Government & Politics

State Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberlaand, speaks in support of House Bill 972 during a Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate approves veto-bound legislation targeting transgender girls, women in school sports

BY: - June 29, 2022

The upper chamber voted 30-20 to send the proposal to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already promised to veto the legislation, authored by state Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland.

UPDATED: Trump’s fake electors: Here’s the full list

BY: - June 29, 2022

The scheme is reportedly under investigation by the FBI and the Justice Dept., which have issued subpoenas to several of the people involved.

Woman in cafe shopping online with laptop

Federal lawmakers aim to crack down on ‘dark patterns’ that trick users online

BY: - June 29, 2022

The legislation would place limits on how internet firms with over 100M monthly users could ask for information

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What the GOP and a Greek tragedy have in common | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - June 29, 2022

Today’s partisans in the MAGA movement are little more than actors in an updated version of a Greek tragedy directed by an unqualified, power hungry, dissembling, narcissistic, demagogic, would-be despot.

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Who runs Harrisburg? You or the corporate elite? | Opinion

BY: - June 29, 2022

With the budget clock ticking down, lawmakers have a choice to help working Pennsylvanians.

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Fair funding for Pa. schools also means fair funding for special education | Opinion

BY: - June 29, 2022

All kids want to do well in school; some just require additional assistance and extra tools to get there.

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 28, 2022

HHS will enforce federal laws to ensure federally approved abortion pills — which must be obtained by prescription — remain available, a top official said.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The clock is ticking for lawmakers, Wolf to agree on 2022-23 budget. What to know so far

BY: and - June 28, 2022

Lawmakers have until midnight on Thursday to pass a spending plan that allocates billions of dollars to fund education, economic growth, community development, and human services.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey speaks during a live-streamed 6/27/22 press conference

Pgh Mayor Gainey pleads with lawmakers to fight gun violence

BY: - June 28, 2022

By Ladimir Garcia PITTSBURGH —  Following a string of mass shootings that have shaken the nation this year, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey is urging state lawmakers to take action on gun reform. During a Monday news conference, Gainey joined a slate of community leaders to press for change at the state level. “We are begging […]

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Pa., Norfolk Southern get a deal to expand W.Pa rail access | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 28, 2022

The more than $200M agreement eventually will add a 2nd daily Amtrak trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, officials said.

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To engage the ‘will of the voters,’ you also have to empower them | Opinion

BY: - June 28, 2022

The bad faith use of the constitutional amendment process reduces the power of voters under the guise of increasing it.

States want to make it easier to use red flag laws | Analysis

BY: - June 28, 2022

Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have such laws. Pa. buried its bill in committee.