Where we are, where we’ve been: A look at Pennsylvania’s oil-rich history
By: Cassie Miller - March 2, 2020
Even today, few industries — aside from coal and steel — have had the same impact on the state as oil and gas drilling. The state was at one time the country’s leading producer in the oil and gas industry since the 1850s, creating thousands of jobs across the commonwealth and driving its economy for much of the 20th century.
Rush hour fees, supplemental appropriations and more | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - February 29, 2020
The top five stories from this week's news and more!
Mail-in ballots prove popular in weeks since their debut
By: Cassie Miller - February 28, 2020
More than 20,000 voters across Pennsylvania have requested mail-in ballots in the two weeks since the application went live on Feb. 11, the Department of State announced in a press release Thursday.
What 50 years of voting in Pa. looks like | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - February 27, 2020
Over the last half-century, the Keystone State’s population has grown; the number of registered voters has increased, and the number of votes cast has climbed. But there’s more to this data than meets the eye.
Better know a voting machine: Dept. of State rolls out new website to help 2020 voters
By: Cassie Miller - February 26, 2020
To get the commonwealth ready for the changes, the Department of State has launched a webpage called “Ready to Vote” to help Pennsylvanians identify what method their county has chosen and how the process works.
‘Chaotic and impulsive’: In new ad blitz, Dem super PAC goes on the offensive against Trump in Pa.
By: Cassie Miller - February 25, 2020
Priorities USA said it’s already reserved $70 million for television and digital advertising in the 2020 campaign. Pennsylvania is at the heart of the push.
What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about
By: Cassie Miller - February 24, 2020
The appropriations “have become structural,” Rep. Matt Bradford, of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, told the Capital-Star.
‘Shame on us’ Labor & Industry secretary says of Pa.’s stalled minimum wage
By: Cassie Miller - February 20, 2020
The two Wolf administration officials made the case for a wage hike during the agency’s annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. They told the Repulican-controlled panel that the Legislature’s lack of movement on the issue has been “frustrating.”
White supremacy propaganda in 2019| The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - February 17, 2020
Year-over-year, 2019 saw an increase in propaganda distribution by these groups with 2,713 cases of distribution reported. A doubling of activity from 2018 when the number was 1, 214.
A look at homelessness in the Keystone State, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - February 13, 2020
It’s difficult to get an accurate count of the nation’s homeless population because of its transitory nature. But thanks to data compiled by the Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, we have a detailed estimate of what the issue looks like.
‘We have to fix this’ Sens. Casey, Collins hear rural home healthcare concerns
By: Cassie Miller - February 12, 2020
The home health care system in rural America needs a facelift. This was the consensus of both lawmakers and a panel of witnesses who testified Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick meets with Parkland families, Trump on school safety measures
By: Cassie Miller - February 11, 2020
It’s been a little more than two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., that claimed the lives of 17 people. With years now rolling by, legislators and families are still pressing to find a consensus and solution to safer schools.