Government & Politics

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They’re baaack: The 3 big challenges facing the General Assembly this fall | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 16, 2019

So what does 39 days' worth of work look like? It's sprint, not a marathon.

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Would an economic ‘Trump Slump’ doom his re-election? | Dick Polman

BY: - September 16, 2019

The economy meets the character issue. It's a start.

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Pennsylvania doesn’t need to allow Sunday hunting. This is why | Opinion

BY: - September 15, 2019

By Vince Phillips As expected, a Sept. 10 House Game & Fisheries Committee hearing on whether to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania showed strong contrasts between proponents and those seeking to preserve the status quo ban. The Pennsylvania State Grange continues to oppose Sunday hunting consistently since our members voted for that position more than […]

Toomey: Beto O’Rourke’s plan to confiscate assault weapons is an ‘awful and extreme’ idea

BY: - September 13, 2019

(*This post has been updated to clarify Toomey’s position on O’Rourke’s comments) Confiscating assault weapons, as suggested by Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, is an “awful and extreme idea,” that would derail “commonsense … efforts” to pass gun-safety reform on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Friday. O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, enraged […]

Philly Mayor Kenney angling to revive residency requirement for city cops

BY: - September 13, 2019

Kenney administration spokeswoman Lauren Cox declined to elaborate in an email about what specific residency requirements the administration wants.

Gun owners don’t need to break local firearm laws to bring a legal challenge, Commonwealth Court rules

BY: - September 13, 2019

A ruling issued by a state appeals court Thursday will allow gun owners to challenge locally passed firearms laws, regardless of whether they have been prosecuted for violating the ordinances.  In a 7-0 decision, Commonwealth Court ruled that the pro-gun group Firearms Owners Against Crime and three of its members may challenge the constitutionality of […]

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Pa. Rep. Dean, others back bill to protect military kids from PFAS contaminants | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 13, 2019

More than 400 military bases could be contaminated by the pollutant -- including two in Pa.

Philly councilman wants to give school district $10M to address lead, asbestos in classrooms

BY: - September 13, 2019

At-large City Councilman Derek Green, a Democrat, wants the city to dig into its surplus to help pay for remediation in the schools.

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation 

BY: - September 12, 2019

The vote came after two hours of heated debate over Democrats’ motivations from Republicans, who accused them of looking to the 2020 calendar.

Former Philly fraud investigator indicted for allegedly taking $22k in bribes and kickbacks

BY: - September 12, 2019

The accused, Jeffrey Blackwell, 46, is a former fraud-buster, and a member of a well-connected Philly political family.

Elizabeth Warren is a ‘hypocrite’ on campaign cash, ex-Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell charges in Washington Post op-ed

BY: - September 12, 2019

The former Pennsylvania governor's attack on his fellow Democrat briefly made him a trending topic on Twitter ahead of Thursday's Democratic debate.

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The U.S. now spends more on its debt than programs for kids: report | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 12, 2019

Treating our children as an afterthought has resulted in one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world,' a new report concludes.