Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus

BY: - November 29, 2023

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 […]

Comans to mount primary challenge to Pa. Rep. Salisbury

BY: - November 17, 2023

A school director and community advocate is joining the race for the 34th state House District, setting up a primary challenge for the seat held by state Rep. Abigail Salisbury (D-34th District).  Ashley Comans, a Wilkinsburg school director and lifelong resident of western Pennsylvania, announced on Tuesday that she is seeking the Democratic Party nomination […]

‘Nationwide gun emergency’ discussed by U.S. House Democrats at roundtable meeting

BY: - November 14, 2023

Democrats said they opted to organize the roundtable after being turned down in their request for a formal hearing to Republicans who control the chamber.

A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s constitution would change how the state considers pardons

BY: - October 30, 2023

Pennsylvania's Board of Pardons must vote unanimously in order for a person to be recommended for a pardon. HB 1410 would change it to a simple majority.

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

Three candidates already running for Pa. 103rd House District

BY: - October 23, 2023

After state Rep. Patty Kim (D-103rd) formally launched her campaign for state Senate, three Democrats have confirmed that they will seek to replace her in the House.

Pa. Rep. Patty Kim launches campaign for 15th Senate District seat

BY: - October 19, 2023

State Rep. Patty Kim (D-103rd District) launched her campaign for the 15th state Senate District on Thursday, and already has the backing of a long list of Pennsylvania Democrats and state labor leaders.  Kim, who was first elected to the state House in 2012, said she is “so energized by the opportunity to represent even […]

Crunching the numbers: Campaign finance reports show a few surprises

BY: - October 17, 2023

Campaign finance reports from the year’s third quarter are in, and there are a few surprises in the contests for Pennsylvania’s U.S. House seats. Here’s a look at how the latest numbers from the Federal Election Commission break down, and how they compare to the year’s previous quarterly results, and the 2022 election cycle. U.S. […]

PJM, which coordinates the flow of electricity from power generators to utility companies in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is facing complaints about how it ensures it will have enough capacity to keep the electricity flowing during a winter storm or summer heat wave. (Photo by fhm/Getty Images)

Pa. House environmental leader guts his own bill to manage crypto mining growth

BY: - October 16, 2023

The Democratic chairperson of the state House committee that vets environmental policy gutted his own bill on Monday, legislation that was designed to help the state get a regulatory grip on the energy-hungry cryptocurrency mining industry. Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) had previously called off a June 27 vote on his crypto mining bill and an […]

Congress clears bill to avert shutdown, with vote promised later on Ukraine aid

BY: - September 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Saturday night that would stave off a government shutdown until at least mid-November, though the measure doesn’t include Ukraine aid backed by both Republicans and Democrats. The bipartisan 88-9 vote in the U.S. Senate, just hours before a midnight deadline, took place after the U.S. House earlier in the […]

Democrats push to extend child care grant program

BY: and - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to extend funding for five years for a pandemic-era child care subsidy program set to expire at the end of the month. The legislation would extend the child care stabilization grant program, which Congress established in 2021 to help child care providers meet additional costs during the […]

House Dems discuss bill to expand access to contraceptives at Delco hearing

BY: - May 12, 2023

Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee’s hearing. She announced in April that she would introduce a bill — HB 1140 — to expand access to contraceptives in Pennsylvania.

House Dems hold hearing on expanding access to reproductive health care

BY: - March 29, 2023

State Rep. Liz Fiedler, D-Philadelphia, said that with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the loss of a “decades-long assurance” of care discussions about how to expand care in Pennsylvania are necessary and warranted.