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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. 

Pa. House GOP pushes measure to restrict Wolf emergency response, remake judiciary

BY: - January 13, 2021

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House advanced two constitutional amendments Tuesday that would address their long simmering balance of power grievances.

Capitol siege lays bare GOP electoral misinformation in Harrisburg

BY: and - January 10, 2021

“I do believe words have consequences,” Republican state Rep. Natalie Mihalek, of Washington County, told the Capital-Star. “And those consequences were on full display” at the U.S. Capitol.

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The Electoral College meets today. Remember these GOP lawmakers who tried to stop it | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 14, 2020

The wheels of government will continue to turn -- despite the efforts of these Pa. Republicans.

Pa. appeals court dismissed GOP lawmaker suit challenging presidential results as state meets safe harbor deadline

BY: - December 9, 2020

The lawsuit is one of a number brought against Pennsylvania’s election results, which show an 80,000-plus vote lead for Democrat Joe Biden against Republican President Donald Trump.

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With deadline approaching, here’s how Pa. counties are doing with their Census response rates | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 3, 2020

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. As we’ve mentioned before, the U.S. Census is a very big deal, indeed. The decennial head count of everyone living in the United States impacts everything from federal assistance to the states to representation on Capitol Hill. So, with the count set to end on September 30, the Pennsylvania State Data Center has an […]

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Here’s everything libertarians like Russ Diamond get wrong about mask-wearing | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - August 27, 2020

Refusing to wear a mask exposes others to disease. It is not intolerance to oppose behavior that is harmful to others. It's a moral duty to protect others.

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Report: Thousands in Pa. excluded from emergency SNAP benefits | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 31, 2020

35 percent of Pa. households, or more than 553,000 people, have been cut off from an emergency expansion in SNAP benefits.

Pa. lawmaker compares treatment of anti-maskers to transphobic bigotry

BY: - July 30, 2020

In a statement shared on his state Facebook account, GOP Rep. Russ Diamond described a “spirit of intolerance and discrimination” directed at people who don’t wear facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judicial redistricting proposal clears Senate committee in party-line vote

BY: - July 13, 2020

The bill advanced through the Senate State Government Committee by a vote of 7-4 Monday, with all Democrats on the panel voting against it.

The Capitol reopens Monday, and visitors must wear masks. Will House lawmakers?

BY: - June 18, 2020

The masking requirement is the first to cover lawmakers. It was included in new rules approved by a bipartisan committee of House Republican and Democratic leadership last week. 

COVID-19 in the Capitol: One lawmaker positive for COVID, two more in quarantine

BY: - May 27, 2020

In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, confirmed he has tested positive for the disease.