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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Monday, July 8, 2013

About: "A House Divided" G. Terry Madonna & Michael L.Young

“Most attention in the bruising battle to adopt the recently enacted Pennsylvania budget focused on whether the state budget passed on time.  It did. 
But a story far more important than budget passage itself was largely missed in covering the late night, last- minute theatrics now de rigueur with state budgets. That story poignantly revealed to those watching the deep polarization that now exists within the Pennsylvania legislature…”  
"What happened can be summed up in a single word: “partisanship”-- pervasive, prevalent, pernicious, partisanship--more intense than any in modern times.  Partisanship also has polarized not only Republicans from Democrats, but likewise the state house from the state senate, ominously mirroring the same toxic partisanship so virulently widespread in the U.S. Congress."  
A House Divided 
July 8, 2013 
G. Terry Madonna & Michael L.Young
I believe the division between extremist Republicans and everyone else will increase in the near future. I can't be sure and I could be wrong but there seem to be more young Republican local office holders of "Tea Party Patriot" persuasion in Chester County. The younger local office holders on school boards and municipal government are the future candidates in statewide and federal elections.
For the next decade or so I can see the Republican Party growing even more extreme. Whether the voters will put them in office or not is too be determined.

If you have an interest in politics, especially Pennsylvania politics, make sure to check "Politicly Uncorrected" frequently:
Politically Uncorrected Column 
"Politically Uncorrected is published twice monthly.  Dr. G. Terry Madonna is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll) at Franklin & Marshall College, and Dr. Michael Young is Managing Partner of Michael Young Strategic Research."

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