Government & Politics

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New report: Pa’s public health outcomes ‘generally lag’ the rest of the U.S. | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 14, 2019

Step slowly away from the cheesesteak and no one will get hurt.

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Parkland, One Year Later: You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution to gun violence | Opinion

BY: - February 14, 2019

We shouldn't be celebrating just because the U.S. House holds a hearing on gun violence. We're setting our expectations too low. And we owe our children more than that.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro: Pennsylvania needs universal background checks for guns

BY: and - February 13, 2019

Mandating background checks for all gun sales would be "a huge step forward" for the commonwealth, he said, and would "help us in law enforcement keep people safe."

Republican lawmaker to auditor general: Row offices shouldn’t be ‘press conference tools’

BY: and - February 13, 2019

During a budget hearing Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s auditor general was asked about state pensions, untested rape kits, and an audit of river basin commissions. But something beyond the commonwealth’s finances was on the mind of one House Appropriations Committee member. Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, told Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, that he appreciated many of the […]

Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but at least it has one again

BY: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania’s top financial officer says he’s committed to helping the Commonwealth build up its emergency savings account and that he wants to “continue doing great things” with his office. Right now, the $22.5 million balance sitting in Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund, the account that’s supposed to serve as a hedge against future downturns, is “nothing […]

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Who you calling an ‘off-year’ election? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 13, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Is there any campaign cycle that gets less love than the dreaded off-year election? Pity it. It’s in a year that’s not divisible by two. As a rule, there aren’t any high-glam offices on the ballot. Not president. Not governor. Not Congress. Not even some ridiculously gerrymandered legislative seat where […]

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Sooner – and probably not later – the time for legal weed in Pa. will come | Opinion

BY: - February 13, 2019

There are plenty of obstacles to legal weed in Pa. But it's impossible to put off the debate any longer.

Pa. voters will be working overtime in busy 2019 special election season | Analysis

BY: - February 13, 2019

We run down the off-year campaign cycle that doesn't feel like one. 

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Pa. counties want safe and secure elections. The state needs to help make that happen | Opinion

BY: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania must break its historic cycle and find a different tomorrow, one where counties, the administration and the General Assembly work together to meet our state’s challenges.

Pennsylvania congressman warns of ‘radical’ and ‘socialist’ infiltration in fundraising pitch

BY: - February 12, 2019

Fresh off a successful re-election bid, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District, is making a play for voters’ wallets by asking them to help him fight socialism. “We have self proclaimed Socialists serving in the Pennsylvania State House and in Congress,” Smucker wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “Socialist ideas are no longer just in […]

Iraq War vet announces Republican candidacy for Tom Marino’s 12th Congressional District seat

BY: - February 12, 2019

A decorated Iraq War veteran said Tuesday that she’ll seek the Republican nomination for ex-U.S. Tom Marino’s 12th Congressional District seat. Stacy Garrity, of Athens, Pa., in Bradford County, served three deployments in the Middle East, winning two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit, her campaign said in a statement. She retired from the […]

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Medicare for all? It’s not a matter of ‘whether’ we’ll have it, but ‘when’ | Sean P. Quinlan

BY: - February 12, 2019

It is simply no longer viable or morally acceptable for millions of hard-working Americans to have to endure the fear and reality of being crushed by the worry of medical bills, debt, death and bankruptcy.