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Senate passes long-sought lawsuit reforms for clergy sexual abuse victims

BY: - November 20, 2019

Survivors and their advocates hailed the action by the Pennsylvania state Senate as a partial victory Wednesday night, though they lamented the fact that it may be years before they can take advantage of a provision allowing them to bring decades-old cases to court.

A $9.50 minimum wage by 2022? The Pa. Senate just passed it. Now it’s up to the House.

BY: - November 20, 2019

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, passed 42-7. Every Democrat and the majority of Republicans supported the bill.

Setting up a Wolf veto, Pa. Senate passes Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - November 20, 2019

Setting it on a course for a guaranteed gubernatorial veto, and adding further tinder to the culture wars,  Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a measure banning abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The 27-22 vote came after a deeply partisan debate that saw the chamber’s Democrats denounce the previously […]

Universal lead testing touches ideological nerve in Pa. House panel debate

BY: - November 20, 2019

The House Children and Youth Committee voted 17-6 to advance the bill, amid concerns from some of the panel’s Republicans about the proper role of government. 

Veteran DelCo lawmaker Barrar to retire at the end of his term

BY: - November 20, 2019

State Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Delaware, cited health issues and a desire to spend more time with his family as the reason for his retirement

‘This is not about charity. This is about investing in our children’: Pa. House, Senate resolutions aim to raise awareness of childhood homelessness

BY: - November 20, 2019

Nearly 37,000 Pa. children experience homelessness, creating all kinds of challenges as they try to pursue their education.

As senior Senate GOP aide Crompton looks to a future on state court, critics have questions

BY: - November 20, 2019

Drew Crompton says he's ready for a clean break from the Senate.

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Pa.’s Toomey, W.Va.’s Manchin want to restart background checks talks with Trump. They’ll be waiting a while | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 20, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Anyone else notice how President Donald Trump has left no stone unturned in his quest to pass a federal ‘Red Flag’ law, expanded background checks and all the gun control measures he said he’d adopt after last summer’s rash of mass shootings? Yeah, us neither. Surprising exactly no one, the Zero Attention Span […]

‘This could be my son’: In Philadelphia, Black men gather in an effort to help reduce city’s gun violence

BY: - November 20, 2019

Activists from across Philadelphia met Monday to discuss ways to tackle the escalating murder rate in Pennsylvania's largest city.

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Impeachment isn’t the law — but it is judgment | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - November 20, 2019

impeachment and removal must truly represent the sovereign will of the American people to be considered a legitimate action.

Cheyney releases full proposed budget, but doubts over its surplus remain

BY: - November 20, 2019

With its accreditation on the line, questions continue to swirl about the finances at the troubled historically Black university.

Federal watchdog says 60 Pa. Superfund sites are threatened by climate change

BY: - November 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sixty of the most contaminated sites in Pennsylvania are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and […]