Ethical Mess in Philadelphia

John D. McDaniel / philly.com

Philadelphia Democrat John McDaniel, former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, was sentenced Tuesday to serve a year and a day in federal prison for wire fraud charges related to stealing $100,000 in campaign and PAC money.

Free Markets, Cheaper Booze

Pennsylvania union fighting efforts to remove control of alcohol sales from the state
Gov. Tom Corbett / AP

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is looking to break up the state’s Prohibition-era monopoly of state liquor sales in the face of mounting union opposition.

Rights Have Their Limits, You Know

A few weeks back, Mark Hemingway wrote an excellent cover story for the Weekly Standard on the growing scourge of “human rights commissions.” In it, Hemingway recounted how the owner of his favorite bar felt the eye of Sauron fall upon him for cracking a joke at noted racist Marion Barry’s expense. The First Amendment, you see, is no defense when someone’s feelings might be hurt:

It Gets Better

Philadelphia-area businesses fight union bullies
Labor Rally in Philadelphia / AP

Several Philadelphia labor groups allegedly used feces, urine, spit, and fire to persuade businesses to hire union labor and area businesses are fighting back.

The Keystone to Bringing Jobs
Back to PA

Right-to-work legislation introduced in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capitol / AP

Six GOP lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a proposal to make the “Keystone State” the nation’s 25th right-to-work state.

Unions in Decline

Union membership rolls plummet as right-to-work laws spread
AP

Union members represented 11.3 percent of the American workforce in 2012, a drop from 2011’s 11.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Yoko Sets Her Sights on Breaking Up Fracking

Full-page ad asks Cuomo to ‘imagine there’s no fracking’
Fracking in Pennsylvania / AP

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Monday to protest natural gas fracking in New York state.

Casey at Bat for Philly Housing Authority

Millions in stimulus spending went to ‘shoddy and unsafe’ low-income housing, auditors found
Sen. Bob Casey / AP

Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in stimulus funds for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA)—money that federal auditors later found was used for shoddy and unsafe work at low-income housing units.