Wait for community college system in Erie County set to continue as state board delays vote

Wait for community college system in Erie County set to continue as state board delays vote

Tom Petty wrote that the waiting is the hardest part, something that Erie County community leaders can attest to in their decades-long push for a community college system in the commonwealth’s 14th largest county.

That wait was supposed to end Thursday, with officials from the county’s political, business and education communities descending on Harrisburg for a State Board of Education vote on whether to establish a community college in the state’s far northwest.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Amid harm reduction conversations, lawmaker pushes for needle exchanges to be legal statewide

Legislators are once again pushing for needle and syringe exchanges to be made legal statewide, pointing to evidence that they could be beneficial in combating the state’s opioid crisis, amid a broader conversation taking place across the city of Philadelphia, the state and the nation over how best to address drug addiction.

The proposal, introduced last week by Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), is part of a harm reduction paradigm increasingly embraced by activists and health professionals. That model is designed to accept the reality of drug use in society and, instead of criminalizing it, instead aims to mitigate its negative consequences while putting users on a path to treatment. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Report: 70 percent of young people in state not ready for military service

Report: 70 percent of young people in state not ready for military service

Economists, lawmakers and business owners have framed the state’s workforce needs in economic, political and moral terms. Now an advocacy group and the state’s adjutant general are arguing it may be an issue of national security as well.

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers, former military officers and Gov. Tom Wolf gathered Tuesday to unveil a report from the state chapter of Mission Readiness, which argues the state’s workforce needs to be better trained and that more investment is needed in early childhood education, K-12 schooling and physical fitness for the commonwealth’s youth.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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As Shapiro challenger announces, 2020 row office races begin to take shape

As Shapiro challenger announces, 2020 row office races begin to take shape

At least one candidate has announced their plans to take on Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the next election, with Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh announcing Tuesday she plans to seek the GOP nomination in the race.

In addition to her work at the law firm Leech Tishman, Heidelbaugh also represented the Republican State Committee in a 2009 suit against the liberal activist group ACORN for voter fraud--a move that gained her national attention, including an appearance before a Congressional committee investigating the matter. She also served as an at-large member of Allegheny County Council from 2011 to 2015.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 30: Sit down with Rep. Frank Ryan

Right 2 Know Episode 30: Sit down with Rep. Frank Ryan

Monday is Veterans Day and it is fitting that we sit down with one of the most prominent veterans in the General Assembly: Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon). In addition to asking him to reflect on his service, we discuss property tax elimination, his controversial fetal remains bill and Lebanon Bologna. Like what you hear? Download episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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