Government & Politics

Lt. Gov. Davis highlights $17.5M Harrisburg stormwater infrastructure project

BY: - December 5, 2023

The project on the grounds of the facility includes porous asphalt and a storage and filtration system. It’s part of a larger stormwater infrastructure project being completed to comply with the Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

View of an Amtrak train (Capital-Star photo by Patrick Abdalla).

Federal designation could finally bring back passenger rail between Scranton and NYC

BY: - December 5, 2023

U.S. Sen Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) announced that reestablishing direct passenger rail between Scranton and New York City moved one step closer on Tuesday, as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is including Northeastern Pennsylvania in its Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program. The Corridor ID Program was established […]

Shell Inaugurates Green-Tech Hydrogen Production Plant

Hydrogen Hubs face scrutiny at Senate Dems hearing

BY: - December 4, 2023

The hearing, held by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, was designed to give lawmakers more information on hydrogen hubs and their ability to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth while also supporting sustainable economic growth. 


Shapiro joins call for clarity on Affordable Care Act coverage of OTC birth control pills

BY: - December 4, 2023

In addition to Shapiro, the letter was signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. 

Fetterman enlists Santos to send a video message to Menendez

BY: - December 4, 2023

In the video, Santos, who was expelled from the House last week by colleagues by a 311-114 bipartisan vote after a federal criminal indictment and a damning report from the House Ethics Committee, speaks directly to the camera:

White House points to defense spending in states in new plea for Ukraine aid

BY: - December 4, 2023

“I want to be clear: without congressional action, by the end of the year we will run out of resources to procure more weapons and equipment for Ukraine and to provide equipment from U.S. military stocks,” White House budget director Shalanda Young wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

Shapiro denounces protest outside Israeli-owned restaurant in Philadelphia

BY: - December 4, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro sent out a post on social media on Sunday evening calling the protest outside of Goldie a blatant act of antisemitism.

In remarks from PA Society gathering, Casey and McCormick disagree on ‘greedflation’

BY: - December 4, 2023

Casey has blamed the rise in prices on corporate greed, but McCormick pointed to policy from the Biden administration.

High fees, long waits cast shadow over new criminal expungement laws

BY: - December 4, 2023

More states are making it easier for residents to clear or seal their criminal records. The effort has drawn bipartisan support, as lawmakers across the political spectrum say it will help people find jobs and housing, in turn boosting local economies and reducing reliance on social services. “Folks that get out of jail or prison […]

Deluzio highlights child care center at Pittsburgh International Airport as a model

BY: - December 2, 2023

A poll released in July  showed that 74 percent of voters think federal funding for childcare and early learning programs should be increased. That includes 61 percent of Republican voters and 86 percent of Democratic voters.

Philadelphia City Council passes ban on ski masks in certain public places

BY: - December 1, 2023

The legislation sponsored by Councilmember Anthony Phillips passed 13-2, despite opposition from the ACLU. Phillips is confident that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will sign it into law.

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

BY: - December 1, 2023

President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor in 1981, and she was confirmed by the full Senate, 99-0, in September of that year.