Government & Politics

COMMENTARY

The Pa. House needs rules to function properly | Opinion

BY: - May 16, 2019

The topic of the bill played no part in the outcome of the situation on May 8. It is unfortunate that some would take this procedural ruling and turn it to partisan ends.

These Pa. schoolkids wanted people to skip using plastic straws for a day. They got a crash course in politics instead

BY: - May 16, 2019

Some suburban Philly fourth graders had a plan to help the environment. It didn't take long for things to go to (Eastern) hellbender.

As abortion debate rages, some Pa. lawmakers challenge their party — or themselves

BY: - May 16, 2019

A number of lawmakers either changed their vote or went against their party colleagues Tuesday.

COMMENTARY

Here’s how Pa. can reform its guardianship system to protect our most vulnerable citizens | Opinion

BY: - May 16, 2019

Legislation has been introduced in each session of the General Assembly for the past several years to improve Pennsylvania’s guardianship law. Now it's time to pass it.

House Republicans again call on Rep. Brian Sims to apologize for harassing Planned Parenthood protesters

BY: - May 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the state House on Wednesday issued a sternly worded rebuke of state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, demanding he fully apologize for separate incidents in which he harassed protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia, saying his actions “are a reflection on all of us, regardless of party affiliation.” Sims, who was […]

Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season

BY: - May 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf closed out his tour of Pennsylvania’s flood-ravaged boroughs and rusted out mill towns in a place that’s neither flood-ravaged nor rusted out. Standing in the gilded state Capitol, where he was surrounded by local and state officeholders, the Democratic governor made his closing argument for his $4.5 billion in infrastructure plan, Restore […]

COMMENTARY

How the House’s Democratic women owned the debate over Down syndrome abortion ban | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 15, 2019

Sometimes there's wisdom in knowing when to cede the floor

COMMENTARY

Will the rise of nonprofit news outlets help fill a gap in Pa. journalism? | Opinion

BY: - May 15, 2019

We will find out soon enough whether a serious news market also exists in the Keystone State.

Pa. Attorney General Shapiro sues Purdue Pharma for ‘deceptive’ tactics selling OxyContin

BY: - May 14, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took the fight against opioid abuse to one of the nation’s biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers Tuesday, charging that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, conducted a “relentless campaign of deception” that led to the deaths of 26,300 Pennsylvanians in less than a decade. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, […]

House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance

BY: - May 14, 2019

Lawmakers in the state House said Tuesday they hope a package of bills now working its way through the chamber will help teenage foster children transition from young adulthood into maturity. “We have our own support networks in place, and we assume they’re in place for everyone,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said at […]