Briefs

Rookie lawmakers push legislation to limit General Assembly members’ tenure

BY: - March 12, 2019

Another session, another reform effort. In previous years, campaign finance reform, shrinking the legislature, and redistricting changes have been pushed as a solution to Harrisburg’s dysfunction. This year, House lawmakers from both parties have coalesced around a bill to restrict lawmakers from gaining power through endless tenure in the Capitol. “We are not trying to […]

Pa. Senate plan would create new state commission to study higher ed. funding issues

BY: - March 12, 2019

The panel would consider a number of factors when making a decision on how to pay for higher education in Pennsylvania

Tax Day is a month away — Pa. officials offer tips on how to avoid getting scammed

BY: - March 11, 2019

Tax Day, April 15, is about a month away, and maybe you’ve already started getting the phone calls. You know the one: A pre-recorded voice, claiming to be from the government, claims that you’ll face fees, penalties, and maybe even jail if you don’t get your fiscal house in order. You probably know this already […]

COMMENTARY

Here’s what needs to be dragged into the light | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 9, 2019

It's 'Sunshine Week' in Pennsylvania - we still have a bit of work to do.

Western Pa. state Senate candidates trade second round of attacks in new ads

BY: - March 8, 2019

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to reflect that Democrat Matt Smith held the 37th from 2013 to 2015.* Candidates vying for a state Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh released dueling attack ads Friday, less than a month before a highly watched special election. Pam Iovino, a Democratic Navy veteran and former cabinet assistant secretary, […]

Erie County senator seeks support for e-scooter bill

BY: - March 8, 2019

After gaining some momentum in the House, a movement to legalize e-scooters in Pennsylvania has spread to the state Senate. Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie, plans to introduce legislation that would classify electronic scooters as bicycles under the state’s vehicle code, he announced in a memo Thursday. A companion bill was introduced in the House last […]

Former senators Don White (L) and Richard Alloway (R)

Special elections for Senate seats slated for May 21

BY: - March 8, 2019

Special elections for two state Senate seats will be held on Pennsylvania’s primary day on May 21, the lieutenant governor announced Friday. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman signed the Writ of Election for Senate Districts 41 and 33 on Thursday, officially kicking off races for seats formerly held by Sens. Don White, of Indiana County, and […]

In a new ad, a progressive super PAC is going on the attack against Republican Frank Scavo for anti-Muslim social media posts

BY: - March 8, 2019

Republican Frank Scavo has apologized for his comments - but insists they 'pale in comparison' to the statements of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Oman, D-Minn.

Mental health services decline in schools as police presence grows: report

BY: - March 7, 2019

Students in 2019 are more stressed and anxious than ever before, but new research suggests they're not getting the mental health services they need in school.

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins lawsuit to block Trump restrictions on family planning program

BY: - March 5, 2019

The filing comes a day after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a separate federal challenge to the administration’s rule change.

The fight in a western Pa. special election heats up: Democrat Iovino, Republican Raja trade barbs in new ads

BY: - March 5, 2019

Things are getting nasty in the special election battle between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D.Raja in the special election fight for western Pennsylvania’s open 37th Senate District seat. In an ad launched last week, Raja, businessman and chairman of the Allegheny County Republicans, derides Iovino as a “liberal extremist.” It also touts the 500 […]

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County Commissioner

BY: - March 5, 2019

After 24 years in the General Assembly, the southeastern moderate is looking at a career change.