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‘We are committed to competition’: Top Wolf official says

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Wolf administration requested $340M in emergency contracts during the pandemic, according to a published report

Capitol siege lays bare GOP electoral misinformation in Harrisburg

BY: and - January 10, 2021

“I do believe words have consequences,” Republican state Rep. Natalie Mihalek, of Washington County, told the Capital-Star. “And those consequences were on full display” at the U.S. Capitol.

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The Electoral College meets today. Remember these GOP lawmakers who tried to stop it | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 14, 2020

The wheels of government will continue to turn -- despite the efforts of these Pa. Republicans.

Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality

BY: - November 22, 2020

The effort was first announced at a press conference last week, when 26 House and Senate Republicans — barely a fifth of all GOP lawmakers — called for the General Assembly to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s 2020 results until lawmakers could conduct their own election audit.

Attorneys denounce GOP rep.’s ‘politically motivated’ impeachment call for Pa. Supreme Court Justice Wecht

BY: - October 8, 2020

The resolution, now before the House Judiciary Committee, has garnered 35 co-sponsors, but it is unlikely to ever come to a vote.

Pension travel policy reforms meet pushback from teachers

BY: - June 11, 2020

Teachers sitting on the Pennsylvania’s educator pension board voiced their concerns Thursday with a reform proposed by the state’s Democratic treasurer and a Republican lawmaker. The brief, polite disagreement over how to reform the transparency and approval travel costs at the Public School Employees Retirement System comes in response to undisclosed trip expenses at the […]

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Pa. lawmakers need to try this fairer, more equitable approach to property tax reform | Ray E. Landis

BY: - March 8, 2020

Is it time to again have a debate about eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania? Senate Republicans think so, because they’ve held public policy meetings on the topic. This renewed discussion does provide an opportunity to take a clear-eyed look at the issue. While rising property taxes threaten to make it unaffordable for some to remain […]

Capital-Star’s reporting prompts Pa.’s teacher pension fund to audit travel expenses to L.A.

BY: - March 6, 2020

Pennsylvania’s largest pension fund is auditing its travel expenses after reporting by the Capital-Star revealed opaque expense records for cross-country travel.

Pa. House passes fetal remains bill with bipartisan backing

BY: - November 18, 2019

Every Republican backed the bill, along with a smattering of Democrats, which passed on a 123-76 vote. 

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We’re psychologists: This Pa. House bill mandating the burial of fetal remains is emotionally damaging to women | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2019

This poorly-worded and ambiguous piece of legislation is emotionally harmful to the women of Pennsylvania and it deserves to be defeated.

A Republican lawmaker wants to eliminate Pa.’s property tax by targeting retirement income. Will his bill gain traction this session? 

BY: - August 20, 2019

A bill from Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, would also increase income and sales taxes to replace the estimated $15 billion that state property owners currently pay.

GOP electeds call for Lebanon County Republican chair to resign over ‘racist’ mailer

BY: - May 3, 2019

In an intra-party scrum gone public, three Republican lawmakers from Lebanon County are calling on the county’s GOP chairman to resign over what they say is a “racist” mailer directed at an incumbent county commissioner. Sen. Mike Folmer and Reps. Russ Diamond and Frank Ryan called for local party boss Casey Long to resign in […]