‘Fake Emergency’: In Harrisburg, protesters push back against Trump’s grab for wall funds

BY: - February 18, 2019

From PennLive: “A group of protesters carried signs and gathered on the steps of the federal building in Harrisburg on President’s Day to voice their opinions against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for the border wall. “We were about 100 people out here today speaking out about President Trump’s declaration of […]

New report claims $250M savings from cyber-charter funding reform

BY: - February 18, 2019

A progressive advocacy group says fixing the way Pennsylvania funds cyber-charter schools would save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, cut down on waste at the schools, and improve student outcomes. The group, Education Voters of Pa., says it wants lawmakers to set a statewide tuition rate for the online schools at […]

The ACLU is taking Pennsylvania’s corrections department to court over copy-and-save legal mail policy

BY: - February 18, 2019

According to the ACLU, "Pennsylvania is the first and still only state prison system in the country to copy and store legal mail."

What’s stopping municipal gun control laws across Pennsylvania? Costly lawsuits, for starters

BY: and - February 17, 2019

As the state Legislature stalls on gun control, there seems to be no shortage of local officials who want to pass gun control laws at the municipal level.

Trump averts a shutdown – but Pa.’s Congressional delegation splits on the White House’s end run on border funding

BY: - February 15, 2019

Trump’s declaration comes as he failed to secure congressional support for more than $5 billion he wanted for border security in a broader spending bill that funds a variety of federal agencies.

Here’s how Pa’s Congressional delegation reacted to President Trump’s emergency declaration

BY: - February 15, 2019

On Friday, hours after Congress sent him an emergency funding package aimed at averting another government shutdown, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, enabling him to do a Congressional end-around so he could build additional barriers at America’s southern border with Mexico. Trump signed the funding package into law on Friday afternoon. Here’s how […]

In first year of medical marijuana, 80,000+ Pennsylvanians okayed to toke medicine

BY: - February 15, 2019

(*This story has been edited to reflect that more than 1,000 physicians have been approved to participate in the program, and to clarify the number of people approved to use medical marijuana.) Pennsylvania’ medical marijuana industry now has 83,000 people who could legally use medical marijuana in the program’s first year. During that time, more […]

Harrisburg Police herald recovery of more than 600 illegal firearms.

BY: - February 15, 2019

Police in Pennsylvania’s capital city say that aggressive seizure of illegal firearms has contributed to a decrease in violent crime rates over the last three years. The Harrisburg Police Bureau took almost 200 illegally possessed guns off the streets in 2018 alone, chief information officer Gabriel Olivera said Friday. In all, officers have removed more […]

Republican Raja cites immigrant’s story in state Senate special election ads

BY: - February 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a second ad. Following his nomination, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for the open 37th Senate Seat outside of Pittsburgh, emphasized not letting his opponents define him. On Thursday, he began that campaign, releasing two TV ads describing his growth from immigrant to citizen to business […]

Democrat Iovino hits TV screens ahead of state Senate special election

BY: - February 15, 2019

In an ad trumpeting her 23 years of Navy service, Pam Iovino, the Democratic candidate in a special election for western Pennsylvania’s 37th Senate District, hit the air waves with a 30-second TV spot on Friday. The ad continues to mention her work as an assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs under President […]

Former Pa. GOP staffer tapped for top U.S. Labor Dept. post

BY: - February 15, 2019

The former staffer to Sen. Rick Santorum served as executive director of the state GOP from 2013-2017.

As work for welfare battle continues, Wolf admin will put a new spin on old jobs programs

BY: and - February 15, 2019

State lawmakers also want stricter work requirements for food stamps.