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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Lehigh University Press (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611461049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611461046
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During a time when state and national attention is being given to drilling and fracking to mine gas, with claims of various kinds of pollution, a review of how one legislator affected the changes in how the state has to treat water only a few years ago may be of interest. (Pennsylvania Magazine)

About the Author

Franklin L. Kury served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate from 1966 through 1980 as a leader in the enactment of governmental reform and environmental protection legislation.

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The book presents an author who was elected to five Pennsylvania State House and one State Senate terms. He won over the opposition of his county patronage-based political organization. He was first elected in 1966 with the help of many volunteers who were unconnected to the local political scene.

Kury served in the Pennsylvania legislature, an institution dating back to the 17th century. In the 17th century, the legislature was unelected and was advisory to the Governor. In 1701, the legislature became elected, then creating a separate branch of government.

The 20th century was one where lobbyists were able to visit Senators while in their seats on the Senate floor. Lobbyists for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Sun Oil had seats in the Senate chamber. The Senators were once led by President Pro Tem Harvey Taylor, who controlled much patronage. Taylor earned a percent of state insurance contracts, believed to be about $450,000 annually. Taylor divided this commission with Republican Senators, Republican House leaders, and candidates he supported.

Kury went to Penn Law School, where he was campus Co-Chair of Students for Kennedy and Johnson. He then worked as a clerk in the state Attorney General's office. He was involved in keeping a phone line open between the Governor and a warden during an execution. Hearing the execution on the phone helped make him oppose the death penalty. He also worked on the state government defending requiring students to read the Bible. This would help him later when running for office in a politically conservative area. Kury then worked for U.S. Rep. George Rhodes and then served in the Army Reserves. Kury returned from Army duties and then became a precinct Democratic committeeman.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LEON L CZIKOWSKY on December 14, 2011
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The book presents an author who was elected to five Pennsylvania State House and one State Senate terms. He won over the opposition of his county patronage-based political organization. He was first elected in 1966 with the help of many volunteers who were unconnected to the local political scene.

Kury served in the Pennsylvania legislature, an institution dating back to the 17th century. In the 17th century, the legislature was unelected and was advisory to the Governor. In 1701, the legislature became elected, then creating a separate branch of government.

The 20th century was one where lobbyists were able to visit Senators while in their seats on the Senate floor. Lobbyists for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Sun Oil had seats in the Senate chamber. The Senators were once led by President Pro Tem Harvey Taylor, who controlled much patronage. Taylor earned a percent of state insurance contracts, believed to be about $450,000 annually. Taylor divided this commission with Republican Senators, Republican House leaders, and candidates he supported.

Kury went to Penn Law School, where he was campus Co-Chair of Students for Kennedy and Johnson. He then worked as a clerk in the state Attorney General's office. He was involved in keeping a phone line open between the Governor and a warden during an execution. Hearing the execution on the phone helped make him oppose the death penalty. He also worked on the state government defending requiring students to read the Bible. This would help him later when running for office in a politically conservative area. Kury then worked for U.S. Rep. George Rhodes and then served in the Army Reserves. Kury returned from Army duties and then became a precinct Democratic committeeman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward j. knittel on January 31, 2014
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Specially in light of the recent Pa Supreme Court's ruling regarding Act 13 in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pa.
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