Briefs

House lawmakers still have questions about Pennsylvania’s Amazon incentives package

BY: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania didn’t land Amazon’s much-coveted second headquarters, but lawmakers still have questions about the $4.5 billion incentive deal state officials put together. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin faced questions from Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, on the state’s fiscal goodie bag for the online retail giant during a House Appropriations Committee hearing […]

How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

BY: - February 27, 2019

The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation. Here’s how every […]

Department of Health seeks $1.4 million to study chemical contaminants in water

BY: - February 27, 2019

If you’re a toxicologist, chemist or epidemiologist looking for a job, Pennsylvania wants to hear from you. The state Department of Health plans to hire a team of 10 research scientists this year to study the effects of toxic PFAS chemicals that contaminate soil and drinking water, its secretary said in a Senate Appropriations Committee […]

Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t have a fave superhero, but he did love “Classics Illustrated” — which explains so much

BY: - February 27, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf held an Q&A session on Instagram on Wednesday. And while it lacked the intensity of … say … the Watergate hearings, there were a few surprise glimpses into the psyche of Pennsylvania’s chief executive. For one, the session did settle the “Debate We Didn’t Even Know We Were Having” over whether Wolf […]

Gov. Wolf’s campaign wants to raise $20k for Democrat in North Carolina congressional race

BY: - February 27, 2019

Now that it doesn’t have to worry about raising cash for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign apparatus is looking for other places to flex its fundraising muscles. Mission accomplished? In a Tuesday email blast, Wolf’s campaign asked supporters to help them raise $20,000 by Thursday at midnight so that Democrat Dan McCready’s campaign can meet […]

State gambling oversight agency sees revenue potential in online sports bets

BY: - February 27, 2019

Allowing Pennsylvanians to place sports bets online could mean increased revenue for the state, a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board official told lawmakers Wednesday. “The information we’re receiving is that the online component is popular and can exceed the amount of revenue obtained from a retail side,” Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said during a House Appropriations […]

GOP state Senate candidate Raja ties Iovino to AOC, Sanders in new attack ad

BY: - February 27, 2019

In his first two ads, Republican state Senate candidate D. Raja punched up his background as a businessman, immigrant and father. Now, Raja’s, who’s running for the open 37th District seat in Pittsburgh’s wealthy south suburbs is going on the attack against his Democratic opponent — Navy veteran and former Bush cabinet assistant secretary Pam Iovino […]

Penn State president says sexual assaults, alcohol offenses down after Greek life reforms

BY: - February 26, 2019

This article was edited on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. to include new comments from a Penn State spokesman about sexual assault. Anti-hazing reforms at Pennsylvania State University have contributed to a drop in sexual assaults and alcohol-related offenses in the first year since they took effect, the university’s president said Tuesday. In 2017-18, […]

Wolf “welcomes discussion” with Legislature on his minimum wage hike

BY: - February 26, 2019

The state's minimum, which is the same as the federal minimum, has not been raised since 2009.

Pennsylvania gets C+ grade from national gun control group

BY: - February 26, 2019

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Pennsylvania’s gun laws a slightly better mark in 2018 following the passage of a bill restricting domestic abusers’ access to firearms. Passing the law improved Pennsylvania’s grade from a C to a C+. Judged by strength, the commonwealth’s gun laws rank 12th in the nation, according to […]

Casey sides with Senate Republicans in failed vote to advance abortion bill

BY: - February 26, 2019

“I’m a pro-life Democrat, which means I support women and children before and after birth."

In Washington Post op-ed, Pa.’s Ryan Costello’s urges Republicans to vote ‘yes’ on gun background checks bill

BY: - February 26, 2019

With the U.S. House poised to vote on a major piece of gun-control legislation, a former Republican congressman from suburban Philadelphia is urging his onetime GOP colleagues to get on board and support it. Pending legislation that would require mandatory background checks on all gun sales “is not only consistent with the Second Amendment; it’s […]