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Pa. Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announces her resignation

BY: - January 22, 2021

State victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announced her resignation Friday, two months after her bid to serve a second term was shot down by the state Senate in what she deemed a political witch hunt.  Storm, who has led the state Office of the Victim Advocate since 2013, remained in her post for weeks after the […]

‘I spoke truth to power’: Ousted Pa. Victim Advocate Storm slams Senate GOP over vote to deny her another term

BY: - November 17, 2020

Pennsylvania’s crime victim advocate castigated the top Republican in the state Senate Tuesday, saying he publicly defamed her and derailed her career after she staked out positions that put her at odds with his office.

‘The best part of it is picking your own time to leave,’ Scarnati says, as Pa. Senate pays tribute to retiring GOP leader

BY: - October 20, 2020

A 20-year veteran of the Senate, Scarnati announced in February that he would not seek reelection this year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. 

Philly sues again to overturn state ban on local firearm regulations

BY: - October 8, 2020

“In all of 2019, 22 soldiers died in Afghanistan,” one official said. “Twenty-two — that’s a bad weekend in the city of Philadelphia.”

Pa. Senate Republicans take mail-in ballot fight to U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - September 28, 2020

The filing with the nation’s highest court comes just days after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a similar request Corman and Scarnati filed with House Republican leaders.

Who should speak for crime victims in Pennsylvania? The move to oust the state victim advocate, explained

BY: - September 27, 2020

A bill before the General Assembly would require the victim's advocate to have a law degree, disqualifying the woman who now holds the job.

Following Senate COVID cases, Pa. Capitol tours suspended, top leader says

BY: - September 16, 2020

Pa. Capitol complex tours are currently suspended while guides and security guards quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure.

More Pa. Senate employees test positive for COVID-19

BY: - September 11, 2020

The news comes the same week that all eight employees in the Senate Secretary’s office were forced to quarantine after one of them tested positive for the disease. 

Pa. Senate’s vote to curb executive power devolves into partisan shouting match

BY: - September 9, 2020

Actions by the GOP majority “defied the spirit of democracy” the chamber's top Democratic leader said Wednesday.

Pa. Senate office in quarantine after employee tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - September 8, 2020

The staffer from the Senate Secretary’s office who was diagnosed with COVID-19 was working in the state Capitol as recently as last week.

COMMENTARY

Wolf, Repubs both say they want election reform. Will they get it in time? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 28, 2020

There are 67 days until Election Day. But voters will be casting their ballots well before that. There's exactly zero margin for error here.

Pa. Senate GOP advances ‘first pass’ at election fixes. Wolf says talks are ongoing

BY: - August 25, 2020

With barely two months left until the Nov. 3 general election, Pennsylvania lawmakers are “actively negotiating” changes to the state’s election code as they try to resolve crucial questions of election security in the Legislature rather than in the courts, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday. But there’s not yet consensus among Democrats and Republicans on […]