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Republican rebel? Or opportunist? What breaks with Trump say about Pa.’s Pat Toomey

BY: - March 21, 2019

In general, Toomey has been able to keep his differences with the GOP “under the radar,” observers said. But he’s drawing more attention as conflicts sharpen over core conservative issues.

‘This wasn’t about the wall:’ On ‘Meet the Press,’ U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey defends vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

BY: - March 17, 2019

The vote was about protecting the separation of powers, the Pennsylvania Republican said.

‘The American people have a right to know:’ Pa. lawmakers back U.S. House vote to make Mueller report public

BY: - March 14, 2019

Top Democrats called the adoption of the resolution an important step toward promoting transparency.

Wolf joins bipartisan group of Midwestern governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts

BY: - March 13, 2019

"This is a risk we simply can’t afford to take."

Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick: ‘Republican enabler’ or ‘bipartisan dealmaker?’

BY: - March 13, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has cast some key votes with Democrats. Will that be enough to immunize him against a challenge in 2020?

‘This bill is revolutionary:’ Pa.’s congressional Dems get behind sweeping voting rights, ethics bill

BY: - March 8, 2019

The bill faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have denounced it as a massive federal overreach

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick joins Pelosi, House Democrats in attempt to revive lapsed domestic violence protections

BY: - March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick joined U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday to unveil legislation that would re-authorize funding for programs and services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The legislation lapsed last month after Congress failed to […]

COMMENTARY

Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - March 3, 2019

Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.

How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

BY: - February 27, 2019

The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation. Here’s how every […]

Gov. Wolf’s campaign wants to raise $20k for Democrat in North Carolina congressional race

BY: - February 27, 2019

Now that it doesn’t have to worry about raising cash for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign apparatus is looking for other places to flex its fundraising muscles. Mission accomplished? In a Tuesday email blast, Wolf’s campaign asked supporters to help them raise $20,000 by Thursday at midnight so that Democrat Dan McCready’s campaign can meet […]

COMMENTARY

The U.S. House is going to vote on gun background checks. The pre-game among Pa. lawmakers is going how you’d expect

BY: - February 27, 2019

The majority-Democrat is expected to vote Wednesday on the first, major piece of gun-control legislation in two decades: A bill that would require universal background checks on all gun purchases. Writing in The Washington Post earlier this week, former U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., observed that the bill, as currently written, would “require a background […]