Good Government Group to Dissolve at Year’s End

After eight years of fighting for state government reforms, Democracy Rising PA will call it quits at the end of the year.  Co-founder Tim Potts tells Radio PA they simply cannot raise enough money to keep going.  “I’m not sure exactly why that is,” Potts explains.  “I think though that there is some scandal fatigue… and I think a lot of people are tired of having the focus on corruption and mismanagement and all the rest.” 

When it formed in 2004, Democracy Rising was the only group pushing for a constitutional convention.  Pennsylvania hasn’t had one since 1967, but Potts says it’s just a matter of time. 

While Democracy Rising could not ultimately push the state toward a convention, Potts says the group has witnessed numerous good government victories over the years.  He cites first-ever lobbyist disclosure laws, an overhauled open records law and the governor’s elimination of WAMs, among other things. 

In 2013 Potts will focus his efforts on a new endeavor called The Majority Party PA, which seeks to set policy priorities based on the will of the people.  A host of government reform issues have already made it onto the agenda… including the constitutional convention that eluded Democracy Rising PA.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Powerball Produces Two More Million Dollar Tickets in Pennsylvania

There were two Powerball tickets worth one million dollars each sold in  Pennsylvania for the drawing that was held on Saturday, December 22nd.    Pennsylvania Lottery officials say one of the tickets  was sold at the Giant Eagle in Baden, Beaver County. The other million dollar winner was sold at Stauffer’s One Stop in Ringtown, Schuylkill County.

Each retailer gets a five thousand dollar bonus for selling the tickets. No one had all five numbers plus the Powerball, meaning the jackpot grows to 50 million for Wednesday night’s drawing.

Earlier this month, a Bucks County man won a more than 33 million dollar Powerball jackpot.

Shootings Leave Gunman, Three Dead in Blair County Pennsylvania

Four people are dead after a multiple shooting Friday morning in Blair County near Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.   Police got the first call of gunshots fired around 9 am.

Trooper David McGarvey of the Hollidaysburg Barracks says as troopers headed to the scene, a man in a truck opened fire on the marked patrol cars as they passed. He then crashed head on into one of the patrol cars. He got out of his truck and began to fire into the marked police car. The troopers returned fire, striking and killing the man.

Trooper McGarvey says police then discovered there were three people dead at separate locations.  The dead are two men and one woman. The State Police Major Case Team and Blair County District Attorney’s office are investigating the crime scenes.

One State Trooper was hit twice by bullets.  One bullet struck his body armor, but the other hit his wrist.  A second trooper was injured by shattered glass from the gunfire and a third was hurt in the crash with the suspect’s truck.

RadioPA Roundtable

Radio PA Roundtable 12.21.12

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, Brad Christman brings you Governor Tom Corbett’s thoughts on the Connecticut school massacre and the political debates that have resulted. The governor also talks about Christmases past and you’ll hear from an author whose book “Fading Ads of Philadelphia” makes a great last-minute stocking stuffer for the native Philadelphian on your list.

Radio PA Roundtable is a 30-minute program featuring in-depth reporting on the top news stories of the week.

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PSU President Gets Pay Raise

After one year on the job, Penn State President Rodney Erickson is getting a 16% pay increase, which brings his annual salary to $600,000 dollars.  The pay raise is performance-based, and outgoing Trustees chair Karen Peetz says he’s done a tremendous job leading Penn State through a difficult year. 

“It is imperative that we have a strong, effective leader to ensure our future excellence,” Peetz said in a written statement.  “Rod Erickson is that leader.  His salary is in line with competitors and we are pleased to support his presidency.” 

Erickson plans to retire in June 2014, and a nationwide search for his replacement is about to get underway.  Peetz will be stepping down from her leadership post, to focus on her new position, but will remain a member of the board. 

Even with Erickson’s raise, he’s earning far less than his predecessor, and he will not be receiving any of the deferred compensation.