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Senate says defamation lawsuit against Leach accuser will not affect investigation

BY: - March 15, 2019

As a state senator’s defamation lawsuit against a woman accusing him of sexual assault advances through court, Democratic Senate leaders in Harrisburg insisted this week it won’t affect their independent investigation of the accuser’s claims. Cara Taylor, 44, sparked an investigation by Senate Democrats earlier this year when she said that state Sen. Daylin Leach, […]

Picking candidates for special elections can be a covert and complicated process. A state lawmaker wants to change that

BY: - March 15, 2019

By primary day in May, Pennsylvania will have seen more special elections than months in 2019.

Pa. U.S. Sens. Casey, Toomey vote to terminate Trump’s emergency border declaration

BY: - March 14, 2019

The vote is mainly symbolic since Trump has since he'll veto it when it lands on his desk

In break with Trump, Pa. U.S. Sen Pat Toomey will vote to disapprove White House’s border wall grab

BY: - March 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Republican had previously expressed concern about the declaration, but had stopped short of outright opposition.

‘Bad public policy and an unfair burden:’ Electric utility PPL warns that nuke bailout will cost customers $130M a year

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Thursday afternoon with new comments from a PPL spokesman. The nuclear industry bill introduced in the Republican-controlled state House this week can count one more member on its long list of critics: Central Pennsylvania’s main power supplier. Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL), a utility company headquartered in Allentown, told customers […]

‘The American people have a right to know:’ Pa. lawmakers back U.S. House vote to make Mueller report public

BY: - March 14, 2019

Top Democrats called the adoption of the resolution an important step toward promoting transparency.

Senate security employee escorted out of Capitol as harassment suit works through court: report

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Wednesday afternoon to include comments from senate secretary Megan Martin. More than a year after she accused her then-supervisor for sexual harassment, a top official with the state Senate security force isn’t sure if she still has her job or not, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. Two sources told the […]

Gov. Wolf touts support from academics, economists for $15 minimum wage

BY: - March 14, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday touted a letter signed by nearly 40 economists and academics in support of his proposal to gradually raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. “This policy would directly lift the wages of nearly 1.5 million workers when fully implemented,” the letter, spearheaded by the left-leaning Keystone Research Center, said. […]

Local officials would be able to ban guns on public grounds under state Senate proposal

BY: - March 14, 2019

Guns may be banned in Pennsylvania’s courthouses and the Capitol, but they’re fair game in municipal buildings, parks, and playgrounds across the state. A state senator from the Philadelphia suburbs wants to change that. Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks, plans to introduce a bill that would let municipalities outlaw guns on public property — something that […]

Sexual assault complaint against Butler County lawmaker filed with Pa. House GOP

BY: - March 13, 2019

A woman who has accused state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, of sexual assault has sent a formal complaint against him to a lawyer working for the House Republican majority, according to reporting by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer. The complaint stems from an incident in October 2015, when the victim went out to a […]

‘Our diversity is our strength’: Movita Johnson-Harrell will be Pa. Legislature’s first female Muslim lawmaker

BY: - March 13, 2019

“I think this is a good sign for Pennsylvania,” Johnson-Harrell told the Capital-Star after her win. “Our diversity is our strength.”

Wolf joins bipartisan group of Midwestern governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts

BY: - March 13, 2019

"This is a risk we simply can’t afford to take."