Government & Politics

Former Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit she ran, report

BY: - January 23, 2020

A former Democratic state lawmaker from West Philadelphia faces three months in jail in Philadelphia after pleading guilty to charges that she stole more than $500,000 from a nonprofit she ran.

Pa. Rep. Matt Gabler retires after 11 years in Harrisburg

BY: - January 23, 2020

Gabler is one of 11 House Republicans to announce their retirement, and was the 15th total when he announced on Wednesday.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney threatens to end Mummers Parade if they don’t stop wearing blackface

BY: - January 23, 2020

Kenney, a former Mummer himself, warned Mummers leadership that if they fail to commit to changes, city officials will consider other alternatives.

‘I want to let the evidence do the talking,’ Pa. Sen. Bob Casey says as Trump impeachment rolls into third day

BY: - January 23, 2020

Speaking to home state reporters, the Scranton lawmaker said that he and his colleagues were listening attentively as House impeachment managers made their arguments that stretched over eight hours on Wednesday. “It’s our obligation to sit and to listen,” Casey said.

From school choice to liquor privatization, how the Pa. House will change with Mike Turzai’s exit

BY: - January 23, 2020

Ending a week of speculation, House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Thursday he is retiring from the Pennsylvania House.

How the 2020 census could impact Pa.’s redistricting efforts

BY: - January 23, 2020

The answer, redistricting reform advocates say, is in the accuracy of the count.

On Roe v. Wade anniversary, primary challenger calls out Rep. Mike Doyle for backing Hyde Amendment

BY: - January 23, 2020

By Charlie Deitch PITTSBURGH —On the 47th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Democratic 18th Congressional district hopefu Jerry Dickinson is calling out incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle for his long-standing support, until last year, of the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortion procedures except in certain […]

COMMENTARY

New report finds PFAS exposure much more widespread than previously reported | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 23, 2020

Researchers have found the 'Forever Chemicals' in New York, D.C., and other major cities.

COMMENTARY

Who are the real winners and losers in the Pa. Lottery’s jackpots? | Opinion

BY: - January 23, 2020

In the end, everyone loses – except the instant-gratification stalwarts, who once again will boast about keeping the state budget numbers balanced.

W.Pa. House candidate who made offensive Facebook posts is staying in the race

BY: - January 23, 2020

Heather Kass is apparently staying in the race -- despite Facebook posts that many local Democratic committee members and public officials called “troubling.”

Pa. Republican Rep Cris Dush joins race for Auditor General

BY: - January 22, 2020

On Tuesday, the Jefferson County lawmaker became the third Republican, and eight candidate overall, to jump into the 2020 race for Pennsylvania auditor general.

14 and counting: Here’s our map tracking 2020’s Pa. legislative retirements

BY: - January 22, 2020

Our map, developed by Staff Reporter Stephen Caruso, will be continuously updated as more announcements come over the transom.