact they won’t tells is enough to tell anyone everything they need to know about “Trumpcare.”
U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee crossed few t’s and dotted few i’s. What was apparent was Sessions’ apparent conveniently faulty memory.
Beyond the insane, homicidal musings he posted online prior to killing three coworkers at a Tunkhannock-area grocery store, little is known about Robert Stair. Was he a known to be mentally ill? Had he been treated? If so, is it right that he was able to purchase (and actually fetishize) the two pistol-grip shotguns he used in the murder-suicide. (Further … pistol-grip shotguns? Why are those even a thing?)
Tragedies like the one that befell the folks in that tiny Wyoming County borough offer a moment to reflect on the overabundance of guns in America and the death and violence that results. It’s also worth noting that in February, the GOP-run U.S. House of Representatives gutted an Obama-era regulation passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre intended to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.
Scranton School Director Paul Duffy has announced that he cares too much (or something) to continue serving on the city school board. Heartbroken over the district’s financial free fall (and having lost his primary bid to run for city council), he says he plans to resign his seat by the end of the year.
After several days of struggling behind closed doors, the legislature and governor have managed to accomplish … not much. The so-called “reform” bill currently headed toward likely enactment will do little to address Pennsylvania’s crushing $60 billion pension fund shortfall.
A plunging bottom line brought on by cheaper natural gas-generated electric energy threatens the futures of Three Mile Island and other nuclear power plants nationwide.