Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

A lawmaker found guilty of bribery earlier last month was sentenced Friday.

Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was ordered to complete 23 months of probation and pay $4,000 in restitution, ending a years-long limbo where the embattled lawmaker tried to hold onto her seat well after three other members caught in the same sting had accepted their charges and left public office.

Per the Associated Press, Brown declined to answer questions on if she planned to resign.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Brown found guilty in corruption trial; Dermody asks for her resignation

Brown found guilty in corruption trial; Dermody asks for her resignation

On Wednesday, Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was found guilty of accepting a bribe.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

The last time Mike Turzai, Jake Corman and Frank Dermody all faced challengers was 2010, when the House members were their caucuses’ whip, and Corman headed Appropriations.

Eight years later, all three have climbed to the very top of leadership—and are facing challengers channeling discontent with the status quo to try and knock them off.

“It doesn't matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. When we look at the issues, the same cast of characters aren’t working,” Joshua Nulph, Dermody’s 21-year-old challenger, said.

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Can't fight against the youth? House mulls bringing fresh faces to chairs, leadership

Ambitious new lawmakers looking to run their own committee for years may have their dreams dashed before they even hold a gavel.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) contemplated moving a House resolution he introduced in spring to limit senior members to three sessions at the head of individual committees.

In the co-sponsor memo from the time, which also announced a redistricting commission and open primaries, Reed said his proposed changes would not change who is eligible and due for a chair, but is instead aimed to continually shake up committees.
Friday, October 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

Both House caucuses Thursday said their respective leadership teams have discussed chamber rule changes to create a standard policy on harassment, as a bill to change the law itself on Capitol complaints appeared stalled.

House Republican spokesperson Steve Miskin said that the changes around sexual harassment would apply to both staffers and members could be implemented soon.

“We’ve been in very strong discussion with Democratic leaders in changing House Rules and having a unified policy,” Miskin said.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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