Pa. Rep. Harris, House’s 2nd ranking Democrat, says he has COVID-19
(*This developing story will be updated) House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, has COVID-19. Harris is House Democrats’ second-in-command. Without giving a date, Harris said he was exposed to the coronavirus from a constituent. When informed about the potential exposure, he immediately quarantined and tested positive. The House Human Resources Office, through contact tracing with […]
With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections
With a number of key legislative races still undecided amid the slow count of mail-in ballots, some of the internal elections to decide who will lead the four partisan caucuses in the House and Senate have been delayed. A week after each election, state lawmakers traditionally return to the Capitol to pick which of their […]
Pa. House falls two votes shy of overturning Wolf’s restaurant occupancy veto
For the fourth time, the Pennsylvania House has failed to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill limiting his authority to regulate public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Democrats aim to flip the House, a top lawmaker took $600K from school choice donor trying to stop them
The No. 2 Democrat in the Pennsylvania House has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations from a group that’s funded at least $3.5 million in ads targeting vulnerable Democratic colleagues in an election in which control of the chamber is seen as up for grabs. House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, raked […]
On 55th anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Black lawmakers stress importance of voting in November
State Rep. Jordan Harris' mother is 55 years old. For her, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which guaranteed Black Americans' right to vote, isn't ancient history. It's a day that exists within living memory.
Pa.’s African-American, Jewish-American communities are united in the fight for justice | Opinion
The past collaboration in the fight against oppression between our communities has strengthened African-Americans and Jewish-Americans alike.
A landmark criminal justice bill helped 1 million people get jobs and housing last year. But advocates say there’s more to be done.
Clean Slate took effect last June, one year after it passed with broad bipartisan support in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.
We can’t address racial injustice in Pa. without fixing our unfair public school funding system | Opinion
At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.
‘New normal’ gives opportunity to create a better normal | Opinion
Our frontline workers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe and comfortable. This is the least we can do to keep them safe and comfortable too.
In Philly, across race, class lines, a search for solutions to the city’s biggest challenges
When people of color suffer from poverty and gun violence, white people are not interested in solving those issues, a Philadelphia elected official says.
After years of trying, Pa. House finally passes handheld cell phone ban
After years of effort, a ban on handheld cell phone use could be coming to Pennsylvania’s roads and highways.
How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers
State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]