Government & Politics

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State of the Union 2019: Investigating doesn’t rule out legislating | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

The U.S. government has been able to legislate just fine during past presidential investigations.

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The Wolf administration wants to copy that success

BY: - February 7, 2019

In his Tuesday budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf focused on ways to get Pennsylvanians into good-paying jobs, from more investment in early education to revamped workforce programs. He also highlighted the work of Misericordia, a 2,879-student liberal arts university in Northeastern Pa. The school “is home to one of only eight programs in the country that […]

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When it comes to marijuana legalization, Pa. is following a familiar script | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

On every major reform, Pennsylvania punts, waiting as long as possible before being dragged fighting and screaming into modern times. It would be nice if Pennsylvania didn’t have to be last again.

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

BY: - February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious — and seemingly endless — break up of two of the state’s largest healthcare providers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require UMPC Health System and Highmark Inc. to either contract with each other for services or […]

To build ‘civic muscle,’ this group is giving out cash for citizen-drawn congressional maps

BY: - February 6, 2019

Three dozen Pennsylvanians walked out of the Capitol Wednesday with a nice chunk of change, all for drawing maps. The winners, divided by age and region, had participated in a political cartography contest run by Draw the Lines PA, a nonpartisan civic education group that asks commonwealth citizens to make their own congressional maps online. […]

In State of the Union, Trump calls for unity – will Pa. lawmakers buy in?

BY: - February 6, 2019

By Robin Bravender, Capital-Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, […]

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Today is the first day of the rest of the 2019 budget season | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 6, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Heading into Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget speech on Tuesday, there was really only one question worth asking: Which Wolf would show up? Would it be a bold progressive, buoyed by his landslide win over Republican Scott Wagner last fall, and emboldened by the surge of the Democratic Party’s youthful and increasingly diverse left wing? Or […]

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This is why House Democrats are focusing on economic security for working families | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By Frank Dermody  Many Americans have become discouraged with today’s politics of personal destruction and the influence of big money in campaigns. They are looking for something different. People want to vote for candidates up and down the ballot who will stand up for their ideals and fight for their interests. In 2018, more than […]

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Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget the challenges facing the Pa. State Police | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By David Kennedy Pennsylvania State Troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and continue to provide — our department with new cadet classes each year, but we simply cannot keep up with retirements within our ranks. Currently, […]

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Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

BY: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

BY: and - February 6, 2019

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.