Government & Politics

Free college? ‘Why not?’ Lawmakers, educators, and students rally at the Capitol

BY: - March 27, 2019

It's not clear how the state would pay for such an effort, however.

Senate committee advances bill to ban sale of vaping products to minors

BY: - March 27, 2019

Lawmakers split on another measure that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum age to buy tobacco.

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These are the most dangerous states for pedestrians | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 27, 2019

And you thought Forster Street was bad ...

One-third of Pennsylvania counties taking action to replace voting systems by 2020

BY: - March 27, 2019

Counties across Pennsylvania are on track to replace their voting machines ahead of the 2020 primary elections, but some local officials still have concerns about how they’ll pay for them. Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told a Senate committee Tuesday that a third of Pennsylvania’s counties have taken action to upgrade their voting systems […]

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Congress needs to step up to protect Pa.’s Dreamers | Opinion

BY: - March 27, 2019

This is an issue that transcends politics and party.

‘There should definitely be censure’: Pa. freshman rep. calls for action after ‘Islamophobia’ in House prayer

BY: , and - March 26, 2019

'We need to be promoting inclusion, not division,' Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell told reporters Tuesday.

Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000

BY: - March 26, 2019

It’s been 30 years since Pennsylvania last raised its starting salary for teachers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say it’s time for another update. A bill in the Senate would codify the proposal, first raised in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget, to pay all teachers across the commonwealth a $45,000 starting salary — more […]

Muslim lawmaker calls for unity one day after Pa. House member delivers ‘Islamophobic’ prayer

BY: - March 26, 2019

A Muslim lawmaker in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly called for unity one day after a fellow House member delivered a prayer decried as Islamophobic. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Philadelphia, said Tuesday he’d been hesitant to offer the House’s “morning inspiration” in the past because of how inspiring other members had been. “I hope I’m able to inspire […]

The officer who fatally shot a black teen in East Pittsburgh was acquitted. But that’s not the end of the story in Harrisburg

BY: - March 26, 2019

On Friday, the former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in East Pittsburgh was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges. Supporters of Antwon Rose II, who was 17 at the time of his death in June 2018, took to the streets of neighboring Pittsburgh to protest the decision. State representatives, including Summer […]

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Why we need to modernize the Pa. Civil Service Commission | Opinion

BY: - March 26, 2019

Last Session, I proposed additional modernization efforts to better meet customer’s needs, i.e., those seeking Commonwealth employment – especially veterans – and government agencies looking for new employees. 

#MeToo complaints against Pa. lawmakers would be investigated by independent office under legislation

BY: - March 26, 2019

With little fanfare, the Pennsylvania state House adopted new sexual harassment rules at the start of session, streamlining a process whose vagaries had allowed members to stick around despite misconduct allegations — even from fellow members. On Monday, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate proposed a process to look into sexual misconduct in the […]