Government & Politics

‘Buy American’: In the Lehigh Valley, Biden touts manufacturing, as Senate gets infrastructure deal

BY: - July 28, 2021

“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

BY: - July 28, 2021

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

BY: - July 28, 2021

“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

BY: - July 28, 2021

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.

COMMENTARY

Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion

BY: - July 28, 2021

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

BY: - July 27, 2021

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

BY: - July 27, 2021

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

BY: - July 27, 2021

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.

With a rise in overdose deaths, how is Pa. combating the opioid epidemic?

BY: - July 27, 2021

Preliminary data from the state Department of Health show a 14 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2020, compared to 4,458 deaths the year before.

U.S. mayors, including Scranton’s, call on Congress to pass immigration reform | Tuesday Coffee

BY: - July 27, 2021

'It’s right for our economic future. It’s time for Congress to finally act,' Scranton Mayor Paige Congnetti said.

What does a recent Pa. Supreme Court ruling mean for survivors of childhood sexual abuse?

BY: - July 26, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward hasn’t officially ruled out legislation that would open a two-year window for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers.

Philly police retirements tick up in 2020 amid pandemic and protests

BY: - July 26, 2021

Police retirements were up 25 percent last year compared to 2019.