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Activists mark 65th anniversary of landmark school desegregation case: ‘There’s always more we can do’

BY: - May 14, 2019

This Friday, May 17, marks 65 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, finally desegregating America’s public schools. In the two generations since then, America has made great progress, but “there’s always something more we can do.” That’s the message activists at a weekly “Tuesdays […]

How one Republican lawmaker is trying to balance gun rights and due process in Pennsylvania

BY: - May 14, 2019

The state ACLU has gone from opposed to neutral on a propose "red flag law."

President Donald Trump will rally in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on May 20

BY: - May 13, 2019

President Donald Trump will return next week to the state that helped put him in the White House in 2016. The Republican will rally Monday in Lycoming County, just a day before voters cast their ballots in a critical special election there. Trump’s campaign said the president is headed to Lycoming County to show his […]

‘Well intentioned but impossible:’ Why critics say Marsy’s Law will undermine the rights of the accused

BY: - May 13, 2019

The constitutional amendment pins crime victims rights against the rights of the accused.

Senate President Joe Scarnati wants to sell Pa. Lt. Gov’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap

BY: - May 10, 2019

For Sale: One lieutenant governor’s residence, gently used, 2,400-square feet, three floors, with a pool. Inquiries to: J. Scarnati. The top Republican in the Pennsylvania state Senate is circulating a bill to sell the State House, the official residence of the Keystone State’s lieutenant governor. In a memo to his colleagues, Senate President Pro Tempore […]

New Jersey recognizes secular wedding celebrants under state law. Is Pennsylvania next?

BY: - May 10, 2019

Commonwealth statute regarding who can officiate a wedding — and legally sign a marriage certificate — is narrow and at the same time confusing.

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.

‘The people of Pennsylvania expect better from us:’ Outrage-filled week punctuated with bipartisan call for civility

BY: and - May 9, 2019

A string of controversial actions by lawmakers in the state House  — from abortion-protester harassment to white nationalist selfies — led Democratic and Republican leadership on Wednesday to call on lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric and focus on respectful legislating, while also acknowledging “the nation is watching.” “There is no room for hate in […]

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean calls House vote to hold Trump’s attorney general in contempt a ‘grave moment’

BY: - May 8, 2019

The vote comes amid escalating tensions between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump's White House.

‘We can’t ask any questions:’ Environmental official gets OK from Senate committee over pipeline objections

BY: - May 8, 2019

A committee advanced Secretary Patrick McDonnell’s nomination to the full Senate, over the objections of Sens. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester, and Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery.