Government & Politics

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Democrats have an early 2020 generic ballot edge … but | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 10, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So here’s some early good news for Democrats as they look to hold their edge in the U.S. House and perhaps build on their presence in the United State Senate: Ten months out from the Iowa Caucus, Democrats hold the same generic ballot edge heading into the critical 2020 cycle […]

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.

‘The people of Pennsylvania expect better from us:’ Outrage-filled week punctuated with bipartisan call for civility

BY: and - May 9, 2019

A string of controversial actions by lawmakers in the state House  — from abortion-protester harassment to white nationalist selfies — led Democratic and Republican leadership on Wednesday to call on lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric and focus on respectful legislating, while also acknowledging “the nation is watching.” “There is no room for hate in […]

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Why the IRS is legally required to give Congress Trump’s tax returns – but probably won’t | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2019

If the president is rewarded for his recalcitrance, accountability loses.

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A modest proposal to fund transportation — without raising taxes | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2019

the source of three-quarters of the State Police operating budget ought not be a burden on the motoring public. Here's a way to fix that.

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean calls House vote to hold Trump’s attorney general in contempt a ‘grave moment’

BY: - May 8, 2019

The vote comes amid escalating tensions between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump's White House.

‘We can’t ask any questions:’ Environmental official gets OK from Senate committee over pipeline objections

BY: - May 8, 2019

A committee advanced Secretary Patrick McDonnell’s nomination to the full Senate, over the objections of Sens. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester, and Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery.

‘We need to stop it before it happens:’ Bipartisan House coalition rolls out new school safety measures

BY: - May 8, 2019

The lawmakers say the bills could help stop future acts of violence before they happen.

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Brian Sims was right, defending abortion rights is a critical fight. His tactics were all wrong | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 8, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So we have some thoughts about state Rep. Brian Sims’ most recent star turn in the national media spotlight after he posted a Twitter video of himself haranguing some protesters who’d gathered outside the offices of a Philly Planned Parenthood office last week. First up, we’ll stipulate, as our pal Victor Fiorillo, at PhillyMag, observed […]

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Does the NRA need to worry about losing its nonprofit status? | Analysis

BY: - May 8, 2019

By Philip Hackney Oliver North sought a second term as president of the National Rifle Association. It was not to be. NRA first Vice President Richard Childress read a note from North aloud to thousands of the gun group’s members at their annual convention in Indianapolis. It relayed news of the retired lieutenant colonel’s departure […]

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It’s time to get our heads together on infrastructure | Opinion

BY: - May 8, 2019

This is about the public’s safety, and both our region’s and our nation’s economy.