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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
- PA Revenue Strong Midway Through Year; Tax Cut Could Have Big Impact
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Unreal: Election Returns Back in the Dark
The City Commissioners, showing why their office should be eliminated:
The city will not provide free election returns on a public website for the May primary, election officials said today.
Last year, activist Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg petitioned for access to the city's password-protected election returns website. Traditionally, only city bigwigs and paying members of the media could access the site on election night.
The city acknowledged the request and made returns available on a public site in November. But Bob Lee, an election administrator at the Philadelphia Board of Elections, today said that site was too expensive to run for the primary.
I will have more on this soon. But, remember, about 400 people requested passwords to view election returns. In response, the Commissioners spent a stupefying amount of money- hundreds of thousands of dollars- on a crappy website... that now apparently will not even be operational.
And what is their rationale? According to Catherine Lucey, it is that they say they would have to spend $30,000 in hosting fees for the night. For hosting fees!
So, why do we pay these salaries? This is certainly a reminder that when we talk about eliminating row offices, it isn't just about saving money. It is about a basic level of professionalism and competency which we should expect from our government.