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- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Republican Governors Opt-In to Medicaid Expansion
- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
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- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Seth Williams on Guns, Jasmine Rivera on School Closures @PFC Meetup Wednesday
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The Problem with Operation Clean Sweep
Most have now heard about Operation Clean Sweep, a group started in the anger of the pay raise fiasco. Their goal was to encourage people of all parties to run against every incumbent, of every party, no matter how they voted on the pay raise, or anything else for that matter. This seems a little silly to me, and John Grogan, who wrote somewhere in the range of 300 columns on the pay raise, gives some pretty good reasons why this is so.
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Operation Clean Sweep and its followers want to throw out every last incumbent regardless of record. It makes no difference whether the lawmaker voted for the raise or voted against it, took the money as an "unvouchered expense" or refused it, acted sleazily or honorably. All must go.
And that's just plain dumb.
Well, yes, please continue.
The shared platform boils down to this: Replace them with us, and we promise to never stop being outsiders, to never become jaded, to never succumb to the hubris that led the current bunch to think they could simply give themselves a double-digit pay hike in the dark before dawn and no one would squeak.
That's not good enough.
Leadership needs to be about more than who you won't be.
Exactly. The pay raise vote was stupid. But, I am certainly not voting for someone on the basis that they pledge not to vote themselves a pay raise. It is almost too obvious to say that uh, there are probably a few (hundred) other issues that are pretty important besides this.
We need to vote for people who have an actual platform, not people who are so focused on Harrisburg policy, and so mature in their thinking, that they have registered email addresses of things like "poopy fun." Representing PA residents is a game for the politically mature, with real ideas for real problems, so, I think the "poopy fun" brigades better come up with a platform instead.