Government & Politics

Fate of former Corbett official’s charter school lies with ex-colleagues

During her year-and-a-half stint as Pennsylvania’s top education executive, Carolyn Dumaresq oversaw hundreds of charter schools across the state.Last month, though, she hit a stumbling block in her quest to open one of her...

In the Coal Region, a debate over whether marijuana legalization will hurt or help...

Of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, Schuylkill County in the Coal Region has been one of the hardest hit by opioids.On Saturday, the role that legalizing marijuana could play in that crisis was hotly debated during...

Here’s what 2014 and 2018 can teach us about what’s ahead for Pa. (and...

Tom Wolf's wins in 2014 and 2018 point the way forward for Democrats in 2020.

Money for Pittsburgh air base won’t be affected by Trump’s emergency declaration: report

An $85 million project aimed at helping an Air Force Reserve station near Pittsburgh accommodate larger C-17 cargo planes won't be affected by the Trump administration's plans to shift federal money away from defense...

GOP state House candidate Scavo apologizes for anti-Muslim Facebook posts

Frank Scavo, a Lackawanna County school board chair, businessman, and Republican candidate for state House, apologized this week for posting anti-Muslim statements on his personal Facebook page.A review of Scavo's social media from March...

Pat Toomey & Brian Fitzpatrick: A tale of two Republicans | John L. Micek

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his reelection chances — tells us a lot about the...

Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund...

Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state's Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest.About that recently revived cash assistance program? The...

The 3 reasons why Americans fall for politicians’ lies about statistics | Opinion

Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.

Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds

Pennsylvania is making progress at encouraging strong families, and becoming a state where infants and toddlers can grow up in good health and encounter positive early learning experiences, a new report has found.The Keystone State...