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How (not) to take the politics out of redistricting | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 7, 2019

A Wolf administration's commission returned its recommendations to improve legislative and congressional redistricting. How much has changed?

Pittsburgh Dem Ravenstahl attracts primary challenger in Bellevue’s Marburger

BY: - September 5, 2019

Marburger said she particularly wants to highlight Ravenstahl's previous opposition to abortion access — but he now says he is "pro-choice."

Pa. Republican looks to block PennDOT from officially offering gender-neutral licenses

BY: - September 4, 2019

A Republican lawmaker from central Pennsylvania wants to stop the Wolf administration from officially offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses. But under state law — which makes no reference to sex or gender on licenses — the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says its legal authority is clear and would oppose the bill. On Wednesday, Rep. Jesse Topper, […]

Senate Democrats hit the road in September for addiction open house series

BY: - September 3, 2019

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats will hold 10 open house events across the state in September, where their constituents can share stories of addiction and recovery and find resources for battling substance use disorder, the caucus announced Tuesday.  The events commemorate September as National Recovery Month, which honors people and their loved ones who are living with […]

Feds give Wolf admin $2.25 million to study maternal mortality in Pennsylvania

BY: - September 3, 2019

The committee, which has its roots in legislation sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh, studies all maternal deaths before or up to a year after birth.

COMMENTARY

It’s time to settle that school lunch debt | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - August 31, 2019

School districts are turning to collection agencies. Nope - no such thing as a free lunch.

’We cannot afford to lose the Affordable Care Act’: Wolf, Casey lead health care rally 

BY: - August 28, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale all attended the event.

Legislative panel will travel the state this fall to hear concerns on the way Pa. pays for special education

BY: - August 28, 2019

The panel will compile its findings in a report due by Nov. 30.

Pa.’s Shapiro one of 20 attorneys general suing Trump administration over proposed family detention policy

BY: - August 26, 2019

Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced last Wednesday that the administration is moving forward with a new rule that would essentially end the Flores agreement.

Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans: Trump isn’t a ‘reliable’ partner on gun control

BY: - August 26, 2019

The Philadelphia Democrat says he hopes Congress can still get something done on gun control this fall. But the White House and Republicans need to help.

Grand jury recommends no charges against ex-state rep. accused of sexual assault but pushes Legislature for reforms

BY: - August 26, 2019

Brian Ellis, who served in the Pennsylvania House from 2002 until resigning in March of this year, was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2015.

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So that’s what it takes to get a little property tax relief | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - August 24, 2019

Spoiler: It's going to require a road trip unless, or until, the Legislature finally acts.