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In a new ad, a progressive super PAC is going on the attack against Republican Frank Scavo for anti-Muslim social media posts

BY: - March 8, 2019

Republican Frank Scavo has apologized for his comments - but insists they 'pale in comparison' to the statements of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Oman, D-Minn.

Most of Pa.’s sick and elderly inmates die in prison. Medical parole could change that

BY: - March 8, 2019

Pennsylvania’s prison population grows older by the day, but only a handful of people are released from state corrections facilities each year due to failing health. That’s according to state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, who told senators last week that Pennsylvania’s program to release elderly inmates from prison is underused and ineffective. Now, state lawmakers […]

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick joins Pelosi, House Democrats in attempt to revive lapsed domestic violence protections

BY: - March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick joined U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday to unveil legislation that would re-authorize funding for programs and services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The legislation lapsed last month after Congress failed to […]

Mental health services decline in schools as police presence grows: report

BY: - March 7, 2019

Students in 2019 are more stressed and anxious than ever before, but new research suggests they're not getting the mental health services they need in school.

Redistricting reformers have one more shot at preventing a 2021 gerrymander

BY: - March 7, 2019

The fight to change how Pennsylvania draws its political boundaries is going into overtime.

You voted: These are the top 10 freshmen to watch in the Pa. House and Senate

BY: - March 7, 2019

We asked. You voted. These are the top 10 freshmen to watch in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. We’ll stress up front that this list is ordered alphabetically by last name and doesn’t reflect a preference, implicit or explicit, for any particular lawmaker. We’ll also stress that we received plenty of quality nominations and wish […]

Pa. U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wants EPA to get tough in efforts to clean up toxic chemicals in drinking water

BY: - March 6, 2019

The Trump EPA announced an “action plan” in February to address the health problems, but some lawmakers say that isn’t enough.

Facebook post calling for Pelosi, Schumer to ‘be shot’ seen on Democratic Pa. mayor’s account

BY: - March 6, 2019

A post on a Facebook page that belongs to the Democratic mayor of a Lackawanna County borough called for several prominent elected officials to “be shot” because of their support for abortion access. Old Forge Mayor Robert Legg’s Facebook account is private and cannot be accessed by the Capital-Star. A screenshot of the post, dated […]

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins lawsuit to block Trump restrictions on family planning program

BY: - March 5, 2019

The filing comes a day after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a separate federal challenge to the administration’s rule change.

The fight in a western Pa. special election heats up: Democrat Iovino, Republican Raja trade barbs in new ads

BY: - March 5, 2019

Things are getting nasty in the special election battle between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D.Raja in the special election fight for western Pennsylvania’s open 37th Senate District seat. In an ad launched last week, Raja, businessman and chairman of the Allegheny County Republicans, derides Iovino as a “liberal extremist.” It also touts the 500 […]

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County Commissioner

BY: - March 5, 2019

After 24 years in the General Assembly, the southeastern moderate is looking at a career change.

Map: Pennsylvania Charter Day is Sunday. Here’s where you can celebrate for free

BY: - March 5, 2019

Charter Day celebrates when, in 1681, King Charles II of England gave William Penn a charter for land in the new world. That land (spoiler alert) became Pennsylvania. To celebrate the occasion, the State Museum in Harrisburg will display Penn’s own copy of the charter between Sunday, March 10 and Friday, March 15. (FYI: Charles […]