A group of Pa. lawmakers is urging President Biden to protect immigrants

BY: - November 20, 2023

The 20 state lawmakers — from the House and Senate — noted that immigrants make up 7.3% of Pennsylvania’s total population, and added that federal protections empower immigrants to fill critical jobs amid pressing labor shortages.

Retired Marine latest challenger to Perry in PA-10

BY: - September 6, 2023

Recently retired Marine Mike O’Brien said Wednesday he’s tired of Republicans co-opting the concept of “freedom,” and will seek the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District.  In an interview with the Capital-Star, O’Brien said he was motivated to run for office by the Jan. 6 insurrection, and Perry’s alleged role […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

State lawmakers to introduce legislation for universal basic income study

BY: - July 18, 2023

The study, the lawmakers wrote, would be a “vital first step in understanding how a universal basic income pilot program could be implemented in Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Pa. lawmakers, advocates react to state budget passage

BY: - July 5, 2023

*This breaking story was updated at 6:39 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 to include additional information. The state House voted 117-86 to pass a proposed $45.5 billion state budget late Wednesday, sending the spending plan to Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk for a signature.  In a statement following Wednesday’s vote, Shapiro said he was proud […]

A push to repeal Pa.’s closed primaries is up for discussion (again) in Harrisburg

BY: - June 22, 2023

There have been previous attempts to change this part of the state’s election code: Last year, a similar bill failed to advance out of committee, and a 2019 bill passed the Senate, but died in the House. 

Legislative package to prevent shooting deaths heads toward Pa. House floor

BY: - April 26, 2023

The legislation, Republican committee members said, would do little to reduce crime and create legal pitfalls for gun owners.

A ‘very serious conversation’: Pa. House panel hears fixes on maternal mortality crisis

BY: - April 13, 2023

The hearing, led by state Rep. Gina Curry, D-Delaware, who serves as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus, focused on addressing the maternal mortality crisis, which disproportionately affects women and birthing people of color. 

Waxman wins Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s 182nd House District seat

BY: - May 18, 2022

In the race to fill his seat, Sims endorsed Alvarez, director of community engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ care coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

House passes bill limiting Philly DA to two terms

BY: - April 26, 2022

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would limit the top prosecutor in Pennsylvania’s largest city – and only in Philadelphia – to two four-year terms. The proposal  appears to take aim at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, who has been a target for GOP lawmakers.


Turzai put political advantage ahead of public health with House special elections | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - March 31, 2020

It's doubtful if taxpayers will be getting anything of real value anyway by holding the special elections six weeks early.