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In purple Pittsburgh suburbs, Democrats eye a future Senate majority while Republicans try to hold the line

BY: - April 1, 2019

Voters in the 37th Senate District will head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D. Raja.

New exhibit pays tribute to Pennsylvania women who were ‘Game Changers’

BY: - April 1, 2019

After Gov. Tom Wolf assumed office in 2015, First Lady Frances Wolf took note of the distinct decorations lining the walls of her husband’s Capitol office: portraits of his male predecessors. “And I thought, ‘What about women of Pennsylvania?'” the first lady said in a recent interview with the Capital-Star. “It just started asking the […]

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than just tradition.

BY: - March 30, 2019

When a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives gave a fiery Christian prayer before the chamber welcomed a new Muslim lawmaker on Monday, critics were quick to denounce it as Islamophobic and unconstitutional. In a two-minute prayer, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, called Jesus “our only hope” and willed “every knee” to bow to God. Minutes […]

‘They are big, very deep, record deepness:’ Trump will fund Great Lakes cleanup after all

BY: - March 29, 2019

Just weeks after his administration proposed slashing federal cleanup money for the Great Lakes from $300 million to $30 million, President Donald Trump says the program will be fully funded after all. During a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Trump told a crowd, “We have some breaking news!” The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. “You […]

‘I stand by it. I won’t apologize:’ Pennsylvania lawmaker at center of controversial prayer says in Christian radio interview

BY: - March 29, 2019

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, the freshman Republican from Clinton County who sparked a social media backlash and garnered national headlines for her controversial invocation at the start of Monday’s voting session in the state House, isn’t backing down. In a broadcast interview with The American Pastors Network on Thursday, Borowicz acknowledged that there was “definitely […]

It’s harder than ever to conduct polls. Should we still believe what they say?

BY: - March 29, 2019

Over the course of six days in March, researchers from Franklin & Marshall College surveyed 540 Pennsylvania voters to get their opinions on everything from gun control and nuclear energy to President Donald Trump and Gov. Tom Wolf’s job performance. Their findings were released Thursday, in the latest installment in F&M’s oft-cited public opinion survey. […]

Promoting trade jobs is front and center in package of Pa. House bills

BY: - March 29, 2019

House Republicans trumpeted the passage of a slew of workforce development bills this week — a top priority for the chamber's leadership and what they hope will be an easy sell to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Senators decry Trump White House’s ‘lack of urgency’ on PFAS contamination

BY: - March 29, 2019

Senators from Pennsylvania's neighboring states expressed their concerns during a hearing Thursday.

Pension forfeiture bill becomes session’s first law with Wolf signature

BY: - March 28, 2019

A bill that requires elected officials and public employees to forfeit their pensions after committing a job-related felony became the session’s first law Thursday with Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The legislation, introduced by Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin, expands the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, in part, by closing a loophole that allowed lawmakers accused of […]

Pennsylvania voters support Wolf, remain lukewarm on Trump in new poll

BY: - March 28, 2019

A little more than three months into his second term, Pennsylvania’s careful and deliberative Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is looking good to Keystone State voters.

Poll finds support for new gun laws rising among Pa. voters after brief decline

BY: - March 28, 2019

Pennsylvanians have strong views on guns, and a new poll finds that support for regulation is growing once more after falling from a five-year high last June. Forty-six percent of people who responded to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll said they favor creating more laws to regulate gun ownership, according to data released […]