The Pa. Gaming Control Board is a patronage dumping ground. It’s time to fix it | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - March 18, 2021

Despite a massive outcry over several recent questionable appointments to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it appears as if the dust has settled with no changes in sight. The hirings included Democrat Frank Dermody, of Allegheny County, and Republican Frances Regan of York County. Dermody, the former Democratic floor leader in the state House, lost […]

Wolf, legislative leaders tap the well-connected for big salaries as oversight board members

BY: - March 3, 2021

Such appointments certainly aren’t new. But reformers were quick to call the trend, at best, discouraging to citizens, and at worst, feeding widespread and record low distrust in all levels of government.

In W. Pa., Biden, Shapiro dominate, even as GOP notches gains | Analysis

BY: - November 12, 2020

Republicans in some statewide row offices and in local state legislative seats performed extremely well within Allegheny County.

After year of tough votes, Dermody loses reelection, clearing way for Democratic free-for-all

BY: - November 11, 2020

After three decades in Harrisburg, one of them spent managing an increasingly diverse Democratic caucus, and a number of electoral close calls, House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, will not be returning for a 16th term.

With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections

BY: - November 9, 2020

With a number of key legislative races still undecided amid the slow count of mail-in ballots, some of the internal elections to decide who will lead the four partisan caucuses in the House and Senate have been delayed. A week after each election, state lawmakers traditionally return to the Capitol to pick which of their […]

Seeking to block a carbon tax, the House fell short of a veto-proof majority. How?

BY: - July 10, 2020

It’s a political trick as old as time in Harrisburg: Force Democrats into a tight spot by pitting environmentalists against labor.


We can’t address racial injustice in Pa. without fixing our unfair public school funding system | Opinion

BY: - June 19, 2020

At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.

Pa. House fails to override Wolf’s reopening veto

BY: - May 20, 2020

The override only garnered 115 votes — every Republican, as well as six conservative Democratsfrom the western and northeast parts of the state.


‘New normal’ gives opportunity to create a better normal | Opinion

BY: - April 28, 2020

Our frontline workers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe and comfortable. This is the least we can do to keep them safe and comfortable too.


We have to ensure Pa.’s most vulnerable have access to food during COVID-19 | Opinion

BY: - April 17, 2020

Pennsylvania has to join a pilot program of the United States Department of Agriculture that would allow for online purchases using SNAP benefits.

Republicans claim sweep of three House specials in midst of coronavirus outbreak

BY: - March 17, 2020

Republicans claimed a sweep in three state House special elections Tuesday, keeping the partisan balance of the lower chamber intact, and dashing Democratic hopes of a strong night. The wins came across the commonwealth, from suburban Philadelphia to old milltowns south of Pittsburgh to a rural district in western Pennsylvania, and left the GOP confident […]

Pa. House OKs remote voting as negotiations on coronavirus relief bills move forward

BY: - March 16, 2020

The changes came after a weekend of sharp words, pressure to abide by new social distancing norms, and follow three hours of mostly closed doors meetings Monday.