Ohio’s Issue 1 goes down to defeat

BY: and - August 9, 2023

The Republican-led effort to make amending Ohio’s constitution more difficult has failed. As of 11:45 p.m., unofficial results for the Aug. 8 special election show voters rejected Issue 1 57% to 43%. The Associated Press called the race at 9 p.m. While precincts were still reporting late into the night and absentee ballots will continue […]


Here’s how to end the stalemate over the civil justice window for abuse survivors | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2023

Lawmakers are still fighting needlessly. Gov. Josh Shapiro can -- and should -- put it on the November ballot.

Looking to break a logjam in HBG, Pa. House speaker takes show on the road | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 23, 2023

But will it play in Pittsburgh? Panel convened by Speaker Mark Rozzi will hold a public session in the Steel City on Wednesday.

House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks to reporters beside a map of three vacant Allegheny County legislative districts that will be the subjects of special elections next year. (Capitol-Star photo by Peter Hall)

Harrisburg Republicans are leveraging abuse victims for political gain | Opinion

BY: - January 11, 2023

Long-delayed justice for abuse victims has become hostage to the GOP's partisan attack on voting, abortion rights.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Voter ID, audits, regulatory authority constitutional amendments advance Pa. Senate committee

BY: - January 9, 2023

"Voter ID laws, like this, are known tactics that suppress votes and make it harder for people to access the ballot,” Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware, said.

Rozzi vows to halt all other legislation until General Assembly passes abuse survivors’ amendment

BY: - January 6, 2023

In his first act at the helm, Pennsylvania’s newly elected independent state House speaker vowed to halt all other legislative action until a constitutional amendment to provide legal relief for victims of childhood sexual assault passes both chambers of the Legislature. On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state House and Senate to convene […]


The real losers in the fight over the Pa. House are the voters | Ray E. Landis

BY: - December 18, 2022

Democrats don't have a majority because the math doesn't work. But it might yet.

Replica of the United States Bill of Rights (Getty Images).

Republicans’ next move? Re-write the United States Constitution | Opinion

BY: - December 15, 2022

Here's why the GOP might be moving for a constitutional convention -- and what to do about it.

Replica of the United States Bill of Rights (Getty Images).

The 13th Amendment didn’t end slavery – but it did fuel mass incarceration | Michael Coard

BY: - December 6, 2022

Black people are still being enslaved in 21st century America. This is how

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. voters deserve all the facts on those proposed constitutional amendments | Opinion

BY: - September 14, 2022

With abortion access and voting rights on the line, the Legislature needs to get way more transparent.

Attendees of the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party celebrate after primary election results verify Kansans voted to keep abortion a constitutional right on Tuesday. (Lily O’Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

Few lessons for Pa. from Kansas abortion vote. GOP still should beware | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - August 16, 2022

Republicans run the risk of creating the very constitutional right to abortion they are trying to prevent.


Want to avoid a veto? Fix the process, Pa. Sen. Schwank says | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 20, 2022

It wouldn't kill Republicans to bring Democratic bills to a vote once in a while, the Berks Co. lawmaker says.