Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus
State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) had introduced the Fairness Act, to extend Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination law to LGBTQ+ people, in every legislative session since 2001 before it passed in the state House this spring. Five months after lawmakers sent House Bill 300 to the Republican-controlled Senate with a bipartisan 102-98 vote, the historic legislation remains on […]
House Dems, labor leaders meet in Allegheny Co. | Five for the Weekend
Labor leaders told the lawmakers that despite widespread public support for labor unions, they are concerned about declining union membership numbers and how it will impact income inequality in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Pa. educators, anti-hunger advocates push for no-cost school meals
Sen. Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny, and Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, want to create a permanent program to provide Pennsylvania K-12 students with free breakfast and lunch, dubbed the Universal School Meal Fund.
Progressive incumbent women were snubbed by Allegheny Co. Dem Committee. Does it matter?
The county party opted to endorse their primary opponents on May 17. It wasn't unfamiliar territory.
Bail funds help the poor get out of jail. Advocates say a Pa. House bill could shut them down
The General Assembly is also being lobbied by the bail industry's former top advocate, who is registered to work for four bail bond companies.
Alle. Co. DA Zappala faces calls for resignation from fellow W.Pa Democrats
By Ryan Deto PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has faced significant fallout for an email he sent in May to his deputy prosecutors forbidding them from offering any plea deals to the clients of a well-known Black lawyer who five days prior criticized Zappala’s office for being “systematically racist.” The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for […]
Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis
Once again, candidates endorsed by the progressive PAC, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh, won or are poised to win their primary elections.
Planned Parenthood PAC offers co-endorsement in W. Pa. House race
The decision to also endorse candidate Emily Kinkead came in "response to passionate and thoughtful feedback from our community of supporters."