Government & Politics

The General Assembly passed a police hiring database and a chokehold ban. But nothing...

The votes on Wednesday afternoon came two weeks after Black Democrats shut down the House of Representatives, demanding action on their stalled legislation.

Pa. business, immigration advocates caution against Trump work visa order

The Keystone State could lose out on hundreds or thousands of new guest workers through the H-2B visa program alone, and not fix immigration issues.
Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

Changes to landmark Senate bill overhauling Pa.’s probation system costs it support among criminal justice...

The bill aimed to cut costs and and reduce prison populations by reducing the amount of time someone can spend under probation.

Philly Council committee advances chokehold ban, measure to make police contract talks public

A City Council committee advanced a pair of police reform proposals prompted by the weeks-long protests over the law enforcement killing of George Floyd.

In one deranged press release, Metcalfe gets everything wrong about mask-wearing | Wednesday Morning...

In one dangerous press release, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe tries to undermine the public health benefit of wearing a mask. He's wrong. But he's hardly alone.

Mail-in ballots were more popular than in-person voting in more than a third of...

In 23 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, mail-in ballots exceeded the number of in-person votes cast during the state's June 2 primary.

Erie Co. set to ‘go green’ Friday — even as COVID-19 cases and deaths...

ERIE, Pa. -- Erie County has finally gotten the go ahead to move into the least restrictive phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for reopening Pennsylvania. The announcement came late last week that the northwesterm...

First batch of marijuana pardons under expedited review head to Wolf’s desk

Lyndsay Kensinger, a spokeswoman for Wolf, said the Democratic governor is “very supportive” of the expedited pardon program.

Philly Council committee advances paid leave bill for public health emergencies

The city’s proposal would cover workers shut out from the city’s existing law and the federal government’s emergency paid sick leave programs.

Report: The pandemic wiped out 1.3M local gov’t jobs in just two months |...

While jobs are slowly returning in other sectors, they're not for local governments, which interface the most directly with the taxpayers they serve.