Advocates want a more diverse General Assembly. But making that a reality is complicated
If the composition of the General Assembly matched Pennsylvania’s rapidly diversifying population, there would be at least 47 lawmakers who were not white. Instead, there are just 31 elected state legislators who are not white. The space between Harrisburg and reality could be chalked up to a multitude of things, but as legislative leaders hammer […]
We need to break the cycle of gun violence. That starts with us | Opinion
No one wins with this ongoing violence, the wasted human potential, and the current insidiousness of military-grade weapons on our city streets.
‘We don’t just stop at Juneteenth’: Civil rights leader, lawmakers call for more action on social justice reform
“It is important that we don’t just stop on Juneteenth. It’s important that we look at all of the systemic issues and racism in legislation and policy and how that has impacted our community,” said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, the chairperson of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
‘We carry each other, we help each other’: These Pa. moms lost sons to gun violence. They want Harrisburg to help | Wednesday Morning Coffee
New legislation would give a financial hand-up to Pa. families living with the cost of gun violence.
Pa. Black Caucus pushes for universal collection of racial data from traffic stops
Black lawmakers could hold the deciding votes on two long-sought changes to state driving laws, giving them the rare leverage to ask that an expansion of police oversight be accompanied by protections for Black drivers.
A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows
Rep. Amen Brown wants to progressively increasing mandatory minimum sentences for “any previously convicted felon who is found to be in possession of an illegal firearm.”
Say her name: Dominque Fells. And what Pa. lawmakers can do next | Monday Morning Coffee
Two Black Trans women were killed within 24 hours in the U.S. last week. The White House's response? Increase discrimination.
‘This is not about charity. This is about investing in our children’: Pa. House, Senate resolutions aim to raise awareness of childhood homelessness
Nearly 37,000 Pa. children experience homelessness, creating all kinds of challenges as they try to pursue their education.
Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.
The new House Democratic whip is savvy enough to forge allies in unlikely places.