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As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order

BY: - September 7, 2021

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back early from its summer recess to challenge the Wolf administration’s new school mask mandate. The move by the Republican-controlled lower chamber is the latest legislative challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s health orders. The lower chamber scheduled four new session days for next week and the week after, […]

‘Tasteless’: Pa. GOP lawmaker faces backlash after comparing COVID vaccinations to sexual assault

BY: - September 2, 2021

This story was updated at 5:55 p.m. on 9/2/21 to include additional information.  A Republican state lawmaker who compared mandatory vaccinations to rape, is facing criticism from a victims rights and sexual violence prevention organization.  In an Aug. 23 post to his verified Facebook page, state Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, wrote that “What’s it called […]

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The fight over critical race theory is a solution in search of a problem | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - July 23, 2021

The GOP, traditionally seen as the “Grand Old Party” has devolved into the “Groveling Orange Party.”

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 15, 2021

In one sign of a growing pushback, a teacher-led protest to “pledge to teach the truth” was scheduled for Saturday in 22 states. 

‘Walk as free people’: Conservatives rally at the Pa. Capitol to celebrate referenda wins

BY: - June 5, 2021

As pandemic restrictions lifted across the state this week, critics of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive actions over the past 15 months took a victory lap on the Pennsylvania Capitol steps on Saturday.

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The fight over critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP bill would punish districts that teach it | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 27, 2021

Teaching our children that they are inferior or inherently bad based on immutable characteristics such as race and sex can be extremely damaging to their emotional and mental well-being,' GOP Reps. Russ Diamond and Barb Gleim say.

Empowered by referendum, Harrisburg GOP moves to terminate some — but not all — of Wolf’s pandemic powers

BY: - May 25, 2021

The flexing of these new emergency powers comes after voters empowered the 253-member General Assembly to end or edit gubernatorial powers during a disaster.

Even with Wolf’s disaster powers clipped, Pa.’s mask mandate remains. Why?

BY: - May 22, 2021

Under current state health orders, unvaccinated individuals should wear masks when they're indoors, and outdoors if they’re unable to maintain social distance.

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Pa. lawmakers just can’t resist comparing things to the Holocaust & Nazis. It’s time to banish this lazy and offensive rhetoric from our dialogue | Opinion

BY: - May 3, 2021

The Holocaust is not a rhetorical device to be manipulated and deployed against one’s political opponents, and to use it as such is contemptible.

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COVID cases are down. This isn’t the time to lift mask mandates or refuse the vaccine | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 10, 2021

Masks and vaccines reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Why are two Pa lawmakers trying to stand in the way of that?

Amendment limiting Pa. Gov.’s emergency powers heading to voters this May

BY: - February 5, 2021

If a majority of Pennsylvania voters approve the amendment, it will go into effect immediately.

New state board kicks off ‘nuts and bolts’ review of Pa.’s election laws

BY: - January 28, 2021

The state’s newly created Election Law Advisory Board convened its first session Thursday, meeting for an hour over Zoom to elect officers and let its members get acquainted.