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In defiance of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh passed its own gun control laws. What happens next?

BY: - April 3, 2019

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to three gun control bills introduced following the October massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation

BY: - April 3, 2019

A bipartisan coalition of activists and lawmakers gathered Tuesday to make the case.

Democrat Pam Iovino wins special election to represent Pittsburgh suburbs in Pa. Senate

BY: - April 2, 2019

Democrat Pam Iovino won a highly contested race to represent the 37th Senate District in the Pittsburgh suburbs Tuesday, flipping a Republican-held seat and moving her party closer to control of the chamber. Iovino, a Navy veteran and former Veterans Affairs aide to President George W. Bush, defeated businessman D. Raja, a Republican who was […]

In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a doctor’s office

BY: - April 2, 2019

When it comes to improving the health of an entire community, it takes a lot more than just medical insurance and proximity to doctors. Rep. Joanna McClinton, the youngest woman to be elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus, knows that firsthand. Growing up in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood that she now serves as a […]

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean, others ask for $10M study on PFAS contamination

BY: - April 2, 2019

With residents in her Pennsylvania district dealing with contaminated water, a suburban Philadelphia lawmaker has asked the federal Defense department to help clean up its own mess.

It’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage gap

BY: - April 2, 2019

April 2 marks Equal Pay Day in the United States, an occasion that calls attention to the fact that women in America earn less on average than men. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, the symbolic holiday indicates how long a woman has to work into 2019 to earn what an average man […]

Sarah Hammond, left, and Doug Mastriano. (Courtesy campaign websites)

Pennsylvania’s busy special election season continues as parties pick nominees for 33rd Senate District

BY: - April 1, 2019

Local Democratic and Republican party activists in south-central Pennsylvania have selected their respective nominees for a special election in Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District, a reliably Republican seat that was most recently held by Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams. Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, a military historian and veteran, will face Democratic contender Sarah Hammond, a local government […]

Wolf cabinet secretaries make the financial case for not ignoring the 2020 Census

BY: - April 1, 2019

One year before the next U.S. Census officially kicks off, a handful of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries gathered in the Capitol on Monday to make the financial case for participating. “It isn’t a Republican issue. It’s isn’t a Democrat issue,” Rick Vilello, Department of Community and Economic Development deputy secretary for community affairs, said. […]

Pa. finished March ahead of projections for tax collections, Revenue Dept. says

BY: - April 1, 2019

Pennsylvanians are buying more. And vice continues to be big business, new state tax collection data indicates.

End of an era: ‘Lobbyist Room’ at the back of the Pa. House closes its doors, report

BY: - April 1, 2019

Another anachronism falls victim to technology and progress.

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 […]