pa-politics

State redistricting efforts are stumbling amidst familiar partisan infighting | Analysis

BY: - October 21, 2021

Throughout the U.S., the bitter debates over the results of the 2020 presidential election are getting replayed in redistricting battles.

Lancaster Co. residents advocate for citizen input on spending American Rescue Plan Act funds

BY: - October 21, 2021

The advocacy group, Lancaster Stands Up, will hold an online town hall on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

COMMENTARY

Expanded childcare key to returning Pa. women to post-pandemic workforce | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 21, 2021

'Child care is a persistent, ongoing problem that needs our immediate attention if our economic recovery is to continue,' one advocate said.

COMMENTARY

America is aging rapidly. Our policies need to keep pace | Ray E. Landis

BY: - October 21, 2021

In many ways, Pa. is a laboratory for what the rest of the country is beginning to experience as its population ages.

At home in Scranton, facing a fight in D.C., Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda

BY: - October 20, 2021

'This has been declared dead on arrival from the moment I introduced it,' Biden said. 'But I think we’re going to surprise them because I think people are beginning to figure out what’s at stake.'

COMMENTARY

Five Questions with Sen. Nikil Saval: From community organizing to the Capitol | Wednesday Coffee

BY: - October 20, 2021

'You just walk around the building and people are like 'Senator, how are you?' It's a ridiculous title. A Roman title,' the first-term, Philadelphia Democrat said in a recent interview.

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The unseen cost of healthcare transparency bill: Partner notifications would be public | Opinion

BY: - October 20, 2021

Making that information public will discourage people from getting tested for HIV, other STIs, making it harder to stop the spread of these infections.

Battle over abortion rights gains steam as Wolf era nears its end | Analysis

BY: - October 19, 2021

'These are assaults on democracy, these are assaults on freedom. What happened in Texas, I think, is an indication of what would happen in Pennsylvania if Republicans take the governor's race in 2022,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.

COMMENTARY

Biden’s PFAS plan targets Pa., other states plagued by ‘forever chemicals’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 19, 2021

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. The Biden administration has announced what it’s describing as an “accelerated effort” to protect Americans from so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water in Pennsylvania and other states that can cause severe health problems. The administration says its plan to tackle the chemicals formally known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a multi-pronged effort that will […]

Pa. home energy assistance program begins for 2021-22 winter season

BY: - October 18, 2021

LIHEAP, a federally funded program administered by the state Department of Human Services, received a funding boost from the American Rescue Plan Act, increasing LIHEAP’s minimum grant of $200 to $500 and the maximum from $1,000 to $1,500 for the 2021-22 season. 

COMMENTARY

We need you, face to face, please get vaccinated | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - October 17, 2021

Having been liberated—or at least paroled—from their Zoom prison cells, people are beginning to act like, well, people again.

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What the Pa. Legislature wants you to know about its legal fees | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - October 16, 2021

The Pa. Legislature spends millions of dollars on outside legal counsel, though the Capitol abounds with lawyers.