Dinniman Proposes Electronic Billboard Legislation

PA Senator Andy Dinniman (D-9), May 2, 2016

WEST CHESTER (May 2) – State Senator Andy Dinniman said that he is drafting legislation to establish guidelines for the placement of the large electronic and digital billboards that are appearing alongside roadways and near neighborhoods throughout Chester County.

“I have been contacted by constituents voicing numerous concerns about these digital billboards, most recently the two-sided one located on Route Bypass 30 in Downingtown,” Dinniman said. “It is my job to stand up for the residents of Chester County on issues like this, which directly impact their quality of life.”

In Downingtown, residents of North Lake Drive recently met with Dinniman to discuss the impact the billboard is having on their lives, particularly in the evening and night hours when its lights shine into their homes….

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May 4, 2016

Trump’s comment deserved pushback, Mayor deserves support

By Mike McGann, The Times of Chester County, April 28, 2016

Good for Maxwell for standing up for Downingtown

Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell called Republican presidential candidate — and the likely GOP nominee — a “jerk” this week. Honestly, I would have called him something worse if Mr. Spray Tan had trashed my hometown on Twitter.

Far worse.

But now Maxwell finds himself in the crosshairs of every Internet troll and mindless Trump supporter for having the temerity to stand up to The Donald — and point out that, once again, he doesn’t know what the (insert your favorite expletive here) he’s talking about.

In case you missed it — network’s TV’s gain and the political world’s loss tweeted the following while traveling in Pennsylvania the other day:

“Passing what was once a vibrant manufacturing area in Pennsylvania. So sad!”…

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

May 2, 2016

The progress we’ve made

The progress we’ve made over the past seven years has been incredible. I want you to know how proud I am of the work we’ve done together.

We’ve come a long way since 2009, when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and unemployment was on its way to 10 percent. Now, unemployment is 5 percent. In 2015, the auto industry had its best year ever. Over the past six years, America has created 14.4 million new jobs, including nearly 900,000 new manufacturing jobs after a decade of industry decline.

For the first time ever, more than 90 percent of Americans have health insurance. And in every single month since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, American businesses have created jobs right here in the U.S. — for a record 73 straight months of private-sector job growth. Continue reading

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Rolex

By Zephyr Teachout, New York Times, April 29, 2016

THIS week, the Supreme Court heard McDonnell v. United States, the case of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who is appealing his 2014 conviction for public corruption. Although the court’s ruling is not expected until June, in Wednesday’s hearing several justices seemed set on undermining a central, longstanding federal bribery principle: that officials should not accept cash or gifts in exchange for giving special treatment to a constituent.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer dismissed the idea that, in the absence of a strong limiting principle, federal law could criminalize a governor who accepted a private constituent’s payment in exchange for intervening with a constituent problem. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. expressed disbelief that an official requesting agency action on behalf of a big donor would be a problem. A majority seemed ready to defend pay-to-play as a fundamental feature of our constitutional system of government.

In September 2014, after a six-week trial, a federal jury convicted Mr. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of extortion under the Hobbs Act, a key statute against political corruption, and honest-services fraud. It was not a complicated case. Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of a dietary supplement manufacturer, Star Scientific, had showered the governor and first lady with gifts in return for favors.

We’re not talking about a few ham sandwiches. …

keep reading at New York Times

May 1, 2016