Opponents of cap-and-trade contemplate legislative, legal options to stop RGGI

BY: - November 19, 2019

Tax carbon? You’re gonna need a bill for that. It’s a message that Republicans — and some Democrats — have hammered home ever since Gov. Tom Wolf announced in early October he was forging ahead with a plan to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, as it’s known in official shorthand, is a nine […]

Sens. Joe Pittman, R-18, and Doug Mastriano, R-33, swear the oath office to the Pennsylvania state Senate on June 10.

Republican special election winners sworn in to state Senate

BY: - June 10, 2019

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, and Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, took the oath of office on Monday, three weeks after soundly defeating Democratic challengers in special elections on May 21.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman.

Representing a majority, elected by a minority: Low voter turnout persists in special state Senate elections

BY: - May 24, 2019

Paltry voter turnout Tuesday in a pair of special elections for the Pennsylvania state Senate means the Republican-controlled chamber will gain two new members who were voted into office by a sliver of their constituents. Only a quarter of registered voters in the Indiana County-based 41st District, and a scant 17 percent of voters in […]

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman.

Republicans cruise to victory in two state Senate special elections

BY: - May 21, 2019

Republicans held on to two state Senate seats in central and western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as GOP candidates in the 33rd and 41st districts cruised to easy victory.