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Pa. creeps closer to map deadline without final lines in place

BY: - January 19, 2022

This outcome has looked increasingly clear for weeks, and has prompted an unprecedented number of questions for political hopefuls and campaign professionals of both parties as they attempt to navigate the early months of a key midterm election cycle.

W.Pa. municipalities sue state to block PennDOT bridge tolling plan

BY: - November 11, 2021

Three municipalities in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs are suing PennDOT over a $2B plan to pay for the replacement of nine bridges with future toll revenue.

GOP triumphant in Pa. Supreme Court race; leads in three others

BY: - November 3, 2021

Republicans look to have swept four open state appellate court seats in Tuesday’s election, as the Associated Press called two races for the GOP overnight, and their candidates lead in two more. The top prize was an open spot on the influential Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which Republican Kevin Brobson, who is currently president judge of […]

Deep-pocketed donors pour money into Pa. Supreme Court race

BY: - October 26, 2021

Charter school advocate Yass, Philadelphia trial lawyers among top spenders this cycle.

Pa. regulatory panel upholds Wolf’s school mask order; eyes turn to courts

BY: - October 21, 2021

'Executive overreach should be challenged when it occurs,' Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler said.

Pa. Supreme Court allows lawsuits over local gun ordinances to move forward

BY: - October 20, 2021

Now, individuals can challenge a city's firearm restrictions even if they haven't yet violated the law.

Prison guards’ lawsuit against Wolf admin’s vax policy thrown out

BY: - October 15, 2021

A state appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine-or-test requirement for prison guards, among thousands of other state employees in congregate settings. In a Sept. 28 decision, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court dismissed the challenge, brought by the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, which represents 11,000 prison workers, […]

2021 judicial candidates for Pa. appellate courts make their pitches to voters

BY: - September 21, 2021

The candidates — four Democrats and four Republicans — are competing to fill four open seats in statewide elections. If elected, they will serve a ten-year term.

14 House Republicans file lawsuit to strike down Pa.’s vote-by mail law. 11 voted for it

BY: - September 2, 2021

Fourteen Pennsylvania House Republicans filed a new lawsuit this week alleging that the state’s vote-by-mail law, which was passed with near-unanimous Republican support in 2019, is unconstitutional. The 34-page suit filed in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday night asks for the state court to declare the law unconstitutional, and prevent the state from issuing mail-in ballots […]

Pa. Sen. Saval, Gov. Wolf, call on Pa. Supreme Court to halt evictions

BY: - August 27, 2021

A progressive, first-term state senator has called for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt evictions in the commonwealth, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal moratorium Thursday evening on landlords removing tenants from their homes during the pandemic. State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, said in a statement Friday afternoon that replacing the federal […]

The wrong font, misplaced staples leads to unusual court rebuke of Pa. teachers’ pension fund

BY: - August 26, 2021

“I have never seen it before,” Duquesne University law professor, and state court watcher, Bruce Ledewitz said. “That could be because lawyers comply with the rules.”

COMMENTARY

The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion

BY: - June 27, 2021

The recommendations fall short of transformational, but they are true step forward toward badly needed reforms.