‘A de facto debtor’s prison’: Pgh. Rep. Summer Lee wants to end cash bail | Monday Morning Coffee
'The bail process in Pennsylvania too often centers on an individual’s ability to pay rather than the individual’s risk to public safety,' Lee said.
Pittsburgh Rep. Lee says she has coronavirus, skips swearing in-day
“I’ve taken every precaution incredibly seriously! Work from home. Since holidays/surge I leave home only for essentials (groceries, dentist). I'm unmasked in front of [four people,]” Lee tweeted. “Yet I still contracted!”
Toomey’s exit kick-starts 2022 guesswork among Pa. politicos
News that Toomey will retire in 2022 has served as a starting gun for speculation about that year's two marquee races: Senator and Governor.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto had a bad summer. Does that mean he’s vulnerable to a challenge? | Analysis
It's difficult -- but not impossible -- to unseat a sitting mayor. What would it take, and who would have to run, to beat Bill Peduto?
After ‘bullish’ use of powers, Wolf reaches end of executive rope on evictions
Legal experts are scratching their heads over Gov. Tom Wolf ending his 116-day old eviction moratorium this week.
Discretion and deescalation are a police officer’s strongest tools | John Fetterman
By John Fetterman My tenure as mayor of Braddock, Allegheny County, started with a community that was embroiled in mass distrust between residents and the police force. Braddock’s population is approximately 70 percent Black, and 36 percent of residents fall below the poverty line. The median household income is $22,000. In addition to being one […]
Pa. House panel approves police reform bills, with full vote as soon as next week
All the proposals — four from Democrats, one from a Republican — passed unanimously through the GOP-controlled committee with little comment from lawmakers.
How police accountability works in Pennsylvania
Law enforcement in Pennsylvania is highly decentralized, a patchwork of more than 1,100 agencies at the local, county and state levels.
Black Dems take over Pa. House floor; Turzai calls for special session on police reform
"They have expressed their anger. Their frustration. Certainly the issues they raise are legitimate," said House Speaker Mike Turzai said.
Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis
Once again, candidates endorsed by the progressive PAC, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh, won or are poised to win their primary elections.
UBI for Pa.?: Reps. Fiedler, Lee propose sending $250 to every state resident | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The Pa. version of UBI would be funded through money from the CARES Act, and continue for as long as federal money continues to flow, they said.
These W.Pa. women pols asked ‘WTF Pittsburgh?’ so they started a PAC to do something about it
Since its formation in 2016, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh have raised $47,000 and helped get 12 women elected to public office.