Government & Politics

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Wolf, lawmakers need to boost Medicaid rates for long-term care homes | Opinion

BY: - February 11, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, the governor proposed flat funding for Medicaid rates in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

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Let’s cut through the smoke and look at the facts on marijuana legalization | Opinion

BY: - February 9, 2019

As Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor embarks on a listening tour to hear voters' views on legalized marijuana, it's important to consider the whole picture

Bucks County GOP U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick joins with Dems to snub Trump on climate change

BY: - February 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the lone Republican in a group of 59 House lawmakers supporting a symbolic rebuke of President Trump’s international climate change policies. Fitzpatrick, a moderate Republican whose Bucks County-based 1st District is a key electoral battleground in 2020,  joined dozens of Democrats to introduce a resolution opposing Trump’s […]

Former Pa. House lawmaker Jennifer Mann partners with Harrisburg lobbying firm

BY: - February 8, 2019

Reminding us that there are always second acts in public life, a former Democratic state representative from the Lehigh Valley is joining forces with long-running Harrisburg government relations firm Triad Strategies. The “strategic partnership” with ex-Rep. Jennifer Mann, of Allentown, “made a great deal of sense, and we’re thrilled to have her in the fold.” Triad’s […]

‘Fight for $15’ campaigners furious at Erie Democrat for showing hand ahead of minimum wage fight

BY: - February 8, 2019

State ‘Fight for $15 activists’ are hoping to inspire a fighting attitude among a key House Democrat in the the clash to raise the minimum wage. Keystone Progress, a progressive advocacy group, is seeking signatures to push back on comments from Rep. Pat Harkins where he suggested he’d compromise on increasing the state minimum wage. […]

Report: 37,000+ cancer diagnoses made because of Pa.’s Medicaid expansion

BY: - February 8, 2019

It’s been four years since Gov. Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid access to low-income adults. Since then, 1.4 million people have been covered, and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has fallen to 5.5 percent. That’s the lowest in the commonwealth’s history, state Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said Friday. During a Capitol news conference, the agency […]

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Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 8, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. There’s no nice way to say this, so we’re just going to come out and say it. It’s been a lonnnnggggg time since Pennsylvania had any clout on Capitol Hill. How long? We’re talking ‘Single Bullet Theory” long. We’re talking “Not Proven, Scottish Law” long. Not since dinosaurs … err … the late U.S. Sen. […]

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Here’s how to avoid the next government shutdown | Madeleine Dean

BY: - February 8, 2019

President Trump didn't mention the shutdown once during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. We can't let another one happen.

Meet the Pennsylvania Republican who’s playing defense on Trump’s tax returns

BY: - February 8, 2019

Philly Dems. Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle now wield clout in the new majority WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly has emerged as a central player in U.S. House Republicans’ efforts to discourage the new Democratic majority from securing President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Kelly, whose sprawling 16th District seat stretches from the shores of […]

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Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in Pennsylvania? | John L. Micek

BY: - February 8, 2019

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

The controversial fee on Pennsylvania State Police coverage, explained

BY: - February 8, 2019

Like diamonds and a mother's love, some things are timeless — including the perennial fight over a proposed fee on Pennsylvania municipalities that rely solely on State Police.