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‘Our diversity is our strength’: Movita Johnson-Harrell will be Pa. Legislature’s first female Muslim lawmaker

BY: - March 13, 2019

“I think this is a good sign for Pennsylvania,” Johnson-Harrell told the Capital-Star after her win. “Our diversity is our strength.”

Wolf joins bipartisan group of Midwestern governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts

BY: - March 13, 2019

"This is a risk we simply can’t afford to take."

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The Family Research Council’s latest congressional scorecard isn’t very pro-family | John L. Micek

BY: - March 13, 2019

Spoiler alert: Republicans did well. Democrats, less so.

Pa. House committee advances expanded public employee pension forfeiture bill

BY: - March 13, 2019

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin, now goes to the House floor for consideration.

COMMENTARY

It’s Sunshine Week in Pa.: Here’s how we’ve been helping to shine a light on government | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

The Right-to-Know Law is perfect. It’s strong, but it can be stronger

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Report: Will Pittsburgh’s gun-ban put more of the city’s black residents in harm’s way? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 13, 2019

"If it’s proposing to disarm black people, no, not in the age of Trump, and Charlottesville," one local activist says.

Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick: ‘Republican enabler’ or ‘bipartisan dealmaker?’

BY: - March 13, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has cast some key votes with Democrats. Will that be enough to immunize him against a challenge in 2020?

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Sunshine Week celebrates a critical part of our democracy: The free press | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted.

Democrats easily hold on to suburban Scranton state House district in special election

BY: - March 12, 2019

The final margin was a blowout, as Kosierowski won 62-38, according to unofficial results. Turnout was a little less than 25 percent.

Movita Johnson-Harrell wins state House election to represent West Philadelphia district

BY: - March 12, 2019

Johnson-Harrell said she is the first Muslim woman elected to the state House.

Pa. House committee advances ban on vaping in schools

BY: - March 12, 2019

Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes isn’t allowed in school. But is vaping? The House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a bill Tuesday to close a loophole that lets students use electronic nicotine delivery systems like vapes on school property. The legislation would also make it a crime under state law to sell these products to anyone […]

Rookie lawmakers push legislation to limit General Assembly members’ tenure

BY: - March 12, 2019

Another session, another reform effort. In previous years, campaign finance reform, shrinking the legislature, and redistricting changes have been pushed as a solution to Harrisburg’s dysfunction. This year, House lawmakers from both parties have coalesced around a bill to restrict lawmakers from gaining power through endless tenure in the Capitol. “We are not trying to […]