Briefs

House Republicans again call on Rep. Brian Sims to apologize for harassing Planned Parenthood protesters

BY: - May 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the state House on Wednesday issued a sternly worded rebuke of state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, demanding he fully apologize for separate incidents in which he harassed protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia, saying his actions “are a reflection on all of us, regardless of party affiliation.” Sims, who was […]

Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season

BY: - May 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf closed out his tour of Pennsylvania’s flood-ravaged boroughs and rusted out mill towns in a place that’s neither flood-ravaged nor rusted out. Standing in the gilded state Capitol, where he was surrounded by local and state officeholders, the Democratic governor made his closing argument for his $4.5 billion in infrastructure plan, Restore […]

House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance

BY: - May 14, 2019

Lawmakers in the state House said Tuesday they hope a package of bills now working its way through the chamber will help teenage foster children transition from young adulthood into maturity. “We have our own support networks in place, and we assume they’re in place for everyone,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said at […]

Activists mark 65th anniversary of landmark school desegregation case: ‘There’s always more we can do’

BY: - May 14, 2019

This Friday, May 17, marks 65 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, finally desegregating America’s public schools. In the two generations since then, America has made great progress, but “there’s always something more we can do.” That’s the message activists at a weekly “Tuesdays […]

President Donald Trump will rally in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on May 20

BY: - May 13, 2019

President Donald Trump will return next week to the state that helped put him in the White House in 2016. The Republican will rally Monday in Lycoming County, just a day before voters cast their ballots in a critical special election there. Trump’s campaign said the president is headed to Lycoming County to show his […]

COMMENTARY

If you give a lawmaker a pension … | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - May 11, 2019

Pa. lawmakers have not been so quick to give up their taxpayer-funded, defined-benefit pensions, even as they've forced other public employees into 401(k)-style retirement plans.

Senate President Joe Scarnati wants to sell Pa. Lt. Gov’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap

BY: - May 10, 2019

For Sale: One lieutenant governor’s residence, gently used, 2,400-square feet, three floors, with a pool. Inquiries to: J. Scarnati. The top Republican in the Pennsylvania state Senate is circulating a bill to sell the State House, the official residence of the Keystone State’s lieutenant governor. In a memo to his colleagues, Senate President Pro Tempore […]

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.

Armed school officers and security will get additional training under Senate bill

BY: - May 7, 2019

The devil is in the details, as a state Senate committee hearing demonstrated Tuesday.

Dem Rep. Brian Sims makes national headlines in viral video condemning Planned Parenthood protesters

BY: - May 7, 2019

A Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia is facing mounting criticism after he posted a Twitter video of himself haranguing women outside an abortion clinic. Rep. Brian Sims is seen in the May 2 video berating the woman, who were protesting outside the offices of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, asking them, “Have you fed any […]

Turzai lends support to gift ban after activists shower lawmakers with dollar bills, get arrested

BY: - May 6, 2019

Twenty activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday, after dropping dollars labeled “bribe” and blocking a building entrance in an attempt to pressure the state House to pass what they say is a long overdue gift ban. The activists came from March On Harrisburg, a grassroots anti-corruption organization, at the conclusion of a nine-day […]

GOP-controlled state House panel advances Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 6, 2019

The House Health Committee voted along party lines Monday to advance a controversial proposal to ban abortions after an in-utero Down syndrome diagnosis. The panel voted 15-9 to approve legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York, that amends current state law to add a Down syndrome diagnosis to the list of conditions under which a […]