Fetterman, Shapiro say they both believe in second chances. Pardons board votes tell two different stories

BY: - January 24, 2020

The politicians currently on Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons both say they believe in second chances for convicted criminals. They’ve also been rumored — or outright admitted — to have ambitions for higher offices.

Watch Gov. Tom Wolf and LG John Fetterman read their mean Tweets

BY: - December 24, 2019

A little reminder that our politics could use a dose of levity every now and again. Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman lighten the mood.

Pardons board rejections leave Lt. Gov. John Fetterman ‘dismayed’

BY: - December 21, 2019

A watershed year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons ended in disappointment for many criminal justice advocates on Friday, when the panel denied bids from nearly a dozen people seeking release from prison. The Board of Pardons heard 15 cases on Friday from inmates hoping to have life sentences commuted. It denied all but two, and […]

Lt. Gov. overhaul: House approves deputy home sale, letting governor pick their running mate

BY: - December 18, 2019

The state House approved a pair of bills Wednesday that will change the Lieutenant Governor’s office — literally and figuratively. One of the proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, would order the state to sell the lieutenant governor’s official residence at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. It passed 176-21. The […]

Advocates, patients ask Legislature to ‘fix’ Pa.’s medical marijuana program

BY: - December 18, 2019

During a Capitol rally Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley chapter of Norml, a national organization for the reform of marijuana laws, also called on lawmakers to take marijuana off the state’s list of banned substances, a move that it said would ease anxieties for medical cannabis users. 

Pardoned by Wolf, Philadelphia man’s prison release blocked by decades-old theft charges

BY: - December 6, 2019

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he was warned weeks ago that the Delaware County DA might pursue charges against David Sheppard.

Fetterman hires two former lifers to assist in commutations applications

BY: - November 4, 2019

George Trudel and Naomi Blount, who each had their sentences commuted, will visit prisons across the state to assist inmates.

$317 million deposit to Rainy Day Fund will protect taxpayers in economic downturn, officials say

BY: - July 9, 2019

By the time Pennsylvania wrapped up another fiscal year on June 30, the state had generated a surplus of more than $800 million — the result, officials say, of strong corporate tax revenues and record-low unemployment.  Some of that money had to cover costs that the state budget hadn’t anticipated. But $317 million went into […]

Senate Republicans issue stark rebuke of Fetterman one week after shouting match 

BY: - July 2, 2019

Senate Republicans sent a strong warning to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday: learn the rules of our chamber or cede your duties to someone else.

In first-ever hearing on legalizing cannabis, House GOP focuses on Pa. gun owners

BY: - June 3, 2019

"I think there's going to be a lot more discussion and conversation over the next few years prior to acting on any of those pieces of legislation," one Republican said.