Briefs

Pa.’s Pat Toomey teams with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on fentanyl bill

BY: - April 5, 2019

The bill would get tough on fentanyl imports and manufacturing from China.

Trucker lawsuit against Pa. Turnpike that threatened public transit funding dismissed

BY: - April 4, 2019

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that groups representing truck drivers and motorists brought against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission over rising tolls used to fund public transit. In a 56-page decision, Middle District of Pennsylvania Judge Yvette Kane wrote that the plaintiffs did not prove the Turnpike Commission is violating the Constitution’s commerce […]

In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a doctor’s office

BY: - April 2, 2019

When it comes to improving the health of an entire community, it takes a lot more than just medical insurance and proximity to doctors. Rep. Joanna McClinton, the youngest woman to be elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus, knows that firsthand. Growing up in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood that she now serves as a […]

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean, others ask for $10M study on PFAS contamination

BY: - April 2, 2019

With residents in her Pennsylvania district dealing with contaminated water, a suburban Philadelphia lawmaker has asked the federal Defense department to help clean up its own mess.

Sarah Hammond, left, and Doug Mastriano. (Courtesy campaign websites)

Pennsylvania’s busy special election season continues as parties pick nominees for 33rd Senate District

BY: - April 1, 2019

Local Democratic and Republican party activists in south-central Pennsylvania have selected their respective nominees for a special election in Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District, a reliably Republican seat that was most recently held by Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams. Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, a military historian and veteran, will face Democratic contender Sarah Hammond, a local government […]

Wolf cabinet secretaries make the financial case for not ignoring the 2020 Census

BY: - April 1, 2019

One year before the next U.S. Census officially kicks off, a handful of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries gathered in the Capitol on Monday to make the financial case for participating. “It isn’t a Republican issue. It’s isn’t a Democrat issue,” Rick Vilello, Department of Community and Economic Development deputy secretary for community affairs, said. […]

Pa. finished March ahead of projections for tax collections, Revenue Dept. says

BY: - April 1, 2019

Pennsylvanians are buying more. And vice continues to be big business, new state tax collection data indicates.

End of an era: ‘Lobbyist Room’ at the back of the Pa. House closes its doors, report

BY: - April 1, 2019

Another anachronism falls victim to technology and progress.

COMMENTARY

Cut cash assistance for the needy? What’s the worst that could happen? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 30, 2019

The payments to some of Pennsylvania's neediest are on the line.

‘They are big, very deep, record deepness:’ Trump will fund Great Lakes cleanup after all

BY: - March 29, 2019

Just weeks after his administration proposed slashing federal cleanup money for the Great Lakes from $300 million to $30 million, President Donald Trump says the program will be fully funded after all. During a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Trump told a crowd, “We have some breaking news!” The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. “You […]

‘I stand by it. I won’t apologize:’ Pennsylvania lawmaker at center of controversial prayer says in Christian radio interview

BY: - March 29, 2019

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, the freshman Republican from Clinton County who sparked a social media backlash and garnered national headlines for her controversial invocation at the start of Monday’s voting session in the state House, isn’t backing down. In a broadcast interview with The American Pastors Network on Thursday, Borowicz acknowledged that there was “definitely […]