Government & Politics
The Mueller Report is done: Nearly every member of Congress from Pa. believes it should be public
All 18 members of Pa's House delegation and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey are firmly in favor of releasing the report. Republican Pat Toomey had a more complicated answer.
Auditor General DePasquale warns of looming financial disaster for Pa. Turnpike
Shouldering nearly $12 billion in debt, the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s fiscal future has led to gloomy projections from the state Department of Transportation, transit advocates, and state lawmakers. On Thursday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale — who sounded the alarm about the highway system’s coffers in an earlier audit — joined the club. “The Turnpike Commission, once […]
America got schooled by New Zealand on gun control. We’re out of excuses now | Opinion
While there are far fewer impediments, lawmakers in New Zealand were able to muster the will to work across party lines to pass an assault weapons ban. America can do the same thing if it really wants to.
A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee
On the upside, at least there aren't any Visigoths at the gate.
Should student poverty affect teacher evaluations? One senator used to say ‘no’ — but now he’s changed his mind
During a budget hearing last month, state Sen. Ryan Aument did something you don’t often see a politician do in public: He admitted that a law he wrote wasn’t working.
Rules limiting nursing workload brought back to Harrisburg
Denelle Weller is a 14-year veteran nurse. She knows all about what happens when she and her colleagues are overtired and overworked: She once had to stop a fellow nurse from administering medicine to her daughter incorrectly, which could have led to kidney damage. She directly attributes the mistake to the heavy workload. “I’ve personally […]
The U.S. Supreme Court should super-charge state attacks on gerrymandering | Opinion
This is the year to unrig the system to make redistricting fair and equitable to all Pennsylvanians.
‘Tragic and too often fatal:’ In York, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey touts bill fighting fentanyl imports
YORK, Pa. — In 2014, it took Dave Sunday no time at all to tally up the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in York County. That’s because there weren’t any. That’s not the case anymore. In 2018, there were 129 fatal overdoses in York County where fentanyl, a synthetic opioid so lethal that even a […]
Wolf will sign expanded pension forfeiture legislation. But why stop there? | Thursday Morning Coffee
Picking the low-hanging fruit is better than picking none at all.
How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state
Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have a story to tell? Email us. Pennsylvania is getting older. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 […]
Republican rebel? Or opportunist? What breaks with Trump say about Pa.’s Pat Toomey
In general, Toomey has been able to keep his differences with the GOP “under the radar,” observers said. But he’s drawing more attention as conflicts sharpen over core conservative issues.
State Police attempt to assuage GOP concerns on new immigration policies
In February, Republicans expressed grave concerns over new Pennsylvania State Police policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Some state House Republicans went as far as saying Pennsylvania had been made a de-facto “sanctuary state.” In a follow-up hearing Wednesday, State Police officials told the House Judiciary Committee that their policies do not prevent […]