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Representing a majority, elected by a minority: Low voter turnout persists in special state Senate elections

BY: - May 24, 2019

Paltry voter turnout Tuesday in a pair of special elections for the Pennsylvania state Senate means the Republican-controlled chamber will gain two new members who were voted into office by a sliver of their constituents. Only a quarter of registered voters in the Indiana County-based 41st District, and a scant 17 percent of voters in […]

As budget season approaches, Democrats keep pushing for minimum wage hike

BY: - May 24, 2019

With a line of caffeine craving-customers looking on, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took a moment to chat with the coffee connoisseur across the counter. At Elementary Coffee in Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, Kim was meeting with stall owner Andrea Grove, to try to prove that raising the minimum wage isn’t the job-killer that pro-business […]

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Given the chance to make a choice, voters turned out in Butler County’s special House election

BY: - May 23, 2019

Turnout was up nearly seven percentage points in the Butler County state House seat up for a special election Tuesday. Republican Marci Mustello, a local committeewoman, and veteran staffer for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, bested Democrat Sam Doctor 57-42 percent in the race to fill former GOP Rep. Brian Ellis seat. Ellis resigned in March following […]

Sen. John DiSanto announces a licensing reform bill on Wednesday, May 22.

Ex-offenders in Pa. can be denied professional licenses because of old convictions. Bipartisan lawmakers want to change that

BY: - May 23, 2019

One year after Pennsylvania passed its landmark Clean Slate Law, which shields certain criminal records from the view of employers, lawmakers hope to eliminate yet another barrier to employment for ex-offenders.

Census 2020: Why some Pa. lawmakers say the state’s inmates should be counted at home, rather than in prison

BY: - May 23, 2019

In the lead up to 2020 census, General Assembly lawmakers have their eyes on a small but potentially important change to state law — counting incarcerated people at their homes, not at the prisons where they're serving their time.

Video: Gov. Tom Wolf learns how to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone

BY: - May 22, 2019

Wolf demonstrated how simple it is to administer Narcan through a person's (or, on Wednesday, a dummy's) nostril. But there's still a stigma attached to carrying the medication, the governor said.

Pa. U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean joins chorus of House Dems calling for impeachment

BY: - May 22, 2019

You can add U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean to the roster of House Democrats who say it's time to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Facing attacks from Trump, Biden defends his commitment to Pennsylvania

BY: - May 22, 2019

An early leader in most 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls, Biden took to Twitter to fire back that Trump "doesn't understand the struggles working folks go through."

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Republican Marci Mustello wins Butler County state House special election

BY: - May 21, 2019

The GOP maintained control of a Butler County state House seat Tuesday, as Republican Marci Mustello cruised to victory in a special election. 

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Republicans cruise to victory in two state Senate special elections

BY: - May 21, 2019

Republicans held on to two state Senate seats in central and western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as GOP candidates in the 33rd and 41st districts cruised to easy victory. 

12th Congressional District candidates Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Marc Friedenberg. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Republican Fred Keller wins special election to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

BY: - May 21, 2019

Republican state Rep. Fred Keller easily won a special election Tuesday to represent the commonwealth’s 12th Congressional District, a geographically vast and conservative section of north and central Pennsylvania.

Abortion rights allies rally in Harrisburg, across the country in reaction to restrictive laws

BY: - May 21, 2019

About 60 abortion right advocates rallied outside the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday in response to a wave of state laws that some see as a part of a concerted attempt to ban the procedure nationwide. The rallies, in all 50 states, come as officials in such states as Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, and Georgia move to […]