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For a quick snapshot of how the #MeToo movement has fared in Pennsylvania, one need only look at the national embarrassment that is Delaware County Rep. Nick Miccarelli. Miccarelli, you might recall from things like this front page New York Times article, is the former rising star who was accused of raping a Harrisburg political … Continue reading What #MeToo in PA?
For the last couple years, we’ve taken a page from private industry and unleashed a team of mystery shoppers to interact with city service providers and large private companies and report back on their experiences…the good, the bad, and the disfiguring. In this, a rowhouse family does their part to go green. To see how … Continue reading Citizen Mystery Shopper (Part 12)
John Childe is a Dauphin County environmental lawyer who has been using a once obscure Article in the Pennsylvania Constitution to create a new and powerful legal edifice that could soon be the state’s most significant environmental institution. Childe’s law court filings on behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Fund Foundation, and recent decisions by … Continue reading Guest Commentary: A Trust for the People