constitutional-amendments

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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. voters deserve all the facts on those proposed constitutional amendments | Opinion

BY: - September 14, 2022

With abortion access and voting rights on the line, the Legislature needs to get way more transparent.

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Attendees of the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party celebrate after primary election results verify Kansans voted to keep abortion a constitutional right on Tuesday. (Lily O’Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

Few lessons for Pa. from Kansas abortion vote. GOP still should beware | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - August 16, 2022

Republicans run the risk of creating the very constitutional right to abortion they are trying to prevent.

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Want to avoid a veto? Fix the process, Pa. Sen. Schwank says | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 20, 2022

It wouldn't kill Republicans to bring Democratic bills to a vote once in a while, the Berks Co. lawmaker says.

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How far will Pa. Republicans go to limit constitutional rights? | Opinion

BY: - July 13, 2022

We should expect the GOP to continue its assault on the Pennsylvania Constitution.  

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To engage the ‘will of the voters,’ you also have to empower them | Opinion

BY: - June 28, 2022

The bad faith use of the constitutional amendment process reduces the power of voters under the guise of increasing it.

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Unable to win the battle of ideas, Pa. Republicans are damaging the state Constitution | Opinion

BY: - January 16, 2022

There's nothing small-d democratic about this process at all.

Pennsylvanians going for gold in Tokyo | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 24, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The 2020 Summer Olympics (happening in 2021, of course) officially started Friday in Tokyo with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the cauldron.  While this year’s Olympic Games promise to look different than previous years, more than 600 American athletes have made the trip to Japan to compete in their respective sports, including 21 who hail from […]

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A note to Pa. Republicans: Just because you can amend the state Constitution, it doesn’t mean you should | Opinion

BY: - July 7, 2021

Republican lawmakers defend this end-run around the Governor by saying they just want to “let the voters decide.”

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Pa. Republicans are weaponizing the state Constitution. No one wins there | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 6, 2021

It's hard to amend the Constitution for a reason: To keep it from falling prey to short-term agendas

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Does Pa.’s Primary Day rebuke of Wolf signal rough sailing for Dems in 2022? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - May 28, 2021

Wolf's appeal or lack of it could be a factor in the U.S. Senate race, especially if Lt. Gov. John Fetterman wins the Democratic nomination.

Pa. child abuse lawsuits held up due ‘systemic failures’ in Dept. of State, report says

BY: - May 26, 2021

In a report released Wednesday, the state Inspector General found no evidence of “intentional malfeasance” in an advertising error that delayed a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers. Instead the report pointed a finger at an informal and unwritten process for tracking and overseeing constitutional amendments in […]

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Those constitutional amendments were aimed at the Pa. Supreme Court as much as they were at Wolf | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 26, 2021

The state Supreme Court, not the executive, is the branch of government that is out of control.