Government & Politics

Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes? In new plan, House GOP says ‘Yes.’ 

BY: - November 29, 2019

Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads. Rep. Martina White, the Philadelphia Republican who’s running point on the effort, said the GOP plan is to end diversions of state […]

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More white Americans still support the death penalty. There’s an unpleasant reason for that| Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 29, 2019

Should all-white juries be permitted in death penalty cases involving black defendants?

Trump impeachment: Pa. lawmakers skipped many closed-door impeachment proceedings | Analysis

BY: - November 29, 2019

Five of the six Pennsylvania lawmakers with access to the depositions missed most of them, according to a Capital-Star analysis.

COMMENTARY

JFK’s Thanksgiving wish: That we’re ‘humbly grateful’ for what brings us together

BY: - November 28, 2019

From all of us at the Capital-Star, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wolf signs bills raising tobacco purchase age to 21, allowing Sunday hunting

BY: - November 27, 2019

In a flurry of pre-holiday activity, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed a host of bills into law on Wednesday. But Pennsylvanians will want to take note of at least two that make some major changes to existing state statute. Wolf signed a bill raising the tobacco purchasing age for most Pennsylvanians from the current 18 […]

Pa’s Casey, Scanlon and Wild join Dems defying Devos over student loan forgiveness

BY: - November 27, 2019

DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor.

In Reading, Wolf signs child sex abuse statute reforms into law

BY: - November 26, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a sweeping reform of Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims into law on Tuesday, capping years of efforts by survivors and their advocates.

Democratic Rep. Neal Goodman is the latest legislative retirement

BY: - November 26, 2019

Goodman the fourth lawmaker to announce this month that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020

Dush announces retirement in 2020; third lawmaker to call it quits this November

BY: - November 26, 2019

Two other House lawmakers — Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Delaware — also announced their retirements this November.

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Conservative group mobilizes against Senate GOP aide Crompton’s judicial nomination | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 26, 2019

Conservative activists say 'there must be more qualified candidates'

COMMENTARY

What to do about our paralyzed Congress? | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - November 26, 2019

It is time for our elected officials to return to working for the good of the citizenry, not for political party alliances.