Government & Politics

COMMENTARY

Why we need to modernize the Pa. Civil Service Commission | Opinion

BY: - March 26, 2019

Last Session, I proposed additional modernization efforts to better meet customer’s needs, i.e., those seeking Commonwealth employment – especially veterans – and government agencies looking for new employees. 

#MeToo complaints against Pa. lawmakers would be investigated by independent office under legislation

BY: - March 26, 2019

With little fanfare, the Pennsylvania state House adopted new sexual harassment rules at the start of session, streamlining a process whose vagaries had allowed members to stick around despite misconduct allegations — even from fellow members. On Monday, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate proposed a process to look into sexual misconduct in the […]

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’

BY: and - March 25, 2019

A first-year member of the Pennsylvania House on Monday offered a prayer laden with political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber's first Muslim woman.

House committee votes to eliminate cash assistance for disabled adults, people with addiction

BY: - March 25, 2019

A state House committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for childless adults with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and people in treatment for addiction. General Assistance was first eliminated by the General Assembly in 2012, during the Corbett administration. That law was struck down last year by the state Supreme […]

Pa. Democratic U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, Conor Lamb, and Susan Wild targeted in new GOP digital ad blitz: report

BY: - March 25, 2019

The spots are part of "a five-figure digital buy. They will run on Facebook in all 55 districts the NRCC is targeting this cycle," Roll Call reported.

The Mueller Report: Attorney general’s memo to Congress was a ‘book review,’ one Pa. lawmaker says, pressing for full release

BY: - March 25, 2019

U.S. Attorney General William Barr's four-page memo on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was a book review. One Pa. lawmaker says she wants to read the whole book. And the American people should be allowed to as well.

COMMENTARY

How long will we be debating the Mueller Report? Howzabout ‘Forever?’ | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 25, 2019

The Mueller report is done. Long live the Mueller report.

COMMENTARY

Maybe, just maybe, we’re doing it wrong. What New Zealand can teach us about gun control | Opinion

BY: - March 25, 2019

If a nation in mourning can take immediate action, maybe action is really part of the mourning process. 

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March Madness: With gambling legal in eight states, who really wins? | Opinion

BY: - March 25, 2019

About 47 million adults in the US are expected to gamble on March Madness this year. A growing share of the bets will actually be legal.

Report: Pa. part of progressive super PAC’s $50M push to weaken Trump in the Rust Belt

BY: - March 24, 2019

President Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes in 2016 over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, breaking a three-decade-streak of Democratic presidential wins in a state rich with Electoral College votes.

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April is the cruelest month: This is why Pa. doesn’t have an impact in the presidential primaries | Opinion

BY: - March 24, 2019

It’s long past time to rise up and claim our spot atop the national political calendar.

Natural gas industry consultant to ‘debunk’ climate change consensus in House testimony

BY: - March 24, 2019

A Pittsburgh geologist who consults for the natural gas industry, published a book casting aspersions on the scientific consensus around climate change, and who serves on a board for a climate denialist think tank will speak to members of a House committee Wednesday. Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe invited Gregory Wrightstone to “present […]