‘It all takes a toll’: Pa. Democrats examine secondary impacts of gun violence
Sen. Tim Kearney, D-Delaware, described the speakers’ remarks as “sobering,” as they outlined how the gun violence epidemic has affected communities, the physical and emotional toll of gun violence, and solutions to combat the crisis.
Philadelphia youth call for tighter firearms restrictions, increased funding to combat gun violence
Proms, not funerals. Essays, not eulogies. Books, not obituaries. Kids, not guns. Those were just one of the messages on a dozen of hand-drawn signs as a group of more than 30 Philadelphia kids and teens gathered in the Capitol on Monday afternoon, urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action against gun violence across the state.
In Philly, maternal mortality, health care inequities take center stage at abortion access hearing
The hearing, the second in a series of meetings about reproductive healthcare in Pennsylvania, focused on the impact abortion bans would have on Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality rate and the implications for OB-GYN physicians, as well as how advocates and providers are faring with an influx of out-of-state patients.
House passes bill limiting Philly DA to two terms
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.
Businesses react to return of Philadelphia’s mask mandate
But while some are supportive, several businesses and residents have filed suit in state court in Pennsylvania seeking to overturn Philadelphia’s renewed indoor mask mandate.
City Council members sound off on gun violence efforts in Philadelphia
Councilmember Curtis Jones said City Council as a governing body has the unique opportunity to review the city budget and see how productive past allocations to departments have been.
‘These are human beings.’ How Pa.’s Ukrainian community is responding to Russian invasion
Groups such as the Ukrainian League of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in neighboring Montgomery County have feared and advocated against a Russian invasion for months.
Pa. Senate committee takes up legalizing adult-use cannabis in initial legislative hearing
The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold another hearing on adult-use cannabis within the next month.
‘Nothing about us without us’ : Pa. advocates address statewide challenges to recovery
The rallying cry of the recovery community is “nothing about us without us,” Bill Stauffer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, said.
‘It’s been an honor’: Al Schmidt to resign as Philadelphia commissioner to head good gov’t group
Al Schmidt succeeds David Thornburgh, who has served as president and CEO since 2014.
Pay your own way USGA | Colin McNickle
By Colin McNickle Neither a financial nor moral (and certainly not a “good-government”) case can be made for using taxpayer dollars to subsidize the uber-rich sport of professional golf at the Oakmont Country Club, says a senior scholar at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. “In sum … there is no reasonable case to be […]
‘We are always on our knees:’ Haitians in Philly react to earthquake on island
Beyond the earthquake, Woodmark said the Caribbean island suffers from widespread violence, kidnappings and security concerns, all of which have prevented him from visiting his home more regularly in recent years.