Government & Politics

COMMENTARY

A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 22, 2019

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

BY: - March 22, 2019

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

BY: - March 22, 2019

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 […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court should super-charge state attacks on gerrymandering | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2019

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

BY: - March 21, 2019

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 […]

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Wolf will sign expanded pension forfeiture legislation. But why stop there? | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 21, 2019

Picking the low-hanging fruit is better than picking none at all.

How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state

BY: , and - March 21, 2019

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

BY: - March 21, 2019

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

BY: - March 20, 2019

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 […]

Have an opinion about gerrymandering and redistricting? Sound off at these public meetings

BY: - March 20, 2019

It’s not a 67-county tour, but the public will have an opportunity to sound off on how Pennsylvania should draw its political boundaries at meetings across the state. Through an executive order, Gov. Tom Wolf in November created a 15-member commission that will study redistricting and make recommendations to the Legislature. Republican lawmakers were not […]

Should Pennsylvania invest money in organic agriculture? Some lawmakers aren’t so sure

BY: - March 20, 2019

A proposal to spend $1.6 million to help conventional farms convert to organic production methods drew criticism Wednesday from state lawmakers, who said it could pit the commonwealth’s farmers against one another.

‘We are here to ensure that every life has dignity and worth’: Turzai, allies roll out new Down syndrome abortion-ban bill

BY: - March 20, 2019

Hoping the second time’s the charm, abortion opponents in the state House rolled out a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, though such bans have faced constitutional challenges in other states and face a guaranteed veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. Surrounded by families raising children with the genetic […]