As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As Wolf supports full DRBC fracking ban, Republican lawmakers gear up to pass a rebuke of the agency

As debate rages over a bill in the General Assembly which would discourage an interstate agency from fully banning fracking in eastern Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has quietly come out in support of taking further action to ban natural gas drilling.

Wolf and Delaware Gov. John Carney last week joined New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in calling for the Delaware River Basin Commission to fully ban hydraulic fracking in their jurisdiction, which stretches from Wayne County in the far northeast region of the state down to the Philadelphia environs.
Thursday, May 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) Tuesday, clearing the way for a second term. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of two Senate seats and a spot in the state House, bringing their drought in 2019 special elections to an end.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman won races to replace retiring Senators Don White (R-Indiana) and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) respectively, while Marci Mustello defeated Democrat Sam Doctor to fill the seat vacated by embattled former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler). Those victories come after Democrats regained control of two House seats and flipped a state Senate seat in special elections earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office is estimating over $850 million more in revenue this fiscal year than initially projected, although it cautioned that many of the factors underpinning that increase are short lived.

IFO Director Matthew Knittel unveiled the updated projections at a meeting Monday, noting that the state economy performed roughly as expected but that a bump in taxes on internet revenue and strong corporate profits helped to boost the state’s revenue outlook.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and York counties to choose a replacement for retired Republican Sen. Richard Alloway, in a race marred by controversy over one of the candidate’s social media posts.

Alloway retired in February, telling reporters that he did not see a path to leadership and that the time had come to move on to other ventures. The 50-year-old was elected in 2009 to replace the retiring Terry Punt.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

A bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis cleared the House Tuesday, prompting cheers from abortion opponents. 15 Democrats joined an overwhelming majority of their Republican colleagues in supporting the controversial proposal.

But a first glance at the roll call vote on HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), belies its significance relative to the changing profile of the Democratic Caucus in the House. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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