House passes restaurant reopening with bipartisan support; Wolf says he’ll okay take out mixed drinks
The bills passed with wide bipartisan support, but neither reached the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf.
With an eye on 2020 and beyond, progressive grassroots activists join forces in Philly
But the agenda also laid out the activist group’s strategy to win the fights ahead. Candidates must pledge to “govern in collaboration” with constituents, knock at least 5,000 doors each, and eschew “corporate donors” and instead accept contributions from at least 200 small donors.
Pa. College students should only be hungry for knowledge — not their next meal | Opinion
By Malcolm Kenyatta Many people rightly look at college as a place for career education and self-discovery. The cost of this experience regularly comes with a significant amount of student debt. And for nearly one-third of students seeking their degrees, a harsh price is being paid before they even make it to that point — […]
We need to enact ‘Phillip’s Law’ to save lives | Opinion
Our children are talking to us. They’re telling us what troubles them and what they need from us. Enacting this bill will ensure that we listen and heed.
‘Very validating and very affirming’: Pa. to add gender neutral option for driver’s licenses in 2020
The new licenses should be ready by next year.
Why a Pa. House resolution recognizing the Stonewall riots didn’t happen on the 50th anniversary
Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first LGBTQ person of color to be elected to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. It’s part of the reason the Philadelphia Democrat wanted the state House to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, a key moment in the movement for gay rights. “My election is part of the reward […]
‘This is the best opportunity we’ve had’: Why advocates think this could be the year Pa. bans LGBTQ discrimination
Just five years ago, central Pennsylvania voters rejected an incumbent after he came out as gay. Former Rep. Mike Fleck, a Republican from Huntingdon County, lost a tight primary in 2014, two years after he first publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation. Since then, state lawmakers who remain have tried time and time again to ban […]
It’s not just Republicans talking about cutting regulations in Harrisburg
(*This story was updated to reflect that the bill language while modeled after Virginia, does not have a set percentage of regulations to cut yet. It was also updated with comment from the the Department of State.) Two freshmen lawmakers are proposing a bill, modeled of one recently passed in Virginia, to slash state regulations […]
Democrats are happy with Wolf’s budget proposal — but want to go further
The reaction from Gov. Tom Wolf’s own party to his Tuesday budget address? It’s a start. Members of the Democratic minority from both chambers sees Wolf’s proposed budget as an uncontroversial kickoff to negotiations they hope to expand to include more policies in the coming months. “It’s consistent with the previous budgets of the governor, […]