Category Archives: safety net

Pennsylvania Plans To Protect Nutrition Assistance, Despite Federal Idiocy

The federal government’s non-essential services are currently shut down. For me this means a lot of exceedingly useful tools are inaccessible. Data from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census are much harder to use now (which will … Continue reading

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Tom Corbett: Still the Worst

A month and a half ago, I wrote a profile of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett for Vice. The guy has done a great deal of damage to our state and voters seem to have noticed. The only thing that’s changed since … Continue reading

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We Are All Vicious Reactionaries (In the eyes of politicians)

Dylan Matthews, at Wonkblog, lays out a new poli sci working paper from David Broockman and Christopher Skovron, who find that legislators consistently believe their constituents are more conservative than they actually are. This includes Republicans and Democrats, liberals and … Continue reading

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Income Inequality is Very Real and We Aren’t Doing Nearly Enough About It

The New York Times today has an excellent overview of the debate over income inequality. The three charts that end the article are  very sobering.

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The left wing of the possible

In early December, I interviewed Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor of Jacobin magazine, about the Marxist magazine which he founded in 2010 at the age of 21.  (I meant to post this last month, but what with [insert holiday excuses … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To This Space: Crazy Long Articles

Next week I’ve got a big piece coming out for Next American City, featuring struggling south Jersey cities, Rahm Emanuel’s brother, and what’s next for healthcare reform. And Philly of course. Get excited. Here’s what they have to say about … Continue reading

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Winter is Coming for Philly’s Most Vulnerable

I highly, highly recommend Daniel Denvir’s recent City Paper piece on the human costs of Act 80, the safety net-slashing law that Governor Tom Corbett signed over the summer. It is being challenged in court by Community Legal Services of … Continue reading

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America the Segregated

Cross posted from Keystone Politics.  If you read one long form web article this week make it ProPublica’s authoritative piece, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, onsegregation in America and the unfulfilled promise of the Fair Housing Act. The article is packed with revealing facts … Continue reading

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PA Bill Punishing Poor Women For Having Kids: Part of A National Trend

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  A quick follow up on the bill championed, an then quickly dropped, last week by five PA state reps. The bill would have punished low-income women who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy … Continue reading

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State Reps to Poor Women: Prove You Were Raped or Lose TANF Assistance (UPDATE)

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  From Think Progress, new depths of barbarism from our state legislators (House Bill 2718). A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of TANF assistance that low-income women receive based on … Continue reading

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