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Pittsburgh’s tax on visiting pro athletes is unconstitutional, Commonwealth Court finds

BY: - January 12, 2024

Two NHL players and a MLB player sued along with the players' unions for the NFL, NHL and MLB to overturn Pittsburgh’s facilities usage fee.

Activist Gene Stilp sues to keep Rep. Scott Perry off the Pa. primary ballot

BY: - January 2, 2024

Political activist Gene Stilp filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday seeking U.S. Rep. Scott Perry’s disqualification from this year’s congressional primary ballot. The suit against Perry (R-10th District) and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Al Schmidt alleges that Perry engaged in or supported an insurrection and is therefore ineligible to serve in Congress under […]

Commonwealth Court rules skill gaming terminals are not slot machines

BY: - November 30, 2023

The appellate court sided with POM, the developer and distributor of the machines in question, that their gaming terminals are not slot machines as the Commonwealth argued, but are instead “primarily games of skill and, thus, not gambling devices per se,” ending a years-long legal battle over how to categorize the company’s machines. 

Pa. environmental groups file appeal of RGGI ruling

BY: - November 29, 2023

“Participation in the RGGI program would bring huge, known benefits to Pennsylvanians including lower carbon emissions, reduced air pollution, consumer cost savings, and job creation that would prioritize those most in need. It would also spur clean energy investments that provide additional public health, environmental, and economic benefits,” the statement reads.

Shapiro says state will appeal Commonwealth Court’s RGGI decision

BY: - November 21, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration announced Tuesday that it will appeal the Commonwealth Court’s decision to block Pennsylvania from entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program.  In a statement from the Governor’s office, Shapiro said he would appeal the Nov. 1 decision to block the Commonwealth from joining neighboring states in the multi-state carbon […]

Pennsylvania Democrats sweep statewide court races amid Supreme Court focus

BY: - November 8, 2023

Democrats won elections for four statewide court seats, flipping the partisan make up of the Superior Court.

Contributions to Commonwealth, Superior court candidates total at least $2.8 million

BY: - November 3, 2023

Contributions to Commonwealth and Superior court candidates adds up to at least $2.8 million this year, according to state reports.

Pennsylvania’s judicial elections matter. Here’s why.

BY: - August 20, 2023

Between the intense campaigns of the midterm and presidential elections, statewide races for Pennsylvania’s appeals courts tend to take a back seat to mayoral and other local elections. In the wake of sweeping decisions on abortion and affirmative action from the U.S. Supreme Court, the power of the judiciary to alter the daily reality of […]

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Funding the 500: Equitably funded schools look different across Pa. They have one thing in common

BY: - June 20, 2023

Every day, we are confronted by the gap between what our students deserve and what our broken school funding system provides.

Commonwealth Court dismisses Wolf challenge to amendment that would ban abortion

BY: - April 17, 2023

A Commonwealth Court panel has dismissed former Gov. Tom Wolf’s challenge to a package of proposed constitutional amendments including language stating there is no constitutional right to abortion or government funded abortion. The Republican-backed legislation, passed last summer during late-night sessions of the General Assembly, also proposed allowing candidates for governor to choose their own […]

Four Pennsylvania appellate court positions are on the primary ballot; meet the candidates

BY: - April 9, 2023

Chief Justice Max Baer’s death last year caused a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, Pennsylvania’s highest judicial body. 

‘A new day’: Philly officials respond to ruling in Pa. public school funding case

BY: - February 9, 2023

'This massive step forward is still only a step,” Councilmember Isaiah Thomas, who chairs council's Education Committee, said.