The Down syndrome abortion ban does nothing to protect women. That’s why I stood up in protest | Opinion

BY: - May 14, 2019

Considering these cases, the exorbitant legal fees similar lawsuits demanded, and the Speaker’s insistence that HB321 should be understood as a crime bill, it is only appropriate that HB321 be re-referred to the Judiciary Committee for the legal ramifications of this bill to be thoroughly considered.

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

BY: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.

House passes $100 million expansion of private school scholarship tax credit

BY: - May 7, 2019

The House voted Tuesday to nearly double the size of a state tax credit for individuals and businesses that donate money for private school scholarships.

Turzai lends support to gift ban after activists shower lawmakers with dollar bills, get arrested

BY: - May 6, 2019

Twenty activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday, after dropping dollars labeled “bribe” and blocking a building entrance in an attempt to pressure the state House to pass what they say is a long overdue gift ban. The activists came from March On Harrisburg, a grassroots anti-corruption organization, at the conclusion of a nine-day […]

Restore or reenergize? Turzai, House GOP offer plan for natural gas-based state economy

BY: - April 29, 2019

Preaching “jobs, jobs, jobs,” state House Speaker Mike Turzai and other House Republicans rolled out a package of bills Monday that they say will expand the manufacturing potential of the shale gas boom.

Ex-House Speaker Sam Smith’s father, former Rep. L. Eugene ‘Snuffy’ Smith, has died

BY: - April 8, 2019

The former Punxsutawney mayor served 11 terms in the House from 1963 to his retirement in 1986.

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than just tradition.

BY: - March 30, 2019

When a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives gave a fiery Christian prayer before the chamber welcomed a new Muslim lawmaker on Monday, critics were quick to denounce it as Islamophobic and unconstitutional. In a two-minute prayer, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, called Jesus “our only hope” and willed “every knee” to bow to God. Minutes […]

‘We are here to ensure that every life has dignity and worth’: Turzai, allies roll out new Down syndrome abortion-ban bill

BY: - March 20, 2019

Hoping the second time’s the charm, abortion opponents in the state House rolled out a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, though such bans have faced constitutional challenges in other states and face a guaranteed veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. Surrounded by families raising children with the genetic […]

Why the state Supreme Court and General Assembly may go head-to-head over medical malpractice rules

BY: - February 27, 2019

Where you can and can’t file a medical malpractice lawsuit is shaping up to be a partisan battle between Pennsylvania’s legislative and judicial branches. On one side you have the state Supreme Court, which may once again allow lawyers to file suits in the county of their choosing. That rule was changed more than a […]


In Harrisburg, every day is Groundhog Day for bad ideas (and some good ones) | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 15, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. It wasn’t a matter of “if,” but rather, “when,” abortion-rights opponents in the Pennsylvania General Assembly were going to launch this year’s campaign against a woman’s right to choose. On Wednesday, state Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York, and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, got the pointless charade going again, as they announced plans to reintroduce […]


GOP’s Down syndrome bill is a reminder that states are the battleground over abortion rights | Opinion

BY: - February 15, 2019

The invasive bill that Klunk and Turzai want to forcibly deliver into law is most likely unconstitutional, practically unenforceable, and undeniably hypocritical.