Government & Politics
‘We have real work to do.’ Pa. Sen. Laughlin breaks silence, denounces election investigation
Sen. Daniel Laughlin, who’s exploring a run for governor, denounced attempts to review the 2020 general and 2021 elections, making him the first and so far the only member of his party to voice opposition.
Watchdog groups allege campaign finance violations against ALEC in Pa., 14 other states
The groups, The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Common Cause, and Alliance for a Better Utah announced this week that it had filed or was planning to file campaign finance complaints in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for allegedly giving GOP lawmakers access to voter management campaign software, which the groups argue helped more than 2,000 lawmakers and ALEC members rake in more than $6 million during the 2020 election cycle.
Pa. Sen. Laughlin: Forensic probe of 2020 election will ‘further paranoid atmospherics’ | Opinion
If two sides want to fight over a year-old election, I advise them to take it outside. We have real work to do in the Capitol.
Could the Golden Rule sway some vaccine skeptics? A new poll points to yes | Thursday Coffee
Hesitancy is down, according to a new poll. But significant barriers still remain.
‘Buy American’: In the Lehigh Valley, Biden touts manufacturing, as Senate gets infrastructure deal
“We brought this economy back from the brink, put checks in people’s pockets, shots in people’s arms, [gave] tax cuts for people with children,” Biden said.
Pa. GOP lawmaker says Senate committee will meet soon to vote on subpoenas for election review
Sen. Doug Mastriano said it’s not a question of if the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee will subpoena information — but when.
Philly Mayor Kenney won’t mandate COVID vaccine for city workers – but won’t rule it out
“We will continue to assess the need to implement a vaccination mandate for our city workers and may make this a requirement at a future date," a spokesperson said
Feds send $7.5B in grants, incl. $229M in Pa., to arts venues hit by pandemic | Wednesday Coffee
The U.S. Small Business Administration sent the aid to help more than 10K arts and cultural businesses, venues, and nonprofits get back on track.
Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion
If you ask the men and women struggling to keep the doors of their family business open, they’ll tell you they’re weathering the worst storm they’ve ever seen – and they need help now.
CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates
Some 39 states have infection rates that have reached 'substantial' or 'high' levels of transmission, according to the CDC
Pa. man with ties to GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Sen. Doug Mastriano arrested for Jan. 6 involvement
Federal agents arrested Samuel Lazar, a 35-year-old Lancaster County resident, on Monday for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.
‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium
Housing policy experts have warned that millions of Americans are still struggling to pay their rent, and that the end of that legal protection likely will lead to a surge in eviction filings across the country.