Pa. out front: How the argument over reparations is moving into state capitols | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 4, 2019

Four hundred years after America's 'Original Sin,' is a solution in sight? Some experts are skeptical. But the debate has moved to capitols.

House Judiciary chairman says he won’t consider red flag proposal as panel advances mandatory minimums

BY: - September 24, 2019

The votes by the House Judiciary Committee marked the first legislative action on firearms after a summer dominated by mass shootings, including two in one August weekend that left 29 people dead. 

Electric vehicle drivers in Pa. would pay $250/year fee under advancing state House bill

BY: - September 19, 2019

The state House has advanced legislation requiring electric vehicle drivers to pony up for the wear and tear they inflict on Pennsylvania’s roads and highways. The majority-Republican chamber voted 94-90 to approve an amendment hitting drivers of hybrids or fully electric vehicles with a $250 annual fee. Originally, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Caroll, […]

This Philly lawmaker wants Pennsylvania to offer reparations to its black residents

BY: - September 3, 2019

One Pennsylvania lawmaker is making his own case for reparations  — not just for slavery, but for 400 years of institutional racism.  Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, released a memo last week asking for his colleagues’ support for a bill providing tax credits or other benefits to African Americans as well as “targeted geographic communities.” Citing […]

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

BY: - July 9, 2019

In the rush of last month’s budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases when the district attorney chooses to not press charges. The provision was first reported Monday evening by both the Intercept, an […]


Philly Rep. Chris Rabb is readying a slavery reparations bill | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 20, 2019

'To talk about freedom without talking about justice is an incomplete conversation,' he said.

Multiple political parties can’t nominate same candidate in an election, Pa. Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 6, 2019

In spring 2016, Chris Rabb won a hotly contested Democratic primary for a state House seat in Philadelphia. While Rabb had a guaranteed spot on the general election ballot as a Democrat — all but ensuring his win in the commonwealth’s largest city — the progressive Working Families Party also wanted to nominate him as […]


‘Innocence is real:’ A death row survivor makes the case for scrapping capital punishment in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - April 30, 2019

So far, capital punishment hasn't been part of Pennsylvania's conversation on criminal justice reform. But proposals in the state House and Senate are evidence that could change.

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.