This is Why You Need to Run for the State Assembly in One Sentence

End of story.

Nearly half the state lawmakers whose terms expire at the end of this year have already received some good news – they have no opposition at all in 2014 and can plan to be voting on legislation again come January.

How is the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and ultimately the General Assembly, supposed to become more progressive and more liberal when half of all seats go unopposed every election?  How are we supposed to fund public education and higher education when half of all seats go unopposed?  How are we supposed to have a higher minimum wage, health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians, stronger environmental laws, fair labor practices, a functioning infrastructure, adequate public transportation systems, smart growth policies, strong social safety nets when the people who go to Harrisburg never face a primary challenge, let alone a general election challenge?

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