Government & Politics

Under investigation for sexual assault, Butler County GOP Rep. Brian Ellis resigns from state House

BY: - March 18, 2019

Republican state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, has resigned from the state House effective immediately. In a letter to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Ellis said that he has “concluded for the best interests of my family, the residents of the 11th House district and my own health” that he leave office. Ellis is under […]

Pa.’s embattled state-owned universities are facing their challenges ‘aggressively and audaciously,’ top official says

BY: - March 18, 2019

The 14 state-owned universities are dealing with their challenges, including rising tuition and declining enrollment, "aggressively and audaciously," Chancellor Dan Greenstein said Monday.

Embattled state Sen. Leach absent from scheduled Rotunda appearance on day he rolls out legal cannabis bill

BY: - March 18, 2019

(*This article was updated with additional details from Leach’s office about the event cancellation. The headline to this story has been updated to reflect that.) Two days after fellow Democrats called on him to resign, and on the same day he unveiled a bold policy proposal, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, was absent from a scheduled appearance […]

Older, female, and non-white: A snapshot of Pennsylvanians with disabilities | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 18, 2019

The data reveal some sharp inequities in education and income — with Pennsylvanians with disabilities tending to earn less and at a lower level of educational accomplishment.

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How do you keep the kids in Pa.? We’re going to spend this week finding out | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 18, 2019

To da one on da flam. Boy it's tough to keep the kids in Pa.

‘This wasn’t about the wall:’ On ‘Meet the Press,’ U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey defends vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

BY: - March 17, 2019

The vote was about protecting the separation of powers, the Pennsylvania Republican said.

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Welcome to Watergate 2.0 | Dick Polman

BY: - March 17, 2019

As was the case a generation ago, we need to remember that the eyes of history are upon us.

‘We have reached a crisis point:’ Montgomery County Democrats call on Sen. Daylin Leach, who’s fighting sexual assault allegations, to resign

BY: - March 16, 2019

Without exaggeration Party members have described your lashing out, lack of judgment, and tone-deafness as examples of behavior not becoming a state senator and leader of our Party,” the letter reads.

Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

This is every way the state Senate plans to reform criminal justice this session

BY: - March 16, 2019

Over the last decade, lawmakers from both political parties have worked to overhaul punitive criminal justice practices.

Senate says defamation lawsuit against Leach accuser will not affect investigation

BY: - March 15, 2019

As a state senator’s defamation lawsuit against a woman accusing him of sexual assault advances through court, Democratic Senate leaders in Harrisburg insisted this week it won’t affect their independent investigation of the accuser’s claims. Cara Taylor, 44, sparked an investigation by Senate Democrats earlier this year when she said that state Sen. Daylin Leach, […]

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Let Pennsylvanians decide: Put marijuana legalization on the ballot | Opinion

BY: - March 15, 2019

The use of a ballot question to better understand how legalizing marijuana is viewed by a broader swath of Pennsylvanians would provide invaluable guidance as the legislature takes up this issue.