Pa. Democrats call for investigation of GOP statehouse colleagues’ role in Capitol siege
House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said the full scope of Republican involvement won’t be known without a formal investigation.
Campaign committees raise record $35.4 million to spend on Pa. Legislature in 2020 election
Democratic and Republican campaign committees are smashing records as they vie for control of the Pennsylvania General Assembly this year.
‘Birth control is healthcare’: Democratic reps call for legislation to ensure access to contraception
Democratic State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle, and Tina Davis say access to birth control is a right — not a privilege. They slammed the Trump administration for its efforts to curtail equitable contraceptive coverage during COVID-19, arguing that such measures disproportionately impact women of color, and urged the Pennsylvania Legislature to prioritize the passage […]
Why Pa.’s public pension funds have millions of dollars of your money tied up in the natural gas industry
According to an annual report released last November by the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System, the teachers’ pension fund has $336 million dollars worth of stock invested in the controversial pipeline company. That’s the pensions’ third biggest holding of a single U.S.-based publicly traded asset.
In one-sided hearing, coal workers lay out dire stakes for cap-and-trade
Opponents described the plan as a “nuclear tipped cruise missile” aimed at the coal power industry. Republicans have discussed going to court to stop it.
Pa. House passes fetal remains bill with bipartisan backing
Every Republican backed the bill, along with a smattering of Democrats, which passed on a 123-76 vote.
Republicans have a problem with suburban voters, Democrats have a problem with rural voters. Where does that leave Pa.’s balance of power?
As Democrats romped through the southeast on election night Tuesday — winning control of every county’s government from Allentown to Coatesville — a long foreseen but sudden reckoning came in coal fields and mill towns around Pittsburgh. Democratic county commissioner majorities holding on in three southwestern counties, once home to blue dog Democrats, were flipped […]
The last moderate standing?: Suburban Republicans look to life after Gene DiGirolamo
The ripples from Tuesday night’s Democratic sweep in the Philadelphia suburbs aren’t going to wait until next November to exert their influence on Harrisburg. One of the chamber’s last, and most stubbornly moderate Republican lawmakers, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, ran for, and won, a seat on Bucks County’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night. He’ll be […]
Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry
That divide is also manifesting itself in the General Assembly.
These Pa. schoolkids wanted people to skip using plastic straws for a day. They got a crash course in politics instead
Some suburban Philly fourth graders had a plan to help the environment. It didn't take long for things to go to (Eastern) hellbender.
Long divided by abortion, House Democrats anticipate strong showing against Down syndrome ban
Still, some ardent opposing voices remain.
Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown
Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]