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At Penn State stop, Democrat Beto O’Rourke brings the 2020 fight for the White House to Pa.

BY: - March 19, 2019

The Texas Democrat traveled to a key state for 2020.

House panel hears from judges on how to fix state criminal justice system

BY: - March 19, 2019

A panel of state judges met with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to discuss the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. Inside the state Supreme Court building, seven judges from counties across the commonwealth expressed support for reforming mandatory restitution, probation and parole, and bail practices.  Judge Kai Scott, of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, […]

Former Pa. Rep. Miccarelli lands job at Delaware County nonprofit that receives public dollars

BY: - March 19, 2019

After leaving the General Assembly last year under the shadow of domestic violence and sexual assault accusations he denies, former Republican Rep. Nick Miccarelli has found a new job. As first reported by the Delaware County Daily Times, Miccarelli is now executive director of Community Transit, a nonprofit company that transports Delaware County residents who have […]

Pittsburgh is often portrayed as ground zero for Pennsylvania's population loss.

Don’t fear the brain drain: Why some economists aren’t worried about Pennsylvania’s youth loss

BY: - March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have a story to tell? Email us. In the 1990s, a business development group in Pittsburgh issued a casting call for a character […]

In Lancaster, concerns about legal marijuana’s impact on kids meets fierce libertarian spirit

BY: - March 18, 2019

The audience of hundreds in downtown Lancaster's Ware Center included at least one man in a Make America Great Again hat and another in a "Fuck Donald" T-shirt. Opinions on legalization were about as divergent.

Republicans on Pa. House committee advance bill to make sure new public hires know post-Janus rules

BY: - March 18, 2019

Pa. House Republicans are trying to enshrine some provisions of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in state law.

Under investigation for sexual assault, Butler County GOP Rep. Brian Ellis resigns from state House

BY: - March 18, 2019

Republican state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, has resigned from the state House effective immediately. In a letter to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Ellis said that he has “concluded for the best interests of my family, the residents of the 11th House district and my own health” that he leave office. Ellis is under […]

Pa.’s embattled state-owned universities are facing their challenges ‘aggressively and audaciously,’ top official says

BY: - March 18, 2019

The 14 state-owned universities are dealing with their challenges, including rising tuition and declining enrollment, "aggressively and audaciously," Chancellor Dan Greenstein said Monday.

Embattled state Sen. Leach absent from scheduled Rotunda appearance on day he rolls out legal cannabis bill

BY: - March 18, 2019

(*This article was updated with additional details from Leach’s office about the event cancellation. The headline to this story has been updated to reflect that.) Two days after fellow Democrats called on him to resign, and on the same day he unveiled a bold policy proposal, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, was absent from a scheduled appearance […]

Older, female, and non-white: A snapshot of Pennsylvanians with disabilities | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 18, 2019

The data reveal some sharp inequities in education and income — with Pennsylvanians with disabilities tending to earn less and at a lower level of educational accomplishment.

Family, cost, and community: What keeps young people in Pennsylvania

BY: - March 18, 2019

On a whole, the state’s population is graying.

‘This wasn’t about the wall:’ On ‘Meet the Press,’ U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey defends vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

BY: - March 17, 2019

The vote was about protecting the separation of powers, the Pennsylvania Republican said.